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Old 06-01-24, 09:03 AM
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Love the bike, looks great! Really want to find a similar Merckx frame to build up someday, it’s such a classic color scheme

I’ll toss in some photos of last nights Philly sunset ride on my old Ross



It's a beautiful sunset in Philly.

I'm happy to find another Molteni orange Merckx fan.
I started cycling in 1975 and the king in the bike racing was Eddy Merckx, Japan's Miyata build orange Merckx bikes.
I was a high school kid and couldn't buy a Miyata Merckx.
Since then Molteni orange Merckx bikes haven't left from my mind.
In 2022, I found this bike in Yahoo Auction Japan at long last!

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The plan today was to head out early for a ride up Snowbasin, the first since the second knee replacement. But unforecasted rains delayed me and I really wanted to be home by 1 for the Dortmund vs Real Madrid game. So I grabbed the Davidson and just did a cruise around the valley taking pictures. As I prepped the Impulse I wondered again if it was time to move this one on. But during the ride it just stole my heart again. Such a good ol' bike. Didn't ride hard most of the time but I did have a few miles here and there where I got after it. The Davidson still flat out accelerates and flies!










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Made some alterations to the Halfords Sport and took it on another test ride today in the local South-Holland countryside. Getting there, but I'm still not entirely happy. The fender lines still need work, the bell doesn't sound well yet and most importantly: the tires won't seat perfectly on those rims.

Other than that it is a rather nice ride, and if I can get those tires seated correctly it'll be coming along to a planned cycling trip in France.





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Wonderful picture of a nice bike and a nice car. Even in this state, Yoshihiko Matsuo's design still looks awesome.
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Once again, a morning ride into the mountains was postponed but unforecasted clouds and showers. Finally gave up the idea of a climbing ride, put the Merlin back in the bike cave, and grabbed the Kirk Terraplane. Moved the saddle up on it too to alleviate knee pain and headed out. About two miles into the ride I went up a small hill and my legs had absolutely nothing. Weird, although truth be told, I couldn't sleep last night. Good thing I didn't head into the mountains, LOL! Anyway just another lazy cruise with the camera, stopping a lot for pictures. Got over to Huntsville and turned west and noticed another stinkin' rain storm over on the other side of the valley where I live. So, I cut the ride short and headed back. It may look green here but this is really a desert area and when your bike gets wet it finishes the ride with fine grit all over it. I try to avoid that on all the good bikes.

David Kirk really know how to build a beautiful looking and riding steel bike

Yeah can see the storm in the background

Old Huntsville cabin

Money shot right along side the bike path

We see that and say rainstorm. Stupid Utah Weathermen always call it. "Clear and sunny with 0% chance of precipitation."

Barn in Eden

Poppies in bloom all over the valley right now.

Those rear stays really fool you. The lack of any rear chatter always has me looking at the rear tire to see if it's going flat. Yet the bike will flat out fly and climbs very well.

View from the yard right after the ride, rain had moved out by them.

Trying to give you a feel for how wide open a lot of the views are along my daily route.
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Our recent run of glorious late spring weather ended today with some clouds and showers rolling in. All in all though still not too bad for riding weather. I am happily able to participate in next week’s Bob Freeman Cascades Tour . I haven’t been able to ride nearly as much or as well as I’d like the past several weeks so today was nominally a training ride, but really, as it’s a little late for that, more of a “how much is this gonna hurt” ride. I felt I should at least have one 50 mile ride under my belt before setting out with “The Usual Suspects”. I set out from my house heading west through Albemarle County, touching some of my favorite gravel roads and scenery, riding all the way to the foot of the Blue Ridge before turning for home. I thought for sure I’d get somewhere between 50 and 60 miles in but it was going to be 44-45 so I added a loop around UVA grounds to get me to - a roundable to 50 -48 miles. Pleased to say I felt pretty good. I took a rain jacket but the mountains kept the rain clouds off to the west.


View of the Blue Ridge from Ballards Mill Rd

The nicest gravel I saw today. Several of the roads had fresh gravel laid down. Not typical to see new gravel this late in the spring but we’ve had tons of rain and the roads have been roughed up quite a bit.

Bluebird across the road. When I was a kid growing up in eastern NC it was an event when you saw one. You can see them pretty regularly around here and I’m not sure if it’s a conservation success or just better habitat.

Top of a stiff climb on Break Heart Rd. I think it’s a thing around here like when the Vikings named Iceland and Greenland. I’ve posted pics before from up on Skyline (in the distance) looking down at this spot. Road turn to thick gravel up ahead.

White Hall Vineyards. This is a nice spot as the mountains take up a 180 degree view
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No riding last weekend, and Saturday was an opportunity to try a new route. It started on familiar roads heading north, then east.

I came upon the High Falls (there must be dozens of places named the same up here) of the Kaaterskill Creek from the other direction of my typical routes. The creek makes a 90-degree bend here and runs down a stone chute to the falls.


I’ve never gotten a picture that effectively captures it.



Once I left High Falls I was on new to me roads that were quiet and beautiful, even when West Camp Road crosses the Governor Thomas E. Dewey NYS Thruway. I have driven under this road hundreds of times but this was my first time above the highway. Shortly after I was cycling through an expansive protected wetlands.


Outstanding views up and down the Hudson River from this spot, down a rough dirt road of sorts at Eve’s Point in Bristol Beach State Park, a bit past the halfway mark.

From here it was a serious slog to return home. I’d forgotten that leaving a riverside usually means climbing. The route included some grades up to 15%
and they took the wind right out of me. By then, the temperature had risen to around 82/28. I stopped frequently to rest for the remainder of the ride.


Cooling down in Plattekill Creek, just south of the Blue Mountain Reservoir I often pose my bikes at. The cold water was a welcome break.

Only about 35 miles, but I earned them.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs
Our recent run of glorious late spring weather ended today with some clouds and showers rolling in. All in all though still not too bad for riding weather. I am happily able to participate in next week’s Bob Freeman Cascades Tour . I haven’t been able to ride nearly as much or as well as I’d like the past several weeks so today was nominally a training ride, but really, as it’s a little late for that, more of a “how much is this gonna hurt” ride. I felt I should at least have one 50 mile ride under my belt before setting out with “The Usual Suspects”. I set out from my house heading west through Albemarle County, touching some of my favorite gravel roads and scenery, riding all the way to the foot of the Blue Ridge before turning for home. I thought for sure I’d get somewhere between 50 and 60 miles in but it was going to be 44-45 so I added a loop around UVA grounds to get me to - a roundable to 50 -48 miles.
Gugie would round that up to a nice 70 mile ride.
Or 80 if AndyK was along.
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Cooling down in Plattekill Creek, just south of the Blue Mountain Reservoir I often pose my bikes at. The cold water was a welcome break.
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I really like this picture :-)
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Old 06-03-24, 12:01 PM
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Me too, great!
It reminds me of Ithaca, NY.
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Short ride today through the arboretum for a shakedown cruise on the touring bike before next week’s PNW tour. Can’t say the brakes are passing muster. More experimentation needed:

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Hello everyone. It's been a while. I finally got to ride outdoors, took the Motobecane around the neighborhood for maybe 45 rather boring minutes. It was actually an experiment. Last week we were on vacation on MDI, spent three days climbing and another walking the carriage roads. After all that, on day 5 while we were walking another carriage road, packed gravel and mostly flat, my knee suddenly complained. Admittedly we had gone about 10 miles that day. So we came home and I went to a sports medicine walk-in clinic. As I could have guessed, an over-use injury on 75 y.o. knees with mild degenerative arthritis. Biking is supposed to be good for that kind of thing. So today I rode. It went well. The prescribed fix was the usual, rest, compression, ice, and a topical anti-inflammatory. So far, so good!
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Originally Posted by jimmuller
Hello everyone. It's been a while.
It has. You and your sweetie have been sorely missed. Glad to see you posting again.
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More shaking down of an old bike under threatening skies today:



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I really like this picture :-)
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Me too, great!
It reminds me of Ithaca, NY.
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Thanks to you both. It was a fortunate combo of light and reflection. I took a video clip too.
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It has. You and your sweetie have been sorely missed. Glad to see you posting again.
Thank you!

We did manage to take the tandem out once or twice this spring. There aren't as many hours in the day as there used to be, nor days in the week, alas.
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I.spent last week wild camping around the Scottish Highlands with a group of friends. Mostly.car based travel as we covered some major miles, but I did manage to cycle Bealch na ba, rated by many as the top climb in the UK, and the climb, descent and views were worth the slog.






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Originally Posted by botty kayer
I.spent last week wild camping around the Scottish Highlands with a group of friends. Mostly.car based travel as we covered some major miles, but I did manage to cycle Bealch na ba, rated by many as the top climb in the UK, and the climb, descent and views were worth the slog.





My only frame of reference is the Britbox series Shetland.
Although I do have a bit of Scottish blood in my mutt mix.
Please explain the Passing Place sign.
Now I see the small widening in your last two photos.
Thanks much,
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Originally Posted by bironi
My only frame of reference is the Britbox series Shetland.
Although I do have a bit of Scottish blood in my mutt mix.
Please explain the Passing Place sign.
Now I see the small widening in your last two photos.
Thanks much,
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Yes you got it, the road is mostly only wide enough for 1 vehicle so it has passing places at various spots on the way up, an extra bit of asphalt about 2 cars long to allow cars going opposite directions.to pass each other.

Despite being quite touristy the Highlands remain a wild and beautiful place. I posted a few other pics here:
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Originally Posted by botty kayer
I.spent last week wild camping around the Scottish Highlands with a group of friends. Mostly.car based travel as we covered some major miles, but I did manage to cycle Bealch na ba, rated by many as the top climb in the UK, and the climb, descent and views were worth the slog.





 Oh, beautiful landscape, looks a good place to ride a bike.
There is no place like this in Japan.
Thank you for sharing the pics, Botty
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Short ride today through the arboretum for a shakedown cruise on the touring bike before next week’s PNW tour. Can’t say the brakes are passing muster. More experimentation needed:

I went to a wider brake straddle and it brought my bike into compliance.
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I went to a wider brake straddle and it brought my bike into compliance.
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Those look promising, but after yesterday's ride I swapped in a different set of levers, and that made a big difference. I have Microshift 8-speed brifters on there in that pic, and for whatever reason, their mechanical advantage was not working at all well with canti brakes.
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the rust bucket Marinoni's first climb up Meriden Mountain (700' in one mile) last night. I seem to have fixed the auto shifting problem, so I got that going for me.


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Today's ride was more about animals than about bikes.

It was cool and windy, but the weather certainly looked a lot more inviting than earlier this week, with that Windows 95 sky:



We stopped at a local farm, where one of the cats showed a keen interest in our machines:





And we made our acquaintance with this little fella.



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non-fixie,
My kinda ride, but I'd be on a fixie.
Call me jealous.
My own bike path, no helmet, and friendly little creatures.
You're livin the life.
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