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Old 05-26-20, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
One day I'd like to see a snapper on a ride - that would be the coolest thing ever.
Care to live vicariously? Saw this guy on the local bike path last summer

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Rode down to Hyde Park today. The Lakefront Trail is closed, so it was all on city streets.

Ernie seemed a bit lonely, so I took his picture:


Alexander Calder's Flamingo (Dearborn and Adams):


Dearborn Station:


Turnaround at Bonjour Cafe (croissant in the bag next to my cafe au lait):


Summer Tree Blowing in the Wind (S. MLK Drive):


Dearborn and Monroe looking north (pretty dead for about 10am on a weekday):


Chicago History Museum (Clark and North):


Wrigley Field on the way home (apologies for the panorama distortion):
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Bike ride home and took the long route near the golf course...FORE!!!




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Old 05-27-20, 05:50 AM
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
Rode down to Hyde Park today. The Lakefront Trail is closed, so it was all on city streets.

Ernie seemed a bit lonely, so I took his picture:
Excellent photographs! I do love Chicago.
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
Rode down to Hyde Park today. The Lakefront Trail is closed, so it was all on city streets.
Did you take Drexel?
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Did you take Drexel?
Not as far as I recall. My route south was mostly Clark, Wells, Dearborn, State, Wabash and MLK (with suitable west-to-east connectors). On the way back, I mostly rode Cottage Grove, MLK, Dearborn and Clark.
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Back to work on the newer 95 Trofeo




Straightblock What a beautiful Merckx you have.

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Went out this morning for a ride, on the ANC Halfords Team Replica. There was a bit of mist to start with, but it burned off quickly in the sun.

I went over the Mendips and down into Wells, past the Cathedral - I always stop and look at the clock - then back across the Levels, skirting Glastonbury and going through Godney and Mark, and finally over Bleadon Hill and home.

Very hot day out, I got through a litre of water in 50 odd miles, and I'm now recovering in the garden with a pint (or two) of Thatcher's.


View from Puxton towards the Mendips

On the Mendips by Priddy Ponds

Looking towards Charterhouse

Wells Cathedral Clock Tower

Wells Cathedral

On the Levels past Godney

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I was out in the country today, too, but haven't edited all my pics yet. But here's a nice shot taken of my "bike du jour" at the UW Bothell conservatory about a mile from home:



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Old 05-28-20, 12:03 AM
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mountain's out.


Seward Park

The Arboretum Trail is short but sweet.

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Originally Posted by daverup
Down to the lake,
Is that a Trek 950?!
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Originally Posted by LucasHartong
Is that a Trek 950?!
Close, 95 Trek 930.
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Old 05-28-20, 11:30 AM
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I'm just getting back into cycling after a long time away. My bike is currently awaiting a new fork, but the last ride I took was from my house in Kansas City to Cuento Coffee in Raytown. Not much of a distance, but with all the hills in this town (and the jacked up fork), it was a workout.
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Was just supposed to be an easy ride up the North Shore this morning, and it was, save for about two seconds of sheer terror. Turning left off Sheridan Road onto Deerpath in Lake Forest, the rear end slid out as if I'd hit a patch of ice. My stem let go of the steerer tube and slammed to the lock nut. I was somehow able to come to a stop without crashing. I think when the stem slammed, the world championship band gave me just enough purchase on the locknut to avoid catastrophe. I wasn't immediately sure how I was going to get back home. I wasn't carrying my 7mm allen key, so I couldn't tighten it up right there. Our car is in the shop getting hail damage repaired, so Ellen couldn't come and fetch me. I didn't have a mask with me so couldn't hop on the train. I yanked up on the handlebars which seemed to wedge the stem in the steerer tube so I could very gingerly ride into downtown Lake Forest. Fortunately, there was an open BP service station and the mechanic let me use his 7mm socket to tighten it up. I practiced my light touch on the bars on the ride home.

When I got home I pulled the stem thinking it had perhaps cracked as these old stems with conical expander nuts sometimes do. That was fine though. I couldn't feel or see any distortion in the steerer tube, so it seems likely it just worked loose over time. I really need to make a pre-ride checklist.




Before the excitement:


Hunting for water around Lake Forest College (found none):
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Originally Posted by smontanaro
When I got home I pulled the stem thinking it had perhaps cracked as these old stems with conical expander nuts sometimes do. That was fine though. I couldn't feel or see any distortion in the steerer tube, so it seems likely it just worked loose over time. I really need to make a pre-ride checklist.
Scary stuff!

Thanks for the heads up, I've got a stem with that style expander nut on a regular rider but haven't really thought to check it that often. I'll try to be more diligent!
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I rode my bike down to Canada place in Downtown.
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Originally Posted by daverup
Close, 95 Trek 930.
Wow. I have a 1995 950. Exactly the same colours!
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Wow. I have a 1995 950. Exactly the same colours!
The green fading to purple with the satin finish is pretty special..
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Here are the rest from yesterday's ride:





















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Over the I90 to Bellevue

Mountain said hello

Goodwill just reopened. Insane. Three loops of cars through the lot waiting

All the way across the front of the building, then a block up Corwin St, then a block up Dearborn, then up Rainier Ave. It was insane. Must have been 200 cars waiting

Choo choo and stadium

I was number 606 today
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That floating bridge freaks me out...
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That floating bridge freaks me out...
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I remember it well. Fiasco
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
Forgive my adolescent curiosity, but where did you find this garter snake? I've only seen one snake in Seattle, at the Union Bay Natural Area, a couple years ago. I picked it up to show a little girl and her mom.



I've only seen seven snakes (yes, I counted) in all the camping and hiking I've done in the Pac NW over the last 15 years. Quite different than where I grew up in the plains/south/southwest.
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Originally Posted by etherhuffer

Mountain said hello
Jeez. What are you shooting with? It's like you were on Cougar Mtn with a big azz lens.

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That floating bridge freaks me out...
So much better than the 520 with all its awful speed bumps (or whatever they are). I won't ride over it again.
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