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Old 07-29-18, 08:57 PM
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Had a family gathering to celebrate the 100th anniversary of my parents house. First time all the siblings and 90% of the grandchildren had been together in quite a few years. Since I was in the Palouse again I had to go tackle Steptoe Butte that we just rode two weeks ago in the Tour de Palouse. This time I tackled the climb at 7:30 am so the temps were much better. Unfortunately, the only rain I encountered was at the summit, and big heavy drops at that, and I couldn't cut it loose on the downhill with wet tires. Still a fun ride - wish I could do it more often. My dad used to do intervals on that climb - the most being 5 in one day.









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Old 07-29-18, 09:56 PM
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Had a family gathering to celebrate the 100th anniversary of my parents house. First time all the siblings and 90% of the grandchildren had been together in quite a few years.
Now that was a memorable event to record.
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Thanks for sharing these photos - they grabbed my attention and I found out a bit more about Henry Whitfield here. I am impressed with the man who travelled across the Atlantic in 1639 with a bunch of mates to setup a new life.
https://minerdescent.com/2011/11/10/...nry-whitfield/
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Old 07-30-18, 08:56 AM
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This makes for a "bumpy" ride home. Jumped the chain past the big chain ring on my dad's Vitus/Peugeot on a shake down ride to see what it needs and then jammed the crankset as the chain got to the pedal. Happened about 9 miles from home. I got the chain back on and hear a "noise". After finally stopping a 2nd time I finally saw the damage - sheered teeth from the upper pulley on the rear derailleur. Not the first Simplex I've had with this problem. The advantage was the faster I spun the less noise it made and more efficient the chain was going over that spot so it was still a good workout.

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Took the Fisher out for a run and saw this tree. Reminded me of "It's a mad mad world". Wasn't the cash under the 'W'?
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Old 07-30-18, 04:36 PM
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Did 23+ miles around town today (23.6 according to Strava). Went by the MOOG factory, and to check out the Asheville Velodrome.





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Old 07-31-18, 08:40 AM
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You got a velodrome to play on!!
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Old 07-31-18, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by 3speedslow View Post
You got a velodrome to play on!!

I do, and it's ridiculously close to where I am currently living. I've wanted to ride on a track forever, as I grew up almost quite as ridiculously close to the Lehigh Valley Velodrome (Trexlertown). Never had the opportunity to though. I'm going to be looking into what it takes to ride the one here.
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Old 08-01-18, 10:44 AM
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That's cool that they let you ride your road bike on the track. Our local velodrome is strict on track bikes only.

Did you try riding the banking?
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I don't know the track rules, so I only rode around the base on the designated bike path part. I need to look into it further before actually riding on the track part. If I recall correctly, they wanted you to wear helmets at the minimum. It's not a very banked track, but still...
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Old 08-01-18, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
If I recall correctly, they wanted you to wear helmets at the minimum.
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It makes sense to require track bikes only if there are lots of riders on the track. You don't want someone just ahead of you to brake.
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Took the Fisher out for a run and saw this tree. Reminded me of "It's a mad mad world". Wasn't the cash under the 'W'?
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Old 08-04-18, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by hazetguy View Post
I don't know the track rules, so I only rode around the base on the designated bike path part. I need to look into it further before actually riding on the track part. If I recall correctly, they wanted you to wear helmets at the minimum. It's not a very banked track, but still...
We have the Alpenrose velodrome across town built in 1967 for the National Championships, one of the steepest in the country. It is open for all to ride anytime as long as no organized event is going on and they have beginner events regularly.

We rode out to it back in high school a few times and rode it, what a blast. I have got to get back on it.

If I was you I would and yours is open to the public with no posted rules, I'd be on it in a second.
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Originally Posted by MezzoLew View Post
Thanks for sharing these photos - they grabbed my attention and I found out a bit more about Henry Whitfield here. I am impressed with the man who travelled across the Atlantic in 1639 with a bunch of mates to setup a new life.
https://minerdescent.com/2011/11/10/...nry-whitfield/
Thanks, that was a good read.

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You got a velodrome to play on!!
I do, and it's ridiculously close to where I am currently living. I've wanted to ride on a track forever, as I grew up almost quite as ridiculously close to the Lehigh Valley Velodrome (Trexlertown). Never had the opportunity to though. I'm going to be looking into what it takes to ride the one here.
Cesspool of sin Asheville NC! I lived a couple of blocks from this for 6 years...until about 3 years ago.

They used to to race cars on that track until the 80s, before the great revitalization of West Asheville. I still work in the area, but live in Greenville SC now.

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Biked up the Swamp Rabbit Trail to Furman University here in Greenville, SC. Finding myself tethered to a trailer lately. My daughter better return the favor one day when I’m too old to ride




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Making hay while the sun shines.



The wheat was harvested Friday and hay making yesterday and today. Hay baling is slowly disappearing as a viable process.
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^^^ seeing more of those rectangle shaped bales these days, but the circular ones are still my favorite (file)

With all the rain we've had over the last 2 weeks, mushrooms are popping up everywhere
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Adorable. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did with my two kids.
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Are those 24 inch wheels or are you 6'10! What a bike! If you see a rabbit with a top hat and a big pocket watch go past you I strongly advise to go easy on those mushrooms .
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[sarcasm]I'm sure very tall people never get told they are very tall.[/sarcasm]
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It's about the bike

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[sarcasm]I'm sure very tall people never get told they are very tall.[/sarcasm]
I have a son who is 6'8 and another who is 6'6. I'm always looking for bikes that are tall and curious as to how the ride differs from just raising the seat and extending the stem.
Whether someone considers someone very tall or very short has nothing to do with my interest pertaining to the effects of the geometry of what, to me at least, is a very rare bike.
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I have a son who is 6'8 and another who is 6'6. I'm always looking for bikes that are tall and curious as to how the ride differs from just raising the seat and extending the stem.
Whether someone considers someone very tall or very short has nothing to do with my interest pertaining to the effects of the geometry of what, to me at least, is a very rare bike.
Ah OK, I get it now. Thanks for clarifying. And now you'll forgive me for saying: You're very tall!
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Originally Posted by Johno59 View Post
Are those 24 inch wheels or are you 6'10! What a bike! If you see a rabbit with a top hat and a big pocket watch go past you I strongly advise to go easy on those mushrooms .

Sorry the Purple Haze heading threw me off, but yeah it's a tall boy. I'm 6'5" and shrinking...and getting used to now riding smaller frames with higher seat extensions. It's not as uncommon to find 66 cm / 27" frames as you'd think, but seems to be hard to find them on anything higher up the product lines of the various mfg's.

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