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Old 04-14-24, 01:33 PM
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One more weekend day, one more lazy ride taking pictures. This time on the other end of the valley where it was only in the 50's and quite windy.


Don't tell my Opus III but I now consider this the most beautiful classic bike I have. Shhhh, our secret.

Not much into the selfie thing but wanted to post a pic of the custom jersey David at Soigneur made me.

The valley floor is beginning to green up.

East facing mountains still have a lot of snow

If the greedy developers and our unethical local politicians have their way that whole area by that ski resort will be turned into a city. There's a big local push to incorporate to take control away from our county politicians who are clearly in bed with the developers. Utah does not have a real ethics code for politicians so they don't have to disclose conflict of interest, like owning part of the business pushing for this.

Barn in Liberty

Less snow on the west facing mountains.

Yep, will be a lush green shortly

Where I tuned around today. You can't tell from this picture but that road get's pretty steep for about a mile and a half. Wasn't ready to test the knees on that with only a 42T small chainring.

More snowmelt
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Even warmer today and the wind eased a little but still pretty gusty. I went up to Skyline and got 30 in. Today’s pic from the Cima Coppi for the ride at 3000 ft, this is the Crimora Overlook.


For a few years these overlooks had been less than glorious but saw a sign today that a non-profit in Augusta County had taken over the regular brush clearance so we have a wonderful Shenandoah Valley vistas back.
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Very nice weather yesterday so I got actually wash bike outside for the first time in several months choose to was the Marin MTB and took it on short Sunday ride to the Fairplay Cemetery which has some of the best views of the mountains. My humble pics just don't really capture how great the views are.





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It’s been a tradition for quite a while now for me to do a birthday ride: mileage = or > my age. I try to do that on my actual birthday, but the calendar doesn’t always cooperate: this year my birthday is on Wednesday this week, but I have to work on Wednesday, so today was the day I had time to ride (it’s actually a holiday in Massachusetts—Patriots Day/Marathon Monday). Even more enticing is that the weather fully cooperated with one of the nicest days we’ve had since last fall: mostly sunny, high of 70F, light headwind in the morning with a welcome tailwind for a good 20 miles or so on my way back.

I was on the Fitz all rounder (the roads were quite wet this morning from last night’s rain, so fenders were welcome):


I had to stop and take the money shot when I reached my target (though I had another six miles to go):

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Old 04-15-24, 03:28 PM
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A friend has been wanting to do a 'ride your age '
ride. We planned it a couple months back and yesterday was the day.

Overall the weather was good with some extra effort needed when headed into a south 10 to 15 mph wind but then it was a tailwind when we turned around.

It was a long day in the saddle as we are older and slow but we celebrated his 75th by finishing 75 miles.

Happy belated birthday Jim!
You did good!

I don't know what percentage of 75 YO folks can ride 75 miles but I would not think it's a high percentage.





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A belated report on Saturday's ride.

Although my schedule and life (plus Covid) conspired to prevent me from getting many training miles in this beautiful winter and spring, I had still signed up to provide Bike Patrol for the Tour de Scottsdale, so I showed up anyway to ride with nearly 3,000 of my closest friends.

A few famous folks at the start line

Bike Patrol riders are expected to assist with flat tires, mechanical problems, first aid, moral support, clearing debris, and "other tasks as directed." It's fun and worthwhile. Here is my aluminum Nashbar cruiser in its "ride support" configuration. The Ridekick trailer helps me keep up with the fast pace and has a range more than ample for the entire event.

How much does it weigh? Don't ask.

The Jandd rear bags have med supplies, tools, spare tubes and a spare tire, oodles of snacks to share, and the front baskets are useful for toting dropped items like discarded bottles and stuff. Although PBAA events are well-known for their well-stocked aid stations / rest stops, I've encountered hangry riders in between needing sustenance, plus I carry items the aid stations don't have, such as highly addictive toffee Oreo cookies. The BikeTunes amplified speaker atop the rear rack blasts out a playlist of upbeat tunes along the route, amusing and encouraging the pedaling throngs, with an all-day rechargeable battery in one of the bags.

This is a timed event in the northeast region of the metropolitan Phoenix area, traversing suburban and desert areas. There were 62 mile (metric century) and 35 mile (half metric plus) options, and I rolled out with the elite riders at 7:00 am sharp to ply my services.

I made it a whopping 0.1 miles before stopping for my first customer - a rider who had dropped his chain on the outside of the crank. Fixed and off we go again.

The initial miles were a near-loop on a rolling uphill. The riders set a fast pace, as I mashed the Ridekick throttle to keep up. Unfortunately, I witnessed a few near-crashes by swerving and passing riders. Fortunately, no actual crashes. One woman swerved and started to go down as I started to yell "RIDER DO..", but amazingly she unclipped a foot and was able to stabilize herself without crashing or stopping. I thanked her profusely for her skill (or luck) and for saving me a lot of paperwork.

My old 35+ year old pickup truck can carry 8 or more bikes and a bunch of bodies, so my Rusty Spoke colleague Eli volunteered to drive it for the event. He stayed busy all day picking up bedraggled or hurt riders and delivering them to aid stations or the finish line. And he saved a few riders from a trip in the truck by repairing their bikes so they could keep going.


Onward we rolled as I fixed flat tires, balky shifters, and tilting saddles. I also picked up a few discarded water bottles (ooh, an insulated Camelbak!) and uprighted many traffic cones that had been hit or blown over.

A point that no one wants to make

Although I was averaging a brisk pace, by the time I got to the 62/35 route split I was well behind the 62 pack due to my duties, but was near the front of the 35 milers. So plans were changed.

There was a 10-15 mph wind from the south most of the day, which helped uphill riders think they were in really good shape. However, when we all turned back south, the gusts were a mild annoyance, compensated for by the downhill route. For a while southbound I had a long pace line following me as we battled the breeze, the Ridekick at full power and me sitting as upright as practical to create maximum draft. Made me a very popular guy for a while as I didn't have to ask anyone to take turns pulling with my little battery-powered friend.

And about those "other duties": On the route, there was a temporary orange bicycle detour sign directing riders to miss some construction on another major street. However, the detour route would take riders well off the official route, as several irate riders discovered. I was requested to direct the event riders to pay no attention to the official traffic control device and go straight, and as a practicing traffic engineer and ATSSA-certified professional I suppose I could do that - especially because they (allegedly) didn't have anyone else to cover the assignment. So I donned my Class II vest and directed the riders accordingly while the BikeTunes boomed out a mix of disco, new wave, upbeat lounge, and pop. Things did get interesting when non-event riders would want to turn left and follow the detour while we needed the riders with numbers to not turn, and there were moments when I had to yell "OK, you guys turn, but you (point at others) go straight! Really!" Initially, I was resentful that I was stuck in one place while everyone else got to continue merrily along, but as the minutes hours passed I got into the groove and adapted my bike-traffic-directing style to the song playing at the moment, which was well-received by the passing riders.

(No, I didn't get pictures. Use your imagination.)

Now I'm at the very back of the short-route riders and in desperate need of a restroom. While others may have found it rude that I zoomed full-throttle almost through the portapotty door at the next aid station, I did have my reasons.

The back end of an organized ride always has an interesting mix of riders. Some are faster riders who had mechanicals or dallied at the rest stops for a while, some are in various stages of muscle mutiny or chafing crisis, families of riders struggling to maintain group momentum, and those who thought a few hours earlier that 35 miles would be a breeze - until the breeze showed up. As was my duty, I did my best to uplift their spirts and encourage them on, helped by the music playlist. And to the riders who asked "how much fartherrrr?" I'd consult the map, look at their condition, do a bit of calculation, and reply "Um, we'll get to the finish... soon!"

We're almost at the end, but at the final turn the sign was rather small and many tired riders were going straight and getting lost, with the hired police officers (at this and every other signal) busy directing traffic and not providing any help. So, you guessed it - back on with the vest and time to direct grateful riders again. And accept a bit of unsolicited feedback from the riders who made it back to the route.

I rolled under the finish banner as the lanterne rouge of the 35 mile contingent, satisfied with my work and accepting my medal without any urge at all to choke anyone else with it.


I stepped off the bike after 37+ miles, and... cramps in the quads. Embarrassing given the relatively-few miles and the motor assist. Oh well. Then a good hot lunch and time to swap stories with other arriving Bike Patrollers, strategize on how to improve on the future, and wait for my truck to return. Which it did 5 minutes after they stopped serving the food, which irked my friend greatly. So I bought him In & Out on the way home instead.

Then drop the rear rack, hitch the trailer, and get ready for Sunday's big swap, the heroic tale of which can be seen at Rusty Spoke News
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Old 04-15-24, 09:48 PM
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Finally was able to squeeze in a ride. Was in North Carolina last week (no zero bike)

What’s left of historic Dyche Stadium. NU claims it was keeping them from having a winning team. Neighbors aren’t too happy.





Lots of flowers in bloom now. Allergies are ramping up.



Did a total of 43 miles. Only my second ride in the last 6 weeks. Hoping to get 3-4 more in before end of April.

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No bike in this report. I hope you'll forgive me. I recently went on a couple of solo overnight hikes in Death Valley National park. The only C&V items were myself and my 1970's frame pack that I revived for the occasion.




My favorite hikes in the desert usually involve walking through canyons.




The austere scenery and the springtime flowers are part of what draws me.






My first hike was to Panamint City, an abandoned silver mine at near 7,000'.




Next was a hike up one canyon, over a divide, and down another canyon. In 29 miles I only saw 2 other people. The desert is a nice place to be alone.






But there were certainly people here long before me.




My most flattering selfie yet!




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a bit late


Some guy fumbling with his old phone and bad hands taking a selfie in his most shiny Nitto.
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I had to go to Exeter today for a couple of things and as the sun was shining I took the train and my Raleigh Lenton so I could take a spin along one of my favourite cycle paths along the rive Exe towards Dawlish.

A good place to stop for a cup of tea and a sandwich is where the foot passenger ferry runs across the canal to Topsham.



And back towards St. Davids Station at Countess Weir.

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I can't say I like the name all that much, but the Krapf bike is gorgeous. That's a fact, not an opinion. Nice jersey, too ... but the bike is the stuff of dreams.
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30 mostly bike path miles on my fixed gear and a beautiful sunset to cap it off:

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Possibly the nicest weather yet this year for a ride over Bowland Knotts, past Stocks Reservoir and back over Cross of Greet.

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Another somewhat cold and snowy day in Fairplay Colorado and yes it close to the end of April. Took a short ride on the Marin MTB to the Post Office no mail service or most package service so every one has to go to the post office every other day and stand in line for 20min to get there stuff. Today I got nothing.



While only mid level curb find MTB the Marin is one of the nicest riding bikes I have come across. It has about the nicest actual hard frame I have seen.


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So today was another mostly lazy ride on the newly upgraded Miele. A little cool out and the sun kept hiding while I was out. Things are greening up more and more each day.


This is a good ride, but I need to tweak the FD a tad still.

Those brown hills will be gone soon.

This picnic area is so quiet right now as the road leading to it is still closed off.

Hay Fields are coming awake

Still plenty of snow up on Snowbasin

Less snow on the south facing slopes

Another shot of the bike taken on the bike path

The old cabin

This barn was one of about 20 built during this period that were done to show the latest innovations for how to run a barn

Cool ride by the house
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After two wet weekends I got our for just shy of 40 miles on the Paramount.
70s-90s music fans will probably know about this famous recording studio in Bearsville.



I only stopped for pictures at my usual spots along the Ashokan.



Today the spillway was flowing fully, probably thanks to all the spring rains we've experienced.
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Weekend rec ride

Mt. Fuji view point.
Another cloudy day, hmmm.



Huji, Japanese wisteria, started to bloom.
They smell nice.



Azalea hedge.
It's nice and beautiful.



a new favorite flower, cyrene.
This magenta variety is called pink panther in Japan.



Where have all the flowers gone?
Someiyoshino season is over.



And the double cherry blossoms season comes.
They are in the prime.



I happened to meet the owner of this C&V vehicle.



This C&Ver was changing the batteries for the air conditioner.
We chatted for a while.

"Wow, it's a Lotus Europe, very rare, rarer than Esprit. I haven't seen Esprit for 10 years or so.
"When did you get?"

"I've owned for 47 years now, so, I bought in 1977"

"NINETEEN SEVENTY-SEVEN? Just unbelievable!
"How many kilos did you drive?"

"One-fifty thousands kilos(=93,200mil). I commute every day 70 kilos(=43mil).
"When I and the car get tired, we'll get to my office, hahaha"

"Can I take some pics?"
"No problem. You wanna get in?"
"I can get in? Thanks"



The odometer is in the second round.


"Thank you for your time and giving me a good opportunity"
"You're welcome. Take care and safe ride"

It was as if I had met Roger de Vlaeminck or Eddy Merckx.

It was a very good, unbelievable day!

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Yesterday morning I had time for a short ride to the arboretum on my Milwaukee Bicycle Co. single speed:


Boston skyline in the background on a beautiful spring morning.
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We finally had a weekend with no rain, hallelujah! Today started with blue sky and sunshine and I made a.jidgement on that, and went shorts and short sleeves. As soon as I stepped outside I realised that was a wardrobe malfunction as it was much colder than it looked at about 6c. I couldn't be bothered to go back in and up 3 flights of stairs to change, so followed the old adage of if you're cold, pedal harder. First pic stop was for a shapely yew tree in Dulwich...

As with other parts of the northern hemisphere the first cherry trees have shed their blossom...

...but all the other trees have followed their lead and color is returning to our streets and parks...

Wisteria is in full bloom here at the moment too and can be seen all over London, but here in Chelsea it's really gone big and has taken over this whole tree...

Having found myself north of the Thames I needed to cross back south again, but as today is the day of the London marathon a number of bridges were closed. Waterloo Bridge was one that was open and I stopped.fpr a pic of the marathon route along the left of the river on the pic below....


but this is in the final few miles so the majority of 'fun' runners were still miles away from here. Running never looks like fun to me, it looks like a bunch of folks that would be better off with a bike. By chance my ride was 26 miles, but by bike was quicker and less ruinous.

darkmoon very cool Lotus Europa, it looks in fantastic condition for it age, and is clearly loved by its owner. They are so small compared to most vehicles and amongst the lowest around, as sure you discovered that once sat in the car getting out is not so easy for us older folk.

I also saw some cool old cars this weekend too, love the retro color scheme on this Porsche 924...

A Japanese car from the 80s- 90s when everything had turbos and this one had 2, over here in the UK these were called Nissan 300ZX but think back in Japan they were called Fairlady"s.

And goIng back a few decades earlier was this really excellent condition Lincoln.



You need to have deep pockets to run one of those Lincolns over here, our petrol is currently about £1.45 a litre, which equates to £5.40 a gallon ($6.70 a gallon), and wiki says that.Lincoln averages about 15mpg. So I'm not surprised it's currently not moving. That is a lot of real estate tho, I'm sure there are probably apartments in London and Tokyo that are smaller.

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"Wow, it's a Lotus Europe, very rare, rarer than Esprit. I haven't seen Esprit for 10 years or so.
"When did you get?"
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Nice!! There's a Europa for sale at a close by antique store that I go to regularly. If I was a better mechanic it would be mine! Such cool little cars.
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Possibly the nicest weather yet this year for a ride over Bowland Knotts, past Stocks Reservoir and back over Cross of Greet.

One of my great grand-fathers was from Lancaster.
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The euchalon (hooligan) are in Lutak Inlet in Haines, AK. And so are the sea lions and whales. It is hard to get the bike in the photo or to get a good whale picture while biking. This is about the best I could do this morning. I didn’t take any pictures of the sea lion frenzy. So far no Orcas have showed up to eat the sea lions. Now that is a frenzy. Mike
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Out on a more modern ride today. A Pacenti I got from Kirk himself. The rear dropouts on this had gotten tweaked a bit in shipment and I picked it up yesterday after the LBS sorted that out for me. This bike is more compact and upright than my normal ride. Another gorgeous day up here. Sad to say that what should be glorious rides are being ruined a bit by the constant knee pains. Hopefully, hopefully, hopefully it will go away with time.


Heading out of Eden

Typical road in the area

Today's ride, RD still not right on it as it was ghost shifting too much.

Reservoir continues to fill up

This one really moves despite the upright position due to the long head tube.

Another farm field that is sadly being turned into a subdivision. This area stays flooded all spring and I don't get how they are being allowed to build homes here.

Up through that pass is a whole lot of nothing but mountain wilderness and high meadows all the way to Wyoming.

Good number of folks up for the weekend

Ben Lomond still snowed in

Another shot of the bike path. Good for riding right now. In the summer the stupid tourist set up chairs and lay sunning all over the section of the path oblivious to it's true purpose.
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After few warmer days and today being real nice in the low 60's the back roads and trails are finally getting mostly clear of mud and snow. So I fixed the headset on my Marin MTB and took for a Sunday ride on some of the backroads trails.




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