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Old 01-05-21, 07:00 PM
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First ride of the year for me as well, 15 miles putting around on my Schwinn Speedster. No pictures, but it sure felt good to get out.
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Fantastic pics, Matt! I've never noticed how closely some of the creek/river bits get to the roadway on MFR. Next time I'm out that way I'll noodle it as well and keep my eyes peeled for photo ops

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30 miles of fog and low clouds. 30 miles of sunshine and patchy high clouds. 3,500 feet of climbing. Low temperature at 9AM of 37f and high temperature at 1PM of 55f.
A fine day for a bike ride.






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Originally Posted by northbend
FINALLY!
1st ride of the year this morning.
Roads were wet but at least it wasnít raining when I started out from home.

Ride out east a couple of miles and then turn onto the Middle Fork Road....

This out n back forest service road is becoming one of the most popular cycling roads East of Seattle since it was paved several years ago. There is a good reason for this.
The road pretty much exists to give access to recreational users on State and National Forest land in the Middle Fork of the Snoqualmie River Valley. On weekends during nice weather it can get quite busy,
That wasnít the case today. I counted 3 cars that passed by me during the 2 hours I was out on the road. Saw no other riders.
I noodled along stopping frequently to take pictures to share with you what this road is like on a quiet winter day.
It began to rain again on the way back home. Not bad, fairly light at first but increasing intensity.
Nose running, Fingers and toes a little cold but the rest of me quite warm and dry.
Back home refreshed and exhilarated.
Good start to 2021...

1st ride 2021 MFR1 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR2 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR3 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR4 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR5 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR6 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR7 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR8 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR9 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

1st ride 2021 MFR10 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
Very scenic ride indeed. Great images.
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28 mile shakedown on the newly finished Peugeot PFN10. Loop from South Philly through the western suburbs. Was very windy on the way out. Iíve been riding my touring bike all winter so this felt FAST.

Ran into someone else wearing Avocet M30s so we stopped and chatted for a second.

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Quick lunch ride earlier, great way to break up the day.

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5 mi. in the pouring rain, continued vetting the new eddie bauer rain jacket, it passes with flying colors.




Fit and function of this is excellent for me.

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I have mixed feelings about posting about my ride on Wednesday.
Heck with it all, find your peace in this world. Being outside helps settle me.
Take care,

Mt Si near Snoqualmie by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Trestle view of Tolkl Creek by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

Passing through the fens between Carnation and Duvall by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

A quiet lunch in Duvall by the river by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

The sun makes a weak appearance by Carnation by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

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I agree with Matt.

To that end, I got in not quite 16 miles on my Speedster this morning. Even took a picture crossing the new bridge over the North Channel Trail. For orientation, the right bank {east} is Chicago, the left bank is Lincolnwood



As for settlng one's mind, I couldn't agree more. Perhaps that's a good segue to show off this Christmas gift. Ellen is always complaining that I'm constantly glued to my phone. Not while I'm on the bike.

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^^^^^ Absolutely agree, my post above was after watching the mess in DC unfold after tuning in to watch the certification only to see it devolve into an unimaginable s**tshow.

That was enough to get me out in the pouring rain for another test ride with the new jacket.

Got back and eventually saw the vote certified for the new President of the United States.

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Two dry days in a row ... and the Mountain's out!


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Iíd decided I didnít really want to take any pics on my ride yesterday but couldnít resist when I passed this old ruin on a newly explored road. Unfortunately I couldnít get closer due to gates and a lot of no trespassing signs. Apparently itís the grounds of a hunt club, so didnít want to wander around uninvited.

Secretary Sand Rd, Albemarle County

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Today was shakedown day for my Allegro project.
28 miles of dramatic skies, 1,200' of climbing. Such a beautiful day it was difficult to take a bad photo.














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First outdoor ride of the year. Roads are a bit sketchy in spots but a nice excuse to take things slow

New bar tape and bar end shifters, too!





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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Iíd decided I didnít really want to take any pics on my ride yesterday but couldnít resist when I passed this old ruin on a newly explored road. Unfortunately I couldnít get closer due to gates and a lot of no trespassing signs. Apparently itís the grounds of a hunt club, so didnít want to wander around uninvited.

Secretary Sand Rd, Albemarle County

Looks like an old homestead chimney of a settler's house? Intriguing!
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Just a short ride to an island in the Mekong near me.


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20 miles today on my track bike. 25įF and overcast, so I'm glad that I didn't end up being out any longer than that.

I have a 650b wheel on the front since there's no clearance for a brake caliper with 700c and I'm not comfortable riding without a brake.

Just waiting on some hubs and spokes to arrive and this will be running 650b x 38 Pari-Motos front and rear



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Took a nice short fresh snow ride about 10miles total near home.



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Got out for a late afternoon ride. Still adjusting after swapping in new brakes and wider bars.






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Yesterday I rode 35 miles with a starting temp of 26F and a finishing temp of 33F. Today I rode 40 miles with a starting temp of 28F and an ending temp of 39F. I was reminded that riding in the cold is quite do-able even if I’m reluctant to get out there at first.
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Got out for a late afternoon ride. Still adjusting after swapping in new brakes and wider bars.
Paul makes great brakes!
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Yesterday I rode 35 miles with a starting temp of 26F and a finishing temp of 33F. Today I rode 40 miles with a starting temp of 28F and an ending temp of 39F. I was reminded that riding in the cold is quite do-able even if I’m reluctant to get out there at first.
My toes typically limit me to an hour and a half, maybe two hours if it's sunny at 25į-30įF. It's always pretty brisk at first but every time I'm surprised at how much I warm up!

40į sounds so lovely right now...
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45 and foggy in Portland. Saw a cool, swoopy street on the map and climbed through the mansion-y part of town to check it out.



Not the best shot, but the new Miyataís in there somewhere. Itís a great climber, and I took the descents nice and slow. 11.4 miles and 1,500 feet of elevation.


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My usual route from the house to Malaga Cove in Palos Verdes then to Redondo Beach pier and back home. Today my son rode with me on the SR Semi Pro, no location pic though.



The fountain in Malaga Cove

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A slow and careful ride yesterday - it was -2 when I left the house with a few patches of ice about. The morning warmed up as the sun came out though, and most of the main roads had been gritted, and the ice in the lanes thawed quickly.

There's still no clarification from HM Government about what the latest lockdown means in terms of exercise - much discussion amongst UK cyclists about whether Tiers have been abolished, what local means, how far can we go, etc. I took what I considered a sensible approach and took a quiet route which would keep me away from people, stayed in the North Somerset district, stopped only in isolated places to take photos or eat and drink, and carried a good set of spares and tools on the bike.

My route went from home out over Hutton Hill, through Puxton, and into Wrington, then over the top of Wrington Hill (20% gradient in places, fun on a fully loaded 5-speed AO8!) before descending through Goblin Coombe into Cleeve. From there it was a fairly flt ride around Brockley, before climbing Brockley Coombe, turning off at the top to take the lane around the perimeter of Bristol Airport.

Normally the airport is pretty busy - nothing like LHR, but aircraft landing or taking off every five minutes. With the lockdown in effect I didn't see a single aircraft moving, and stopping briefly at the viewpoint could see at least 15 airliners parked up around the terminal. It was a bit of an eerie really to be alone up there with no sign of life at all over the airport.

From the airport my route home was downhill most of the way, through Redhill, back into Wrington, and into Congresbury, then back to Puxton before turning home through Locking village. 45 miles, and a nice day out. Two pairs of socks plus overshoes kept my feet warm, and I was glad to have my new jacket on. This was a hand me down from my wife's cousin incidentally; he's quite a big lad and ordered an XXL jacket from one of the chinese sites. It's a perfect fit for me - I usually wear a Large - but apparently wouldn't even zip up on him!

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Over the top of Wrington Hill


Bristol (Lulsgate) Airport


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