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Sunday was a cold but beautiful day here in Minnesota. I rode my Peugeot Orient Express down through Simon's Ravine to Kaposia Landing, and picked up the MRT (Mississippi River Trail) heading south.



Even though it is still officially Autumn, you could smell winter in the air; which is actually a total absence of smells. Nothing is in bloom, and the mild stink of the river goes away in the cold.



At one point I took a break, and sat on one of the nice commemorative benches to enjoy a Clif bar and some water.



I googled Captain Phil McFate, but the only thing that came up was an article out of the Winona paper from the 1970s, and you had to sign up for some kind of subscription in order to actually read it, so I passed.

Here and there along my journey I was surprised to see people fishing from the bank. This is a common enough sight during warm weather, but I think these folks actually eat what they catch in this river, so I guess they fish all winter as well. (Is that legal? Who knows...)

Here was one of the most popular spots, but the fisher folk made it clear they did not want their photo taken, so I left them out-of-shot right.



The trail wanders away from the river after going under the Wakota Bridge, so I didn't take any more photos after that. I had a headwind out of the northwest all the way back, and the climb out of Simon's Ravine is always a challenge. But it was a great way to end the weekend.


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That Orient Express is very cool.
I never get tired of looking at 80s lugged MTBs.
I was in the twin cities in August for a couple hours on my way from Montana back home to PA. I visited Minnehaha Falls and Lift Bridge Brewing in Stillwater. I must get back to that area and spend more time.
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Originally Posted by Pemetic2006
That Orient Express is very cool.
I never get tired of looking at 80s lugged MTBs.
I was in the twin cities in August for a couple hours on my way from Montana back home to PA. I visited Minnehaha Falls and Lift Bridge Brewing in Stillwater. I must get back to that area and spend more time.
Thanks. And yes, I have the same lugged MTB fetish myself. The Stumpies have been priced out-of-reach for some time now, but these Peugeot " - Express" series bikes can still be had economically.

I've been looking for a Lotus Pegasus for some time now - no special reason except that was my first MTB back in California when I was at MCAS El Toro in the `80s. Such a simple, elegant design; and it had that nifty little shoulder tube connecting the top and seat-tubes. But I think it should be renamed "Unicorn", as it is extremely hard to find one in the right size.
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A gray day at the coast. Our rainy season has begun in earnest: Two inches of rain overnight but only infrequent drops during my ride. The first fender ride of the year.





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Originally Posted by obrentharris
A gray day at the coast. Our rainy season has begun in earnest: Two inches of rain overnight but only infrequent drops during my ride. The first fender ride of the year.

That's a cool pic.

Our cool season has begun in earnest but not the cold season yet. Still, a few commutes with temps in the 30's makes a warm destination mighty nice.
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^Looks like a slippery slope.
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Originally Posted by curbtender
^Looks like a slippery slope.
Why did an image of Daffy Duck pop into my head as soon as I read that?

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Originally Posted by northbend
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
Andy1 by NBend, on Flickr

Bob was riding an old 1930ís vintage Armstrong Fixed gear
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The temps were mild - in the 50ís; and a little drizzly at times. It didnít suck too bad. We stopped in Carnation at Sandyís 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
Hi Northbend, asking how close you think this is in color to your SS, sorry for the huge size.

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Originally Posted by merziac
Hi Northbend, asking how close you think this is in color to your SS, sorry for the huge size.

Looks pretty darn close to me! Nice bike

I woke up this morning sore and stiff after my first 2 days of skiing this year.

Time to get the bike out and go for an easy spin to get the blood circulating through the legs.

The bike of of choice was the fixed gear
Middle Fork by NBend, on Flickr

The route I chose for therapy was the recently paved Middle Fork road just outside of North Bend.
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MFR3 by NBend, on Flickr

That 30 miles spent on the bike did the trick, I feel much better now
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Superb pics again! VR, love the purple rain shot. NB, I never manage to take pics of swoopy roads because when I'm riding them I never want to stop.

I did get out for a nice long ride today:

Let it be known that as of last Wednesday I have been on this earth 69 years. Hence in accordance with the Honourable Traditions of the 50+ Forum I set forth to do Birthday Ride whereupon one rides the number of miles equal to the number of years one has been on this earth.

The steed of choice was the recently acquired PFN-10, French soul and almost all French components. The temperature was around 40 degrees, the sun shining in a bright blue sky, seeming very November.

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Lunch at Verrill Farm, where I happened up on another interesting bike in the rack.


Curious mix of details, some decidedly new-ish but still bearing Faliero's signature. The owner came out while I was eating so I asked him about it. He shrugged and said it was '09, "nothing special". But he'd had a choice of buying that or some CF thingy and he preferred the feel of steel. We talked bikes for a few minutes.

Of course by then the sun had disappeared. Well, rain had been predicted for the evening. I made the mistake of checking the weather app on my phone. "Snow starting in 42 minutes." Great! I'm 23 miles from home so I can't escape it but a long way from the desired 69. I decided to turn north then instead of going further west. 20 minutes later the phone said "Snow starting in 2 minutes." Hey, what about those other 20 minutes??? At least I was wearing my rain jacket.

I dropped the plan to ride to Chelmsford, figured I'd put in some miles on roads that I knew if the weather turned bad. The snow never came. Neither did the rain until I got home.

Did I mention that it seemed very November?


At about 15 miles from home my Fitbit said I'd ridden 50 miles. Hmm, gonna' be close hitting 69. I stared thinking about loops I could add to pick up a few extra miles. About 5 miles from home my watched buzzed, a txt msg from my neighbor saying happy birthday and he had a beer from Jack's Abby waiting for me when I got home. That settled it! Heck with mileage goals. About 3 minutes after I arrived home the rain arrived too. Good timing, that beer note. Sometimes the Lord works in mysterious ways.

I ended up with only 67 miles. Two short of the goal. I can live with that. The weather and the beer won the day.

And I have to add that the PFN-10 is a superb road bike! Fast, predictable, agile, comfortable.
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Happy 67th, @jimmuller!
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I got out today for around 40 miles with some climbing. I'm playing with the fit on the Raleigh to try to spread the work across the legs more evenly, progress for sure but I think the seat was a touch far back on the rails.

The weather was chilled and gusty at first with the wind building to a cold and steady precipitation a mile or two from home. There's something enjoyable about that kinda thing.





"No stairway - denied"



These guys were busy working:







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jimmuller - Great story and beautiful Peugot. Happy birthday!
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Arbutus menziesii (giganticus)

Just riding around town today; thought I'd take a pic of the largest Madrona tree in the state of Washington. About a mile from where I work, it sits on a city lot that used to also have a little house on it. It was bought, in order to preserve the tree, by the widow of the guy who was my dentist when I was a kid. Now it's a little park with a sign designating "Ted's Tree," probably between 300 - 400 years old. Should be good for another 50 years, maybe, though Arbutus don't usually live that long. You can see from the foliage on the right side, it's not doing too well over there.

There is one almost this big about a block away from here. Not usually what we're referring to when we talk about old growth trees, but the really huge firs and hemlocks are all out in the national park next door to us.

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Tx @northbend, beautiful pic's as always, glad the ride did the trick. Did you paint the fixed gear and or do you know the paint color/code? I had a measly 5mi. ride on the rain bike today, it was pretty nice but alas no pics.
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That tree is a beaut!
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Tx @northbend, Did you paint the fixed gear and or do you know the paint color/code?
The bike is a 1988 Paramount, Paint is original.

thanks and happy birthday to @jimmuller
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Originally Posted by jimmuller



<snipped> ...And I have to add that the PFN-10 is a superb road bike! Fast, predictable, agile, comfortable.
Absolutely! I love my PFN-10, although mine is positively scruffy compared to your pristine example. I'll be riding that one, which I have dubbed "Velo de Ville 2", later today. But I'm going to wait until the temperature gets above freezing... it's 27įF here right now.


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Tx again @northbend, I probably should have known that. Very nice.

And Happy Birthday to @jimmullar from me too!
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Alright, I'll start by saying I've taken some liberties with the quoting, because the quoted post was a long one. My apologies if I left out anything the author deems important.

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I got out today for around 40 miles with some climbing. I'm playing with the fit on the Raleigh to try to spread the work across the legs more evenly, progress for sure but I think the seat was a touch far back on the rails.

The weather was chilled and gusty at first with the wind building to a cold and steady precipitation a mile or two from home. There's something enjoyable about that kinda thing.

"No stairway - denied"



Sorry, but I don't understand the stairway reference. What am I missing here?


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Ouch! Looks like you crashed. Are you alright?

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Almost home:


So, do you have to swim that last bit to get there? You must be a try-athlete!

But seriously, very nice post.



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A Day at the Races

I only rode a little more than 10 miles today but, thanks to my fellow Masters 65+ racers, I always come away exhausted. Today's race, number two in the Surf City 2017 series, was held high in the Santa Cruz Mountains. At 38 years Surf City is the longest-running cyclocross series in the U.S.



















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Originally Posted by obrentharris
A Day at the Races



I only rode a little more than 10 miles today but, thanks to my fellow Masters 65+ racers, I always come away exhausted. Today's race, number two in the Surf City 2017 series, was held high in the Santa Cruz Mountains. At 38 years Surf City is the longest-running cyclocross series in the U.S.



















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First let me say: Excellent photography! Looks like a magazine article on the subject.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but this looks exactly like the 1980s MTB X-Country races I did at Mammoth and Big Bear. Except most of these bikes have those weird curly handlebars...

Actually, I'm hoping this post will put us over the top so that my next post won't disappear in 3.5 seconds. Silly of me, I know, but I put a lot of effort into these things. Most of you are probably waiting for the same reason...




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Thanks @DQRider!

A lot less elevation gained and lost in cyclocross compared to Mammoth MTB races, only a couple hundred feet per lap. Unlike most mountain bike races, the demented souls who design cyclocross courses like to force us off our bikes with barriers, stairs and steep slopes. Like the cross country races you remember it's a lot of fun if you don't mind total exhaustion!

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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Thanks @DQRider!

A lot less elevation gained and lost in cyclocross compared to Mammoth MTB races, only a couple hundred feet per lap. Unlike most mountain bike races, the demented souls who design cyclocross courses like to force us off our bikes with barriers, stairs and steep slopes. Like the cross country races you remember it's a lot of fun if you don't mind total exhaustion!

Hopefully my post will put you on the next page.
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And I suppose the laps make it more spectator-friendly than either road- or mountain-bike racing. That makes sense.

I saw the one gal with a straight, or "flat" bar on her `cross bike. I would think that would work better for bike handling over obstacles. When I've watched this on TV, I noticed the front-runners were bunny-hopping the smaller barriers.

Stairs... that's the second mention of stairs here in the last couple days. I've ridden motorcycles up and down stairs, but only down them on my old MTBs. As long as your wheels are strong enough...?

My first MTB was a Lotus Pegasus, and that had a nifty, curved "shoulder bar" between the top- and seat-tubes. This came in handy at stream crossings and over fallen trees, but I suppose the weight penalty would be unacceptable today. Definitely a fascinating sport... to watch. But my right knee is held together by rubber bands and titanium screws, so no psycho-cross for me.

(Hey, that did the trick!)


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