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Old 08-11-19, 01:13 PM
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After getting the Bianchi's rear triangle sorted out Friday evening, @Andy_K and I headed out for a test ride along the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail Saturday morning. The Bianchi performed brilliantly and I got a lot of pics of some awesome scenery.

Permit me to flood the thread with a bunch of pics.

It looked a little iffy at the start, but we had a dry day with the exception of some water already on the road and a light sprinkle here and there. I'd call the weather perfect for this ride:



Andy leads the way down:



Vista House:



View from Vista House:



Multnomah Falls:



Andy climbing the 10% grade of our wrong turn:



Look - no hands:



Bonneville Dam:



Nice mixture of sun and overcast kept the temps down and spirits up. Note patches of wet pavement from the previous night's rain:



Bridge of the Gods:



A few more to follow...

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Bridge support artwork:



Horsetail Falls:



Andy, bikes and sign:



Multnomah Falls:



Outflow from Multnomah Falls:



Washington's side of the Gorge in background:



The climb back up to Vista House:



What a difference a few hours makes!



Inside Vista House:



Looking down the Gorge towards Portland at the end of the day:



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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Bridge support artwork:



Horsetail Falls:



Andy, bikes and sign:



Multnomah Falls:



Outflow from Multnomah Falls:



Washington's side of the Gorge in background:



The climb back up to Vista House:



What a difference a few hours makes!



Inside Vista House:



Looking down the Gorge towards Portland at the end of the day:



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You know, it's so hard not to be jealous of your location there, I won't even try.

Thank you, Dude, for sharing these beautiful photos of a place I've just put on my bucket list to ride. I think I can catch a train out there, and bring one of my bikes. It would have to be next season, but that gives me plenty of time to plan. Now, which bike to bring...?

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Old 08-11-19, 02:27 PM
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Interesting to see a 1988 Giro. I have a 1989 and it's a totally different beast.

The '89 has SLX and I believe Athena components. What a difference a year makes...

Chicago gangway shot:

Not really a totally different beast but more like a natural evolution. Bianchi was sadly moving away from Italian bikes, because of cost and the consumer preferance for MTBs and the hybrids they created, so it made sense to use the same frame on the top three bikes. The Athena was sort of the new Victory so it made sens to line the bikes up that way.

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Not to stray away (thread hijack) from the Where'd You Ride Today theme, but from 1987 to 1991 give or take a year, Bianchi used the same frame geometry on their mid range to better quality production models: Giro, Super Leggera and Mondiale. Often it was the same frame. The Formula Two, which was likely a TreTubi SL and Alle DT and stays, was used on losts of models from '86.










Bianchi played loose with component specs during those years depending on the intended market or who knows what. They came with both Shimano and Campy gruppos including Croce d'Aune on the 1989 & 90 Mondiale. What do you mean? The same model had a different group?

Beautiful Bianchi! I love those Victory cranks.

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Old 08-11-19, 02:31 PM
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Specialissma X9 Campione de Cul de Sac Titanium

I managed to get in 17 miles, some of it at a embarrassingly slow pace. I took a different route and it strayed further out than I wanted to go, then I had to go a little further out to avoid a road I didn't want to ride home on. Good thing the Specialissma X9 Campione de Cul deSac is such a smooth riding bike.



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Old 08-11-19, 03:16 PM
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Lots of great pics here, as usual. Y'all are hard to keep up with!

We took ye ole vintage tandem out for 45.25 non-vintage miles today. There was a touch of autumn in the air, welcome after some of the humditity (that's stupid humid) we've had lately. Dew points in the low 50's!

We left straight from the house because the van is still loaded with music gear and couldn't hold the bike. The goal was Concord where we had a nice picnic lunch. Then we walked around the grounds of the North Bridge. That's where a little thingy took place on April 19, 1775.

My sweetie holding the bike, with the bridge (a rebuilt version) in the background and a somewhat famous statue on the far side.


Of course she had to take a pic of me too.


During the, ah, unpleasantness a British raiding party of a bit under 100 soldiers held the bridge from this side of the river. A collection of local militia units from the surrounding towns totaling about 400 men at arms had gathered on the high ground on the far side of the river, having heard the news that blood had been spilled in Lexington earlier in the day. The original British column out of Boston had been 700 men but various groups had been dispatched to search for arms in the area.

Back in Concord Center the British had burned several cannon carriages they had "found" (curiously with no cannon mounted!). The militia commanders fearing that the British had set fire to the town of Concord decided it was time to take action and so advanced toward the bridge. With that the British decided it was best to move out and head back to Boston. As they marched back other militias joined the action until the British column was seriously outnumbered. A column of 1000 lead by the British military commander General Percy rescued them near what is now Arlington. They made it safely back to Boston, but nearly surrounded by 4000 militiamen. The British occupied Boston under siege until the following March when they evacuated the city. The rest is, as they say, history.

The park headquarters is in the Buttrick House overlooking the river and the bridge, the residence of one of the gentry of the area at that time. Old Man Buttrick really knew how and where to build a house. The grounds are lovely with terraced flower gardens and walkways overlooking the river. Of course my sweetie had to take a pic...
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Old 08-11-19, 05:09 PM
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Rode 80 miles up into northern Lake county. I'm planning on riding the Harmon Hundred in Sept, and have been doing steady 60-75 milers.

The radar was not looking good. I decided to tempt fate and ride anyhow. Most of the wx went south - I only had to endure a light sprinkle for the first 10 miles.



Water stop in Deerfield with nice bathrooms.



Photo op on "Old School" road up in horsey country. Should be called "Old Money" road.

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Old 08-12-19, 01:50 AM
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I heard today on the radio that Portland airport had more rain on Saturday than it's had in any 24 hour period this year and that one day was over the usual average rainfall for the entire month of August (which, to be fair, is less than an inch). That makes it all the more remarkable that @Drillium Dude and I hardly saw a sprinkle riding just down the road for half the day.

Here are a few of my pics from that ride. I have lots of previous pics of the scenery, so mine are other things.

Our bikes at the lunch stop:


Our bikes at Multnomah Falls:


Minor damage to a fence along the bike path.


Drillium Dude enjoying the scenery.


And then there's this...


I'm not even sure how to explain this last photo. When I pulled my wallet out of my jersey pocket at the end of the day, these stickers came out with it. This was the jersey I wore at L'Eroica California two years ago, and that's where these stickers came from. The things is, I've worn and washed the jersey at least half a dozen times since then. Honestly, I'm puzzled.
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And then there's this...


I'm not even sure how to explain this last photo. When I pulled my wallet out of my jersey pocket at the end of the day, these stickers came out with it. This was the jersey I wore at L'Eroica California two years ago, and that's where these stickers came from. The things is, I've worn and washed the jersey at least half a dozen times since then. Honestly, I'm puzzled.
I've got some of the ones from Dale on the job...I like this older BF logo better than the newer blue ones that were promised to be sent from IB upon request. Anyone have the newer sticker on their bike? Looks like you guys had a great ride.

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Rode the Wickwire **** (1808) and what a day it was. Edit D-y-k-e
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Cooling off by the bay. Behind Golden Gate fields on the Waterford
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Just cruising in the neighborhood.
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Getting rid of some calories.

Took a nice ride around the neighborhood before the heat hit. Rode my Centurion elite rs that I bought new in the 80s. It's always amazing how smooth and quiet the ride is, I love the sound a cared for bike makes as it goes down the road.
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Absolutely beautiful.
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Rode 112km around lake Garda in Italy the day before yesterday. 2100m of elevation because I accidentally went up a MTB trail before turning around and taking the tunnels.
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Our Lady of Angels Monastery before the rain


After the rain


Definitely ready for a wash now
Rode some gravel today. 28 mile ride, 17 on the rocks. Sorry the bike is only 15 years old, so not C + V, but I had ridden it in the salt air and sand on our recent beach week trip and it needed a wash anyway. This is the roads around Free Union in Albemarle County, VA at the foot of the Blue Ridge. Sunny and very humid (typical for oh, say the past 3 months) but a rain burst came and doused me and made things wet and gritty for about 10 miles.
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Today marked 7 days straight taking the new Bianchi out for various rides. I rode down to the Arboretum on Friday and today circumnavigated Lake Sammamish. Going to get together with @SurferRosa tomorrow for a ride down the west side of Lake Washington to Seward Park - Lake Washington Blvd is closed to car traffic Sunday which will make for a nice, easy ride.

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Yes - I changed out to basic black for the handlebar tape. I guess I am a creature of habit!

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Looks real nice Jeff. You got the Bianchi up and running quickly and are getting some good miles in. I meant to comment on your Columbia River ride. Thanks to you and Andy for the pics of that. Good to see reminder of the awesome ride I just had there.
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30 miles this AM b4 heat got too bad.

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Met up with @SurferRosa for about 50 miles of trail and road riding down to Seward park and back. Incorporated two different bike trails, a number of quiet backstreets and I even stopped at his place to get a bottle refill and see his cat. Not many pics, but it was a fantastic day in the saddle - and the weather was perfect!

Montlake Bridge going up:



Bike 1 - which was faster because it's red - or at least, that's the story I'm sticking to:



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Looks real nice Jeff. You got the Bianchi up and running quickly and are getting some good miles in. I meant to comment on your Columbia River ride. Thanks to you and Andy for the pics of that. Good to see reminder of the awesome ride I just had there.
Thanks!

That river ride sure is spectacular, isn't it? I will be making that a fixture at least once per summer for as long as I live in the PNW

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On such a beautiful day, the mountain could have at least greeted us. Jeeze!

Seriously, that was fun.
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You know, it's so hard not to be jealous of your location there, I won't even try.

Thank you, Dude, for sharing these beautiful photos of a place I've just put on my bucket list to ride. I think I can catch a train out there, and bring one of my bikes. It would have to be next season, but that gives me plenty of time to plan. Now, which bike to bring...?

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Thanks - high praise from the best photog on this thread (in my opinion)!

As far as which bike, something with some gears! We got's climbs out here

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Stopped at the Park Ave. boat launch in Highland Park during a 55-miler up into Lake County.

Took pics at the giant anchor (which is "fouled" by Christmas lights) and a pic of the ivy-covered pumping station.





The real reason for stopping at the launch is its location, which is at the bottom of a ravine. I needed to test the new cable setup on my RD under load. The climb out is both long and steep. Still need a few tweaks, but the shifting is much improved.

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