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Old 12-16-18, 03:05 PM
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Took the Mercian for a VERY short ride today (sans helmet!) It still works ok, but I am really out of shape! Sorry for the crappy cell phone pic.
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I went for a rainy ride with my cyclocross teammates in Portland today. Everyone else was on modern bikes. I rode my 1972 Motobecane Grand Record. I'd love to tell the typical story of how impressed they all were that I could hang with them on a vintage bike, but the truth is I could only keep up because they were going at a casual pace. Not that the bike wasn't up to it -- I'm just slow. I did get a couple of compliments on the fenders.
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Old 12-16-18, 11:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
I went for a rainy ride with my cyclocross teammates in Portland today. Everyone else was on modern bikes. I rode my 1972 Motobecane Grand Record. I'd love to tell the typical story of how impressed they all were that I could hang with them on a vintage bike, but the truth is I could only keep up because they were going at a casual pace. Not that the bike wasn't up to it -- I'm just slow. I did get a couple of compliments on the fenders.
The bike is ALWAYS up to it.
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Old 12-18-18, 07:14 AM
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A bit of fall color on the path to White Rock Lake.

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Old 12-18-18, 06:11 PM
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@abshipp Great looking 12.2! That beauty deserves to be sullied every once in a while. A red one passed through my possession a few years back when I had little time for another project so I passed it on. I wish that I had cleaned it up and kept it.
It's a sweet little bike, and I quite enjoyed getting it dirty!

It still has its original brake housing which is.....flexible....to say the least. So the brakes are more of a suggestion than anything, which made steep descents on sloppy gravel pretty exciting!

I'm planning on putting new compressionless housing this winter, which should make a nice improvement.
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Old 12-19-18, 12:15 PM
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Did my local ride on my 97 Cannondale but cut over to the main road NC rt 24 as there is a new bike shop here in small Locust NC. This shop opened less than two months ago but has a lot of bike in all types. Nice guy named Charles who is owner and mechanic and knowledgeable on all types of bikes. Next door is breakfast joint that I sometimes go to. A lot of divided four lane rt 24-27 from Locust to Charlotte has a bike lane on the side. Traffic is fast and I do not see riders on it anymore. Ten years ago I use to ride it once a week. It is flat and makes a quick ride.
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Old 12-20-18, 12:08 AM
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After taping up some tubulars on @Wildwood's Bottecchia we did about 14 miles to test them out. I finally got a chance to test out my new components/position on the gold Mexico.

I'd never glued or taped up a set of tubulars until today; it was easy! Maybe too easy, as I'm thinking about trying them again after all these years, but then again do I really want to go down that rabbit hole? Decisions, decisions...











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Old 12-20-18, 07:23 AM
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Getting reacquainted with dirt roads. This one, on the Palos Verdes Penninsula, is called Burma Road -- a 7% 1 3/4 mile climb. Did this ride yesterday and again today.
I worked a bit harder today and was only 4 seconds off a PR from last spring. So looking forward to EroicaCA.

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Old 12-21-18, 11:45 AM
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Believe it or not, I was FINALLY able to get my beloved '85 Fuji out and go for a quick ride. Been so busy lately on weekends, it's not funny....

Just 2 weeks ago, the Richmond, VA area got buried in a foot of snow and it was around 24°F for days on end. Everything shut down. I was off my school bus as they closed schools for almost the entire week!

Anyway, here we are on the 21st of December, and Mother Nature went all crazy again, and it's now an incredible 66°F outside, but windy. I jumped at the chance to go for a quick ride while I could, since I'm on Christmas break from my bus, and don't go back until after New Years. 6.25 miles in 25:12 for a quick spin through the neighborhood side streets... Nothing special...

Here's the back entrance of the Collegiate School here in town.




Here's a view looking back up the side road called Sierra, and the wet road and leaves, pine needles, twigs, etc... all over the place. I was careful not to make high speed turns!

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Old 12-21-18, 06:09 PM
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Happy Winter Solstice everyone!

I took a half-day off of work today, and our company is shut down all of next week and through January 2. After some last-minute Christmas shopping I got out on the bike for an hour.

The local rail-to-trail path has had a section barricaded off and marked "Path Closed" for the last month or so. I typically don't ride on the path so I never had a good chance to investigate. Today I decided to check things out, and...yeah...it definitely isn't passable.

Looks like the heavy rain we got a few months ago took out one of the bridges:

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Old 12-21-18, 09:10 PM
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Lots of errands downtown. The alleyways were the channels of choice while the streets were buzzing with traffic...


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Old 12-22-18, 02:36 PM
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Into downtown Philly and then back up a packed gravel trail in Wissahick park. I forgot about how much rain there was yesterday. Going to take some work before I'm able to bring this one into my apartment.
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Old 12-22-18, 02:57 PM
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It was 52 and brightening up considerably at the start of my ride. Less than halfway through it started raining and the temp started to drop; 45 by the time I made it home somewhat damp. Still, it was nice to be out:

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Old 12-22-18, 07:02 PM
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[FONT=Century Gothic]If the weather is this good next weekend, I plan to ride farther afield. Maybe Cannon River Valley?
Careful.

Super icy the other day, even with Nokians.
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Old 12-23-18, 10:31 PM
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One has to make the most of mild winter weather so I rode 24 miles before and 11 after work with heavily laden panniers.



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Old 12-24-18, 11:07 AM
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Sweet Sachs @Classtime

Christmas Eve ride, light rains so took out the Ti Seven

I think I found Santa’s boat.


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Old 12-24-18, 01:19 PM
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I snuck in (sneaked in?) 49.7 miles on the PFN10 this morning. Left the house at about 8:30 AM, temperature about 28 deg F, light traffic. I saw fewer than half a dozen bikes today, most unusual.



At the Lincoln Town Library. I've photographed this tree before. I wish I knew more about it. If it could talk it might tell more than a few good stories.




As I turned the last corner to get home light snow started falling.
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Old 12-24-18, 04:52 PM
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Beautiful day on the Cedar River Trail. New tires made a huge difference in ride quality.

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Old 12-24-18, 10:52 PM
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Did 21 on the Alyeska while the weather was nice on Sunday.


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Old 12-26-18, 08:29 PM
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Got to take a couple of nice winter rides this holiday season good weather and snow packed roads pretty good riding for 10.000 plus feet in December even got over one of the lesser local pass roads fairly easy.









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Old 12-27-18, 06:43 PM
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I got out for a nice winter-ish ride today.















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Old 12-28-18, 08:05 AM
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I got out for a nice winter-ish ride today.











That's awesome, I love bike art.
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That's awesome, I love bike art.
Same. I already forget what model Fuji it is, something like an Olympic 10, Olympian 10... It’s well taken care of, makes an appearance every winter and appears more or less rust free. Makes me curious what other bikes the guy’s got.
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Old 12-28-18, 05:42 PM
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Actually, this would be a ‘Where’d I ride yesterday post. I took a photo on the way in to work along a new route, in the opposite direction of my “usual” commute.

For a year and then some, I’ve traveled west through downtown, along broken streets, over train tracks, into the “bad side” of town, all the while dodging mindless drivers. And there was really only one sensible course to follow. It was for the most part, a boring ride.

But yesterday marked the official first day of relocation as the agency I work for moved early I’m the morning after a few weeks of packing. Now, I get bike paths, a choice of bridges to cross, and natural habitat, alternative routes, and open spaces with minimal interaction between motor vehicles!

Its a shorter commute by less than half the old distance, yet on days when I feel the need to, I can take a longer ways in and back.

Options! More scenic. Quieter. And much, much safer.


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Old 12-28-18, 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by deux jambes View Post
Actually, this would be a ‘Where’d I ride yesterday post. I took a photo on the way in to work along a new route, in the opposite direction of my “usual” commute.

For a year and then some, I’ve traveled west through downtown, along broken streets, over train tracks, into the “bad side” of town, all the while dodging mindless drivers. And there was really only one sensible course to follow. It was for the most part, a boring ride.

But yesterday marked the official first day of relocation as the agency I work for moved early I’m the morning after a few weeks of packing. Now, I get bike paths, a choice of bridges to cross, and natural habitat, alternative routes, and open spaces with minimal interaction between motor vehicles!

Its a shorter commute by less than half the old distance, yet on days when I feel the need to, I can take a longer ways in and back.

Options! More scenic. Quieter. And much, much safer.


Ya gotta love it when life accidentally lines up with cycling.
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