First Day of Spring Ride

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by RedMenace, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. RedMenace

    RedMenace Adventure Sidecar

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    Turns out to be a great start to Spring.
    Squal showed up for a cruise

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    We headed up to Snakehead Ridge via a rambling route, south up Neal Creek Canyon. Squal is a nice impressionable lad, easily convinced to leave his perfectly good bike and hop aboard my KLR sidecar, which I had yet to get around to servicing

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    We found a little snow up on top, but for the most part the roads were clear

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    Exhibiting hubris unwarranted, I left my tools and survival kit on the other bike(calm down Andy. I did have my shovel and saw, compass, maps, matches and toilet paper. I was arrogant not ignorant)

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    Unfortunately, what I needed was tire spoons and a patch kit. In the dry bag. On the other bike. At home.

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    We managed to ride several miles out of the hills on a completely flat tire. No damage, no walking, no foul! I love Kenda K270 tires! Cheap, reasonable traction on a variety of surfaces and TOUGH!

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    Lends new meaning to "spring service" - caught your oil change story too. :1drink

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  3. Squal

    Squal Fatty Fatty Two By Four

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    thanks for the ride yesterday! Had a blast! Tried to retrace our steps today, but ended up just south of thel Mill... :rofl

    I got half of the roads correct...
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  4. Apple Jam

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    Seems that around here in HR, Spring started sometime in February.
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  5. RedMenace

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    no shit. we'd better get some late snow or the woods are going to be a tinderbox this summer!
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  7. Apple Jam

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    Fortunately, I've never had to change a tire in a motorbike before. Stupid pedal Roadbike seems to require it everytime I ride, which is not very often now that I have a fun motorbike. Oh....... and now that I'm old and lazy.

    Should I pack soap in my case to help seal the bead? Thanks for the pics. I like the "Kong" next to the tire in the last pic. Was your buddy bored with that procedure and trying to tell you it's time for a ride in that sidecar?
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  8. Apple Jam

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    Quote from RedMenace:
    we'd better get some late snow or the woods are going to be a tinderbox this summer!
    Looking again at the pics, I noticed the studs on the (back?) tire. So that's how you can commute on those bikes of yours all winter. I drive past Durkan's Office most everyday and have to feel guilty for being in my cage. I'll do the below freezing thing from Parkdale, but it's gotta have been dry for a couple of days first. (I'm a total puss in the rain)

    This last week has been awesome, though. But, yeah, without fresh snow in the hills, it'll be a dusty tinderbox way too soon. I better start packing a shovel in my case with that soap.
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  9. RedMenace

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    soap or wd40 or even motor oil- but you gots to lube the bead! I hate changing tires and I am not very good at it. Steve at All Season Sports on 12th street is good, inexpensive and can balance it or rebuild a wheel if need be. I usually have him deal with my wheel and tire issues. I did this one as penance for venturing out without my kit!
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    It's snowing right now up where we took this ride.
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    Damn.............I've been replaced :cry


    :lol3 Thanks for the pics Red :thumb


    Talcum/baby powder works great :nod
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  13. RedMenace

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    No one could replace you, Tom(bring lemon drops ;-)
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  14. Apple Jam

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    There's that late low level snow on them thar hills you were talkin about
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    yep, and more coming. It could work out.
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    I got to ride the bike to Meadows skiing a couple of times the last two years. Parking attendannt let me sqeeze into a parking spot way up front at 8:30 am (I got SOME respect). Roads were clear in late April last two years, but still lots of snow to ski on.

    This week looks good for skiing too, but I'd need one of your three wheeled rigs with studs to make it to the parking lot, I fear. Locker cost is out of reach on this year's income so I gotta rig up a ski-rack from my old Yakima Cage-Rack or something. Or maybe just bolt a hack onna side:D .
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