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11-04-15, 08:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,408
Posted By MarkoPolo

Well since it's a flat ride just put it in the...

Well since it's a flat ride just put it in the gear you think you'll need and ride it as a fixed gear the whole way! Derailleurs are overrated. ;)
11-04-15, 02:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,408
Posted By MarkoPolo

You've forgotten a key aspect... it's one of the...

You've forgotten a key aspect... it's one of the flattest 50 mile rides you could possibly do. This of course makes it possible to attempt a tasting at every winery without suffering (ccorlew, I'm...
07-20-15, 10:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 898
Posted By MarkoPolo

I just did the Crater Lake rim last week. There...

I just did the Crater Lake rim last week. There is quite a lot of climbing, including some long grades of 8-10%, so I would never want to do it on a commuter. There are almost no flat spots on the...
04-15-13, 01:02 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Took a solo ride out Carmel Valley Road and then...

Took a solo ride out Carmel Valley Road and then up to the top of Robinson Canyon Road - about a 7 mile climb through a narrow wooded canyon at the bottom and then opening up to some nice vistas. The...
03-20-13, 12:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 727
Posted By MarkoPolo

Here's my favorite Monterey Loop to take visitors...

Here's my favorite Monterey Loop to take visitors to the area as it optimizes staying close to the water. The first few miles follow a busy multiUse trail, but the rest are on roads with not too much...
01-07-13, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Nice to finally meet the proprietor of the...

Nice to finally meet the proprietor of the mountain!
12-31-12, 10:25 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Actually, I have an even crazier scheme in mind...

Actually, I have an even crazier scheme in mind for us. We can turn it into a self-supported century loop by going out Highway 68, down River Road, and climb it from the opposite direction. :eek:

...
12-30-12, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Today was one of those "probably bit of more than...

Today was one of those "probably bit of more than I can chew" days... From Carmel, I headed Southeast on Carmel Valley Road with the vague idea of seeing if I could make the top of Cahoon Summit,...
12-01-12, 02:32 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,454
Posted By MarkoPolo

Can't we act like Europeans who actually drink...

Can't we act like Europeans who actually drink good beer. I'd rather be a drunk crazy Belgian... Not that there is a shortage.
12-01-12, 02:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 890
Posted By MarkoPolo

"Once giants lived in the earth, Conan. And in...

"Once giants lived in the earth, Conan. And in the darkness of chaos, they fooled Crom, and they took from him the enigma of steel. Crom was angered, and the earth shook. Fire and Wind struck down...
11-15-12, 12:37 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Not quite the weekend, but the sky was beautiful...

Not quite the weekend, but the sky was beautiful early this morning on my loop through Pebble Beach...

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww105/MarkoPolo33/LoneCypressinAM1.jpg


It was one of...
11-07-12, 08:58 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,156
Posted By MarkoPolo

Great to see and ride with Curtis, Tricia and...

Great to see and ride with Curtis, Tricia and Rich on a beautiful day. I particularly like the "ride a few miles, taste some wine... ride a few miles, take a rest... ride a few miles, taste some more...
10-26-12, 11:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,156
Posted By MarkoPolo

But's it the Giro d;VINO... There's no law that...

But's it the Giro d;VINO... There's no law that says you have to put coffee in that thermos.:innocent:

Sweet commuter by the way!
10-12-12, 10:34 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 10,813
Posted By MarkoPolo

Thanks for the kind words and the concern, but...

Thanks for the kind words and the concern, but it's an extra tall Nitto stem, so it was at least half an inch below the "not safe" line. It's also lower now. This photo was from day one setup before...
10-11-12, 11:28 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 10,813
Posted By MarkoPolo

Here's my contribution - white Tommasini... ...

Here's my contribution - white Tommasini...

http://i710.photobucket.com/albums/ww105/MarkoPolo33/Tommasini2.jpg
10-07-12, 04:37 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,156
Posted By MarkoPolo

Jeez those guys are handsome! :innocent: ...

Jeez those guys are handsome! :innocent:

With shorter mileage and even more wineries on the route than last year, Curtis you'll have a harder time tasting at each one. 3 tasting stops in the...
06-27-12, 07:55 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 9,831
Posted By MarkoPolo

Heal quickly friend.

Heal quickly friend.
06-21-12, 11:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 854
Posted By MarkoPolo

Never let the facts get in the way of a good...

Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.
06-18-12, 08:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,897
Posted By MarkoPolo

No chrome anywhere. But the seat stay caps are...

No chrome anywhere. But the seat stay caps are painted white to match the panels.
06-18-12, 08:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,897
Posted By MarkoPolo

While he works in steel, Dave is still a...

While he works in steel, Dave is still a practical modernist. I don't recall seeing any Kirk's with threaded stems. There may be one out there, but in the short discussion we had about stems, his...
06-17-12, 06:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,897
Posted By MarkoPolo

Thank you for the kind offer. I'll PM you. ...

Thank you for the kind offer. I'll PM you.

I thought about a painted stem for a minute or two but quickly discarded the idea. While there is no doubt they can be beautiful, in my mind it felt...
06-17-12, 05:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 854
Posted By MarkoPolo

Thanks for the kind words. We can definitely do a...

Thanks for the kind words. We can definitely do a ride soon. You need to see bikingshearer's new/old Cooper with the shiny new paint job too!



I got the HED wheels last fall and had them on my...
06-15-12, 12:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,897
Posted By MarkoPolo

As I mentioned below they are Llewellen lugs....

As I mentioned below they are Llewellen lugs. Thanks for noticing the gold chain and green plugs. I was afraid it would be to much bling, but it works with the gold pinstripes in the lugs. Even...
06-15-12, 12:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,897
Posted By MarkoPolo

The discussions were around my needs on a bike......

The discussions were around my needs on a bike... lots of physical measurements, how I ride, what it was for, etc... Dave is very clear what type of frames he builds, but there options. Biggest...
06-15-12, 10:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,897
Posted By MarkoPolo

MarkoPolo gets a new Kirk

I posted this in the NorCal forum, but gomango suggested I crosspost it here, as you might also appreciate the story and pics...

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So this is kind of a long story...
06-15-12, 10:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 854
Posted By MarkoPolo

Thanks! If I was going to add a special...

Thanks! If I was going to add a special compartment it would be for that special hidden motor to help me climb your mountain!
06-15-12, 10:10 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 854
Posted By MarkoPolo

Thanks gomango. Dave actually posted the unbuilt...

Thanks gomango. Dave actually posted the unbuilt frame photos on Serotta/Paceline already, and I added my pics, but it's hidden in The Showcase forum. Here's the thread...
06-15-12, 01:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 854
Posted By MarkoPolo

MarkoPolo gets a new Kirk

So this is kind of a long story (about 16 months long)...

In February of 2011, Bigbossman and I made a trip to Austin TX to listen to guitar blues, drink cheap well drinks, and ride with some...
04-16-12, 11:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 515
Posted By MarkoPolo

Yep, I'll be there. You'll undoubtedly find me...

Yep, I'll be there. You'll undoubtedly find me somewhere near the back of the pack of the longer Gran Fondo on Saturday. :rolleyes:
03-05-12, 11:12 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Crap, I can barely manage 15 MPH on my 12 mile...

Crap, I can barely manage 15 MPH on my 12 mile commute to work! Nicely done young man. You are a stud.
02-08-12, 01:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 410
Posted By MarkoPolo

It doesnt really follow the coastline closely,...

It doesnt really follow the coastline closely, but similar to bigben's route, I like Old Santa Cruz to Summit and then San Jose Rd to Capitola (Gayle's in Capitola is highly recommended for refuel...
01-12-12, 01:17 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

To send this thread even farther of the rails,...

To send this thread even farther of the rails, one of the most memorable exchanges I had about 15 years ago with one of my pre-teen sons...

Son, "Dad, how come you're not cool?"
My wife in an...
01-08-12, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

With the glorious non-winter weather we're...

With the glorious non-winter weather we're enjoying, Saturday I thought I'd test my decidedly winter climbing legs in the Santa Cruz mountains. Up Hwy 9 from Saratoga to Skyline and down a very...
11-28-11, 10:30 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Not everyone forgot their camera... ...

Not everyone forgot their camera...

http://gallery.mac.com/markkaufmann/100240/IMG_0250/web.jpg?ver=13225406510001

bikingshearer AND his new Eisentraut - "Gleaming in the sun..."

It really...
11-21-11, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Not a bad looking ride - if you like that...

Not a bad looking ride - if you like that worn-out, 30 year old steel sort of thing... :D

Now if it were only about 5 or 6 centimeters smaller a regular sized person could ride it!

Seriously,...
10-22-11, 06:18 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,325
Posted By MarkoPolo

Its all relative. You'll still be waiting for me...

Its all relative. You'll still be waiting for me at the top!
10-21-11, 11:47 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,325
Posted By MarkoPolo

This sounds like too good a group to pass up, so...

This sounds like too good a group to pass up, so I'm in too. Although I'm with Curtis and already considering the junction bail-out route.
10-20-11, 10:14 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,088
Posted By MarkoPolo

Yep, I'm always up for 100K of sarcasm and...

Yep, I'm always up for 100K of sarcasm and abuse... The RidewithGPS data that LanceOldstrong and Midland posted for last year's 100k boasts 336 feet of climbing. I'll be doing lots of driveway...
10-17-11, 10:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,088
Posted By MarkoPolo

Rode this 2 years ago and signed up again for the...

Rode this 2 years ago and signed up again for the 100k this year. There are more wine/rest stops than needed. If I stopped to taste at half of them, I'd be wobbling the last 20k! :twitchy:

I think...
10-04-11, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By MarkoPolo

As in, I want to climb "None of the...

As in, I want to climb "None of the above!"
10-04-11, 10:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 715
Posted By MarkoPolo

I'm fairly sure the the correct answer is "None...

I'm fairly sure the the correct answer is "None of the above"! :eek:
09-08-11, 10:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,549
Posted By MarkoPolo

Here's my Tommasini in Pearl white with mostly...

Here's my Tommasini in Pearl white with mostly black accents. Current saddle is now a white Regal (ala Bigbossman).
...
07-22-11, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

I'll second Bikingshearer. It is a really...

I'll second Bikingshearer. It is a really beautiful ride and the bulk of the climbing is early. Plus the bike path part is a nice stretch. Here's the link to the Ride with GPS map...
...
07-12-11, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

I've been exploring more of the Santa Cruz Mtns...

I've been exploring more of the Santa Cruz Mtns recently. Saturday from Saratoga I climbed up Hwy 9 to the junction with Skyline; then the long downhill on 9 through Boulder Creek to Felton for a...
07-12-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

You are the master of understatement - Well Done!...

You are the master of understatement - Well Done! :thumb::thumb:
07-05-11, 05:05 PM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

The only possible way I could be mistaken for a...

The only possible way I could be mistaken for a climber is when riding with you two. :innocent:

On Saturday (sure, pick the hottest day of the year) I decided to test my climbing abilities with a...
05-17-11, 09:42 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 2,971
Posted By MarkoPolo

Wish I could join this ride, but have already...

Wish I could join this ride, but have already committed to a flyfishing trip that weekend. (How come all my hobbies are so efficient at sucking up such huge quantities of time and money!)
04-06-11, 08:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 727
Posted By MarkoPolo

Nah, there won't be enough space for that many...

Nah, there won't be enough space for that many words on the coffee can... :innocent:
03-02-11, 01:23 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

Okay, here's a few... Curtis as an artist, you'll...

Okay, here's a few... Curtis as an artist, you'll appreciate this one.
http://gallery.mac.com/markkaufmann/100210/P1020321/web.jpg?ver=12990495930001

Here's a beauty with some very cool lug...
03-02-11, 12:58 AM
Replies: 4,179
Views: 256,139
Posted By MarkoPolo

I have had to travel a lot to Texas... and...

I have had to travel a lot to Texas... and generally I'm not a big fan of the state or its inhabitants, but Austin is not anything like the rest of the state and is a really fun city. It's one of the...
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