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Old 03-06-21, 05:40 AM
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obrentharris sprinkle a few sheep into those pics and I’d have sworn you were in Ireland!
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Sunny blue skies and longer days bring thoughts of spring but dang it’s still chilly out there! High 40’s temps but a stiff icy wind made it feel colder. Got in 28 miles, stoping at the grocery store on the way home. Picked up some dropout adjusters from the LBS on the outbound leg, so pretty productive ride! For a change, here’s a pic without a wooden fence.
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Got one last 30-mile check ride in before the rains come this evening. When I took this photo at Marymoor Park I didn't know if I was gonna get home dry or not:



Last night I substituted Campy grey housings for the CLB alloy ones; braking now has a much better feel. Tubs now inflated to 105psi and a little squishy but the ride is still fast. Probably just going to take some time to get used to the feel.

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Old 03-06-21, 08:12 PM
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Drillium Dude - them rims are "trick"
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Built up the ‘85 Raleigh Gran Course with shiny Campy bits from @Brewsmith and took it for a shakedown ride this morning. Felt great! This frame has fairly steep angles compared to others in the fleet and can really dive into turns with a lot of confidence. Excellent climber out of the saddle, too. Definitely will be a regular rider.



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Old 03-07-21, 07:31 PM
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First ride of 2021! Did 40 miles up to the fort. Temp in the low 40s/headwind coming back - brought home "frozen ham". Jerry Ortega sighting = 1

Still some snow in the ravines



Ravine bridge in late afternoon light. If you look closely, you can see all the deferred maintenance on ther drivetrain. Still too cold in the garage for wrenching.



Hadn't been out since Dec 10, 2020. Jan/Feb were cold and this was the view out my front window less than 3 weeks ago. We've had a nice string of 40-degree days that has gotten rid of most of it.

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Nice riding today first time the bike path between Fairplay and Alama has been mostly clear and dry in a long time.


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thinktubes and zukahn1 - some amazing snow photos and scenery, thank you for posting them. I really like the rear bottle holder thinktubes - can I ask where you bought it?
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Originally Posted by nlerner
Built up the ‘85 Raleigh Gran Course with shiny Campy bits from @Brewsmith and took it for a shakedown ride this morning. Felt great! This frame has fairly steep angles compared to others in the fleet and can really dive into turns with a lot of confidence. Excellent climber out of the saddle, too. Definitely will be a regular rider.


Another beautiful build and very practical with the modern components.

Will we be getting the 2021 version of 14 bikes in 14 days?
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Another beautiful build and very practical with the modern components.

Will we be getting the 2021 version of 14 bikes in 14 days?
Thanks! Well, I certainly have enough bikes to repeat that event though I'm thinking of some variations, one of which is to do a century on 10 different bikes, 10 miles each, from oldest to newest. I had wanted to do that last fall but ran out of time. Come May, my schedule is freed up considerably.
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I got out for a nice shortish ride around the supply pond in town this afternoon. Lots of ongoing work clearing felled trees from a tornado that moved through this past August. The trails are largely clear of ice now and not a total muddy mess yet, nice and enjoyable.











I went out for a longer cold ride with coffee and donuts over the weekend, no donut pics unfortunately.
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Old 03-08-21, 09:24 PM
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I really like the rear bottle holder @thinktubes - can I ask where you bought it?
It's actually a hodge-podge of parts. It started life as one of these:



This worked well for about a half a season. The mounting ring sheared as I was "heroically" crossing a decorative cobblestone crosswalk.

I ended up getting a couple of clamps, however, they didn't offer enough clearance, so I added some aircraft washers and used the mount from the broken holder.
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Overall, it's very sturdy and tucks in very nicely - I can't tell that it's there. I use it to refill the main bottle, since it's a little hard to reach while riding. I don't know how well this would work if I rode with less post. I really didn't want to go with bar-mounted bottles. A second bottle is absolutely necessary, since all pubic fountains have been shut off for over a year.

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One last ride on the Gios Torino before its taken to me LBS for some changes. New slightly longer brake cables/housing, bartape, and going from 40 to 42 width bars.

Oh and most importantly the oem hoods are being retired with repops.






Shout-out to @hazetguy for the painted flutes...still holding up well...circa april 2019
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Old 03-09-21, 02:43 AM
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Another longer ride yesterday on the Paris-Sport, taking advantage of dry roads after a few days without rain. I left Weston through Locking and Banwell, then went through Sandford, Churchill, Langford, Blagdon, and Ubley before skirting Chew Valley Lake on the way through West and East Harptree. From there it was through Litton, Ston Easton, and Clapton, before joining the NCN24 Greenway in Midsomer Norton. This took me through Radstock, Shoscombe, and Stony Littleton, where I stopped for lunch on a bridge over the Wellow Brook.
After lunch my route went through Faulkland, Norton St. Philip, and Farleigh Hungerford, before taking the canal towpath at Bradford-on Avon.
I followed the towpath through Avoncliff, Limpley Stoke, and Claverton into Bath, went through Bath via the Abbey, and then followed the Railway Path for 15 miles right into the centre of Bristol. Coming off a green cycleway straight into the middle of a big city is always a bit of a surprise, but Bristol now has some good cyclepaths and bus lanes and if you know your way around it's not a bad place to cycle at all.
I left Bristol via the Portway along the Avon Gorge, passing under Clifton Suspension Bridge, and crossed the river via the cycle lane on the M5 bridge (incidentally, having gone through the centre of Bristol without a problem I had a near miss with someone who was taking a short cut on the cycle lane on a motorbike) going through Pill, Portbury, Clapton-in-Gordano, and meeting my wife in Clevedon.

The ride was a little over 80 miles, another day of Spring weather when it's a privilege to be out on the bike in the countryside and seeing the sights.

Chew Valley Lake


Stopped for lunch


Ford near Faulkland - luckily very low after a few dry days,


The George Inn, Norton St Philip. Supposedly haunted, and the scene of one of the Bloody Assizes.


Farleigh Hungerford Castle


Avoncliff Aquaduct, carrying the Kennet & Avon Canal over the River Avon


Bath, Laura Place looking up Great Pultney Street


Bath Abbey


Leaving Bristol on the Portway
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Originally Posted by thinktubes
It's actually a hodge-podge of parts. It started life as one of these:
This worked well for about a half a season. The mounting ring sheared as I was "heroically" crossing a decorative cobblestone crosswalk.
I ended up getting a couple of clamps, however, they didn't offer enough clearance, so I added some aircraft washers and used the mount from the broken holder.​​​
Overall, it's very sturdy and tucks in very nicely - I can't tell that it's there. I use it to refill the main bottle, since it's a little hard to reach while riding. I don't know how well this would work if I rode with less post. I really didn't want to go with bar-mounted bottles. A second bottle is absolutely necessary, since all pubic fountains have been shut off for over a year.
Many thanks thinktubes - some useful information. I'm in the same position; it's difficult at the moment to replace drinks during a ride, and I've been making do with stuffing cartons of fruit juice into a handlebar bag.
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That's some lovely countryside, @ExPatTyke!
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@ExPatTyke I enjoy the pictures of the English countryside and of cities whose names I have heard all my life; Bath, Bristol.
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It sure is good to see that you folks have been out riding!

Today I did my first bike ride since it snowed in (I'm thinking) December 2019. So it has been 15 months. And the same amount of time since I spent much time reading BF. It is good to be back!

The temperature was supposed to hit about 60 degF today, maybe 15 degrees warmer than normal. So my sweetie insisted I take a bike out. Since I've had my first covid shot and most people around here are mask-aware I took the Masi out for a spin. The fact that it was windy meant very little covid exposure even if anyone besides me was breathing heavily, and of course it meant harder work heading west.

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@jimmuller great to see you back!
Hopefully we will get to see lots of photos this spring of your tandem rides with your sweetie!
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Rode the Torpado down to Gas Works Park. Love this bike!

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34-mile ride after work today up to the Park Avenue boating ramp. It was 68 degrees, but large mountains of snow remained on the shoreline.





The ramp is closed until all the snow clears.



Sun setting behind the rim of the ravine.



Still a small amount of snow, but mostly all gone. Streams are running in most of the ravines.

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Still a lot of ice and snow, but melting fast. It was nice to ride without all the bundling up.

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@jimmuller great to see you back!
Hopefully we will get to see lots of photos this spring of your tandem rides with your sweetie!
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Thanks, Brent. We intend to start riding the tandem but start slowly.
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Yes, good to see you popping up here again @jimmuller!

I got out for a short but sweet lunch ride today. Much easier to accomplish while working from home, and a welcome break from the usual Zwift trainer rides I’ve been doing mid-day.



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