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Kilroy1988 07-14-18 02:55 PM

Today is my first Saturday off in ten weeks, and I knew exactly what to do. I took off at 6:55am and headed south towards Visalia. I stopped at a farmer's market down on Caldwell and Mooney to visit my uncle, who has a little business selling organic produce that he grows on a couple of acres of property behind his house, then moved on to Starbucks for an Americano and lemon yogurt. Next I zipped through the countryside to the east, through Farmersville and into Exeter.

I stopped to take some photos of the railway mural (Exeter is full of lovely murals, some of which I've posted in this thread before) because I don't think I'd taken the time to admire it before. I noticed Darth Vader was a passenger in one of the railway cars!

I had a scone and a latte (yes, caffeine drives me on such occasions) at the Wildflower Cafe, where I had a nice patio view of the road and was admiring a Model A sedan parked out front. An old gentleman came by and stopped to look over my Frejus, and we ended up talking for quite a while. He used to ride a Raleigh International which he had sold through our mutual acquaintance Craig, the previous owner of Sierra Bicycle Werks in Visalia. He also happened to own the Model A sedan, and we had some very interesting things to talk about together for fifteen minutes or so!

Next I went north towards Woodlake, and stopped in at the Runway Cafe, where I had a salad and a lot of water - it was nearly noon and getting quite warm already (today's high will be about 105 F). I watched a couple of little airplanes take off and land, and envied the fellows who dedicated themselves to such an inspiring hobby... Maybe someday. I came back up the 245 through a bit of hilly country and was home just after 1:00pm, with 62 miles and quite a bit of stopping under my belt. I haven't been out for more than 40 miles in several weeks, so it felt rather exhausting!


rickrob 07-14-18 03:19 PM

Went to Hudson and rode the Assabet Valley Rail Trail. Stopped at Fort Meadow Reservoir. Nice day, not too hot. It was a short ride though-- only 12 miles

Sir_Name 07-15-18 07:18 AM

Last weekend a buddy and I got out for a good stretch on some new roads with a fair bit of climbing. The destination was a friend's pool - cold beer in shaded water with BBQ to follow was a welcome recovery!

Earlier this week I installed a dropper seatpost on the MTB and yesterday I took it out for the first ride. Being able to adjust saddle height on the fly for this type of riding is fantastic. A lot of the trails here are rocky and rooty singletrack with rough, sometimes loose descents and climbs. Dropping the saddle and getting over the rear wheel when pointing down without having to stop to open a quick release allowed more focus on keeping momentum, picking a good line, and enjoying getting tossed around. Minor adjustments to accommodate various changes in terrain with a quick flick of the thumb. In the past with the quick release binder bolt I'd often leave the saddle either a bit too high or a bit too low for a given section of trail just so I didn't have to stop to make an adjustment. That usually wasn't much of a problem, but being able to easily keep the saddle where I want it is certainly a welcome change. The other major benefit is that as the trail smooths out or transitions to pavement the saddle pops back to the correct height at full extension without fail. I'm pleased. : )

I was bummed to find that one of my favorite sections of trail is being smoothed over. Plenty more, though.

DQRider 07-15-18 11:00 AM

Missions of Mercy
It is getting impossible to acknowledge the brilliance of any single post on this thread now, because you all are submitting such high-quality images of beautiful rides, and some of the descriptions are very interesting. So thank you all for entertaining me when I'm stuck behind my PC monitor.

Today I'll tell you about my ride on Saturday, July 14th. But first a little background:
This is my father, in a photograph I shot at the beginning of June.

It turns out that this was the last photograph taken of him in his own house. Shortly after, we found out he had terminal liver cancer, inoperable, untreatable, and that his days on this Earth were coming to an end. While he waited in hospital, we began the search for a suitable hospice for him to rest until then. We found a perfect place for him at Our Lady of Peace, on the Saint Paul / Minneapolis border. He is there now, and my ride on Saturday was to go and visit him in his new home.

The route I chose was mostly trails, once I got across the river. Here's a shot just off of Shepherd Road, where the railroad goes beneath the trail. If you look carefully to the right of my front wheel, you will see some wild turkeys pecking at gravel along the tracks:

Some other nice scenery along the way includes the Ford Damn:

... and other amenities along the trail:

We had a nice visit. Dad is at peace in his new home, and says he is looking forward to joining our mother in the hereafter. When I left him for the trip home, I decided to explore the neighborhood a bit to see what kind of surroundings he was in. This area used to be all warehouses for the various industries that used to thrive here. As with such places elsewhere around the country, these old buildings have been repurposed in interesting ways. Just across the I94 bridge, I found Lake Monster Brewing Company in an old brownstone warehouse next to what is now called Vandalia Tower:

It is a beautiful setting if you are into this kind of renovation and renewal. However, the roads around there are truly awful - a cratered moonscape in asphalt. There was a food truck outside the taproom called "Dine-1-1", built on the chassis of a retired ambulance (clever, huh?) that serves several versions of grilled cheese with various meats and veggies. I had just eaten lunch with Dad, so I had to pass on the vittles for this visit.

All the while I was exploring around the brewery, I kept hearing the sounds of classic rock played live. Following my ears, I came upon this band playing to an empty parking lot out behind one of the warehouses:
The band "Burn Room", rehearsing for an upcoming corporate event.

This is typical of my style of riding; think 10 year-old boy exploring the neighborhood by bicycle. Poke around, take pictures, and enjoy whatever treats present themselves in your travels.

Along the trail on the way home, I stopped to air-up my rear tire at one of the bike repair stations:
Our bike trails here in the Twin Cities are truly amazing. Especially for a city with such a short riding season.

Further along, as I crossed East River Road, I came upon this reminder of the dangers all cyclists face in close proximity to car traffic:

As I got closer to home, I came upon a grandmother named Sarah, and her grandson Teddy, stopped in the middle of the trail with the boy's mountain bike set upside down. Sarah was attempting to untangle the chain, which had come off the big chainring and wrapped itself around the derailleur. I stopped and sorted it out for them, the bike was way out-of-tune, and fixed it so that he was riding in the middle chainring with the use of the bottom 4 gears in the cassette. I didn't have a phillips screwdriver with me to adjust the limit screws properly, or I would have tuned it up for him at trailside. This adjustment would get him home, anyway.

I asked Sarah if she was a Monty Python fan, and she said she used to be, a bit. Did she remember the "Bicycle Repairman" skit? Yes she did, and told me that I was her superhero for the day. Unfortunately, I didn't think to get a photo of them. But that was my second mission of mercy for the day.

Sir_Name 07-15-18 12:48 PM

Sorry to hear, @DQRider.

Sir_Name 07-15-18 12:54 PM

One more pic from yesterday, I like how this one turned out in B&W.

And a glamour shot:

Johno59 07-15-18 02:45 PM

Dawn harvest

Two Mustangs pay a visit

A Blenheim bomber , escorted by 5 Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane (just emerging from behind the copper bell beneath the Lucas lamp) .

Hellcat raising ...well hell I suppose.

Two Corsairs and a Hellcat

A Dakota and three Lockheed Venturas

A very rare flying Kittyhawk on finals (above the pannie)

Hellcat wheels down on approach (above LHS handlebar grip)

Corsairs on approach

Bianchi84 07-15-18 04:46 PM

Clark's Creek Greenway. Charlotte, NC. I rode and my wife ran. It felt like 101% humidity and I locked my keys in the car after I put the bike in the back of the car.

Andy Antipas 07-15-18 08:33 PM

Carbon River/Mt. Rainier NP
Went for a beautiful ride following the Carbon River into Mt. Rainier NP. It is a favorite ride of several C&Vers including Wildwood and Drillium Dude.

gencyogi 07-16-18 01:30 PM

Nice pics in this page. Make me feel to ride more my bike. So far I am using it just for comute from home to work in NYC but I m thinking to start going early in the morning for regular rides around.

gencyogi 07-16-18 01:34 PM

What e pics in this thread. I will start ride more and take some more pics in NYC. Is a challenge in the city to ride between crazy cab drivers and all the stress and the rush but in the end is almost always fun :)

gencyogi 07-16-18 01:38 PM

Nice pics Johno59. What brand is the seat? Looks very comfort.

davester 07-16-18 06:34 PM

Not today, but on Saturday I rode the Markleeville Deathride. A beautiful ride, but definitely not for the faint of heart. 131 miles and almost 16,000' of climbing.
Climbing up the north side of Ebbett's Pass
Looking down the east side of Monitor Pass. Those tiny dots on the roadway are cyclists.
Descending from Monitor Pass just after sunrise.
Top of Monitor Pass
Climbing Carson Pass (the last one) with rain threatening. This turned to thunder, lightning, rain and hail on the descent.
Yay! We're at the top!

Sir_Name 07-16-18 08:40 PM

No bueno.

abshipp 07-17-18 11:25 AM

I tend to somewhat lose interest in riding a bit after a really big event. Still really obsessed with bikes and bike culture but after a big ride I just don't want to sit on the saddle for a long time.

I rode a 200K at the first weekend of June, and more or less took the rest of the month off from the bike. Getting a cold on the first week of July didn't help much either.

But in that time I did pick up a new frameset and built it up. I took my Tempo back to the stock 700c wheels and 52/40 x 13/24 gearing, and put the 650b wheels, fenders, and triple crank on to my new ride, a 60cm Velo Orange Polyvalent MKIII.

I got out for 15 miles last night to a local forest preserve. Really pleased at how it rides so far, very stable and comfortable. It's definitely not a race bike, but it is still reasonably lively and fun to ride. This is my first experience with a true low-trail geometry, with 38mm tires trail calculates to 36mm. Overall, it does feel very stable and resistant to inputs from rider weight shifting. I found that it rode hands off incredibly well. There aren't many instances where I can evaluate high-speed handling, but over a couple of fast corners I did notice that the bike wanted to climb to the outside of the turn if you let it happen, just like I had read that low-trail geometry tends to do. But the bike responds well to corrections and I can't see myself disliking the handling.

Really looking forward to getting a rack and bag on the front of this thing to see how that feels.

The real highlight of the night was the green walls of corn topped with gold that I rode along all night.

RobbieTunes 07-17-18 07:34 PM

No pics, but I'm in my 3rd week in a new place, new town, new job. There is an active bike club here and a pretty good cross-section of riders, several bike shops, even a BMX/Freestyle shop.

So, after driving to 3 group rides, I decide to ride my bike 10 miles to today's ride. I spend Sunday putting 6800 on an Ironman (Purple Haze) and yesterday, added the chain and tuned it.

The 10 miles to the roll-off point went OK. I've got some phantom shifting in the middle of the cogs, will solve that.

We roll off at 21 mph and I get dropped. Then I catch up, which is normal: people start too fast.

Then I fall back again, and decide to relax. I see a huge doe come out from the right. I slow and talk to her; she heads back off the road and watches. I continue and turn back 1/4 mile farther at my 15.1 mile point. The doe is back; she wants to cross. I tell her it's OK and move on.

In another very pleasant mile, I hear a bang. Tires look OK, but the rear wheel is bent. Broken spoke. 2017 Bontrager RXL/TLR's. 24-spoke, so the rim is hitting the caliper on both sides. I'm walking. Cleat covers come in handy.

I walk two miles. A teenager pulls over, Joey Chitwood. I ask him if he knows of the Chitwood Auto Show (a staple at county fairs for years in the Midwest). He doesn't, but his brother is Jimmy Chitwood, in the movie Hoosiers. Very cool. This teenager gives me and my bike a ride to the roll-off point. There is hope for America.

I wait at the roll-off point. I ask about a ride to my apartment. People hedge. Two guys tell me they don't have room for the bike, then drive off with one bike on a 2-bike rack. Go figure, not my crowd. I'm new, an old guy with a broken new wheel on a steel bike.

A C'dale pulls in, new, full SRAM Red 22. Guy says "sure" and gives me a ride all the way to my apartment, not in the best part of town. The Evansville Bicycle Club is for real. Thank you, Mike.

The one day I ride with no phone, no water. "30 easy miles, what could go wrong?" Tubulars. New 6800, one year old wheels with maybe 600 miles on them. What could go wrong?

I'm getting used to the change. I'm grateful that bicyclists are like other people: some give a darn, and some don't. Thanks for those that do.

Wildwood 07-17-18 07:34 PM
Heat has kept me at house chores for 2 days, but a trip to North Bend permitted time for bike ride. Desiring shady, and quiet meant only The Middle Fork road would do. They sure have changed the access to the Snoqualmie Lake trailhead

Drillium Dude 07-17-18 09:00 PM

Happy Birthday, Stuart!

I got in over 50 today for my birthday, finally going over the 520 floating bridge via the bike lane for the first time. Nice loop from Bothell down to Seattle, across the bridge, through Bellevue, Redmond and back around to Bothell again via the Sammamish River Trail. I even stopped to take pics at the place I crashed exactly 7 days ago; wow, I flew a looooong way before hitting the ground!

My aches never bothered me once I was on the bike. I think giving myself a full week off was a good call.


nesteel 07-17-18 09:07 PM

Originally Posted by Johno59 (Post 20449209)

Dawn harvest

Two Mustangs pay a visit

A Blenheim bomber , escorted by 5 Spitfires and a Hawker Hurricane (just emerging from behind the copper bell beneath the Lucas lamp) .

Hellcat raising ...well hell I suppose.

Two Corsairs and a Hellcat

A Dakota and three Lockheed Venturas

A very rare flying Kittyhawk on finals (above the pannie)

Hellcat wheels down on approach (above LHS handlebar grip)

Corsairs on approach

The picture captioned "Two Mustangs" should actually be "Two P-40's" Lucky man, it would be great to be at Duxford during the show.

thinktubes 07-17-18 10:10 PM

North - 42 miles after work.

At the water stop

The beloved Stronglight headset

Stiff wind off the lake offered cooling and riptides (and a tailwind home)

rhm 07-18-18 07:48 AM

I rarely post in this thread because of the "today" in the title. I never get around to posting anything until at least a day or two after my ride. In this case, the ride started on Thursday evening and didn't finish until Sunday afternoon. We went all the way around Lake Ontario, just over 1000 km. This took me over 65 hours. Extended ride report here (, but since this is C&V I can tell you I rode my Gugificazione Holdsworth. Here's me just after sunset on the second day; in the backgound is the lower end of the Niagara River, with Lake Ontario on the horizon.

Here's another photo that didn't fit into the other thread:

noglider 07-18-18 08:17 AM

@rhm, I don't know how you randonneurs do it. I keep thinking I'm going to try. One day, I will.

@davester, I've heard of the Death Ride. Maybe I'll try that one day, too. I managed to finish the Hillier Than Thou ride in NJ, and I'm considering doing the Dirty Dozen in PA this year.

davester 07-18-18 08:37 AM

Originally Posted by noglider (Post 20454993)
@davester, I've heard of the Death Ride. Maybe I'll try that one day, too. I managed to finish the Hillier Than Thou ride in NJ, and I'm considering doing the Dirty Dozen in PA this year.

It's a fantastically beautiful ride and I highly recommend it. Definitely a skinny person carbon bike ride. I only saw a couple of vintage bikes other than mine.

I trained harder for this ride than for anything I've ever done. Starting in January, we gradually built up our distances, riding every non-rainy weekend combined with frequent weekday bike commutes where I'd often take the long hilly way home. The last two months I rode repeats on the big mountains around the SF bay area (Diablo, Hamilton, Tamalpais) which each that about 3,500' climbs to get to the top. Two weeks before the big day we did a triple Diablo. We also started the Deathride at 3:30 am. Another key to finishing is constant eating and drinking while on the bike to stave off bonking.

noglider 07-18-18 08:41 AM

Wow, @davester, that's in another league from Hillier Than Thou. The web page says if you don't prepare, you'll regret doing it. I took that seriously, and I did train, doing distances and climbing, and I didn't regret doing it. Everyone on the ride said they wished they had lower gears. I was one of the oldest on the ride, and I had the oldest and heaviest bike on the ride.

Drillium Dude 07-18-18 02:47 PM

Originally Posted by davester (Post 20455029)
Another key to finishing is constant eating and drinking while on the bike to stave off bonking.

Thank you for that reminder - I always forget to eat!

Btw, one of your photos seems to show a small snake in the road ahead of you!

Impressive feat - congratulations :)


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