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Old 07-30-19, 10:33 PM
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A Miyata from the late 1980's.
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lol. That looks like a Bond car.
Mercedes 300SL gull wing.

The rider is Jose Meiffret.

https://cycling.ahands.org/bicycling/datewithdeath.html

Worth reading.


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tailwind.
Ding.

We had a day of crazy wind in January. I went out for a ride around lunch time and was spinning out on the flat. Never done that before. I set a personal best on a short uphill segment of 25mph+ and would have gone faster if I had a taller gear.
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Today I picked the Miyata up.

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Nice! Those two-toned stems are really cool.
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Old 08-02-19, 01:51 PM
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Today I got the following updates from my daughter as she makes her way from Atlanta to Berkeley, CA for graduate school.

She and the bearded dragon entered Arizona on Wednesday with the photo of the event below. My daughter has a fantasy that the dragon is "Enthralled with the desert." It certainly matches the color of the desert.




She and the dragon chilled at the south rim of the Grand Canyon on Thursday. Sorry for the non-drive side pic.



They spent Thursday night in Bakersfield, CA. Text received 1:00 AM EDT Friday read, "Southern California is an awful wasteland."


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They spent Thursday night in Bakersfield, CA. Text received 1:00 AM EDT Friday read, "Southern California is an awful wasteland."
I'd think the same thing if I had to stay in Bakersfield.
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Check out Kern, not too far from Bakersfield but in the mountains. You can cycle up to 9,000 feet and see Mt Whitney from the top of a couple climbs, and mountain bike down from pine trees and snow (in summer) to desert with white water rafting opportunities at the bottom. Plus Kern River Brewery is there too.
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I donít know.

The whole whole place could slide into the Pacific any second.
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Hey we gotta take the bad with the good down here.

At any rate Kern and the southern Sierra Nevada as actually east of San Andreas and on the North American plate, just like your daughter will be in the east SF bay. The best places in the state (IMO) is the central coast from Santa Barbara and up to the west SF bay which is on the Pacific plate, soon to get washed into the Pacific like us laid back, sun burnt and crispy surfers down in San Diego.

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+1 Central Coast is the bomb. I spent a little time in SB and SLO a couple years ago -- beautiful country and great riding out there.
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Today I was home sick, and wound up sleeping a lot, and watching videos on bikepacking. Looks like a LOT of fun!

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I'm hella excited because this weekend is the first of four (!) consecutive weekends of cross racing.
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Today I broke my first pedal- one of my old trusty MKS GR-10s. I was one mile or so into my ride, trying to crank kind of hardish to seat my cog, which I had just cleaned and put back on last night. Pedal snaps off. I managed to get the pedal replaced eventually and made it to my group ride not too late.
Some ball bearings still clinging to the spindle


Snapped spindle.


Last known image of my beloved MKS GR-10s I rode those for 5 years through thick and Wisconsin winters
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I rode the PA Dutch Farm to Fork Fondo. I was the only fixed gear out of 500 riders from 25 states. It was a great ride.

https://www.strava.com/activities/2648437657



Out standing in a field on the PA Dutch Farm to Fork Fondo. I did the hilly 76 mile Grand Fondo course. A great day. A lady commented on my white wheels. I said I got them to match my beard :-)
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Today I picked the Miyata up.

Beautiful!
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Today I am posting a report of yesterday's workout.

I had only ridden my Parallax twice since last August. Summer 2018 I was on it every week, but stuff happened to keep it hanging up in my garage most of the time since then. (Don't like taking it out in the winter, I got a few new bikes and focused on them for a while, spent this summer in Europe and couldn't take a bike with me... you know, the usual.)

Anywho, Saturday I got back to the park that has my favorite interval training loop, my first time since April. The Memsahib and I did our usual early morning session, followed by breakfast burritos. The good news is I've still got it: 13.9 miles in 43 minutes, for a 19.4 mph average speed. This is not on flats, but rolling hills. Each lap has one moderate and one short/steep climb and descent, separated by two flat sections. It gives me the chance to jack up my heart rate at or near max twice every four minutes (technically every 4:05 to 4:25, the typical range of my lap times). It made me happy to see that I haven't lost much fitness while off the bike due to travel.*

I've said it before, but this bike is so much fun for this kind of ride. Such a great tool for helping me stay fit... when I utilize it. I really need to get back into my weekly routine. The bike responds very well when I push it hard, especially sprinting up the hills. It's probably the least versatile of all my bikes, and yet one of the last I could bear to part with.






* While traveling, I ran a LOT. Like, more than I've ever run. I also rented a bike for a week and got a half dozen good rides, but that's not much biking in 2-1/2 months.
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Here's a plot of my heart rate over the 43 minute workout described above. You can make out where each climb started, and kind of see the pattern that repeats for 10 laps. I don't know what happened the last three laps. I wasn't aware of it at the time, but obviously I stepped up the intensity.

I'm no exercise scientist, but I believe this kind of thing is good for us. I mean, it will either make me collapse dead or eventually get a really strong heart and lungs.




I just need to talk myself into doing this once a week, an hour or so of tempo twice a week, and a long, moderate effort (3+ hour ride) about once a week, plus maybe some strength training. I'd be one healthy cat!
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I just need to talk myself into doing this once a week, an hour or so of tempo twice a week, and a long, moderate effort (3+ hour ride) about once a week, plus maybe some strength training. I'd be one healthy cat!
Sounds like recipe for some good fitness! Are you able to stay on the gas continually in that Park loop? If so, you've found a pretty awesome training ground for interval workouts!
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Are you able to stay on the gas continually in that Park loop?
Yes, I stay near max effort through the whole workout, and I'd have a hard time going more than 10 laps/13.5 miles. Afterward, I'm exhausted for a few hours and not fully recovered for about a day.
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Today I got up at 5:25 so I could work in half an hour learning how to ride rollers. Apart from a brief experiment on Tuesday evening, this was my first real attempt at them. I'm still setting up in a door and still exploring the learning curve, but so far so good. I rode off the side once to no ill effect, and I managed to ride with both hands on the bar without propping myself up about 1/3 of the time today, both things I have decided to place in the "win" column. I used my favorite old Gitane fixed-gear conversion and pondered how slow my cadence has gotten - but not for long, I hope.
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Today I looked online for a Silver 26. 8 Thomson Elite setback seatpost and I failed. 🤔
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Today I overslept and woke up at 5:18. It was still early enough, though, that I could get out the door and ride 5 miles on my Gitane fixed-gear conversion before getting showered and dressed and feeding children and delivering them to school en route to work. Five miles isn't a lot of miles, but it beats hell out of no miles at all.
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Today I'm working a case - major manufacturer of phone and computer gear, you probably own their stuff without knowing it, was hit with ransomware. Just about every system they own was encrypted and locked. Thousands of workers on several continents sent home.

They refuse to pay the ransom to have their computers unlocked. It is going to cost them millions in the long run but they basically told the criminals to go F themselves.

My company is flying in engineers from all over the region to help them rebuild from scratch and restore everything from backup.

We live in interesting times.
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Today I looked online for a Silver 26. 8 Thomson Elite setback seatpost and I failed. 🤔
That is a rare critter. The less popular color (although in my opinion the best color for seat posts, because it's such a high wear item); non-standard size (by the conventions we've settled into for modern bikes, at least); and setback (in a time when most people want zero). I know they make it, but I'm not surprised you're unable to find one.

I really like Thomson stuff and have their seat posts on three of my bikes. I'll keep an eye open for you.
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