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Old 10-29-17, 07:25 PM
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We took that tandem out to trying to beat the rain predicted for late afternoon. We got about 10 miles out when the rain started, not so bad as to make us turn around though. We couldn't decide whether to go out to Ferns for lunch or stop by Hutchins Organic Farm. About 20 out we decided on Hutchins since they close in a day or so. Ended up with about 40 lbs of yellow cauliflower and kale. Oh, well, that's what big panniers are for. While my sweetie shopped the rain picked up, from slight to just plain steady. The ride home was uneventful except that we had to lug all that weight! We ended up with 43 miles.

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Temps topped out around 45 today in Chicago. Trying to extend the season, so I did a 50-miler north of the city.

Took a detour into Ravine Bluffs, which is a housing development which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. In the development there are 5 houses, a bridge, and cast concrete sculptures all designed by Wright.

Here's one of the sculptures that marks the entrance:



Hollis R. Root house



Bike parked at one of the other sculptures



Ventured down into one of the many ravines on the North Shore. Trail was a bit tricky on 700x23s



Near the bottom of the ravine, there is an old stone bridge that leads to an estate (not mine)



An artificial cove on Lake Michigan used for swimming

I did my part to keep America beautiful by picking up this piece of trash in Lake Forest



This weeks ride was 30 degrees colder than last week. Really had to bundle up.

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Originally Posted by jamesdak
Well today I have no fancy pics to share. Drove across the valley to a straight, lonely stretch of road to continue dialing in the Prologue TT funny bike.



Grabbed this shot after finishing up.
That just looks wrong - how easy is it to ride?
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Originally Posted by MezzoLew
That just looks wrong - how easy is it to ride?

Yes it does, LOL!

Surprisingly it's not bad at all while on the bullhorns. When on the aero bars you just stay smooth because it is twitchy if you're not careful. I'm still getting used to it though. It does seem to incorporate the muscles in a whole new way.
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Originally Posted by Narhay


1972 Peugeot PX-10 out to the beach and back with a fair bit of headwind...seemingly both ways. 55.4km, 27.5km/h and 227m of elevation. Not my best but it was a nice way to spend Sunday afternoon.
How can one not admire a nicely built PX10?
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Originally Posted by Narhay
... with a fair bit of headwind...seemingly both ways.
As long as you weren't going to school, uphill both ways, in the snow, you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
As long as you weren't going to school, uphill both ways, in the snow, you'll be fine.
...now that you mention it...
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I rode Cheetahfest 2017. No pics of me, but check this out. This guy rode like a madman. The bike setup stayed like this, but the arm warmers came off the bones after a short while.

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Originally Posted by palincss


71 miles, from Calverton VA to Warrenton, Brandy Station and Elk Run. This is the Rappahannock River at Kelly's Ford. There were Civil War battles at Brandy Station and Kelly's Ford.
Beautiful shot - looks like a Hudson River School painting.
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Today's ride was another commute. However last night's rain and 50mph winds made a mess.

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I just got back from Arizona last night. Drove down to Sierra Vista in S. AZ to help care for my Dad and give his wife a much needed break. It was not all work, I did bring a bike with me and got in a few rides while I was there.

Like this one...out to Coronado National Monument. It is such a beautiful place
Riding into Coronado National Monument
The road into the park by NBend, on Flickr

The pavement ends with 2 miles to go to the pass
The pavement ends with 2 miles to go by NBend, on Flickr

The top is within sight. Note the Border Control vehicles standing watch..
Montezuma Pass ahead by NBend, on Flickr

At the top of Montezuma Pass looking south east
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Looking south west
The backside of Montezuma Pass by NBend, on Flickr

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Again with the beautiful shots and stellar photography, just wonderful, thank you!
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Goat Rock State Beach, Sonoma Co.
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Hwy 116 Sonoma Co.
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Such moody expressive photos, @djkashuba.

...and a nice bookend to @Vonruden Happy Halloween

thanks guys!
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djkashuba, is that fog, or smoke from the fires?

Great photos, every one.
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Actually last night, hallowed eve.
Son and I prowled the big hood and racked in the candy.
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Got out on the Klein mtb a couple of times this past week and dodged a few elk hunters on the road in the hills behind the house. Been a pretty stressful time the past year so I needed to escape to a place I discovered a couple of years ago for some quiet time.





Of course, getting to it means you have to go down which also means you have to go up to get out.

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^ I'm glad to see you're getting back in the saddle again @scozim

Back in early October when I drove down to Arizona to care for Dad, I took my time, stopping along the way for some bike rides.

I camped outside of Yosemite for two nights, taking one day to ride inside the Park.


Yosemite Valley 1 by NBend, on Flickr

Yosemite Valley 2 by NBend, on Flickr

Tioga Road 2 by NBend, on Flickr

Then camped at Furnace Creek and rode around in Death Valley for a couple of days

Dawn in Furnace Creek by NBend, on Flickr

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Dad lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona, just a few miles from the border with Mexico. The surrounding area has some good cycling. In addition to the ride out to Coronado National Monument, I also got a chance to ride out to the copper mining town of Bisbee

Approaching Bisbee by NBend, on Flickr

It is home to Ken Wallace and his Bisbee Bicycle Brothel.

Stopping at the Brothel by NBend, on Flickr

It is a small place. A feast to the eyes
Razors by NBend, on Flickr

Drillium by NBend, on Flickr

The lineup by NBend, on Flickr

more on display by NBend, on Flickr

The town itself is full of narrow, winding streets and interesting nooks and crannies just begging to be explored by bike


Exploring the backroads by NBend, on Flickr

I stopped for a beer at the Copper Queen before heading back
A beer at the Copper Queen before I ride back by NBend, on Flickr

Heading back to Sierra Vista in the heat of the day. Still hot..in the mid 90’s in late October
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Originally Posted by Peugeotlover
djkashuba, is that fog, or smoke from the fires?

Great photos, every one.
Just fog. Thankfully the fires have subsided and the air is great.

Great travel log @northbend!

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Originally Posted by northbend
Dad lives in Sierra Vista, Arizona, just a few miles from the border with Mexico. The surrounding area has some good cycling. In addition to the ride out to Coronado National Monument, I also got a chance to ride out to the copper mining town of Bisbee
Thank you, northbend, for that wonderful virtual road-trip through warmer climes. In my alt.life fantasies I live in an Airstream trailer somewhere in the desert southwest, kind of like the character "Bud" in"Kill Bill, Volume 2".

We are currently oppressed by gloomy grey skies and a rain/snow mix that I call "snizzle". But sometime tonight, while I am fast asleep, Old Man Winter is going to creep in here and make our lives miserable - or so the weather-guessers tell us.

No worries, though. I have built a winter bike; a 1994 Barracuda A2B MTB with studded Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires and Planet Bike fenders. Instead of the indoor trainer this year I am going to ride laps around a local lake, and longer trips along the MRT (Mississippi River Trail) on the weekends. Pictures to follow...

And yes, I know this is a niche-collectable bike, but I have applied Frame Saver and will be meticulous in my maintenance throughout this ugly, salty season. I tried the trainer last winter... hated it.

I've gotta get out there and ride!

Okay, I'm abusing the emojis now... sorry. Better sign-off for the night. Big day tomorrow...


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Two friends and I got away yesterday to Guilford, VT, for some hilly, dirt-road riding. We covered 30 miles with about 3,000 feet of climbing:







The bikes decided to take a nap after all of that work:

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Originally Posted by northbend
It is home to Ken Wallace and his Bisbee Bicycle Brothel.

Thanks, northbend.

Here are some more images from Ken Wallace's vintage bicycle oasis.

Bisbee Bicycle Brothel

Be sure to click on the left column options to see some of his bike collection.

All cotton T-shirts $20., includes shipping. (See "Last Shop Photos" option, 4th photo down.)

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