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Old 11-28-17, 07:01 PM
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That Carabela is a beauty! It looks like it's been sitting in a closet for 40 years.
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Old 11-28-17, 08:09 PM
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That Carabela is a beauty! It looks like it's been sitting in a closet for 40 years.
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+1, a well climate controlled, low light closet. That is either one well preserved Carabela, or the best restoration in a long while.

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Old 11-28-17, 09:43 PM
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If you only moved to the Tempe area 5 years ago, you should look for pics of that area from the early 80s. That whole lake by the old mill used to be a river - a small one, until it flooded. Phoenix and Tempe seem to be constantly developing and have been ever since the 70s - every time I go back to visit I discover a new freeway, I swear! I love the last pic - next time I'm down I'm going to have to duplicate that route as I've not been on the Canal path in Scottsdale.

Beauty of a bike, too! Thanks for sharing your great photos

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Thanks DD! I love poring over old pictures to see how the city used to look. The population of the Phoenix metro has more than quadrupled since 1970. The area where I live was an empty stretch between Chandler and Tempe just 30 years ago. Now all the individual towns have grown into one solid city, and it's still growing fast. It's something I'm glad I can witness firsthand, after growing up in a metro Atlanta suburb without much in the way of history.

I guess they used to have a lot of trouble on that part of the Salt River now called Tempe Town Lake. The current railroad bridge across is the third one, after the first two washed away. The northbound Mill Avenue bridge I took the 2nd and 3rd picture from wasn't opened until 1994, but flooding almost erased it before it was finished the year before.

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very well preserved, but a short TT makes it a different feel on the road.
And I hate tires with a center rib, 'for low rolling resistance', with handling jitters.
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Old 11-30-17, 02:06 PM
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30 fast miles on the Newest two days ago.
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23 miles yesterday on the PX10. In honor of the drafting of the Albanian Declaration of Independence on Nov. 28th, 1912, the double eagles are flying with the stars and stripes in the Bronx.

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Last ride of November! Out to Concord, MA, and back on the newly powder-coated LandShark. Took a break for a photo at the Bedford Depot before heading east.

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Nice pics.

This week has been mostly the same ol' same ol', w.r.t. commuting. Today was different. I put the Bianchi in the car, dropped the car off for service then rode to work. Only problem is, the service site and work are opposite directions so the total distance was a bit higher then normal. Of course I had to pick the car up this evening too, so the return trip was long too. Just another day.
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A couple pics from last weekend.



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40 miles on the tandem today in typical New England December weather, temps in the low 40's. Extremely light traffic today, a wonderful experience.





Of course we had to stop for multiple picnics.



We had one unusual experience today. About 15 miles out we heard a sort of pop, like we'd run over a twig, except that we hadn't. Then we started hearing intermittent popping from the drive train whenever Sharon pedaled with any sense of purpose. She said she felt it in one foot more than the other. Hmm, I thought maybe a broken BB bearing; we've broken them before. So we stopped and I checked things over. Rode some more, checked again. The rear wheel bearings seem solid so it wasn't the axle. The BB's (we have two of 'em, you know) were okay. I even used the 5mm hex wrench at the public repair stand in Chelmsford to check the chainring bolts. The crank arms were firmly attached to the spindles. The spokes were all good. Hmm... Then I checked her pedals. Aha! The innards of one had apparently asploded!

Obviously she puts so much power into them that it just plum wore out. All 5'2" of her busted a pedal after 10,000 miles. (And she wanted to make sure I mentioned that! ) Wait to go, sweetie! I've never busted a pedal.

After deciding that we weren't going to crash or break anything critical we decided to keep riding. Now I need to find pedals. They are just inexpensive Avenir black plastic MTB pedals, but they work well for her because the wide platform is comfy and they look nice with black plastic toe clips.
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Old 12-02-17, 05:12 PM
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A couple pics from last weekend.



Love seeing pics of the Colnago, looks even better in the flesh.
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Old 12-02-17, 05:30 PM
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Went up Highway 190 in the Sierras, east of Bakersfield. Got to try out my Nishiki International in the mountains, now that I have switched the stock 52/42 gearing down to something lower. I put on an MTB crank with a 48/36, and that's much better.

I can't believe people used to use 42 tooth chainrings in the mountains, a 42 is most people's "big ring" these days. Those guys must have been real flyweights. Or sadists, one of the two.

Road was well-paved, without too much traffic. From 1000 feet to near 5000 feet in about 16 miles. Some 9 and 10% grades, and a very twisty descent. Nice CA weather too, I wore long sleeves and shorts.

Great ride though, I'm really lucky to have roads like this only an hour's drive away.
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Old 12-02-17, 06:07 PM
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A nice day on the Moto. Ft. Ross/ Meyer's Grade loop. 2740 ft in 40 Mi.


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Temps? Did you need to bundle up at all?
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A nice day on the Moto. Ft. Ross/ Meyer's Grade loop. 2740 ft in 40 Mi.


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Cool pic. Do you ever encounter any orcs on that ride?
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Cool pic. Do you ever encounter any orcs on that ride?
A very large ferrel pig crossed my path. That was weird.

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A very large ferrel pig crossed my path. That was weird.

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If he had a cow bell, his name was probably "Will".

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It is always sad to see a beautiful, historic building being demolished. I passed by this one on my way to work. Unfortunately this one was owned but unoccupied for decades. Yesterday the structure began to fail and this ornate building that survived since 1890 had to be dismantled hurriedly because it was on the verge of collapse. Buildings like this will never be constructed again.

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@Colnago Mixte - you are blessed with amazing scenery and roads close to your location. Thanks for sharing some images.

My daily ride to work is via a castle but only about 1/2 mile so not a long ride! Here is a photo of the castle .. the grounds a lovely to ride through and a public right of way.
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Let's Try This Again...

Here are a couple of shots from our ride to Prescott, Wisconsin last weekend. I had originally posted three of them before I realized I hadn't asked my friend Ian if that was OK. Turns out only two shots made the cut:


A sea of brown lies waiting for the snow, and the Spring planting season that will follow. The shot actually looks better in black and white.


My friend Ian, (aka "The Blind Lord of Kent" to the Gentleman Cyclists group), leads the way on one of the dirt farm roads we took to bypass the highway. The stark winter sunlight makes for excellent shadows.

It was a beautiful day on the wide open prairie, and the roads were pretty much deserted. The lunch stop at Enrique's Tacos in Prescott was wonderful; Barbacoa Burritos for both of us.

Today I'll be doing a ride around the city, because this may be the last one for awhile. I won't go there when the roads are icy, and the weather forecast tells us that's coming soon.


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Today's ride was a solo run on the Grandis. 40.8 chilly miles, but no wind and very light traffic. A very pleasant day.

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I took my Crescent out for one last ride before the weather gets bad later this week. I live on a farm west of Chgo so lots of country roads out here.
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Originally Posted by greg3rd48
It is always sad to see a beautiful, historic building being demolished. I passed by this one on my way to work. Unfortunately this one was owned but unoccupied for decades. Yesterday the structure began to fail and this ornate building that survived since 1890 had to be dismantled hurriedly because it was on the verge of collapse. Buildings like this will never be constructed again.

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At least you captured it before it fell.

Balmy December day, probably my last ride in shorts for a while as a cold front is on its way.


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Such a cool bike and my favorite stem. Ever.

I love to see Sachs bikes in alternate colors.


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At least you captured it before it fell.

Balmy December day, probably my last ride in shorts for a while as a cold front is on its way.


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I took my Crescent out for one last ride before the weather gets bad later this week. I live on a farm west of Chgo so lots of country roads out here.
Welcome aboard, 76SLT! I see you are the proud owner of a Raleigh Wyoming... I would love to know what you think of yours.

Also, although I could ask the almighty Google, what can you tell us about your Crescent. I, for one, haven't heard of them...

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@Vonruden You sure have some fleet of beautiful machines.
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