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Old 08-27-22, 10:09 PM
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Just a shakedown ride for a new build on the Harding. Had some tools for routine adjustment = unused (luckily). Determined the chain was too long for crispiest shifting. Not a roadside adjustment for me. Better to have shortened it too long, than to have shortened it too short - I always say.



Low gearing to climb the local roads up to hiking trailheads.


I like the rules these folks picked for their ‘private’ road

This is the narrow handlebar experiment.
33.5 cm ctc @ hoods, 40cm at drops.

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15 miles this morning on my CB Zip.

These are some unusual sculptures off a bike path in my general area.
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I headed out east today, over to Greenwich. Before cycling up the hill to the observatory, from where you get one of my favourite views of London, I stop off in the grounds of the Devonport House Hotel at the base of the hill. There on a plinth in the corner of the grounds is the monument for a dead parrot.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/lyq4nqf_c92225ce722e7894089e0f01ccbc11826da7b65c.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/51a38ur_4a1671154492355d82097d04874a7da8fb079f59.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It is not resting, or pining, it is passed on, this parrot is no more, it has ceased to be, its expired an gone to see its maker, this is a late parrot, its a stiff, bereft of life, it rests in peace, if you hadn't nailed it to the perch it would be pushing up the daisies, its run down the curtain and joined the choir invisible, this is an ex-parrot.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;By Jon Reardon the sculpture was inspired by Monty Python's dead parrot sketch..though this version appears to be a cockatoo, rather than the doesn't actually exist 'Norwegian Blue' that featured in the sketch.&lt;br /&gt;I then cycle up the hill for a good view of the sprawling metropolis.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1156/vv3uz0n_783e8b9bf7b0a3ff755488a6e5270845ceb1c7a4.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;While sat here enjoying the view, I'm also googling and discovering about the parrot sculpture and its reported link to the dead parrot sketch. I discover they filmed the sketch twice, and the version that featured in the 1971 film, 'And now for something completely different' was filmed in a pet shop in Caledonian Road. Much to my surprise not only does the building still exist 50 years later, its still a pet shop, Cally Pets on Caledonian Road, Islington. So I decide I have to go there and get a picture, despite it being over 10 miles away across town.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I opt to go the long way and head out to the Thames Barrier from where I can cycle along the river into central London, from where I can veer up north to Islington. Its been a few months since I cycled along this stretch of river, and there was a new Damien Hirst sculpture 'Hydra and Kali' that was not there last time I rode by.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1266/ma8pyfq_1596ad6566ae06a78bde05adecdd0626eeba6a93.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;More info and a better close up pic here: &lt;a href="https://www.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk/whats-on/the-peninsulist/damien-hirst-on-the-tide/"&gt;https://www.greenwichpeninsula.co.uk...t;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Passing back through Greenwich I stop for a picture of the Cutty Sark, the famous old clipper ship that was the fastest in its day, and was used for bringing back oh so important tea to us thirsty Brits, who started trading tea with China in 1664 and by 1750 it had become the national drink, and we've been drinking the stuff continually ever since.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x901/tsxgwnx_905412c6f634600a590c262b9c1e89d940cd885a.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I didn't see any parrots on the way, but did of course see pigeons&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1163/cecji3o_bd0e6291acaa6ae80ad2d2bed3bb1b92aa74664b.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;......before finally arriving at Cally Pets, where 51 years ago the parrot sketch was filmed.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1010/vj043zn_d945d0d8d1c1ce31cd082e9350abcb59631dd41b.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I then head back down south towards home, stopping off for one last photo opp outside Westminster Abbey. which also has a parrot connection&lt;br /&gt;&lt;img src="https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/gjjjiyf_b5a1c069f9b9f8f68b16cfa552709f98c79a1227.jpg"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;&lt;br /&gt;In the Abbey's collection is a wax effigy of Frances Teresa Stuart, Duchess of Richmond who was born in 1647, and displayed with her is her stuffed African Grey parrot, which reportedly lived with her for 40 years, and died shortly after she did in 1702. Taxidermy was quite crude back then and very few mounted bird specimens from this period survive, and it is thought to be one of the oldest stuffed birds in existence. Despite being dead for a very long time, this parrot still looks more perky than John Cleese's one. More info and pic here: &lt;a href="https://www.westminster-abbey.org/abbey-commemorations/commemorations/frances-teresa-stuart-duchess-of-richmond"&gt;https://www.westminster-abbey.org/ab...t;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Its August bank holiday Monday here tomorrow, so I have the day off, hell yeah! So having just discovered the locations of two more famous Python sketches, tomorrows flight of fancy will feature pics of something completely different&lt;img src="https://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" data-cke-saved-src="https://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" title="Smilie" alt="<img src="https://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" data-cke-saved-src="https://www.bikeforums.net/images/smilies/smile.gif" title="Smilie" alt=""></img>"&gt;&lt;/img&gt;.

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Old 08-28-22, 03:29 PM
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I went up to Three Rivers this morning from here in Visalia, came to a 72.8-mile round trip meandering through the countryside then up past Lake Kaweah. Took the '79 Mercian and was challenged by a couple of hard (but thankfully brief) climbs on the way up into the hills with the 42/28 low gear... Cheers!

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Today's ride was all about not doing much of anything. Just wanted to do a shakedown of the Peugeot that I pretty much finished this morning and then take out the new to me old Bianchi just to see how it felt. I did 70 miles yesterday on the Kirk Terraplane despite only planning to do 50. Ran low on carbs on that ride and the last miles hurt. So today I planned on sore legs and just recovering. Legs weren't bad but I got out late and just cruised on the two bikes.

This is how I finally set up the 86 Tourmalet and then rode it today. Smooth and comfortable but I'm spoiled by my other Superbe frictions setups. The stuff on this works but is a big step down from the clearly superior Suntour parts. Oh, but the new Tektro brakes and levers worked very well. Nice to have brakes on this one again.


I do like the choice of brown parts on this.

Then I took out this Bianchi that is still a bit of a mess, too small, and yet quite wonderful feeling under me. The Superbe drivetrain just feels so sexy, works so precise and smoothly and is dang near silent. The brakes.....ummm... yeah....they are none. About to fix that as soon as I finish this post. I got this bike planning to steal the parts for the Peugeot but the bike was too nice once I started cleaning it up.


Ignore the brake hoods, that stuff needs attention still.

So the ride today was pretty much just two trips over the same 9.5 mile route here in Eden. Late start so getting warm and windy and the skies were not as clear as they are earlier in the morning. So no grand scenics from today.








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Nice weather today for riding mid 60's so took the Raliegh MT 200 for ride up to Pike National forest on Beaver creek road to do some light trail riding. Between the wet weather and the heavy beaver dam building a lot of the trails and park area were flooded out.






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From my home in Berkeley, I headed north along the bay trail toward Point Molate and San Pablo Marina in Richmond, where a cool little BBQ joint called Black Star Pirate BBQ is hidden away. Out & back, it was just under 30 miles. Gorgeous day, albeit rather windy along the water.

The trail passes through a terrific dog park called Point Isabel. Sometimes it's covered in green grass, but not this late in the summer.


Along the SF Bay Trail with a view of the wetlands and SF off in the distance.


Passing through the small town of Point Richmond.


Near Point Molate, the East Brother Lighthouse is visible just offshore.


The brick building in the distance is the decommissioned Point Molate Naval Fuel Depot


From there, a short, steep climb with views of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and Mt. Tamalpais in in the distance leads you toward San Pablo Harbor.


Arrived at the San Pablo Harbor with Black Star Pirate BBQ below.


A short stop at Black Star Pirate BBQ for a beer and a band before returning.
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One of my favorite views for a photo around here. First time out on the PSV after switching in a 38t inner ring. Much better.


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Originally Posted by gaucho777

From my home in Berkeley, I headed north along the bay trail toward Point Molate and San Pablo Marina in Richmond...
What a scenic route you picked today - nice pics! Thanks for sharing

I'm too tired to even load my pics after today's ride. Tomorrow...

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Aunt Terry turned 80 on Saturday, so had to ride on Sunday. 64 miles/90 degrees by the finish - cooked. Jerry Ortega sightings = 1

I’ve never seen them run freight on the North Line, but here it is at the Highland Park station. Whole town was abuzz with train chatter.

EDIT: Not freight, it’s an automated ballast laying train. It lays down rock to fill gaps between ties. Had to look it up.



Store front in Highwood.



At the junction of Half Day road. Half Day is no longer extant, but the name persists.


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After far too long, noglider and I connected for a ride on the Ashokan Trail which has clearly become my ‘bang-out-20’ ride. It was great to ride together!





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[QUOTE=ascherer;22627601]After far too long, noglider and I connected for a ride on the Ashokan Trail which has clearly become my ‘bang-out-20’ ride. It was great to ride together!


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Long ride today (whew!) and on the home stretch staring west down the mile-long I-90 floating bridge over Lake Washington
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80 miles over the course of 8 hours yesterday. First time ever that my legs began to give up on me (cramps, and really, really tired by the last 5 miles) - almost thought I wasn't going to make it home under my own power. Hydrated like crazy, but didn't eat much (too hot!), so that was prolly it. Spend last night recovering; since this was only my 4th ride since the shenanigans on the 11th, I guess it's also true that fitness tapers off quickly when one is off the bike for a decent amount of time.

Rode from Happy Valley Road/67th Avenue out to South Mountain Park because yesterday was the one Silent Sunday during which cars are banned from the summit road for the entire day. Takes about 2.5 hours to get there from my place, so I left around 8 and began the climb by 11:30. Got some good pics, but the battery ran out on the camera about two-thirds of the way to the summit. Oh well, here's some of what I was able to capture with pixels:





















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Took the Wes Mason to the northern section of central CT to ride with a friend. Lots of beautiful rolling hills and small ponds in this part of the state. While only 31 total miles it was over 2400 ft of climbing:


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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude
80 miles over the course of 8 hours yesterday.
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...and it was how hot that day, Jeff? Ouch!

As a contrast to your current location, here's what your old stomp'n grounds looked like the other day.
A sign of late summer, the corn is getting high along the River Road on the way to Carnation.
Corn is getting high in the Snoqualmie Valley by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
I stopped along the trail on the way back home to pick blackberries. Big fat and juicy trailside snacks, they are...
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A shorter ride than planned, I did not feel so well. But this picture should be made.
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Originally Posted by northbend

...and it was how hot that day, Jeff?
It started out in the high 80s and got to 102 right around when I arrived at the summit. Since the monsoon season is still ongoing, the rains have kept humidity up there, too. It appears that for the time being, long rides aren't really the best idea - unless one leaves really, really early in the morning.and can get indoors by noon.

I spent at least 2 hours of Sunday's ride just stopping every once in awhile to find shade, drink, lay on my back, and try to recover some sapped energy. By the end I was stopping every 3 miles or so for 15-20 minutes each time. A learning experience

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I've done rides past here but never saw this ship before. Open for tours Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Mare Island Landing Craft Support ship 102. Last survivor.





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Work and weather have conspired to really limit my riding this month. I even rode the indoor trainer once, a first for me in non winter time. I’m pleased to see everyone getting some really fun rides in. botty kayer Im pleased to say my first thought on looking at your last post’s pictures was “that is an ex-parrot” before reading your text!

Another short ride around town today on the De Rosa before the temps hit the 90’s again.


Crossing the Rivanna Trail. This goes around our entire town, mostly hiking trail, but one section is paved MUT along the Rivanna River. This point is the secret connector trail which wormholes you from the middle of town to edge of town.

UVA football practice facility. They were hard at work behind the fence. First game this Saturday. Apparently this facility is substandard and they are building a new one for $80 million.
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Over this past weekend I took my Panasonic Sport Deluxe for 25 and 36 mile round trip rides to the Montgomery County Agricultural History Farm Park and National Capital Trolley Museum, respectively, getting me up to almost 400 miles ridden on that bike. I love the handling and fit of the bike and it seems to average 16 mph instead of 15 mph on the same routes after overhauling the bottom bracket. I did note some NCTM volunteer had an excellent taste in bikes, riding an 80s Centurion LeMans to the museum.


Riding on the ICC Trail east to Layhill where the NCTM is located

Abandoned streetcar head and tail at NCTM

Centurion LeMans at NCTM

Demonstration garden at Agricultural History Farm Park

MNCPPC Activity Center at Agricultural History Farm Park

Agricultural History Farm Park entrance on Muncaster Road
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