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Old 10-04-22, 06:03 PM
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Pinarello Test Ride Reveals Flaw

Back to the Cape Cod Canal RT last Friday. More boat traffic than bikes while test riding a new CL find from Wednesday: a ‘99 Pinarello Stelvio.This bike rides beautifully and is very fast!
While reviewing my ride pics at the halfway point in Bourne, I noticed a chunk of front tire missing and then another missing piece when I examined the tire carefully. So… my return to Sandwich was much slower, thanks to a strong headwind and some additional rider caution.

Test rides, that’s why we do them. I’ll be on this bike again with fresh tires on Sunday on a bikeforums group ride to Wellfleet on another section of the Cape Cod Rail Trail (after another test ride).






This is the Buzzards Bay Railroad Lift Bridge. Finished in 1935, has a span of 544’ and is the 2nd longest lift bridge on the planet. If you look closely, you’ll see where a portion of my front tire is missing.



The Bourne Bridge is one of two that span the canal and are the only driveable ways to get on or off the Cape. Driving them today is an adventure, given that they were engineered for the slower and smaller vehicles of the time. Both of them were finished in the early 1930’s, and are scheduled for replacement, hopefully before I croak.
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Old 10-04-22, 11:52 PM
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My 20 yo carbon hike

Long ride to a nice but short trail.
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Old 10-05-22, 11:05 AM
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Last Saturday was The Heck of the North (the name is a play on "Hell of the North"), I rode the 105-mile course on my drop-bar Pugsley. I think I was annoying a rider on a nice new carbon gravel bike, he kept on seeing me on route and couldn't figure out how I was riding the same pace as him Truth is, the course has you riding some very tough sections of rocks, mud, grass, etc, and 4 inch tires let me ride these challenging conditions faster.

Here are the stats:
Distance: 104.5 miles
Elevation: 3,990 ft
Conditions: cloudy, 45F to 52F, 10 mph
Official time: 7:01:27
47th place of 160 finishers (& 11 DNF)
6th place of the 31 men in their 50s
And 1st of two fatbikes I saw on the course (& reviewed photos to confirm)
Finish line photo:



YouTube edit from my GoPro


The route ... 2022 route in blue and 2019 route in red, both shared the last 35 miles

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Old 10-05-22, 01:26 PM
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Done that ride several times, always enjoyed it. The Cape has some really nice dedicated paths. Nice pix
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Old 10-05-22, 09:47 PM
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Bought a new to me steel bike. Rode it for 18 miles. Sweet ride and my first Campy experience. All good.

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Old 10-07-22, 02:53 PM
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North County, Putnam, and Maybrook Trailways on a perfect day. Let's Go Mets!


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Old 10-09-22, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by IcySwan1 View Post
Bought a new to me steel bike. Sweet ride and my first Campy experience. All good.Mike
New bike? Pics or it didn't happen.


How's the weather up North?
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Hypno Toad - 100+ mi on a fat-tired bike in 7 hours is awesome! . Good finish line smile.








Oh to be 50s again. . Enjoying it thru you younger types.

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Old 10-09-22, 12:01 PM
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Torelli Countach OS. Veloce/Centaur. Orange tires rotted out. Now all black. Sweet, fast bike. I am in America at the moment for cataract and knee replacement surgeries but weather in Haines is vey harsh at the moment. Mike
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Old 10-09-22, 06:17 PM
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Less smoke today, so instead of a bunch of easy shorty rides on a bunch of bikes like the last 2 days - I rode kinda long (for me). 40 miles with only quick camera stops (many). The smoke has not been bad, really. And temps in 70s with more dry is something to savor, as it will change. Sure as the Pacific is an ocean.

Lugged steel - mixed tubeset but mostly EL-OS, Campa10

Lake Sammamish south end boat launch

The gliders landing alongside Issa/Hobart Rd.

Tis the spooky season.
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Old 10-11-22, 09:48 AM
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Did you ride today?

Not yet, hopefully this afternoon I will go out for 30 or so.

But this last Saturday I did the 65 mile Cycle Out Kids Cancer Ride that the City of Ridgeland MS sponsors.

Here is a video my son made. Just a bunch of people on bikes, I'm in there too! Look for the oyster white Tarmac. (Or what ever Spesh' calls that color)



Here is the route.....


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Old 10-14-22, 09:05 AM
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Too dry for vibrant colour - best reds

Hazy from smoke east of Cascades

A little hard-packed surface

A nice ride past the Intl Peace Garden

The reward at the end of this ride. Photo credit last pic to Big Sister, age 3. Excuse me, she would say 3 1/2!

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Old 10-15-22, 08:01 PM
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I am old

Yes I did my granddaughter help me set this account up so i can interact with other bikers and so glad to be on this discussion with you all so yes 25k ride today was a chilly one but a nice one
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Old 10-16-22, 12:55 PM
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Live about 5 miles from the ocean but stretched it out to a 26 mile loop ride. Some nice windey country roads between here and there. About 1000 feet climbing total.


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Old 10-16-22, 01:53 PM
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Not yet. Got a dusting of snow last night so may clear it first.....
No more snow for me!. The only snow I will ever will be on TV or in pics.
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Old 10-16-22, 01:56 PM
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Live about 5 miles from the ocean but stretched it out to a 26 mile loop ride. Some nice windey country roads between here and there. About 1000 feet climbing total.


Looks nice....
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Old 10-16-22, 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted by localbikelad View Post
Yes I did my granddaughter help me set this account up so i can interact with other bikers and so glad to be on this discussion with you all so yes 25k ride today was a chilly one but a nice one

Welcome. My granddaughter is 20 months and my twin grandsons are 9 months. They will be riding with soon.
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Old 10-16-22, 05:05 PM
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Only my 4th ride since June but a fun one. Managed 50 miles. Went into town in the historic district where lots of Halloween decorations were on display. Met my wife and son for some sushi and Pat Tai washed down with a tall Sapporo. Then rode the 15 miles back home. Perfect weather.





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Old 10-17-22, 08:01 PM
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Yesterday I did one of my favorite weekend rides: Only 28 miles, but with 1500 feet of climbing, most of that concentrated in the climb up to Blue Hill Observatory in Milton, MA. The elevation map is telling:

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Old 10-18-22, 06:22 AM
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Round barn selfie on Sunday's Gravel West ... I rode to-and-from the start for a 52-mile day with temps around 40F all day. The drop-bar Pugsley was overkill for the packed/fast gravel roads ... I mean, this bike is overkill for nearly all conditions, but I'm into it .



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Easy going ride, just keeping the wheels greased. 😎
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I declare the ‘cancer survivor 2’ bike an on the road success.


Buying it at a clearance price means they build it with what’s in the box, so I knew narrower bar would be needed (how do you guys ride 44s? My arms ache). Will also need a seatpost with no setback. Size XL.
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Old 10-21-22, 01:43 PM
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Got a nice XC/DH ride this morning:
IMG_2049 by 2cam16, on Flickr
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Old 10-21-22, 06:17 PM
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Broke out the old iron for my first Fall rainy day ride.




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Catalpa tree turning color

Autumn is in progress here. Today was nice - 70° and sunny.
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