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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    DH, did you save net weight with split tubeless?
    Yes, though that was not my main goal. I wanted flat-proofing and the more supple, connected feel tubless brings. I'd never go back. Pretty much any rim can be set up tubeless this way.
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    Hi everyone, DH it took me a few years to go tubeless and I agree I am never going back. Mind you I had my LBS set them up for me so I missed out on any pain

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    The Sunday ride...

    Hi everyone, as mentioned I managed a ride on Sunday and it was fantastic. Still not 100% so I took it slow and enjoyed the beautiful weather.

    As I need to take it easy I opted to ride my CC and in the meaning of this thread I put the wheels on that are running 700x42 tyres, aired up at 55psi they smoothed out the rough sections of tar like butter. Ave speed was down but that could have just been because I was cruising and enjoying every minute of the ride.

    I took one of the bike paths along the Lake shore...

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    I was the first really long ride with these Specialized Sawtooth tyres and they will be staying on for the time being.

    I took a detour to take a few photos of the bike with this sculpture on a newly opened road, did not see a sign explaining what it means so your guess is as good as mine.

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    Things always look better with a little sunshine...

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    I was soon onto another bike path that runs along the edge of the western city of Newcastle. To the east houses have encroached it recent years, to the west horses and trees cling on...

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    You need to live some where its just a shame that the city is edging slowly into the remnants of the past.

    Anyway a great few hours on the bike and with daylight savings starting down here this weekend the early morning rides will have plenty of time to Menander around.

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    Oz, it's the same all over. People move out to the country to get away from it all, then "it all" follows them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    Oz, it's the same all over. People move out to the country to get away from it all, then "it all" follows them.
    It's native to the human being: we inevitably build our homes as we like them, no matter where we go. What's changed in recent decades, nay centuries, is that the population of humans has risen dramatically. While there is a lot of space on the planet where few humans live, it's generally not to most people's liking ... so we bunch together in the places that we like.

    Here on the East Coast for a while, where I grew up, I'm amazed how close together everything is in my perception now. What was once a good ways away seems right next door now because I've gotten used to distances in the West. Only in the big cities do distances seem about the same, because the specific density of urban life remain pretty consistent once a city has grown to a certain size.

    I have one event and two visits left here. I'm itching for Monday to get here so I can be on the trek homewards...

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    Hi Everybody....

    Greetings from the not so sunny south. Lol. Its rained everyday this week and i am riding between showers. Funny thing is down here the rain is actually warm. Unlike missouri where this time of year you'll get cold fast.

    We are thinking of getting a cargo trailer so i can do the grocery shopping. I don't know which one yet. The rides around here are mainly on bike paths unfortunately. Daviid sayswe can go up to the causeway and ride sometime. He says there are boardwalks right alongside the water where you can see big 'gators. Living here is pretty nice. There are signs all over placed by the state warning drivers about the presence of cyclists.
    My weight continues to drop 240 now. And everyone remarks how much weight I've lost. Sure is a difference.
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    We had a GREAT ride today along the canal from Yardley to Washington Crossing. Did the loop at the park and over to the river and then back down the canal to Yardley. My wife was on her new ride a Specialized Roll Comp - Low Entry. She loves it, we put her original seat on the new bike and now she is set.
    I'm going to have to get a new bike rack to be able to carry her bike. I can't get the ladies bike on the Thule 4 bike rack I have now.

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    Hi Oldbear, shame about all the rain, great to hear about the weight coming off.

    Chief, must be great to ride with the good wife, indeed you need to be comfortable on the bike makes all the difference.

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    A Sunday ride...

    Hi everyone, up early this morning and the forecast rain was hanging around off the coast. Took my time to get motivated and not feeling like dealing with traffic I decided to take the Farley out for a spin. No real plan of were to ride just stay off the roads and explore a few spots I have not ridden before.

    Leaving home I quickly cut into my local trails and the reasons for owning a fat bike came flooding back. So much grip and confidence and a butter smooth ride. I really need to spend more time on Farley.

    A beautiful sunny day does not make photographing in the tree cover easy with all the light and shadow.

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    Still Farley looks happy to be dusty again.

    One part of the trail the sun struggles to cut through the tree canopy.

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    One of the last parts of rain forrest left on our local area.

    All too soon I was out the other side of the trails and a small road section was needed. Still it allowed me to take a view of the boats swinging at their moorings.

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    Across the road and I was into the bush that I wanted to explore, I knew there are some trails in here just no idea what they were like or how much was to be found. Started with a nice little challenge...

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    And yes I walked across that

    The trails were a lot better and longer than I hoped for, in a small area they twisted and turned and were great fun to ride.

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    There were a few tyre tracks on the ground but it looks like most people pass the trails by, I will be back to ride and explore a few side tracks I did not take today.

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    It's well and truly the start of spring down here as an Australia Magpie gave my a thump on the back of my helmet as I passed by his nest. Not long later a Butcher bird did the same. These guys don't forget you so next time I ride by they will remind me to ride somewhere else

    The trails flowed around a creek that makes its way down to the lake near where the photo of the boats above was taken. A few spots the trail crossed the creek and I was a novelty to ride across,

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    Not so much the sound of a snake moving away behind me as I was taking the photo time of year to be careful of where I put my feet down.

    So a great day to be back on the fatty and with a week off work I hope to get a few more rides in.

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    Nice ride report and pictures, Surly; here and in your last ride report. On trails like this; do dog walker avoid these wooded areas because of the snakes possibly off trail? Has the lack of rainfall situation improved any at all for your homeland?

    Old Bear: Post up some alligator photos should you spot one!

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    Good to hear from oldbear, chief and surly this morning!

    Family obligations over as of yesterday ... the largest gathering of my brothers and their families in a decade for one of my nephew's weddings! All four brothers, their spouses, two nephews, two nieces, a grand niece, and a grand nephew all in attendence to welcome the new bride... It was huge fun.

    Today's my last day in NY, tomorrow I get on the train for the last segment of this Big Trip: training all the way to San Francisco this week. Home on Thursday evening. It's time to be home...

    Onwards!
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    Trails here in the NE are finally getting to dry out. Canal was still wet yesterday, lots of puddles . We should be getting back to normal this week if the rain stays away. I'll be getting out on some trails and seeing all the deer starting to move now.
    We got out this morning and did a little more than I expected, the wife wanted to go and we went.

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    Hi everyone, Mike I came across two guys walking their dogs on the trails, not on leads and one was keen to chase me

    Towards the end of the ride I came across a lady and her dog, not on the trails but a large open grassy area. She asked about the size of the tyres on Farley and we got talking about bikes. She has just brought her first E-Bike, a Specialized Turbo Levo and is loving it. She has ridden for years and has found after a few crashes getting her fitness back and at 57 keeping up with her much younger riding companions a challenge. She and the dog were heading out for a walk but not through the trails as she mentioned that the dog has picked up a few ticks already. So for the warmer months its the open areas for the dog. So some people do avoid taking their dogs into areas of bush, others not. My local trails are a dog free areas to protect the wild life in there.

    Back to the lady I asked her about trails behind her house, as it backs onto a steep hill I had to find a way over to head home. She pointed out the trail and told me its a challenge to get up, I boldly claimed that with Farley's grip I could climb it. So she waited in the park to see if I could. Just at the top I picked a wrong line and put a foot down, looked around to see her giving me the thumbs up got going again and made the top and when she was out of sight I stopped and had a few minutes rest

    Hi Chief, looks like you have a ride buddy to get you going on the days when you don't feel motivated.

    Hi G sounds like the highlight of the trip, did you get roped into taking photos at the wedding?


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    Hey there OZ!

    Took a bunch of photos at the wedding, for sure, and videos. All with the iPhone 8 Plus, which did a stunning job. Whether any of them are worth posting other than to family remains to be seen. There was a pro photog at the wedding and he was, ahem, pretty pathetic ... but that's not my job. I did notice that he was copying some of my shooting, after I did it..

    I should give him a class in good people pictures. He was awful at getting people set up and relaxed. Painful to watch.

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    Hi G yep the good wife has had to stop me from "giving advice" to "photographers" at a few weddings we have been to I had my own wedding photography business for fifteen years. So biting my tongue is sometimes not easy.

    Always amazes me that down here you need to complete a trade course to be a plumber or carpenter, yet you have a nice camera and you are suddenly a wedding photographer. Came across one such photographer at the beach the other day shooting the bride and groom in front of their wedding cars. Shooting straight into the setting sun with the tiny inbuilt camera flash firing madly at something twenty feet away. And wondering why the bride and groom were dark(underexposed).

    Now I know a lot of people get roped in to help friends and family at weddings and thats fine, however those that take money for the job really have no excuse. To photograph a wedding properly is one of the hardest days work I have ever done. Its a very under valued these days to have the people skills and the technical ability to manage what is after all one of the biggest days in many peoples lives.

    Anyway rant over I am off to ride a bike

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    I've given up trying to give advice on this stuff ... it doesn't help and it makes me seem the PITA. I just take photos for my own records and my brothers, and let the blessed couple deal with their photographer.

    Anywho, I'm on the train to Chicago now and it is glorious! Left Penn Station in Manhattan at 3:40 and am currently in a layover at Albany, NY ... Bunch of folks coming on board so I'll wait for them to be done with dinner before I saunter down to the dining car.

    Onwards ... Home to my beloved and my bicycle!

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    Oz, nice photos as always. You needed to get a shot of yourself billy goating up the hill. My skills and fitness limit the bike far more than the tires do.

    Dropped my daughter's fat bike off to her and have one in transit for my wife. 30 days until the race. I'm sure I can finish now, I'm getting more confident I won't be last either. My brother in law is trying to talk me into an even tougher race next year. We'll see about that after I get one under my belt. Work has been busy, so I'm not sure how much riding I will get the next couple weeks. But it will be enough to maintain my current fitness until the race.

    I've had some Beautiful weather to ride this past week. Fat Biking and health-7dfe020c-ef18-431f-b91e-5ea2f95205a1.jpgFat Biking and health-img_3945.jpgFat Biking and health-img_3937.jpgFat Biking and health-img_3950.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    Oz, nice photos as always. You needed to get a shot of yourself billy goating up the hill. My skills and fitness limit the bike far more than the tires do.

    Dropped my daughter's fat bike off to her and have one in transit for my wife. 30 days until the race. I'm sure I can finish now, I'm getting more confident I won't be last either. My brother in law is trying to talk me into an even tougher race next year. We'll see about that after I get one under my belt. Work has been busy, so I'm not sure how much riding I will get the next couple weeks. But it will be enough to maintain my current fitness until the race.

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ID:	1218782But this week took me up to Michigan which is getting socked in by rain. Maybe no ride until the weekend
    Texmex- you should make a t-shirt that says Team Bear Clan. Lol

    Today was a rest day. My neck and shoulder were aching badly. Funny how that the checks our bodies wrote 35 years ago are just now getting cashed. I had a bad wreck on my old road bike and hit my left shoulder hard on a curb. Long story short, I tore my rotator cuff and now i just hurt. Arthritis is now my companion. Lol
    Thinking of getting young bear some better tire for Ryback. Looking for ideas. Ryback can handle a 4.8" up front and a 4.25" rear. So input is more than welcome.
    Until later
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    Hi Tex, great looking trails, one of the best things about being the family photographer is the fact that I don't appear in any photos I am sure you have a base of fitness to get through the race. I bet you surprise yourself on the day.

    Oldbear hope the body heals up quick, as for tyres the fatter the better of me

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    Wednesdays ride...

    Hi everyone, had two great rides this morning and yesterday. Left it to just before lunch yesterday and I was riding along thinking that the snakes might be out sunning themselves on the trails. No snakes but I did have to stop for a couple of Blue Tongue Lizards who though the middle of the trail was a great place to lay and bake. So this morning I went earlier before the sun started to heat the place up.

    Took Farley today and compared to the three inch tyres on the Monkey yesterday, the grip was fantastic. I am sure I will stack it one day but the 4.7 tyres on Farley give you skills beyond your abilities

    The sun still had not risen completely over the ridge at the start of the ride and the trails are bone dry.

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    As you can see the trails surface is firm and stony in places, which when we do get rain dries fast.

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    Dropping down the hill brought me to the lake side and the sun was starting to show.

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    The climb back to the top is a bit of a grind, however when the sun is lighting up the trees and the birds sing there is no better place to be.

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    I soon reached the top and took a little loop of a trail that I rode yesterday and found out that snakes are not the only thing to be worried about out here.

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    That tree was standing yesterday as I rode through here, so to find it laying right across the trail was a bit of a worry. Would not have liked to be under it when it came down. I managed to move it from the trail as the bottom half had been completely eaten out by termites.

    Another trail dropped me back to lake shore and I rode around to the local jetty to enjoy the view and breeze.

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    So a great few days riding, Mike as I type this a decent rain is making its way across the state and the farmers might get their first good rain falls in months. So tomorrow looks like no riding for me, but thats fine as we really need the rain.

    Hope to see you all out riding soon.

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    We rode Sunday, she (da wife) has that want to ride pretty bad. LOL

    Did our normal loop which was about 8 miles. Trying to build her mileage up slowly. New bike, different position. She's doing really well. So as I think we're ready to turn for home; she says wanna do the lake? Sure, we add the lake. Then when I think again we're turning towards home she asks how do we get to Casey's (our daughter) from here. Lets go. She wanted to ride by and show them her new bike. LOL They were out already shopping. We spun by the cemetery stopping at her Dad's and my Mother's graves. Then back to home. 14+ miles in all, nice and easy. Felt good.
    She had some hip soreness Monday morning, I got her a few stretches that help me.
    Monday I golfed with my son. Man he can hit a ball. We played in the Rotary Club outing, he's a member. We finished -9, tied for second and lost due to the other team birdied before we did. Lots of fun. Plenty sore yesterday, everything hurt. The good thing was that it wasn't as bad as last time.
    I got out yesterday on the Fuse and only wanted to do 6 miles and ended up with 8+. Felt good to get out and get loose.
    Work today and running to the beach after to fish a little and attend a fishing club meeting.

    Have a good on everyone

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    Surly in Oz: Nice ride report, pictures and commentary. Very, very happy to hear rain is coming in at last.

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    Wending my way home... The train is stopped in Denver to offload and onload passengers. Had a nice breakfast with a couple from Wales touring the USA and a retired banker from Sacramento, CA. Beautiful dawn light on the high plains this morning.


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    Can't wait to be home, but the train ride is indeed a joy.

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    Finally over the border and back into California.
    Some amazing sights yesterday when crossing the Rockies. This one just west of the Continental Divide is a favorite:


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    Home tonight!

    Onwards!
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    Beautiful shots G, thanks for sharing

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    The bride & her new ride.

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    Thanks Wade, I forgot about resizing.
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    Last leg homewards...


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    No matter where you go, there you are.
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    Hi Y'all.

    Young bear and I took a drive over to Pensacola. On the way there are some cool public lands that seem to have some trailheads right off US Hwy 90 east. They are near the Peridio River. Lots of new growth loblolly and southern pines. Really looks promising. The trailhead looks like it starts out as old logging roads. Here's hoping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    Finally over the border and back into California.
    Some amazing sights yesterday when crossing the Rockies. This one just west of the Continental Divide is a favorite:


    Fishing - Continental Divide Western Side, CO. 2018
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    Home tonight!

    Onwards!
    G
    Now you know what my "neighborhood" looks like, G! Cannot say I would be willing to trade it to live in the city ever again. 30 years of living in a Bob Ross painting and counting...

    Glad you had a safe trip and good times.

    OZ, glad to see you're back on a bike and doing good rides in great places.

    Chief, you need to resize the image. Too high a pixel count and no post...
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    Thanks Mike, we have had two solid days of rain here on the coast and Saturday looks to be rainy as well. Inland has received some too, not enough to end the drought but enough to lift the farmers sprits for a while.

    Nice images G, you might be home now, so which bike gets ridden first, racer or the fat bike?

    Oldbear hope you get to explore those trails soon.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Now you know what my "neighborhood" looks like, G! Cannot say I would be willing to trade it to live in the city ever again. 30 years of living in a Bob Ross painting and counting...

    Glad you had a safe trip and good times.

    OZ, glad to see you're back on a bike and doing good rides in great places.

    Chief, you need to resize the image. Too high a pixel count and no post...
    Wade! You're still alive! Lol.

    I got out for a hour and a half exploring paved bike trails near home. It is still hot during the day but i ride at 7am so it's not too bad.

    G....yup Bob Ross indeed. That shot is amazing. If i had my druthers i would be out there. Mama bear wanted to live out on the western slope. Glad you made it home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Now you know what my "neighborhood" looks like, G! Cannot say I would be willing to trade it to live in the city ever again. 30 years of living in a Bob Ross painting and counting...

    Glad you had a safe trip and good times.
    ...
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    Nice images G, you might be home now, so which bike gets ridden first, racer or the fat bike?
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    G....yup Bob Ross indeed. That shot is amazing. If i had my druthers i would be out there. Mama bear wanted to live out on the western slope. Glad you made it home. ...
    I arrived home last evening, everything on time and easy. Absolutely fantastic trip! And the final bonus: a gent who boarded the train in Chicago and had the roomette next to mine lives a half a mile from me here in Santa Clara. He rides motorcycles, bicycles, and loves photography too. We spent the last couple of hours chatting about our shared enjoyments, so we'll get together for some moto and cycle riding, and photography, soon.

    A little hectic just at the moment ... first jobs of the return home already done but there's a lot to do yet. The car started up no problems, now I need to check and inflate its tires and get on with a couple of other errands. When I get back home, I'll do Racer's tires and then FCC and Sumo's tires. Then I'll fire up Racer to be sure all's well with it, and then take FCC out for a ride!

    But I better get off to my errands now.

    onwards!
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    Seems like almost everyone is checking in again.

    The weather is cooling off up in Michigan where I've been working but a little bit warmer here in central Ohio. Trees are starting to change color and lose leaves. I finally was able to ride with my daughter on her new fat bike (Gravity Bullseye Monster). She really loves the bike. She landed a good job after graduating from college but it is challenging. I'm glad she has taken to riding so she can take the stress out. She is close to a lot of trails. Fat Biking and health-img_3991.jpg

    I bought the same bike for my wife except in the burnt orange color. It looks really good in that color. I just finished putting it together but She's had to work nights and hasn't ridden it yet. Soon enough.

    I've been lucky enough to have traveled to where it is dry enough to ride, kind of dodging bad weather by virtue of timing. Pure luck, but I'm not complaining. The effect has been healthy foilage and hero dirt. The early sunsets have caused me to break out the light. I'm not using every ride but I am cutting it close to sundown nearly every time. When the leaves dry up and fall there is a certain smell that lets you know winter is coming. I've always loved the smell of fresh fallen leaves. That's definitely something you don't capture in photos.
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    TexMex: You nailed it correct about that particular smell of autumn; the leaves, the crisper, sharper air. Wonderful gesture in getting that GBM for your daughter. She looks like she's certainly enjoying it. You've given her a gift of a new way in life in that fatty; one she'll never forget.

    Surly: It's usually not a cause for celebration that there is rain in the forecast around my parts; but it is for your homeland. May it be the beginning of a new weather pattern that relieves the farmers, the animals and the general populace from their suffering.

    Wade: A belated thanks for the advice about the tire tube under pressure applying force to the rim tape. Of course, I did not follow it. This time. Next time though, will be a different story once I go dyno hub shopping for the front and upgrading the rear hub.

    G: Great pictures as usual coming from your camera lens. I really like the b&w shot of the rocky mountain great divide.

    Chief: Fantastic in getting Mrs Chief involved in your rides. I've noted in the rides I've done locally here in the past week, that the trailside tracks are very wet and muddy in many places, indicating poor drainage. Never noticed that in a way I have this week, before.

    DirtyHun: I hope to see some great American Southwest photos from your new homebase area, as you begin to transition from the awful heat of this summer experienced out west.


    Well, I'm riding tubeless on 2 new JJ's 4.0's. So the carnage was one brand new tire blowout with 0 miles ridden, and a bit of tape. The rear tire is riding on Gorilla Tape, the front on ZipFlash tape. I found the Zip Flash easier to conform to the inner rim surfaces. Pumped up to 30 psi, the new Surly fat bike rim tape does very minimal bulging. On both tires, I have minimal overnight air loss. At the rear upon initial tire inflation, I was losing air at a couple spokes and around 1 rim cutout. The front, the same. Now, I can detect no visible leakage anywhere. Running Orange Seal Sub Zero.

    For roadside repairs, I am carrying one Kenda fatbike tire tube in case of major calamaties. For small punctures, I carry a Blackburn Designs Plugger tire plug kit. Very nicely priced at around 20 bucks. Link: https://www.blackburndesign.com/plug...epair-kit.html I've replaced the old Topeak tire pump that has seen me through many a flattened tire on the trail with a Banshee Rune Recommended Lezyne Micro Floor Drive XL tire pump. Nicely made little pump and it does put out a nice volume of air per stroke: Link-https://www.lezyne.com/product-hpumps-hv-microfldrivexl.php

    I think in the coming weeks, I'll pick this up, found on the Growler Performance Bikes web page, a very nicely done and innovative tire plugging kit cut the DynaPlug: Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krEERmlSASY This thing is amazing. They make kits for automotive and small truck tires as well.

    I've ridden about close to 40 miles on the set up with no issues.

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    I lost my pump a couple weeks ago and have been Carrying a box store PoS. I will put that Lezyne on the short list.

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    Thanks for the compliment Mike!

    More trip return stuff:

    I've gotten through the mounds and piles of mail stacked in the office, done about half of my accounting catch up, and shredded all the no longer needed travel paperwork.

    It took seemingly forever to move the 2,800 photo files from the camera, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPad Pro 9.7 to my image archive system, and I still have to move the 70 small videos I made too. High resolution image files are huge ... the total was over 100 Gbytes ... and now the sorting and culling project can begin.

    In prepping Racer for the ride up to the All Italian Day Car & Motorcycle Show (this morning!), I found its battery very flat from sitting for two months. I was glad I spent the big bux on the best Li-Ion battery charger available ... Pulled the battery and set it up to charge, six hours later it's fully topped and all test cycle lights are glowing green. I just put it back in and Racer fired up with one press of the starter button. Yay!

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    Prepping FCC for my First Ride of Fall 2018 on Friday, I found the tires had lost 4 psi from sitting for six weeks. Not too bad! Pumped up in a minute, checked the brakes, made sure the heart rate monitor, computer, and lights were fully charged, and headed out on my Saturday Morning Ride yesterday.

    I did 17 miles, first time out, and it felt great! Didn't lose too much of my strength with six weeks of sitting on my butt but have to get my endurance back up to par now.

    onwards, always onwards!
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    Thanks for the resizing Wade. I forgot about it.

    G, great trip report and pic's. Nice to be to see others view of the world. And cool that you found a local on train ride home. Pretty cool.

    Mike your right about the lack of drainage. I think the ground has been so saturated the water is slow to drain off with no place to go.

    My wife picked out a new ride for her birthday. She was pushing the beach cruiser I started with in 2010. She rode it effortlessly, made it look easy. I had a friend comment on how easy she pedaled it. She made me work, not a bad thing. She didn't want to hold me back on my ride by being to slow. So now she has gears and is figuring them out and she can move the thing and it rolls very smoothly. The cruiser will be going to my daughters BF's Mom. They took her on vacation and they all rented or took bikes and she liked it. Looks like she's getting my old cruiser for Christmas. Shhhhhh
    A firehouse friend started to ride and purchased a new bike to ride since the one he tried broke after one ride. His wife (my wife's best friend) hated riding ...... well she used to. Just got a new ride too. They rode the canal to Lambertville this weekend. Very cool. I'll have a whole tribe riding soon. LOL

    Da wife wanted to ride an area near us, Maple Beach. Your not allowed to drive there any longer. I ride it now and then, lots of deer. So we tried it yesterday morning. You have to navigate the guardrails they have in place, lift the bikes over some Jersey barriers and over a concrete hill to stop motor vehicle traffic. The roadway has become gravel and weeds. Near the river the tide will cover the roadway after heavy rains. Well yesterday, we waded through above knee deep water, over and under downed trees and got to a point where we could ride again. The water was deep enough it got my bike shorts wet. She was not happy, LOL And the water had a sheen of something on top so the bikes had to be cleaned when we got home. And the brake discs cleaned with alcohol.
    We rode around the area and headed out towards the Burlington Bristol bridge and RT 413. Into R&H parking lot and back into Bristol, then out to the lake. We did a little trial at the lake and then stopped at a rain retention pond where I cut some cattails for next year. They're great for keeping bugs away while sitting out on warm, windless evenings.
    We headed on after 20 punks were cut and collected. We completed our ride. 12+ in 72 minutes with a 10.4 avg.
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    I visited my orthopedic surgeon today for a follow up on my hip. It's been bugging me a little bit, feeling sore and the leg is slightly weaker than it was four months ago. He took an Xray to be sure there wasn't any problem with the appliance ... there isn't. Probably just another round of physical therapy needed was his evaluation, all muscle and tissue stuff as the joint itself seems 100% fine. So I've made an appointment with physical therapy for Friday ...

    My doctor is himself an avid bicyclist and motorcyclist, so we always yak about bikes and motorbikes. I showed him a photo of FCC and he went gaga for it.

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    Today's ride included a stop to drop off records at my new primary care physician, then a loop down to Guadalupe River Park for a bite of lunch, then back home with a stop at the local bicycle shop.

    It's been time to End Of Life my old helmet for a bit (it's 6 years old now, and worn) so I bought essentially the same helmet but painted a cool constellation pattern. Sadly, they've changed the fitting bits just a little bit and the new fittings don't fit me well. I rode with it on Saturday and wasn't thrilled; I rode with it today and said to myself, "This one has to go." A PITA. So I tried on a Bontrager helmet at the shop and it fit a lot more comfortably. Bought it on the spot, and was much more comfortable on the way home.

    About 16 miles again today, my legs felt better than Saturday and that tetchy hip feels a bit less annoyed with me too. A good day.

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    Something just clicked today. Between the new, comfortable helmet and a couple of nice rides, I got on the bike today and felt completely comfortable again. Fell back into my riding rhythm almost immediately, wiggled down to San Jose for my afternoon coffee and dessert, and back. A nice ride of about 13 miles.

    Tomorrow morning I'm leaving the condo at 8am and riding up to Palo Alto to see my cardiologist for a follow up visit. I spoke to him on Monday to be sure that this would not throw off his ECG recording or compromise anything. That'll be a nice ride of 32 miles total...

    Life is good on two wheels!

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    Hi Tex, nice ride photos shame that the winter is approaching. However the Forrest looks picture perfect.

    Chief no wonder the wife enjoys riding that bike looks very comfortable, decent gear range too.

    Hi Mike, well we on the coast have had plenty of rain over the last week. Its rained steadily since last Thursday, only Tuesday have we had sun. The inland parts have missed out for the main with only small isolated falls. Still it's a start with much more needed. I have only done a few laps of the lounge room on the Brompton the last few days surprisingly the good wife tolerates it, the Brompton is the only bike allowed in the house. Hoping for a sunny Sunday.

    G pushing out the miles already, once you get some base miles in your body it quickly reconnects after a few weeks off the bike. Good luck at the Doctors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
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    G pushing out the miles already, once you get some base miles in your body it quickly reconnects after a few weeks off the bike. Good luck at the Doctors.
    Thanks! It's being a high medical week, reconnecting with all my doctors and specialists. Good people, I enjoy having these brief visits with them every so often.

    My podiatrist yesterday did the overdue monthly service on my feet (I see her every four weeks due to some issues with collapsed metatarsals in my right foot) ... AH! That feels good now.

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    As I was on the way home yesterday from SJ downtown, I rode through the local university area. It was after 5, a group of new freshmen (my gods, they look so young now!) walked up to the stop light just as I arrived there. Two of them on scooters, one on a skateboard, three on foot. One of the guys on an electric scooter looks at FCC.

    "Hot damn, Nice Bike!" he called out.
    "Thank you!"
    He looks down at his scooter ... "Wanna trade? It goes 12 mph!"
    I laughed, "No way! I can beat that easily!" So we raced across the intersection and up the block. I outran him by 10 seconds or so. His buddies came up in a minute.
    "Damn, Roy! You just got beat by an old man on a bicycle!" ...and laughed... "No offense, sir!" he said to me and smiled.
    "No problem, all's fair in fun and racing. I am an old man compared to you children, after all." And then we all shook hands and chatted for a few moments. One from Minnesota, three from around here, one from Arizona, two from New York area. Been in school here a little over a month now. Good kids, so freekin' young!
    "Okay, boys. I gotta go take a shower and get my motorcycle gear on; meeting up with some friends for dinner in Menlo Park. You stay safe and study hard."
    Roy goes, "You have a motorcycle too? Damn, old guys around here are crazy people!" and smiled.
    "Comes with the territory...!" and I took off.

    Kids are so cute. They haven't even heard the old saying yet: "Age and Treachery will always win over Youth and Innocence!" LOL!



    Onwards!
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    Must learn to engage brain before going out on a long ride.

    Up and out the door this morning at 8:00am sharp to ride to my cardiologist for an annual follow up appointment. It was a bit chilly, so I wore my gloves and my medium weight jersey over a t shirt. The easy way there, which I figured I'd do since I was on a time clock, was up a simple route: Santa Clara to Sunnyvale to Mountain View to Palo Alto via Evelyn and Middlefield roads. Hang an eastward turn to the freeway at Palo Alto and his office is right on the edge of East Palo Alto. 16 miles, 1:37 total time, 1:20 riding time. Easy peezy!

    The receptionist looks at me in my cycling gear after checking my name, bd, address, et al. "You rode a bicycle??" she said. "All the way here from Santa Clara???!"

    "Sure, why not?" I grinned.

    "Hot damn, you guy, I'm gonna really lace into my couch potato husband tonight. He's 25 years younger than you are and, ahem, looks ten years older..."

    "Oh, be gentle on him, Chris. But get his ass off that damn couch. It'll kill him." I grinned again.

    Nice young nurse calls me in and records my weight and blood pressure, leads me to the exam room, preps and does the ECG. Which with today's machinery, takes less time to do than it does to fit the twelve leads...! I sit back in the lounge chair, watching some MotoGP practice on my phone, and wait for my doc to sidle in.

    "Holy crap, man! You're serious about weight loss aren't you?" Dr Winkle bursts in. I remembered I haven't seen him for a year and some.

    "Well yeah. I thought you'd be pleased.." I answered.

    "Pleased? I'm ecstatic! You're my new poster boy for success cases!" And then we launched into the analysis of all the data I've sent him, what it all means, and what to do next, etc etc. Summing up: Keep On Going! The heart rates I'm seeing on my rides are right in the correct zone for what I should be doing, the small arrythmia/aberration that's developed is innocuous and nothing to worry about, we might have to reduce my medication because my blood pressure is so good now, and all that. He looks at me squarely again: "Come back to see me next year. God knows the way you're going with weight and fitness, I might not recognize you when you come back!" A big handshake (and a big hug) and he blasts off. I love this guy.

    Chris calls after me as I depart, "Have a great ride! Wish I was out there with you!" and I wave back.

    I took a different route back, and this is where I wished I'd engaged my brain before setting off, and not for the first time. There's a snack/lunch place right down the street from the doctor's office which I'd intended to stop at for a good bottle of water and a bite to eat, but I was too busy figuring out the wiggly little route to get to the Bay Trail through all these poorly marked back roads, and fussing my way over the pedestrian bridge over the freeway complex, and then getting lost and trying to recognize what passes for signage. I didn't realize I was out in the boonies with a long way back to anywhere I could get some water and some food until it was a long way back AND a long way forward. I was dehydrating quickly, it was low tide and the smells from the almost dry ponds and salt marshes were enough to make me lightheaded already, and the fuel provided by breakfast was obviously all consumed by that point. On the other hand, I was rolling along on a slight downhill for what felt like miles over cushiony soft, dry pea gravel that FCC likes so much and the scenery was just so cool and severe out here on the edge between the salt marshes and the Bay... It doesn't translate to photographs well at all, unfortunately, you have to be there.

    So I finally get to the end of the dirt/gravel section and back on pavement again, pull out my iPhone and say to Siri: "Where the hell is the nearest place I can get some food?" It points out a route that runs way past where I want to be and further from the San Tomas Trail than I like to get home on, but it gave me an idea and I looked a little closer to my route and remembered the gas station on that intersection. They should have water at least, and that would get me home.

    So I get to the gas station and there's a Mexican lunch truck. AH some food! I order a burrito and a large water, thinking I had a ten dollar bill in my wallet. I open my wallet and there're just six singles in there. Oops ...! Spent that last night, forgot all about it.

    "What can you give me for $6, señora?" I pleaded.
    "Señor, you look too hungry. That's only a dollar and sixty less than you need. I give it to you." She smiled at me.
    "Gracias señora! Muchos gracias!"

    As I stood there sucking down my water and wolfing down the burrito, a guy came up to look at my bike. "Those are huge tires. This must be an expensive bicycle!" I laughed and acknowledged that it indeed was fair pricey. "It looks very heavy." "Pick it up," I said. He did and his eyes get wide: "Señor, this must be *very* expensive!" I laughed again. We had a nice conversation following that, while I finished my lunch and started to feel human again. And then off I went to the San Tomas River Trail and home.

    Another 18.5 miles on that leg. So a 34-35 mile day, total, with several adventures, several nice vignettes and fun interactions with people, and some new trail territory I'd never been on before. And a clean bill of health from my cardiologist. I'm a happy guy.

    Just gotta remember to put a water bottle into my frame bag before I head off, and maybe a candy bar, eh?

    onwards, always onwards!
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    Hi G well thats one way to loose weight, get lost in the boondocks without food and water.

    I will always ride with at least one or more Science in Sport Isotonic gels and a Cliff bar. Years ago I did not bother taking food and one day like you I found myself a long way from home and bonking badly, (out of energy) in cycling terms

    I never brought into the idea of someone riding at my pace needing cycling nutrition, how wrong I was. I now never feel like I am out of energy as I ride. I now ride with one plain water bottle on the frame and another with SIS Go Hydro table in it.

    If you are passing shops you might not need to go to that level but packing a gel or bar is always handy. If not for yourself, you might come across another rider who is out of puff. If you can stomach the gels they give you a quick pick up when needed.

    Still If I come across a cake or Aussie pie shop I will stop in and indulge in something or two

    Glad the the Doc was happy with your improvements, seems like things are moving the right way. Enjoy those rides both for the physical and mental health benefits.

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    I usually have a pack of protein cookies and a pint water flask in the frame bag, just in case. Since most of my riding is 'cafe hopping' anyway in urban areas, I generally don't worry about it too much ... Food and water is almost always a hundred yard walk away, if needed.

    But far out on the Bay Trail, it's a dusty desolate place if the sun's out, the wind is blowing, and you're dry and hungry. I'd eaten the cookies I had in the bag and taken the flask out to clean it before I headed off on my travels in August ... It's sitting here on my desk.

    That just changed. :-)

    It was a great day and a fine ride, regardless of my stupidity. There were other people out on the Bay Trail so if I was really in trouble someone would have been along in a half hour, never mind that I had my phone with me and it was working perfectly. It wasn't quite so bleak as if I was out in the Gobi Desert...

    A fine adventure.

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    G it all depends on how you spin it Its the internet after all.

    Well no riding for me this last week, we have had rain 10 out of 11 days now. We really needed it all the gardens around here have come to life. Its a shame that the rain has remained mostly coastal, the inland areas in parts have had some rain but its been patchy.

    I was reading yesterday that the farmers need 300 mm plus of rain over 6 plus months to break the drought. And unfortunately that amount of rain is not forecast anytime soon.

    As for me I spent the time selling a bike and was left with a 100mm suspension fork, a 1x11 drive train, handle bars, seat post and wheels. So all I needed was a frame

    The only bike frame I could find to fit all the parts was my old Surly Troll. The new Trolls are not suspension corrected, so my Troll is in my LBS now have all the parts swapped over to a new black frame set. And when thats done my Orange troll will be rebuilt using the mountain bike parts.

    Just found out that my brother-in-law is coming over for a visit next April and now he will have a bike to ride. Well thats the story I can spin to my wife

    Enjoy your weekend.

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    Indeed, OZ ... I do like to tell a good story from the perspective of my experience emotionally, when objective data might make it "just another ride, I got hungry and thirsty" ... What's the fun in that?

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    Yesterday was the second Saturday since I've been back from my trip and I took my usual Saturday Morning Ride down to the cafe to meet the boyz for breakfast. Another 16 miler, along a new variation of my well worn path around the area. A cool but lovely day—my middleweight jersey sufficed with a pair of gloves to keep me warm, the new helmet is light and more comfortable than my old one, and it was a mostly uneventful, pleasant morning of cycling. I achieved just over 90 miles of riding since I've returned with it, and my legs are almost back into the same shape they were before I left now.

    All great! Onwards!
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    Hi people and wade.

    Nothing much happening here. The hurricane missed us. Not even a tropical storm. Zip. Zero. Nada.

    I have been a bit under the weather here. Some stomach problems and a head cold. But i am taking it in stride.

    I have been looking into a Single Speed from BD. There's a nice Gravity Bullseye for $399. Going to save for it and maybe by January one will grace our kitchen. Lol. Either that or the Motobecane model.

    I have been riding everyday but this darn stomach and cold limits me a bit.

    The last time i was hospitalized up in Missouri, (at the University Medical Center in Columbia) The staff cardiologist had the Medtronics tech check out my pacemaker/defib unit. It's working fine, but it seems that one of the leads might have moved. My cardiologist here is considering outpatient surgery to put it back in place. It seems that it does happen more than they'd like to admit.

    Anyway everyone have a great week. And ride a bunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    Hi people and wade.

    Nothing much happening here. The hurricane missed us. Not even a tropical storm. Zip. Zero. Nada.

    I have been a bit under the weather here. Some stomach problems and a head cold. But i am taking it in stride.

    I have been looking into a Single Speed from BD. There's a nice Gravity Bullseye for $399. Going to save for it and maybe by January one will grace our kitchen. Lol. Either that or the Motobecane model.

    I have been riding everyday but this darn stomach and cold limits me a bit.

    The last time i was hospitalized up in Missouri, (at the University Medical Center in Columbia) The staff cardiologist had the Medtronics tech check out my pacemaker/defib unit. It's working fine, but it seems that one of the leads might have moved. My cardiologist here is considering outpatient surgery to put it back in place. It seems that it does happen more than they'd like to admit.

    Anyway everyone have a great week. And ride a bunch.

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    oldbear: Good to hear you've been riding every day. The season's moving on and cooler weather is coming... although you wouldn't know it around here. It was in the 80°F range yesterday afternoon, and should be back up in the high 70°F again today, but cooler morning, evening, and night temps. I hope that rewiring job doesn't push you down too far.

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    The rides just keep going. A twelve-miler yesterday for my afternoon coffee, I might ride to the moto dinner this evening (a 16 mile run) if I don't get in a ride this afternoon. FCC is up to 1550 miles now since April, not bad having missed six full weeks+ of that time due to travel.

    The new exercise regimen that my physical therapist gave me is having effects already: Core strength is on the up, ache in the right leg flexors is reducing, and the leg is feeling stronger again. Never know but that it might help me reduce my pot belly too.

    Onwards!
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    I see everyone is posting, great to see.

    We went away for my wife's birthday. We went to Cape May Sunday and we didn't take our bikes. The town is set up for biking and we will be back, with our bikes .... spring or fall only. I would not want to be there in the dead of summer, small area and tight, I know it gets packed. Bike lanes, lots of rental spots, lots of bike racks. reminded me of a smaller Key West and it's closer to home.
    The weather has cooled considerably and it feels great to get out and ride. I did a ride with my wife this evening and then went out on my own. I went and cut some cattails and delivered them to people who had asked for some. Great smell, and they keep the bugs away.

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    Bear, Glad you missed the hurricane. I have never been through one, I hope I never will.

    My work is blowing up on me. I've ridden much less than my goals all month. I missed all of last week. I managed to sneak in a short trail ride at home this weekend before rain moved in. Then trails were closed up, so yesterday I rode the beach.
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    This week doesn't look too good either. I am traveling, but my itinerary is looking at long days in an area without trails open to night riding. It is getting dark early. We will see how it goes. I am still sure I can finish the race. As for whether I finish last or not, that remains to be seen.

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    Tex, great pix, as usual!

    I too have been without much time to ride due to business, not to mention rain for the last 10-12 days. The good news was the high country had a nice 18" layer of snow to begin the formation of base for later in the season. Evidently, the Mayor passed his final exam in his remedial snow dance class!
    The ride opportunities have been limited to riding to my brothers place for a visit. A great place to visit since he is raising chickens and has loads of fresh eggs that put the store bought variety right to shame! Another trip over there tomorrow to kype some more...

    Damn it, Chief! I just checked my cats to make sure they still have tails... Too bad there were no bikes however, I wish your wife a very happy birthday!
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    Left work early to ride with some daylight in Indiana. I am working late tonight to make up for it, but totally worth it.
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    Hi everyone, Tex I would leave work early to ride those trails they look great. How long is that beach, and is fresh water? Don't sweat the lack of miles you will be fine for your race, distance is more a mental thing than anything else.

    Banshee the snow did not take long to roll back around. I would love to ride snow one day, which is possible for me here in sunny, warm OZ. Up the back of the Hunter Valley is a place called Barrington Tops and its high enough to get snow once or twice a year in winter. Does not last long and I have never had a chance to make it up that way on a snowy day. Maybe next year.

    Hi Chief, banshee beat me to it with the cat tail joke, I will have to ask what is a cat tail some kind of shrub?

    Bear you and G seem to be out riding the most, hope you are enjoying yourself.

    New bike or should I say bikes day tomorrow for me, will post up a few photos soon.

    OZ.

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    Another fine afternoon's ride ...

    Buncha stuff to do yesterday, arrived back home around 3:00pm. Off with street clothes, on with bicycle gear, out the door.

    Three in the afternoon marks the start of the road mess around here nowadays. Between grammar and high school pickups, the early commuters, etc, the roads going to San Jose get more and more crowded until after six or so. It was so thick yesterday that there simply weren't any safe points to make a left across traffic without stopping and waiting for a crosswalk light to aid me, so I said, "heck with it!" and took the easy way all the way down into San Jose without looping over to Japantown which was my original intent.

    Stopped in at Caffe Frascati, ordered an Americano and a cannoli from the friendly carrot-topped barista. A tall, lanky kid with frizzy orange hair and a pleasant demeanor: he was joking about as he made my coffee and gave me a couple of good laughs. Outdoors at my table, it was an outstanding and beautiful early evening coming on. I realized that I'd best hang out for a bit and wait for the sun to get down to the tree line because otherwise my route home was going to have at least two points were the sun would be directly in my eyes. I called my buddy on the East Coast and yakked for a few minutes.

    Which gave just enough time for a busker to show up with his guitar and start playing a few riffs. I was getting ready to go when he hit on the dueling banjos theme from "Deliverance", which I stopped and stayed for: Hearing the original in my head as he played the theme out on his guitar. Some bits of music just stick in our minds...

    I reversed the route I'd intended to take in the first place and wiggled my way up through Japantown on the way home. Shops closing up, it's now 5:30 or so, and a different feel to the streets there as traffic swells and ebbs, people heading home to make dinner, and so forth. Delaying took the sun out of my eyes and then the evening began to descend in full and I switched my headlight flasher over to continuous beam low for the rest of the ride home: easier to see in the evening that way and not as intrusive.

    Another fifteen mile run. Since taking up the new daily workout regimen from my new PT, my core strength is improving, slowly, and I'm even more comfortable riding. I have more precise control of my abdominals and glutes, my breathing is improving too. So many little factors on this journey that help.

    onwards!
    G

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    Man, it got cool. I rode this evening breezy & 51° but it felt good. Light frost warning for tonight, fall is here.

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    You find them in swampy areas, waterways basically any slow or none moving water. I collect them and burn them after allowing them to dry for a few weeks. I have some from last year. They are great for getting rid of bugs.

    Good ride along the power lines this evening.
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    A few deer out and about.
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    Hi Chief thanks for the cat tail explanation, people believe that Kangaroos roam around the streets down here, but by the look of it Deer don't mind a bit of the suburban life.

    G the bike can place you at the right place at the right time, you seem to be really enjoying your rides.

    OZ.

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    First new bike day...

    Hi everyone picked up my first of two new bikes today. Sound worse than it is as this one is only a new frame set. After selling my old F/S bike I kept all the parts off it with the idea of building up a 100mm travel 27.5 mountain bike. I had been looking at the Soma B side frame, but the new version had moved up to a 120mm fork. So the only option that I could find was my Surly Troll sitting in my garage. Its good to go with a 100mm travel fork, so I picked up a new non suspension correct Troll frame set to swap all my parts off the old Troll.

    Old.

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    New.

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    My LBS did a great job at a very good pice to do the swap over and are building up the Orange frame with the other parts. One plus with getting a new frame is that the steer on the fork has not been cut and after a brief ride have the bars up higher on the new Black Troll is great.

    If my son feels like it when he gets home from work we will go and pick up the new Specialized Stumpjumper that we are going to share

    OZ.

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    And another one...

    Hi everyone, picked up the Stumpjumper this afternoon. Don't think my son will let me ride to often, its the first bike that has fitted him properly for a few years and the smile on his face as he effortlessly did a wheelie up the street was worth it. So I might get to ride it every now and them

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    As you can see from the photo it was getting dark I had a quick spin on the trail at the end of the street and the 150mm of travel and slack and long front end inspires plenty of confidence. Just have to remember my very low skills levels when I get to ride it

    Not that there will be much of that this weekend, I work early tomorrow and the forecast is for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon followed by rain on Sunday. Hope your having better luck with the weather, enjoy your weekend.

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    Oz, you gotta love new bike day! Nice!

    Chief, are those whitetail deer? They look small, or is that just the picture.

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