I went for a ride today, here are some pictures

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kmcdon
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Sorry, I CBA to make these pics look nice, the lighting is just too harsh.

We did a bikepacking trip with one of the guys from Surly last weekend, our shop puts it on every year.


In previous years, they've driven a van of demo bikes up for us to ride around, but this year they only shipped out whichever bikes were requested, so I took an ECR. I still have it, gotta bring it back one of these days. I wonder if they'll ask for it back someday?

The group before departure, before we realized what a deathmarch this was going to be. We did this route: http://www.bikepacking.com/routes/family-bikepacking-salida/ and we were under the impression that if these people did it with kid trailers, it'd be pretty easy.

Well, not so much.

The first mile was pretty good, but it quickly turned into a 90 degree (temperature), very steep ascent.

Ladybiek had been sick all week, and tried to do the ride anyway, but she ended up getting severe heat exhaustion, migranes, and nausea at about the 6 mile point. Begrudgingly, she ended up coasting back down the hill to go get the truck. We were originally under the impression that parts of our route were going to be inaccessible by car, so we ditched the idea of a SAGwagon. Turns out we were wrong, so she ended up providing support for the route, which proved to be an essential lifesaving decision.


Top of the first climb. By this point, another rider had dropped out from the heat, and many of the other riders started ditching their extra water in the truck. See, there was no filterable water on this route, so every rider was instructed to carry 6-10 liters of water for the trip. FUCK THAT NOISE. We had about 8 camelbaks and countless platypus bags of water in the jeep by this point.


18 miles and 3800' of gain later, everybody was happy to be at camp.


The jeep proved to be essential again, because I woke up hungover and dehydrated, unable to ride. Another rider sliced a tire and decided to ride in the truck as well. I'm not proud about taking the easy way out, but it sure was comfortable. Also, everyone was glad to have the several gallons of water and cold beer that she drove up that night. It was also really nice to be able to take the trash in the jeep instead of making people carry it.

trigger warning: blood
One of our riders washed out on some loose sand and ended up ripping enough skin off to get down to the tendon. Score #8 for the jeep, we had an extensive first aid kit (larger than what you'd normally carry on a bike) so we got him all patched up.


After we patched him up, we did some slow driving exploring, to give the riders some peace and quiet.

LB and I are going to attempt this route again in the springtime, when the temps don't go above 90 degrees and there is water to filter.

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 12:20
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5252)

Nice pix, is that the ECR top right? Looks damn fun anyway.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:07
cousinmosquito
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Jumped over the road again for some more hills today in my lunch hour. The Hutt Valley is a bit like a skate bowl with MTB trails on the Eastern Hills and seal on the Western hills. If my buddy had changed his tires like he was supposed to we could have taken in some very cool gravel. Instead we did 550 metres elevation on the seal in 57 mins. Its was blowing like a mofo. At least its dry.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Wed, 09/13/2017 - 23:11
kmcdon
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(Reply to #5254)

Nah, that's an instigator 2.0, which is 26 inch/2.75". Probably a lot of fun, never ridden one. My only ECR pic is in PYBT from last week.

edit: there's a pic of it in pic #3, bottom row, third from the right. It has red ortlieb panniers. (Would normally use a buttrocket, but we were told to carry so much water that I wanted the pan-yays.)

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 00:54
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5255)

Oh yeah. I thought there was something different about the proportions.

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Thu, 09/14/2017 - 01:15
Viggen
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I went for a ride yesterday so here's a vidya.

Whippin Skidz wrote:
This is tarck, there is a complicated solution to everything and we will endlessly discuss until an agreed upon solution has been tabled. This is out of your hands now.

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 03:39
cousinmosquito
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Lunch-time CX ride. The uphill single track was good but then we had to go back a different way when we realised the paddocks were closed for lambing. Stink. No gravel descent.
https://scontent-syd2-1.cdninstagram.com/t50.2886-16/21869427_174647229776418_7937983467277516800_n.mp4

More wonderful than you can believe it

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 03:21
shane.rrr
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Did a short ride (25-30 miles) last night.


Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:25
yummygooey

Devils Gulch on Saturday:
fall colors by yummygooey, on Flickr

distracting views and switchbacks by yummygooey, on Flickr

Kachess Ridge on Sunday:
tfw you ride into a cloud by yummygooey, on Flickr

<3 by yummygooey, on Flickr

some rocks by yummygooey, on Flickr

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:28
shane.rrr
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Those are gorgeous pictures!

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:45
cousinmosquito
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ha ha. Images not working for me. Will try the link option. Morning commute, 80 metres from work and I puncture. Timing is everything.
https://instagram.fcbr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/t51.2885-15/e35/22157273_271097760076639_3047978817835499520_n.jpg

More wonderful than you can believe it

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 17:42
emor
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Damn, Mr. Y. Gooey, you take some damn fine bike ride photos.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:13
yummygooey

Thanks! Though I really just think the PNW is super photogenic.

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:25
emor
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I took a lot of really bad photos in the PNW, and your best are definitely way better than my best

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:52
kmcdon
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First snow commute of the year. Merino wool baselayers and fake gore-tex bombshelter did well.

I don't want to, but I know eventually I'll have to ditch the fenders.

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 12:44
liquify
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The ridge was pretty today.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr
Stopped for some water refills.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr
Roads were pretty solid.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr
Felt like crap, but kept climbing for the fun descent. Also had to appreciate the new signs.
Jekyll by lwkwafi, on Flickr

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 21:16
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5267)

Shite, pretty bike!

More wonderful than you can believe it

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:49
Viggen
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Autumn around here is pretty nice, give it a week and then most of the ground will be frozen solid and we'll have hella grip every where.

Whippin Skidz wrote:
This is tarck, there is a complicated solution to everything and we will endlessly discuss until an agreed upon solution has been tabled. This is out of your hands now.

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 12:31
mdilthey
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(Reply to #5269)

kmcdon wrote:

First snow commute of the year. Merino wool baselayers and fake gore-tex bombshelter did well.

I don't want to, but I know eventually I'll have to ditch the fenders.

What's your fake gore-tex bombshelter of choice?

26/M/41t N/W

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:36
kmcdon
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mdilthey wrote:
kmcdon wrote:

First snow commute of the year. Merino wool baselayers and fake gore-tex bombshelter did well.

I don't want to, but I know eventually I'll have to ditch the fenders.

What's your fake gore-tex bombshelter of choice?

EMS System3

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 12:38
cousinmosquito
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What should have been a nice climb, but was sabotaged by Avid brakes. Ride over already.
Downstairs putting on some Shimano SLX brakes now. Avids going in the bin where they belong.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 18:28
iwillbe
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First truly fall-feeling ride this fall. four and change hours east-south-east of Richmond VA, looping out past the airport and coming back through battlefield. actually a bit chilly and damp at the start.
-bought a 6 pack of super cheap stretch poly buff/neck gaiters recently, they are pretty great for transitional weather. Also they come in fun colors, so hello added accessorizing!
-got my first real puncture since setting up my wheels with tubeless tires. Didn't even notice the initial puncture, just saw a bit of tire milk on my shoes. An hour later, cornering hard, I must have knocked loose the scab, because the puncture blew air (and sealant) for about three revolutions, and then sealed itself. In the back of my mind, I'd sort of been assuming that road tubeless wouldn't be able to seal quickly enough to stop this kind of puncture from flatting - something about high pressure, low volume, and the spread of sealant through a lot of circumference seemed like it would handle a real hole poorly, but I was wrong. Tire only dropped about 20psi through all of this, which is pretty impressive.

All music is just the Eagles with different geometry.

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 21:55
Blakey
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those gloves are incredible.

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 22:21
shane.rrr
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Went on a short overnight camping trip across the river to a state park in Indiana. Went exploring this abandoned amusement park from the early 20th Century that is located in the state park. Very cool and the fall scenery was beautiful. I have more pictures but for some reason they didn't upload into my google photos so right now all you get is this slightly blurry and slightly mushy picture of my SO and I.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 08:52
Rusty Piton
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What panniers are those?

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:15
jdsmooth
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swooning

Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 11:19
kmcdon
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(Reply to #5277)

Rusty Piton wrote:
What panniers are those?

looks like these
https://builtbyswift.com/shop/jr-ranger-panniers/

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:16
shane.rrr
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kmcdon wrote:
Rusty Piton wrote:
What panniers are those?

looks like these
https://builtbyswift.com/shop/jr-ranger-panniers/

You are correct!

Tue, 11/07/2017 - 12:35
cousinmosquito
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I organised a Grinduro on sunday. Started early on this stage to catch some video of the good riders passing me, actaully, all the riders except a couple in truth!
It was a blast. https://instagram.fsea1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/t50.2886-16/23583698_2104427306251132_3906494062491860992_n.mp4

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 03:00
mdilthey
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Thanksgiving fatbike ride. Took my pugs down to the Atlantic Ocean and rode to a sweet bonfire that the town fire department throws. Pallets for scale. BIG fire.

Sleeping outside tonight, on the water, in our new tent. HY!

26/M/41t N/W

Thu, 11/23/2017 - 21:38
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mdilthey wrote:

OMGYES

Bikes suck. Don't ride one.

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 22:09
Perlhammered
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Bombed around some single track on this increasingly ugly and weird machine for a bit today. Only crashed a couple of times!

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 16:58
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Was too lazy to drive out of the city, so I got in some chill laps in McLaren park. There's a mishmash of really nice, mellow singletrack and kind of mediocre singletrack in there, but there's a whole fucking lot of it for a park inside city limits. The sight lines are pretty good and the dog walkers and hikers don't really seem to give a shit that I'm riding there as long as I give them space and don't just come flying around blind corners. You have to stop often enough that you rarely get a full, uninterrupted run down some of the longer trails, but everybody seems pretty courteous and reasonable, which is kind of surprising in San Francisco these days.

There are also some pretty nice views of the bay and the southeastern part of the city (pictured, with a bike in the way).

Sat, 11/25/2017 - 20:19
mdilthey
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26/M/41t N/W

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 13:10
shane.rrr
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Went to Vermont to see my SO's family for thanksgiving. Got a couple rides in, the northeast is beautiful! Was so windy, was coasting at 13 mph no pedaling. Then had to pedal back later. haha

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 09:31
Rusty Piton
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Rode some beautiful trails through some autumnal woods.

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 10:31
mdilthey
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(Reply to #5287)

shane.rrr wrote:

Went to Vermont to see my SO's family for thanksgiving. Got a couple rides in, the northeast is beautiful! Was so windy, was coasting at 13 mph no pedaling. Then had to pedal back later. haha

You were here for a spurt of truly perfect late fall weather. Gorgeous weekend. The wind was absolutely nuts yesterday - I took the farm roads and felt like I was pushing against a linebacker.

26/M/41t N/W

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 11:58
shane.rrr
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mdilthey wrote:
shane.rrr wrote:

Went to Vermont to see my SO's family for thanksgiving. Got a couple rides in, the northeast is beautiful! Was so windy, was coasting at 13 mph no pedaling. Then had to pedal back later. haha

You were here for a spurt of truly perfect late fall weather. Gorgeous weekend. The wind was absolutely nuts yesterday - I took the farm roads and felt like I was pushing against a linebacker.

It was amazing. Cold but perfect. I can't wait to go back to the northeast.

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:14
cousinmosquito
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A lunchtime blast just now. That improved my mood. Nearly killed myself on the wife's fully tho, I'm faster and a lot safer on my drop barred bike. I need to ride f/s more.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 20:00
Rentable Faxmachine
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Blakey wrote:
those gloves are incredible.

I love mine. They make UberMachoBros uncomfortable, which makes me happy.

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:12
Rentable Faxmachine
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(Reply to #5291)

mdilthey wrote:

Like.

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:13
Rusty Piton
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cousinmosquito wrote:
A lunchtime blast just now. That improved my mood. Nearly killed myself on the wife's fully tho, I'm faster and a lot safer on my drop barred bike. I need to ride f/s more.

Does this bike have gripshift and bb7s?

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:17
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5293)

It certainly does. Both working like a dream. 9 speed. Clack cack clack. No more binding brakes bullshit either now that I ditched the Ouro hydros. Wife's bike, hence the dropper. Not sure she's even ridden it this year.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:41
mdilthey
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I went on a ride today, here are some pictures. Four fatbikes and a wicked homebrew. The first Sunday Sofa King Slow Jam Fatbike Ride with Laughing Dog Bicycles


Trail scouting with High Mileage Steve on a century loop. His daughter was visiting, so he couldn't join us.


I did this section of rail too. I didn't know I could actually do that. That's me in the Safety Susan vest.


That's me on the left, then Noah, Matt, Ben, and Rob. Rob is the guy behind pretty much all the bike infrastructure at UMass, including the bus bike racks used by the entire region. Ben and Noah work at Laughing Dog, and Ben just built up that Moonlander last week (this is Ride #2). Matt is a local rider and I don't know his whole story, but he's a WICKED nice guy and I had a blast watching him and Noah. They're way ahead of the rest of us.

New buddy Matt welded everything on that bike himself, including the truss fork. It was really light, and really fun (I tested it out).

26/M/41t N/W

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 17:53
shane.rrr
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Where can i read more about that bike?

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 08:20
Rusty Piton
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Stumbled on to this big cross race while out riding around.
Untitled by rudyluciani, on Flickr
Untitled by rudyluciani, on Flickr

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 09:24
shane.rrr
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Got out on the mtb for the first in a couple months. Felt good but I am out of shape haha.

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 10:08
mdilthey
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shane.rrr wrote:
Where can i read more about that bike?

I don't know if there's more info online. The dropouts are gorgeous and carved-out. The geometry is XC, and the headtube angle is designed for a rigid fork. He made the trusses detachable so that if the bike barspins in a crash, they'll just break loose and not damage the fork itself.

26/M/41t N/W

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:48
euclid
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So the trusses are cosmetic?

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:51
mdilthey
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Me: "So, can you feel the Truss working?"

Him: "Yeah, I think a little bit. I'll tell you what. It's not not stiff, you know?"

He was a cool guy, I think tarck would like his style. You could tell that this was a project he was just doing to see if he could do it, and to learn.

26/M/41t N/W

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 13:00

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