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Old 02-19-21, 11:54 AM
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I got to take out my '72 Gitane Gran Tourisme for a maiden test ride, only ~5 miles in the 'hood. I picked up the frame and a few parts from forum member @SwimmerMike recently. I filled in the rest of the parts/wheels from my stash. I'm still waiting on a longer stem to arrive from overseas--hence the lack of bar tape. I have a set of hammered fenders that will be installed next. Then I have to sort out accessories--panniers/bags, racks, lighting, cages, pump, and maybe a bell. I'm pretty happy with how it's coming along so far...

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I overcame inertia by early afternoon and rolled out for a little ride to check out how the Middle Fork Road fared our last winter storm.
MFR Winter 1 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I was surprised to see that it was plowed once I got to the start of the road. Kept going to see how far it goes…
MFR Winter 2 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

MFR Winter 3 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I turned around where the plows stopped their work. Just around this bend in the road near mile post 12.
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Wow

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I overcame inertia by early afternoon and rolled out for a little ride to check out how the Middle Fork Road fared our last winter storm.
MFR Winter 1 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I was surprised to see that it was plowed once I got to the start of the road. Kept going to see how far it goes…
MFR Winter 2 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

MFR Winter 3 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

I turned around where the plows stopped their work. Just around this bend in the road near mile post 12.
MFR Winter 4 by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
I mean wow.Just wow!
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Still really cold and snowy so just some local riding. I'm hoping for a fay with above freezing temps and no wind some time soon.


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Old 02-19-21, 08:50 PM
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Thanks for the info @curbtender
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Old 02-21-21, 06:34 AM
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Salty roads on the beater bike

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@Vonruden good to see your photos in this thread again!
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Old 02-21-21, 10:05 AM
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Thanks to all who are braver and hardier than me for posting pics of your wintertime rides!

Vonruden The rear basket on your Diablo - Is that bike specific or hardware store find? I’m building up a bike with a front porteur rack like yours and want to use a similar basket that I can take on and off.
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First time heading into the city in a while (heck, first time riding in a while!). Turned around just past the Magic Hedge at Montrose Harbor.

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Old 02-21-21, 12:19 PM
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On Road 10 in Madera County, orchards blooming.


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Old 02-21-21, 01:50 PM
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Now that is nice, @Straightblock! A reminder that Spring is just around the corner. Thanks
My wife wanted me out of the house so she could concentrate on some work she had to do. So a ‘free’ day to do longer ride…
One of my favorite Lowland Loops that takes full advantage of our regional trail systems.

The weather was pretty agreeable when I started in the late morning but deteriorated steadily until I was riding the last hour in a cold light rain.
I didn't take any other pictures after these early on when the sun popped out for a while on the way to Issaquah.
Preston Trail by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr

On the way to Issaquah by Matthew Pendergast, on Flickr
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Old 02-21-21, 02:35 PM
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23 miles with a friend on his Klein.


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Old 02-21-21, 02:56 PM
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23 miles with a friend on his Klein.

Until today I'd never seen a tagged tree

Nice Chrono!

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Until today I'd never seen a tagged tree

Nice Chrono!

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Thanks DD. It wasn't smart to bring my 12-19 gearing but it was a fun challenge going up a few small hills.
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Old 02-21-21, 06:50 PM
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Yeah, it snowed last week, and it didn’t get above freezing today, but the roads were clear and the sun was shining so my buddy and I got out for a 40 miler.

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Old 02-21-21, 09:39 PM
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Bob Jackson's first trip up OLH

I've been slowly finishing off getting my Bob Jackson set-up to be able to climb. Most of the great rides around the South San Francisco Bay include some good climbing. After finally getting some "thin" bottom bracket cups in (learned a new one that the triple bottom bracket has thin cups, not the rifled cups of a double) I was able to get the crankset out far enough to get a reliable shift into the granny gear. There's a climb in Woodside that is very iconic, Old La Honda. Not a real hard climb, but one that everyone knows. So I figured that was the ride I needed to do to check out the set-up. The long cage NR and the triple worked great. I had a small issue that the Sheeren Wheels didn't sound happy when I was out of the saddle . I noticed this before, but it was way more noticeable going in and out of the saddle in the quiet woods.

For anyone that has done OLH, they know the "Mailboxes" are the top. I thought that would make a good backdrop.

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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
Thanks to all who are braver and hardier than me for posting pics of your wintertime rides!

Vonruden The rear basket on your Diablo - Is that bike specific or hardware store find? I’m building up a bike with a front porteur rack like yours and want to use a similar basket that I can take on and off.
It’s the medium Wald basket that Rivendell sells. I was using up front on another bike that I had decided to go with the large version, works great on the rear rack.
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I've been slowly finishing off getting my Bob Jackson set-up to be able to climb. Most of the great rides around the South San Francisco Bay include some good climbing. After finally getting some "thin" bottom bracket cups in (learned a new one that the triple bottom bracket has thin cups, not the rifled cups of a double) I was able to get the crankset out far enough to get a reliable shift into the granny gear. There's a climb in Woodside that is very iconic, Old La Honda. Not a real hard climb, but one that everyone knows. So I figured that was the ride I needed to do to check out the set-up. The long cage NR and the triple worked great. I had a small issue that the Sheeren Wheels didn't sound happy when I was out of the saddle . I noticed this before, but it was way more noticeable going in and out of the saddle in the quiet woods.

For anyone that has done OLH, they know the "Mailboxes" are the top. I thought that would make a good backdrop.

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Thanks for bringing back some good memories!
Fifty years ago I used to climb Old La Honda on my Bob Jackson with a 42/24 low gear. I rarely saw another cyclist. I haven't ridden it since but I understand that it's now very popular. I certainly wouldn't be using the same gears today!
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Originally Posted by obrentharris View Post
Thanks for bringing back some good memories!
Fifty years ago I used to climb Old La Honda on my Bob Jackson with a 42/24 low gear. I rarely saw another cyclist. I haven't ridden it since but I understand that it's now very popular. I certainly wouldn't be using the same gears today!
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I also remember climbing up Old La Honda a couple of times on my Raleigh SuperCourse with probably 42-25 gearing. Of course, I was in my 20s then.
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I also remember climbing up Old La Honda a couple of times
I just followed it on Google "Street View". What a cool road!
Gotta hit that one sometime when I'm down that ways..
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I just followed it on Google "Street View". What a cool road!
Gotta hit that one sometime when I'm down that ways..
Matt, I have a feeling you’ll do that ride on your fixed gear bike! I believe @gugie did that ride a couple of years ago on his zero bike.
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Yeah, it snowed last week, and it didn’t get above freezing today, but the roads were clear and the sun was shining so my buddy and I got out for a 40 miler.

Down here that’s not a “clear road”, that’s “OMG no way I can make it to work” road.
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Down here that’s not a “clear road”, that’s “OMG no way I can make it to work” road.
Well, in the interest of full disclosure, that was a side gravel road where we stopped so my buddy could take a bio break. We were on blacktop for the ride (with frequent slush piles). A couple of weekends ago, a part our route was just glazed ice, but no turns or braking were required, so we forged on. We did avoid that route yesterday, however.
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Matt, I have a feeling you’ll do that ride on your fixed gear bike!
Yah,
I don't think so
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After a month of bitter cold and snow temperatures finally warmed up in to the low 30s.

One of the best birthday presents I could ask for - after work today I got to ride my age (in km ) and was treated to a gorgeous sunset. Cheers!

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