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Old 11-10-17, 08:13 PM
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Thank you all for the great photos, mostly of places I've never been! This thread is my travelogue.

Fall here in California brings the end of our 5 month dry season. The trails are littered with dry oak leaves and their acorns which ripened a month or more ago.




These thistles will soon be beaten down by the winter rains and winds, to be replaced in the spring by the next generation of thistles.




Even the Olema Marsh is more brown than green this late in the season. The far hills have been dry brown since late June.




I picked up this hitch-hiker on the path down to my house. Soon all the dry leaves will be damp and decomposing and we will welcome the return of the rain, the mushrooms, and the Salmon.



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I spent a week land locked in Kansas City, unfortunately with no time to ride...Got in a couple this week.




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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Great photo's Brent!! The Rock Lobster is just so right!

Agreed.

Such an awesome bike.
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Originally Posted by Vonruden



Great pics, for sure.

What low rider rack do you use on the Hunq?

Looks quite sturdy and I need one for the Bilenky.
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Originally Posted by gomango
Great pics, for sure.

What low rider rack do you use on the Hunq?

Looks quite sturdy and I need one for the Bilenky.
Nitto Mark's rack, I was using it on my Weigle as well, very sturdy.
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Originally Posted by Vonruden
Nitto Mark's rack, I was using it on my Weigle as well, very sturdy.

Thanks. Sturdy is what I want.

I'm starting over on the Bilenky this winter.

Full XT drivetrain. New wheelset as well.

Might just go with upright bars, but haven't made it down the line on those decisions.

The frameset is too versatile to give up on and has plenty of braze-ons.
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I rode my fixed gear down to Fall City and met up with Andy Antipas and Bob Freeman for an easy spin in the Lower Valley.
Easy spin on the river road by NBend, on Flickr

Andy was riding his Davidson
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Bob was riding an old 1930’s vintage Armstrong Fixed gear
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The temps were mild - in the 50’s; and a little drizzly at times. It didn’t suck too bad. We stopped in Carnation at Sandy’s for a quick snack and some hot beverages. I split off from them after eating and headed home on the beautifully quiet Snoqualmie Valley Trail
I looped back in Carnation via the SVT by NBend, on Flickr


The trail was covered in a thick carpet of maple leaves for many miles.
The SVT was a carpet of maple leaves by NBend, on Flickr

Not bad day - about 45 miles in total for me
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17 mile shakedown ride on the 77 SLT. Pretty happy with it so far. Looks like the frame pump didn't want to hang out though!

I also found out where they keep the hills around here. I bit off a bit more than I should have, but it's all good now.

It was definitely pretty cold, I think the high today was 35. My lungs are paying a price right now.


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Out riding Alhambra after being closed for a few months. The Olive farm was having a Harvest Party and treated us to some Italian music as we rode by. Picture of two Kestrals on the new bridge.
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@curbtender, you & me both! I heard the Alhambra Valley Rd. bridge was just re-opened to I took the opportunity to ride "the Bears" around the San Pablo Reservoir, over Hidden Valley and back to Berkeley via Wildcat/tilden Park. A nice, hilly ~40 miles under a beautiful sky. The hills are still brown, even after some recent rain, but that should change soon. Sadly, I missed the olive farm Harvest Party.





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Originally Posted by thinktubes
The Cowboy Church has positive reviews on yelp, but is only open on Sundays. Actually, the reviews are more of a listing of events. I was hoping to see "five stars/would pray again!"

Yeah, this concept of a Cowboy Church has me confused. Instead of advertising their 'Church', they seem more concerned about minimizing liabilities, with a Warning.
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I'll soon be leaving the flatness of south central Arkansas, and will miss the warm days, empty roads and rural bluntness often found here.
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Old 11-12-17, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Yeah, this concept of a Cowboy Church has me confused. Instead of advertising their 'Church', they seem more concerned about minimizing liabilities, with a Warning.
FYI: that white sign regarding equine activity liability is much the same length & content as those signs all over the country. Probably State mandated verbiage. Those signs are on most horse farms and event facilities in the Northeast, and probably elsewhere. I suspect land owners have been burned pretty badly before by lawsuits. Very common signage - often multiple copies on the same property.

OK, back to bicycles......
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Originally Posted by Prowler
FYI: that white sign regarding equine activity liability is much the same length & content as those signs all over the country. Probably State mandated verbiage. Those signs are on most horse farms and event facilities in the Northeast, and probably elsewhere. I suspect land owners have been burned pretty badly before by lawsuits. Very common signage - often multiple copies on the same property.

OK, back to bicycles......
Much the same sign is found at places where equine activities take place in Florida. They are intended to address liability for injuries being personal responsibility as the state has declared them to be inherently dangerous activities. Common to find them here in Florida that has public access for equine usage, even motocross tracks and ORV parks have similar signs posted.

Its just a means to cover the location from litigation, but it has been questioned in court often.

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Amazing rides and pics, looks like I've got a fun backlog to view!

Yesterday three buddies and I got out for about 4.5 hrs of trail riding. One's new to MTB, but not a stranger to two wheels - did great. The ground was pretty hard, there were some of those dirt+ice "crystals" in one section. Plenty of leaves, piled deep in some areas and coating downhill hairpins with no berm in others. Fun to lock the rear brake around those.

Perfect day.










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Amazing rides and pics, looks like I've got a fun backlog to view!

Yesterday three buddies and I got out for about 4.5 hrs of trail riding. One's new to MTB, but not a stranger to two wheels - did great. The ground was pretty hard, there were some of those dirt+ice "crystals" in one section. Plenty of leaves, piled deep in some areas and coating downhill hairpins with no berm in others. Fun to lock the rear brake around those.

Perfect day.


What an excellent shot! Almost looks like a magazine cover; one of those "Mountain Bike Shootout" articles. The gleaming rear disc brake is a nice touch.


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Long Enough for a Chilly Day

Unfortunately, as was the case in a big chunk of the U.S. today, it felt more like January than November which limited how far I could ride without getting uncomfortable. To escape from the house for an hour or two I rode to a nearby Subway for lunch. Exciting, huh? It was a 12.6-mile round trip, all on-road. On rides in this weather, if I decide to do it, I wear four layers on my upper body and two on my legs, and a balaclava under my helmet. Yes, I wear full-finger cycling gloves. And if possible, I'll map the ride to get the tail wind on the return trip--especially when it's cold.
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I've had my last ride in Arkansas for 2017, headed back to Seattle.
No spectacular pics from flat rural roads.
Hunting season is FULL ON so avoided those packed dirt roads thru the forest.

I will not really miss a Zero bike (maybe that's why mine count doubly zero). But I have passed a spot that sorta "calls" to me.
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Well, I rode my commute again today, all 35 miles of it. The ride in was nice, cool. The ride home was wet, about 35degF. The back of my rain jacket was skunked. My feet were wet and very cold. The bike was dripping and covered with sand. The rest of me was happy.
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Took a ride down along the Mississippi River on Sunday, out of Kaposia Landing. The descent and then climb up through Simon's Ravine is always a treat. Here's one of the images I shot before beginning that climb on the way home - once I get started there is no stopping, because it is basically impossible to get started again on that steep grade.



I'll post more pics from that ride later...



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Just a couple of Fuji rides the past two days. 43 fast miles on the Ace yesterday and 17 shakedown miles riding with my wife to her college today on my newly finished '78 Newest. And no I did not leave my bike on that rack unattended!

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Fuji looks great!
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Originally Posted by dweenk
I rode along the bottom lands where the pumping stations are located. In my delinquent days, my high school guidance councilor would have said that was where I belonged. Now she is dead; I am still alive and riding bikes...
OK, I will agree that was a pretty insulting thing to say to a high school kid, but geez, @dweenk, you didn't have to kill her!

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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman
OK, I will agree that was a pretty insulting thing to say to a high school kid, but geez, @dweenk, you didn't have to kill her!

They weren't able to pin it on me
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