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Old 02-12-17, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by ButchA
Good Lord, you guys and your snow pictures!!!!

Would you believe that today (2/12/17) here in Richmond, Virginia, it hit an unbelieveable 75F outside?!?
Okay ButchA, nice pic but please don't rub it in! We had about 12 inches of snow a few days ago, and right now it is snowing like a big dog. Expect another 12-14" before it stops on Monday afternoon. My road bikes won't be seeing much action for at least a month.
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No riding for me here in Eastern CT today, snow is coming down pretty good. I took my dog to a MUP for a walk this afternoon, and saw a fully loaded touring bike on Rt. 12 in Plainfield on the way home, riding in about 4 inches of slush. Good for him!
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Okay ButchA, nice pic but please don't rub it in! We had about 12 inches of snow a few days ago, and right now it is snowing like a big dog. Expect another 12-14" before it stops on Monday afternoon. My road bikes won't be seeing much action for at least a month.
Sorry, Jim...

I was stationed in Boston back in the late 80's & early 90's (did a back-to-back tour of duty in the USCG). I remember the monstrous snow storms and Nor'easters that would blow in off the coast. I was there when the Andrea Gail went down (i.e. remember the movie "Perfect Storm"?) in that awful storm.

Anyway, Virginia is known for bizarre weather too. 75 one day and then 2 days later, it's 34 and sleet and freezing rain. We get slammed with snow down here from time to time, but it's usually gone in about 3 or 4 days at most.

Spring will return soon!

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Originally Posted by ButchA
Anyway, Virginia is known for bizarre weather too.
Oh, I know. I am a transplanted Richmonder (Richmondonian? Richmondi?). Born'n'raised till I went off to college in Blacksburg. Taught public school in Chesterfield Co. for 4 years then moved up here in '75 to go to grad school. Still got family in Richmond, visit every so often. Bought my first derailleur bike, UO-8, from Agee's oin W. Broad St. Still have it.
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Spring like conditions today in the Pacific Moist West. A day to ride a beautiful bike around Lakes Sammamish and Wahingtion. 60 miles

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Old 02-12-17, 07:49 PM
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Sunny and 85F in NW Florida today, not on a C&V this afternoon, but 25 miles around the area. Our son that lives in New Hampshire called shortly after I returned, he really didn't want to hear about our weather today for some reason.

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Oh, I know. I am a transplanted Richmonder (Richmondonian? Richmondi?). Born'n'raised till I went off to college in Blacksburg. Taught public school in Chesterfield Co. for 4 years then moved up here in '75 to go to grad school. Still got family in Richmond, visit every so often. Bought my first derailleur bike, UO-8, from Agee's oin W. Broad St. Still have it.
That's fantastic! My sister & bro-in-law live in Chesterfield Co, near Providence Golf Course (aka the old Pocoshock Course). They moved here from upstate NY after they both retired from IBM. I still have family all over upstate NY.

Agee's is famous in Richmond. They've been around forever!
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Today was Portland's "Worst Day of the Year Ride" thus guaranteeing that we'd have the best bicycling weather of the entire winter. Sure enough, partly sunny and around 50 degrees. I decided not to join the organized ride, opting instead to sleep in and then take a solo exploration of the Tualatin River valley. We've had some pretty heavy rain recently so the river was flooding its banks, but the roads were clear (at least where I rode).






(If you look close you can see Mt. Hood in this one. It looked much bigger in person.)







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Beautiful, well set up Sequoia, and your photography is fantastic. Great composition and subjects in every picture.
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Sunday's windy, but sunny ride....

WOW, two days of back to back days of riding uninterrupted by rain.


Short ride to Neptune's Net (PCH on Malibu). Forty-six windy miles on the Master. Fourth post-surgery ride, average speed: 14 mph. Almost back to my old form.


Riding the Master is so much fun.


These are some of the cars that were parked at Neptune's Net. C&V cars, driven by the over 50 crowd. Nice!



















When I was in college I owned a 1972 Chevy Malibu that was in pristine condition. Alas, I needed money so I sold it. Been regretting it ever since.
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And this from Saturday's ride

It was a gorgeous day for a bike ride. It felt like a Fall day, cool, windy, blustery but gloriously sunny. I am coming back from my recent surgery so I am still not back to my pre-surgery form.

I managed to ride 40 miles. Although I average only 12 mph overall. I was able to reach a 19 mph average over a two miles, flat stretch of road.

Here are some photos:

At the intersection of Los Angeles Ave. and Ventura St., on the campus of California State University Channel Island (this was the former home of the famed, or infamous, Camarillo State Mental Hospital). Students ar CSUCI claim that they can sometimes hear the mournful cries of the hospital's former residents.

https://4girlsandaghost.wordpress.co...tate-hospital/




The old bell tower at the Student Union building. Legend has it that these are the "mission bells" referenced by The Eagles in their classic Hotel California. In an interview, Glenn Frey would neither confirm it nor deny it. Co-writer Don Henley was not much help.





Big fluffy clouds and unusually green hills:








Rainbow at the end of the ride, riding a bike is its own pot of gold!


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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
Beautiful, well set up Sequoia, and your photography is fantastic. Great composition and subjects in every picture.
Thanks. You know, it's funny. Some days it's clear that I don't know what I'm doing with a camera. Others days I pick up an iPhone and images like this come out.
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No pics until I get back home and upload them, but nice, sunny, 75 degree weather here in Palm Springs. Have been riding around 30 miles or so most days in this very bike friendly city.

Saw an Assenmacher tandem this morning, one of those with the platform style bottom tube. With fenders! Also a pretty nice old blue and silver Raleigh.
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Short ride to the end of the road today after work....50 in feb.
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Went out for a nice 65 miles & a bit over 5,000 ft. of climbing. Headed out into the east bay hills, only to find my intended route (a popular local loop called "the Bears") closed due to flooding and road repair. After a change of plans, I made my way along the northern edge of the east bay along the Carquinez Straight, an estuary of the Sacramento River. Then looped around through Lafayette, Orinda, and back over Wildcat Canyon to return to Berkeley. It was my longest ride thus far this year, and I started out a bit too fast. I ran out of drinks/snacks around mile 45, started cramping around mile 55, and limped the last 10 miles home. I wish I had a cold beer in my fridge!












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This is the Pacific Moist West (per @northbend).
Sooo, some days - you just DON'T ride.
But you still have FUN!
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
This is the Pacific Moist West.
Sooo, some days - you just DON'T ride.
But you still have FUN!
Well...there are other ways to ride when it's moist outside

@Wildwood , let me know when you'd like to go up again. Still have your boot tree in the car
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I got out for an easy 20 miles on the fixed gear today.


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Can't match NB's photos...

Today I took the afternoon off and rode 65. A rare 50+ degree February day, and the snow is disappearing fast. Not much for photos, just a stop with the typical scenery of the day, and a filthy post ride pic of the 760.
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Nice pics VR

Another crazy warm February day. My friend and I decided it was time to get his new Motobecane Century Pro Ti (a sweet axe) all filthy. 35 miles of mixed gravel (slop) and roads (silt), ending at a local Irish themed watering hole for a pint. Not a bad outing.

We snapped photos of each other after a climb up from the riverside. Here I am looking happy to ride in February, sporting my brightest gear to ward off cars and even the occasional motorcycle.
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Originally Posted by northbend
I got out for an easy 20 miles on the fixed gear today. [/URL][/URL]
Heavenly. Always a treat to see your photos and story.

As for fixed gear, I've been smitten by the ongoing velo cheapo thread. Clocking miles in daily on my 60's Schwinn conversion. Can't believe I'm admitting how fun and decent performing a piece of junk can be. Phenomenal temps in the 60's for five or six days. Cheer's-
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I expected Saturday to be a rain-out or at best a short, wet ride, but woke up to wet but drying roads. We ended up with about 60 miles under blue skies. Water was running across the road in several places & there were plenty of new or bigger potholes. Starting temps in the high 40s & ending around 60 at noon.

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Just did a quick 11.9 mile ride with my sister & brother-in-law. We met up west of Richmond in West Creek Pkwy business complex. EVERYBODY was out riding in there since it's sunday and Capital One, VA Farm Bureau, etc... are closed. We rode out to one of the side roads, looped around, and came back to the parking lot. The nicest thing was, back in the parking lot, we chatted with other riders on Cervelo, S-Works, Cannondale, etc... some with time trial handlebars and things like that. Serious, top quality, CF road bikes! There were no attitudes or looking at me like I'm a "Fred", etc... They were thinking that it's cool to see a couple (my sis & bro-in-law) on comfort bikes, and me with a classic old school, steel frame, '85 Fuji 12 speed. It didn't matter what we ride, as long as we're out there riding. Very nice...

Anyway, my sister took a photo of me by my Chevy Silverado pickup with my classic '85 Fuji road bike, after we got back to the parking lot.
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