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Old 04-11-18, 08:59 PM
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Put the fenders back on the Silver Arrow last night and did 15 miles this evening before dark, after working a five hour shift this morning removing invasive reeds (Arundo donax) down by the river, then a three hour lab class plotting quadrats and counting individual plant specimens... So, not a bad day!

The wind picked up during the ride and I couldn't find a nice place to stop for a photo, so this is by the garage...

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First outdoor ride of the season for me and the inaugural ride of my Mercader-Carré. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had nailed my adjustments and that the Idéale 2001 set disappeared under me. I thought it might be the only ride it ever got. LOL. I have always enjoyed the ride of the Carrés I have but this one seems special. Looking forward to riding it with tubulars. Had a slow leak this AM and swapped in some other wheels for today.

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These are some nice looking bikes!
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And of course, for daily commuters along the neighboring Interstate, I-76.....It's called the "Sure-Kill Expressway".....(useless trivia!)
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First outdoor ride of the season for me and the inaugural ride of my Mercader-Carré. I was pleasantly surprised to find I had nailed my adjustments and that the Idéale 2001 set disappeared under me. I thought it might be the only ride it ever got. LOL. I have always enjoyed the ride of the Carrés I have but this one seems special. Looking forward to riding it with tubulars. Had a slow leak this AM and swapped in some other wheels for today.
Looks amazing.
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57.6 miles with @noglider out to New Jersey. He called it the Tour de Tony Suburbs
Back along River Road, Tom took this of me taking a selfie at Green Brook along the Palisades:

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Tour de Cape Cod (TdCC, spring version)
Start


Lunch



More pics:
Top's bike with two names


Top was had a bit of sew-up trouble so we all offered advice


Prowler's Voyager


Telling tall tales during a rest on the the return, otg, me, Top506


Prowler and spiker waiting for us


otg's beautiful Trek


Finish. Prowler has already left because he had a long drive home

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me, spiker, sherbornpeddler, sbp's wife Susan, my sweetie Sharon, otg, Top's daughter (and if I try to spell her name I will most certainly get it wrong so I will apologize now and quit while only slightly behind), her friend/SO Gani, Top506.
And a great time was had by all.
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I had a great ride today. It was around 70 deg, dropping through the day. 40 mi and 1500 ft climbing, felt good for the second "real" ride of the season. Rough wind the whole trip as a cold front is moving in.











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Valley Forge

I biked to Valley Forge today from Philly along the Schuylkill River Trail. I can't tell you how much I've been looking forward to riding out there in weather this nice again. 52 mile round trip for me. Treated myself to a beer at Conshohocken Brewing Company on the ride back.


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Old 04-15-18, 09:47 AM
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Rode with a local group, they planned 50. The pull was too strong coming back, so I dropped back a bit and did 48. At the 42-mile mark, I carefully went over a railroad track (set of 4). One bump seemed strong, chain slap. It was harder to maintain my speed, but I figured I was tired. 1 mile out, I realize rear wheel is bent, so I open the caliper. When I stopped, I found the rear wheel was still rubbing both sides.

Came home and checked it out. One spoke snapped off, wheel will have to wait to see if it can be trued. Lens of my Prologo light shattered and fell out. Broke the locknut ring around the R rear axle end (non-threaded, press-on).

Fixed the light, glued it back. On/Off will be with a paper clip from now on, but that's fine. Without the lens, the taillight is brighter.

Rolf Vector Pro wheel, so I've ordered 3 spokes and I'll find a wheel axle locknut, drill it to fit snugly, may have to thin it down with a file.

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Old 04-15-18, 12:08 PM
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Wondering the bar tape on this bike, please.
I have green bike w/ chrome socks and might give the green a go next re-wrap. While I have a green plastic ribbon, the color isn't as close as I envisioned when purchasing it at LBS. You really need the bike with you when attempting a matching color combo (frame to bars).


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Did a 23 mile ride and ending at my mother in-laws house for some seafood.



Before the pic was taken...Nearly collided with a rider from the opposite direction who didn't wait for me to clear the cyclist in front of him.

Clearly I have the right of way since my path is clear.
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Old 04-15-18, 04:30 PM
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Got on the road at 8:15 this morning after a twelve hour day hosting at a state FFA competition yesterday - nearly didn't make it out of bed!

Went west through the little town of Traver into orchard country, intending to head to Riverdale, another small town out in the middle of the San Joaquin. Ended up detouring to Hanford for Starbucks and a brisk ride around the old downtown area, then went further west into Grangevillle.

My great-great-great-grandfather James Patterson was one of the first settlers in the area and had an 80 acre farm on the southeast side of town, and was a reverend at that. The first church in Kings County is still standing in Grangeville with an historical plaque, showing that it was build in 1876. It's likely that my grandfather was the first or one of the first men to use the pulpit there.

He is known locally as the leader in the rather famous Mussel Slough tragedy, which was a gunfight in 1880 between settlers who were being forced to pay more for their land to the Southern Pacific Railroad than they bargained for. By the time that fateful morning was over seven men were dead, and Patterson and four other settlers spent several months in prison in San Jose, though the terms were lenient (one of the men married the bailiff's daughter, and my grandfather was allowed to preach on Sundays in a local church). The event went on to be the subject of two or three novels, including Frank Norris's The Octopus.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mussel_Slough_Tragedy

I stopped by the historical landmark where the gunfight occurred and soaked in the highly altered landscape, which would likely be a dream to those early agriculturalists who battled constantly against nature to reap their harvests.

After that I wound up in Laton, which is another tiny town with a few cute historical shop fronts and houses, and had an excellent plate of asada and carnitas tacos!

My next stop was Kingsburg, but I overshot the way leading into town by a couple of miles and ended up going down a small road where I noticed some people and dogs ahead. I slowed down as I approached a man with a stroller surrounded by dogs, and was just about to unclip from my pedal when one of the four dogs jumped out right in front of me. I slammed on my brakes and tipped over onto the road before I could react, scraping my knee pretty badly and absorbing the rest of the impact with my wrist. The fellow apparently didn't speak much English and only managed to keep his dogs back and say "sorry" before I rode off cursing under my breath.

I had another Starbucks stop in Kingsburg and then made it home, licking my wounds. 65 miles total, about six hours out with several stops.

Oh, and I made up a little poem/song after I saw a Robin fly in front of me. It was several hours ago, but it went something like this:

"Robin, Red Robin, flyin' across the road!
Robin, dear Robin, won't you slow and lose your load?
'Cuz there's nothing to do on a Sunday morning
Except to stop and watch the sky -
The tufts of clouds and the wandering breeze -
with a twinkle in your eye!"
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Wondering the bar tape on this bike, please.
Hi. It is Deda jaguar green.You can find it online.
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Still snow on the ground in Ayr, Ontariariariooooo, Canada. We’re not riding anywhere at the moment
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Originally Posted by Sir_Name
I had a great ride today. It was around 70 deg, dropping through the day. 40 mi and 1500 ft climbing, felt good for the second "real" ride of the season. Rough wind the whole trip as a cold front is moving in.

@Sir_Name, nice bike and great pics. Can you share what stem with those Rand bars?
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@Sir_Name, nice bike and great pics. Can you share what stem with those Rand bars?
Thanks! The stem is a 120 mm Velo Orange Grand Cru. The Nitto Craft stems are pretty sweet and in a similar vein, but no boss for a bell. This one has good stiffness, any flex while cranking out of the saddle is insignificant. Bars are Sakae Road Champion Randnner, 42 cm ctc at the drops, swaged rather than sleeved at the stem.




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Originally Posted by Sir_Name
Thanks! The stem is a 120 mm Velo Orange Grand Cru. The Nitto Craft stems are pretty sweet and in a similar vein, but no boss for a bell. This one has good stiffness, any flex while cranking out of the saddle is insignificant. Bars are Sakae Road Champion Randnner, 42 cm ctc at the drops, swaged rather than sleeved at the stem.
Thanks @Sir_Name, but swaged? Dare I ask is that a formal process or one with tools a bit extreme but effective?

Actually, I also noticed your gearing must be quite broad, triple with quite the freewheel/cassette, almost what I am looking to build for my go anywhere, commuter grocery getter. Can you share or point me to your build thread? Nicely done!
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Outta curiosity can anyone see my pic in post #11989? It shows up for me in Safari but not in Firefox.
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Outta curiosity can anyone see my pic in post #11989? It shows up for me in Safari but not in Firefox.
I can't see it in Firefox or Google Chrome using Windows 7.
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I can't see it in Firefox or Google Chrome using Windows 7.
Well that's a bummer. Thanks for checkin.

I uploaded it as an attachment, hosted by BikeForums. I tried switching it to Google Photos, and then Flickr, but neither of those will work; I get a little question mark in a box. Sorry, my technical difficulties are off topic.
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We have been having some nice riding days in the Dallas,TX area.

I got in a nice ride a few days ago to White Rock Lake in Dallas on a recently picked up 87 Schwinn Circuit
that was in rough shape with a bit of rust on the chrome sections, lots of paint chips and scrapes
and nearly all the nicer parts long gone.

After a complete disassembly and lots of cleaning, polishing and touching up I built it up for now
as in the pics with parts I had on hand. A road bar may be in the near future.

It's a nice riding machine made even nicer riding it on a glorious Spring day.

I have really been enjoying the pics on this thread.
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Got in a ride on 2 bikes.
Skies were not sunny in the foothills around Maple Valley.
Luckily, all dry all 50km.
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