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Old 02-20-24, 08:52 PM
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Looks like the north end of Ridgecrest Road to me.



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North Lake Washington Loop today...
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Sun and rain played tag all day. Perfect weather for a ride if a few showers don't dampen your spirits.




with a tip of the hat to @djkashuba !





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It was 63 degrees (In February, in Chicago!) today. Did 21 miles post work.

Lots of people out in the parks



Stopped at Bent Park to “visit nature” - bathrooms locked for the season



Thankfully, there are a couple of portables nearby

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It seems like a long time since I last posted in this thread. Most of my riding lately has been limited to commuting. The rain left town today and I did manage to take the LOOK out for almost 35 miles. For those that know the area, I made a loop in the Berkeley Hills by starting out up Tunnel Road climb, then Pinehurst into Moraga, through Orinda, and back to Berkeley via Tilden Park and the Wildcat Canyon climb.


Part of the descent down Pinehurst, one of my favorite stretches of road in the area.

Another shot on Pinehurst. It’s hard to see in the photo, but there is a stream that meanders through the lush redwood forest meadow along the side of the road.

ROAD CLOSED AHEAD…if you’re a car. The Wildcat Canyon climb has been closed for a while (1.5 years?) and likely to be closed to cars for a while still. It’s nice not to have to share the road!

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Originally Posted by Vieux chnoque

and here some pics riding the parks and canals of Phoenix, nice temperatures in the seventies.
IMG_7518 by Hub , on Flickr
Medium (800 × 600)
IMG_7533 by Hub, on Flickr
Welcome to my neighborhood.

(Of course, now that the weather is nice, I'm in St Louis at the moment on business...)
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Originally Posted by obrentharris
Looks like the north end of Ridgecrest Road to me.



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Nice loop around Mercer Island and Lake Washington between the 2 floating bridges yesterday.
Lots of up n downs with interesting views.
I90, 520 Loop by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Matt looks like more riding, less skiing this winter! I love the pics from Seattle waterside. No other place looks like that region. Sweden is close( lucky to visit Stockholm once), but the trees aren’t as pretty IMO.
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It's a rare sunny day in February here in Oregon, but I have to work. Best I could do was ride my bike to work. I used to be pretty good about biking to work every day. Since the pandemic I've fallen out of the habit and now I'm lucky to bike to work once a month. This is the second Friday in a row that I've done it though, so I guess that's progress.

Last week, I made a pleasant discovery. There's a section of greenspace between my house and the office (under a set of power lines, of course) that would be a great connection between the two main roads on my route, which are otherwise separated by a maze of cul-de-sacs and residential side streets. Before the pandemic this bit of greenspace was mostly overgrown grass with a narrow dirt path through it and one place where it was necessary to jump a small creek. It was possible to ride it on a bike, but not pleasant. What I discovered last week was that since I last looked the county has cleaned this up, put in an 8-foot wide paved path, and even built a bridge over the creek. It's only one mile out of ten on my way to work, but it makes the whole commute feel more pleasant.

Meanwhile, I just put new tires on Bianchi with some semi-vintage black anodized Mavic Open Pro rimes, and I think it looks really sharp. I couldn't wait to ride it. Combining these two trains of thought, I stopped today to get a picture of the Bianchi on the new bridge.





I probably should have taken the headlight off for the pictures. Can anyone explain to me why I am pathologically unable to pose a bike with the valve stems parallel?
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Can anyone explain to me why I am pathologically unable to pose a bike with the valve stems parallel?
It’s a sickness.
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Can it be? Spring has Sprung?


Somewhere along a blue sky, river road



No, don’t count on it, just enjoy it , colder and chance of snow coming. Glad not to be a blooming daffodil, about to be frozen early in life.
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Originally Posted by Andy_K
It's a rare sunny day in February here in Oregon, but I have to work. Best I could do was ride my bike to work. I used to be pretty good about biking to work every day. Since the pandemic I've fallen out of the habit and now I'm lucky to bike to work once a month. This is the second Friday in a row that I've done it though, so I guess that's progress.

Last week, I made a pleasant discovery. There's a section of greenspace between my house and the office (under a set of power lines, of course) that would be a great connection between the two main roads on my route, which are otherwise separated by a maze of cul-de-sacs and residential side streets. Before the pandemic this bit of greenspace was mostly overgrown grass with a narrow dirt path through it and one place where it was necessary to jump a small creek. It was possible to ride it on a bike, but not pleasant. What I discovered last week was that since I last looked the county has cleaned this up, put in an 8-foot wide paved path, and even built a bridge over the creek. It's only one mile out of ten on my way to work, but it makes the whole commute feel more pleasant.

Meanwhile, I just put new tires on Bianchi with some semi-vintage black anodized Mavic Open Pro rimes, and I think it looks really sharp. I couldn't wait to ride it. Combining these two trains of thought, I stopped today to get a picture of the Bianchi on the new bridge.





I probably should have taken the headlight off for the pictures. Can anyone explain to me why I am pathologically unable to pose a bike with the valve stems parallel?
Perhaps align with those giant bolt heads behind the bike?
Two convenient vertical lines.
Stand back and squint your eyes ever so slightly.
These simple tricks work for me when I give a damn.
Very clean looking ride there.

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Weekend rec ride.

The last weekend, raining for 2 days.
This week, drizzling for 3 days.
Today, Saturday, very good weather and temp 10c/50f, a good cycling day.
Mt. Fuji, I could see the snow capped summit, over the cloud.




A traditional Japanese house.
The hedge is well kept and beautiful.
This house has a driveway.
It is very rare in big cities like Yokohama!




Mikan trees and bamboo bush.
A very Japanese scene.






OK, the last pics are Japan's late winter flowers.
Ume, Japanese apricot




Tsubaki, camellia
The traffic sign is NO PARKING.
Don't stop and see and enjoy Tsubaki.




And Suisen, narcissus.
The veins are perennial morning glories!



The weather was good, the sky was beautiful, the temp wasn't too low.
It was a very good ride today.
Cycling is fun!
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Took the pink travel bike out today to test out some new components. Test passed, and it’s rumored this bike will be heading to SoCal next weekend.

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We are starting to get hints of spring here in the UK too. After 2 days of rain and yesterday's hail storms, thankfully we had a dry and sunny day, but it was still a chilly 2c when I left this mornjng, so even the early blooming Magnolia trees must have thought they'd come a bit early.

A little slice of Japan in the east.end of London, the Nobu hotel in Shoreditch.

I then seek out some grey back drops for my newly built up grey bike....



...before resuming my normal pursuit of color. While we wait for the treess and plants to flower I thankfully have year round colorful artworks to brighten the spirits our weather tries to dampen.




And final stop of day is down a quiet back alley home to a pub that's been serving drink here for over 400 years, but is closed as I pass by this mornjng.

The pub is so called after Doctor Butler, a self proclaimed curer of various ailments, which 400 years ago were a bit less sophisticated than today. His cure for epilepsy for example was to suddenly fire a brace of pistols near the patient to scare the condition out of them. Despite the lack of peer review he became court physician to King James 1st!!

About this time Dr Butler also developed a medicinal ale for gastric conditions, which was available only from taverns that displayed Dr Butler's head on their signs, which led to Dr Butler buying a number of taverns in London, and this is the only remaining one.

The medicjnal ale he pioneered is no longer available, but I grab a few modern ales on the way home to enjoy with an afternoon of soccer and 6 nations rugby. Cheers!
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quite liked your pic with the bike below the portrait with blue sky and clouds in background.
thanks again.
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Originally Posted by botty kayer
We are starting to get hints of spring here in the UK too.

I then seek out some grey back drops for my newly built up grey bike....


I always enjoy your 'Tour de London' pics.

Thanks for sharing them.

Your grey bike looks to have pretty relaxed angles which I like on some of my bikes.

​​​​What bike is it?
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I also have a newly built up bike, a 1971 or 72 Gitane from what the Gitane knowledgeable folks tell me.

It is not in it's final configuration. I just wanted to get it going to see how I like it using just parts I had on hand.

It is a smooth riding machine with 650bx38 Gravel King tires on it.



It came to me as a bare frame , no fork and terrible paint.
The frame is stripped of paint for now.
I'm thinking of a goldish bronze color.

I also need to get the fork steerer tube cut back to a correct height to eliminate so many spacers.

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Couple hours for the first ride after a few “upgrades” to the Fuji, like a BB dynamo and lights. Didn’t need the lights today but wanted to test out the dynamo. Everything seemed (mostly) good except the increased drag and subsequent effort!! I do need to tighten (or get some serrated washers) the front light, got all droopy and looking sad on a fast descent. Don’t tell mountaindave but I swapped out the half step & granny to a more traditional triple setup, I just found I wasn’t half-stepping much at all.



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A bit of a break in storms so I've been able to get out for the past three days. Today I was back on the Poprad and brought the P&S camera. Lazy 24 miles with lots of stopping to grab pics. Stinkin' knee would seize up a bit each time I stopped to grab a picture.










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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I also have a newly built up bike, a 1971 or 72 Gitane from what the Gitane knowledgeable folks tell me.

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That derailleur looks a little past the stop.
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I always enjoy your 'Tour de London' pics.

Thanks for sharing them.

Your grey bike looks to have pretty relaxed angles which I like on some of my bikes.

​​​​What bike is it?
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Thanks cooperryder yes the bike has pretty relaxed geometry, it's a Litespeed built Edy Merckx, possibly the greyest bike in the world

Ti Merckx rebuild, possibly the greyest bike in the world
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Originally Posted by cooperryder
I also have a newly built up bike, a 1971 or 72 Gitane from what the Gitane knowledgeable folks tell me.

It is not in it's final configuration. I just wanted to get it going to see how I like it using just parts I had on hand.

It is a smooth riding machine with 650bx38 Gravel King tires on it.



It came to me as a bare frame , no fork and terrible paint.
The frame is stripped of paint for now.
I'm thinking of a goldish bronze color.

I also need to get the fork steerer tube cut back to a correct height to eliminate so many spacers.
You might think about going all in with this one, Goldfinger.
Just a thought.
Think of that fat jolly man on this entirely in GOLD.
I haven't looked for gold zip ties recently at local hardware stores, but I'll bet Temu has them at the right price.

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