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07-12-22, 06:33 PM
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Posted By scratchpaddy

Hanlon's Razor...

Hanlon's Razor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor), a good rule for politics, and online classifieds.
04-26-22, 07:28 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Thank you! Early morning rides on the weekend...

Thank you! Early morning rides on the weekend always put me in a better mood. The light is perfect, and most of the motorists are still in bed.
04-24-22, 03:50 PM
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Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Into the golden sunrise. ...

Into the golden sunrise.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/Schwinn-Prelude/i-Lt93g9p/0/b6f1dbd8/XL/2022-4%20293-XL.jpg...
04-24-22, 02:18 PM
Replies: 19,286
Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

Today I headed east on the Powerline Trail. No...

Today I headed east on the Powerline Trail. No idea why it's called that. :foo:

https://photos.smugmug.com/City/More-Tempe/i-dmTnSNV/0/8571fb0f/XL/2022-4%20288-XL.jpg...
12-29-21, 04:53 PM
Replies: 19,286
Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

Thank you! I used to use a DSLR, but moved on to...

Thank you! I used to use a DSLR, but moved on to mirrorless when Sony came out with the A7 in 2014. I like to adapt old and unusual lenses, and mirrorless cameras have better aids for manual focus....
12-25-21, 04:29 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

A touch of color. ...

A touch of color.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/De-Bernardi/i-gnN8b5Q/0/1c58474a/X2/2021-12%20686-X2.jpg (https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/De-Bernardi/i-gnN8b5Q/0/1c58474a/O/2021-12%20686.jpg)
12-25-21, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19,286
Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

This year, I did my big road trip to see family...

This year, I did my big road trip to see family for Thanksgiving, so I'm left to entertain myself on Christmas. I'm kind of relieved; it's a rotten time to travel on the west coast right now. I did a...
08-31-21, 06:49 PM
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Posted By scratchpaddy

Hopefully you had some pi saved for your return?

Hopefully you had some pi saved for your return?
08-23-21, 07:51 PM
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Views: 1,258
Posted By scratchpaddy

I have had both Paselas and (smooth) GravelKings,...

I have had both Paselas and (smooth) GravelKings, and the Kings were significantly harder to stain, and easier to clean, no worse than blackwall tires, really. I cannot recommend them, though. The...
08-22-21, 01:45 PM
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Posted By scratchpaddy

I still check in on this thread every day. So...

I still check in on this thread every day. So many wonderful sights and stories! Thank you, everyone who shares here!

I still ride ~60 miles a week, but it's the same ride to work and back each...
08-22-21, 01:14 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Mill Avenue bridge ...

Mill Avenue bridge

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/Soma-Smoothie/i-J2qJDdq/0/1ccae98e/X2/2021-8%20140-X2.jpg (https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/Soma-Smoothie/i-J2qJDdq/0/1ccae98e/O/2021-8%20140.jpg)
06-08-21, 06:59 PM
Replies: 21,183
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Posted By scratchpaddy

I guess he just wanted everyone to know how...

I guess he just wanted everyone to know how awesome the bike would be if it included the part he's not selling? :rolleyes:
Probably why the wheels aren't included. They weren't up to his standards....
03-12-21, 04:38 PM
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,030,087
Posted By scratchpaddy

I did a search to find out if Next ever actually...

I did a search to find out if Next ever actually made a bike called "Top Banana," or if that was a custom decal.

Turns out the builder was inspired by an Instructables post, and left a comment...
12-31-20, 12:59 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,898
Posted By scratchpaddy

Good on you for finding a proper Campagnolo group...

Good on you for finding a proper Campagnolo group for your Italian frame. I felt a little guilty putting Shimano on mine, but even Dura-Ace is much easier to find at a price I like.

Bigger is...
12-27-20, 12:09 PM
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Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Very nice. Add some models with tall socks and...

Very nice. Add some models with tall socks and short shorts, and I'd think you'd pulled that from a catalog.
12-26-20, 12:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,898
Posted By scratchpaddy

I hope you're able to find one. I gave up on...

I hope you're able to find one. I gave up on finding a shop willing to do it for me.

The frame was bead blasted before paint was applied, and not all of the tiny glass beads were cleaned out from...
12-25-20, 11:27 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Under McDowell Rd. ...

Under McDowell Rd.

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12-25-20, 11:25 AM
Replies: 19,286
Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

It's sad to not be with family right now, but I...

It's sad to not be with family right now, but I made the best of the morning and went out on the very, very quiet streets. Cloud cover kept the city from cooling down much last night, and it was 50...
12-22-20, 06:28 PM
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Posted By scratchpaddy

NO ONE knows bikes like this guy knows bikes,...

NO ONE knows bikes like this guy knows bikes, it's crazy. Strangely big wheels? Sticker that says, RIGHT ON IT, how tall the rider should be? Now there's a bike that WILL LAST!! The world has NEVER...
11-26-20, 10:25 AM
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Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

Super light traffic this morning. I felt like I...

Super light traffic this morning. I felt like I could run down the middle of the road, no problem. And then I did see a guy doing exactly that. No idea why. Joggers are strange.

Headed down the...
11-22-20, 10:48 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

robertorolfo I love the color scheme on that...

robertorolfo I love the color scheme on that Basso. I need to take mine out again soon.

Early this morning, by the power plant with the other Italian.
...
11-22-20, 10:41 AM
Replies: 19,286
Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

Thanks for the nature fix, Northbend. Not much...

Thanks for the nature fix, Northbend. Not much natural splendor on my ride this morning, but the weather sure is nice!
...
11-20-20, 12:13 PM
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Views: 4,030,087
Posted By scratchpaddy

I tried to read the whole thing, but there's only...

I tried to read the whole thing, but there's only so long I can go without punctuation.
10-11-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/Soma-Smoothie/i-vW...

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/Soma-Smoothie/i-vWX2fc4/0/d1c26cc7/XL/2020-10%20006-XL.jpg (https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/Soma-Smoothie/i-vWX2fc4/0/d1c26cc7/O/2020-10%20006.jpg)
10-11-20, 01:29 PM
Replies: 19,286
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Posted By scratchpaddy

I'm really enjoying the fall colors in all the...

I'm really enjoying the fall colors in all the posts in this thread. That's the one thing I miss from when I lived in Georgia. We're still waiting for fall to show up here. It's still above or near...
09-25-20, 09:22 AM
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Posted By scratchpaddy

To be fair, Saturns in the 90's were all...

To be fair, Saturns in the 90's were all basically one car with three body options and two engine choices: the single cam, or twin cam. One model name, for example, was "SC2", meaning Saturn Coupe,...
09-20-20, 10:32 AM
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Posted By scratchpaddy

Rode the Hot Wheels bike about 30 miles along the...

Rode the Hot Wheels bike about 30 miles along the canals this morning. Smoke still clings to the horizon at dawn here, making for some hazy sunrises.
...
09-20-20, 10:29 AM
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,030,087
Posted By scratchpaddy

What is going on with those handlebars? Did they...

What is going on with those handlebars? Did they collapse from despair?
09-13-20, 09:47 PM
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Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Thanks, Ben! I used a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar...

Thanks, Ben! I used a Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 135mm f/3.5, another plentiful and cheap Communist lens, made in East Germany in the '60's. It's small enough to fit in my little saddle bag. :)
09-13-20, 12:01 PM
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Posted By scratchpaddy

With so much fire along the coast, we're seeing...

With so much fire along the coast, we're seeing smoke even over here in the Phoenix area. Luckily for us, it's mostly way up in the atmosphere. Air quality is still "moderate." That faint red disk is...
09-13-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Under a tepid sun. ...

Under a tepid sun.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/De-Bernardi/i-2zhv6Z8/0/c535b5f1/X2/2020-9%20027-X2.jpg (https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/De-Bernardi/i-2zhv6Z8/0/c535b5f1/O/2020-9%20027.jpg)
08-31-20, 02:01 PM
Replies: 973
Views: 112,881
Posted By scratchpaddy

Smoothie under the highway: ...

Smoothie under the highway:

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/Soma-Smoothie/i-H8CN26G/0/5866c7cb/X2/2018-2%20165-X2.jpg...
08-30-20, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19,286
Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

I finally finished my latest build, starting with...

I finally finished my latest build, starting with a '97 De Bernardi frame and sticking to a very '90's aesthetic. I took it for a 32-mile ride along the river and canals this morning. It's very...
08-30-20, 11:08 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,898
Posted By scratchpaddy

I finished up getting the new stem on, and...

I finished up getting the new stem on, and getting the handlebars / tape re-sorted yesterday, and took my first ride on it today, about 32 miles. I love it! It's very stiff and light. Accelerating is...
08-23-20, 03:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,898
Posted By scratchpaddy

We're going full 90's here. No, really. I have no...

We're going full 90's here. No, really. I have no shame.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Bike/De-Bernardi/i-6rhqv7d/0/43740c3f/XL/2020-8%20083-XL.jpg...
08-18-20, 09:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,898
Posted By scratchpaddy

I just had that 100mm stem in the closet, but...

I just had that 100mm stem in the closet, but after putting it on the bike with those handlebars, I could see it was too long. So, I went back online and found an 80mm quill that looked rough but...
08-13-20, 08:02 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 10,319
Posted By scratchpaddy

Of course newer stuff is objectively better from...

Of course newer stuff is objectively better from a performance standpoint, but personally, I avoid it for aesthetic reasons. Modern bikes are overwhelmingly black and grey. When it comes to...
08-11-20, 08:15 PM
Replies: 19,286
Views: 2,424,437
Posted By scratchpaddy

Today, I ended my longest break from bike riding...

Today, I ended my longest break from bike riding in close to a decade, since I fractured my elbow a few weeks ago in a bike crash. I'm at the point where I need to mobilize the joint, and try and get...
07-27-20, 09:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,898
Posted By scratchpaddy

Welp, the cruel universe delivered my frame...

Welp, the cruel universe delivered my frame today. I broke my arm yesterday, so this little project is sidelined for the next month or two, along with everything else bike-related.

Still, I...
07-22-20, 07:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,898
Posted By scratchpaddy

de Bernardi Build

I've been fighting the itch to build another bike for a while now. I managed to fight it off long enough to sell two others to make room, but I gave in last week and bought a new frame to build up. I...
07-21-20, 08:20 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,364
Posted By scratchpaddy

Quick update on this bike. I eventually put a...

Quick update on this bike. I eventually put a rack on it to make carrying stuff to work and back easier. After about 1,200 miles on the Gravelkings, I got sick of getting flat after flat, and...
08-21-18, 03:55 PM
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,030,087
Posted By scratchpaddy

Excellent idea. I especially like the part where...

Excellent idea. I especially like the part where you get to fall on top of a running chainsaw when the top tube snaps.
02-19-18, 07:56 PM
Replies: 21,183
Views: 4,030,087
Posted By scratchpaddy

Is it a mountain bike set up like a road bike...

Is it a mountain bike set up like a road bike bike set up as a fixie... or is it a road bike set up as a...
set up as...
*head explodes*
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