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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

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Old 11-12-21, 03:31 PM
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My thing with old bikes now is like my thing with old watches - they're SO CHEAP for what you get, if you know how to work on them! But what stops me on the bikes is that my 9 bikes take up about a 7'x7'x7' cube, whereas I have at least 100 watches in 6 smallish dresser drawers, with room for more.
I get it. I have a couple vintage sleds, and my honest and true favorite is my Schwinn. It rides like a truck, and flex is something that bike has no idea of. The Puch, on the other hand, is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Flexy, noodle-y thing that it is. I've mentioned before, but I did a 300k on that thing, because it "looks" all Rando-ish, and it pretty much cured me of every doing something that silly ever again. I'll never sell any of them, because I'm just that way, but some get ridden more than others, that's for sure.
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Old 11-12-21, 03:34 PM
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Bingo. That I do get. I like their stuff, but the team reimbursement is such, it would be seriously silly to go out in anything but team kit at this point.
I have two Rapha merino sweaters - they're among my favorite articles of clothing. I wish they still made that particular series; I never did get my hands on the button-down version, despite ordering it three times. They did just release a new sweater, but it's got a synthetic wind block panel on the chest and... meh.
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Old 11-12-21, 03:37 PM
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Considering the relative inflexibility of trains, it probably makes more sense to move the road so it crosses the tracks at a right angle.
They are NOT going to move the road for cyclists.

I wonder if they might build a short section "bike path" that goes wide of the road and comes across perpendicular, on each side, though. Hmmm.....
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I think he was referring to mowing lawns.
I may have been too subtle.
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I had the 7x9 ears - they're hard to find, but they're out there. Well, unless Trek completely changed the rotary clamp between the '19 and '20 model years.
From what I've been able to research that's exactly what happened. I understand the '19 model had the mast cap whereas the '20 has the internal mast. Regardless, I have not been able to find a 7 X 9 set of ears that fits the '20 model, and the shop tells me there is no such thing.
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Old 11-12-21, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Mojo31 View Post
From what I've been able to research that's exactly what happened. I understand the '19 model had the mast cap whereas the '20 has the internal mast. Regardless, I have not been able to find a 7 X 9 set of ears that fits the '20 model, and the shop tells me there is no such thing.
Yeah, I knew that they'd changed the mast, but would have hoped that they'd kept the working bits of the rotary clamp the same. Not a terribly surprising dumb move, though.
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Old 11-12-21, 04:11 PM
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I can't do vintage for a drop bar bike - just a part of me that wants some level of interchangeability with my existing bikes - but I really should look at used bikes for a dapper casual ride.
My brother's been outfitting his family with vintage Schwinns. He's currently refurbing a 70s era Suburban for his wife.
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Tomorrow's forecast is looking wetter by the hour.
Better start early, then.
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It stopped raining long enough for me to ride down to the coffee shop to grab a bag of beans and have an espresso.

Facing North. The woods where the wind blows our fallen leaves is in the background.

Not a stock photo.
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Old 11-12-21, 04:27 PM
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My brother's been outfitting his family with vintage Schwinns. He's currently refurbing a 70s era Suburban for his wife.
I briefly looked through my CL. Nothing lit me on fire, but a couple cruisers were okay.

A few years ago, one of the guys in my club came across a vintage steel Japanese bike that was locked up off the beaten path. He checked in on it for the better part of the year and then, with winter looming, he decided to liberate it and leave a note. It never did get claimed, so he cleaned it up and uses it for casual rides. It is very dapper with original root beer-ish paint and the new saddle and hammered fenders. I'd love to find something like that - I'm jealous envious every time he rolls it out.
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Old 11-12-21, 04:28 PM
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It stopped raining long enough for me to ride down to the coffee shop to grab a bag of beans and have an espresso.

Facing North. The woods where the wind blows our fallen leaves is in the background.

Not a stock photo.
Soothing photo. I like it.
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I can't do vintage for a drop bar bike - just a part of me that wants some level of interchangeability with my existing bikes - but I really should look at used bikes for a dapper casual ride.
Yeah, there's not a lot of interchangeability among my bikes. The way I define my collecting drives it in the opposite direction, because I don't want redundancy. So, no two bikes have the same groupset.
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My take on old road bikes is, if it was a good bike in 1982, and it's working as well as it was in 1982, then it's still a good bike. There may be newer, lighter, faster, more ergonomic bikes, but a 1982 high-end racing bike was built to ride and ride fast, so that's what I try to do. When I go out on them, I don't baby them.
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A fattie would get me out more in the winter and even allow me to hit some MTB trails.
A fattie used to get me going when I lived where there was winter..oh, wait...
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Afternoon activity


Many leaves moved in a few short hours.

Like a smart sailor, I had to be keenly aware of the unpredictable shifting winds.


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The fenders came in handy for the many puddles I encountered.
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Yeah, there's not a lot of interchangeability among my bikes. The way I define my collecting drives it in the opposite direction, because I don't want redundancy. So, no two bikes have the same groupset.
Ha - yeah, we're pretty much coming from exactly opposite sides: ideally, I'd like redundancy of parts but not of purpose, whereas you've got redundancy of purpose but not of parts.
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Map of the Day

12 November 2021

Brenner Base Tunnel

No cycling access, sadly.

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The casual bike gets me to the grocery store or nearby social gathering and allows me to wear my Rapha sweaters unironically.
I can't quite remember the size, but we have a really lovely Time Urbain in the shop that would fit that role nicely. It's even 11 speed Shimano!

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I can't quite remember the size, but we have a really lovely Time Urbain in the shop that would fit that role nicely. It's even 11 speed Shimano!
How do you say, "**** it - just throw some straight bars on it and call it a day," in French?

It kind of reminds me of the old Trek District Carbon with Gates drive (man, did I want one of those). Out of curiosity, does it have any nods to the practical, like fender or rack mounts?
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That area did look too small to be a Billy Joel song

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Left knee is starting to hurt when I pedal. I adjusted cleat position helped a little bit. Almost feels like something is rubbing……

Should I ice it?
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