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Old 08-15-16, 01:52 AM
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Nothing real exciting... I've been riding my desk a lot. Yesterday - Saturday, I did a pleasant 22 mile ride from Walnut Creek, CA to Moraga, CA. It was 95° so I finished early.

Today I did a 15 mile early evening ride on the Iron Horse Trail from Walnut Creek to Danville and back. The weather was perfect so I pushed big gears - felt great!

Yesterday and today I was on my 1988 Peugeot Biarritz. It's my Goldilocks bike that I'd been searching for since 1975!

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Old 08-15-16, 09:42 AM
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On Sunday I explored the Snoqualmie Tree Farm with Bob and Gerry.
Heading out of town by NBend, on Flickr

We access the tree farm just north of town out by Ernies Grove where the road splits and goes sharply up and leveling off as the pavement ends.
Into the Snoq. tree farm by NBend, on Flickr

Bob by NBend, on Flickr

It started to get hot, especially so in the clear cut areas. Any shade we found was appreciated

Water break by NBend, on Flickr
Into the woods by NBend, on Flickr

The tree farm is massive, extending over 30 miles northward from North Bend to Hwy 2.
Foxgloves by NBend, on Flickr

One of many creek crossings by NBend, on Flickr

I was riding the BG sans fenders. I will be taking this bike to Eroica Gaiole this year.
my ride by NBend, on Flickr

We had some navigational errors and turned around at about mile 22 once it became apparent we were on a dead end spur.. Retracing our steps, we rode back at a quicker pace since we knew the road and it was predominately down hill. Soon, we could make out Mt. Si which looms over North Bend.
Mt Si on the return by NBend, on Flickr

We reach pavement and enjoyed a smooth and fast downhill run back into the valley, a very nice way to end the ride.

We reach pavement by NBend, on Flickr

After a beer on the deck at Bob’s I rode home. A fun 50 mile day in the books
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Old 08-15-16, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by northbend
On Sunday I explored the Snoqualmie Tree Farm with Bob and Gerry.
Heading out of town by NBend, on Flickr

We access the tree farm just north of town out by Ernies Grove where the road splits and goes sharply up and leveling off as the pavement ends.
Into the Snoq. tree farm by NBend, on Flickr

Bob by NBend, on Flickr

It started to get hot, especially so in the clear cut areas. Any shade we found was appreciated

Water break by NBend, on Flickr
Into the woods by NBend, on Flickr

The tree farm is massive, extending over 30 miles northward from North Bend to Hwy 2.
Foxgloves by NBend, on Flickr

One of many creek crossings by NBend, on Flickr

I was riding the BG sans fenders. I will be taking this bike to Eroica Gaiole this year.
my ride by NBend, on Flickr

We had some navigational errors and turned around at about mile 22 once it became apparent we were on a dead end spur.. Retracing our steps, we rode back at a quicker pace since we knew the road and it was predominately down hill. Soon, we could make out Mt. Si which looms over North Bend.
Mt Si on the return by NBend, on Flickr

We reach pavement and enjoyed a smooth and fast downhill run back into the valley, a very nice way to end the ride.

We reach pavement by NBend, on Flickr

After a beer on the deck at Bob’s I rode home. A fun 50 mile day in the books

Awesome pics as usual! I am curious what your thoughts are on the whole 650b/low trail/all road bike/BQ frame of reference is, given that you ride many of the same roads in a similar fashion on 700c, narrower tired and less equipment laden bikes.
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Old 08-15-16, 12:16 PM
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Fender1; I have never ridden on a bike in the BQ vein (low trail, 650b..ect) so I can't make a comparison. I get by with what I have on 25 - 34mm tires depending on whatever clearences the bike I am riding allows. I used 34mm tubulars the first year of Eroica California and it was very comfortable, but my mindset for a day ride carrying a light load is that I like to be challenged by limitations. I am a believer in the Cino spirit (kool aide to some..) that having the perfect tool for the job is not needed to have a good time. There's a beauty to "making do" with what you have and to not be afraid of a little hard work.

That being said, I would love a bike like you described for bike touring. I imagine it would be ideal.

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Old 08-15-16, 05:05 PM
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60 miles went to the forest, there was this nice lil lake

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Old 08-17-16, 05:30 PM
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Rode 18 mi today! It kicked my butt...

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Old 08-17-16, 06:00 PM
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Aimed to do a 45 mile ride down to seal beach. Stopped at performance bicycles for some new bibs but my ride was cut by 10 miles due to this...



Either way got a good deal on bibs for $55
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Old 08-20-16, 10:45 AM
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Friday after work mountain bike ride followed by this mornings ride on the Sachs.







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Rode 21 miles today. I need to start taking pics!!!
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Old 08-20-16, 06:32 PM
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Today I rode the 100k route of the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2) in western MA. I was on my 1997 Lemond Buenos Aires with 650B x 38mm tires and a 42/28t crankset with 32t max rear cog to handle the 7900 feet of climbing. I can report that the setup worked really well, both for climbing and descending. Here's the view from the top of a hill 3/4 through the ride:

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The past few days have been all about farm stands. I was free on Friday so we rode the tandem from home out to a favorite organic farm in Concord, came back with panniers loaded with veggies. 42.something miles, IIRC, it seems like a long time ago. Riding home through Lexington we passed a kumquat of riders wearing the same color, stopped at a water fountain. One woman called out "Are you guys touring?" I said "Buying groceries." She answered "That's even better!" No pics from Friday.

So Saturday we rode off to a different farm, Honeypot Hill Orchards in Stow. It was farther away but we started in Bedford so the ride was shorter, only 37.1 miles. We have ridden those roads very little so it felt like an adventure - turn on the GPS, follow the course wherever it takes us.






They always have lots of activities for children of all ages, tourists, apple and blueberry pick-your-own'ers, etc. This day was no exception. We heard half a dozen different languages. In one group of elderly folks seemingly no one spoke English at all. We sure didn't recognize any of the languages we heard (except English). I spoke to one woman eyeing the bike and she just smiled and shrugged. I waited outside while Sharon was in the store. Then someone patted me on the back and I turned to see a elderly gentleman about as tall as Sharon nodding approval with a big smile. I gave hm a big grin in return and as he turned away I said thank you. No response. So I followed that with merci and gratias. Nothing. I should have added danke. Then we had a nice lunch under some old apple trees.



Of course the day involved a few more farms.



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Old 08-21-16, 05:47 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Today I rode the 100k route of the Deerfield Dirt Road Randonnee (D2R2) in western MA. I was on my 1997 Lemond Buenos Aires with 650B x 38mm tires and a 42/28t crankset with 32t max rear cog to handle the 7900 feet of climbing. I can report that the setup worked really well, both for climbing and descending. Here's the view from the top of a hill 3/4 through the ride:

7,900 feet?? WOW
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Old 08-21-16, 07:14 PM
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Old 08-21-16, 08:39 PM
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Rode 65 miles up to Lake Bluff and back. Windy.

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Earlier today (just before lunch) I took a nice 13 mile ride down to the James River, here in Richmond, VA.


My C&V '85 Fuji on the Huguenot Bridge, looking upstream towards the western suburbs...



The end of Riverside Dr, where they recently built a rotary instead of the somewhat blind "T" intersection.
(Was way too dangerous with bicyclists, joggers, canoe/kayakers hauling their boats, etc... in the summer)



The famous "Z Dam" on the James River, with a pile of debris from that storm a few weeks ago.



Look close and you'll see a Heron (is that a fish in its mouth?)



Lastly, when I got back home, I fiddled with my toe clip strap (cheap black nylon) as it was starting to fray. So, I trimmed it just a hair and singed the end with a lighter.

I am loving the new MKS Sylvan pedals! (sorry for the blurry photo)
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No gorgeous scenery here, but enjoyed a 12 mile loop on one of the hottest and muggiest days of the year to take in the Woodward Dream Cruise.



Below is a car built when America was great!


Tonight, the weather was perfect for a Detroit Slow Roll, a pretty short loop, well under 10 miles. I estimate attendance at over 2,000 riders, and 24 DPD cruisers to assist in traffic control. First SR of 2016 for me. Amazing how many people cross chain!

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Originally Posted by v8powerage
60 miles went to the forest, there was this nice lil lake

Fine photo! Where is this?
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Old 08-24-16, 08:40 PM
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I had a chance to explore some new (to me) roads in the SF Peninsula area today. It was a fairly challenging ride of about 50 miles and just over 5000' of climbing. I haven't been riding as much in recent months, and definitely felt it, especially the final climb back over Tunitas Creek Road, which started around mile 40, lasted about 6.7 miles and climbed almost 2000' alone. I started near Woodside and headed up Old La Honda Road, a narrow road without much traffic and shaded by redwoods:



@Drillium Dude, this one's for you:


Once at the summit of Old La Honda, you are rewarded of some nice views looking toward the ocean and also a fun descent:





more views of the valley on the way to the coast:



Near the coast, I stopped in San Gregorio, for some refreshments:



A short few miles along the coast by some pretty cliffs:



Farm life (no barn finds today):



I didn't take any pictures of the Tunitas Creek Road ascent as I was too busy fighting cramps and suffering, but did take this final photo on the decent back down the other side looking out over Silicon Valley.


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^ very nice, gaucho.. gotta get down that way more often and do some exploring
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I rode at the Y today, which isnt exciting.
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I rode my fixed gear around the neighborhood for about an hour. For the first time in several attempts, no flats. Considered that a minor victory.
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Bob led Mark and I on a ride from the town of Buckley into Mt. Rainier National Park to Mowich Lake.
under the power lines by NBend, on Flickr
We rode some interesting single track up to the town of Wilkinson. It dumped us out by the towns’ cemetery.
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Skirting Wilkinson by NBend, on Flickr

We got on the main road which we followed then crossed the Carbon River
Crossing the carbon river by NBend, on Flickr

Pavement soon turned to gravel and road tilted upwards. We got separated on the climb, taking this at our own paces. I stopped along the way to get a picture of the mountain
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And at the most humble Park entrance sign I've seen in Rainier
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I got to Mowich Lake ahead of the other guys, ate lunch and walked down to the shoreline to snap a picture
Mowich Lake by NBend, on Flickr

Mowich with Rainier in the background by NBend, on Flickr

Bob shows up about 30 minutes later
Bob models a toilet paper jersey by NBend, on Flickr


and Mark, about 30 after him
Mark gets a view of the lake by NBend, on Flickr

After we all ate, we descend together. It is hot and dusty. At least 15 miles of descending gravel washboard. Very uncomfortable.

Finally we reach sweet, blessed pavement and fly down the the hill to Wilkenson where we have beer and burgers in the beer garden at the local saloon

Blessed pavement on the way home by NBend, on Flickr

It was a good day. and one final picture just for @gugie

See? I have other jerseys! They aren’t all Cino..

Evidence that I wear other jerseys by NBend, on Flickr
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Originally Posted by northbend
Fender1; I have never ridden on a bike in the BQ vein (low trail, 650b..ect) so I can't make a comparison. I get by with what I have on 25 - 34mm tires depending on whatever clearences the bike I am riding allows. I used 34mm tubulars the first year of Eroica California and it was very comfortable, but my mindset for a day ride carrying a light load is that I like to be challenged by limitations. I am a believer in the Cino spirit (kool aide to some..) that having the perfect tool for the job is not needed to have a good time. There's a beauty to "making do" with what you have and to not be afraid of a little hard work.

That being said, I would love a bike like you described for bike touring. I imagine it would be ideal.
I can vouch that @northbend rides on gravel with tires so skinny most would classify them as O-rings.

The man just rides so hard and fast that he skips from the top of one piece of gravel to the other.

It's not always the bike, sometimes it's just the jersey.!
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Gorgeous pics @northbend. Such majestic scenery. The Singer is pretty, too.
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