I went for a ride today, here are some pictures

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emor
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Finally snowed. Was raining and 55 yesterday, hit 17 overnight with a couple inches of snow on top of that.

Made it to work and back on some well worn re-fuse tires with no drama despite the thick layers of rumbly ice coating everything. Except the bike path, which was plowed by 830 this morning.

Gonna try and get the POS ice bike running tonight.

"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, 12/05/2017 - 20:41
mdilthey
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Jelly

Snow's hitting us this weekend!

26/M/41t N/W

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:35
ramate
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(Reply to #5303)

McLaren is p-good. Definitely a lot of older Chinese folks milling around but I find they avoid steeper, rockier trails and like you said, really good at sharing the trail. It's still the best park for CX training I've found in SF, given how crowded most of GG park is.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:44
ramate
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Cliched ride that I've done a million times, but the view never gets old. No rain clouds in sight means no snow at Tahoe, but the great biking weather is a nice consolation.

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 22:54
shane.rrr
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What a view! Is the ride like MUP paved paths or what?

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 09:20
ramate
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(Reply to #5306)

Hawk hill itself is mostly road shoulder, but it's surprisingly empty that time of day (evening). There are a lot of gravel trails behind it though.

Sat, 12/09/2017 - 03:38
balooon
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3 from October

MUP in MD
bikes by Austen Mack-Crane, on Flickr

Chain bridge & the potomac before noodling some short riverside singletrack
Potomac by Austen Mack-Crane, on Flickr

kenilworth aquatic gardens on the way home from riding Ft Dupont
kenilworth_3 by Austen Mack-Crane, on Flickr

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 20:51
ramate
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(Reply to #5308)

You really need to true your front wheel - disaster waiting to happen, that.

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 00:14
balooon
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meh, I have to rebuild it with a new rim anyway, too lazy to do anything before that

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 18:28
cousinmosquito
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First and possibley the last TT of the season. It hadn't rained for over a month, until I headed home... Roman-candelled that one. A distinct absence of watts.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 20:15
iwillbe
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Rode for about an hour and a half. Just saw the usual kinds of things you see when you're out riding, totally normal.

All music is just the Eagles with different geometry.

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 23:13
Larry Winget
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That's a bigass bike. The white one is pretty big too.

The Pitbull of Personal Development®

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 02:17
Andrew_Squirrel
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Needs a miniature bicycle under your bottom bracket

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 16:43
dotMR
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Afterwork 25k "Brevet"

Checkpoint 1: IKEA

Bigger... on Flickr

Checkpoint 2: Bar

Spent way to long at this checkpoint, didn't make the time cut-off.

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 14:34
Rentable Faxmachine
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All brown, all the time.

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 22:16
VT regularbike
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(Reply to #5316)

dotMR wrote:
Afterwork 25k "Brevet"

Checkpoint 1: IKEA

Bigger... on Flickr

Checkpoint 2: Bar

Spent way to long at this checkpoint, didn't make the time cut-off.

I hope that's like a lamp or something light that just takes a huge box. I gotta know.

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 22:42
dotMR
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(Reply to #5317)

VT regularbike wrote:
I hope that's like a lamp or something light that just takes a huge box. I gotta know.

Kids loft bed. I think ~50 kg. The bike handles surprisingly well with most loads. It gets a little wonky when you start pushing 100kg though.

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 14:38
VT regularbike
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Yeah but why get something so heavy?

Miguel wrote:
i mean as long as we're spending money, lets just set the wallet on fire ok

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 19:57
Face
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Wanna carry less weight? Poop.

Mr. Pubes wrote:
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Sun, 01/07/2018 - 22:11
dotMR
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(Reply to #5320)

VT regularbike wrote:
Yeah but why get something so heavy?

they don't make lighter lofted beds :)

Seriously though, no car - this was a shopping trip

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 09:13
kmcdon
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Drove up from Denver to Ft. Collins to meet up with drwelby and a bunch of people to do a bike camping thing.




There were quite a lot of people in attendance.


drwelby likes pizza, it would seem.





Some pretty cool roads up here.


Me + LB.


Last picture I took before I went to bed. We're not super-social so we ended up passing out pretty early. My buddy Eric who came up was more talkative.



Morning was significantly colder than night. Bacon was nice.


Eric loves dogs.




Bikes before leaving in the AM.





Nice mostly-downhill back to town and slayed the breakfast burritos. I'm a messy eater, so no pics of that.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:04
shane.rrr
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That looks like an awesome time!! What were the temps like?

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:04
kmcdon
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During the ride it was pretty nice. T shirt weather. Dropped below 20°f overnight, morning was very cold.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 09:42
Tail Hook Lengthener
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I really wish we could enlarge photos.

Looks like a blast.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 10:41
drwelby
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There's a weather station further up the canyon that got down to 14F. I was using a sleep system that I had tested at 18F inside my bivy bag, but since the forecast was supposed to be higher I slept on top of the bag and felt a little bit cold right before sunrise.

Naturally, this bike is partially tarck's fault.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:04
kmcdon
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0 degree bag here, took up an entire pannier by itself but it was definitely worth it!

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:20
shane.rrr
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(Reply to #5327)

Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
I really wish we could enlarge photos.

Looks like a blast.

I right click, copy image location and just open that in a new tab. But its a hassle. haha.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:15
Tail Hook Lengthener
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Yeah, I do that where there's one photo of a bike. I'm not going to do that for a whole slideshow.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:24
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5329)

shane.rrr wrote:
Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
I really wish we could enlarge photos.

Looks like a blast.

I right click, copy image location and just open that in a new tab. But its a hassle. haha.

Right click, view image, then back on the top left with the browser back arrow is the easiest. I really like that Soma.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:49
jimmythefly
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New commuter/ditherer maiden voyage Saturday. 90% not-pavement right out my doorstep, 15+ miles of fun including some rail-trail gravel and a bunch of buff singletrack. There is just so much to explore around here -and much of it is totally dither-able on a rigid partybike!

Glorious day:

Wheel size comparo.

Most riverside and forest singletrack was this:

Can't wait for paddlin weather.

These were even more fun than they look like in pics

Lava rocks erreywhere.

Mt. Bachelor across the meadow.

Edit: view 'em all on flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jimmythefly/

deadforkinglast wrote:
But honestly, I have no idea how I am going to follow through on that plan and I already have a pretty rad bike. I think I just like fucking with my bikes.

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 19:39
Andrew_Squirrel
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SW8, living the dream in this thread!

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 20:13
jdsmooth
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Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:00
kmcdon
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Been sorta helping organize these casual, but good distance gravel rides. This one was supposed to be 70 miles, but mud got the best of us, and we had to bypass a good bit of the route.


Pretty good group!


Local co-opbro on his on-trend MTB, LB in the back.


Lots of gravel paths like this. More at-grade road crossings than I'd like.


at-grade-crossing-mango-break


part 2


There was a point when the mud got pretty serious.


:discussing options:




As an extreme convenience, it just so happened that Billy's wife decided to meet up at the 35 mile point with a van full of beers and snacks. It was an opportune moment for some riders to catch a van-ride home, after being sacked by hike-a-bike-bullshit and mud.


This is my bike after getting caught in a mud section. I know it messes shit up, directly after this we decided it was best to ride roads home and spare the trail.


This is the last picture I took before we started riding pavement home. All in all we did 53 miles out of the 70 we were supposed to, but it would have been a nightmare to continue on the dirt trail in these conditions.

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 00:08
shane.rrr
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What kind of trail is that? Looks fun though

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 08:23
kmcdon
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It's an old canal tow path, basically a rail-to-trail, with some other doubletrack mixed in.

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 09:41
joy of vaping
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I took the sw8 fixie out a some friday afternoon cruise. Got some coffee, picked some oranges, and then found this old bridge:

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 18:42
JLN
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Dragged my arse out of bed at 5am on Friday rode up here before work. Managed to get a pinch flat on my way up and my rear light died on the way there, but it was a decent morning.

Sat, 02/10/2018 - 20:11
jamesacklin
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1-2 from today's 3 hours in the rain. I didn't take either. I'm the pink leg guy.

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 16:52
crabbi
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I'm really, really bad at taking photos while out on the bike, but I'm trying to get better. These are from yesterday's Rock Cobbler 5.0.


I rode a ways with my buddy from Santa Barbara. We shared a few beers thoughout the day.


This climb sucked. It just kept going and going and going and then it went down a few feet and then up again.


I made a huge mistake.


The run up. No pictures do this thing justice. Topped out at 55%. I think it took me about 8-9 minutes to climb.


the gift to all the Cobblers. Swiss army knife for grilling.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
if you're here, you probably fucked up somewhere along the line.

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 18:30
curiousincident
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that looks like fun.

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 23:45
cousinmosquito
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Road tested the tailhooklengthener on the nuovo record rear mech. Worked like a dream through 650 vertical strava metres and 25 mins of CBD with 14 sets of lights. 13-30 on the back. 54/42 on the front. Very happy.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 18:29
kmcdon
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That thing is so good.

I don't need any more bikes but a fop pugeot would be such a smooth commuter.

Although, is there a reason you don't get an 80s nerd crank for it instead of tail hook lengthener? I'm assuming there's probably some french thread fuckery going on with the BB at least.

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 20:27
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5343)

kmcdon wrote:
That thing is so good.

I don't need any more bikes but a fop pugeot would be such a smooth commuter.

Although, is there a reason you don't get an 80s nerd crank for it instead of tail hook lengthener? I'm assuming there's probably some french thread fuckery going on with the BB at least.

Well, I am kind of new to retro shizzle, and only re-built the Peugeot after a buddy gave it to me, for Erotica Japan. Obviously it is supposed to have french running gear, but it was mostly toast, and another friend gave me some Nuova Record rear mech and shifters. The rear is not compatible with Peugeot drop-outs, so I used a Durace 8 speed, which worked well. I saw the THL as a way to make the campy derailler work, and give a bit more of a contiguous look.

I was told, or read somewhere that the campy nuovo rear mech was built for around 5-6 sprockets in a mostly straight block, and even then you could only rely on n-1 of them to shift consistently. I am totally of this era (I think) but did not race bikes back then. I'm pretty sure a nerd-crank would have way more chain to deal with than this derailer could handle.

Here is some guff on it. Love this site. Disraeligears

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 21:32
NKOTB
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What's the rear hub and O.L.D. on the Pugo? Have an old Bianchi with a 120 O.L.D. rear and trying to figure out whether I should just jam a 7 speed Shimano there.

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 06:21
jdsmooth
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(Reply to #5345)

The answer is probably yes. But you should really cold-set to 130.

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

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:39
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5346)

It's a Shimano 600 tricolor with a 30 - 11 8 speed cassette with the 11 removed. Now 30 to 13.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 12:34
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5347)

It's a Shimano 600 tricolor with a 30 - 11, 8 speed cassette with the 11 removed. Now 30 to 13. I haven't concsiously cold set it !

More wonderful than you can believe it

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:09
Rentable Faxmachine
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Grabbed a quick ride before the next storm.

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 23:10
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5349)

Ive gotta try those bars properly one day. Working from home today. Cyclone Gita is coming to town. Tired of storms and shit weather in our "summer".

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 19:01
cousinmosquito
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Communting on the TA route this morning. Nothing happening except for a stiff head wind.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 18:53

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