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Old 01-02-2011, 09:27 PM   #18541
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Another ride today. This time along the River Trail to see the damages up near the golf course.

Cold and beat me good. 20 miles or so.

Track map

On the way out there were a few spots I was forced off the bike due to deep loose sand washed across the path. There was evidence that others had tried to ride skinny tires through and lost a few random bits off their bikes. Bottles and bar ends.

I'm pretty sure this wasn't meant to be parked in a pond.


From the temporary bridge the channel is about as full as it can be and not overflow the banks.
Maybe another foot or so.



NASCAR fencing along the bike path to keep the riff-raff off the golf course. Or possibly all the flying parts when we rub fenders? Rubbin' is racin'??



I'm pretty certain all those forms were meant to be on higher ground.



And finally the channel form the golf course bridge.



As I turned off the trail at this point a guy on a steel Colnago was headed the other way. A few minutes later when I returned down the path he was stopped with a flat, tire off and two flat tubes. I stopped and gave him a tube, then headed to the LBS to re-supply. We re-crossed paths later as I returned home. Cool to see an old Steel Colnago rolling.

I managed to get back up the hill, but it wasn't pretty. I'd caught a couple of racer-looking types as I got to the bridge so I got a tow for a mile or so until they turned into the park. We had a good clip going with me hanging out in the draft. I caught another guy and towed him for a mile or so, until he turned off or dropped.

Once I got home I had all I could do to climb the stairs and get into a hot shower. I was cold. The weather really began to turn cold about the time I got to the LBS.
The rain began as sprinkles about three hours after I got out of the shower, and then a steady rain. So, I sat in my chair by the fire like a big old fat house cat.
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Old 01-03-2011, 08:07 AM   #18542
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I've decided that I'm gonna ride the # of years I've been on the planet every Jan 1. 'Beat' myself by 2.5mi today. Was out 45.5mi with 3 other nut cases. Hillier ride than I'm used to. Legs = tired.

You?



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I did the same thing! I'm only 16 though.
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Old 01-03-2011, 10:18 AM   #18543
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I'd love to have one, too. I thought "Askel" had one on order. He hasn't been around, lately. Hmmm.
Complete Mukluks were only available to actual Salsa *dealers*, so my LBS wasn't able to get one for me.

Worked out OK though as I got to spend that money later on a new fender, door, and hood for my car after a run in with Bambi.

Maybe next year...
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:56 PM   #18544
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I did the same thing! I'm only 16 though.
I did that many minutes today on my spinner thing. I got one last night at Dick's. I didn't fall off it either, although my Lab thought she should try pushing me off it.
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Old 01-03-2011, 12:57 PM   #18545
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I had an unfortunate run-in with a kamikaze stick over the weekend. Even the damn trees are using IEDs these days!



The wheel's OK, but the chain and possibly the der are DOA. I had a spare hanger in my seatbag, but it doesn't fit this bike. Luckily, TheWifester works nearby and was able to make an impromptu SAG run.
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Old 01-03-2011, 03:13 PM   #18546
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I did the same thing! I'm only 16 though.
Gets harder. Trust me.

(course, compared to some *cough* Mr Head *cough* I'm a spring chikken!)



Got the Rival bits x-ferred over to the Crosshairs. Now all 3 built road frames are 10sp. 2 of em are SRAM and one's Shimano. I have my S-Works frame/fork coming back from TX, so I guess I'll hafta figger out how to get parts on that too. Too many toys, not enough $$!

Rode for an hour this AM. Since the schedule called for hills, and I didn't have time to get to em, I did a set of intervals. Ugh. Think I'da rather have done the hills!

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Old 01-03-2011, 03:15 PM   #18547
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The wheel's OK, but the chain and possibly the der are DOA. I had a spare hanger in my seatbag, but it doesn't fit this bike. Luckily, TheWifester works nearby and was able to make an impromptu SAG run.
...and people look at me funny when I suggest they take along more'n a patch kit and a spare tube!



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Old 01-03-2011, 08:31 PM   #18548
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...and people look at me funny when I suggest they take along more'n a patch kit and a spare tube!



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Truth. If I had a chain tool (already had a Powerlink installed) and some zip ties to hold the derailleur cable out of the way, I could've easily single-speeded it home.
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Old 01-05-2011, 06:20 AM   #18549
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Truth. If I had a chain tool (already had a Powerlink installed) and some zip ties to hold the derailleur cable out of the way, I could've easily single-speeded it home.
You have water bottle cage/bolts on that bike, no?

...or just take it completely off...

Several ways to skin that cat. I've used most of em over the years.



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Old 01-05-2011, 07:06 AM   #18550
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I carry a lot of junk with me when I ride. Sometimes I actually have useful stuff along. The one time I broke a chain the tool I had didn't fit the chain I was using on my old mountain bike. Lucky for me a friend came back and we took a link out and I rode back to the car. I was pretty beat by that point anyway.
From that point on I've always checked my chain tool fits.

Right now, I'm hauling this big heavy multi-tool thing. Probably because I was too old for Transformers, but it has several tools I can and have used. I got it when I was up North on travel and had zero tools so I figured this thing would do.

One item I am looking to find again is a tire sock, so I can fit a folding tire on the road bike again. I left my old sock in the PNWet with the Pinarello but would really like to have one here. Anybody have a clue where to find such?
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:51 AM   #18551
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One item I am looking to find again is a tire sock, so I can fit a folding tire on the road bike again. I left my old sock in the PNWet with the Pinarello but would really like to have one here. Anybody have a clue where to find such?
Ummm in yer dresser?

My tire sock came courtesy of the US Army.

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Old 01-05-2011, 11:50 AM   #18552
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See if y'all can't look at what I just got back from: Link

Its amazing what a little fitness does for yer views on hills...



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Old 01-05-2011, 11:52 AM   #18553
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Ummm in yer dresser?

My tire sock came courtesy of the US Army.

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Used to use a Crown Royal sack too.
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:59 AM   #18554
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Used to use a Crown Royal sack too.
I think you had more fun getting your tire sock than I did getting mine.

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Old 01-05-2011, 05:04 PM   #18555
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I started a bicycle Tag-O-Rama for Pittsburgh and it has taken off like wildfire. It has been pretty fun. I have lived in this city almost my entire life (except for a few years spent exploring other parts of the country) and people in the game are showing me places I have never seen in the city.

We have a free map that shows good cycling routes within the city and surrounding neighborhoods. We are using that as the boundary for now. In good weather the tag was moving several times a day. Now that it has gotten below freezing the tag might sit for a day or two before someone picks it up.
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