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Old 01-20-18, 05:13 PM
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I'm really enjoying the overpass motif here!
Great photos guys.
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Originally Posted by noglider
It's been cold here. And there's been ice and slush on the ground from our recent snowfalls. So it's been hard to ride.

But yesterday, I said the heck with it, I'll ride anyway. I'm upstate for three days. I could have ridden the roads but I didn't want to wipe out where there are motor vehicles. I could have ridden the bike trail, but I wanted hills.

So I went to Lake Minnewaska State Park Preserve, one of my favorite places. I rode one of the carriage roads, which are gravel. The one I usually ride is uphill from the lower parking lot to Lake Awosting. At the Lake I just turned and went back down. It was just 5.5 miles round trip, but there was plenty of climbing, and riding on gravel is more of a workout than on pavement. I worked up a good appetite.

For most of my ride, I listened to a bluegrass group called Southern Rail. The lead singer and guitarist happens to be @jimmuller. His sweetie is one of the harmony singers and the bassist.

On my way home, I spotted 18 live deer and one dead one, the most in a day for me. Around here, I average one per day. Later in the evening, I saw three more live ones.

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I missed the brief sunshine this morning; by the time I hit the trail we had solid overcast. But the cloud layer was thin, giving a strangely diffuse ambient light that really flattered this bike in photos.
Another beautiful build! That kind of light is perfect pictures. Just enough light to bring out soft details with shine and depth, but not enough for dark shadows and blown highlights.

Are those Tektro R559 brakes? I have the shorter R539's on my Fuji, and they are a massive upgrade from the Dia-Compe sidepulls it came with. Effortless stopping power. The look really nice, too.
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I've been off the bike for pretty much all of December and January, but today's weather was not to be missed. Quick 10 miler on the Sports along the Hudson River Greenway to the bridge and back. Good to be rolling!





I'll ride my International tomorrow to try out the Compass Bon Jon Pass tires that arrived today.
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Originally Posted by scratchpaddy
Another beautiful build! That kind of light is perfect pictures. Just enough light to bring out soft details with shine and depth, but not enough for dark shadows and blown highlights.

Are those Tektro R559 brakes? I have the shorter R539's on my Fuji, and they are a massive upgrade from the Dia-Compe sidepulls it came with. Effortless stopping power. The look really nice, too.
Good eye, scratchpaddy, in more ways than one. First, let me compliment you on your photos: Wow... were you using a tripod for these? Or some very nice equipment? If you tell me you caught these on a smartphone, I'm going to be very sad...

Also, you correctly spotted my R559s. I use them on all my 27 - 700c conversions. As you say, you can't beat them mechanically, and yeah, they are quite pretty as well.

It's fascinating to me that we have so many great photographs during the slow winter season. This has become my favorite thread... I've probably said that before. But it just keeps getting better!

And thanks, Brent, for pointing that out. Pure serendipity, that.


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Hey @DQRider on the Bridgestone, are the black hammered fenders by Handsome?


They look similar to those on my AD.
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Originally Posted by ascherer
I've been off the bike for pretty much all of December and January, but today's weather was not to be missed. Quick 10 miler on the Sports along the Hudson River Greenway to the bridge and back. Good to be rolling!





I'll ride my International tomorrow to try out the Compass Bon Jon Pass tires that arrived today.
That's a well-preserved Raleigh, sir! It would fit right in on the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour.

But that setback seatpost... was that a period accessory? It looks custom-made. Nice photos as well.


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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Hey @DQRider on the Bridgestone, are the black hammered fenders by Handsome?
They look similar to those on my AD.
Yes, they are similar... they could very well be made with the same tooling, in the same factory for all we know. But if you look down near the bottom of the fenders here, you will see the V.O. logo. These are from Velo Orange.



Looking at the two websites, it would appear I paid an extra $2 for those logos...





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Originally Posted by DQRider
That's a well-preserved Raleigh, sir! It would fit right in on the Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour.

But that setback seatpost... was that a period accessory? It looks custom-made. Nice photos as well.


Thanks, @DQRider. It gets a lot of use as my daily commuter here in NYC during the warm months, and it's my grocery and errands bike. As soon as I finish my coffee we'll roll over to the greenmarket. If I were closer I'd join the Lake Pepin ride for sure.

It was a bit of a barn find, pretty crusty with melted-on tires but it cleaned up nicely. It is pretty much original. I've put on cork grips, a new LED headlamp, the rack, replaced the rubber blocks on the original pedals and installed a larger cog. Consumables, of course. The seat post is a BMX item, called a lay back post. I'm 6' 3" and the fore-and-aft was a bit cramped, this helps a lot.
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Originally Posted by fender1
Tom, I have a set of white SKS Longboard fenders (that have a few holes drilled in them for) that you can have for shipping. Those Blumels barely qualify as fenders anymore!
Thanks!

You were there when one of them broke. It was on that insanely cold ride along the Delaware.
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Originally Posted by DQRider
Good eye, scratchpaddy, in more ways than one. First, let me compliment you on your photos: Wow... were you using a tripod for these? Or some very nice equipment? If you tell me you caught these on a smartphone, I'm going to be very sad...

Also, you correctly spotted my R559s. I use them on all my 27 - 700c conversions. As you say, you can't beat them mechanically, and yeah, they are quite pretty as well.

It's fascinating to me that we have so many great photographs during the slow winter season. This has become my favorite thread... I've probably said that before. But it just keeps getting better!

And thanks, Brent, for pointing that out. Pure serendipity, that.


Thank you, DQ. Phone cameras are more than adequate for great pictures these days, but I wasn't using one. I have a Sony a7r, and I was using it with a Pentax 55mm lens from the 70's which hardly ever leaves my camera anymore. It renders beautifully, and it only cost $25. Instead of a tripod, I used fences and posts to stabilize the camera.

This is my favorite thread on the forum, too. So many great pictures and stories. I avoided signing up for BF for a long time, because I was afraid of getting obsessed with gear and specs and little expensive things that everyone needs to buy. I got caught up in the Cult of Gear big time on photography forums. It took years and lots of money before I finally understood that the person behind the camera, and what they do with it, was far more important than the camera itself.

The bike that makes me happy is the right bike for me. Reading about the latest and greatest gear I could buy to make me faster and better is not going to make me happy with my bike. Reading and looking at pictures of people out in the world enjoying their bikes, that makes me happy.

This is a really good thread. I appreciate everyone here, sharing your experiences with us. You make me happy.
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We took the tandem out today for 41 miles, our first ride of the year. Just a quick pop out to Concord for lunch.

Arlington's section of Great Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary:





This must have been a bridge built when the RR line was put in. Unless you stop and notice you could completely miss this small piece of history.



At a quick stop in Lexington I spotted this Gran Prix, same color as our tandem, original components except for the Sora FD, the pedals, and the seatpost (turned backwards with the saddle pushed all the way back on the rails).



Stopped for lunch on Concord, had to take a selfie.



Concord's WWI monument.

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You and your sweetie are so cute, @jimmuller.

I've been taking short rides on Citi Bike. The bikes are tanks, but they're well suited to dirty slush.

Now the streets are clear, so I took my own bike for the first time in a long time. I just rode to a music recital on the upper east side, 4-1/2 miles each way. Traffic was heavy for a Sunday, but I had fun.

Times Square at sunset!

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I guess my ride today was about as far as you can get from Tom's vibrant Times Square photo.

I've been riding almost every Sunday for the last 25 years with a small group of scruffy local Mountain Bikers who call ourselves the Forest Knolls Freewheelers. Most of us are fungavores so our winter rides often include a mushroom hunt. This week, on a soggy ridge near Point Reyes, we were very successful.



How many Chanterelles can you spot in this next photo?



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Chants!

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Great pics guys! I am jealous: Time Square, mushroom hunts, and all the picturesque rural scenery... I really miss living in Sonoma County. I did another exploratory ride of the Fullerton Loop today, according to google the whole thing is about 10-12 miles, I've explored maybe 5-6 miles. I decided to take off the slicks and put on some random knobbies I had laying around. They were too wide for the fenders, so those had to go too. They were way too aggressive for the pavement, but I was more than glad to have them on some parts of the trail since the rains have washed out a lot of areas and piled up very fine sand in others. There are nice parts of the trail, I'll just have to remember to take more pictures of the scenery next time instead of only bike shots.

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Took the old Raleigh on the Sulphur Mountain Gravel Ride today (above Ojai, CA). 44 miles, 3200" climb, 10 miles of dirt and gravel fire roads.
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Sulphur Mountain Gravel Grinder

Took the old Raleigh on the Sulphur Mountain Gravel Ride today (above Ojai, CA). No big deal, just a friendly club ride, 44 miles, 3200' climb, 10 miles of dirt and gravel fire roads, better than 10% in many places. The view from the top was spectacular, the Channel Islands out to the west, fire area all around from the recent Ventura fires. Most of my friends were on mountain bikes or hybrids, I was on the only road bike, and for sure the only vintage Raleigh. So glad I put the hill friendly gears on it. The old Raleigh never skipped a beat (after two flat tires on a easy Malibu run last week). The conditions closely duplicate the Eroica Ca, short version, but has tougher hills than the route in Paso Robles. I took off the toe clips, and used mtn SPDs. Wish they were allowed at the real Eroica. 48° at the start, 60ish at the finish, great day to ride. Good times.
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This past Saturday was beautiful, and I took a rare opportunity of a day to myself to hit the Oakland hills near my home. I just swapped out the saddle on the Univega to a standard B17, and I was really pleased.



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@obrentharris, I'd gladly trade with you. NYC is fun, but it wears a person down. Lucky for us, we have a rural place to go to on weekends.
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Quick lunch ride around part of the Newport Upper Back Bay. Was a bit gloomy out, but the sun was shining through a bit here and there.

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A fine winter tandem ride here on the Wet Coast.

We ducked for cover under some Oaks during a brief hailstorm.




More than a bit of mud after the hailstorm and almost an inch of rain last night. (Notice the close cropping of the very off topic bike so as to minimally offend the spirit of this forum.)




And finally clearing skies.



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Originally Posted by scratchpaddy
It's in the mid-50's here today, too. Very chilly for us. I had to ride in my cold-weather gear: pants.

I took my Smoothie on a 42 mile ride, heading east on a big loop to the brilliantly-named Eastern Canal. Most of the ride was cloudy, flat and dull, but I went through downtown Tempe, which is always a cool place to see.

SRP (Salt River Project, the local utility) was sending water over the dam, which they don't do often. They have a string of dams (most far bigger than this one) to control the Salt River, and it does what they tell it to do. They can drain or fill Tempe's "lake" in a few days if they need to.



The area looks more like a proper city with each passing year.





People don't pay much attention to highway interchanges, but it's kind of incredible the things we build to get cars from one place to another as fast as possible.



Sometimes, it's hard to tell if you've made a wrong turn. Sometimes it's not.

Last time I was in Tempe (a couple years ago) I was amazed at the Salt River improvements. The bike trail, parks and reservoir are awesome, as are all the new buildings (particularly the arts center) on the south bank.

Your last photo seems to warn against locking your bike next to the trail for an extended period of time

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Last time I was in Tempe (a couple years ago) I was amazed at the Salt River improvements. The bike trail, parks and reservoir are awesome, as are all the new buildings (particularly the arts center) on the south bank.

Your last photo seems to warn against locking your bike next to the trail for an extended period of time
No kidding! That was a sad little BMX.

The crazy thing is, the current dam and the buildings in the next two pictures were all built in the last 3 or 4 years.
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Today was overcast and grey and bit windy but when it's 50F in the northeast in January, it's time to ride! Just short of 20 miles exploring coastal Manhattan north of Central Park. First up the Hudson River Greenway for a few miles then cross town to the Harlem River. North along the water for a while, then followed 10th Avenue up to Inwood. The park has some nice trails that rise high above the Hudson, the back to the Greenway south to push against the headwind home.

Henry Hudson Bridge


Hudson River at Spuyten Duyvil


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1987 Mercian Pro, 1985 Shogun 500, 197? Falcon San Remo, 1972 Peugeot PX-10, 1972 Schwinn Paramount P13-9, 1971 Peugeot PX-10, 1971 Raleigh International, 1970 Raleigh Professional Mark I
Curator/Team Mechanic: 2016 Dawes Streetfighter, 1984 Lotus Eclair, 1975 Motobecane Jubile Mixte, 1974 Raleigh Sports, 1973 Free Spirit Ted Williams, 1972 Raleigh Super Course, 1971 Philips Sport





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