I went for a ride today, here are some pictures

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Moving closer to the trails so I can make my commute have up to 20 miles of single track... just adds 20 miles to the trip!

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 11:39
Petr5
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Lady and gentlemen, col de la Machine:

First glimpse
IMG_4970 by Petr Malek, on Flickr

Unlike the other balcony roads, this one was flat through the cliff section
IMG_4973 by Petr Malek, on Flickr
IMG_4977 by Petr Malek, on Flickr

Circling the gorge
IMG_4989 by Petr Malek, on Flickr
IMG_4993 by Petr Malek, on Flickr

I had a shit light and this tunnel was long and unlit. I noticed my phone was picking up a lot more light than my eyes were so I was looking at the screen to see where I was going. Balancing felt like I had vertigo, but the speed limit was 90 km/hr and I wanted to gtfo asap.
IMG_4998 by Petr Malek, on Flickr
Full album if that wasn't enough https://flic.kr/s/aHskB4F4cC

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"Your bike sucks and we have a team of biased experts to pseudo-scientifically test that hypothesis, all in blue shirts."

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 06:59
Viggen
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Got damn I should just visit you with my road bike before you go back to the US..

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.

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 07:31
Petr5
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Please do. Here til sometime next summer, but I don't know if the States are the next stop.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
"Your bike sucks and we have a team of biased experts to pseudo-scientifically test that hypothesis, all in blue shirts."

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 14:47
Viggen
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Also please come visit and ride the mountainbikes.

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.

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 15:49
puelnewdle
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(Reply to #5406)

Petr5 wrote:
Lady and gentlemen, col de la Machine:

Holy shit, amazing

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:50
puelnewdle
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I decided to make today ride past work day and then do a bunch more miles to ride a section of the river trail. Rode some gravel, some timid laps around the jump park waiting for a train, and over a new bridge past some industrial wasteland.

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 15:58
jdsmooth
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this page is real good
gapping doubles on the h/g?

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

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:20
puelnewdle
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(Reply to #5409)

jdsmooth wrote:
this page is real good
gapping doubles on the h/g?

I got totally rad, got the front wheel a couple of inches off the ground at one point.

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:35
eric_ssucks
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At least 5' drops on your has dampfs, suck it radlawn.

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 13:49
jimmythefly
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(Reply to #5411)

puelnewdle wrote:
Petr5 wrote:
Lady and gentlemen, col de la Machine:

Holy shit, amazing

Really, that is beautiful, thanks for the pics!

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.

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 14:40
emor
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exploring on a commute home a couple days ago

"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, 05/16/2018 - 08:25
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Its been raining since sunday, so I snuck out in my lunch hour yesterday, on the wife-bike.
After 45 mins a nasty front came through, so I was pretty cold and wet by the time I got back to work, with most of the last 10 mins being sealed descent.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 16:46
cousinmosquito
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Belmont underpass, probably exactly half way between my work and home, on my old 2km commute, before we moved to the City.
Now its 22kms. My last hit out on the bunch ride this morning. It's all going sweet. Time to put it in a bag.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 20:08
cousinmosquito
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This is a serious WTF.
A feckin Wallaby on my ride sunday morning. So this is probably 2-3 kms from the Wellington CBD, as the crow flies.
Generally speaking, we do not have Wallabies in NZ. There are a couple of areas where they were introduced in the 1800s, god knows why, and have become pests, but they are a very long way away from the Capital.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 16:53
EddBread
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Outside is $,$$$

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 19:55
heavymetal
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(Reply to #5417)

cousinmosquito wrote:
This is a serious WTF.
A feckin Wallaby on my ride sunday morning. So this is probably 2-3 kms from the Wellington CBD, as the crow flies.
Generally speaking, we do not have Wallabies in NZ. There are a couple of areas where they were introduced in the 1800s, god knows why, and have become pests, but they are a very long way away from the Capital.

I saw your instagram post and wondered about this. Seeing the dead one made me assume they must be common, but apparently not? Maybe with significant predators they're becoming a bit more widespread.
FWIW the closest I've seen a kangaroo to my house is under 5km: it was hopping along a suburban footpath when I was heading out for an early ride one day. Get a bit further out and roadkill is common: roos and wallabies are everywhere, and the occasional wombat. So sad seeing a dead wombat, they're so rolly-polly and defenseless. Also cute.

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 20:17
cousinmosquito
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heavymetal wrote:
cousinmosquito wrote:
This is a serious WTF.
A feckin Wallaby on my ride sunday morning. So this is probably 2-3 kms from the Wellington CBD, as the crow flies.
Generally speaking, we do not have Wallabies in NZ. There are a couple of areas where they were introduced in the 1800s, god knows why, and have become pests, but they are a very long way away from the Capital.

I saw your instagram post and wondered about this. Seeing the dead one made me assume they must be common, but apparently not? Maybe with significant predators they're becoming a bit more widespread.
FWIW the closest I've seen a kangaroo to my house is under 5km: it was hopping along a suburban footpath when I was heading out for an early ride one day. Get a bit further out and roadkill is common: roos and wallabies are everywhere, and the occasional wombat. So sad seeing a dead wombat, they're so rolly-polly and defenseless. Also cute.

It's front page news over here now. I'm hoping to push the Royal Wedding off ! I can remember on a trip to Canberra, going for a run in the park before the conference I was attending and I nearly ran smack into a Roo outside the War memorial Museum. Aww shit. They've put my IG in there. Yeah they are only found in a handful of areas and already a pest.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:05
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Sun, 05/20/2018 - 21:30
VT regularbike
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So they're just like the white tail deer in Washington DC. Too many of them, they occasionally wander into shops which always makes the local news.

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

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 22:16
cousinmosquito
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Now it's getting silly. Tv and radio stations want an interview. Not that keen.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 00:36
eric_ssucks
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(Reply to #5422)

cousinmosquito wrote:
Now it's getting silly. Tv and radio stations want an interview. Not that keen.

No way. Being that guy on TV suuucks.

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 01:50
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I thought you were joking about it being actual news over there, I thought you meant like you got a bunch of comments on instagram or something. Not actual news. That is crazy.

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 01:58
cousinmosquito
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(Reply to #5424)

Shortpants wrote:
I thought you were joking about it being actual news over there, I thought you meant like you got a bunch of comments on instagram or something. Not actual news. That is crazy.

It just got crazier..... It turns out that by the time the officials got there, the body was gone..... Which pisses me off, as I offered to pick it up. So now there is no physical proof, so someone could infer that it was a photoshop prank on my part. Pretty sure I don't have location turned on in my phone's pix, altho I did have my Strava on.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 02:21
cousinmosquito
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Phew. Siting verified by a local lady runner. I put the TV dude who was hassling me onto her.

More wonderful than you can believe it

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 03:56
Davidk
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Took my kids to Sunday Streets, test rode a Bullitt. Hoping an upgrade is in my near future.

[img]Untitled by David K, on Flickr[/img]

Untitled by David K, on Flickr

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:09
jdsmooth
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did suburban trails on my hybrid
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Five-foot drops at speed on unstable terrain? Yep.

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:34
johnasavoia
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Never been to either of those spots, thanks for the flickr geotag.

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:51
dotMR
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150k on Sunday. Rain started hard around 40k and hung around off/on most of the day.

- Didn't bring rain jacket just high-viz vest
- Stupid outfit choice of cotton shorts
- My vans were essentially big sponges
- Byways + no fenders throw up _so_ much water.

Absolutely drenched, but I can't remember the last time I had so much fun on my bike. I'm just constantly amazed I can take these type of rides right out of the city and essentially ride as far as I want on bike paths, gravel / forest roads with very limited use of local access roads. We had one stretch of 10k on a busy road but it could have been avoided. Otherwise essentially car free.

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 17:59
Tail Hook Lengthener
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That looks like so much fun.

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, 06/11/2018 - 19:25
puelnewdle
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(Reply to #5431)

Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
That looks like so much fun.

This is the best reason I can think of to learn German.

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:55
Petr5
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Rode to Col du Telegraphe this weekend. Annoyed with myself that I dicked around the house all morning and didn't leave myself time to ride up Galibier. Lots of summer left, I guess.



Lacets de Montvernier is still on the list too...

Sneaky Viking wrote:
"Your bike sucks and we have a team of biased experts to pseudo-scientifically test that hypothesis, all in blue shirts."

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 10:57
sparksflyhigh
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(Reply to #5433)

puelnewdle wrote:
Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
That looks like so much fun.

This is the best reason I can think of to learn German.

Lol, there's almost no reason for a native English speaker to learn German. They all speak better English than we ever will German.

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:35
puelnewdle
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(Reply to #5434)

sparksflyhigh wrote:
puelnewdle wrote:
Tail Hook Lengthener wrote:
That looks like so much fun.

This is the best reason I can think of to learn German.

Lol, there's almost no reason for a native English speaker to learn German. They all speak better English than we ever will German.

Yeah, after experiencing so many English speakers in Barcelona and Paris last year, learning the language for a short trip? Nah. But, living there and having access to stuff like that? HY

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 10:03
Tail Hook Lengthener
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David Sedaris wrote:
Hugh and I returned from China, and a few days later I started preparing for a trip to Germany. The first time I went, in 1999, I couldn’t bring myself to say so much as Guten Morgen. The sounds felt false coming out of my mouth, so instead I spent my time speaking English apologetically. Not that the apologies were needed. In Paris, yes, but in Berlin people’s attitude is “Thank you for allowing me to practice my perfect English.” And I do mean perfect. “Are you from Minnesota?” I kept asking.

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.

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 11:35
dotMR
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Hah. All of this is so true. Tarck on the pulse of #expatlyfe

German language is definitely not needed for travel in major cities. And it is even entirely possible to live in cities like Berlin without speaking German if you stick to certain neighbourhoods and hire people to help with all the paperwork.

I'd guess most Germans that went to university under age ~50 speak English, especially in the west. However we live in the former East and many of my kids' friends' parents don't speak English. So what the language is useful for is (attempting) to get access to more of the culture - like hearing stories from them about having their first banana or piece of chocolate at age 14.

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 12:19
sparksflyhigh
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Yeah living there on a permanent or semi permanent basis is a legitimate reason to go to the trouble of learning. Doing that without at least making an attempt to learn would make me feel like an asshole, even if you could get around fine without it. Makes sense that fewer of the ossies know English. I wonder if more of them know Russian?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 02:49
yonderboy
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Got to go get some gravgrav for Father's Day Eve.


RAD

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 18:54
TimArchyLime
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Last minute camping thing with Josh and squirrel.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 00:55
TimArchyLime
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I feel like I'm in a messy REI ad. Despite the fact that we're totally surrounded by people and got yelled at last night for having a conversation after 11pm (granted, it was probably a little louder than it needed to be), this is about the most relaxed I've ever woken up when camping.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 09:46
kmcdon
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Went on a nice downtown cruise today. Found 11 cars parked in the bike lane. Took appropriate action.

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:13
emor
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Took Ada on her first-ever bike camping trip. We had to haul a lot of balloons:

Got silly in the brewery:

Unfortunately I lost traction on a section of rutted mud and biffed it. Ada's first real bike crash and her first road rash:

She was a trooper and we kept going and rode home today.

Bonus fun: it was both 90+ AND rainy as fuck. And all the effort I spent keeping Ada alive meant I let myself get very dehydrated. Hauling an extra 80 lbs. of stuff didn't help that.

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

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:31
TimArchyLime
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Doug that ride sounds 90% awesome and 10% terrible. The perfect mixture for memories of an epic weekend.

How does Ada feel about doing it again?

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:40
emor
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She wants to go again. I guess she had fun. Probably more than I did!

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

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 18:41
TimArchyLime
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Ada is such a tough kid. Goes down hard and gets up looking for more. Glad no one was hurt badly.

Snarky Varking wrote:
Tarckbike- Where mile 11 means you're on a long ride.

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 19:50

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