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Old 05-23-19, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
A couple of times. But keep in mind that "The Hawk" has a dark side. Which direction are you planning on riding it?
The route says we are going up from the East and coming back the way we went up. I imagine that's the better way with a road bike??

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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Around the corner from my building. Clearly operator error.

Maybe they took the rest of the bike with them and just needed to park the front wheel??
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
The route says we are going up from the East and coming back the way we went up. I imagine that's the better way with a road bike??

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That's the "easy" way. Coming from PA 895 is known as the Dark Side. I have never been up it, but people I know who have done it say it's brutal. Shame you are not riding Mountain Rd. between Wanamakers and Hawk Mountain Rd. at mile 59 of your map. It's really pretty back there. The BCP used to have a club ride from the T-Town swap meet to Hawk Mountain that went that way.
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Old 05-23-19, 11:16 AM
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Ooops.
Rim looks pretty darn clean for a city bike, and the tire and reflector look new. Wonder if they thought they were safe with the bolt on wheel.

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Old 05-23-19, 11:25 AM
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That's the "easy" way. Coming from PA 895 is known as the Dark Side. I have never been up it, but people I know who have done it say it's brutal. Shame you are not riding Mountain Rd. between Wanamakers and Hawk Mountain Rd. at mile 59 of your map. It's really pretty back there. The BCP used to have a club ride from the T-Town swap meet to Hawk Mountain that went that way.
I will investigate both of those areas we are not hitting on this ride and consider them for next time. The issue is my club is really based on West Chester and going from there to Hawk Mountain and back is really a 2 day event, and our rides are supposed to be one day.

To make it one day, we have to start closer to the destination, which is what we are doing starting in Pottstown.
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To make it one day, we have to start closer to the destination, which is what we are doing starting in Pottstown.
There's no harm in driving to a ride start. I used to lead a lot of rides from Hunterdon County in NJ. Would start at Lambertville, Bulls Island and even Frenchtown. I hate doing the same old roads over and over again.
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The cable lock I've owned for 25 years didn't make the cut. Neither did the rims, tires, front panniers( the gifter wasn't sure they would last the two days I needed them for). The three folding tires and two new in box innertubes went into my personal item, along with the two saddles and the new helmet, which were already there. Are innertubes allowed in carry on?
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There's no harm in driving to a ride start. I used to lead a lot of rides from Hunterdon County in NJ. Would start at Lambertville, Bulls Island and even Frenchtown. I hate doing the same old roads over and over again.
I agree 100%. Issue is that 90% of my rides are club/group rides (something that we differ on as you seem to go mostly solo) and most of my clubmates prefer a start in West Chester or as close as possible. So it's a compromise.
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Around the corner from my building. Clearly operator error.

That's wheelie sad.
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Twenty years ago at this very moment I was on Amtrak's Broadway Limited heading to Chicago, where I would change to the Empire Builder for Seattle, WA to start my cross country trek (riding a Cannondale) home.
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Twenty years ago at this very moment I was on Amtrak's Broadway Limited heading to Chicago, where I would change to the Empire Builder for Seattle, WA to start my cross country trek (riding a Cannondale) home.
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Here comes the rain again.
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Here comes the rain again.
There was at least a 40 kt wind front on what just came through here and we're under a tornado warning.
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Ooops.
Yeah oops. They forgot to take the reflector.

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I'll make sure to increase my dark chocolate intake for a Mg boost.
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Why does everyone seem to think the rubber on the tire is structural? Just because there are cracks or deformities in the tread/rubber does NOT mean the tire is at risk of imminent asplosion.

Don't people know it's the casing (threads) that keep the tire from going pop?
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Why does everyone seem to think the rubber on the tire is structural? Just because there are cracks or deformities in the tread/rubber does NOT mean the tire is at risk of imminent asplosion.

Don't people know it's the casing (threads) that keep the tire from going pop?
Are you NEW here? There is no logic the the greater 41. It's either, just fine or it's gonna asplode, regardless of what material is being discussed.
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Why does everyone seem to think the rubber on the tire is structural? Just because there are cracks or deformities in the tread/rubber does NOT mean the tire is at risk of imminent asplosion.

Don't people know it's the casing (threads) that keep the tire from going pop?
Hey now - not everyone.
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