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Forum: Northeast
08-01-22, 10:33 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

I took the Rambouillet out for a quick spin on...

I took the Rambouillet out for a quick spin on the Minuteman before dinner. This is one of my basic rides, perhaps THE basic ride, and any day in which I find the time for it is better than any day...
Forum: Northeast
07-31-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

There goes an Arlington Police Department...

There goes an Arlington Police Department cruiser, up the Minuteman towards Lexington, on Official Business (godnose what). I followed, not my brightest move of the week, I will admit. I lost it....
Forum: Northeast
07-29-22, 10:49 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

Friday, I managed to putter around the house...

Friday, I managed to putter around the house aimlessly in the early afternoon, so by the time I found the bike (OAC Rambler), it was already later than I thought. I went spinning off anyway, and...
Forum: Northeast
07-28-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the Rambouillet (fast, elegant) on a...

Took the Rambouillet (fast, elegant) on a maintenance ride on the Minuteman. Most rides on the Minuteman are maintenance rides (cf. "mental health rides"), unless they are "transportation segments"....
Forum: Northeast
07-25-22, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out for a ride...

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out for a ride in the late afternoon, dodging between downpours....
Forum: Northeast
07-19-22, 03:56 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

Spent a little time yesterday reworking the...

Spent a little time yesterday reworking the cockpit on the Ocean Air Cycles Ramber: added light mounts on the front rack, mounted two lights there and a third on the handlebar, along with a Crane...
Forum: Northeast
07-19-22, 03:33 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

It feels like there's some hope for the riders...

It feels like there's some hope for the riders using pedal-assist. The throttle jockeys, not so much. It must be a different experience. On the Minuteman, they've become unremarkable. Lots of...
Forum: Northeast
07-19-22, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rumrunn6

more & more of these electric fat bikes, incl....

more & more of these electric fat bikes, incl. some folders, showing up on the trails. I'm pumping away, uphill & these peeps are just sailing along, not even pedaling! love them, envy them, not sure...
Forum: Northeast
07-17-22, 09:47 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the Rambouillet out for a quick sprint on...

Took the Rambouillet out for a quick sprint on the Minuteman up to Lexington Center and back before dinner on a sultry Sunday afternoon....
Forum: Northeast
07-16-22, 10:11 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the Rambouillet Saturday and rode East....

Took the Rambouillet Saturday and rode East....
Forum: Northeast
07-15-22, 08:45 PM
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Posted By rholland1951

I rarely ride at night at this time of year. This...

I rarely ride at night at this time of year. This evening was an exception: I rode out to Depot Park after dinner, a mid-July sunset ride on the Minuteman. Conditions were benign. As night fell, it...
Forum: Northeast
07-13-22, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rumrunn6

yes! & here is the same spot in January ...

yes! & here is the same spot in January
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Forum: Northeast
07-12-22, 09:47 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Got a call from the folks at Battle Road Bikes...

Got a call from the folks at Battle Road Bikes this afternoon: the 1987 GT Karakoram rigid MTB was ready to come home from the shop. Aside from a needed tune-up to renew the drivetrain after an...
Forum: Northeast
07-11-22, 09:31 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Rambouillet out to Depot Park on Monday...

Took the Rambouillet out to Depot Park on Monday afternoon, a hot sprint on a warm and breezy day....
Forum: Northeast
07-11-22, 02:19 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By autonomy

Congrats on the new wheels! Now the next natural...

Congrats on the new wheels! Now the next natural thing, of course, is to definitely put bigger tires on it!
I was pleasantly surprised to see the Trek store in that plaza as well as a new beer...
Forum: Northeast
07-10-22, 09:54 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Rambouillet out for a quick spin on the...

Took the Rambouillet out for a quick spin on the Minuteman before dinner. Good weather for it, with a bit of breeze....
Forum: Northeast
07-10-22, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By jimmuller

Mike, great pics! Here's the pic Sharon...

Mike, great pics!

Here's the pic Sharon took. It was great visiting with you! Our last contact was the ride we did with Bill in the rain April, 2017, I believe.
...
Forum: Northeast
07-10-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By Ghazmh

Lots has happened, lots to discuss since my last...

Lots has happened, lots to discuss since my last post here. Having started with a local tech company in Watertown at the beginning of April I can now fulfill my long time desire to commute to work on...
Forum: Northeast
07-09-22, 04:32 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rumrunn6

got out for a little while today ...

got out for a little while today
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this whole...
Forum: Northeast
07-09-22, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By jimmuller

This reminds me of the guy who when his doctor...

This reminds me of the guy who when his doctor told him they had cured his schizophrenia got so excited he was beside himself.

It's been a while since I last posted here. Have been riding mostly...
Forum: Northeast
07-05-22, 10:02 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

My son Sam invited me to lunch at his house in...

My son Sam invited me to lunch at his house in Watertown, so I hopped on the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle and rode on over. I paused to take a photo of my favorite Belmont street sign....
Forum: Northeast
07-05-22, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

The Concord material is helpful, thanks. This...

The Concord material is helpful, thanks. This situation reminds me of the long delays while the Northern Strand was receiving finishing touches.

rod
Forum: Northeast
07-04-22, 11:27 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

My son John and I took an Independence Day ride,...

My son John and I took an Independence Day ride, on a day that one would be hard pressed to improve on where weather and traffic conditions were concerned, 30 miles (more or less) that began and...
Forum: Northeast
06-22-22, 10:46 AM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

My son John and I went for a Summer Solstice...

My son John and I went for a Summer Solstice ramble along the Charles River, as far as the Moody Street Fish Ladder, 27 miles...
Forum: Northeast
06-21-22, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By autonomy

https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/42.46399/-71...

https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=18/42.46399/-71.35789
I always wondered about those sections, they must be secluded and overgrown. Post some pics if you make it there.

I have been to this...
Forum: Northeast
06-20-22, 06:56 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Fled the World's Vexations, which were certainly...

Fled the World's Vexations, which were certainly vexing enough, out the Minuteman on the Rawland Nordavinden, a bicycle whose praises I have sung at length elsewhere. ...
Forum: Northeast
06-18-22, 09:38 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out Saturday...

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out Saturday and rode East, dancing the bike up and down the hills and in and out of traffic through Arlington, Medford, Malden, Melrose, and Stoneham. Logged a 31...
Forum: Northeast
06-17-22, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle out on the...

Took the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle out on the Minuteman before dinner. Was mindful of the drivetrain setup, selected the appropriate gear ratio, and cranked like the dickens. The Ebisu was pleased to...
Forum: Northeast
06-16-22, 10:41 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe out Thursday...

Took the Surly Trucker DeLuxe out Thursday afternoon, rolling across the land beach buggy fashion thanks to a pair of 559-55 Compass Rat Trap Pass Extralight tires. I rode as far as North Bridge,...
Forum: Northeast
06-06-22, 03:55 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Unleash the Kraken! rod

Unleash the Kraken!

rod
Forum: Northeast
06-05-22, 07:18 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

Took the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle out for a spin...

Took the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle out for a spin on the Minuteman before dinner and before the Celtics game. I found myself noticing again that I built this bike with higher gear ratios than most of...
Forum: Northeast
06-02-22, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

The Appaloosa was looking ignored in the garage,...

The Appaloosa was looking ignored in the garage, so I took it for a lazy spin on the Minuteman before dinner....
Forum: Northeast
06-02-22, 06:51 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

Good things coming! Thanks for the update. ...

Good things coming! Thanks for the update.

rod
Forum: Northeast
05-31-22, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Rambouillet out to Depot Park this...

Took the Rambouillet out to Depot Park this afternoon, a gentle spin....
Forum: Northeast
05-30-22, 06:53 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rumrunn6

got out w/ the girls today. they both said yes so...

got out w/ the girls today. they both said yes so off we went. good day for a shady trail
...
Forum: Northeast
05-30-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10,141
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Posted By rholland1951

The other day, I took delivery from Battle Road...

The other day, I took delivery from Battle Road Bikes of the old Rivendell Rambouillet (there are no NEW Rivendell Rambouillets). It had been in the shop for some tweaking of the front derailleur,...
Forum: Northeast
05-29-22, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

I rode the 40-mile segment of the MassBike...

I rode the 40-mile segment of the MassBike Charlie Proctor Memorial Ride. Charlie Proctor, of course, was killed by a driver at the notorious Appleton Street/Mass. Ave. intersection in Arlington....
Forum: Northeast
05-26-22, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Rode the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle over to...

Rode the Ebisu All Purpose Bicycle over to Watertown to visit my son, Sam, and his daughter--ipso facto, my granddaughter--Ida. ...
Forum: Northeast
05-26-22, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rumrunn6

my new favorite riding temperature, is now the...

my new favorite riding temperature, is now the low 70s. what an afternoon
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the...
Forum: Northeast
05-25-22, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rumrunn6

oh man, if we could have THIS weather all summer...

oh man, if we could have THIS weather all summer long ...
Forum: Northeast
05-23-22, 08:33 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Good framesets often find surprising uses. In...

Good framesets often find surprising uses. In this case, I got the benefit of the previous owner's go-fast conversion project.

rod
Forum: Northeast
05-23-22, 08:31 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Grabbed the Rawland Nordavinden because I felt...

Grabbed the Rawland Nordavinden because I felt like riding it, took it on a quick sprint to Lexington Center on the Minuteman because that was all there was time for, both "quick" and "sprint" were...
Forum: Northeast
05-23-22, 08:41 AM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Sunday afternoon, in the heat of the day, I took...

Sunday afternoon, in the heat of the day, I took my somewhat under-utilized 1982 Specialized Sequoia born-again go-fast up the Mystic Valley Parkway to have a look at the Mystic Lakes scene in this...
Forum: Northeast
05-23-22, 08:03 AM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

We get them more or less yearly, in the Spring,...

We get them more or less yearly, in the Spring, typically for only one day. Amateur ornithological theory is that they are juveniles looking for a flock. They do look kind of clueless, so this theory...
Forum: Northeast
05-21-22, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out this...

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out this afternoon and rode East....
Forum: Northeast
05-21-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rumrunn6

& an electric biker with beach chairs & maybe 2...

& an electric biker with beach chairs & maybe 2 pizzas?

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Forum: Northeast
05-21-22, 05:45 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rumrunn6

think I saw an electric unicycle today. seemed...

think I saw an electric unicycle today. seemed very space-age!

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Forum: Northeast
05-19-22, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rumrunn6

wow, so inviting!

wow, so inviting!
Forum: Northeast
05-18-22, 10:55 PM
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Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Rivendell Appaloosa out on this...

Took the Rivendell Appaloosa out on this beautiful May afternoon. Vernal greenery dominated the scene....
Forum: Northeast
05-17-22, 10:44 PM
Replies: 10,141
Views: 1,248,348
Posted By rholland1951

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out to dance...

Took the Ocean Air Cycles Rambler out to dance with the wind on the Minuteman before dinner. The low trail geometry and 38mm Soma C Line tires give it both nimbleness and stability. The wind was...
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