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Old 06-06-24, 03:47 PM
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Warm day today so got wash and wax the Marin MTB . Then took a short ride to town and back the traffic and air quality is starting to get pretty here in Fairplay so likely not a lot of long rides this Summer.





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Old 06-08-24, 12:43 PM
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No riding today but, instead, it was a volunteer day. I am very competitive and woefully out of shape this year so my favorite ride in our new city (I Made the Grade) wasn't going to happen for me. Sure, I could have done the ride but my competitive nature would have driven me crazy and I would have more than likely blown up the heart rate,etc. The ride is 18 miles and starts in Clarkston, WA where it goes along the Snake and Clearwater rivers until it turns sharply uphill for the last 7 miles and climbs roughly 2000 ft. The Old Spiral Highway is a challenging, yet fun ride with it's 64 corners and views that are spectacular. The last two times I rode it I finished 6th on my 1984 Gitane TdF and those memories prevented me from sucking it up and doing it this year because I'd want to be up front or die trying. My wife and I manned "water hole #2" at the bottom of the grade and had quite a bit of fun.




The goal is up there somewhere:



This was the lead group of riders about 28 minutes after the start and at the bottom of the long climb. The guy in blue and red won it last year at 1:03 and also back in 2010 when I last rode it with a time of 56 minutes.


This lady was all smiles and a little humbling for me when she said she had only been riding for 4 days.



Finally, a photo of a younger me the year I broke an hour on the ride (by 2 seconds, but it counts). The views at the top are outstanding. And the best part is you can bomb back down.


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Today's ride was basically a failure. The plan, again, was to ride up Snowbasin. The first real climb since the November TKR. But I just had too many issues and bailed from the climb after about a mile and a half. On the Merlin I felt like I was hanging off the back of the saddle and then the reach to the bars was too much. When I scooted up on the saddle to climb the lack of flex in the right knee just forced me back. On top of that my HR hit 168 and stayed there. Normally after about 1/2 a mile of climbing my HR drops into the 150 range and stays there. The HR is why I decided to ditch on the ride. So, I just came back down and then stayed out riding around the valley until I had in 40 miles. The other thing I noticed with the climb was that my left leg felt like it was doing all the work and the right one was just along for the ride. All and all though a good time out today. I left around 9 and it was pretty much perfect weather.


This was around mile 20 after failing to get up that MT in the background. This is when I moved the saddle up some to alleviate the discomfort in my knee.

This is about as green as these south facing slopes get each year.

New crops coming in.

No Farmers Market yet at the barn there. I had to dodge cars here almost every Saturday last year when they were holding weekly markets

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Old 06-08-24, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by scozim
No riding today but, instead, it was a volunteer day. I am very competitive and woefully out of shape this year so my favorite ride in our new city (I Made the Grade) wasn't going to happen for me. Sure, I could have done the ride but my competitive nature would have driven me crazy and I would have more than likely blown up the heart rate,etc. The ride is 18 miles and starts in Clarkston, WA where it goes along the Snake and Clearwater rivers until it turns sharply uphill for the last 7 miles and climbs roughly 2000 ft. The Old Spiral Highway is a challenging, yet fun ride with it's 64 corners and views that are spectacular. The last two times I rode it I finished 6th on my 1984 Gitane TdF and those memories prevented me from sucking it up and doing it this year because I'd want to be up front or die trying. My wife and I manned "water hole #2" at the bottom of the grade and had quite a bit of fun.




The goal is up there somewhere:



This was the lead group of riders about 28 minutes after the start and at the bottom of the long climb. The guy in blue and red won it last year at 1:03 and also back in 2010 when I last rode it with a time of 56 minutes.


This lady was all smiles and a little humbling for me when she said she had only been riding for 4 days.



Finally, a photo of a younger me the year I broke an hour on the ride (by 2 seconds, but it counts). The views at the top are outstanding. And the best part is you can bomb back down.


Pretty sure I have drove that road years back, but had forgotten the location. It struck me as a must ride, so I'll have to put it on my old man's to do list.
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Weekend rec ride

I could ride at Friday and Sunday.

Mt. Fuji view point
cloudy as usual.



perennial morning glories had started to bloom.



I found another nice hedge.
This azalea still blossomed.
The small orange flowers were zakuro, pomegranates.



Azalea season was almost over.
The next roadside beauty is tachiaoi, hollyhocks.
This flower also tells us Tsuyu rainy season will come soon.










Temp was 25c/77f, low enough to ride comfortably.
I enjoyed cycling, without Mr. Fuji
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Old 06-09-24, 10:48 AM
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Down in Roanoke, Texas, for a visit with my son's family. Sent a Gary Fisher ahead so I could ride with the grandkids. Assembled and a test ride on local trail. My son is 6'7" so the plan was to get something he could ride. May need more seatpost.

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Old 06-09-24, 03:50 PM
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I participated in a retro event here in sweden. We had to have bikes before 1990 and appropriate clothing.


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Old 06-09-24, 04:06 PM
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We've moved to a very nice neighborhood built around a now-failed golf course. After being off the bike since September, I've been rotating through the stable this week slowly getting back in shape. Slowly, in all ways. Anyway, today it was the '73 Raleigh Competition Mk. II in 44x17 fixed-gear mode, and the rolling hills here told me I have work to do.
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Old 06-09-24, 06:40 PM
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Rode my favorite trail today. It's a 14 mile out and back with 900 ft of climbing. There are water views throughout the ride and the twisty rollers make this a fun ride. The screenshot of the ride will give you an idea of what the route is like. There is good tree cover throughout the ride which is a big plus on a hot day. I took my 1980 Raleigh Record Ace which is a fine long distance machine. The brakes, headset, and wheels are original equipment. I love how this bike handles the climbs. I'm a big fan of the suntour power ratchet shifters and cyclone derailleurs; the 27 x 1 and 1/4 Pasela tires are very solid.




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Old 06-09-24, 08:28 PM
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Having built the wheels it was time to take the Shogun on a proper shakedown. It was a great ride, up north along the escarpment and back down. The bike performed flawlessly, and save for a few tweaks to the bars and levers the setup was good. It felt similar to my PX10, smooth and comfortable. Maybe a touch less responsive but overall itís now a bike Iíll look forward to riding.


Iíve ordered a pair of 38mm Gravelking SS tires, next outing will be on the trails. More about the build is here. Shogun rebuild is done (I think)
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Old 06-09-24, 11:18 PM
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Looks like spring has sprung for darkmoon.
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Looks like spring has sprung for darkmoon.
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Old 06-12-24, 11:35 AM
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At long last I've purchased cycling clothing, specifically so I can keep my phone in the back pocket of my jersey and ready to snap pics (as opposed to mounted on my handlebars).
Took a 26-miler around the greenways on Friday. My workplace lets everyone leave at noon on Fridays all summer, which is the perfect time to get out there with minimal traffic.


Once you get a few miles out, it feels super rural despite never being more than a mile from major roads.

A couple different bridges to cross, which gives time for a photo op of the resto-modded 1997 Bianchi Campione D'Italia. Spy the paddleboat in the distant background...


Sometimes in the late afternoon these fields are filled with kids playing soccer. It's especially amusing to watch the youngest ones playing swarmball (tactics and positions come later, if at all).
Ended the trip at Percy Priest Dam, took a quick breather, and then headed back home.

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Took my Araya down to the lake today,

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Not today, but recently. Sometimes a bike journey may be mundane, but then we have a magical day that lives vividly in the memory.
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My updated 1997 Raleigh Royal on tour in France last week, they have great cycling infrastructure and the car drivers treat you with respect usually leaving at least 2 metres or 6' in old money, the ubiquitous in front of a chateau photo.

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Really nice day took just short ride to the Library to drop off a plant with the Motive beater MTB.


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Rode 15 miles today on my 1982 Peugeot PXN 10. The bike is mainly original but I modded it a bit for hill climbing by swapping out the Stronglight 106 crank with 52/42 rings for a Stronglight 86 bcd crank (a more "modern" version of the Stronglight 99) with 52/38 rings and I swapped out the original 13-26 freewheel for a 14-28. The simplex derailleurs really shift nicely (the super LJ shifters really help) and the bike is just a pleasure to ride.

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Four and and a half hours around the south coast and out to the west coast of Wellington, NZ in clear, cool and windy winter weather.
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Out on the Moser Leader Ax this morning. Still trying to figure out what this one is about. Feels plenty fast and was certainly being held back by me. Still so much trouble with the knee. Moved the saddle up on this one too before the ride. It takes me many miles to get the knee loose and I find myself muscling the pedals too much resulting in my HR running in the 160's. It's like my legs need to relearn how to spin a decent cadence and pedal in circles.
Nice and calm when I started by winds were kicking my about 12 miles into the 27 miles I did today.


This bike feels light and frisky on the road but the front end does hit hard sometimes on the rough stuff.

Beginning of the bike path in Huntsville

Most of the snow is now off the Mt's

S.E. facing slopes are drying up fast.

Reservoir is pretty much completely full

Lot's of weekend activity on the water

One of the earlier fancy homes up here

Another shot of one of the nicer sections of the path

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I rode over to the Southern Methodist University campus yesterday. (SMU).

It is a beautiful campus.

Today's bike is my Rivendell Sam Hillborne.
With 700x42 Soma Vitesse tires made by Panaracer it's a very plush ride over the rough sections of the streets.

I got in 25 miles today.
In North Central Texas heat is definitely a factor this time of year. One really needs to listen to your body and ride smart.

One of my hot weather riding techniques is a wet bandana around the top of my head and one around my neck.

It really helps me when temps hit 90's and above.

I think it hit 94 or 95 degrees today but I'll wish for 95 when summer days start hitting the 100's.




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I got in 11.7 miles this morning as I slowly cycle myself back into shape. Julius the Mercian Vincitore fixed-gear was wonderful as usual. I avoided the pit bull on Clem Road only to have two encounters with lap dogs in the old Harris Mill Village. Fortunately, my response to them was firm but amused and patient - which is good because in both cases their elderly owners emerged to control their dogs, and both thanked me for being nice about it - which I thought was nice of them

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I rode over to the Southern Methodist University campus yesterday. (SMU).

It is a beautiful campus.

Today's bike is my Rivendell Sam Hillborne.
With 700x42 Soma Vitesse tires made by Panaracer it's a very plush ride over the rough sections of the streets.

I got in 25 miles today.
In North Central Texas heat is definitely a factor this time of year. One really needs to listen to your body and ride smart.

One of my hot weather riding techniques is a wet bandana around the top of my head and one around my neck.

It really helps me when temps hit 90's and above.

I think it hit 94 or 95 degrees today but I'll wish for 95 when summer days start hitting the 100's.



Beautiful bike; it looks very comfy with those tires. Yeah you have to think about the heat. I grew up in New Orleans and did a heck of a lot of riding in southern Louisiana. In the summer, I always made it a point to try to get my riding done in the morning. The heat used to be less of an issue in central Iowa but it's becoming a problem everywhere now. I did a 26 mile out and back this morning and I took the 2d half easy because of the heat. Fortunately I can find trails that have good tree cover and that helps.
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Rode 27 miles this morning, giving me 87 miles for the week. I took a trail that has some construction but the gravel parts are fun. Took my '92 Stumpy drop bar conversion as it can handle most any surface with 26 x 2.1 Schwalbe "Hurricane" tires. They're good tires and not too heavy for what they are at 630 grams each. It was a hot day but there was a good breeze and most of the ride had good tree cover which really helps with the heat.


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Well originally I was going to take out the Krapf but changed my mind and got the Pacenti ready. But as I headed out I heard a ticking that sounded almost like a spoke hitting something. Couldn't see a problem but I took it back in and grabbed the C40. Just my normal loop around the valley on a cool, calm, and clear morning. Early on I concentrated on just getting my spin going and fighting the knee pain and hitch in the right leg at higher cadence. Once again this Colnago reminded me that it's every bit as good on the road as my best steel and my foul mood from the problem with the Pacenti just faded away. The C40 brings me the same kind of pure joy as driving my Miata used to. Just makes you grin like a stupid idiot by how connected you feel to it. It's hay cutting time around here now and man was it smelling great. Mid ride just turned into a lot of stopping to take pictures. Then from mile 16 to mile 28 I opened the ol' Italian up and found myself riding most of that at above 20 mph. Finally a glimmer of my old (but still pathetic, LOL!) speed, maybe I can actually get back going again after these TKR's.


Fresh cut deliciousness. This is where that dog wrecked me in 2018 and separated my AC Joint.

More cut hay

Big bales

Quiet road along my normal daily route

That 90 degree turn is where I had that massive pedal strike at high speed on the Fishlips bike. Felt like the rear jumped over a foot on me that day but the Kirk built beauty kept my upright somehow.

Snowbasin peaking through the trees

I've got to ride up there this week while I'm off and the temps are cool

Another shot of the Mt

Today's ride

Back home, I've got a litter of at least 4 skunks to deal with. Hard to work in the yard without stumbling on at least one of the little stinkers. They are not very nocturnal right now.
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