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Old 03-31-24, 03:39 PM
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I took the Checkpoint for an Easter morning ride up the Minuteman to Bedford Depot Park. It was still breezy, but not nearly as gusty as the past few days.

A lot of other folks were also inspired to enjoy the great weather. In general there were more people on foot than on bikes. Here's one of the busier spots:




Approaching Lexington Center outbound, I encountered this fellow on a bike that seemed to be propelled by pumping the handlebars back and forth, similar to rowing:



I don't recall ever seeing one of those before. It seemed rather awkward - I wonder what the benefit is.

I paused to stretch at the Lexington Visitor's Center:



At 10:30 the restrooms there were open, as was the Center itself.

It was pretty peaceful out in Bedford:




As is often the case, I had Depot Park to myself:



The restrooms in Bedford are still closed for the season. Maybe with April starting tomorrow we'll see them open soon?

The ride home went quickly: I encountered a pair of riders with a slightly faster pace, which inspired me to match their tempo most of the way back.

A pleasant ride.

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Took the Seven for a late-afternoon ride on the Minuteman to Depot Park on Tuesday, and got a little cold drizzle for my pains. Rain, rain, go away, I said.


It's been hard to be a tree lately.


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On Friday, after all that rain, snow, wind, and what-have-you blew out to the Gulf of Maine, I took the LHT and rode East.


The Kurukulla Center's neighbors appeared to be repairing a fence between the two properties. I wonder what the equivalent phrase for "good fences make good neighbors" would sound like in Pali or Tibetan? Might come in handy in this situation. I took the usual devotional photo (bicycle as prayer wheels), taking care that the wind not blow the whole thing over (not without precedent, after all), then got on with an afternoon's riding. Truth was, conditions were somewhat gustier and wetter than I had expected from slavish attention to the weather forecasts. The wind was doing what it could to make trouble with the steering. I had the LHT on this ride because I was aware that in some streets, in some towns, the DPW had been spreading salt like Summer was coming, and, indeed, the treads on the Snoqualmie Pass Extralights became as white as powdered donuts from time to time. I didn't want to expose the fancy modern drive train of the Seven to all those road chemicals, whereas the LHT has been certified HARD TO KILL. Drivers were unusually snarky that afternoon, demonstrating once again that Boston drivers' skills deteriorate in direct proportion to the extent to which they notice WEATHER of any sort; some, I think, figured the day's little earthquake entitled them to BONUS SNARK. I went cranking up the hills and zooming down the hills, the latter a little circumspectly given the delinquent winds and jangled drivers. On average, this was more fun than it sounds. I took no additional photographs, but my legs were happy by the end of the ride and the rubber side stayed down.

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Sunday was a bit more of the same in terms of weather, a boreal breeze that moved mid-40s air around whether you wanted any part of it or not. Still, a bright day, and much of the previously-fallen rain was making its way through whichever watershed it found itself in. I had a little time for a short ride Sunday afternoon, and took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe (a.k.a., Monster Trucker, when sporting 559-55 Compass Rat Trap Pass Extralights). I had taken delivery of this bike on Saturday, after having its MKS Lambda EZ Superior pedals swapped for a new set of MKS Gamma EZ Superior. "EZ Superior" denotes an MKS travel bike affordance for breakaway pedals (only when you want them to), one of the several bits of travel bike trickery built into the Trucker DeLuxe (S&S Couplers, cable splitters, etc.) The joke here, of course, is that I'd never broken the bike down and put it in a suitcase; a story goes with that, but it's worth mentioning in passing that it's not desirable to have EZ Superior pedals fall off the crank arms while you pedal (I did that once, then reread the manual). Another joke arises from the fact that the drop from saddle to handlebar is the longest on this bike compared to any bike in my stable. The story that goes with that is that I told Tyler Oulton, as a general principle of the build, "when in doubt, build it for me the way you'd build it for yourself." I forget about that between rides on this bike and the difference between my Rivendelian practice of running handlebars at saddle height and the power-oriented cockpit geometry of this bike catches me by surprise. Here's a photo of the Trucker DeLuxe during Visiting Hours at Mal's yard, commiserating with a somewhat busted up Tesla and an even more busted Honda.


No parts fell off, so I declared victory and rode home.

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Happy Eclipse day. It wasn't super dramatic in metro Boston, but it did get darker/cooler. I made some pinhole viewers - my wife and I were able to discern the moon taking a varying chunk out of the sun.

Prior to that I got out for a morning ride on the Checkpoint. My planned route was Minuteman to Bedford Depot Park, then Reformatory Branch to Concord. This was my first time taking the Checkpoint on dirt/gravel since I installed the Gravelking SS tires over the winter.

The weather was great as I set out, heading up the MM through Lexington and on to Bedford. At some point I started seeing what, at first glance, appeared to be evenly spaced white rocks along the shoulder. I quickly realized they weren't rocks, they were chunks of snow left over from, I assume, plowing the MM after last week's late season snow. We didn't get enough snow in Arlington for that, but they did further west. In this example they have a rather totem like appearance:




From Bedford I made my way onto the RBT. Initially conditions were good, and the Gravelkings felt great. Here's how it looked for the first mile:



Nice, huh? Well, read on...

Shortly after crossing the cul-de-sac at Lavender Lane, I encountered this:



That's the wettest I have ever seen that section. I rode along the shoulder till I got to a point where there would have been no options other than plunge in or bushwhack. I paused for a moment and debated: should I push on? I could see better conditions up ahead. After considering the likely state of the upcoming regular quagmires in Concord (east of Great Meadows and east of Monument St). and the required post-ride cleanup of bike and rider (no fenders!) I chose to make that my turnaround point.

I made a stop at the Depot on the way back:



As you can see, the bike is not lathered in mud (and neither was I.)

A little bit disappointing, but I am glad I tried and OK with my decision to not go all the way to Concord. I'll give it another shot after a period of dry weather.

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Originally Posted by bike_tom
Happy Eclipse day. It wasn't super dramatic in metro Boston, but it did get darker/cooler. I made some pinhole viewers - my wife and I were able to discern the moon taking a varying chunk out of the sun.

Prior to that I got out for a morning ride on the Checkpoint. My planned route was Minuteman to Bedford Depot Park, then Reformatory Branch to Concord. This was my first time taking the Checkpoint on dirt/gravel since I installed the Gravelking SS tires over the winter.

The weather was great as I set out, heading up the MM through Lexington and on to Bedford. At some point I started seeing what, at first glance, appeared to be evenly spaced white rocks along the shoulder. I quickly realized they weren't rocks, they were chunks of snow left over from, I assume, plowing the MM after last week's late season snow. We didn't get enough snow in Arlington for that, but they did further west. In this example they have a rather totem like appearance:




From Bedford I made my way onto the RBT. Initially conditions were good, and the Gravelkings felt great. Here's how it looked for the first mile:



Nice, huh? Well, read on...

Shortly after crossing the cul-de-sac at Lavender Lane, I encountered this:



That's the wettest I have ever seen that section. I rode along the shoulder till I got to a point where there would have been no options other than plunge in or bushwhack. I paused for a moment and debated: should I push on? I could see better conditions up ahead. After considering the likely state of the upcoming regular quagmires in Concord (east of Great Meadows and east of Monument St). and the required post-ride cleanup of bike and rider (no fenders!) I chose to make that my turnaround point.

I made a stop at the Depot on the way back:



As you can see, the bike is not lathered in mud (and neither was I.)

A little bit disappointing, but I am glad I tried and OK with my decision to not go all the way to Concord. I'll give it another shot after a period of dry weather.

Tom
I think you were wise. I walked part of the Concord section of the RBT over the weekend. Not only were selected sections muddy in an unprepossessing way, the Great Meadows NWR was flooded to an extent I've never seen before: the main trails were submerged. We've got MUD SEASON, and no mistake...

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The GT was back from the shop from its Spring tune-up, having done Winter Bike duty in this somewhat questionable Winter. Aside from a new pair of pedals, the studded Nokian W240 559-47 snow & ice tires were swapped for Rene Herse Humptulips Ridge Extralight 559-55 dual purpose knobbies. Enough had changed to call for a short shake-down ride, so I took it out the Mystic Valley Parkway to see what was what with the bike, and what was what with the Mystic Lakes. The bike itself seemed cheerful.


How to camouflage a red bike.


How to camouflage a pair of ducks: his and hers.


A parliament of fowles, in the Cormorant dialect.


Eclipse time rolled around, and I took the approach of photographing it with the phone's camera (Google Pixel 8 Pro). As I thought it might, all that overstimulation produced interesting image-processing artifacts by the time Mr. Google's computational photography got done with it, rendering tiny abstract solar systems in multiple channels. The things that look like nail parings are, of course, the partially illuminated solar disc.


And now for an animation with 50 more...


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Originally Posted by bike_tom
At some point I started seeing what, at first glance, appeared to be evenly spaced white rocks along the shoulder. I quickly realized they weren't rocks, they were chunks of snow left over from, I assume, plowing the MM after last week's late season snow. We didn't get enough snow in Arlington for that, but they did further west. In this example they have a rather totem like appearance:

I noticed the same evenly spaced lumps of snow somewhere out here in and around Chelmsford, although I can't remember now where that was. Not along the BFRT, as it doesn't get plowed.

I haven't been riding much lately, and not posting here at all for some time, but I did get some short rides in, mainly to reacquaint myself with the Van Dessel in fixed gear configuration, in preparation for the new season at Northeast Velodrome. Which, I mention in passing, will run May through August, and newbies of all ages and experience levels are always welcome.

We spent Eclipse Day on I-93 and I-89 with tens of thousands of our fellow Metro Bostonians, but it was all worth it for the spectacular celestial show. At St. Johnsbury, VT for us, and we were very impressed with the level of preparation and organization that this small town had put into it.



In bike-related news, we parked near this not very encouraging sight:



But I understand this is to direct bikers to the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail terminus, near that massive white road salt shelter in the background. Something to be explored another time, perhaps.

Yesterday afternoon, I finally got my first ride of the month in. I decided to get a few dinner necessities at Donelan's supermarket in Acton, just so I could toss the bike in the trunk and go up and down the BFRT a little bit, too. As far as Route 225, or only about 7 miles out and back. A short ride, in shorts, and short sleeves, for which it is also finally the season again. No pictures but I can report that a porta-potty has reappeared at the trail kiosk behind Donelan's, opposite from where it used to be in previous years.
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Originally Posted by EVlove
We spent Eclipse Day on I-93 and I-89 with tens of thousands of our fellow Metro Bostonians, but it was all worth it for the spectacular celestial show. At St. Johnsbury, VT for us, and we were very impressed with the level of preparation and organization that this small town had put into it.
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Originally Posted by rholland1951
Eclipse time rolled around, and I took the approach of photographing it with the phone's camera (Google Pixel 8 Pro). As I thought it might, all that overstimulation produced interesting image-processing artifacts by the time Mr. Google's computational photography got done with it, rendering tiny abstract solar systems in multiple channels. The things that look like nail parings are, of course, the partially illuminated solar disc.


And now for an animation with 50 more...
very cool!
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Originally Posted by bike_tom
Shortly after crossing the cul-de-sac at Lavender Lane, I encountered this:


That's the wettest I have ever seen that section. I rode along the shoulder till I got to a point where there would have been no options other than plunge in or bushwhack. I paused for a moment and debated: should I push on? I could see better conditions up ahead. After considering the likely state of the upcoming regular quagmires in Concord (east of Great Meadows and east of Monument St). and the required post-ride cleanup of bike and rider (no fenders!) I chose to make that my turnaround point.
A little bit disappointing, but I am glad I tried and OK with my decision to not go all the way to Concord. I'll give it another shot after a period of dry weather.
wow!
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The Rivendell Appaloosa just had its turn for a pedal upgrade, along with a little opportunistic tweaking of the new drive train, so I took it out for a shakedown ride on the Minuteman. It was extremely pleasant to ride, rolling gracefully with its long-wheelbase steel frame and 55mm Fleecer Ridge Extralights. Lots of momentum; once it's up to speed, it's going to keep going.


I stopped by Battle Road Bikes and had a chat with Pete, who had stepped out of the shop to take a break. Pete made the rebuild happen for the Appaloosa. Thanks, Pete! That turned out well!


The Mile 4.0 Cairn Builders are at it again, this time with a miniature triad. Yet another gestalt projection screen from the Neolithic. Those folks keep the Minuteman supplied with totems; one can mythologize at one's leisure..


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Saturday afternoon I took the Rivendell Rambouillet and rode East.


The Rambouillet reminded me just what a rideable bike it is, in the first few minutes. Its role in the evolution of Rivendell has been documented elsewhere, but suffice to say that it represented Grant Petersen's views about what was missing in the road bikes of the day, and (with the Atlantis) was a departure from Rivendell's custom shop business model. It screamed up and down hills, and danced with the wind (SW today) with no loss of control. The 32mm Stampede Pass Extralights were up to the job; it occurred to me that it had been a while since I had ridden 32mm tires, so it was good to renew my acquaintance with them. They went scampering over the broken pavement that often characterizes the streets of Arlington, Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham carrying this route. And they were sure-footed in the wet pavement which the rain showers of the early afternoon provided. And, of course, the newly-installed MKS Gamma pedals with Monarch Wings only helped with sure-footedness.


Meanwhile, just across the Melrose line, sunny skies and dry pavement prevailed. So it went as the afternoon proceeded.


Climbs and descents as usual, dodgy drivers as usual, but kinda what this ride is for.. And it's a good proving ground for bikes, helps me understand what they can and can't do, whether those are new-to-me bikes, or old friends encountered after long absence.


When I found this bike (in Bikes Not Bombs, where some charitable soul had donated it), I made a few changes, including swapping the down tube shifters for Suntour Power Ratchet bar end shifters. It had been a while since I have had the pleasure of using those, and enjoyed the nearly random access to gear ratios that they gave me, smooth as butter.


After a productive day on the bike, I rode home, pausing to admire the sunset over the Mystic River as I crossed from West Medford to East Arlington. Good ride today.


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Got out for a Patriots Day ride to Bedford this morning.

My arrival in Lexington coincided with a patriotic gathering there:




For a change, there were quite a few cyclists at Depot Park:




And the news you've all been waiting for: the bathrooms at Bedford are now open for the season!




The ride back was pleasant and uneventful, except for this garbage truck that decided to block the path at Fletcher Ave Lexington:



I managed to pass by on the far left. If you look to the left of the truck, you can just make out a golf cart that is barely squeezing past the truck. For some reason, there was a number of (gas powered) carts zipping around the Minuteman in Lexington at midday. Here's that same cart about to cross Woburn St:



I was glad the cart turned off the MM there, as it was stinky.

Other than that minor issue, it was a great ride.

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So, the week began with the Battle of Menotomy, an insurrection with time travelers. Some of the time travelers had bicycles.


After we got that sorted, I was able to take the Rambouillet out for a spin on the Minuteman Monday afternoon. Lots of people were using the Patriots Day vacation the way Nature intended, by getting a little fresh air. I got mine.


A bottle deposit wrangler was working, reminding us that the bicycle is an engine of commerce in some circles. Good to be reminded of that from time to time.


Meanwhile, the Mile 4.0 Cairn Builders are still thinking small, but small allows them more room for their creatures to hobnob and frolic.


Ah, the life of a totem...

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Tom, I think the golf cart people were affiliated with the Tough Ruck race. We've seen that before.

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Tom, I think the golf cart people were affiliated with the Tough Ruck race. We've seen that before.

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Hey Rod. Tough Ruck 2024 was yesterday, April 14th: https://www.toughruck.org/
I saw the golf carts zipping back and forth from the gathering at the Visitor's Center, so I associated them with that.

Tough Ruck does explain the full trash bins and the water stations I saw along the MM today.
They must have had a tough ruck indeed traversing the flooded Reformatory Trail.

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I was too busy to take advantage of the weather yesterday, and a little grumpy about that, too. But today, assignments dried up around 2pm, and so I took the Bianchi and rode south (with my apologies to Rod).

Rode south on the BFRT further than I had since October, in fact, to the Powder Mill Rd terminus in W. Concord.



I had done the southbound leg at a pretty good clip (track season is little more than two weeks away!) but now gave myself more time for the return. Rolling into the parking lot at NARA Park, an ornamental cherry tree in full bloom was impossible to miss. It occurred to me that my old friend Bianchi-san might want to admire the sakura.



Moments later, two 70-something (if I had to guess) ladies came walking up to the see the blossoms and I suggested I could take their picture with the tree, which they were glad to accept.

The park was vacation-week lively, the beach volleyball season had begun, and the permanent bathrooms were open. You may remember that the boardwalk was being rebuilt over the winter. Well, it is finished, looking splendid, and was being used by no less than five teenagers with fishing rods (when did fishing become trendy? or is this actually a sign of food insecurity?).


And so I walked my bike around the pond once more, rejoined the BFRT, and cranked home, past Heart Pond beach in Chelmsford, which was likewise being enjoyed by a young swimmer (brr!), another girl with a fishing rod who couldn't have been older than 12, three guys setting off in a kayak, and several sunbathers.

29.1 miles, my longest ride since, well, that last time I went on this same route, in October.
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Wednesday was cool and breezy, but with plenty of sunshine. Good day for a ride, if you dressed for it.


I took the 1982 Specialized Sequoia out for a dance in the wind. This was really a re-do of yesterday's shakedown cruise, which had resulted in something very like bicycle chain origami, as a result of a naive shift or two on my part. After a little counseling from the Battle Road Bikes guys, I was playing nice with the brifters, and the chain was playing nice with me.


I got into an incremental shifting groove with the brifters, and tooled along at something like maximum efficiency. Cf. the random-access shifts with the Suntour friction shifters. Glad I don't have to choose one or the other for all time. Today I was having fun being efficient. The 35mm Bon Jon Pass Extralight tires make me smile whenever I ride this bike. And they have a contact patch big enough to help with the wind.



The Bike Stop caught fire last May. Ever since, some of us have been waiting for a sign of what's to come, now that repairs seem complete.


Recently, we were given a sign. It said "For Rent". Uh-oh.


Rode home taking a little extra care with the Winslow Street wind tunnel. The bike managed just fine.

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Thursday was cold (spoiled already!), windy, and gray. It was also forecast to be wet, but was drier than that when I set out.


I took the Rivendell Appaloosa, spinning out to Lexington Center on big, comfortable Fleecer Ridge 700c x 55mm tires and a long wheelbase. It seemed to be designed on the principle that if you keep pedaling, you'll get there. In its current incarnation, it's a touring bike. I snapped this photo because it captures the spreading decline of greenery in Arlington's Great Meadow. This is not normal, in my opinion.
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A minute or so after turning around at Woburn Street, I began to feel cold rain drops. This started as drizzle, but worked its way to an honest shower... and cold! Along the way, I encountered another (?) bottle deposit wrangler. He gave me a look that reminded me of something a Chinese gold farmer said to me in a text message during a World of Warcraft session, several lifetimes ago: "You do this for fun?"


Yup.

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I decided to ride over to Charlestown this morning. My route made use of the Minuteman, Alewife Linear Park, and the Somerville Community Path.

It was relatively quiet. Here's the older section of the Somerville Path near the small artsy display garden:




Every time I encounter this steep grade, it amazes me that they actually built the Extension this way:




Across the river from the Boston Garden and North Station:




A nice view of downtown from the Charlestown waterfront:




I continued on the Harborwalk a bit further than I have in the past, following as it curved north to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. I was rewarded with this vantage of the Tobin Bridge:




So many things to see: these trucks were from a company that supplies vehicles for movie and television production. I wondered what they were going to film:




Returning on the Community Path I enjoyed the climb and the subsequent downhill side of the roller coaster:




Overall a pleasant 16 miles or so. The Checkpoint was a good companion for this route, though I must admit that riding clipless pedals does induce some angst in the tighter urban situations.

Later in the day my wife and I got booster shots of the revised Covid vaccine that we first got last fall. At this point I've lost track of how many times I've been jabbed. As usual after getting the vaccine, I'm starting to feel a little tired and achy. Its probably all in my head (something has to be...)

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Friday, I rode the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle out the Minuteman to Battle Road Bikes, to take its turn getting its pedals swapped for something wider. Along the way, we stopped to talk to Sam, who was zany as usual. He was making eyes at the Bible Study ladies who were making their pitch in the park across the street.


One good sign deserves another. Perhaps I was too hasty jumping to conclusions about "For Rent"... Perhaps the Bike Stop will arise, phoenix-like, from the ashes. That'd be nice.


The Ebisu will have its MKS Lambda pedals swapped for larger MKS Gammas, which will be further extended with "Monarch wings", Rivendelian pixie talk for outriggers to extend the width of the pedals. Works well with my 13EEE shoes. I've been using the setup on the Sam Hillborne for the better part of the year, and decided it was time to take the plunge with the other bikes. This involves ferrying bikes to the shop for a simple procedure I should be performing myself, but I'm discovering that retirement has brought out a great capacity for laziness that I didn't know I had. And things get done fast this way... and done right, to boot.


So I dropped off the Ebisu, which I really, really enjoyed riding after half a year off it, at least, and picked up the Rawland Nordavinden, to ride home.

The Ebisu I built up myself, and it suffered for that, but I learned a lot, and eventually Pete at Battle Road Bikes rebuilt it and it's still smiling about that. The Nordavinden was built up to my specs by Tyler Oulton, and I think of him whenever I ride it. It has a lively frame, with a heat-treated top tube, a light steel tubeset, and a very low-trail geometry. I had to preload the needle-bearing headset to cure a fierce case of high-speed shimmy (which made descending High Street, Medford, ever so much more interesting...); but that was before I caught the lazies, and I managed the trick: shimmy begone! I took the Nordavinden's picture against the BRB mural, and then rode it out on the Minuteman.


The Nordavinden was a joy to ride. Always has been, ever since I fixed the shimmy. Stopped at Peepers Pond to pay my respects to the swans and the frogs, then rolled away home.


So, fun with supple 32mm tires... Spring is here!

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Pretty much as soon as the rain blew out to sea on Saturday, I put the Rivendell Sam Hillborne back in the rotation and rode East.


This was the more-or-less-weekly-hills-and-traffic-drill on the paved roads through the Fells Escarpment, zipping up and down hills through Arlington, Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham, with options on Winchester, Woburn, Wakefield, and Saugus. Traffic was moderate and the pavement dried rapidly.


The jets d'eau were back in operation on the Fellsmere pond, dancing like apsaras, the reward for traversing a particularly long sequence of hills.
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The clouds returned and departed over the course of the afternoon, occasionally bestowing a few raindrops, but never too much. As I contemplated the clouds over High Street, Medford, on my way home, I marveled at the lifetimes spent collectively by artists trying to learn to paint them.


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The Nobilette had been hibernating over the Winter, but its number for a pedal upgrade came up, and I took it on a shakedown cruise to try out the new pedals and get reacquainted with the bike.


Mark Nobilette created the frame and fork from a Columbus TSX tubeset, most likely in the early 1990s. I came by the frame via another member of the IBOB list. Tyler Oulton, who was a friend of the project who considered the frameset a work of art, contributed a Campingnolo headset, I marshaled some favorite parts, from MKS, Paul, Suntour, Shimano, etc. Pete at Battle Road Bikes built the wheels and laid hands on pretty much every part of the assembly. The bike rolls on 28mm Rene Herse Chinook Pass Extralights, which make their way across dirt roads or broken pavement with a certain delicacy. This bicycle is agile and quick, and wants me to run it. Fenders won't fit with the 28s, so it's a fair-weather bike, but that's ok. I speced the build with a 9-speed triple crank, with a sport-touring bike in mind. I rolled it up to Lexington Center and back on the Minuteman, exercising the pedals, of course, and worked through its gamut of shifts with the Suntour Power Ratchet friction shifters. It passed every test I gave it (not to mention several other bicycles), and was loads of fun in the process.


When I first set out on the bike Sunday afternoon, rolling up Broadway on the way to the Minuteman, I noticed another cyclist on a road bike drafting me. After several blocks, he peeled off to make a left turn, saying as he went, "That's a beautiful vintage bike!" I'd have to agree.

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Rode the 1982 Specialized Sequoia into Arlington Center to attend a Bikeway Block Party meeting with Jim Caidenhead. I took the Sequoia because it has no decals, and so is presumably a lower-profile target for bike thieves when locked to a rack on the street, or so the theory goes. I've been told the thieves are after things with batteries these days, so maybe all that closely-argued security logic is just a waste of neurotransmitters. In any event, here's a photo of the bike, parked in front of a Greek Revival house that still survives on Broadway in East Arlington. Nice looking place, and matches the bike. Note the New Wave parking meter.


After the sit-down-and-talk-about-it portion of the meeting, Jim and I rolled out on the Minuteman, scouting possible event locations. We rode from the Cambridge line to the Lexington line, getting a good sense of the Arlington spots. Good day for it.


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