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rccardr 05-03-22 07:46 PM


Originally Posted by Prowler (Post 22493876)
This may be pretty boring for most of you but I could not help but ponder this today. I spent much of my ride time this morning appreciating how lucky I am. Lucky to own this old wreck of a bike and to be able to keep in a top state of tune. Lucky to have the time, the resources and the health and wellness to drive to my favorite trail head and access hours and hours of paved routes through the woods and along regional waterways with no motor vehicles to think about. Lucky to have picked an activity that builds my health and wellness. Lucky to glide silently along by myself mile after mile either just listening to the season blossom or listening to some traditional Celtic music. Lucky to have the chance to set most of my life aside for a couple of hours and, to some degree, ignore the tempest of events and issues that surround us, at least for a bit. This bicycle thing is pretty good stuff!


The Schuylkill River - one of the regions first commercial super highways, back thousands of years. Behind me is the Schuylkill Canal - the second commercial super highway. Across the river, up in those trees, the railroad - the third (and still active ) commercial superhighway along with the Blackrock Tunnel - one of the first rail tunnels constructed in the US and still in constant use today.
I do like being surrounded by history that dates back thousands of years, millions even

We gotta get a group together and ride with you on some of these trails!

MCHunt 05-04-22 01:31 PM

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4a6c3a9805.jpg
Second ride on CL Torpado Beta. It's a short loop of 17 miles with about 1600' of climbing. There are a couple of 10% sections of climbing that were challenging with the 42-23 low gear. The only parts changed out were to get the bike to fit. I needed a longer seatpost in 26.8 from Orange Velo as the stock ofmega was over the max line for my saddle height. Changed out the San Marco Corsair for an old Rolls. New rubber for the original Michelin BIB TS-20's that were more than dry rotted. Longer stem and wider bars also. Stock was 100 mm and 38 cm ITB bar and stem changed out for parts bin 120 3TTT and 42 ITM bars. The Universal 125 brakes are going next as they are a safety issue in the hilly area where I live. The reach is so long that I can barely get my first knuckle around them. Then there is the performance, or lack thereof...going into several downhill traffic lights, I was pondering do I brake first or loosen my toe strap because I was unable to do both. Fortunately, I have a set of Campy Cobaltos that haven't been on a bike since 1994 and are begging to be on this one. Overall, I am very impressed with the ride of this frame though.

Wildwood 05-04-22 11:49 PM

Always thankful to post this thread.
 
Sunny day. 58* to start, mid60*s by finish. Over to Issaquah. The traffic is so thick that I prefer to stay off the main street, Front Street. Riding Hobart Rd is crowded too, but the only sane route.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...625759951.jpeg
Hippy hop to the candy shop. Just a photo op.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...54b5bf020.jpeg
Riding 40+ yo lugged steel. Triple instills confidence to go long and last the hills.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bba38c127.jpeg
Nice color

bironi 05-05-22 12:04 AM


Originally Posted by Wildwood (Post 22495738)
Sunny day. 58* to start, mid60*s by finish. Over to Issaquah. The traffic is so thick that I prefer to stay off the main street, Front Street. Riding Hobart Rd is crowded too, but the only sane route.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...625759951.jpeg
Hippy hop to the candy shop. Just a photo op.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...54b5bf020.jpeg
Riding 40+ yo lugged steel. Triple instills confidence to go long and last the hills.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...bba38c127.jpeg
Nice color

Repaint that frame to match the lovely vibrancy of the flowers.
But keep an eye out for lusting guys like me.
That burly guy looks like trouble, a small guy like myself would not park so close.

Wildwood 05-05-22 11:21 AM


Originally Posted by bironi (Post 22495742)
Repaint that frame to match the lovely vibrancy of the flowers.

That burly guy looks like trouble, a small guy like myself would not park so close.


Paint is only original once. Beside it's already too sexy (creamsicle orange) for its' rider.

Me and the old codger have become friends. We both move at the 'speed of statue'.

MCHunt 05-05-22 01:37 PM

Torpado vs Mt Diablo
 
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...d8775b23de.jpg
42-23 on 6% for 6 miles 2200 a bit stout for my old retired racing legs!

Drillium Dude 05-05-22 03:37 PM


Originally Posted by MCHunt (Post 22496336)

42-23 on 6% for 6 miles 2200 a bit stout for my old retired racing legs!

That's what I'm talking about! Nice :)

DD

MCHunt 05-05-22 03:55 PM

It's not what I'm talking about! I don't mind the climbing, or towing a 23+ lb bike up the hill, but it would been nice to have something like 42-28! All of my other bikes have compacts and wide range cassettes.

noobinsf 05-05-22 05:05 PM


Originally Posted by MCHunt (Post 22496494)
It's not what I'm talking about! I don't mind the climbing, or towing a 23+ lb bike up the hill, but it would been nice to have something like 42-28 28-42! All of my other bikes have compacts and wide range cassettes.

Fixed it. :p

Spaghetti Legs 05-05-22 07:09 PM

After a couple of weeks of frenzied effort to get in shape for and ride Eroica, I cut myself some slack and went out on the briftered plastic bike. At one point I’m grinding up a 14% gradient, thinking “dang this feels like Eroica” and look down to see I still have 2 cogs in reserve.


https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e2e5ea406.jpeg
This little stretch always makes me feel like I’m in Italy.
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...989928002.jpeg
Last time up here, the spring blossoms were out. Now it’s full on apple growing.

cooperryder 05-06-22 07:21 AM


Originally Posted by botty kayer (Post 22491201)
Well I cursed it by decreeing the nice sunny weather yesterday, and so today was back to very British grey skies and drizzle. It didn't stop me getting out.

the old St Pancras Church.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...4811603cd1.jpg
...and in the grounds is what's known as the Hardy tree which has become entwined with many grave headstones....

botty kayer, I enjoy your posts and the photos around London.

Do you have a side gig as a tour guide around London? Ha! You would be good at it.

It's a nice mini virtual tour of various areas of London many of us have never seen.

The artwork on the buildings is impressive.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to share with the BF Classic group.

The Dallas/ Ft Worth area has some interesting art, statutes and murals but nothing to compare with London.

AJI125 05-06-22 08:38 AM

Daniels Park and the Buffalo
 
Got to see the Daniels Park buffalo this morning for 22mi and 1400' (Edit: on the Fuji in it's "golden" 50th year). I remembered that I don't love this route on school days on the return... lots of dropoff traffic at the middle schools and high schools I have to ride by, but nothing terrible and mostly rolled right by in the bike lane. Fun out and back route as it's mostly uphill on the way there and a lot of shorter fast descents on the way back. Amazing views of the mountains from Longs Peak down to Pikes Peak and everything in between, hard at least for me to capture in a picture (especially while riding).

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fb0855d392.jpg
The bluff is Wildcat Mountain (not much of a mountain) but has some nesting golden eagles
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...e6384def24.jpg
Barn at Daniels Park
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...405d0cc5ae.jpg
Buffalo and calf (may need to zoom in)
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...52d5f868ee.jpg
Buffalo closer to the fence than I've ever seen them
https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...70fb0e2c07.jpg
Pikes Peak in the distance - running the Ascent in September - a half marathon up to the summit of Pikes Peak, why the heck I signed up - been asking myself that for a while now
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ae8678521d.jpg
Bye bye buffalo

DQRider 05-06-22 08:38 AM

Like Waking From a Coma...
 
I rode to work today.

I know that sounds rather mundane, certainly unremarkable, except it wasn't. Like the subject line says, for me, it was like waking from a coma.

https://i.imgur.com/82bCQ67.png

Minnesota winter does that to me. My life shrinks drastically, my soul goes into hibernation, and I shut down all non-essential functions.

https://i.imgur.com/tcBBCHw.png

You might notice that my photos here lack their usual sharpness. I've just recovered from Covid, and it has left me a bit shaky. Try as I might, I just can't hold the camera as still as I used to. I didn't get the vax, and I didn't go near a hospital. I just fought it out bare-knuckles at home. I hope this isn't a permanent condition. But at last Spring is here, and Life begins anew.
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Ballenxj 05-06-22 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by DQRider (Post 22497127)
I rode to work today.

I know that sounds rather mundane, certainly unremarkable, except it wasn't. Like the subject line says, for me, it was like waking from a coma.



Minnesota winter does that to me. My life shrinks drastically, my soul goes into hibernation, and I shut down all non-essential functions.



You might notice that my photos here lack their usual sharpness. I've just recovered from Covid, and it has left me a bit shaky. Try as I might, I just can't hold the camera as still as I used to. I didn't get the vax, and I didn't go near a hospital. I just fought it out bare-knuckles at home. I hope this isn't a permanent condition. But at last Spring is here, and Life begins anew.
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When I saw the Bike I thought it might be you albeit missing your signature water bottle.
Wishing you a full and fast recovery. It's been said that having covid is the best immunity you can get.

AJI125 05-06-22 09:09 AM


Originally Posted by DQRider (Post 22497127)
You might notice that my photos here lack their usual sharpness. I've just recovered from Covid, and it has left me a bit shaky. Try as I might, I just can't hold the camera as still as I used to. I didn't get the vax, and I didn't go near a hospital. I just fought it out bare-knuckles at home. I hope this isn't a permanent condition. But at last Spring is here, and Life begins anew.*
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Always nice to get back on the bike after a hiatus! Hope you continue to improve and make a full recovery.

jimmuller 05-06-22 11:43 AM

It's good to see that some of you are getting out. DQRider I hope you get back to your full self real soon.

My riding has been sharply curtailed since I'm not commuting to work regularly. But I did squeeze in some time to ride yesterday and today, 13.32 miles and avg speed 12.5mph yesterday, 19.77 miles and avg speed 13.4mph today. The steed of choice was the PF10.

Just to prove it happened:
https://theworld.com/~muller/pics/May5.2022.jpg

non-fixie 05-06-22 12:20 PM

I got mrs non-fixie a new saddle for her new bike, so it needed a test ride. I took ten miles, but the bike is now officially certified for use by its new owner. :)

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...683402a156.jpg

While we were at it I took the opportunity to test a new-to-me saddle for my Robust. The Brooks Swift I had on it looked great but was a bit narrow. An Idéale 90 "selon Rebour" I picked up at a swap meet a few weeks ago proved to be an improvement.

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...f14a66b17c.jpg

One of our favorite paths, along the Amstel-Drecht canal:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9f65b8897f.jpg

The crowd was appreciative of our bikes:

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...20f4764f0f.jpg

Bike parking at a local festival. The first guests were arriving when I took this picture, but this will be full later tonight:

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...6722b0757a.jpg

zukahn1 05-06-22 03:09 PM

Very nice weather today got a bit of work done on the already completed clunker challenge bike the lowly Stone Grinder. Doug through my parts pins and found a couple nice old school Sugino chain rings and nice steel granny for a nice half step with a granny setup works nice but I will need find a slightly shorter BB to get it just right. Took a short test ride over to town too do some work at the book garage.

https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5b5aa0101c.jpg
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...781a37eead.jpg

botty kayer 05-08-22 10:30 AM


Originally Posted by cooperryder (Post 22497005)
botty kayer, I enjoy your posts and the photos around London.

Do you have a side gig as a tour guide around London? Ha! You would be good at it.

It's a nice mini virtual tour of various areas of London many of us have never seen.

The artwork on the buildings is impressive.

Thanks for taking the time and effort to share with the BF Classic group.

The Dallas/ Ft Worth area has some interesting art, statutes and murals but nothing to compare with London.

Thanks very much cooperryder , haha no I'm not tour guide too, just a curious guy on a bike constantly exploring. I've lived here nearly 30 years but still come across new to me things regularly. Happy to share my findings as this thread is a great virtual tour of places all over the world, and I always enjoy reading through here to see other peoples bikes, and the great scenery and vastly varying weather that's cycled through on our cycling escapades. As a result the sun is always shining somewhere in this thread even if it isn't always shining outside my window.

And its not a competition, London has lots of stuff but there's way more stuff that isn't here:). I've never been to Dallas / Ft Worth, so post some of those points of interest as I guarantee they'll be as new to me as my postings are to you:thumb:

nlerner 05-08-22 11:36 AM

Modern tech today but the engine is C&V:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...89c832062.jpeg

northbend 05-08-22 11:45 AM

^ I like the Snakey bar tape Neal. It looks great on that bike.

botty kayer 05-08-22 11:51 AM

At the time of writing this thread was at the end of page 752, so I hope that by the time I've uploaded some pics and waffled on a bit, I'll have bumped us onto page 753, and so the most appropriate C&V bike for the day had to be this one....
https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...7ddd79a338.jpg
I ride up the swanky Kings Road, pic here at number 430 which has an interesting history as fashions designer Vivienne Westwood's iconic London boutique, which you can read more about here: https://www.anothermag.com/fashion-b...orlds-end-shop It provided the inspiration and the clothes for the punk movement. At the time the shop was called 'Sex' all 4 members of the soon to be formed Sex Pistols shopped here. The bands bassist Glen Matlock worked there as a sales assistant on Saturday's, and other shop regulars were Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders, Adam Ant and Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees.
https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...be2df50f59.jpg
I then ride on past one of my favourite buildings on Fulham Road, the original Art Deco Michelin House, not the home of the tyre giant now as these days its multi-use with cafes, shops and offices.
https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...fc1d97609d.jpg
I then pass the central London landmark of the Post Office Tower, or BT Tower as its now known. It was the tallest building in London until 1980, but as an example of the continuous building here, it is now only ranked 19th tallest in the city. Like the CN Tower in Toronto it had a restaurant at the top that rotated slowly giving great views of the city. However public access was short lived, as on Halloween in 1971 a bomb exploded in the roof of the toilets in the rotating restaurant. Luckily it was at 4.30 am so it was not open and there were no fatalities, but cars and buildings in the blast radius were damaged. Two groups claimed responsibility for the attack, the IRA was one, and the other was the 'Angry Brigade', a far left anarchist group which sounds like they're from a Monty Python sketch. Following the bombing the restaurant was closed for security reasons so we were all robbed of the great views as a result. The building was closed to public completely in 1981 and we've been locked out ever since, but its visible from most parts of central London so its often in my eyeline, and I still want to go up to the top to enjoy the views.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...ca2c166476.jpg
I cycled past the 'Allies' bronzes in Mayfair, of Winston Churchill sharing a bench and a chat with Franklin D Roosevelt.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...1533d8ecd3.jpg
Everyone was basking in the Sunday sun today......
https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...056f6beaf5.jpg
I then head back southwards, stopping off at some impressive brickwork, first at neo-Byzantine Westminster Cathedral, which is the largest Catholic Church in the country.
https://cimg0.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...c787486ae4.jpg
Another impressive piece of brickwork is just across the river from the above, the old offices of Royal Doulton, makers of ceramics used in pipes, toilets and home accessories. Only these offices remain of what was once a huge pottery covering 2 acres that has now been totally redeveloped, but the building that remains is incredibly ornate.
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...9c6b7b8116.jpg
Final photo opportunity along Albert Embankment, and the boat seating is to signify the location as the site of White Hart Docks, where there was a dock/slipway into the river from the 1400-1500's and was the one later used by Royal Doulton.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...3278f4f995.jpg
And I thought that was going to be the end of my post, but then I saw this and a new ending was written.....
https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...cf0bb7c240.jpg

non-fixie 05-08-22 11:52 AM

The weather forecast said "cool and sunny", which implied an excellent riding day.

And it was. We did 65k, in the heart of our country: the region around the city of Utrecht. It is a beautiful area, especially in springtime.

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...07e8386564.jpg

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5b8cf2e38e.jpg

A lot of fortresses in the area. They are part of the "Hollandse Waterlinie", a defense system which was active from the early 1800's to WWII. The concept was based on inundating a large area with two feet of water. Too shallow for boats, too deep for horses and artillery. When we needed it, it didn't work, as the Germans used planes and parachutes. Oh well.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5d4bc358c7.jpg

Couldn't resist an artsy pic:

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...927a4fb5e7.jpg

Riding along the river Vecht into Utrecht is a nice experience. This is where the well-off built their houses:

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...923289b770.jpg

In the city of Utrecht. Coming through!

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...14856252e3.jpg

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...61be3d1a48.jpg

botty kayer 05-08-22 11:52 AM

Bah humbug, utterly foiled as its still page 752, denied!

leftthread 05-08-22 04:17 PM

"Gee, the car seems to be pulling to one side…"


https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikefor...5c2389f1f.jpeg
Yeah, someone probably just dumped it there.


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