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Old 08-11-21, 05:20 PM
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Originally Posted by rustystrings61
I spent a lot of my formative years as a cyclist traveling up to Charlottesville from Ferrum while my mother worked on her masters and doctorate. My favorite things c.1974-76 were the bike shops, in particular The Blue Wheel (it was in a funky old house, I think) and whatever hole-in-the-wall it was that housed the Raleigh dealership. I never got to actually ride there, though ...
Blue Wheel is still here, different spot though. Itís my favorite shop, run by Scott Paisley. Youíll see some of his frames around although he hasnít built in a while. Blue Ridge Cyclery is our other. We used to have about 5 shops, probably more than a town this size could support, as time has shown.
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Duplicolor Sky Blue match to Duplicolor BCC0422

molleraj the Duplicolor paint that is a match (or really close match) for Schwinn Sky Blue is Chrysler Insense Blue Pearl. This is also available in a brush on. After posting about the paint, i realized that you also will need a silver base paint. If you use Duplicolor touch up paint, it probably would be best to use a Duplicolor silver touch up paint first. Sky blue is a radiant or Candy Apple paint. It has a silver base and a light color coat to give it that shimmering look. Buying one Duplicolor touch up paint is a little pricy but having to buy two, you have to be motivated.

The same goes for nail polish and Testor's paint. Silver first. Let it dry and then a light stroke of blue.



BCC0422 is the Duplicolor paint code. PB3 is the Chrysler paint code.

Sorry, I know this is a tangential offshoot.
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Went out yesterday for a shakedown ride on the new rig. Thomas and I rode to Everett and back. I'm not too sure about 200mm cranks yet...


Same picture without bikes.
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Originally Posted by droppedandlost
Cedar River Trail at Maple Valley
Awesome! That's on my list to hit up. I didn't realize there were gravel portions. Makes me even more excited about it.
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Originally Posted by tricky
Awesome! That's on my list to hit up. I didn't realize there were gravel portions. Makes me even more excited about it.
I saw that pic, wondered where it was - and was excited about the gravel portion, too! Think I'll head out that way Friday or Saturday and check it out

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Rode out to Rattlesnake Lake last night with northbend and a trio of local riders to watch the Perseid meteor shower. First nighttime ride for me in a long time; riding through the forest within a little cocoon of light is pretty surreal. Picked up a few bats in my headlight (gifted to me by Matt - thanks, dude!), as well as a deer on the return leg a couple miles before reaching the parking lot. A neat experience I want to do again soon

It was dark, so I didn't get the normal slew of pics, but I tried:













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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I saw that pic, wondered where it was - and was excited about the gravel portion, too! Think I'll head out that way Friday or Saturday and check it out

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From Renton, it's about 10m paved, 5m gravel. Hard gravel surface, 25mm tires will be fine.
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I am slowly trying to coax mrs non-fixie towards the classic drop bar racing bike format, and this is where we are now: A 1984 Koga-Miyata RoadWinner. Still in beta, so daily test rides are in order. With a bit of luck it will come along to Eroica Germania next week, hence the 110 BCD Super Maxy cranks.



Today's route was a little over 20k, and passed through the town of Aarlanderveen:



And by these windmills, which apparently come in S, M and L:



The weather was sort of nondescript, neither warm nor cold, not much wind and not very sunny, which makes for excellent cycling weather:



I brought along the Daccordi, a bike I am beginning to like more and more:

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I went to visit family and friends in Toronto a few weeks back and brought the Voyageur to take a bite out of the city's ever-improving cycle infrastructure. Its fun to go to the city you're from and play tourist. That said, it was a steamer of a day, and two hours later on my way back I ended up stopping at the below park to fix a flat

Here's the Voyageur in Riverdale Park, overlooking downtown and the long stretch of high rises that follow Yonge Street toward north. The Don River is hidden behind the line of trees at the bottom of the hill - the ravine path system is where I was headed to visit the water front. It is an odd perspective shot in that the entirety of the east-of-the-Don streetcar neighbourhoods are behind me.

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Here in Ottawa, I went out on a ride on the Sun Wasp with some folks to grab food truck happiness.

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
I saw that pic, wondered where it was - and was excited about the gravel portion, too! Think I'll head out that way Friday or Saturday and check it out

DD
Here is a route that takes advantage of that gravel portion and adds some climbing as sell - ignore the pigtail up to PooPoo Point on Tiger Mountain Road if you want to avoid the toughest part of this route:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/35711231

The start is in Landsburg where Issaquah Hobart Road crosses over the Cedar River.
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Originally Posted by Velo Mule
I have to set a reminder for myself.

By the way, I like your folding bike.
Thanks again! Much appreciated. The folding bike is lots of fun. Hopefully it will go for a real long ride on Sunday morning after this extreme heat wave passes DC.
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Hot and humid all week, with thunderstorms and heavy weather every PM. Finally caught a day where the storms stayed in central IL, so I did 59 miles north after wk.

Lots of trees down from Tuesday's "wind event". Power and tree crews were out all over the North Shore. Lots of debris still on the road.



A "behind the bars" shot. Need new tape after the season.



This is what passes for a country road around here. Managed to avoid the squirrel...



Some very large limbs down. Many were hollow, so no surprise when they snapped.



The swirling winds quit around dusk. Days are getting shorter - grrr.

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Red Dawn here and there


This sunrise this morning reminds me of Afghanistan. I know it's not appropriate but spare a thought for all the poor people there who are very frightened.
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Hot and humid all week, with thunderstorms and heavy weather every PM....

We were without power for about 24 hours. I went for a putt around town on my three-speed Wednesday to survey the damage and to see where ComEd was working. Took me 70 minutes to find a ComEd crew.




Lots of trees down or damaged. This one (on Sherman north of Noyes) was the most impressive. Note the lifted sidewalk sections and the crushed car underneath it.

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A short ride in the neighborhood.

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I hied myself up to Lake Forest today. First stop was the remains of the downed tree from Wednesday's ride. The tree and the crushed car have been hauled away, but the stump remains:



Later, in Glencoe at the eastern end of Park:



And in Fort Sheridan (obligatory pic of the bike):



Finally, at Starbucks in Lake Forest, a pic I used in a comment in the Disraeli Gears Facebook group:

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I hied myself up to Lake Forest today. First stop was the remains of the downed tree from Wednesday's ride. The tree and the crushed car have been hauled away, but the stump remains:

How much do you want to bet that Evanston ticketed (and booted) both the car and the tree prior to removal?
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I've been visiting Rattlesnake Lake for nightly dippety-do-dahs during this latest heat wave. The night Drillium Dude was with me was the clearest night sky of the bunch, lots of stars and a few meteors putting on a show.
Last night was warmer but much smokier as the winds shifted and drew in wildfire smoke from blazes in Eastern Washington and British Columbia.

I went back up there today for a noontime swim. Here is how it looks today:
My favorite beach
Smokey Day at the Water Hole 3

Mt Si is barely visible through the haze on the other side of the Valley
Smokey Day at the Water Hole 1

Felt so good, I think I'll revisit again tonight!
Smokey Day at the Water Hole 2
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Last night was warmer but much smokier as the winds shifted and drew in wildfire smoke from blazes in Eastern Washington and British Columbia.
I've lost two days of riding to this smoke. Ugh. Hopefully it stays clear in MT for Cino...

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Swapped over some Soma Highway One bars on to my track bike. Compared to the deep drop road bars that were on there previously these are much more comfortable.

Steamy morning but still managed about 18.5mph for a little over an hour. On a rolling loop around Donaldson Center airport. Really missed riding this one.

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Got in 50 miles and it was so nice that it wasnít 90+ degrees with high humidity.



White-washed masonry barn wall.

Steel framed and wood decked bridge.

Stream view.

Shaded road was much appreciated!

Fun downhill.
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Beautiful Sunday - temps in the mid-70s, high pressure, low humidity. Rode 64 miles "up".

I've been exploring Deerfield lately, trying to find an alternate route to the "West Indies". As always, streams and interstates keep things boxed in. I found a bridge over the "west fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River" tucked away in a park. A good find, since many of the bridges are only on busy roads.



Next to the bridge, I found this odd hook on a pole. Turns out, it's a "disc retriever" to fish Frisbees out of the river. There's a disc golf course in the park.




They've planted native flowers all along the river and it looks quite stunning, especially against the contrast of the park lawn.



Had a crusty PBJ at the 30-mile mark. I've been doing 4-hour rides with only a couple of cereal bars, and it hasn't been enough. Tasty - could have eaten 2!



Bridge pic near the ravine project in Lake Forest. Looks like the work should wrap up soon.

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It was a hot one today during our 33 mile ride down to Long Beach for some seafood.



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