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Old 06-17-18, 11:58 PM
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More of the same Bay Trail, this time on a different bike. Today, I took the Merlin and headed out to the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island. A pleasant, though windy, 18-mile roundtrip.



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Originally Posted by gaucho777
@jimmuller, The Peugeot is lovely. Such a nice color, too.

Re the flat tubular, do you not carry or have you not tried sealant?
Thank you for the compliment and the suggestion. I have not tried sealant for several reasons though I am willing to be enlightened. I know nothing about it, like brands, types, technique, etc. Sealant seems like a great way to make a mess. I wonder how much weight it adds to the tire. Probably none detectable. But I ride light tires because they are light and the thought of making one heavier seems like a step backwards. I know, that's just me being silly. So educate me...
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Thank you for the compliment and the suggestion. I have not tried sealant for several reasons though I am willing to be enlightened. I know nothing about it, like brands, types, technique, etc. Sealant seems like a great way to make a mess. I wonder how much weight it adds to the tire. Probably none detectable. But I ride light tires because they are light and the thought of making one heavier seems like a step backwards. I know, that's just me being silly. So educate me...
I use sealant prophylactically in my tubulars; 2 ounces of Stan's, injected through removable valve stems in each tire. Seals small punctures before I even notice them. Since starting to use sealant my only flat tires are sidewall cuts brought on by my own pig-headed determination to ride all my bikes on the local rocky paths and fire roads.
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@jimmuller, I use Stan's No-Tubes Sealant. It's for tubular and tubeless applications, so don't let the name fool you. There are other sealant options. I can't say if any are better or worse, but Stan's has worked for me. The process is really simple and not messy:

1) Find the leak so you can remove whatever cased the puncture (thorn, glass, wire, etc.) from the tire.
2) Remove the valve core (you do have to make sure your tires have removable cores; no cheap 3/$50 YJ tubulars)
3) Squirt the sealant into the valve.
4) Screw the valve core back into valve.
5) Pump up the tire.
6) Ride away.

I get what you are saying about not wanting to add weight to a light tire. I like light wheels and tires, too, but for me it's worth the trade-off. I'd rather save a nice tubular with a little extra sealant weight than the alternative. Plus, trust me, you'll never notice any difference in road feel between a tire with or without sealant. That said, I do probably use less sealant than others because I do share your sensibilities. This is also a reason I only add sealant once I get a flat, rather than add sealant to a new tire as a preventative measure.

I buy the small 2oz. bottles of Stan's and I typically get 2-3 uses out of each bottle. That's about 20ml-30ml of sealant per fix. I've read that 40ml is recommended for road tires (more for larger tire sizes). I figure, I can always go back and add more if I still have a slow leak, but I try not to put in more sealant than I need. The only mess you might make is if some spills over the edge of the valve core, but that is easily wiped up. Occasionally, you'll see some residue around the valve, but that's about it.

One of my dreaded cycling scenarios used to be the thought of heading out for a long ride, and getting a tubular flat in the beginning of a ride. You have to worry about taking every corner slow the rest of the ride so you don't roll the not-properly-glued spare. Now that concern is mostly gone. Probably 90% of my flats can be repaired by sealant. And once you get home, you don't have to worry about having to re-glue another tubular onto the wheel. Plus, removing a tubular can cause harm to the tire (pealed base tape, trauma to the casing). I now find that I'm much more likely to wear out my tubulars before having to replace them.

A tip: Get one of those older-style spoke wrenches that are circular with 6 or 8 notch sizes for different gauge nipples. The largest size (12g?) notch can double as a valve core removal tool.

Another tip: Don't leave your Stan's bottle out in your garage or basement if you have a rodent problem. Some rats are strangely attracted to Stan's and will chew through the plastic bottle causing the sealant to spill out. This happened once with a bottle I left inside a cycling shoe. Now THAT was a mess.

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Originally Posted by jimmuller
So educate me...
a small amount goes a long way.

For clarity here, we are talking liquid latex - not Goop. 2 fluid ounces weighs a few grams; spread over 3 or 4 uses = it’s next to nothing.

Concur with all above.
I have been known to put a small amount in new tubies, just as a precaution, especially if there’s to be a ride to locations without support or when alone afar.

I can’t say if Stan’s or OrangeSeal works better. No known punctures to report.

edit - the small amount I use as a precaution would not work on a sidewall cut that was larger, or maybe not even a major puncture.

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Went out Saturday with the plan for 40 miles or so. About 10 into it I looked back toward my place and saw this. The day was quickly altered and I headed back into a 20+ mph headwind and knowing I would get wet (I did). Didn't really feel like being out there when the lightning hit and made it home just in time.

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Evening spin out on the Middle Fork Road yesterday. Hadn't been riding fixed for months. Sure was nice for a change, I'm heading out again on it this morning..

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Beautiful - bike and scenery - @northbend.

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Took out the Carlton Continental for its second real ride, and the first since I got a few fresh components and new tires for it. I still need to tighten the cable to get it to smoothly shift into the big cog, but I have little need of it out here in the valley at the moment. It felt good to whip out 25 miles after a good shift at work! The full DB 531 tube set really stands out for a pleasant ride.

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Another out and back 16 mile ride for "lunch". 8.5 miles of this or so is climbing. I decided to put knobbies back on the "tank" and ride it. Felt slow but was only 3-4 minutes slower than the Trek 950 which I guess isn't bad. The heart was still pumping and the sweat flowing. Downhills are pretty tough on the arms and hands but still a fun ride.



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That Trek looks like a blast, and the tubular sealant info was helpful. Thanks!

I got out for a midnight ride last Friday.


Saturday's ride wound up at 50 mi with 2,000'. The first section concluded with brunch at a local BBQ spot, which was pretty fun.




Then on Sunday I got out for a quick stretch / coffee run that turned into what I would guess at 25 mi with a bit of climbing.


I gradually raised the saddle and dropped the stem through Saturday's and Sunday's rides, finding a new balance. I've been running and stretching more lately, which I think I'm starting to notice on the bike. There was some increase in speed, and I hope efficiency, without a significant impact to comfort. At least according to this first, short sampling. I'm hoping that shakes out to hold true over the course of the summer...
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Day before summer ride up the North Shore. Cool, with an NE wind off the lake.



A couple of Herons (Blue, Night) waiting for fish to jump at the mouth of the NU lagoon.







Some giant carp mixing it up.



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I built up my "resting" '85 Peloton again. There's a semi-long story as to why, but let's just say that my Masi needs polished pieces to make it sing, visually, and I can't make that happen at present. The Peloton, having been seemingly outclassed by a trio of vintage steel, was given another chance (I just can't sell that frameset!), and white saddle and bar tape (for the first time). Here we are on a second test ride here on the top of Queen Anne hill after the first 12:30AM one a few nights ago, which didn't go very well. The camera doesn't pick it up well, but this paint is FIRE red (metallic!). Swoon, every time. These rims don't make for great braking on the hoods, but in the drops it's much better. The rims look hot, though, right? Really, this whole bike looks freaking hot.


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I built up my "resting" '85 Peloton again. There's a semi-long story as to why, but let's just say that my Masi needs polished pieces to make it sing, visually, and I can't make that happen at present. The Peloton, having been seemingly outclassed by a trio of vintage steel, was given another chance (I just can't sell that frameset!), and white saddle and bar tape (for the first time). Here we are on a second test ride here on the top of Queen Anne hill after the first 12:30AM one a few nights ago, which didn't go very well. The camera doesn't pick it up well, but this paint is FIRE red (metallic!). Swoon, every time. These rims don't make for great braking on the hoods, but in the drops it's much better. The rims look hot, though, right? Really, this whole bike looks freaking hot.


I wouldn't sell it either.

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Earlier this morning, after 9:00am, I did a quick out 'n back 17.3 mile ride before it got cloudy and hot & humid. Nice ride, most people were already at work - and I'm off my school bus now that school is out!! Woo-hoo!!!

A photo on the way back, stopping at a restaurant/bar that wasn't opened yet...


I also made a short You Tube video, at the 8.7 mile turnout point, here in the western suburbs of Richmond, VA, along River Rd & Patterson Ave (Route 6).

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@gaucho777, I'm so glad you're riding again.

I have rides to report but no energy to report about them. A couple of weekends ago, Carol and I took a tour of local farms on a C ride. We met about 11 other really nice folks. The farms in the Hudson Valley have gotten creative and built bars with local beer and wine. One of them is an art studio offering classes.

I'm glad to learn about sealant and the spoke wrench valve core trick. Maybe I should start using sealant, even though I don't ride tubulars currently. And I just learned about tirealert, too.
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Originally Posted by Stevensb
Beautiful - bike and scenery - @northbend.
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Thanks Brad, it was a fine evening.
Yesterday, I shuttled my old ski buddy Mike up to Snoqualmie Pass so he could ride thru the tunnel and go all the way downhill North Bend. He doesn’t have a bike so I set him up on my new Woodrup. I put an old broken in Brooks Saddle and swapped out the pedals and clips for some platform MTB units so he’s be more comfortable. He was pretty comfortable for the 30 miles we did and wants to do more biking so thats great! I rode back up to the pass on the Bruce Gordon and fetched the car once Mike left.
Another ride up to the pass for the last day of spring by NBend, on Flickr
As I was going thru the tunnel on the way back to Hyak, a thick fog had formed inside about 1/2 way through. You could barely see the ground. That was pretty freaky.

Today I took the Singer around the upper valley. Now that the weather is getting nice, it will see more use.
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Got in extra miles today by riding out to meet for a group ride. One of the riders pulled his bike out with a flat and had to use his spare. Of course I had to tell him that now he'd have to be wheel careful... Didn't know it was Bridgestone day but I'm always happy to be riding the Marinoni.
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All I did was ride to and from work again today. On the other hand, I did ride this:



And when I arrived home I enjoyed this:

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Had to take advantage of the longest day of the year for a daylight evening ride 6:30 - 8:30pm.
Quiet lanes
Signs that cyclists like to see, esp if it takes you to a riverbank.
Upon returning to my start point a guy was taking pics of his gorgeous '72 Corvette, I jumped in for one, too.





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Originally Posted by noglider
I'm so glad you're riding again.
Thanks, Tom! Me, too. Riding a bike hurts less than walking, so it's definitely something I look forward to each day. Plus, I just started a summer break. I went for a shake down ride on my new De Rosa today. Just about 8 miles around town and campus.
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Now that the national forest roads are open again after being closed for 6 months around Fairlplay got to take a couple of rides to Pke and Thompson and a few of the back roads.



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Originally Posted by zukahn1
Love the magic dragon, no fire breathing allowed.

i hadn’t ridden the Mondia Super in a while. Evening rides on these long days is awesome.


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+1 on the dragon... or is that supposed to be a sea monster? Like on those old seafaring maps?

I completed my first 650b project last night - converted a 1985 Specialized Sequoia. This morning I rode it down the hill to Harriet Island, across the river from Saint Paul (someone here is calling it "Pigseye" - cool! That was its original name).


Consider this Sequoia 650b Mk I. I just wanted to see how it rode with these wheels. Full fenders and racks are coming.


We haven't seen much sunshine lately, so this morning was a real treat.


The water level is just below flood stage now. The area I was shooting in was actually blocked off by barriers, but I have Artistic License... er, must have left that in my other wallet, Officer.

It rides beautifully, and I want to take a long tour on it. That's why I put the 3x6 Deore drivetrain on this build. Next time you see this bike, it will be fully kitted out.

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Took advantage of the early morning weather and headed to my mothers for lunch.

Its 50 miles from house to house but I stopped at 32mi..i was more interested in seeing where my legs are condition wise. Im not disappointed at the distance I was able to achieve.

Took the Tommasini for a ride and it felt great. Just waiting for the wife to pick me up.



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