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Old 02-03-19, 11:26 PM
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Took out the '99 Tommasini Sintesi today on a really windy day. Blowing 18-20 pretty much the whole ride so I stayed in the cover of the pines and did 28 miles while never venturing more than 3 or so miles from my house. Strava looked like spaghetti when I was done. High 50's and sunny made for a great ride. Condolences to those still battling the cold


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Old 02-04-19, 02:11 PM
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Quick 15 mile jaunt around town today top soak up some newfound sunshine and 60 degrees. This is McCormick Observatory at University of Virginia. Short stinger climb up to this point here.
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Old 02-04-19, 02:48 PM
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Just a morning commute, but since the very hilly area that is Seattle proper received snow yesterday and through the night (2"+ accumulated locally), everyone was faced with essentially not driving or riding down a 12-15% grade that is south Queen Anne Avenue/hill (5 bocks!). I had some brand new WTB Cross Wolf 32mm cyclocross tires that I had wheeled and dealed for, had them set for a bike for my brother (who got a MTB), but now were simple extra tires. A quick tire swap and inflation to 55/60 PSI and I was off. Gingerly. Once down the hill and onto snow that was more accommodating of two bike tires. It's going to get into the low 20s for the next four to five nights which means potentially iced-over roads. And since those roads include decent hills, it's bad news for traveling.

For now though, my ST400 continues its streak as the best winter/rain/touring bike I've owned/built. And I dig the look with knobbier tires. Why does a small part of me go "This is the gateway to dirt and gravel riding! The fenders keep the paint from getting knicked up, so you're good!"

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Old 02-04-19, 04:22 PM
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Just a morning commute, but since the very hilly area that is Seattle proper received snow yesterday and through the night (2"+ accumulated locally), everyone was faced with essentially not driving or riding down a 12-15% grade that is south Queen Anne Avenue/hill (5 bocks!). I had some brand new WTB Cross Wolf 32mm cyclocross tires that I had wheeled and dealed for, had them set for a bike for my brother (who got a MTB), but now were simple extra tires. A quick tire swap and inflation to 55/60 PSI and I was off. Gingerly. Once down the hill and onto snow that was more accommodating of two bike tires. It's going to get into the low 20s for the next four to five nights which means potentially iced-over roads. And since those roads include decent hills, it's bad news for traveling.

For now though, my ST400 continues its streak as the best winter/rain/touring bike I've owned/built. And I dig the look with knobbier tires. Why does a small part of me go "This is the gateway to dirt and gravel riding! The fenders keep the paint from getting knicked up, so you're good!"

All road ahoy, full speed ahead.
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Old 02-05-19, 11:34 AM
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After temps in the single digits and teens, a 41 degree day felt like summer. So, it was off to the beach, today. Even though it was overcast and foggy, it didn't keep me or the surfers away.
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Old 02-05-19, 07:33 PM
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I got out to enjoy the nice weather we’ve had both yesterday:





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Old 02-07-19, 01:32 PM
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Stopped off at the park on my run around town ride. Serious sweats and possible sunburn in this 77 deg. sunshine. Not complaining in the least.
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Old 02-07-19, 08:25 PM
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Down the mountain and back yesterday. Ordered a larger cassette today.
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Old 02-07-19, 08:42 PM
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SoCal temps in low 50s, windy but sunny. I got the Peugeot out for 17 miles up thru Porter Ranch (remember the famous SoCal gas leak?). Great day to ride, continued up thru Chatsworth park, and checked out a new sidewalk library near my home. Scored a copy of John LeCarre's "The Night Manager", which is a TV series we enjoyed a couple years ago. Also saw a pair of hunting red tail hawks, and wished I had a real camera along, not just my phone.



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Old 02-08-19, 08:52 AM
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Down the mountain and back yesterday. Ordered a larger cassette today.
HA, ha! How large did you go?
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Old 02-08-19, 06:49 PM
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Beautiful sunset ride today.





PASTA













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Old 02-08-19, 08:40 PM
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@Sir_Name Great shots of a perfect afternoon for riding.
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Old 02-08-19, 08:42 PM
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Took a short freezing but nice winter ride around home Fairplay CO. My recently saved ice blue Specialized just looks great against winter backdrops glad the group here convinced me to to keep it and leave it basically stock.


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Old 02-08-19, 09:09 PM
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@Sir_Name Great shots of a perfect afternoon for riding.
Thanks, Greg! It was a short ride, but a good one. Nice send into the weekend.

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Took a short freezing but nice winter ride around home Fairplay CO. My recently saved ice blue Specialized just looks great against winter backdrops glad the group here convinced me to to keep it and leave it basically stock.
That looks like so much fun. All winter I've been wanting a good blanket of snow to to play on with MTB & skis. Might just need to go north.
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Old 02-10-19, 12:29 PM
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Some singletrack on the Bruce Gordon.






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Old 02-10-19, 05:20 PM
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I have a little (6) old bikes collection.
But i`m not a wall-hanger, I ride them. I prefer city.
Rosario, (Argentina) is a flat, long street city of the "pampa".
So, I just have to start. So far away... as my legs will say.
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Old 02-10-19, 06:17 PM
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I have a little (6) old bikes collection.
But i`m not a wall-hanger, I ride them. I prefer city.
Rosario, (Argentina) is a flat, long street city of the "pampa".
So, I just have to start. So far away... as my legs will say.
Sounds interesting enough to want to see some pictures ....
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Old 02-10-19, 06:25 PM
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I had made a couple of changes that I wanted to try out, but it rained all day until close to midnight. Then I decided to go for a spin anyway. If I didn't have to get up early for work I'd do this more often. Nice and quiet. The only sound was from the Pasela treads on the wet pavement.

Not good for pics, though. Locks in the Amstel river:

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Old 02-10-19, 08:46 PM
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Originally Posted by gus3800 View Post
I have a little (6) old bikes collection.
But i`m not a wall-hanger, I ride them. I prefer city.
Rosario, (Argentina) is a flat, long street city of the "pampa".
So, I just have to start. So far away... as my legs will say.
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Sounds interesting enough to want to see some pictures ....
Yes. Pictures please!
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Old 02-10-19, 11:32 PM
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I had planned to do the Worst Day of the Year Ride in Portland today, but that got canceled due to bad weather (because Portland). But I'm trying to build up my fitness for early spring, so I decided to HTFU and brave the treacherous conditions. It was rough, but I managed.



In all fairness, apparently some parts of Portland got as much as five inches of snow on Saturday. I'm not sure how we dodged it on the west side, but I rode 40 miles on completely dry pavement.

Just look at all the snow (on the mountains in the distance)! Also, the puddle in the foreground is partially frozen.



Eventually I even found some snow.



From my house, I rode out to the Fern Hills Wetlands. I've taken a lot of pictures of this ride, but the wetlands, being wetlands, are alive and constantly changing.



One of the nice things about the wetlands, apart from the natural beauty, is that they have a brick and mortar restroom with potable water 20 miles from my house. This year they've upped their game even more.



Finally, someone left this on one of the tables and it struck me as somehow aesthetically pleasing.

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Old 02-11-19, 04:28 AM
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Just a short ride to work, but it was a joy nonetheless. After a three week slump in which I had lost the motivation to ride, it definitely felt great, therapeutic even, to get back on the saddle.




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Just a short ride to work, but it was a joy nonetheless. After a three week slump in which I had lost the motivation to ride, it definitely felt great, therapeutic even, to get back on the saddle.




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To the library to return some of my daughter's books

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HA, ha! How large did you go?
Going to a 32 from a 28. (with 46/30 up front). Building another serious climber (Centurion) triple 50/45/28 with a seven speed 12 to 34 freewheel. I'm determined to climb this mountain from the saddle! Even though it will be about 1/2 walking speed.
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Sunshine and a brisk NW breeze today. 57 degrees kept the local MUPs relatively deserted so the Jo Routens and I could roll at a steady pace.



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