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Old 06-16-20, 09:44 PM
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Basso SL with Dura Ace and Ultegra parts. Took a 30 mile ride out to Seal Beach after work. Great weather and there were a few riders on the bike trail.

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Brought my bike to work today so I could go ride south of town.

Planned out a 50 mile route that took me through the little towns of Byron and Oregon Illinois. Oregon is right on the Rock River, and on the east bluff there is a large statue of Chief Blackhawk that for the last few years was undergoing restoration and was covered in black plastic. I was quite surprised to see it uncovered!



Turning back Northbound I took a road that took me directly by the nuclear generating station in Byron. These towers are really neat to see up close:



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Warmup miles on the North Creek Trail before making a 180 and heading down to Redmond via the Sammamish River Trail.













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The new Bothell Bridge in place. Once this one is completed, the old one will be demolished (took the pic from the old bridge):



Today got near 80 degrees and felt really nice after the rain and low-60s we've been enduring lately.

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I intended to go for a ride the Columbia River Gorge. I parked at Portland Women's Forum so I could avoid most of the climbing. Apparently the state of Oregon is now enforcing rule 5 because I discovered that the historic highway is closed, even to bikes, so instead of the pleasant, almost entirely flat ride I was looking forward to, I ended up riding up Larch Mountain. That turned out to be a pretty good thing, because I had always avoided this route before, thinking it was just the place where the hard men of Oregon show off their manliness, but I discovered it's actually quite a beautiful ride.

Beautiful view from the Women's Forum early in the morning




It was kind of like this most of the way.


There's another four miles beyond this, but after ten miles of climbing, I had had enough. Rule 5 be damned!


Look close. This is a picture of my bike.


Okay...


...here it is.
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Took my Fuji TSIII out on "dawn patrol". Dawn patrol means I push off at 5:15am so I can get the miles in and done before most of the "normal people" arrive. Nice and cool and less worry about people who fully believe that you-know-what is "all gone away now and those precautions were stupid anyway". The photos was taken at about 6am in Valley Forge National Park - now open after a very quiet 3 months. Still very quiet at 6am but good to see it open. Me and da Fuji love the early daylight.


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The town of Bellvue Colorado.



On the way I crossed the Poudre River and snapped this photo by the Poudre River Whitewater Park.

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Turning back Northbound I took a road that took me directly by the nuclear generating station in Byron.
Those thing totally dominate the surrounding landscape. You can see them real well from the Byron Dragstrip.

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First extended ride for the 650B Carré Sauvage Lejeune today on the Katy. Running Gran Bois Lierre 38, the bike accelerated nicely and soaked up a lot of the roughness of the trail. Crossed the Missouri river four times...was pissed because my app failed to start and I did not notice until half way through. Gold cage is temporary as is the bar mount.


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Super nice bike CV-6 ! A dirty bike is a happy bike.

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Super nice bike CV-6 ! A dirty bike is a happy bike.

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LOL. I think whatever the state used to repair the trail from flood damage must have been a finer material. I have never had a bike get that dirty on the Katy. I wear a cap under my helmet and you could see where the helmet vent holes were located on the cap.
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I mixed roads and trails yesterday on a loop from Bothell to Everett:



















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Nice pictures, Dude! I am curious about your route. Maybe you can lead me out that way sometime soon

A few pictures from my rides this past week

Near home

Rattlesnake Lake by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

A little farther away :-)

Larch Mountain Road by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

The Gorge and Crown Point from the Women's Forum by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Scott by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

St Helens Rainier and Adams from Larch Mountain by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

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^Amazing shots, guys! Just wonderful.

Snapped one yesterday: Looking down the Susquehanna River at 8th st, Wyoming, PA. Monocanock Island in the center.
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Drillium Dude You must've hit the warp speed to get those DT shifters to bend back that way.

Quick 20 miles up to the Santa Fe Dam. Sun has been hiding all morning but it's a cool day. To begin with my front tire had a gouge and the rear had a slice in it. Neither failed until the staple of death cut my ride short down the home stretch.




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Originally Posted by malcala622

A friend was asking me about Vittoria tire options to try out, and though I prefer the Open Corsa SC family of tires, I knew a lot of the C&V crowd ride on the Corsas you're sporting here. In the case of the cut: how'd that happen? Would you consider these to be fairly strong tires, or does the cut suggest they are on the fragile side?

Knock on wood, I've never cut one of mine like that - but I have experienced a couple/three flat-producing staples through the casing over the years

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
A friend was asking me about Vittoria tire options to try out, and though I prefer the Open Corsa SC family of tires, I knew a lot of the C&V crowd ride on the Corsas you're sporting here. In the case of the cut: how'd that happen? Would you consider these to be fairly strong tires, or does the cut suggest they are on the fragile side?

Knock on wood, I've never cut one of mine like that - but I have experienced a couple/three flat-producing staples through the casing over the years

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I would definitely put these on the delicate tire list. They're more for rides where you know the roads are free of potholes, unleveled streets, large cracks. I honestly have no idea how I got the slice but it survived a month of hard riding.

I'd rate the Veloflex Master better than the Vittoria Corsa.

Its been a month since ordering but I'm waiting on 3 sets of Veloflex from Germany.
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Originally Posted by malcala622
I would definitely put these on the delicate tire list. They're more for rides where you know the roads are free of potholes, unleveled streets, large cracks. I honestly have no idea how I got the slice but it survived a month of hard riding.

I'd rate the Veloflex Master better than the Vittoria Corsa.

Its been a month since ordering but I'm waiting on 3 sets of Veloflex from Germany.
Thanks for that comprehensive review - great info I will keep for myself and pass along to my buddy. Cheers

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Mrs non-fixie and I selected a couple of bikes yesterday for our trip to France next week. So I cleaned them a bit and lubed the chains and jockey wheels. And of course a ride was in order to see if everything was right. We did 70k today.



We live in the Groene Hart (Green Heart) area which is a rural area within the Randstad megalopolis. The benefits are being able to live in a small rural town, as well as being able to drive into most of our major cities within 45 minutes.

It does mean you run into infrastructural elements like this: a 380kV line. I don't know what the magnetic field does to your brain, but I was able to take this picture, so it can't be too bad.



Our country is efficient and its inhabitants not very law-abiding, so the roads are generally straight and have an abundance of speed bumps:



Some bits are really lovely, though:



In one of the towns we rode through, we came across another bike enthusiast. His inspiration clearly came from across the pond. Or from the hereafter:



It was also an opportunity to try out some new stuff. I'd got mrs non-fixie a new Ostrich bag, which she ended up liking:



And with the same purchase order came a pair of new W.F. Holdsworth shoes for yours truly, which turned out to be rather nice as well:



We came across one of my favorite roads. Nearly always a tailwind here, the tarmac is like a billiard table, and in summer, with all the green stuff, it feels so sweet:



Riding into our home town, typical for the area. Ribbon-like developments on both sides of the polder ****:




EDIT: Ah, can't say ****, apparently. What I meant: "a thick wall that is built to stop water flooding onto very low-lying land".
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Well it wasn't exactly today ....

In SODO looking towards downtown Seattle


but I had been itching to get out of my neighborhood and last Saturday I finally did. I live in West Seattle and our Main bridge was closed by the city in March due to Collapse concerns. Since I have been working from home I had no reason to take the alternate and circuitous routes out of the hood and finally realized I could not remember the last time I left West Seattle so I took the lower bridge (which is for commercial traffic and emergency vehicles but has a bike lane) and got myself into Seattle Proper for the first time in months.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie
Mrs non-fixie and I selected a couple of bikes yesterday for our trip to France next week. So I cleaned them a bit and lubed the chains and jockey wheels. And of course a ride was in order to see if everything was right. We did 70k today.

We live in the Groene Hart (Green Heart) area which is a rural area within the Randstad megalopolis. The benefits are being able to live in a small rural town, as well as being able to drive into most of our major cities within 45 minutes.

It does mean you run into infrastructural elements like this: a 380kV line. I don't know what the magnetic field does to your brain, but I was able to take this picture, so it can't be too bad.

Our country is efficient and its inhabitants not very law-abiding, so the roads are generally straight and have an abundance of speed bumps:

Riding into our home town, typical for the area. Ribbon-like developments on both sides of the polder ****:


EDIT: Ah, can't say ****, apparently. What I meant: "a thick wall that is built to stop water flooding onto very low-lying land".
Ha, there’s a tiny crossroads near me called D-Y-K-E and it got blocked out also on a recent ride report. Thought of our Dutch friends when this was linked on another cycling website. Interesting series on the many things that are done better in the Netherlands.

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Got out early, loaded up the bike Rando style, battled some serious humidity and did 83 miles today, covering some new territory. Rode from my house through the President’s route by Jefferson’s Monticello and Monroe’s Ashlawn-Highland. Took a beautiful back road after a short gravel stretch down to Scottsville, which lies along a U bend in the James River. I took a side tour to Hatton’s Ferry. This is apparently the last regularly operating pole ferry in the US. My original plans for the ride were to take the ferry across, ride along the south side of the river and cross back over at the bridge at Howardsville. The 4 straight days of rain have the river up pretty high, so the ferry was closed (for good reason, the river was very fast!). I rode 10 miles along the probably the flattest road in the area before turning away from the river and having to rediscover the climbing legs. I rode through the community of Schuyler, which some know as the home of the real life Walton family (Earl Hamner) and others know as the home of John Grisham. I did not see either of the John-Boys. From here out it was stiff rollers all the way back home .



One of the less popular vineyards around Charlottesville. Still pretty though

Your McMansion here. Sluggish (thankfully) development in southern Albemarle County

Hattons Ferry. The actual ferry (unimpressive to look at) was parked on the other side of the river.

Rockfish River near Schuyler

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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Ha, there’s a tiny crossroads near me called D-Y-K-E and it got blocked out also on a recent ride report. Thought of our Dutch friends when this was linked on another cycling website. Interesting series on the many things that are done better in the Netherlands.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra_0DgnJ1uQ
Thanks for that link. And it's true, especially in built-up areas, traffic flow has gotten better, more balanced.

But there is a downside. BITD, I used to love and drive classic sports cars. But as my favorite roads all got ruined - from a driver's point of view - by speed bumps, roundabouts and very strict speed limits in the late nineties, I got frustrated and finally gave that up.

And got into classic bikes.
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