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Old 05-29-18, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by DQRider
The Portage is the one that came on 650b wheels from the factory, right? I thought about doing that conversion with this bike, but the 700c x 35mm tires feel just right. If I decide I just have to have fenders on it, that is still an option. This is the bike I would ride on a long, multi-day tour. It's surprisingly light, and rock solid with a load. Raleigh did this one right.

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(...) Already drooling for pics of the places I've never been.
For a somewhat closer look: it seems someone took my Strava data and made it into this "movie":

https://www.relive.cc/view/1599570299

BTW, "Van bui naar bui" translates into "From rain shower to rain shower". (We had three along the way).

BTW II, I have no connection to these guys, other than that I just registered an account with them, since I kinda like what they're doing.
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45 miles on the W&OD today while the VW was being serviced. Dealership is maybe a half mile from access to the trail, makes it much more pleasant.
It was like this- cloudy but with the sun breaking through- right up until it started to pour.
Going out, wet from the inside...coming back, wet from the outside!
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Vacation in Michigan this week, house right on the “Tunnel of Trees” - M-119.

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53 mile ride, an out and back on the Neal Smith trail to Big Creek State park. It's a fine bike path. There are lots of water views since the path meanders along a river and reservoir. There are plenty of trees and drinking water. There has been quite a bit of tall grass restoration in parts as well so the bio diversity is good. And it has rollers which make for a better work out. Rode my 1993 Bridgestone XO 2 which has been nicely tarted up with brifters, clipless pedals and some seriously ugly low spoke, deep dish wheels that look kind of good on this bike, . This is in many ways my best riding bike. The combo of fat plush tires (26 x 1.75 panaracer protite tires) and road geometry makes for a fine handling bike on all kinds of surfaces. Plus the bike has gearing out the wazoo (44/32/22 up front, 11-28 8 speed in the rear)




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Acadia National Park's Park Loop Road and the Witch Hole Pond loop of the carriage roads.

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Took the Klein out on a couple of roads I haven't done - one for several years and the other was the first time on it (other than walking). Both were quite rough and the legs and arms got a pretty good workout on the downhill. The heart got a real good work out on the first half as it was all climbing.

Already climbing on rocks for 3/4 mile or so


Onto the power line road


You go up quickly on this road:


View from "the top":


Note to self - lower the psi for this road next time:


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Originally Posted by Celeste Mike
31 years ago today my Schwinn Tempo was assembled (according to the numbers on her head badge). Her birthday ride was a spin around Harvey's Lake in northeast PA.
What a gorgeous bike and scenery.
One was posted locally for $150, but its the Italian tri color iteration of this model. I'm really tempted to get it, what do you think is a fair price? Its not perfect though, a few scuffs, unidentical pedals, but I got a set, might need new tubes and tires, which I also have already, and maybe new bar wrap which I would have to buy. I'd love your feedback on this.
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Originally Posted by misctrader
What a gorgeous bike and scenery.
One was posted locally for $150, but its the Italian tri color iteration of this model. I'm really tempted to get it, what do you think is a fair price? Its not perfect though, a few scuffs, unidentical pedals, but I got a set, might need new tubes and tires, which I also have already, and maybe new bar wrap which I would have to buy. I'd love your feedback on this.
I know you didn't ask me, but if it's in pretty decent shape I would pay $150 for a Tempo any day. Really wonderful bikes, I've had two in my life

Lots of riding lately for me.

Saturday was the Blackhawk Country Roads Invitational, I rode the 65 mile route.
I ended up riding the entire ride with a nice guy named Bob. He pulled up next to me about 5 miles in, struck up a conversation, and we found out that we worked together really well both in conversation and pacing. It was nice to have someone so familiar with the route, it is quite well marked, but easy to get lost if you get distracted.

At the Brodhead WI rest stop I also met someone riding a 1984 Trek 613, converted to 650B with fenders. Basically he did the same thing with his Trek as I did with my Tempo. Unfortunately I forgot his name, but had a nice conversation with him as well.

Taken from Veterans Memorial Park, Brodhead WI



After recovering on Sunday, I finally put my new-to-me mountain bike together. 2010 is basically vintage in the world of mountain bikes, plus I'm super excited about how it rides.

Unfortunately, 10 miles into a planned 15 mile singletrack ride, the seal on the right leg totally let go and I lost all my oil and air pressure. New seal kit coming next week, so hopefully everything will be better soon!


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Yesterday and the day before I got to try out my C15 Cambium on the Tempo. I think it will probably be a good fit, but I'm thinking the C17 might have been a bit better choice. We will see when I go on a long ride this weekend.

Stunning sunset last night:

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Foggy Commute? Well, sorta...

@abshipp, you really caught a good one (sunset) there. That's about a once-a-year thing for me, if I'm lucky.

When I left home for work this morning, the fog was rather thick in my area. Drivers were cautious for the most part, and the driving portion of the commute took longer than usual. But I brought the camera and I made myself take the time to get a few photos once I embarked on the 5 mile ride from the big parking lot. The best place for these is in Red Oak Park, and the disc golf course that winds through it. The MUP follows through several of the 18 "holes", and with the fog beginning to lift I was able to get a few good shots before I returned to the suburban grid streets and pedaled reluctantly to work, where I parked Ubee (U.B. for Unnecessary Bridgestone) in my cubicle.


The trailhead is right next to the hockey-rink/soccer field.


This is a fairly rugged course. If I ever take up the sport, I'll definitely have a go here.


I really enjoy this windy little trail. It makes for a pleasant interlude in what is otherwise just a straightforward ride to work.


There was just enough lingering fog to provide a nice atmospheric effect.

I arrived at work refreshed, not sweaty, and ready to face another hectic day in Aerospace Quality. I hope we get shower & locker facilities put in someday so I can ride the entire 15 miles from home.

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Just rode to work today (~15 miles each way). The only aspect worthy of note was that Mother Nature had the crazy idea that it would be good to switch wind directions during the day. I thus had relentless headwinds morning and evening. Gave me a bit more time to experiment with the available gears on the Super Sport.
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Another hot day in Chicago. Broke off a 42-miler up to Lake Forest after work.

The "Large Narrow Horse" sculpture in Highland Park.



I need to tighten the handlebars - they've been slowly trending "Sean Yates".



Heading back to Chicago, the lake was glassy with some fantastic refracted light over the city.



Some big clouds blowing up over Lake Michigan.

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Originally Posted by abshipp
I know you didn't ask me, but if it's in pretty decent shape I would pay $150 for a Tempo any day. Really wonderful bikes, I've had two in my life

Lots of riding lately for me.
Well the frame is a 61cm, I'm currently riding a 54cm Olmo which seems a good size for me, so I may have to pass on it as much as I drool for that Italian tri color scheme on it.
Anyways, I'd like to see some photos of those Tempos if you have any. I'm a sucker for vintage road bikes.

That mountain bike looks simply awesome, I've never ridden one nor been on any off-road trails, it must be its own special kind of excitement for sure. I'd love to mount one of these on my 1st generation Isuzu Trooper, they would complement each other nicely!
How much money went into getting that build finished?
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Originally Posted by DQRider
@abshipp, you really caught a good one (sunset) there. That's about a once-a-year thing for me, if I'm lucky.

When I left home for work this morning, the fog was rather thick in my area. Drivers were cautious for the most part, and the driving portion of the commute took longer than usual. But I brought the camera and I made myself take the time to get a few photos once I embarked on the 5 mile ride from the big parking lot. The best place for these is in Red Oak Park, and the disc golf course that winds through it. The MUP follows through several of the 18 "holes", and with the fog beginning to lift I was able to get a few good shots before I returned to the suburban grid streets and pedaled reluctantly to work, where I parked Ubee (U.B. for Unnecessary Bridgestone) in my cubicle.

I arrived at work refreshed, not sweaty, and ready to face another hectic day in Aerospace Quality. I hope we get shower & locker facilities put in someday so I can ride the entire 15 miles from home.

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A foggy morning is always quite a treat around here, I can't say the same thing about our drivers being more cautious because of it though!

Aerospace quality, eh? I'm in aerospace manufacturing...I'll apologize for the headaches I cause if you admit that you're just too picky

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Well the frame is a 61cm, I'm currently riding a 54cm Olmo which seems a good size for me, so I may have to pass on it as much as I drool for that Italian tri color scheme on it.
Anyways, I'd like to see some photos of those Tempos if you have any. I'm a sucker for vintage road bikes.

That mountain bike looks simply awesome, I've never ridden one nor been on any off-road trails, it must be its own special kind of excitement for sure. I'd love to mount one of these on my 1st generation Isuzu Trooper, they would complement each other nicely!
How much money went into getting that build finished?
Ah, bummer about the size difference! That is definitely too much of a difference to make it work.

Mountain bikes are a blast! The thing I noticed the most when I first started riding mountain bikes was how surprised I was at how much harder it is than road riding. I feel like 1 mountain bike mile can feel more like 3-5 road bike miles.

Here's a few pictures of my Tempos in different iterations:



My first bike, a 58cm 1986. Bought it from a friend for $60, rode it around college for a couple of years, and then had it powdercoated and switched to 8 speed indexed drivetrain. Sold 2 years ago since it didn't fit all that well, and I was riding my modern road bike a lot more and it felt redundant.


My second Tempo as bought, a 62cm 1985. Found it locally on Craigslist after I started missing my first Tempo a lot.


Cleaned up and overhauled. Paint is still pretty rough, but I still put a few hundred miles on it in this configuration.


This is the bike's current configuration. I got tired of looking at the shoddy paint, so the bike was powdercoated. I also wanted to try out 650B wheels, so the bike currently has 650Bx38C tires. Smaller wheels gave me room for fenders, and the front rack was added to let me carry a big rando-style bag. I love this bike in this configuration. It keeps all the liveliness of the original, but the ride is as smooth as glass.
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Originally Posted by abshipp
A foggy morning is always quite a treat around here, I can't say the same thing about our drivers being more cautious because of it though!

Aerospace quality, eh? I'm in aerospace manufacturing...I'll apologize for the headaches I cause if you admit that you're just too picky
Hmmm... should I take the bait?

Why not? Apologies are irrelevant when systems fail in-flight, don't ya think? Most days I worry that I'm not picky enough.

C&V bike content: Rode my Bianchi Sport SX on the commute this morning. I felt the need, the neeeeed, for speed!


This is an old pic. Those horrible pedals, wheels, and the thumb shifter have been replaced by Quality items. I'll post new pics soon...


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Originally Posted by DQRider
Hmmm... should I take the bait?

Why not? Apologies are irrelevant when systems fail in-flight, don't ya think? Most days I worry that I'm not picky enough.

C&V bike content: Rode my Bianchi Sport SX on the commute this morning. I felt the need, the neeeeed, for speed!
Of course you're right, we all take quality very seriously. Either a part is right or it's wrong, and there's no getting around that. Our quality director is one of the most highly respected people in our company, and I really admire anyone who plays that role. So pick away! The only thing that can come out of it is better understanding!

Last night my fiancee and I took a little ride through a local park, then in to downtown to get ice cream. Probably the most quaint evening I have had in a long time.

My Mirada is back to upright-bar mode after a drop bar conversion. I think it will stay this way. I just need to fine-tune the fit a little bit more, I have some issues with handlebars hitting my legs when turning sharply, but I don't think that's something that a 120-130mm stem won't fix.

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Originally Posted by abshipp
A foggy morning is always quite a treat around here, I can't say the same thing about our drivers being more cautious because of it though!

Ah, bummer about the size difference! That is definitely too much of a difference to make it work.

Mountain bikes are a blast! The thing I noticed the most when I first started riding mountain bikes was how surprised I was at how much harder it is than road riding. I feel like 1 mountain bike mile can feel more like 3-5 road bike miles.

Here's a few pictures of my Tempos in different iterations:
Yeah and what makes it worse is he lowered it to $100. I think I'll go check it out and see how it feels.

I've seen go pro footage of people carving through narrow forest roads, covered with supple boulders, rocks, and fallen tress to cushion a crash, at a astounding pace and thats the image that always conjures up in my mind when I see someone with a mountain bike similar to yours. But I think thats more on the extreme side of things.

You did a fine job restoring that second bike, it looks beautifully put together it appears to be quite comfortable and something well rounded for leisurely exploring a town or citry, or just for regular commuting.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Acadia National Park's Park Loop Road and the Witch Hole Pond loop of the carriage roads.

Beautiful area to ride. Been many a decade since, heavy touring loaded Fuji S12s 'LTD' (got to make sure we all know it was an 'ltd' lol) that was over cooked spaghetti on the descent.

Anyways, this evening on my 'new' 2017 Felt CF 29er. The paint surprised me in the sunset with its flip flop. No sooner than I packed my phone away, a pretty ring neck pheasant waddled past me!

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Originally Posted by misctrader
What a gorgeous bike and scenery.
One was posted locally for $150, but its the Italian tri color iteration of this model. I'm really tempted to get it, what do you think is a fair price? Its not perfect though, a few scuffs, unidentical pedals, but I got a set, might need new tubes and tires, which I also have already, and maybe new bar wrap which I would have to buy. I'd love your feedback on this.
Thank you!
I'd say go for it if it was your size. I paid $175 for mine and I thought that was decent. Put a few bucks more into it too of course.
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First day out on the Colnago this year, I had to keep it short but had a blast.



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Once Around the `Hood Before it Rains...

Yeah, it's supposed to rain all day here today. It seems that every ride I take my Leica on lately happens under dreary grey skies. Still, when I rolled Celeste out of the garage this morning, my day brightened considerably.



Even though she rolls on skinny 28s, she handles gravel just fine.





Well into Spring now, all of the local flora is incredibly lush. Of course, the frequent rains are responsible for that.





Here's a local stone... no, make that boulder wall that makes a great backdrop.



And this rickety old bridge points the way home.



So I'm posting this from my attic right now, listening to the rain pattering on the roof. I guess I'll have to find something to do inside for the rest of the day. Maybe I'll assemble that new soda blaster - that will be a challenging project. It comes with a big bag of hardware, and only text instructions; no drawings or graphics as we have become accustomed to. If I'm successful, the old Super Course frameset will be stripped and prepped for paint tomorrow. If not, I'll just take a long ride. Or maybe both?

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I did 31.65 miles this morning at around 9:00 am....




This was River Rd early this morning... Not a car in sight! I love it when it's just you, your bicycle, and an empty road ahead. You want to just ride and ride and be gone for hours!



I *tried* to get into the Farmers Market in Manakin Sabot, but there was so much traffic along Broad St. and people all over the place...



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I got 32.5 miles in rolling through the cotton fields around Dos Palos, CA, before it got hot. No one else in the house was up yet, so why not? It took 1:51, and I held an average of 17.3. Not bad for a 45 year old guy packing close to 300 pounds on an ancient steelie.

Perhaps not quite as exciting as some of the routes others have posted.


Perhaps not quite as beautiful as routes others have posted.


But hey, at least there wasn't much traffic.
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Originally Posted by Celeste Mike
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I'd say go for it if it was your size. I paid $175 for mine and I thought that was decent. Put a few bucks more into it too of course.
So I ended buying it yesterday afternoon, its in pretty rough shape compared to yours. I paid 80 after some haggling.

Do you know where I can source toe clips for the Shimano 105 pedals on the bike?
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