Hampton Roads Chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by roger123, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    I thought you were in Suffolk. Heck, I rode my bicycle down Powhatan Avenue through Larchmont Saturday. I'm in East Ghent. We should all gear up and make that long trek to Colley Ave. Starbucks one weekend. You know, to be cool and shit.
  2. poondangle

    poondangle Slow

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    Moved to larchmont about 18 months ago. Got tired of the commute, now it's less than 5 miles, and I can pass between 5-7 7/11s on the way, depending on the route. plus my son started kindergarten at the brand new larchmont Elementary this year. It's a way better school than he would have gone to.
  3. poondangle

    poondangle Slow

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    You mean crash stories?
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  4. seasider

    seasider Just a rider

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    Well the race must commence before you can crash!
  5. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    I lived behind Larchmont elementary in '85 when I first came down here to go to ODU. Apartment complex called Bolling Square where the Catholic school is now. Right on the water. Used to be old naval housing. I was told Jimmy Carter lived there many, many years ago. Met my wife at ODU and never moved more than 3 miles away ever since.
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  6. poondangle

    poondangle Slow

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    You underestimate my ability to break man and machine
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  7. poondangle

    poondangle Slow

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    I don't drink coffee, but I don't mind peddling anywhere for some bench racing and beverages
  8. DAAANG

    DAAANG LambBoyFilms@YouTube

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    Brown Mountain review:

    So the wife got gifted a house rental in Boone NC right on the boarder of Blowing Rock NC. The house was incredible BTW, absolutely gorgeous. Blowing Rock is fantastic as well. What an awesome little town. Cool little shops and great eateries. We wanna move there.

    So we leave the house rental and jump right onto Globe road. Pretty fun dirt road that makes its way down the mountain. Then onto some twisty fun pavement for only like 3 miles. Then onto Anthony Creek and Brown Mountain Rd along this sick river. Tons of rocks and deep swimming holes, beaches, everything you have ever wanted in a river.

    Onto Brown Mountain we go. We had around 3 hours to kill at the park so we planned on trails A1, 4, and 9. Total we only did about 25 miles at the park but it took all 3 hours. Trail 9 was a little harder and longer than we thought so it took us quite some time. My brother in laws DRZ wasnt charging so everytime he stalled out we'd have to find a miracle way to bump start it. There were a couple spots that I wasnt comfortable with my wife and sister riding so we'd have to ride it for them. Some huge rocky sections that could be really bad if you fell wrong.

    Overall I'd say the park is pretty awesome. Trail 9 is rated "More" difficult not their "Most" difficult and Id rate it the same kind of challenge as Potts Mountain. Im curious enough to head back and do the MOST difficult sections.
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  9. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    I'm quite fond of Boone myself. I too, could live there.
  10. seasider

    seasider Just a rider

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    So how many of you guys are going to the Shenandoah 500 next weekend? Im signed and looking forward to meeting some of the Hampton Roads gang.
  11. VABDet

    VABDet Is it dirty? I'm in...

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    I would say we are about 9 or 10 guys, stop by at C8-C9-C10, we own the block! LOL
  12. seasider

    seasider Just a rider

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    Will do!
    Sounds like I should have reserved a site????? I'll look into whats left.
  13. VABDet

    VABDet Is it dirty? I'm in...

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    If it's all booked I'm sure we can squeeze you in somewhere.
  14. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    You gotta plated bike?
  15. poondangle

    poondangle Slow

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    Yes, my husky is legal-ish. The triple is currently in pieces. I am one of those super rare characters that actually uses the bike lanes in Norfolk. Not because I want to save the environment, or even exercise, but I do utilize the bike lanes for beer runs.
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  16. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    I used to cycle a lot but my hip is shot. Getting a new one in November! I was just tooling around a bit when I went through Larchmont last Saturday. Even that hurt me later that evening. I still take the DR650 and Sportster out though on weekend rides.
  17. BigChuck

    BigChuck Been here awhile

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    Decided a while back that I wanted a bike trailer. Something that would be easier than using my big 14ft. box trailer to haul the bike with.
    Also wanted it to be light and small so the car could tow it, and so the XO could hook it up and bring it to me if something happened and I was out of town... like West Virginia.
    Not a bad idea for taking the bike along on our twice a year trips to Tennessee picking up and returning the grandson that spends summers with us either (they live right on 421 "The Snake"...:D

    Picked up this little piece for a buck...
    [​IMG]20170302_114204 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr

    Good solid frame, axle is from a '59 Ford F100
    [​IMG]20170302_123124 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr
    Has shocks, tie rod ends so wheels can be aligned, soft springs good for 400 to 600 lbs. of bike to ride nicely.

    Mounted a wheel chock, using deck boards on the sides to step on and some diamond plate up the middle for the bike.
    [​IMG]20170307_131045 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr

    Test fit with the bike..
    [​IMG]20170409_100501 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr

    Added brackets to mount fenders, led taillights... channel for ramp underneath...
    [​IMG]20170918_160002 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr

    Ramp slides out neatly...
    [​IMG]20170918_160024 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr

    Reinforced with angle, plenty long for easy loading.
    [​IMG]20170918_160054 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr

    Added some DOT reflective in a few spots... some led "loading lights" on the inside of the fenders...
    [​IMG]20170918_194636 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr

    I machined the hubs to accept spring loaded trailer style "Bearing Buddies" that I will put on now that I have tested it and the new bearings are seated, some fancy chrome lug nuts... some little folding leg for the front... almost finished!
    [​IMG]20170918_155930 by Charles Brooks, on Flickr
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  18. moymurfs

    moymurfs Play stupid games, win stupid prizes!

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    Spiffy !
  19. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    Nice. Like the springs and shocks. My HF the trailer is stiff and will bounce. But the Civic will pull it.
  20. mosgef

    mosgef Pickleweasel

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    I may try to swing out to say hi, but probably will refrain from the route. The bike shouild be in the day prior, but don't know what shape it will be in. I know what shape I'M in after not riding for 8 months...
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