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Old 12-04-15, 04:12 AM
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
The Good-Did my first dusk into night MTB ride of the season tonight. I rode from Bethpage up the GreenBelt to the Tower Loop and did a lap. Lovely sunset and evening, just cool enough, whiff of woodsmoke in the air......
The Bad- I bent my derailleur hanger YET AGAIN when a pencil sized twig got sucked up into the chain. A friend has an alignment tool he has used once in 20 years. I've had to borrow it 4x at which point I made my own, and used that tonight for the second time at least. It's my curse. Thank God my MTBs are steel.
I think you can still buy aluminum replaceable derailleur bolts. I had one on my Klein roadbikes. You carry a spare. The derailleur snags, the bolt snaps. you then use a 6mm Allen key, remove the bolt on the derailleur, just not sure if the threaded part in the hanger was 6mm, think so. It was designed to be field replaceable. Fortunately never had to use it.

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Old 12-04-15, 09:07 AM
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LightingGuy,

I'm definitely going to look into that! My one bike that least needs it has a replaceable hanger (Cannondale road tandem).
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Just picked up the new, crash replacement, helmet. Thanks to Brands for making it easy.

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Forget the helmet, show us pics of that Sun Distributor Machine!!!!!
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Originally Posted by johnnywhale
Forget the helmet, show us pics of that Sun Distributor Machine!!!!!
State of the Art for 1962


and I use it.
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I'd put that in my living room! Of course, I'm already divorced.....
Awesome.
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I'd put that in my living room! Of course, I'm already divorced.....
Awesome.
As you can see, I rebuild Bosch distributors.
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Old 12-07-15, 01:26 PM
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Got a 60 miler in sunday on the newly repainted and built up gunnar. It was going to sit on the trainer all winter, but it was such a nice day for a re-breaking in of an old friend. Then in the afternoon, took my 7 yo son and met a friend and his son and we did a 4.3 mile MTB ride. Twas a good day to be on a bike
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Indian Summer in December continues.....back to back 46 miler AA rides, still on the tandem! I'll take it as long as it lasts. But now I get to work for 30 out of 48 hours.

OldnSlow, are you on the mend?
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
OldnSlow, are you on the mend?
Nope.. left should is messed up. Got a appointment with the orthopedist tomorrow. Already had a CAT scan but think they will do a MRI next.

It's been a bad November and December doesn't look any better.
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Look at the bright side

This is the season where you would be typically be slowing down anyway. Better to have this happen now then in June. I'm only stating this as I recall my bike collision with a kneecap fracture on a wonderful December day of 58 degrees last year.

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First ride since my crash... nice and easy pace.. I did 11 miles on the MTB.
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OldnSlow, glad to hear you are back in the saddle.

As for me, 35 on the road bike, in mid December, in shorts & summer jersey. Amazing.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
mid December, in shorts & summer jersey. Amazing.
global warming
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since the road bike was cleaned and put away, i used the MTB and drove to Stillwell and did a few loops. Then drove to Bethpage and rode some single track.

18 miles of fun and being outside.

Hard to believe I was wearing a sleeveless base layer, short sleeve shirt and shorts on December 12th.
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Good to hear you were out. 18 miles in the woods, you must be healing up pretty well.

Today was fantastic. We/I are going to stay on the road until the "summer" ends. There will be plenty of time for fat tires.
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The weather has been unbelievable as of late.

Thursday 12/10 - started to feel sick but it was so nice I had to get out there. Did an extended lunch ride 40 miles but I think made my cold a bit worse, since I was feeling pretty crappy on friday.



Saturday 12/12 was a trail run early and then an afternoon MTB ride with the boy. It was unbelievably nice again. shorts weather

Sunday morning 7:30 am 2.5 hours in Hither Woods with the Sunday AM group. Tt was 55 degrees at 7:30am. Crazy. Just too bad I like to ski too and its beginning to look like a lost year for the east coast.

Got a group night ride wed. Looking forward to a night ride, haven't been on any since last winter..
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It won't snow this winter, trust me. After borrowing & borrowing, I finally bought a pair of snowshoes. There you go.

CLaw, do you do night road rides? The idea intrigues me but I think Long Island just isn't the place I want to do it. I do a lot of night riding in the woods come winter, however. Not nearly cold enough yet.
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Originally Posted by kaos joe
It won't snow this winter, trust me. After borrowing & borrowing, I finally bought a pair of snowshoes. There you go.

CLaw, do you do night road rides? The idea intrigues me but I think Long Island just isn't the place I want to do it. I do a lot of night riding in the woods come winter, however. Not nearly cold enough yet.
No, no road riding at night. MTB trail riding only.
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15 miles on the MTB. 62*, so just shorts and a short sleeve shirt.

December 15, this is nuts.
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"62*, so just shorts and a short sleeve shirt.December 15, this is nuts."

Maybe it's karmic payback for last year.

I had to do useful stuff, and walk the old hound, so only 30 on the road today.
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I was really tempted to use the road bike. But I tore it down and cleaned everything two weeks ago. I then dropped it off at the LBS to have a real mechanic give it a once over and all he found was one brake pad needed to be moved. There's no reason I couln't use it other than being anal that I wanted it clean for winter storage.

Anyhow i have the MTB and while it's twice the weight of the road bike, I still got a good workout.

And MTBs should be dirty. If you see a clean one, then the owner doesn't ride it.
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I rarely ride my CF Trek "go-fast" or my sentimental favorite Atlantis tourer in winter, once grit and salt are all over the roads. I have a winter bike, a Soma DoubleCross which I built up with old 8 speed parts I had lying around. If it's sloppy out, I have a set of SKS fenders that go on in 5 minutes with wing nuts. The Soma is actually a really nice riding rig, and dollar for dollar is clearly the best bike bargain I've ever found.

I met a guy today on my way home on a Surly CrossCheck he was trying to sell for $600 (thankfully too big for me), but something like that is a great winter road bike.
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Yeah, Iwas going to say, "No winter road bike ?", come on OldnSlow, get with the program.
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Is there still a trail from Jericho Turnpike all the way down to the Bethpage Bikeway?
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