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Old 01-05-20, 10:47 AM
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Fairly brutal headwind out of the south on the Lakefront Trail this morning. Warming up right now at the Metra station. Pic from the Magic Hedge. Apologies for the slanted horizon. It's chilly and I wasn't going to spend a bunch of time with my gloves off. It's definitely snap-n-go weather.

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It was about 35 and sunny this morning, which is actually unusually warm for this time of year in the Boston area, so I headed out for a ride. I’ve been meaning to take an inaugural run on a recent build, a consequence of the great rccardr sell-off of 2019. Doc had this 1978 Davidson Custom set up with early Dura Ace and a 6-speed friction drivetrain. I’ve riffed off of that theme and set it up with a mix of various era Dura Ace and 7-speed indexed downtube shifters.










Wheelset consists of Velocity rims and American Classic hubs, Nitto stem and bars, Brooks Swift with Ti rails. Ride was really superb. I was on a relatively hilly course (1500 ft of climbing over 31 miles), and the bike climbed and descended really well. I need to slide the saddle back a 1/2 cm, but that’s it to really have it dialed in. It’s a keeper! Thanks, Doc!
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If nothing else, the super cold air makes for some nice crisp photos!
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Originally Posted by nlerner
It was about 35 and sunny this morning, which is actually unusually warm for this time of year in the Boston area, so I headed out for a ride. Iíve been meaning to take an inaugural run on a recent build, a consequence of the great rccardr sell-off of 2019. Doc had this 1978 Davidson Custom set up with early Dura Ace and a 6-speed friction drivetrain. Iíve riffed off of that theme and set it up with a mix of various era Dura Ace and 7-speed indexed downtube shifters.

Wheelset consists of Velocity rims and American Classic hubs, Nitto stem and bars, Brooks Swift with Ti rails. Ride was really superb. I was on a relatively hilly course (1500 ft of climbing over 31 miles), and the bike climbed and descended really well. I need to slide the saddle back a 1/2 cm, but thatís it to really have it dialed in. Itís a keeper! Thanks, Doc!
Hmm I didnít realize you ride the same size frame as Doc (same as Me!) Looks like another bike collection I have to keep my eye on.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
If nothing else, the super cold air makes for some nice crisp photos!
Yeah, except for the shivering.
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That's some transformation! It's hard to see on my pics, but is that a clamp-on rear derailleur or did you change the dropout before getting the chroming?
Here's a better shot, before paint. The rear chrome is original, and cleaned up nice after stripping off the green paint, which kind of preserved it. It has the separate derailleur hanger, not integrated to the dropout. The previous guy ground off the cable guides, so I used a clamp on one on the chain stay. I found an NOS chrome fork, and had the upper half painted along with the frame.

I stripped the paint, assembled the bike, and rode it "naked" for about 3 months before committing to paint. I have since gone to a 52t big ring (50t shown here) and a 34t 6 speed Megarange freewheel.
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56 degrees with amazing sunny blue skies today! Forecast is for snow tomorrow, so I jumped on the Bianchi for a quick spin. This the McCormick Observatory at University of Virginia. Couple of 15% stingers to get up here.



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Old 01-06-20, 07:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
56 degrees with amazing sunny blue skies today! Forecast is for snow tomorrow, so I jumped on the Bianchi for a quick spin. This the McCormick Observatory at University of Virginia. Couple of 15% stingers to get up here.
Hopefully the ride back was enjoyable. Thanks for the images.
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Had a fun time with my family riding around Palm Springs for the holiday break. Her Linus and my Campania traveled pretty well, and the kids loved their perches.


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Went from a cool sunny morning into thick valley type fog. Yes, one more layer would have been nice. We all gotta start somewhere...
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Originally Posted by curbtender
Went from a cool sunny morning into thick valley type fog. Yes, one more layer would have been nice. We all gotta start somewhere...
Oh, that's going to end well.
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Old 01-08-20, 05:25 PM
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I rode my first bike commute of the year yesterday. The usual, 17 miles in, 18 miles home. Temperature about 28degF in the morning, 35degF on the return. Not a bad day, a bit of ice to work around but mostly a good day.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
I rode my first bike commute of the year yesterday. The usual, 17 miles in, 18 miles home. Temperature about 28degF in the morning, 35degF on the return. Not a bad day, a bit of ice to work around but mostly a good day.
I rather envy someone with a doable, decent commute during the winter months. I've got about 4 miles of narrow, poorly-maintained country road just to get out to the main road, which is a state highway. Then another 17 miles of that into work. Open. Windy. Cars going 60-ish rain or shine. I tried it a few times (Winter summer no problem), but it sucked all the joy out of it. Good thing I'm retired now!
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I rather envy someone with a doable, decent commute during the winter months....I tried it a few times (Winter summer no problem), but it sucked all the joy out of it. Good thing I'm retired now!
He! I hear you. I could retire if I wanted (I'm now 71) and have other nice options for going to work (I bought a Porsche 718 Cayman last year, superb vehicle and gas-efficient too!). But the bike commute is good for my general health and keeps me grounded too.
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10 mile post office run on the '78 Super Course today to return a gift that was too small. I guess "Large" doesn't always work any more. It was a nice day, sunny, mid 60s, not much wind. I'm trying to see how many days I can ride this year, so far 8 in a row, every day of 2020. How long can I keep it going? Rain predicted tomorrow, might be a challenge. Anybody else been on the bike every day this year?
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I've been on a bike or gone for a run everyday so far this year. Might take tomorrow off, however (though I'll still bike commute around 6-7 miles). Forecast high is right around freezing but low 20s and strong north wind when I need to head out.
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I've been on a bike or gone for a run everyday so far this year. Might take tomorrow off, however (though I'll still bike commute around 6-7 miles). Forecast high is right around freezing but low 20s and strong north wind when I need to head out.
If I could design a lightweight, full-faced cycling helmet, with full defrost/defog capabilities, I'd be rich. Might as well throw in some comms and HUD display while I'm at it.
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Originally Posted by Slightspeed
...so far 8 in a row, every day of 2020. How long can I keep it going? Rain predicted tomorrow, might be a challenge. Anybody else been on the bike every day this year?
Near-constant rain has kept me off the bike for the first 8 days of the New Year. I'm hoping we dry up soon because I've installed some new parts recently and need to get out for a test-ride!

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Just got my bike back from the shop. Bent hanger and worn out chain among other things made shift all but enjoyable. Fixed and rode my usual 30 mile loop. Would post pictures, but itís mostly through neighborhoods.
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Just got my bike back from the shop. Bent hanger and worn out chain among other things made shift all but enjoyable. Fixed and rode my usual 30 mile loop. Would post pictures, but itís mostly through neighborhoods.
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I love the Maritime Museum. Havenít been there in many years.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
I love the Maritime Museum. Havenít been there in many years.
Sundays my route takes me by the lions bridge, will try to post a picture then. The park with the mariners museum is beautiful
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Short days that begin with fog but a few hours of bliss. Really enjoying riding a bike with a triple up front for the rolling hills on my most frequent rides.


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/\ Great picture!

Out for 23 miles today, still a bit icy in spots, but mostly not.


Bakery stop on the way home:
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Couldn't pass up the high 40s here in Chicagoland. I didn't take any location pictures, but my good boi deserved a bath after the ride:

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It is unseasonably warm in ri today, 63! I managed to get out for a short ride. 27 miles on my De Rosa.



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It was warm but super windy.

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