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Old 07-25-21, 11:02 AM
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Finally got around to finishing the Daccordi today, and took it for a shakedown ride and some pictures. The sky looked ominous, so I made sure not to stray too far from home.





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My birthday is coming up, but I’ll be working so decided to get the birthday miles in today. Set out on what I thought would be 50-55 miles (looking for 53} and it turned out to be a hard 66 miles. I rode from just outside the town of Crozet north along the shoulder of the Blue Ridge. I went up the climb on Simmons Gap road to Skyline drive, back south and descended through Rockfish Gap back to my start. Very muggy day , but cloudy and threatened rain, so temps weren’t too bad, especially up on the mountain. Thought for sure I’d get wet today, but only rain was about 2 minutes to cool me off at mile 53. Thanks for the birthday present weather gods! I thought the birthday trick today would be 5300 feet of climbing, but the last bit in the final picture below put me at 5400 for the day. My wife and youngest met me at the peach orchard at the finish for a peach milk shake.



My task for the day is to get up there

For those of you who know Simmons Gap Rd, I approached from the other direction, which meant a stiff paved climb followed by direct descent to the real climb.

Doc Cannondale Memeorial Rest Stop

Skyline Drive looking southwest

Home stretch I only had to climb a little bit of that before downhill rest of the way home
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
The sky looked ominous...


Ominous skies make for some of the best photos!

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Took the $50 ‘88 Specialized Sirrus for an out-and-back to scenic Hodges, SC this morning.



Gravel + bike does NOT equal gravelbike in this case!

The obligatory full-on drive side photo

Coming in from the Due West/Abbeville Highway, with the bike leaning against the old People’s Bank.

Right before I took the last picture my 22-year-old Diadora cycling shoe’s sole popped loose; it flopped from the back of the cleat to the heel. I rode home and glued it back together for tomorrow’s ride.
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Old 07-25-21, 09:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Chuck M View Post
That picture is of the Schwinn Records that are currently on the bike. The Paselas will be here Monday
Please, before you take off the Records and mount the Paselas, put the bike in a really low gear and see if you can peel out, leaving some of the old, crumbling tread on the road. And take pics

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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Had a spoke failure at the nipple when about 5 miles into Friday's ride (Colnago). I bent it a little bit so as to trap it between a couple neighboring spokes. Got home safely at very low speed; this is a 32H wheelset and the lost spoke gave the rear wheel a good bend. Once home I switched out to the Davidson and got my 30 for the day. I figured I'd drop off the wheel today and get the spoke replaced/wheel trued.

I wish.







Goodbye, Campy Hi-Low

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That fatigue crack has been growing for some time. How old do you think the wheel / bike is? Any idea how many miles it has run? How easy is it to find a replacement wheel hub?
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Tommasini got a little gravel on the Cedar River trail

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In my continuing effort to seek out new routes, I headed out for a new-to-me route including the climb up Snake Road in the Oakland/Montclair hills. I went down Snake Road for the first time last week. The road condition leaves a lot to be desired, with a combination of potholes and long crevices on a curvy downhill. However, the road condition isn't as much of an issue when going up. It's only a 2.5 mile & 800'--steep at the bottom but leveling out for the last mile. Snake Rd. is right in the middle of other connecting roads I ride often, so I definitely foresee adding this stretch of road to my regular routes. After making it up to Grizzley Peak via Snake Road, I made my way back to Berkeley along the ridgeline with gorgeous views of the SF Bay today, before a final photo stop at the Berkeley Rose Garden. Total 24 miles and 2,521' elevation gain.

A couple of views from the East Bay hills with the Golden Gate Bridge and SF in the distance. There were some nice (shadow?) patterns in the bay today.

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Old 07-27-21, 07:36 PM
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A couple of views from the East Bay hills...

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Talked to a newsman from Carolina covering the super bowl. He asked where to get the best shots of SF. Told him the east bay hills.
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Old 07-27-21, 08:26 PM
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Just a handful of raindrops on today's ride through the cow country of West Marin and Sonoma counties.





The fanciful metal sculptures were at the entrance to a very fancy organic farm.



The rabbit on the scooter was all show and no go: He refused to race me, claimed I moved too much like a tortoise who once made a fool out of him.


71 miles, 4,300 feet of climbing.
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Old 07-27-21, 09:31 PM
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Nice De Rosa and roses, but the hillside view looks dry and dangerous.
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Originally Posted by gaucho777 View Post
In my continuing effort to seek out new routes, I headed out for a new-to-me route including the climb up Snake Road in the Oakland/Montclair hills. I went down Snake Road for the first time last week. The road condition leaves a lot to be desired, with a combination of potholes and long crevices on a curvy downhill. However, the road condition isn't as much of an issue when going up. It's only a 2.5 mile & 800'--steep at the bottom but leveling out for the last mile. Snake Rd. is right in the middle of other connecting roads I ride often, so I definitely foresee adding this stretch of road to my regular routes. After making it up to Grizzley Peak via Snake Road, I made my way back to Berkeley along the ridgeline with gorgeous views of the SF Bay today, before a final photo stop at the Berkeley Rose Garden. Total 24 miles and 2,521' elevation gain.

A couple of views from the East Bay hills with the Golden Gate Bridge and SF in the distance. There were some nice (shadow?) patterns in the bay today.

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De Rosa in the roses

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Nice De Rosa and roses, but the views of the bay look a bit dry and dangerous.
That sucks!
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Nice De Rosa and roses, but the views of the bay look a bit dry and dangerous.
That sucks!
They're working to clear the underbrush! This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago:

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Old 07-28-21, 05:01 PM
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Took a nice 10 mile or so ride just outside Fairplay on CR 14 found a nice short trail only about a mile that I haven't road before. Some really great wild flowers including some rare white ghost poppies.




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Old 07-28-21, 07:05 PM
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Schwinn Collegiate on Capital Crescent Trail

This past Saturday morning I took my $25 Philly bike co-op 1969 Schwinn Collegiate 5-speed from Bethesda to Foggy Bottom and back via the Capital Crescent Trail! Total of 16.2 miles. 7:30 to 9 am. Got some nice views of Rosslyn, the Key Bridge, Dalecarlia Tunnel, and Neal Potter Plaza.

Sadly I am too green to post photos or links directly. Check out my Google Photos album below.

https : // photos.app.goo.gl / zLppXHjYXCHRiYQ89

Next time I will try biking all the way to the National Arboretum and probably take the Metro back to Bethesda. The W&OD and Mt. Vernon Trail are in my future too

Any fellow DC bikers?
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Very nice riding weather today got to take my recently repaired with cheap thrift sore parts single speed trainer out for local ride on back roads and trails around Fairplay.. For a old lower end restro moded single speed the Nishiki still rides great.




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Beautiful day for a ride. Could have done without the staple in the tire though.

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Yesterday after work and this morning.




The freight train interrupted my attempt at breaking my personal best riding home.
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A different approach to Snoqualmie Pass yesterday
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Different bike, opposite wheel - but still another spoke breakage:



On the plus side, I got home with no real problems as the rim hardly went out of true, but since it broke mid-span, it tinked against the inside fork leg every once in awhile to remind me the front wheel was compromised

Apres-ride, on my way back from grocery shopping, I finally got a photo of the elusive beaver that's been causing some much mayhem to the saplings along our local stream:



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We've had a string of days with temps in the early 90s, but a cold front finally came through, so I did 60 miles up into Lake County.

About 7 miles into the ride, I hit some glass. I stopped to clean the tire and noticed that there were two bare spots. Over 2.2K miles on this one, so I guess I'm due. Decided to continue, but lay off any "hi-G" maneuvers.



Decided to head down the always beautiful Telegraph road.



Pretty quiet, except for the occasional dummkopf over-revving their Porsche.



Saw a doe with 2 fawns. One of the fawns literally high-tailed it into the woods before I could snap a pic.



Wildflowers along the high-tension lines are blooming like crazy this year. The Purple Coneflowers are numerous.



Bike pic with a crumbling base of an electric rail tower.

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@Drillium Dude Bummer about the spoke breakage. Unusual place for a break, especially on a front wheel. I wonder if the spoke had somehow been damaged or gouged on the side beforehand. Next time you can twist the remaining spoke around an adjacent spoke to prevent it from smacking the fork. As a Clyde who rides light race wheels, I typically bring a spoke wrench just in case of in-ride adjustments, plus it doubles as a valve core remover in case I need to add sealant.
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Well, 34 miles on my newest rebuild … White Rock Lake, 95f, SE wind@5mph, cloudless sky, 40oz of water …
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Different bike, opposite wheel - but still another spoke breakage:



On the plus side, I got home with no real problems as the rim hardly went out of true, but since it broke mid-span, it tinked against the inside fork leg every once in awhile to remind me the front wheel was compromised

Apres-ride, on my way back from grocery shopping, I finally got a photo of the elusive beaver that's been causing some much mayhem to the saplings along our local stream:



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Odd spoke break right in the middle on what looks to be quality spoke and wheel to bad to have multiple spoke breaks on good wheels in a row.
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