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Old 05-24-18, 12:30 PM
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Biggest snow bank? Just the remains from a typical 500inch winter snowfall at 5400ft on a volcano that is the lower USA's 2nd highest peak (i think...with apologies to Colorado if I'm wrong).

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Originally Posted by Wildwood
On Wednesday, decided to retreat from the elevation a bit, after all this was supposed to be a cycling excursion. For anyone almost local, I highly recommend FS25 & FS23 from Randle. Empty paved roads, a bit rough in spots, but without potholes or serious damage. No expansive views (maybe later in the Spring when all roads are fully open), but those iconic deserted forest roads.
I've heard of U-pick berry farms, but never U-fish - somehow sounds redundant.

Past Iron Creek, keep climbing!

Scenes along the way. Streams and boggy ponds and lower elevation fields. ...... I had a wonderful 2 days, in new places - just me & 2 bikes & nature's sounds = away from 'civilization?'.
I know that area! It was part of an 8 day tour I did a few years back. I got to meet @northbend and @scozim on that trip, both of which I've kept in good contact with. The ride from Randle to Cougar was one of many highlights on that trip, and the most scenic by far. Go later in the season when the road's all clear and you can almost reach out and touch Mt. St. Helens - or at least it seems so. Drop dead gorgeous area. I need to get me somemore Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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Howdy,

Some great photos coming from all over the place. Wildwood, your scenery is breathtaking, but coming from the San Joaquin I can only wince to think of all of the climbing involved in getting to some of those places!

Work started at noon today so I decided to set up the Carlton Continental as well as I could for a test ride. I am still waiting on new tires (as the front is shot) so I mounted the front wheel from the 1951 New Hudson and got that to work out fine. The ride was 44 miles out to Clark Valley and back, and three glitches occurred.

First I almost fell over the handlebars because I'd forgotten to tighten them into my preferred position while tinkering - that was a quick fix with a wrench. The next thing happened down the road from my uncle's when I shifted the Simplex Grand Prix derailleur into the small cog and tried to sprint a bit. The chain suddenly went limp as a noodle mid-stride! It had fallen off of the lower pulley, which does not have teeth or a guard on it, because the pulley was not tightened and wobbled around. I was able to tighten that up satisfactorily with my fingers and off I went. Lastly, on the way back I was hit with a surprising headwind (usually the wind blows south here and it was coming almost due north), so I up-shifted to the high gear and barely got it there once. After bringing it down for a while I could not get it up again. I figured this was due to a lack of slack in the chain, but I did not bother to correct it during the ride. I got home and moved the wheel forward in the dropouts and will see if that helps.

Altogether, it's a lovely ride and I can't wait until I get the lightweight rim back on the front. However, the bottom bracket definitely needs fresh grease as I could hear the bearings dancing around while I pedaled, so I probably won't take it out for Sunday's century. I'll stick to the Club Fuji to be safe for that round!

Cheers!

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(p.s. I still need to clean the residue from the handlebars!)




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Originally Posted by Andy_K
Dee Wright Observatory is very cool.

Every time I visited my sister in PDX, I would bug her to go to Bend. She always claimed the that it was too snowy and the roads were closed (even in early July).

We finally made it down there in 2011. McKenzie Pass was one of the coolest places I've been. If I remember correctly, each window of the observatory lines up with a major mountain peak.

We drove, but I talked to a cyclist who was riding over the pass between Bend and whatever town is on the other side. He said it was an 88 mike ride. I was green with envy.
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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988
Howdy,

Some great photos coming from all over the place. Wildwood, your scenery is breathtaking, but coming from the San Joaquin I can only wince to think of all of the climbing involved in getting to some of those places!

Work started at noon today so I decided to set up the Carlton Continental as well as I could for a test ride. I am still waiting on new tires (as the front is shot) so I mounted the front wheel from the 1951 New Hudson and got that to work out fine. The ride was 44 miles out to Clark Valley and back, and three glitches occurred.

First I almost fell over the handlebars because I'd forgotten to tighten them into my preferred position while tinkering - that was a quick fix with a wrench. The next thing happened down the road from my uncle's when I shifted the Simplex Grand Prix derailleur into the small cog and tried to sprint a bit. The chain suddenly went limp as a noodle mid-stride! It had fallen off of the lower pulley, which does not have teeth or a guard on it, because the pulley was not tightened and wobbled around. I was able to tighten that up satisfactorily with my fingers and off I went. Lastly, on the way back I was hit with a surprising headwind (usually the wind blows south here and it was coming almost due north), so I up-shifted to the high gear and barely got it there once. After bringing it down for a while I could not get it up again. I figured this was due to a lack of slack in the chain, but I did not bother to correct it during the ride. I got home and moved the wheel forward in the dropouts and will see if that helps.

Altogether, it's a lovely ride and I can't wait until I get the lightweight rim back on the front. However, the bottom bracket definitely needs fresh grease as I could hear the bearings dancing around while I pedaled, so I probably won't take it out for Sunday's century. I'll stick to the Club Fuji to be safe for that round!

Cheers!

-Gregory
I always love the pictures you post of your '50s British bikes. They have such a certain charm about them that I hope I can experience some day.

I've got a 100K tomorrow and a possible 50 mile gravel ride on Sunday, so last night I wanted to spin my legs just a little bit and did 18 miles on the SLT, a little on the MUP and the rest on my short road loop.

I have been running this bike with its original 5 speed 24-28 freewheel and 28C Gravelkings on 700C wheels, but last night I decided to try out the old wheels from my Tempo with Veloflex Masters and 6 speed 14-24 freewheel. The 5 speed freewheel honestly shifted like crap, and the 10 year newer 6 speed Suntour behaved much better.

Ended up with my fastest ride of the year, averaging 17mph

As great as it looks on this bike, the Ideale 80 on here will be going away once I change the saddle on the Tempo, the Charge Spoon on it will be moved to this bike. I just don't agree all that well with the Ideale.

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Thanks, @abshipp I'm glad you enjoy the photos! So far it's just the New Hudson and the Carlton, but I plan to stick to this period because the bikes really are something special. For a long time my favorites were classic Italian steel from the post-war era, but there's something cold and calculating about that race steel that I can't appreciate so much after experiencing the quirkiness of the British bikes.

Your Schwinn looks lovely. I still regularly ride my Club Fuji simply because it's a faster and more reliable bike than the older stuff. What is the crank set that you have on there? In fact, even the shifters and derailleurs look pretty cool. What are those? How do you find cleaning on the all-chrome bike, as opposed to a painted one? I've been tinkering with the idea of picking up an older frame that needs restoration and going that route if the frame ends up being in suitable condition.

Good luck on the weekend rides! I'm sure you'll keep up on that beauty!

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Originally Posted by Kilroy1988
Thanks, @abshipp I'm glad you enjoy the photos! So far it's just the New Hudson and the Carlton, but I plan to stick to this period because the bikes really are something special. For a long time my favorites were classic Italian steel from the post-war era, but there's something cold and calculating about that race steel that I can't appreciate so much after experiencing the quirkiness of the British bikes.

Your Schwinn looks lovely. I still regularly ride my Club Fuji simply because it's a faster and more reliable bike than the older stuff. What is the crank set that you have on there? In fact, even the shifters and derailleurs look pretty cool. What are those? How do you find cleaning on the all-chrome bike, as opposed to a painted one? I've been tinkering with the idea of picking up an older frame that needs restoration and going that route if the frame ends up being in suitable condition.

Good luck on the weekend rides! I'm sure you'll keep up on that beauty!

-Gregory
Thanks, the Schwinn was a lucky find that I may have paid too much for, but it was sentimental to the original owner and was really in fantastic condition so I really have no regrets about it. The drivetrain (aside from the 6 speed freewheel) is original to the bike:

Crankset: Shimano "Le Tour" 170mm, 130bcd, 52/39
Front Derailleur: Shimano 60 (EC-200)
Rear Derailleur: Shimano 600 (RD-6100)
Shifters: Shimano retrofriction (unknown model to me)

This is definitely a fair-weather bike, so cleaning mostly involves just a wipe down with a dry soft rag to get rid of road grime and fingerprints. It doesn't take a lot of work to get it shining really nice! I've always loved the look of chrome bikes, so I don't mind if they take a little bit more work to keep looking nice.

Unfortunately this bike won't be seen at all this weekend, my 650B Schwinn Tempo is my endurance bike. The SLT doesn't fit me quite as well as the Tempo, and the Tempo has a wider range of gearing as well. I'm not hard enough to take a 39/24 on a hilly gravel ride
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Another ride, another bakery. This one is in a small town east of me. New Baden, IL.
26 miles via the some back roads and a short stretch on a state highway with no usable shoulder. I had forgotten what riding the white line was like.



It is that time of year. The nice Ladies Auxilary saleswoman hooked me up.
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My last two rides











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Next time I need a baker's dozen I'm going to Berkmann's. But if I want butterfly fries I'm going to Jimbo's!

All I did today was ride to work and back, round trip the usual 35 miles. Okay, I did do some work while I was at work.
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Decided it was a Huret honeycomb kind of day to fight some serious wind.
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Earlier this morning around 8:00am, I went out for a bicycle ride down to Richmond's "Pony Pasture" area, along Riverside Drive by the James River. Man, is the river still way up high after all that heavy rain we had. There was a section of Southampton or Hickory (other side of the Huguenot bridge) that looked like it was totally under water from the storm! Anyway, I did 15½ miles in a speedy 16.2 mph, keeping up with all the racers in their bright neon full kits. I'll explain a "rude encounter" below too regarding those (expletive) guys and their lycra outfits (sorry - anger management issues - forgive me...)



Okay, here's the scoop.... I was coming off Huguenot bridge (seen near the bottom of the map), and taking the ramp down to Riverside Dr (turning left towards Southampton & Hickory - aka the left "leg" in the bottom of that map). All of the sudden, two guys all decked out in full kits on $5000 Cervelo & Cannondale racing bikes, scream past me at Mack IV. One screams at me, "ON YOUR LEFT!". The other, more rude, more nasty, rider screams, "MOVE!" as he too blows past me. Both riders blow right through the stop sign on Riverside Dr and keep going. The rude, (expletive) rider also shouted out, "Damn Fred! as they both tore off to parts unknown.

You gotta love bicycle riding at 8:30am on a Saturday... Tuckahoe Shopping Center at Forest and N. Ridge Rd


This is on the way back from Hickory & Southampton heading back towards Riverside Dr and the Huguenot bridge (seen in the background behind the trees on the right).


Lastly, this is the famous "Z Dam" on the James River. Look at the water rushing over the dam and the downed tree on the far left!
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Just a morning ride on the Outer Banks

A little jaunt from Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum up to the Buckminster Fuller spaceship house in Frisco. Had a tailwind going north and didn't even realize it till I turned around!


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Originally Posted by ButchA
The rude, (expletive) rider also shouted out, "Damn Fred! as they both tore-off
Hey Fred - I'm Fred,
I can intro you to lots of cool Freds.
Most people don't like your (or my) music, those Freds.

Don't sweat it, just Fred it. Your way.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Hey Fred - I'm Fred,
I can intro you to lots of cool Freds.
Most people don't like your (or my) music, those Freds.

Don't sweat it, just Fred it. Your way.
Thanks.. I ride my own ride, and get along with everybody. Whether or not someone is riding an expensive S-Works carbon racer, or someone like me, riding an "old school" mid 80's steel framed road bike with downtube shifters and 27" tires, we all share a common bond. No need to look down on anyone....
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@Wildwood, Jacob and I did 42 miles on the Foothills National Recreation Trail today. It runs from Sumner to Orting to South Prairie to Buckley. First time on this trail for me, and first time Stuart had been on it after the section from Orting to Buckley had been converted from gravel to paved. A really fantastic ride; wish it were closer!



Jacob and Stuart



Stuart and some lovely scenery - Carbon River to the left



Somec and my left knee



Jacob and his '75 California Masi



It was this empty most of the ride



Stuart (Pinarello), me (Somec) and Jacob (Masi)

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A couple more from yesterday's ride with Jeff & Jacob. Perfect riding weather.
Nice bridges and easy rolling, esp on the 'newer' section of the trail.

Jeff riding over the Carbon River, just outside Orting. One of America's most lahar threatened communities.


Simply matched. Beautiful.


Somec


Boyz having fun. Sorry, i'm responsible for Jeff being a little fuzzy in the photo. Better luck next time.
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Great photo!
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Great photo!
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San Juan Islands

I just got home yesterday from a 6 day bike trip to the San Juan Islands.

I left at 8:30am Monday morning, rode the Snoqualmie Valley Rail Trail Up to Duvall then picked my way over to Snohomish then Everett, then Mukelteo and caught the Ferry over to Whidbey island. I had a late lunch at Greenbank Farms about mid-way up the island.

Lunch stop in Greenbank, Whidbey island by NBend, on Flickr

Camped the first night at Deception Bay State Park. A short walk from my mosquito ridden hiker/biker camp to the beach where I watched the sunset
Sunset at Deception Pass S.P. by NBend, on Flickr

The next morning was a little cool and foggy as I rode to Anacortes to catch the ferry to Lopez Island where I set up base camp for the next 4 days. My campsite was along the beach at Spencer Spit State Park.

My camp on Lopez by NBend, on Flickr

One full day of riding around Lopez. This Island is well known for it’s bike friendly locals, Quiet farm land, and beautiful little beachside views. This time of the year, flowers are in bloom all around.

Wildflowers by NBend, on Flickr


Poppies by NBend, on Flickr


Wild roses everywhere by NBend, on Flickr

Watmough Bay on the S.E. side of the Island, one stop. You lock your bike at the trailhead and walk an easy 1/4 mile down to this secluded cove. No one else was there, I could have spent the whole day here with a picnic lunch and a good book..

Watmough Beach by NBend, on Flickr

You could see Mt. Baker in the distance from the cove. Really cool place

Mt Baker from Watmough Beach by NBend, on Flickr

I had dinner back at camp, then walked out to the beach and watched the birds going through their routines in the Salt Marshes. It’s fascinating to watch a Blue Heron hunt for fish.
I saw 2 eagles fighting over some food one of them had caught, small birds flitting around catching bugs

A walking tour of my camp

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The next morning, I took the ferry over to explore the Western side of Orcas Island.

Ah, my ferry arrives by NBend, on Flickr

I’ve been here frequently, but have always gravitated to the Eastern side of the Island so this time around I noodled around Deer Harbor, and South Sound.

Inspired by Dave K, outside of Deer Harbor by NBend, on Flickr

I saved my last full day to ride on San Juan Island - it’s my favorite for bike riding. There are lots of interesting roads and I got an early ferry in order to do it justice.

Another day, another ferry to take by NBend, on Flickr

I rode clockwise around the Island, stopping first at Cattle Point

Cattle Point by NBend, on Flickr

Riding along this end of the island is quiet and remote

Nice road by NBend, on Flickr

And there are some stunning views of the Olympic Mountains across the Strait of Juan De Fuca

The view of the Olympics by NBend, on Flickr

Lime Kiln State Park

Lime Kiln S.P. by NBend, on Flickr

Riding out of Lime Kiln S.P., there is this creative guy’s home where he’s made sculptures from Bouys. I had to get a picture of this - it was like a scene from a Roald Dahl book

Fantasy near Lime Kiln by NBend, on Flickr
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Meandering around, I stopped at English Camp where the site is much better preserved than the American Camp on the other side of the Island. The U.S. and Britain almost came to blows over a pig and a couple of pig headed local officials which was peacefully settled as cooler heads prevailed.

Pig War by NBend, on Flickr


English Camp S.J.I. by NBend, on Flickr

I found it Ironic and a little sad that this totem was erected near the huge flagpole

Another reminder of who was here 1st by NBend, on Flickr

The meandering continued as I made my way to Roche Harbor

The ride out of English Camp by NBend, on Flickr

That is, until I saw this small blackboard sign by a side road offering up “BBQ Oysters from 11-4 today!” This of course had to be checked out. Down at the end of a long gravel driveway was this little gem: Westcott Oyster Farms

Wolcott Oyster farm by NBend, on Flickr

A perfect lunch sampling the local flavors

BBQ Oysters and beer by NBend, on Flickr

While I did go to Roche Harbor, I didn’t stay long…had a ferry to catch. As I was leaving, I passed by the small Roche Harbor Airfield

Roche Harbor Airport by NBend, on Flickr

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