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Old 03-24-20, 07:21 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
Just a quick jaunt around the Berkeley Marina with the family to get some fresh air.



Super awesome Park Pre!
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Thanks gomango. I recall you have/had a similar Parkpre?
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Rain, followed by an inch+ of icy sleet kept me inside.

Typical, wild, early Spring weather at our Latitude, north of Minneapolis. About the same as Paris
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My day was mostly filled with testing a video conferencing application from behind my desk at home. Not the most inspiring work, and I was glad to get away from it before dark. Took the Nöll out for a 20k spin. I'm beginning to like this bike. The long-ish chainstays (for a bike with neither fender eyelets nor clearance for anything bigger than 28mm tires) make it feel different from other rides called "Pro".

Not sure how it compares to Paris, Wildwood , but the weather here was great for a ride.

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Originally Posted by gaucho777
Thanks gomango. I recall you have/had a similar Parkpre?
Yes I do!

Not as fancy as yours.

Wish it were larger, I'd toss some $$$$ at it.

However, just ordered Gravelkings for it.

Hope they fit.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777
Thanks gomango. I recall you have/had a similar Parkpre?
Speaking of Parkpre, I remember when they came out, but didn't seem to stick around for but about five years or so. I did a bit more digging, and found they had the same project manager as Diamond Back when Cozy Yamakoshi left them to work at Parkpre.
A bit about that. PARKPRE MOUNTAIN BIKES - HISTORY
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Just a late afternoon ride around my Coalfield territory. Coal mines are most regularly in hilly, sometimes steep terrain. Hence, an almost vintage ti frame and triple crankset - that I had cleaned this morning.

Park open, except for children's playground, ballfields and restrooms - so basically the parking lot.

No good group ride ends nearby without a beer at Doofers, but only take-out food orders for a while.


State Park - only for hiking trail access= Closed

Sun came out, occasionally.

Local mini-fire station


Spring trying to emerge

A little lane

Here’s a neighbor’s driveway art (pictured before), but not with a bike that seems such a match.
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^Nice bumper crop.?.and very nice bike. What kind of fork did it come with or is that stock?
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I went for the second ride outside this year ~40 mi in my neighborhood. I bought a set of Spech turbo cotton clinchers and they feel great! Thy are close to a tubular feel with the latex tube inside and are good value @$80 CDN They also have the 'look' if you know what I mean. I don't prefer the tan tires on this bike but I ordered 2 more sets for my vintage rides.


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Originally Posted by curbtender
^Nice bumper crop.?.and very nice bike. What kind of fork did it come with or is that stock?
I bought frame and fork from an individual. It had never been assembled. Fork is Real Design which i believe was a name used on Litespeed forks.

Macalu was a house brand for Excel Sports, out of Boulder, a major dealer for Merlin bikes. The tubeset appears to be similar to an Extralight model, but who welded it is a mystery to me. The model year is from around the time that Litespeed acquired Merlin so this bike is a bit of a mutt. Some Merlin tubes, Litespeed fork, beautifully welded by someone. Came to me at a very attractive price. Assembled with a mixed Campy 10 triple group.

i like it. A lot.
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@daviddavieboy - I love the Spesh tubular cotton turbo. Hoping and waiting for theiir Hell of the North tubies to go on sale this Spring.
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@daviddavieboy - I love the Spesh tubular cotton turbo. Hoping and waiting for theiir Hell of the North tubies to go on sale this Spring.
These Hell Of The North clinchers(with latex tubes) are close to the Challenge Paris Roubaix tubbies and feel about the same as Spesh Aspoir tubulars which is still very good (hopefully more puncture resistant though) They all have a better ride than the sprinters I have but don't feel as fast. (probably due to much higher pressure and the wheels)

I do notice that the HOTN tubular is only 290 TPI compared to 320 of the clincher so they should be close.
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A bike with good fenders make riding in cool drizzly weather tolerable.

A great bike for a drizzly day by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Mt. Si from Centennial Fields by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Old 03-26-20, 08:07 PM
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First really nice day we've had in a week. Sunny, breezy, lots of people enjoying the Spring weather.
30 miles on the ST. This one get ridden on a lot of out-of-state rides, but with the recent cancellation of events, has been put back into regular rotation.




Meanwhile, so weird to see places like the Lorton Workhouse (once a prison, now an arts center) so empty:
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Decided to commute to the home office this morning, jeans, jacket, helmet and out the door in 50F temperatures, no wind but surprisingly dry and with an ever emerging blue sky. Dropped the pressure to 70R/60F and just dabbled on some gravel and places that are starting to show some Spring greenery.

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From my garage to my garage :)

Hom with the kids all day every day at least I had time to overhaul my partner's awesome Panasonic DX-3000!
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Did the usual 12 mile loop from my house. Less cars, but the ones on the road were not driving well. Also saw a bed pillow on the side of the road that it looked like someone coughed up a lungfull of blood on, so there's that....
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Even nicer day here yesterday! Temp close to 70, breezy, partly cloudy. Parks are 'closed' but allowing pedestrians and bicycles through the gates. Got in my usual daily 32 from the house down to Occoquan Regional Park and back- what we locals call "The O Loop':


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Took my most recent find, a Benotto-liveried Viner Special Corsa (why would anyone put Benotto decals on a Viner?) for a trip to the LBS for a couple of inner tubes and to see what else - besides the decals -was wrong with the bike. Not much. A slight judder seems to indicate that at least one of the wheels isn't entirely true.

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85° In Concord, NC

Went for a ride on the Greenway on the Cannondale. I've been riding the Bianchi Road bike much more, and the Cannondale looked a little neglected.


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Originally Posted by northbend
A bike with good fenders make riding in cool drizzly weather tolerable.
My thoughts exactly

45 miles over the last two days on my 650b Trek. Got rained on both times, and really loving my fenders.


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Originally Posted by rccardr
Even nicer day here yesterday! Temp close to 70, breezy, partly cloudy. Parks are 'closed' but allowing pedestrians and bicycles through the gates. Got in my usual daily 32 from the house down to Occoquan Regional Park and back- what we locals call "The O Loop':


Man what a great color.
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Some detours today as the county closes up roads, parks and trails around here in it’s efforts to encourage people to stay home. Bounced around the upper valley riding paths of least resistance for a little over an hour.
In the rain.
Oh well, at least I got out for a little while..

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Took a ride with the Mercier along the Dutch estuary coast. Sun out, wind mainly in the back...



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Originally Posted by northbend
A bike with good fenders make riding in cool drizzly weather tolerable.
Your Acorn bag looks quite well used but also seems to be keeping it's shape better than mine. Do you have any kind of reinforcement on the inside?

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