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Old 01-01-22, 05:30 PM
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Rang in the new year with a quick jaunt on the Raleigh Gran Sport 3-speed. Wet, grey, foggy, and warmish in the Boston area today (around 50F).




From atop Peter’s Hill in Arnold Arboretum. The Boston skyline is back there somewhere.
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Old 01-01-22, 07:58 PM
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Just a few miles around the neighborhood but it was my first ride in months, and only my second outing ever on the Nishiki Cresta GT that I bought almost two years ago. It's actually a pretty nice bike but I need a taller stem and I hate the downtube shifters. I've been thinking about selling this one but might make some changes and try to ride it some more. Weather turns cold again in a day or so, so I should give this one a try again tomorrow.

Initially I was excited about the randonneur bars, the widest of this bend I've seen, but the rise is so slight that any benefit is unnoticeable so I'll just yank the stem/bar/lever/tape/cable combo complete and replace with another, setting the originals aside in case I do decide to part with it.

It's amazing how out of shape you get for riding if all you do is home renovation and motor vehicle projects.


Ordinarily on New Year's Day I would air up all my bikes and ride each one down to the corner and back, just to get the year off to a good start and knowing that it would consist of not much more riding than that all year. This year I have five high up on hoists in the garage rafters and only four on hooks in the low area, so I planned to ride those four. By mid-afternoon, it was pretty clear that not even that would happen and only the Nishiki got ridden.

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Old 01-02-22, 01:54 PM
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Old 01-03-22, 11:50 AM
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I've returned from the countryside and am back in London, and instead of riding around under the watchful gaze of red kites, I'm now back in the sights of the humble pigeon.

I hope you all got some nice gifts from Santa...

,,,,and had a.....

I've over indulged over the holidays and feel a bit like this....

So its time to....

....up off the sofa and get a spring in the step....

....those calories aren't going to burn themselves. Happy riding for 2022 everyone

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Old 01-03-22, 08:38 PM
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In the Woods

What size are those tires?
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Cold and windy today so just a short ride to town and back,


Cold

Last chance to get Holiday pic.
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Old 01-04-22, 09:50 PM
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Old 01-05-22, 05:08 AM
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What size are those tires?
35’s
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Old 01-05-22, 10:33 PM
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My first ride of the year was the local club's New Years Day ride. I decided to skip the potential "superspreader" large group start and meet them on the way to the halfway rest stop. I was lucky to join the route just ahead of the first bunch of about 10 fast young guys, and my regular ride buddies were in the second small group. We reached the park turnaround in the first few dozen riders, so we were able to grab our coffees and pastries and avoid the crowd before most of the 150+ riders arrived.

Not many C & V bikes. My Nishiki Altron, Mike's Motobecane Team Champion that he's had since it was new, and Tom's DeRosa.



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Old 01-06-22, 07:19 AM
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That Nishiki is so cool, hope to see it at Eroica this year!
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Old 01-06-22, 12:02 PM
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Originally Posted by rccardr View Post
That Nishiki is so cool, hope to see it at Eroica this year!
The aluminum Nishiki won't be going to Eroica, Doc, maybe the 1972 Professional. Hope to see you there.
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Old 01-06-22, 09:03 PM
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That’s living on the edge.
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Old 01-07-22, 12:07 PM
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Looks like your buddy Tom rides with tar stickum on his hands.
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Old 01-07-22, 12:29 PM
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Looks like your buddy Tom rides with tar stickum on his hands.
Mine look like that too. I never do much to keep my loves clean, and in any case, reaching down to glove your tires after riding through a patch of glass is all it takes to really crud up your bar tape. Not to mention the lasting effects of changing a flat.
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Old 01-08-22, 06:15 PM
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Lots of water in that Willamette River today.



And trees, and sticks, and gas cans.



Seems like we dodged a lot of the really heavy PNW weather. Sounds like Washington got its a@@ kicked. Hope everyone is okay up there.
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Sounds like Washington got its a@@ kicked.
My son Chris was here for about a month and had to decide how to get back to Portland during Omicron. He decided to take Amtrak and paid for a "roomette" so he didn't have to mingle too much. The trip was supposed to take two days. It departed Chicago Tuesday afternoon. Everything was fine until Spokane. Chris was supposed to switch to a Portland-bound train, but there was a derailment on that line, so they continued toward Everett with the intention that Portland-bound passengers would head south from there.

They got as far as Wenatchee Thursday mid-morning, then were held there all day because of (I think) another derailment. Eventually they got off and made it to hotels for the night. Back on the train Friday morning and off they went, only to get stuck in the Cascades. They had to wait for a second engine to extricate the train, then it was back to Wenatchee for a second night. Today they backed out to Spokane (mudslide between Seattle and Portland took out that track, so going via Everett and Seattle wasn't really an option). Last I heard around 5pm Central Time, he was going to stick it out on the train to Portland.
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Old 01-09-22, 03:35 PM
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Old 01-09-22, 06:01 PM
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Thankful as always to post this thread

Today’s ride - took the triple chainring - proved that hiking is an acceptable xtrain for me.
Anyway - pics.
Low sun,mid-40s, well dressed for warmth. Only 15 mi. But fun on the Batavus.


Water was not a prob on the ride, except trickles across the road. Dampness in every shadowed patch, grit to the right of the white (fog) line.

And it means = ALL the time.


A foot of snow over several days, a week mostly below freezing = flattened some of the bog.

The bog getting boggy - water on right of pic

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Old 01-10-22, 09:54 AM
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Nearing sundown, better start heading home.

Nice day Saturday - 50 degrees. Between Española and Pojoaque, along US 285.

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Is it just me, or are the brake quick-releases engaged on your ergo levers?

Beautiful bike and photo!
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Old 01-10-22, 09:18 PM
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Is it just me, or are the brake quick-releases engaged on your ergo levers?

Beautiful bike and photo!
Large hands, long arms.
Advancing Parkinson's = quick engagement of brakes a downside with twitchy hands.
Stay flexible my friend.


On all my Ergo = give me room to let my fingers caress the silky carbon-ness. WithOUT engaging the brakes.








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Old 01-11-22, 05:40 AM
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Wildwood You prefer to keep your ergo levers in the “open” position?
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Large hands, long arms.
Advancing Parkinson's = quick engagement of brakes a downside with twitchy hands.
Stay flexible my friend.


On all my Ergo = give me room to let my fingers caress the silky carbon-ness. WithOUT engaging the brakes.








Clear your handlebars and your mind will follow.
may i see more of your white/gray bike?
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Old 01-11-22, 05:41 PM
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40 miles in and around Peoria, AZ. Got a flat which was fixed in a jiffy using my trusty Spin Doctor CO2 inflator; really cannot recommend these lifesavers enough.

But! The valve core was a bit loose, so the CO2 leaked out a bit in the time it took to screw down the little brass end piece and replace the cap. As a result, the tire was a bit squishy (rear) on the way home so I put it in the small ring and just toodled the final 5 miles. Stopped at my LBS and picked up a valve core remover to solve that issue - and almost got run down by a boob in a black SUV doing 30mph+ in the parking lot

And eventful day.

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After the morning fog lifted it was a pretty nice day for January.

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