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Old 04-20-21, 07:31 AM
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Did a ride along the Dutch coast and into Zeeland province today. Lots of young animals around!

The Fausto Coppi didn't need help from this coastguard station.

Small break at a light post.


One of the many small villages.

One of the old inland going rivers. Many disappeared with the new dikes and polders but this one is still there, as a bird sanctuary.

Not 100% matching, but it'll do.
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They're just finished plowing here, so lots of morning mist rising at sunrise

The Ol' Church Road - look carefully and you can see the church spire atop the bell-tower in the distance

No fish but infested with the invasive American crayfish - a lobster trap will get dozens in an hour. Is that just a coincidence or does the crayfish wipe out other native fishery populations in the US as well?

Our village troll cunningly disguised as a beautiful swan. I asked what it was doing as it slyly approached the little bridge I was crossing over. It quipped "Can you help me find the Raleigh goose-neck I dropped here?" I pitta-patted away as fast as I could.

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Old 04-20-21, 08:36 AM
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Been out for 30 - 70 miles every day since my baby passed on the 14th; a couple pics from the ride to Fall City on Saturday:

The rides have been somewhat therapeutic - but I still miss her like crazy. I may go on, but I'm not ever going to get over this.

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^ Lovely photos @Jono59. So peaceful.
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I got out with my son to break in the two 'new' bikes today. Never thought it could be 77 degrees in April here in the PNW. It was a nice afternoon with Thomas.

Thomas is a very lucky boy. What a great joy for you, Roger. What a nice day.
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Old 04-20-21, 09:29 AM
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De Peel, in the south-east of the Netherlands

















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Old 04-20-21, 12:33 PM
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Well, as you can see, the weather in the NL was very nice today.

I am very much not into MTB's, but that is a sharp-looking machine you got there, fabiofarelli !

Mrs non-fixie and I went out as well, for a quick 20k spin after work. I decided to take the Austro-Daimler Inter-10, to see how it would compare to the Olympia Sport of the previous days. Pictured here at the one-car bridge at Bilderdam:



Apparently someone thought the town wasn't already nice enough, so they recently added a Piece of Art. A pair of skating hippopotami, no less. I rather like them:



At Ter Aar we passed by the Tolhuis lock in the Amstel river. In summer this is the place to be if you're into Schadenfreude:



Our planned route took us to an unexpected dead end, so after a detour we were back. This is a view of the lock from a different angle:



The road back home, through the town of Nieuwveen:

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Old 04-20-21, 12:53 PM
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I like the ride of this MTB, it's a Alan, you know ... At the moment I just got a few bikes ready to use (in the house) and this one is multi-purpose.
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Old 04-20-21, 01:16 PM
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Did the towpath earlier today thru Franklin,Griggstown, and Rocky Hill NJ. Beautiful day with turtles taking in the sun.
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Old 04-20-21, 01:46 PM
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You NL guys are killing it - great pics!
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(...) it's a Alan, you know ... (...)
I should have guessed that.

I really like the "simple industrial elegance" it exudes.
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Couple of hours and 32 miles lollygagging through Virginia horse country on the 650B Pelizzoli. Everything is just leafing out and it's a pretty vibrant green.


Dogwoods and Red Buds are out in full force.


Some characters along the way:


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Got out for 20 after getting away from work early. This was a shakedown ride after swapping to mini v brakes from cantis, 38mm tires from 32mm with fenders, triple 44/34/28 from double 46/30 and to a Ti Brooks B17 from the Berthoud Aravis.

My goal is to get fit enough for some longer mixed surface rides this summer/ fall. Last year was pretty much a wash after having Covid-19 and then an unrelated hospital stay for a really bad infection.

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Old 04-20-21, 06:23 PM
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I rode into town today to pick up a bag from Swift Industries. This would be my longest ride on the big Expedition, at fifty five miles. It's a comfortable bike and 38 Gravelkings are a nice change from 25 Veloflex tires...

It is a portly beast, and dropping 4-5 pounds of stuff in the front bag added some to the front load. Also, I found a new favorite in friction shifters. 7402 Dura Ace set in friction mode might surpass Simplex, as my new go to.



Found a steel frame bigger than this bike...

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Old 04-20-21, 06:32 PM
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Glad as always to post this thread, not sure ‘ride’ status...

.... really more of a short jaunt. But after Searching and lacking a substantial threat on Jaunts.... here it is. Hoping that around the corner and up to the nearest vineyard is sufficient jauntiness, especially as grower/winemaker is strong cyclist. And Yes, a jaunty fellow - who does not mind vintage bikes carefully photo’d admidst the crop.


Hikers parked near trailhead on a sunny Tuesday.

Vines barely budding this mid-April day.


Plain Jane — AD Olympian 1980/81.
Given how much I like the ride, a brake upgrade over DiaCompe is in order, but I resist changing a good rider.

edit: sole babysitter for my 2yo grandaughter from her waking at 7am until naptime at 2pm limited my activities to new tire installs and jaunts in the afternoon.

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Old 04-20-21, 08:46 PM
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One of my favorite spots in Portland. A stone’s throw from downtown, but feels really rural. One of those spots that got cut off by freeway construction, and stuck in time.



After descending about 1,000 ft in maybe a mile, I heard a loud “tink” and the front wheel got wobbly.



It’s a crappy CL wheelset, and it served the function of letting me get really fond of the Super Course, but time to go! Count the number of spoke brands on there!



Spoke head ended up somewhere in the blossoms.
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Amazing light this time of year at dawn. The increasing pollution - as we come out of lock-down - does enhance the spectrum of colors on view. Nice for the view not so cool for the lungs or the planet.

Got a stick in the ear creeping thru the undergrowth for my troubles. My haste was driven by the fact I had to leave my bike beside the road unlocked.

The chisel plow , whilst defining the farming aesthetic, is placed there to stop Hare Courses illegally entering the field in their SUVs in pursuit of boxing hares with their unleashed greyhound blood-dogs.

Basically unattended 11 century church. Not many seeing the light of any sort in the 21st century. I blame the cunning troll I saw yesterday just down the way.

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Hill repeats day. On the tenth one it started snowing, just because it could.
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Special thanks to our Dutch friends, I love seeing pics from across the pond!

Today I explored new roads a little distant from my home. I drove to Orange, VA and rode north to just outside Culpeper. Generally a fairly flat ride, crossed the scenic Rapidan River, but was in a groove and didn’t stop for a pic. About halfway in between these towns, I came up on what I thought was an expansive estate, but turns out to be one of the more scenic prisons I’ve encountered. Coffeewood Correctional Facilty for Women.


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Short ride on my newly repainted and rebuilt Fuji Stratos. My second repaint and total rebuild. I had this group set, Shimano 105, on my Zunow.
Never used bar end shifters before. It would be better if I cut about an inch from the ends of the bars but I could not bring myself to cut such nice GB rando bars.
Took this in a local wat near some family mausoleums.
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30+ miles on the Cross County Trail with the Pelizzoli in 650B

I guarantee that there are turtles in that pond

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Despite being in the country-side one never hears a rooster welcoming the sunrise. Perhaps nothing to crow about on a modern chicken farm. The one atop the spire was equally silent.

They crop trees mercilessly here. For the first few years the denuding of big old trees comes as quite a jarring experience but they do recover their splendor if you can wait. I'll keep you posted for these.

The church yard trees seem immune from the tree-surgeon's knife.

The house isn't 11th century like the graveyard but there's not a straight angle in the whole place. Its outer wall actually leans over the road sidewalk.

This old girl definitely needs a trim. It towers over everything.

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Still a bit snowy and cold so just a short ride on the local bike path just outside Fairplay.


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I've starting commuting again now that the school where I teach has reopened. The commute isn't long, but it's mostly uphill on the way out. Today, this meant some weight training, as my panniers were loaded, including some hefty illustrated books.



In the past, I would usually take the most direct route home. However, I recently discovered a trail that starts near my school. Lately, deciding between the heavily-trafficked paved road and the one through the woods, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference

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46 miles up the coast. We've had a cold snap and temps were in the upper 40s. Wind was blowing from the north and south at the same time somehow. Massive Mayfly hatching - my belly is full.


"Dramatic" use of shadows.




A small gaggle of sailboats out on the lake. Gotta be cold out there.




Trees are almost there - 70/80s are on the near horizon.

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