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Old 10-29-23, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by bargo68
Lovely Zunow, one of the few Japanese marques that inspires serious lust in me.

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Lovely Zunow, one of the few Japanese marques that inspires serious lust in me.
Thanks! I call it my midlife crisis bike.
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The Central San Joaquin Valley doesn't get dramatic fall colors, so I took a day trip last week to Yosemite
Valley to ride the bike trails.





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Yesterday's fun in the pouring rain and mud. Masters 60+ race at Moran CX in Wallingford, CT:





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Originally Posted by 1989Pre
RB, my hat is off to you. What was the distance? I might be interested in next year.
Cyclocross is not distance. It's time. Masters 60+ is usually 30 minutes to 1 hour.
You don't have to wait until next year. There are lots of cyclocross races in New England throughout the winter.
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Cyclocross is not distance. It's time. Masters 60+ is usually 30 minutes to 1 hour.
You don't have to wait until next year. There are lots of cyclocross races in New England throughout the winter.
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So basically how far you can go in a certain period of time?
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Originally Posted by jdawginsc
So basically how far you can go in a certain period of time?
That is the basic idea. The laps are short, typically less than a mile. The judges keep track of how long each lap is taking the riders. They then extrapolate from that when to ring the bell for the last lap. The "bell lap" begins when the lead rider crosses through the finish area. Whoever crosses first at the end of the bell lap is the winner. It gets more complicated when some riders have been lapped. The judges then have to keep track of how many times each rider has gone through the finish area so that they know who has been lapped. The judges have their work cut out for them.

Now days most of the larger race series equip each rider with a chip to put on their bike or helmet. There is a sensor at the finish area that keeps track of each riders place.
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
That is the basic idea. The laps are short, typically less than a mile. The judges keep track of how long each lap is taking the riders. They then extrapolate from that when to ring the bell for the last lap. The "bell lap" begins when the lead rider crosses through the finish area. Whoever crosses first at the end of the bell lap is the winner. It gets more complicated when some riders have been lapped. The judges then have to keep track of how many times each rider has gone through the finish area so that they know who has been lapped. The judges have their work cut out for them.

Now days most of the larger race series equip each rider with a chip to put on their bike or helmet. There is a sensor at the finish area that keeps track of each riders place.
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Dang. That’s complicated...
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first off, I apologize for posting this in the classic-vintage forum. The only thing classic-vintage in that photo is me. All the questions were answered correctly as to distance, laps etc. Races are one hour. When you suck as bad as I do (I'm a Cat 4 racing against mostly Cat 1s and 2s), it's not complicated. My race is over when the refs tell me I'm done. It's nice to not be pulled and be able to finish a race even if you're lapped. It's a phenomenal workout, and it keeps me motivated.

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A few shakedown miles this afternoon on my recently completed 1982 Trek 412. Just needed to raise the seat a bit. Rides well. Also brought my 1988 Miele AzSora along, but that ride was after dark so no pictures of it today.







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Still snowy and cold in Fairplay in the 30's which is better than the single digits it has been in for the past few days. So I took just a short ride to town and back a couple of miles.


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Old 11-02-23, 04:05 PM
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I often plan my errands so that I can include a nice bike ride. I have so many good choices of trails and trailheads. Today I needed to do 5 errands so planned the sequence to include an hour or so of good cardio in the middle of it. Put the bike on the back of the car and headed out. Perfect fall weather (if you like 40degF which I'm fine with). Clear skies and no wind. I rode about an hour on the Thun section of the Schuylkill River Trail system. Ferdinand Thun was a key player in the booming textile industry of Reading, PA and founder of the Wyomissing Foundation that, to this day, participates in numerous community programs, including helping to fund this section of trail. Quiet forests, open fields, river crossings, historic buildings (Morlatton Village, settled in the early 1700s) and wildlife make the whole trip very pleasant. I just don't get tired of it.




We're in the peak leaf color window now and we've had no storms for a few weeks - so no wind blowing the leaves off the trail. It's carpeted with yellows, reds, greens, pinks and browns. Some places 2" to 3" deep. And, as you can see, it's getting to be more sun than shade. Nice at 40degF. Oh, thatza 1995 Trek ZX 7000. Great bike.
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20 easy km's around the port and bay today.





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It was a perfect day for a ride at Pismo Beach and Avila.
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Originally Posted by RB1-luvr
Races are one hour.
Ok, so it is a time-trial of sorts, not a set distance that you had to finish. That's what we needed to know. You don't look like a happy camper!
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Got out for 3 1/2 hours today. Put the new VO stem on and really like the look.
Also put the VO handlebar bag on since the weather is changing and need a place to put excess layers etc.
I really like these bags since they are on and off so easy and they hold a good bit.
That Osage orange hit me in the back as I rode under the trees! A sure sign that Fall (no pun intended) is in its later stages.











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Fall ride on something new yesterday. Not a vintage bike, but it is steel, and I’m old. Colors are very muted in the Boston area, due to a very wet summer and a warm October.



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Always thankful to post this thread….

….especially from a zero home on a (new-to-me, very affordable ) zero bike. This western slope Colorado weather is a world away from rain and the power outage at home home.


Gravel section and paved near the CO River.

26” with 1.9” knobbies. By coincidence, Miyata Elevation300 is same year (1991) as the GFisher Supercaliber back in WA.
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Forgot to stop and take a picture, so all I've got is a picture of my fancy new knee warmers . It was a quiet evening, and an unhurried 15miles, with pickup trucks parked on the roadside, lots of hunters in the woods and lots of deer on the road getting pushed from hiding spot to hiding spot. Highlights included a big one horned buck who couldn't figure out what I was until I rode right up on him , and a feller who snuck past me on a center pulled something or other C+V bike while I was coasting along and looking for critters in the woods.

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Nice Fall weather in the 50's today here in Colorado. Took the SS Nishiki on short ride on the bike trail. A bit of snow mud in a couple places but mostly clear and dry.



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Short ride this afternoon on my '90 Specialized Sirrus, hadn't ridden it in a while.



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I cycled 257 miles this week, but today's 17 miles were the only ones in nice weather as storm Ciaran battered the UK all week with wind, rain and more rain, so after those hard miles it was nice to have a day with some sunshine. We won't be getting many more of these for the next few months, so I took the chance to take the old fair weather Botty out for a spin.

The grim weather has made painting outside a struggle this week, but I managed to find one new one, street artists and cyclists always have one eye on the weather.

Passing through the West End I stop for a pic at Liberty of London, that's Regent Street at the end of the road in the sunshine....

.....and round the corner on Carnaby Street they've got some new lights up....

The guy in the middle of the pic is not a Ghostbuster as I'd originally thought, but is removing chewing gum from the street.

And as the sun came out to play I headed to St James's Park for some more color.....


...and the low in the sky winter sun makes for some nice bike shaped shadows.

And to finish off and as a follow to my post last week, I pop by the Citadel to chart its progress from green to red. It expect it will have turned fully red by next weekend.

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I'm curious botty kayer ... do you have any bikes equipped with mudguards for those wet rides?
I can't recall seeing any in your posts.
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Haven't ridden for quite some time due to health problems, so here's a pic of last summer. The Trek took me out to see the blooming bulbs.
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Originally Posted by northbend
I'm curious botty kayer ... do you have any bikes equipped with mudguards for those wet rides?
I can't recall seeing any in your posts.
No, not a single one. I guess I'm just an optimist.....or plain stupid.

I'd rather not ride in the rain, but when I do I just get wet. I'm minimal with kit these days as just find it all a bit too much of a faff, and its never really that cold here.
I ditch the shorts once it gets below 10c, get full fingered gloves below 5c and have a decent jacket if its really wet, but that's it.

Besides I'm British so am genetically programmed to moan about the weather, so got to keep it authentic, its more real when the weather is running down you back and filling your socks


And get well soon LucasHartong hopefully you'll be out among the lanes again soon, and don't have to wait until the bulbs are out next summer.

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