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Old 06-24-17, 07:00 PM
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Not to sound skeptical, but are you sure it was that far?

I did it thirty years ago, longest cycling day ever for me. I crossed from Ottawa to Hull and stayed on the Quebec side. My calculations back then were 200 kms from Ottawa to downtown Montreal.
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Morning ride. 88 Schwinn Tempo on a iffy rain day shake out cruise. Nice handling and felt sure underneath me. Went around the outskirts of Onslow and inside the city of Jacksonville. Wind blown rain but no falling wet stuff. The air feels like pea soup. It's been quite windy and noticed big limbs down around the neighborhoods.

Stopped for a pic with one of the oldest surviving structures here, small White House surrounded by tall gov't buildings.
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Woo-hoo! I just got back from my longest bicycle ride - EVER - and I'm fine, legs are a little tired, but I'm okay. This was awesome! I rode way out past the Manakin Sabot area, west of Richmond, Virginia, and veered off onto a country road where there was nobody around, no traffic, etc.. and I just kept going and going, losing all sense of time, no worries or concerns, just a peaceful country road and my bicycle. I could have stayed out for hours and hours, you know? But I eventually found my way back around, back towards Manakin Rd again and rode back home. I charged up some batteries for my old ancient Garmin eTrex GPS (surprisingly enough - it still works!) and clipped it onto the handlebars. The photos below tell the story...

First, here's the map layout of my 39 mile ride from MapMyRide app.



I stopped along Miller Rd (mile 14 on the map) to take a big swig from my water bottle, and snap a photo of the quiet country road.




Here's a really cool perspective... You are on Shallow Well Rd at mile 18.6 (on the GPS), and makes it look like you are sitting on
my classic '85 Fuji Del Rey road bike!





Just pulled into the driveway, 2 hours and 49 minutes later for a grand total of 39 miles... What a great ride!!

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Ok, had a bad day yesterday, and need to vent to shake it off.

I'm part of an environmental group, and one of the groups in an environmental network we belong to is Bike Brampton, a cycling advocacy group.

They had their biggest event of the year yesterday, about 700 riders, called Bike the Creek. I signed up for a short route hoping that some of my friends would join. In the end it was just one of my riding partners and I, though one of my friends went on the 60kms route due to my coaxing.

Our 41km route was two routes combined. The first was the nature route. I didn't know the route, and it ended up some pavement some gravel, and a little mud. The mud was a little disconcerting on 25c tires, almost lost it, but powered through. Almost at the end of the nature route, on a paved path by the creek, I spotted glass shining against wet pavement. I shouted out and pointed, I thought I missed it all. But a few hundred meters later at a light, I hear the dreaded hiss.

I crossed the street, and convinced my friend to continue on. I had a tube, but hadn't brought my pump. There was no mechanical help on route, but gentleman stopped and helped me with his pump. We couldn't get it up to 100 PSI, but close enough for me to ride back to the start. So my 41 kms ride got cut in half. The organizer looked perplexed when he saw me early.

Today, new tires and I'm off for another adventure.


So this is pre ride, maybe it was time for a matching tire anyway, the old one, Panaracer Technova II were the same width but seemed narrower the rear Conti Ultra Sport.

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Old 06-25-17, 02:56 PM
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It was a day to accompany my 10-year-old son the budding runner - he got in 2 miles on the track, I did 5.6 on my scrap yard rescue Centurion Signet. The fog over the pond made for nice visuals.

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Old 06-25-17, 04:03 PM
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@ButchA, well done!

@rustystrings61, great pic that ride along the water!

The Masi and I took a little stroll today, ending after 70.15 miles. Just criuisin', more or less, with a sense of purpose but no particular destination in mind.

Mid-ride snack:


Stopped in Concord Center where so many other cyclists stop:

The bike on the far left is a De Rosa, 1990's something or other. Had an interesting conversation with the owner.

Post-ride refreshment:


During my lunch stop at Fern's I overheard some talk by a bunch of other cyclists. One of the guys was saying how he rode recently with one of the teams from a local bike shop. The team members were impressed how how he'd kept up (until finally dropped at 25+mph). In conversation with the team members he'd mentioned how his bike was older than everyone on the team. When he told them he was 62 they said great, that meant they could still be riding 40 years later.

I'd seen a nice metallic blue Lemond over in the racks so when the conversation quieted down I asked was that his. He said no, his was the pink Serotta. I mumbled something approving but otherwise forgettable, and looked at the rack. Well, there was a bike partially hidden from view with pink detailing and I saw him eventually pick it up to ride away. But it sure looked modern to me. On the opposite side of the rack was my bright red and obviously vintage Masi. Neither he nor anyone else gave it a second glance. Apparently the concept of "old bike" may have taken on a new meaning. Or else they just weren't very observant.
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Old 06-25-17, 04:07 PM
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I visited 5 islands - Manhattan, Wards, Randalls, Queens (Long Island), and Roosevelt.

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Old 06-25-17, 04:15 PM
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42 mile ride today that meandered down the great western trail to Cummings IA with [MENTION=45297]gerv[/MENTION]. This was take our old bikes on a longish ride day. We seem to do this ride once a year.

I rode my 1960 Olmo Gran Sport; gerv had his Mercier 300 which likely dates from the 70s. No pics of the ride but it was an absolutely gorgeous day with weather ranging from the upper 50s to the 60s.

Here's a pic of the Olmo:

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Old 06-25-17, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
@ButchA, well done!
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Thank you! It was a nice, peaceful, and relaxing ride out in the country. I want to do it again and go a little further next time!
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Old 06-25-17, 06:35 PM
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Yeah, I'm sure. But we didn't just ride straight from Ottowa to Montreal. Spent a day in Parc Gateneau, which was 45 miles, and took a bunch of side trips along the way.
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Old 06-25-17, 06:41 PM
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[MENTION=355925]ButchA[/MENTION] - good deal! They will just get easier and easier with time and miles. Congrats!

Did about 40 myself today with some local pals and one BF member, [MENTION=265188]Andy Antipas[/MENTION]. Also along for the day was Jacob Russell. Imagine my surprise when I was informed his father was the great Boston Celtic Bill Russell! Jacob also plays upright bass and tuba and his band plays locally. I'm looking forward to seeing them play in the next few weeks. Cool guy.

Bob Freeman set up the ride. We did the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River. A mix of chip-seal, a bit of gravel and some really nice, smooth pavement. Only about 800' of climbing, so a nice, easy ride. It was hot, though; got up to 92 today!

Here's lots o' pics - enjoy.

Andy's Coppi:



Jacob's Raleigh Pro:



L to R: Andy, Jacob, Deanna, Bob and Mark:



Andy, Jacob and Bob:



L to R: Bob (mostly hidden), Jacob, Andy and Deanna:



Can you beat the view?



Jacob hydrating:



Everyone together up this short climb:



Halfway point pose:



Mark taking a turn at the front on the return leg:



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Old 06-25-17, 06:57 PM
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Fourth century of the summer.

Three of them on my Hollands.

4th century of the summer. 3rd on my Hollands. Great bike. I love EL-OS. by gomango1849, on Flickr


I feel pretty good considering we spent the day yesterday up at Cuyuna.

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So many great photos today! This has become my favorite thread. On rainy days, and especially during the winter, I can enjoy the scenery from others' rides, which is the next best thing to being there, I guess.

Tonight I rode a new loop around Saint Paul. It was a dinner ride to try out a food truck I heard about along the riverfront MUP:



Although they prepare the food in the truck (trailer, actually), they serve it inside a nice big old grain warehouse/museum that sits right on the water. I took this shot of my Ross while I was waiting for my tacos to arrive:



After dinner, I rode back across the High Bridge and took this shot from the other side:


Lots of nice contrast around sunset here.

A few days ago, 3speedslow pointed out that I had mounted my Carradice saddlebag incorrectly. I just looped the straps through some convenient rings near the top and called it good:


That does look pretty shabby.

So when I got home tonight, I took this shot of the bag mounted correctly:


One Carradice saddlebag squared-away. Proof that the Bike Forums are a Very Good Thing.



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[MENTION=168558]Drillium Dude[/MENTION]: Great pics, Jeff!
[MENTION=61463]gomango[/MENTION]: Congrats. I've admired your Hollands before, but didn't remember/notice the extended head tube. Neat.

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I got out for a short 25 miles in the Oakland/Berkeley hills before the wife woke up. It was cool summer morning with some heavy fog that turned into a drizzle in certain places under patches of trees.



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@gomango: Congrats. I've admired your Hollands before, but didn't remember/notice the extended head tube. Neat.

Thanks.

It's as if he built this bike just for me. Uncanny.

It makes my neck feel better, that's for sure.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
I got out for a shot 25 miles in the Oakland/Berkeley hills before the wife woke up.
I'm doing that every morning this summer. What a treat.

Doesn't disrupt the family and that brings happiness and joy to all.
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Originally Posted by denny1969
Actually the ride was not tough except for the crosswinds on the way back. For the most part, the routes were flat.

The "MYM" name is in reference to sponsors of the event. Paul Manufacturing, Blue Collar Bikes, Enve, Voler, Ventana, Fox, White Industries, Rex Cycles and other manufacturers contributed. I had to leave right away after the ride. Next year I will take pictures of the after ride festival. There were some very awesome machines that were displayed. I would have loved to have all of them.

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Edit: Jim, those are great pics. Love the Masi.
Saw the announcement in the window at TBB and would have loved to have joined you guys. Unfortunately the timing didn't work out as I was up in Grinduro territory Fri-Sun and just got home. Will keep my eyes peeled for the next one.
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Old 06-25-17, 09:43 PM
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Saw the announcement in the window at TBB and would have loved to have joined you guys. Unfortunately the timing didn't work out as I was up in Grinduro territory Fri-Sun and just got home. Will keep my eyes peeled for the next one.
It was a fun ride. It was the very first day of the heat starting to ramp up, so we dodged the bullet on the 109 degree killer temperatures.

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It was a fun ride. It was the very first day of the heat starting to ramp up, so we dodged the bullet on the 109 degree killer temperatures.

Dennis
Looking forward to joining you for the next one. The 102-109 temps of the past week in Sac had been oppressive for sure. I managed to get in a couple short rides during the week. Figured we might get some respite backpacking in Plumas for a few days. It was toasty there too, but still a great getaway. Plenty of snow over 6,500' and some trails not passable. Of course all the while I am eyeballing these trails for what might be rideable on my Rock & Road. Beautiful country up there and I'd like to return with a road bike when possible.
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Ride with the Phat Dads for Sunday. Good group!











and about 2k climbing, 2300 descending. Geeking out on my new Garmin fenix 3 HR a bit. ( It is a shuttle ride with finish lower than point of origin).

East Fork Baker road up to Oregon Gulch. Good hard, but fair climb up forest service road mostly, with pretty rutty rocky downhill replete with many views and copious wildflowers. Great time!
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SVL, those are incredible vistas in your pics, I would be too distracted to concentrate on riding. You are some fortunate folks.

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I've signed up for the STP (Seattle to Portland) ride in mid July, but have yet to crack 50km in advance of the event! Managed 70km on Sunday, spread over two rides (one 20km morning ride and a 50km evening ride.) Not the same as 70km all at once, but hopefully I can get in my first metric century this coming weekend! Spent all of Saturday in the bike co-op with the Centurion getting it into proper shape for the ride - replaced the worn out chain and freewheel and a fraying shifter cable, along with two of the chain rings (moved down from 50-45 to 48-44, partly just due to what was available and compatible in shop.)

Sunday evening saw Vancouver's weekend heatwave starting to break a bit and with the long solstice hours still about, I took advantage and rode out to Richmond to check out the Shell Road trail.

Was a bit darker in the woods and at the peak hour for bugs, but it made for an enjoyable ramble nonetheless.



Headed past some farms through tall grass

Before joining up with the smooth, flat paved roads along the river and a last bit of gravel back towards the mountains (and light too dim for my cell phone to properly manage):

Just in time for a spectacular sunset over the bridge:
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
. Did about 40 myself today with some local pals and one BF member...
Public apologies for not committing when invited to join and then a no-show. Obviously my loss.
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Originally Posted by bikemig
42 mile ride today that meandered down the great western trail to Cummings IA with [MENTION=45297]gerv[/MENTION]. This was take our old bikes on a longish ride day. We seem to do this ride once a year.

I rode my 1960 Olmo Gran Sport; gerv had his Mercier 300 which likely dates from the 70s. No pics of the ride but it was an absolutely gorgeous day with weather ranging from the upper 50s to the 60s.
It was like a ride in a different era. Even the weather had a 1960s flavor.
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[MENTION=387293]musicdiver[/MENTION], nice!

I just rode my commute again. Took the Grandis. Nice ride but I broke a spoke nearing home this afternoon. Bummer.
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