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Old 06-13-22, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by bironi
Did you climb the pole?
More elevation gain!
Hah, no pole dancing for me. The last 2-3 miles are pretty steep and I was pretty sapped by the summit. I don’t ride that bike much and didn’t realize that I still had one more lower gear left til I topped out - doh.

I thought the sign was unusually high too. Looks like it used to be much lower from this google image. The highway department must have wanted to provide sticker slappers a bit more of a challenge.

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Old 06-13-22, 07:03 PM
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A beautiful and dark 55 degrees in Portland. Did the usual ride, but a maiden voyage on the overhauled Bruce Gordon.



Boy, that's an ugly seat. I rode by this broadcast tower bunker a couple of days ago, and noticed the new paint. Perfect backdrop for a purple and yellow bike! The sun even came out for a sec.

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I was able to get in a long loop of 40 miles yesterday in plenty warm temps up to 97 degrees at the end from northern part of Dallas to Whiterock Lake, then downtown with a portion passing by the big Eye, the JFK Memorial and old Texas School Book Depository with the infamous 6th floor.




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Old 06-14-22, 12:23 PM
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My wife and I rode the Lehigh Valley Gorge Trail north from Jim Thorpe. Next time we will take the bike train up, which takes you about 25 miles upstream and it's smooth coasting all the way down.

















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"Ride" may be too big a word for the two or so miles I managed to squeeze in just before dark on my latest frankenbike. A build to try out a few things at the same time: a much-abused mid-eighties Koga-Miyata Randonneur frame set, a pair of new and very cheap wheels with a hub generator, a pair of Maillard CXC pedals, an Andel 3-pin compact crank set and a pair of 8-speed Claris brifters.




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Old 06-15-22, 07:25 AM
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Down into DC on a hot and humid morning:
IMG_5685 by Doc Mertes, on Flickr
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Old 06-15-22, 12:19 PM
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Not so much me, but where and what my son rode...

Thomas has ridden to school a handful of times this spring, on his MB-1. He is the only kid out of about 500 students that rides to school. Well, last night I pulled my Gitane off the hooks and dropped the seat some. Low and behold, he can actually fit one of my bikes(smallest one that I ride). His backpack is down from about twenty five pounds last week to a more manageable seven or eight(turned in the school laptop and comp books for the year). He said bike handling is much better because of that.

Anyhow he rode the 72 tdf to school today(older than most of the parents of his classmates). Its only a 2.5 mile ride each way, but he is happy to get out and pedal at 6am. The mustache bars were something to get used to, but he thinks the bike is pretty cool.

The custodian saw him pull into school this morning, and was nice enough to suggest that he park in a hallway that only the staff uses. Three more days of school, today probably being the last that he'll get to ride a bike. Time to spool up that Alice Cooper tune...


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Mid 70's and nice so took the clunkster Stone Grinder out for a ride. Turns out the national bike tour comes through fairplay today so had to stay off bike path and main trail. Just no reason for middle age guy to beat some riders over heart attack hill.
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Old 06-15-22, 08:49 PM
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71 miles on my 71st birthday.

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For those around the Puget Sound, tomorrow afternoon is the perfect time to ride to the beach for some tide pooling:

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Old 06-16-22, 09:04 PM
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Thursday evening Trample ride with Redemptive Cycles in Birmingham, AL. 8.6 urban exploration miles. Fun ride but quite hot today. Pictures are in my Profile albums.
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Hot today. View into Lancashire from Bowland Knotts with Gitane.
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Originally Posted by Dean51
71 miles on my 71st birthday.

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Happy birthday and congratulations!

Attaining 71 years of age and riding 71 miles are both remarkable accomplishments in my view and even more so done in combination.

Last November is the last time I rode 70 miles.
I hope to try again when mid 90's and above temps go away this autumn.

Your doing something right to still be able to do this.

Again congratulations!
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A bit under the weather still today so I took the 37 year old Raleigh Team USA out for an easy 30 miles. Weather and light kept changing throughout the ride but I still grabbed a bunch of pictures.


Heading out of Eden

Pelicans hanging out on the local reservoir that's still trying to fill up in this drought year.

Huntsville with Snowbasin Resort in the background

Shot from a local path.

Beaver dam

Local Barn

Hayfields are growing well

Still some snowmelt going on.

Of course I had to stop by the flag!

The bike in it's "gravel" configuration. Gearing good enough for riding in the valley.
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My rain bike is enjoying an extended season! I was riding all of my little gravel side roads, pretending that I live in the country, and thought that a community garden would be a good spot to photograph a British bike. The bucolic backdrop is deceiving, though; I could hit Interstate 5 with a tomato from here.

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Originally Posted by Dean51
71 miles on my 71st birthday.

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Happy Birthday Dean!!
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Happy Birthday Dean!!
Dang, spot the obvious?
Happy Birthday Dean.
Thanks for the reminder in manners northbend.
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Well happy belated birthday Dean! I like to ride my age on my birthday but had decided at some point (likely well before 70) I would either do that in km or 100-age miles.

I just spent a week in Southern California with the only bike riding a beach cruise along the Manhattan Beach strand. Luckily, the SoCal weather followed us home to Virginia and it’s been warm, dry and sunny. Today was maiden voyage for my early 80’s Merckx Pro which, interestingly, of the 3 I have owned, is the first one with Columbus tubing. Rode around town today as the legs were tweaked from a hard ride in the hills yesterday. Almost 5000 feet of climbing over the two days.

Happy Fathers Day and Juneteenth everyone!


Just down the hill from my usual photo stop at McCormick Observatory. Fresh pavement turned the angst filled pothole descent to a yee haw! moment.

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The Merckx Double. Rode the Century yesterday.
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Right after this...

... the rear tube on my Dawes went "POW!" and I walked after that. Actually, I walked a mile or so, then Ellen picked me up with the car.



The tire is a brand new Swift Sand Canyon. I presume it was intended for hook bead rims, and that the Dawes has straight beads. In my defense, this happened earlier on the ride, I let out enough air to reseat the tire, then walked to a nearby bike shop and squirted in about 40psi of air. I kept the pressure down because I figured I was dealing with a hooked/not hooked situation. I didn't have time to check it out when I got home because I needed to pack to go out of town. So I brought my Eisentraut instead.

I rode this bike with some cheap Schwalbe's with no problem for several years and just replaced them with the Sand Canyons a couple weeks ago. Maybe the extra width was a problem. The Schwalbe's were (I think) 28mm. The Sand Canyons are labeled 37, but they really are only 31mm wide when inflated.

When I get home in a week or so, I'll scout around for some more modern 27-inch rims. I have no idea what the current rims are, but I suspect they are original to the bike.
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Sunday ride with a friend that I gave my Giant Acapulco beach cruiser to many years ago around Cape May Point NJ.Back in the day a group of 5 or 6 of us would rent a Summer house in Avalon NJ and the Giant was a cheap grocery\bar bike.


Cape May to Lewis DE ferry.

An attempt at a concrete ship.

Higabee beach, used to be know for nude bathing.

My friend on the early 90's Giant Acapulco.


Cape May Point lighthouse.
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Took the Miyata 618gt out for a shake down. Other than the vintage brake pads, it rode incredible. Upgraded to a 9 speed with an XTR triple crank and XT long cage.




Tried the ride and shoot shot i see others on here do.. Going to put it with my half court 3 pointer shot that just isn't going to happen, lol.
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It was 95 degrees when I left at 4pm for an after-work ride. Did 52 miles up to Lake Forest. Took it easy.

Stopped at a sculpture along the bike path. Nice and shady!







Drank at least 6-7 large bottles of water during the ride. Filled up at a “fancy” fountain.



The “tunnel of trees” roads up north provided a little relief. Absolutely no lake cooling today because of the SW wind. It was still in the early nineties when I got home.

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A ride around White Rock Lake in Dallas with a friend yesterday.

Both of us were on 26"ers...he on a mid 80's Stumpjumper and me on my Bridgestone CB Zip.

It was another day of temps in mid to upper 90's but that's the norm for this time of year.

It's also the norm that we both heavily modify our bikes, particularly the cockpits.
Actually there are not many original parts left on either of those bikes.


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Yesterday Mrs. ascherer and I went to the Ashokan Rail Trail for her first ride on the Jubile. It was love at first ride, we rode 23 miles at a faster pace than her usual, even though it was her longest ride of the season. I rode my Shogun.

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