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Old 09-04-17, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Your rides are still looking good GMG (even the kayak). Fly fishing for muskies must be sort of like tossing cat toys with hooks in them though.
That's exactly right!

I fish with a Sage Musky 11 weight rod and a Sage Accel Spey rod. Eight weight for the two hander....

Fly fishing for Muskies. Crazy, crazy fun. by gomango1849, on Flickr

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Originally Posted by curbtender
How's that kayak cart coming along?
I've got the cart all ready to go, but our son made off with the bike when he went to college three weeks ago.

I just picked up a Specialized Stumpjumper at a yard sale for him, so I'll be reclaiming my fishing bike.

He's 6'4" and growing, so finding him bikes isn't as easy as it used to be.
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Originally Posted by gomango


and yesterday I was out in the kayak fishing for Muskies with a fly rod. Caught two of those toothy critters.
We need pictures!
Those of us on the West Coast have never seen a Muskie.
(I'm envious of both the MAP and the Della Santa. Great bikes.)
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
We need pictures!
Those of us on the West Coast have never seen a Muskie.
(I'm envious of both the MAP and the Della Santa. Great bikes.)
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Will do.

I just bought an inexpensive Sony pocket camera to leave on the boat.

I suppose a GoPro might be nice for that matter. The new Jackson kayak has a mount in place, so that may be the ticket.

This boat (Kraken) was designed from the bottom up to be a fishing machine, so it makes every day on the water a treat.

As for the Della Santa and the MAP, they make our daily rides a pleasure for us.

We do feel fortunate to have nice handbuilt bikes.

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Originally Posted by DQRider
So I'm probably dating myself here, but I'll bet many of you remember the old Life cereal commercial cited in the title. That's because this post is about a ride with my brother-in-law, Mike - and yes, he does answer to "Mikey".

Mikey's been having heart problems, something called A-fib, and five weeks ago he had a defibrillator implanted in his chest. His recovery has been slow but steady. Before his surgery, I built up an old Pugeot U08 for him to help him get back into shape. Well, Sunday the 3rd was our first ride together.
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Any way, it was a perfect ride for him on a beautiful day, and it will lead to many more in the future. My work is done here...
Good on Ya! With a steady diet of biking and taking care of himself, Mikey might just stick around for a while.
Oh, yeah, nice photos too.
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Originally Posted by Chrome Molly
Lots of good rides around the Twin Cities today.

Your rides are still looking good GMG (even the kayak). Fly fishing for muskies must be sort of like tossing cat toys with hooks in them though.

My ride took me south to Red Wing with a bunch of younger riders on their carbon bikes. Still managed to lead the way up a few of the Wisconsin 35 hills. Here's the view from Veteran's park looking north up the Mississippi valley over town. Nuke plant steaming off in the distance.
It takes a helluva climb to earn that view. Was that at the beginning or end of the ride?

I've been up there on motorcycles a few times, but never attempted it on any of my 30+ lb bicycles.

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Originally Posted by DQRider
It takes a helluva climb to earn that view. Was that at the beginning or end of the ride?

I've been up there on motorcycles a few times, but never attempted it on any of my 30+ lb bicycles.

Middle of the ride. We went from Cottage Grove to Redwing on the Minnesota side including the climb from the Casino to 61. Then up to Memorial park and back on Wisconsin 35. Something like 68 miles round trip.
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Today I rode to the yard debris drop box. Heavy load.
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Originally Posted by gomango
That's exactly right!

I fish with a Sage Musky 11 weight rod and a Sage Accel Spey rod. Eight weight for the two hander....

Fly fishing for Muskies. Crazy, crazy fun. by gomango1849, on Flickr

Fly fishing for Muskies. Crazy, crazy fun. by gomango1849, on Flickr
We only have chain pickerel here in the mid-atlantic. But we do have striped bass, so I will be seeking those through September and October in the Chesapeake Bay, and November in the ocean surf.
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"He Likes It! Hey Mikey!"

So I'm probably dating myself here, but I'll bet many of you remember the old Life cereal commercial cited in the title. That's because this post is about a ride with my brother-in-law, Mike - and yes, he does answer to "Mikey".

Mikey's been having heart problems, something called A-fib, and five weeks ago he had a defibrillator implanted in his chest. His recovery has been slow but steady. Before his surgery, I built up an old Pugeot U08 for him to help him get back into shape. Well, Sunday the 3rd was our first ride together.


Here's Mikey, "Mr. Incredible", ready to ride in style!

Mikey is a character, as you can see from the photo. Great sense of humor, generous to a fault, he's actually one of my best friends. Anyway, we went to my favorite spot in Hastings, MN, and rode the flat section of the trail beside the river and along the levee before turning around at the climb up the bluffs. Grand total of about five miles, it was just the perfect ride to get him motivated. Brunch at "El Mexican" was ample reward:



I rode my hefty Pugeot Orient Express, loving the big fat comfy tires. We took many photos, allowing Mikey time to catch his breath frequently. These bikes look good together:



We stopped at the observation deck so he could try out the old art-deco binocular. He said he couldn't see a thing through it, and wants to come back with some Windex and paper towels to clean off those lenses. See what I mean?



Anyway, at one point the trail winds through the woods and, as I rode behind him at his pace, I noticed the sun dappling the trail ahead. I turned on the camera, aimed it in his general direction, and pressed the shutter on rapid fire:


One of them was timed perfectly! Here's Mikey, racing his shadow through the woods.

For the photographic purists out there, yes, I've manipulated this image quite a bit. It is meant to be an impressionist rendering of what I saw, not an accurate document. In other words, it was blurry...

But it sure does convey the spirit of the moment, doesn't it? Here's one in black and white, but I don't think it has the same pizzazz...



Any way, it was a perfect ride for him on a beautiful day, and it will lead to many more in the future. My work is done here...






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I hope Mikey has a complete recovery!

And I'm more than old enough to remember that commercial...
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That's a great story @DQRider cheers to both of you!
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Fantastic post @DQRider another Mikey fan here, good on you for building him a bike and riding with him.

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"A UO-8. Mom brought it home. What are we gonna' do with it?"

"Let's give it to Mikey. He hates everything." (Often misquoted as "He eats everything.")

Ride-ride-ride...

"He likes it!"
@DQRider, well done.
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow
Hey @HamboneSlim what are they hiding behind the boards in one of your shots?
I'm guessing mine entrances?
It's the side of a small and mouldering barn.

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It looks like home. errr, gee it is home. Lovely countryside. I need to come darken your door sometime this autum.
I was thinking of getting together some friends for a fall Green Lane to Valley Forge round trip on the Perkiomen Trail. That's always a great ride. I plan on bringing it up with friends tonight. The more the merrier!

Rode my comfort bike/ trail bike/ beach cruiser yesterday:


The Keystone State. They're everywhere.


Watching the storm hurry down the river valley. The sky rumbled that I'd best scoot along; shortly after I got home, the power went out.

Day before I took the PX10 for a spin:




Penna. State Game Lands road that is closed to motorized vehicles.


PX10 - the ideal bike?


Managed to stay out of here this time. I keep telling myself to slow down...


but my feet don't always get the message.
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First jaunt on her, approximately 3 miles along the Boise Greenbelt, just to get a basic feel. Note the natural instagram filter known as "Western Wildfire" on this untouched iPhone photo taken at like 3:45 PM.

Hoping to put a new chain and front derailleur cable on tonight to restore the last bits of basic functionality.
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Thanks everyone for the kudos and well-wishes. This was a successful experiment.

Uh, what? - you say. Yes, I originally posted this on Monday night after a thoroughly enjoyable weekend. There was only one comment, thank you @Ballenxj, and I suspected that was because shortly after I posted it, the thread went to a new page where we all got to learn about fishing!

I've never fished from a bicycle, but I have ridden one (Stingray!) down to the creek with my cane pole over my shoulder, a long, long time ago. But I digress...

Anyway, my theory has been proven correct - many of us don't check the previous page(s) when we come back to the BF after some time away. Something to think about? You might be missing something good.

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I hope Mikey has a complete recovery!

And I'm more than old enough to remember that commercial...
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That's a great story @DQRider cheers to both of you!
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Fantastic post @DQRider another Mikey fan here, good on you for building him a bike and riding with him.

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"A UO-8. Mom brought it home. What are we gonna' do with it?"

"Let's give it to Mikey. He hates everything." (Often misquoted as "He eats everything.")

Ride-ride-ride...

"He likes it!"
@DQRider, well done.
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Originally Posted by HamboneSlim
It's the side of a small and mouldering barn.


I was thinking of getting together some friends for a fall Green Lane to Valley Forge round trip on the Perkiomen Trail. That's always a great ride. I plan on bringing it up with friends tonight. The more the merrier!

Rode my comfort bike/ trail bike/ beach cruiser yesterday:


The Keystone State. They're everywhere.


Watching the storm hurry down the river valley. The sky rumbled that I'd best scoot along; shortly after I got home, the power went out.

Day before I took the PX10 for a spin:




Penna. State Game Lands road that is closed to motorized vehicles.


PX10 - the ideal bike?


Managed to stay out of here this time. I keep telling myself to slow down...


but my feet don't always get the message.
That is some outstanding photography, Slim. And the bikes are even better!


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Originally Posted by top506
Nice.

Slightly off topic - It looks like they officially renamed it back to its original Chatham Lifeboat Station. Some incredible history there.

If you are curious do a Google search for Pendleton Rescue February 1952. Then see the movie The Finest Hours. It's a Disney flick so it has a bit of fluff and a few tweaks of the details for movie purposes. But once it gets into the main event the details are almost verbatim from the Boston Globe articles Feb 1952. Check out the Orleans Historical Society's web pages. Unbelievably heroic stuff.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Then see the movie The Finest Hours. It's a Disney flick so it has a bit of fluff and a few tweaks of the details for movie purposes. But once it gets into the main event the details are almost verbatim from the Boston Globe articles Feb 1952. Check out the Orleans Historical Society's web pages. Unbelievably heroic stuff.
+1 We greatly enjoyed that movie. I thought it was well done! Nice to see that station getting the glory it has earned.
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Originally Posted by HamboneSlim
I was thinking of getting together some friends for a fall Green Lane to Valley Forge round trip on the Perkiomen Trail. That's always a great ride. I plan on bringing it up with friends tonight. The more the merrier.
+100. I'd love to ride with you on that. It's in my "back yard". Please keep me posted. Send a PM so we can swap phone numbers. Thx.
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