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Old 09-19-12, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post
I haven't had much of a chance to ride lately, except for my short commute to work. I decided to give another attempt at riding this old farm road which had foiled me on my Cinelli earlier this summer, but this time with my sidi mtb shoes, eggbeaters and my Kelly with knobbies. I have been scouting it out on the computer using google satellite images to confirm that it actually existed. A distinct line appeared through the trees where the road should be so I set off today to follow it to one of the other roads it was supposed to meet up with. I rode 55 tough miles today.

After 30 miles I reached Welch Hollow Rd. which starts like this

Then this



and then this.





I flipped over the handlebars at almost the exact same spot I did last time. Rode some more and almost crashed 3 other times before I gave up and walked the Kelly down to the bottom of the hollow. The "road" was just too steep, too loose and too chunky to ride through clean.

After I got through this impossibly technical section, Welch Hollow rd was an enjoyable, wide single track for about 3 miles. It went through the back of Wickaboxet and hooked up with some old country roads I like to ride.

Stone wall on Welch Hollow

Old well on Hopkins Hollow Rd

The smooth section of Welch Hollow Rd

Cahoon Rd on the way home

I'm glad I went back and rode Welch Hollow! I probably won't do it again!
Wait a minute: I thought you were riding these kinds of roads on the Cinelli. How could I have been so far off? In any case, I'm glad you survived the ride and seem to have a nice time.
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Originally Posted by Conan View Post
Took a nice ride in the Wisconsin countryside. There was a super cute baby horse when I stopped for a water break.
Aren't all baby horses cute, just like kittens? What year and model is your Bianchi? BTW, maybe it is just my eyes of the angle, but are the wheels missing some spokes?
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Originally Posted by JPZ66 View Post
Rode the ole 1913 Mead Ranger around in the neighborhood this morning for a couple hours....sorry no pics ! I must say, I'm not a single speed person really, so at times it was a workout ! I will be glad when the temps drop down too, this has been a long hot summer....high today 101*F


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I promise to remember and take some pictures next time out on it !
Agree, it just isn't fair to go for a ride on a bike like that and not get any pictures. We'll give you a pass this time...
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Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post
I rode the Cinelli sc 73 miles today. Beautiful weather.

Escoheag Hill Rd

Foundation of an old mill

Escoheag schoolhouse

wildflowers
So you have the Cinelli back on the road, eh? More nice pictures from you, as usual.
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I did some riding on mars yesterday where we found some water.
Where was that picture actually taken? It does have a sort of otherworldly look to the terrain and landscape.
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Originally Posted by jimmuller View Post
JJS, those flowers look like astors, common autumn wildflowers in New England and quite lovely! Your pics could have been done along our rides this week.

From four days ago. First spin around Acadia's PLR on the Masi, and the climb up Cadillac Mountain.

For a sense of the geography, overlooking Otter Cliffs on the PLR

The Masi at rest (just like the tandem)

Another coastline pic

Halfway up Cadillac

Near the top

On the summit
Great shots of you and the Masi Jim! Did you happen to ride the tandem to the summit also? If so, how do the times compare for the trip on each bike?
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Got in 25 good miles today but mentally it was bothersome as I kept looking over my shoulder for part of the ride and up the rest of it. Another wildfire is burning above our place and in the hills I love to mountain bike in when the winds are really stiff. Last night it wasn't real close to breaching the ridge line - this afternoon it did. All I could keep thinking about was what it will do for my off road riding next year.

Approximately 12:30 pm this afternoon at the start of my ride.

90 minutes later it's much more intense:
That definitely stinks. Is the fire presenting a threat to your home, or is it far enough away there is no imminent danger at this time?
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Where was that picture actually taken? It does have a sort of otherworldly look to the terrain and landscape.
extreme southern part of San Francisco Bay, Salt Ponds

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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
Aren't all baby horses cute, just like kittens? What year and model is your Bianchi? BTW, maybe it is just my eyes of the angle, but are the wheels missing some spokes?
It's a 1997 TSX Columbus frame. and EL fork. Fully chromed. The wheels are Campy Zonda 16 spokes, maybe that's why some seem to be missing...

Got my personal best on a tough hill that I have been working on. managed 19.6 mph up an 8.4% grade.

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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
Great shots of you and the Masi Jim! Did you happen to ride the tandem to the summit also? If so, how do the times compare for the trip on each bike?
Thanks.

No, we didn't take the tandem up Cadillac. I'm reasonably certain we'd still be there, lying prostrate on the side of the road.

However I can compare my solo rides around the PLR to the tandem runs. About the same level of effort uphill but running a higher low gear and thus going faster. On the other hand, on some of the downhills I did spin out the Masi's high gear (47/14) but not the tandem's (52/14).
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After being away for nearly two weeks with work, I finally managed to throw a leg over my 1967 Carlton Monday evening. This evening after I finished work, I managed to take another ride, this time on my Peugeot PX-8. The ride was a little over 22 miles and was just short of 1100 feet of climbing over the course. I didn't set any speed records on either ride, but it felt good to get some saddle time in after sitting on my duff for 10 straight days. Friday, I'm planning a morning ride with a couple friends and intend to take the Norman Rapide out for a spin. It's been a little bit since she's been out of the house and is probably feeling a bit neglected.

Anyway, below are a few obligatory pictures from this evening's ride.


Mountain Church Road Loop - 1 by Sallad Rialb, on Flickr


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Originally Posted by Conan View Post
It's a 1997 TSX Columbus frame. and EL fork. Fully chromed. The wheels are Campy Zonda 16 spokes, maybe that's why some seem to be missing...

Got my personal best on a tough hill that I have been working on. managed 19.6 mph up an 8.4% grade.

https://app.strava.com/rides/22528813
Good man!

We ride that area once a week, usually cutting through Inver Grove Heights, Woodbury, and Afton on the way to Wisconsin.

Starting point is St.Paul.

I must say though, I don't recall going that fast up a 9% grade.
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Good man!

We ride that area once a week, usually cutting through Inver Grove Heights, Woodbury, and Afton on the way to Wisconsin.

Starting point is St.Paul.

I must say though, I don't recall going that fast up a 9% grade.
Cool. Ive been meaning to do a longer ride from WI to the Twin Cities. Is it mostly road riding or is there trails you take?
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Cool. Ive been meaning to do a longer ride from WI to the Twin Cities. Is it mostly road riding or is there trails you take?
Roads if you go the route I mentioned.

If you go through Stillwater, you can ride the Gateway and Bruce Vento trails into DT St. Paul.

From there you just ride up the Ramsey Hill and Summit Avenue almost to our front door.
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That definitely stinks. Is the fire presenting a threat to your home, or is it far enough away there is no imminent danger at this time?
By road the base of the hills is 4 miles - straight shot through the fields probably 2.5 to 3 miles. Right now no threat to us but areas just north of us have been evacuated. I hate to say it but we're ready for some moisture but none is in the forecast and many of these fires will burn until the snow falls.
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Great pictures photogravity! Looks like a fun loop to ride. Nice elevation gain for 22 miles.
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Great pictures photogravity! Looks like a fun loop to ride. Nice elevation gain for 22 miles.
Thanks JJScaliger. It wasn't a long ride, but I didn't have much time before it turned dark, so I had to make do.
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Originally Posted by photogravity View Post
Thanks JJScaliger. It wasn't a long ride, but I didn't have much time before it turned dark, so I had to make do.
Nice pics, but man those shoulders look thin, hopefully not much traffic on those country roads.
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This morning I took the Norman Rapide for a ride for the first time in a few weeks. Since I've been riding the Carlton and Peugeot a good bit lately, it felt great to be on the Norman again. As a result, I also questioned why I ride any of the other bikes I have in my collection, believe it or not. The Norman is an effortless bike to ride and, though it has only 4 gears to work with, manages to go faster over a given distance than any of the other bikes I have. I guess it has to do with that wonderful Reynolds 531 tubing...

In any case, the entire ride was 35 miles with just under 1600 feet of climbing. As I was climbing several hills, I was up out of the saddle trying to get get enough power to the wheel so I wouldn't end up walking the bicycle. Fortunately, the approach worked. Chances are that tomorrow's ride will be on the Rapide once more. I *really* *love* that bike, to put it mildly.


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Nice pics, but man those shoulders look thin, hopefully not much traffic on those country roads.
One of the roads has a fair bit of traffic, but most of the roads I ride don't have much, if any, traffic on them. On today's ride, for instance, other than MD 17 and Alt US 40, we only encountered about 5-6 cars. In my experience, early morning weekday rides have very light traffic. I ride with a flashing taillight to help make me visible, wear an eyeglass mounted mirror so I can see behind me and ride defensively. So far, no problems, but I know things can change quickly and without warning so I remain constantly on guard.

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I managed to get in a ride, first since coming home from vacation. Just an hour or so, starting at sunset. I rode the UO8 because it has lights. Stopped at Belmont Wheelworks for some BB bearings and the first guy I saw behind the counter said "Nice UO8. We had two PX10's in here this week. This must be Peugeot week. I used to have a red UO8." Then the next guy had to come over and check it out, asked about the brakes, gabbed for a few minutes. It was a fun stop.
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After 2 weeks of smoke from lightning sparked wildfires I decided to "go west" for some clean air. After an idea from Northbend I decided to ride the Iron Horse trail - converted gravel trail from the old Milwaukee railroad. It's pretty easy riding - caviar mountain biking as I like to call it. Total of 44 miles - first half all downhill and the second half an incline of no more than 2% - just enough to slow you down a little. Got the clean air and even some rain and mud so some bike clean up is necessary. The best part was my first opportunity to ride through an old railroad tunnel - this one is said to be 2 miles and I believe it. My light was sufficient but not great. Once the eyes adjusted after the first quarter mile the going was ok with the trail being so smooth.

Tunnel entrance on the downhill side:



The "roughest" part of the trail:



You get to ride through some cool stands of old growth forest



And over several trestles - this one the longest





Signs of a good ride -

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After 2 weeks of smoke from lightning sparked wildfires I decided to "go west" for some clean air. After an idea from Northbend I decided to ride the Iron Horse trail - converted gravel trail from the old Milwaukee railroad. It's pretty easy riding - caviar mountain biking as I like to call it. Total of 44 miles - first half all downhill and the second half an incline of no more than 2% - just enough to slow you down a little. Got the clean air and even some rain and mud so some bike clean up is necessary. The best part was my first opportunity to ride through an old railroad tunnel - this one is said to be 2 miles and I believe it. My light was sufficient but not great. Once the eyes adjusted after the first quarter mile the going was ok with the trail being so smooth.

Tunnel entrance on the downhill side:

The "roughest" part of the trail:

You get to ride through some cool stands of old growth forest

And over several trestles - this one the longest

Signs of a good ride -
It looks like that trail is pretty nice. While I'm riding MUP's less and less, they do have their place. This path looks quite scenic, for sure. Oh, mud on a MTB also is a good thing.
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Long ride ..... to the playground!

Two kind of vintage bikes, a Raleigh and a Trek.
Nice picture b dub. The little Raleigh bicycle is just too cute! Now you need to put a drop bar on the bike to finish it off.

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