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Old 11-18-19, 05:03 PM
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Happy belated b-day @jimmuller!
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Old 11-18-19, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
Happy belated b-day @jimmuller!
Thank you. Also @jreeves, @horatio.
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On and off rainy day today in SoCal so no riding done this morning.

Although the Krono did ride in the truck with me at work all day till I drop it off at my LBS.

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Over in the 50+ they have this thing they call a birthday ride. I turned 71 on Friday. I don't usually have enough hours of daylight to do 71 miles so I settled for 73km.
I'm sorry, I must not be paying proper attention.
Happy belated Birthday from me as well.
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There are things to dislike about these low-30s clear-weather mornings, but the low patchy fog they produce is beautiful.



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Old 11-21-19, 07:27 PM
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Got out on the Pinarello Record on the Blue Ridge Parkway today. While this is a nice getaway from the heat in summer, makes for chilly riding this time of year as it’s usually 10 degrees colder than the valley. This is about a quarter mile from my turnaround at Ravens Roost, pictured elsewhere in this thread. Looking westward over the Shenandoah Valley and the GW National Forest off in the distance. I still can’t figure out why some pics load 90 degrees rotated. Don’t know how to fix.


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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Got out on the Pinarello Record on the Blue Ridge Parkway today.
Nice bike.
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More nice pics, as always.

I just rode my commute today, and a small part of it yesterday.

Yesterday I started out, felt the bike slip a bit after a few blocks, saw one person knocking ice off his car windows, saw more suspicious road surface, turned around after maybe 3/4 mile. Walked in the door and heard my sweetie say she was glad I came back then. So I grabbed some car keys (the Porsche, can you blame me?) and drove in, heard lots of black ice reports on the radio (which is what had prompted my sweetie to start worrying).

Today's commute was on wet roads but no direct rain this morning, so the bike got filthy but I didn't get wet. The weather was supposed to clear for the afternoon, but it turned out to be raining until I got halfway home. So I got wet and the bike got filthy again. Great fun!

I did see a nice sunset.
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Old 11-22-19, 07:58 PM
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Scouted the San Rafael bridge for a group ride. Rode from Richmond Craneway Pavilion to Trips for Kids in downtown San Rafael.



Found a new section of bay trail.
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That's a steep grade you're climbing.
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Management gave us the afternoon off from work to celebrate an important product release. The weather was perfect, so I headed to Forest Grove and did a loop around Hagg Lake. On a chilly weekday November afternoon I just about had the lake to myself. In 10 miles I saw five cars and three other bikes -- a bit more traffic getting there and back but still not much on the rural roads.







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Originally Posted by Andy_K View Post
That's a steep grade you're climbing.
Yeah, every time I let go of the handlebars I fell off the back of the bike.

@curbtender - that looks like a cool ride. How far across? If I remember right, there’s a bike lane on the Bay Bridge now, so that would beg a lap of SF Bay across the 3 bridges.
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Sunny and low 40's here; a break from the rain and high forties, so a general improvement. Blue Mountain Road, west of town, I got in about 20 miles and lots of climbing.

Historic registry Blue Mountain schoolhouse. Must be the oldest standing such structure in the area; has a graveyard out back with markers going back 120 years; pretty old for out here.


I was surprised the first time I visited this place back in the late 70's that they leave the front door unlocked. Turns out they still do!



Autumn mist as the sun goes down across the road from there. Cools down fast.



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Old 11-23-19, 06:21 AM
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I had a weird bike commuting week. Had a rear flat on Monday, but I was only 3/4 mile from home, so no big deal to walk the rest of the way. Then, on Wed, some one stole my helmet while my bike was parked outside of a busy transit station adjoining campus. Just my helmet! I suppose I should feel good about the person now with head protection? A colleague suggested I alert campus police to look out for anyone wearing a white Giro bike helmet. Hmm.
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Old 11-23-19, 10:06 AM
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Yeah, every time I let go of the handlebars I fell off the back of the bike.

@curbtender - that looks like a cool ride. How far across? If I remember right, there’s a bike lane on the Bay Bridge now, so that would beg a lap of SF Bay across the 3 bridges.
Sign says, from the entrance, 4.3 miles to pt San Quentin. The Bay Bridge only goes to Treasure Island so you need to shuttle the rest of the way. I hear that you can arrange a water taxi if you plan ahead. Plans in the making for parking at pt Richmond to the Richmond ferry. That takes you to the ferry terminal in SF. From there you have a lot of options for different mileage back around and over the bridge. A straight shot is a little over 30 miles with a ride through the Embarcadero, Crissy Field, Golden Gate bridge, Sausalito and back through Larkspur. They are finishing the Smart train station in Larkspur if you wanted to go further north and take it back.
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Riveting subject!

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Scouted the San Rafael bridge for a group ride. Rode from Richmond Craneway Pavilion to Trips for Kids in downtown San Rafael.

Found a new section of bay trail.
Must say that is a fine photo of an engineering feat and how long do you think it would have taken to install (hammer in ) those thousands of rivets!
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Must say that is a fine photo of an engineering feat and how long do you think it would have taken to install (hammer in ) those thousands of rivets!
Don't know, maybe ask Rosie...
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Tucson, AZ! This past weekend was El Tour de Tucson and I met up with these knuckleheads (John Siemsen from Portland on his SS Bilenky, and Scott Calhoun on his MAP):



To ride the 108 mile route. Low 40's to start, 70 at the finish. Oy. Also note the 'wet' dry wash above, the only dry wash I've ever encountered on a Century ride. Only had to carry the bike about 100 yards.
Gorgeous scenery, though:


Also met Alex from the Bay Area, who was riding this lovely mid 80's Columbine:


I was on a recently complete project bike, an '89 Bianchi Mondiale. Paint by Jack Trumbull at Franklin Frames:



I'll do a write up with a DS photo on that one as well as an update on my special Merckx soon.
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Finally, the snow melted so I was able to go out on the road with the new bike. Still salty and some icy spots, so I did my normal hilly "shakeout" route that keeps me within walking distance of my house.
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Out to the edge to watch our first storm of the season come in. Fire season officially over!
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Snuck out between the "Thanksgiving Storms" to do a quick 30-miler down to Lincoln Park Zoo. Only had to worry about 45 mph wind gusts coming out of the west on the wrap-around from the storm.



Almost all the leaves are down and everything has turned brown. Lots of sticks and small branches on the path from the wind.



Once again, my camera quit because of the cold. I was able to revive it using the warm air from the hand dryer at the zoo restroom.



Shot of the rhino pen. All the animals are inside for the winter.



Looking towards downtown - you can see the top of the Hancock Tower peaking out.



Some gulls riding the currents above the zoo.



The always beautiful Lincoln Park Conservatory. One of my favorite places to go in the depths of the Chicago winter to get a dose of greenery and humidity.



Oops!



Short video of the wind blowing leaves - some of the gusts almost blew me over.


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Bringing Home the Cheese

I live in the dairy country of West Marin, home to several small artisan cheese makers, so it falls on me to bring a cheese plate for our family Thanksgiving gathering.
A perfect excuse for a circuitous ride through the local countryside!

First stop is the smallest of these operations, the Nicasio Valley Cheese Company:




Now you know why I have that big bikepacking saddlebag...It's the cheese!
Their selection is small but delicious.




Next stop, the oldest of the local cheesemakers, the Marin French Cheese Company. Sorry, no photo of the cheese counter: Too many eager cheese buyers in the way to get a decent photo.




Finally, back to Point Reyes Station to Tomales Bay Foods, home of the Cowgirl Creamery.







Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.
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And to you as well.
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We did a little Thanksgiving day ride today with 22 mph winds gusting to 50. All was good until we stopped to use the bathroom. I propped my bike against a fence and the wind blew it over. Of course, it fell on the derailleur side. I ended up bending the hanger. My 10 speed cassette is 12-23. I couldn't put it in the 23 because the derailleur was hitting the spokes. And, when in the 21 it kept self-shifting to the 19. So, 15 miles to home in a 22 mph headwind was not fun, especially over the bridges.

I straightened right after lunch. So, all is good.

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We're down at the beach in NC and did a 20-some mile ride while the grandbabies were sleeping off their morning at the beach.

21.5 mph average on the favorable wind leg, 13.5 on the headwind leg for an average of 17.5. Winds were steady but gusting around 30.
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