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    Thanks Surly!

    Using CalTrain and BART gives me access to ride a much broader range of areas than I can reach on the bike in a day alone. I have yet to try the bike rack I bought for my car, I just am uncomfortable with carrying a bike that way (I worry about damage to both the bike and to the car!), but with access to trains I can get to a lot of places all around the bay area and even farther. And, given that I now have a senior discount pass for the Bay Area transit system, it's even cheap ...

    The photos were all made with the Leica CL fitted with a Voigtländer HyperWide 10mm f/5.6 ASPH lens. The camera is set to capture only raw files, I did the image rendering for this set in Lightroom v6.14 (my usual tool of the moment).

    Here's a detail look at the ride route generated by the Garmin cycle computer:


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    The Peninsula is actually pretty heavy with vegetation ... lots of trees and such as you move south and westwards from the bay towards the coastal mountains. Menlo Park, Atherton, Lindenwood, and Palo Alto are older communities and a bit higher elevation than Santa Clara, so more heavily tree'ed, but actually I remember looking out the fourth-floor window of my apartment when I used to live in Cupertino and remarking how many trees lined filled the valley on its way up into the Santa Cruz mountains. Trees and such become sparse as you roll east towards the bay's coastal areas (like the shot from the Bay Trail); that's all marshy grasslands, the ground pretty heavily loaded with salty/brackish water.

    Many of the trees are imports ... most of the palm and eucalyptus for sure. They've been here a long, long time now. I'm not an expert on the native vs imported varieties... Certainly Live Oak and Redwoods are indigenous however, southern bits of the great North American northern forest.

    I've ridden the full circuit—from Santa Clara to East Palo Alto up the 'easy' part (Middlefield road) and then back again via the Bay Trail to the Guadalupe River Trail, to San Jose downtown, then back up to Santa Clara and home—in a day now. That's about a 38 mile circuit, lots of fun.

    onwards! G

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    Been riding a little. Fall colors have been amazing but my phone camera doesn’t capture it. The Iceman Cometh Challenge is next weekend. It should be a fun time riding with 4500 of my friends.Fat Biking and health-bc6b84d5-4d2d-4b55-abe3-ebde70f414d6.jpg

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    Doesn't get better, Tex! This year, the phone was prohibido on my fall rides. No cam handy was a mistake indeed. The range of color was breathtaking. Red, gold, orange and a little spattering of green for that official Bob Ross painting to ride through.
    The colors have mostly gone now but with 60 tomorrow and I hafta work at the auto shop, Sunspot will hopefully get a lunch hour session on some nearby singletrack. Pfft! Cannot pass the opportunity...

    Chief, how's Mrs. Chief doin?
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    G, great ride report and the pictures are amazing.

    Surly, hoping for the best for you in your ride today.

    Tex mex, yeah I saw the same thing yesterday during my ride along the power lines. I looked back at one point and the trees were turning and the colors were beautiful. I still have some time yet until the the real color. Going to rain overnight and most of the day tomorrow so I hope the leaves hang in.

    During my ride yesterday, it was a nice day. Cloudy and warm, the paths I ride don't lend to speed. Lots of rocks, small bumps, roots, people walking, birding and taking photos; so it was a pleasant ride where I can't push the entire time like once you're on the smooth street surface. I went back to where I got pushed into the fence. I crossed the street there, no traffic, and got over near a lake. There was a dead doe laying off the road and in the weeds. She was beaten up pretty badly, it seemed pretty recent. I felt bad, it looked like she crawled off the roadway and died. I look uo and there is a BIG 6 point buck up ahead, I ride down off the shoulder of the roadway to the dirt and rocks to get a look at him. He sprints around me towards the road but stays clear. I move on but turn back to watch him. They are SO fast and pretty. He stops near the dead doe and walks over to her. I concerned he's going to head back towards the roadway so I pedal up onto the shoulder again and head back towards him yelling pushing him to the brush and wooded area. He turns and runs and is gone into the trees along the PA Turnpike in a flash. I head back to my ride.

    G, thanks for asking about Barb. She is leary on the bike. We were talking about it yesterday as we sat in our Oasis (backyard). She said she felt tired and blah, didn't wanna ride, so she was gong to take a walk. We sat a talked instead. She said she feels shaky on the bike yet, it's understandable after her fall. I'll get her out today and ride a few miles with her. We have to build her confidence back up. The fall has her wearing a helmet without any complaints about her hair or anything. which is good.

    I wasn't paying attention yesterday near the end of my ride. I was feeling hungry, my sugar level dropped and I needed something. I was riding to a Wawa (PA convenience store chain) to grab something. We have a walking path through town and I ride it a bit, near the store there is a REAL lumpy part (tree roots pushing up) and I wasn't watching. I hit the first series of bumps and thank goodness i had a good grip on the handlebars. LOL

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    Post Ride Report-Update on new Crystal Lake Park Bike Trail Project

    Multiple ride reports on a rainy Sunday Morning; done in the past two weeks culminating in yesterday's ride through Wharton State Forest, NJ Pine Barrens. The Crystal Lake Bike Trail as well as the Kinkora Rail Trail ride was done near sundown; as these trails are currently under construction and therefore off limits. Some real good work is going on here. This will be a multiple post deal, starting with the Crystal Lake Park trail project, the next being the Kinkora Rail Trail and completed with the third post, yesterdays big ride report in the NJ Pines....

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    Just past the Axe Factory Road entrance to Crystal Lake Park, in that sweet light that only October can bring. Air free of humidity and that summer muck that makes life uncomfortable. It was downright chilly for this ride.

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    Crystal Lake Park bike and walking trail, looking westward towards Route 130 some half/three quarter a mile away from here. I've posted enough photos of this vista in past rides through this park, when it was just a dirt rock trail for the park rangers and farmers renting the farm space to drive on; as well as fat tired ebikers like me.

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    Up at the Crystal Lake Park entrance at Route 130, the trail remains as the basic 6-8 inch rock underlayment, awaiting the asphalt top layering. Here, the trail turns and twists on it's way to coming up alongside Route 130, right along the lake itself.

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    Past the 130 trailhead entrance, the trail dips into the forest....

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    Before coming out to Route 130, northbound lanes. The trail will now follow parallel to Crystal Lake, before terminating at the junction of Route 130 and Burlington Road, Fieldsboro, NJ, where the trail picks up as a wide shoulder alongside Burlington Road. This will take us into Bordentown, where you cross Crosswicks Creek to access the D&R Canal Towpath.

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    This is the end of my trip here for the Crystal Lake Park trail, at the new bike/pedestrian bridge being built at the Crystal Lake spillway that leads into the nearby Delaware River. I turn around here and head back into the village of Hedding NJ to pick up the Kinkora Rail Trail, itself under constructon.....

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    Post Ride Report-The new Kinkora Rail Trail Project-Hedding, NJ to Roebling, NJ

    Having completed the run on the Crystal Lake trail under construction, it was just a matter of heading a bit to the south on Old York Road to get to the new construction going on for the Kinkora Rail Trail. The weather again was cool and clear. Sun down was not far off; a perfect time for the dyno hub lighting system to do it's thing.

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    I forgot to include this shot of Crystal Lake near sunset, off the new Crystal Lake Trail. My best buddy growing up in Roebling and I would at times make the walk from our home street down the railroad line to get to Crystal Lake and fish along the lake front nearest Route 130. Always but always we had some great largemouth bass action here. Lugging our fishing pole and tackle boxes, those boxes of ours were full of lures of everykind, flatfishes, mepps spinners, lazy ikes, rapalas, rebels, arbogast, you name it, we had it.

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    Hedding, NJ and the entrance to the Kinkora Trail, which will run from here, past the farm fields, under Route 130, down to the crossing of the New Jersey Transit/Pennsylvania Railroad-Penn Central-Conrail RiverLine/Bordentown Secondary mainline.....onto the old John A Roebling and Sons Steel Mill Property and ending at the Roebling NJ waterfront park.

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    Just south of the trail entrance at Hedding....pure virgin asphalt!

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    Here the trail parallels Old York Road, with it's shoulder for bike riding being a short, 5 inch or so wide extension off the white line for the road way...

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    It is here, off Old York, that the trail turn off to the right begins the real and true former Kinkora Railroad line that ran east of here way back in the day.

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    From the turn off right, it also begins what is basically a straight line run through fields and farms, until it veers towards the left and the final straight towards the underground tunnel under Route 130.

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    A nice little touch, saving this tree while creating a junction around it.

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    What stands out for me is the silence. I like that. No damn car or truck noises, just the quiet of a early evening farm landscape that used to be prevelant in Burlington County until the developers came and took this land and destroyed it with housing tracts filled with all kinds of creative names that have no bearing on the land they destroyed..."Steeplechase", "Greenbriar Horizon", "Mallards Creek" to name a few, all fake, phony fraud names to lend an air of opulence and elegance. I'll thake THIS any day of the week.

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    The asphalt trail ends here and the graded, compacted and stone underlayment as well as just plain ole dirt trail begins here all the way to the railroad line.

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    Here is where the straight tangent former rail line ends, in a slight curving below an embankment of the farm property above.

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    Undeveloped trail prepared for it's stone base and asphalt top layer; followed by the Route 130 crossing ahead.

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    At the Route 130 tunnel. So pleased I am with my dyno hub system as it provides light as soon as the front wheel starts turning. At around 5 mph, it's putting out full light with no flickering. The rear led tailight is bright, as per German regulations. It is a no-flash rear light, again, as per German law. Both front and rear lights get the attention of motorists. Never worry about a battery or charging again with one of these setups.

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    Just outside the tunnel, west side. There is a short stretch where the railroad trail is about 6 plus feet above grade level as the land is kind of damp and swampy due to the nearby Crafts creek....

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    Staging area for the heavy equipment which came off an abandoned road above this area, connecting it with Route 130 Surly In Oz: If you google maps the railroad tunnel, you will find this road a few dozen feet from it, to the south....

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    Coming up to the end of the trail where it meets the NJT RiverLine main line. Fading light of day reflecting off the trees. The heavy equipment staging area a hundred feet or so away from here. With the setting of the sun, no breeze going through the tree leaves, it's very quiet here.

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    NJT RiverLine light rail, having departed the Roebling station stop a half mile or so to the south of here, the train is making it's way at about 45 mph and building to it's next stop along the Delaware River, Bordentown.

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    My batteries are starting to fade, thus the blurred photo of a train signal for this line, indicating stop to an approaching southbound train, as there is a northbound train somewhere to the north, heading this way....

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    At the parking lot/staging area, a look at Crafts Creek, where I spent many many hours fishing on in my youth. With the setting of the sun now, I'll be heading back to homebase in the dark on this former rail line that most have forgetten ever existed here.

    Pine Barrens ride will be sent out later on.

    Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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    Chief: The answer to your wife's hesitancy to now ride is via the wide tires and stability that comes only with a fat bike. And since your at it, make it an electric assist fat bike and I can guarantee you she'll never consider riding a skinny tired analog style bike ever again. Deals are out there for a good fatty e-assist; such as Crazy Lenny's, where I got mine from at an incredible discount. Of the many bikes I've owned and still own after all these years, the Yamaha powered Haibike gets the call every time. It's the best bicycle investment I can say I've ever made in my life....

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    I use the transit train all the time. Bicycles are not allowed during rush hour so I schedule around it. Most often then not though I can fit my bike in after a few trains go by or just find something else to do in the meantime.

    I have had my bicycle on the bus racks and I am always worried a bump will throw my bike off. Its too bad our bus system does not have racks on each and every bus like British Columbia Canada does. Also the bus racks will hold a 2.50 tire, perhaps larger if you air down, but not a fat bike thats for sure!

    Some days I have ridden 90km on my bike, about thats about 55miles. I have even been able to go out of town, by 18km/11miles. I wanted to do a ride out to the mountains which is about 100km/60miles, perhaps this coming spring/summer/fall.

    Does your BART train system have different fare rates for the different zones you pass?



    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    Thanks Surly!

    Using CalTrain and BART gives me access to ride a much broader range of areas than I can reach on the bike in a day alone. I have yet to try the bike rack I bought for my car, I just am uncomfortable with carrying a bike that way (I worry about damage to both the bike and to the car!), but with access to trains I can get to a lot of places all around the bay area and even farther. And, given that I now have a senior discount pass for the Bay Area transit system, it's even cheap ...


    onwards! G

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    Saturday Ride Report: NJ Pine Barrens-Atsion, NJ to Chatsworth NJ and back

    Saturday was due to be a spectacular kind of autumn October day so what better way to enjoy it but a ride in the now bug-free NJ Pine Barrens of Wharton State Forest.....

    The particulars: 46 miles total riding, 98% done in sand pine barrens roads with an average of 8 miles per hour. So here we go....

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    Quaker Bridge Road, heading east bound, Wharton State Forest; about a mile from where I left my truck parked at the Atsion, NJ Ranger station. Quite a few trailers were in the lot, indicative of enduro motorcyclists taking advantage of the nice day on tap. This is an old bog. Within the rear bag is my pump, tire patching gear and spare tube and an extra 500 wh battery to go along with the original 400wh battery on the bike right here. Tire pressures at 25 psi (don't worry, Wade, that is going to change a bit on down the road!)

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    I'm on the big front chain ring at the bog, but that along with the tire pressure, along with the motor power setting, will soon change.

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    So as I mentioned, I'm rolling along nice and easy with the tires at 25 psi. Some of the road patches are in fairly deep sugar sand and as there is no float at 25 psi, it was time to air down. So here is where I aired 'em down to 15 psi (a nice trade off) and the result was immediate in better control in the sand patches, with the threat of turning the tire 90 degrees when hitting those deep sand sections now eliminated.

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    The plan was this: Ride from Atsion to Quaker Bridge. Make a right turn onto Batsto River Road. Hook up at Constable Bridge Road at Constable Bridge and head back west towards Route 206, turn around and backtrack to Constable Bridge, hook back up onto Batsto River Rd, pedal into Batsto Village to access the Washington Turnpike, head all the way down to it's end in Chatsworth; double back the entirety to my truck. Here I am in the middle of the bridge at Quaker Bridge with a group of kayakers and canoers going downstream on the Batsto River to Batsto Village, some 4-5 miles downstream of here.....

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    Quaker Bridge, Batsto River, looking upstream on the bridge in autumn foliage....

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    Not far at all from Batsto is the cut off for Constable Bridge and the Constable Bridge Road. This is the Mullica River, a completely different river from the Batsto in both flow and character of the land in which the river flows through. Looking upstream.

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    Constable Bridge, looking downstream and beyond, the Great Bay. I'll go over this bridge and proceed down Constable Bridge Road to see how far I can get as the last time I was here a few years ago, it was flooded out to the west.

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    About a mile up from Constable Bridge, the road becomes a sugar sand mess of deep sand featuring tire ruts about a foot down into the sand. At this point, I had powered down to Standard power to save on the battery as well as shifting down to the small front chain ring, all to save power as well as better spin easily at the lower speeds I was traveling at..... I don't know why, but the bright sun got me to thinking of hoping in spotting a snake sunning itself on these roads. Mainly, I was thinking of what a treat it'd be to see a Timber Rattlesnake (a very rare snake, but they are here in these woods) sunning itself. Then I came upon this poor fellow, seemingly squished by the motorcycles running these trails on this day. Poor thing......

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    So I thought, why let this poor girl get squished further in it's death? So I went to grab it's tail.......and wouldn't you know it, but the girl started flickering her tongue! I quickly set the bike alongside a nearby tree near a drainage pipe where the snake may have come from within the stream where the pipe flowed; grabbed a small stick and picked her up to set her aside in the woods away from the road. She moved out nice and quick and disappeared into the brush and I got on my way again, feeling good inside that I no doubt saved her life. Which was the case as not further up, two enduro motorcycles came rolling down the path, in the direction where Snakey would have been laying in the sun..... A check on this snake's photos shows it to be a Northern Water Snake, a snake looking much alike a water moccassin, without the venom, but with the same kind of temperment. https://forums.njpinebarrens.com/thr...r-snake.11920/

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    Constable Bridge Road-end of the road. At one time, this road was passable to Route 206, but no more. So, I turned around and made my way to Batsto Village and the Washington Turnpike....

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    Getting to Batsto Village off Batsto River Road involves a bit of asphalt county road riding, one reason to not want to air my tires down to single digits. But here we are and the parking lot is filled with cars, people no doubt walking and hiking the bike trails and visiting the village iself.

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    Some more asphalt riding outside Batsto Village brings me to the entrance to the Washington Turnpike....

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    Washington Turnpike, NJ Pine Barrens Wharton State Forest. The wind had picked up and spritzes of rain began to fall. A chill came with the wind. Every now and then, enduro bikes would pass me by, riders giving me a wave or thumbs up and me returning the same. 4x4's passing by on occassion. And the quiet and solitude....

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    Autumn colors, purple/reds and greens, Wharton State Forest

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    At the end of Washington Turnpike are 3 campgrounds in close proximity to each other, Godfrey Bridge, Hawkin Bridge and Wading Pines Campground. The first two are state of NJ run, the last a commercial outfit. Here we are at the bridge over the Wading River, near Wading Pines Campground, Chatsworth, NJ.

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    These final two shots are at Hawkins Bridge Campground, Wharton State Forest. This trip was a kind of recon run to check these campgrounds out for future overnight camping trips in the future. That's a pretty steep incline down to the Wading River below.

    Battery changed out, it was now time to back-track the Turnpike to Batsto, hook up on the Batsto River Road to access Quaker Bridge Road then to my truck at Atsion, NJ. 46 miles total riding.

    Hope this gives an idea of some of the sights I got to see on this great run within the NJ Pine Barrens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    I use the transit train all the time. Bicycles are not allowed during rush hour so I schedule around it. Most often then not though I can fit my bike in after a few trains go by or just find something else to do in the meantime.
    ...
    Does your BART train system have different fare rates for the different zones you pass?
    Bicycles are allowed on both CalTrain and BART during commute hours, it would be kinda silly not and the burden on connecting transit would be much higher! But during commute hours, the cycle cars and racks often get full and overloaded so you have to wait for the next train. There's a bit of a protocol to how to ask and stack bikes in the car's racks, so that people can get off at their stop without too much fuss.

    I don't need to travel at commute hours anymore so I take advantage of the slightly lower prices and vastly lower use off-commute.

    Both CalTrain and BART have tiered fare zones ... You pay proportional to how many zones you pass. It's a pretty simple system, and when you use the Clipper card, they do all the calculations for you. Just be sure you have enough cash stored in your account that they can work their magic.

    I have been wanting take the BART up east to the end of the line, about 100 miles away, and ride as much of the way back as I can make. Perhaps yet this year...

    ---
    No ride today: There's a new weather system blowing in and the winds were 20-25 mph with gusts up to as high as 60mph. I decided to watch the trees blow around through my living room windows...

    onwards!
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    Hi everyone, Mike a couple of great reports, those fall colours in the Pine Barrens look fantastic. And I know that you will make great use of those new rail trails being built, shame they don't leave them as compacted gravel. With all the built landscapes around you and Chief the two of you seem to find some pockets of greenery and wildlife. Thanks for the ride along.

    G those winds you mentioned are even making the news down here with the fires they are pushing along. Hope any friends of yours up that way are well clear of them.

    OZ.

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    Surly, you are most welcome!

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    Gravel Grit Laguna, part one.

    Hi everyone well I did take the chance to ride the gravel event on Sunday and what a magic day it was. Saturday was extremely hot and very strong to gale force Northwest winds blowing. They brought down many trees around home and if they stayed around for Sunday I would have given the ride a miss. Thankfully the day dawned as good as it gets for cycling, the winds light to breezy and temps in the mid 20's dec C.

    It's around and hour and half drive to the starting point in Laguna at the Great North Trading Post. I arrived around an hour before the 8.30 start time, which gave me enough time to sign in and change into my riding gear. There was not a lot of riders around but as the start time approached they rolled in, a lot of them had camped on a local farm over night and ridden a few other roads on Saturday.

    There was just about every type of bike and rider rolling into the Trading Post all enjoying the beautiful morning.

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    Plenty of "proper Gravel bikes" waiting whilst their owners enjoyed a pre-ride coffee.

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    Lots of mountain bikes where showing up too, and Mike plenty of them the E-Bike type.

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    And G the event marshals on course rode some lovely trail moto's due to the nature of the roads.

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    These guys did a great job throughout the day keeping an eye on everyone and assisting when needed.

    Soon it was time to roll out under police escort for the first few kilometres until we turned of the Great North road onto Dairy Farm road and hit the gravel for the first time.

    The starting point.

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    I found myself at the front of the bunch after taking that photo so I held on at the back as the fast guy's set a quick tempo. We quickly split away from those behind and as the first climbs started and the pace stayed high I dropped off the grab my first photos of the riders behind coming through.

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    I grabbed the next bunch coming along as my plan to get through the day was to save as much of my legs as possible for the climbing to come. A return to a tarmac road section had the pace a little high for my liking and as I dropped to the back of the pack the first of the days E-bikers came along. And as per regs down here E-bikes are restricted to 25km per hour, then the motor cuts out, so this couple on matching Trek bikes provided the perfect pace for me

    So the climbing proper started and I knew it would be tough but the road quickly turned into a wall that had most riders in their lowest gear or walking. So it was a perfect place for me to stop for a quick photo

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    It was also the last time I had sight of my E-biking friends as a steady stream of them passed us up the steep grades. I did surprise myself by spinning my way to the top passing plenty of riders along the way. It gave me a lot of confidence that even with my lack of riding recently I would make it around the course.

    Part two to follow...

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    Gravel Grit Laguna, part two...

    And we are back, at the top of the very step and long road climb was the perfectly placed first rest stop and most riders took the time to fill water bottles and grab a snack. From there we climbed higher through the Watagan Forrest on logging and first roads. It was a wall for trees either side of the track as the road rose and fell it added many meters climbed today.

    Some sections where getting a little rough and I was glad that I was on my Troll with nice wide Jones bars and a suspension fork. I ended up riding a lot of this section alone and enjoyed the bird songs coming from the forrest. In different sections the many different types of bike being ridden today had their strengths and weaknesses.

    One of the road/gravel bikers enjoying a mellow descent.

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    I found a few things to photograph along the way.

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    Soon I reached the second rest stop and was feeling great, but for me the best was yet to come. From here the road/track was down hill and out onto Watagan Creek road.

    The top part of the track quickly changed into to a very rough track that really suited a mountain bike, and I was passing plenty of riders on gravel bikes with 40mm tyres and drop bars slowly picking their way down the trail. I let the brakes off and let the Troll run it head and enjoyed the ride. I enjoyed it so much that I rode right through the last rest stop with plenty of riders attending to puncture tyres.

    Out onto Watagan Creek road and the the farm land and road was as beautiful as I hopped it would be, and the riding too.

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    The rain we had a few weeks ago made it this far inland and the pastures are green and the dams full...

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    Its a real tragedy most of the farming country down here is so drought stricken when you can see how good it can be.

    A few of the riders on gravel bikes that I had passed on the rough trail higher up now found the road perfect for their bikes and enjoyed the flowing road.

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    With about five kms to go I rider came passed me at a pace that I could follow so I jumped on his wheel. Soon he started to slow and as I rolled along side he said that he had a slow puncher in his front tyre. So I stopped to help him fix it, he decided to pump it up and try to make it to the finish rather than change the tube. His pump was playing up so I grabbed mine out and soon had it aired back up. I told him not to wait for me as I packed up my pump, as I did not want him to go flat again. So he went down the road as a large cow came the other way.

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    The cow did not like the idea of having its picture taken an trotted past me and around the corner.

    I was soon on my way to the finish, with about one km to go when I came across my new friend who's front tyre was flat again. So it was pump out and airing him up with enough to make it home. Which is where this last photo was taken.

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    We passed on the other side of that field at the start of the ride I did not grab a photo so I was very happy to find us passing again at the finish of the ride.

    All in all a great day out on the bike in some lovely country with a friendly bunch of riders, what more can you ask for.

    OZ.

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    Surly: What a fantastic looking day it must have been for that bike tour. Well done on ya for assisting that biker along the way. Your photos remind me of what it must be like out in our own American West. I think the Haibike would have done quite nicely on those trails. Appreciate you taking the time to share your adventure with us!

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    Great ride and race reports by Mike and Oz. Mike your a better man then I messing with that snake. I would have steered clear and moved on. A FF buddy just hiked that area on Saturday he and his family did 10 miles in the Pines yesterday from Atsion to Quaker Bridge and back.
    OZ it looked like a great ride. Building a base and then working off of it really helps. Towards the end of the warm riding season I back off the mileage and pushing to relax and enjoy the ride so my legs, back ...everything gets a break and start looking froward to getting out when I can.

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    Thanks, Chief! I just knew though if I did not move that critter, that it was just as likely to get run over and killed. Just hate the thought of Snakey meeting it's end like that so needlessly. Now, if that were a timber rattler, now way would I be grabbing it's tail to see if it were still alive! I'd just grab a bigger stick and shoo it on outta there!

    Atsion to Quaker Bridge and back is a very healthy, long walk, so my hat is off to your friends.

    I'd suggest you and the Mrs take your bikes down Atsion and make a day run down to Quaker Bridge....even beyond if she is up to it. The sugar sand stuff could be walked on past; other then that, hard pack sand is what your looking at there. No cars, no bums or addicts....just sweet, sweet wilderness that will make you think you are in Canada. Best time to go is now, when the biting insects are gone.


    At Batsto Village, there is that prime biking trail called the Penn Branch mountain biking courses that go off into the woods; another great run you might want to consider trying. I looked at the sign posts they put up; recently updated to not invite any ebikes or pedal assist. LOL. I averaged 8 mph on my run to Chatworth back to Atsion; big ole ebike tearing up the trails...LOL.

    Pre-Anti-Ebiking signage, I did bike that trail and made a photo report here a year, year and a half ago. It really is a cool little biking trail filled with one turn after another to the point you are almost getting dizzy from the back and forth turns you have to make in many portions. Not one long straightaway worth talking about on the Penn Branch....

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    And... Mike would say, "he's grumpyyyyy"!


    OZ, many similar views here in Colorado. Hmmm, G-One 2.8's woulda been right at home on that ride...
    Good times!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
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    G those winds you mentioned are even making the news down here with the fires they are pushing along. Hope any friends of yours up that way are well clear of them.
    Thanks Surly.

    Only a couple of folks I know live up in the danger zones, so far they're all okay. It is always a terrible thing, though, to consider good, normal people who've lost everything they worked their entire life to build, create, and gather out of the blue due to some random, catastrophic weather event. Give you a moment's pause to consider: Treasure every moment as if it were your last, things can change in a second, and appreciate all the things you enjoy and especially the people you know.

    Some very nice photos from your last ride.

    Down here in Santa Clara Valley, Sunday blew and blew. But yesterday, Monday, was clear and still: It was lovely out for my ride around the loop and lunch downtown. There wasn't much particularly special about the ride itself ... It was a 14 mile variant of my usual loop, about 12 mph average speed and about 800 calories burned.

    Speaking of photos, I pulled one of my favorite old cameras out, checked that it's working just fine, and loaded it with film. A 1972-ish Minox C, one of my old favorite cameras that was my constant companion, always in my pocket, for almost a decade from the middle nineties to the middle '00s. The camera, it's dedicated little table top tripod, and a flash unit fit into a corner of one pocket of any bike bag I have ... I've loaded it with a 36 shot roll and made six exposures yesterday. I can't wait to see what I get out of it. (I also had a Polaroid with me and made two exposures at the Rosicrucian society's Egyptian Museum. I've finally gotten a decent handle on setting exposure with this camera! A bit of a chintzy quick scan with the iPad Pro, but eh? I'll improve on it at another time... )



    In the course of the ride, I met up with a nice youngster from one of my social forums for coffee. He's a third my age, lives right down the street, and wanted to meet and chat. Turns out we share a delight with electronic dance music and a few other things: he was at the huge rave I went to in March down in San Bernardino, and he's invited me to join him and a bunch of his friends of all ages who enjoy this music and dancing. It is so nice to meet young people like him who are open, friendly, smart, and just get along with them the same way I get along with my old friends whom I've known for decades.

    When I stopped for lunch, there were no free tables but another young guy motioned me over to share his table. He's a student at San Jose State, studying to get a degree in Chemistry ... we had another fine chat telling stories about his and my college days, and for me some of the wacky trips I went on just post that time. His friends showed up, an amusing bunch of young folks, bantered a few moments and then they were off. Ah.. so nice!

    I love being out there and finding these young folks to talk to. They are the ones I worry about with all the crap happening in the world today, and to the world today. I worry about what kind of future they will have to face when they're my age—what crap is going to be flung at them by the changes in our world's environment and by the stupidity of our government "leaders." To not be doing all we can, NOW, to make the world a better place for their future is a cruelty that just makes me sad beyond words, and angry.

    Onwards, always onwards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    And... Mike would say, "he's grumpyyyyy"!
    About which, Snakey or those big brother stickers telling me where and where not I can go within the public owned state forest?

    The coolish weather may have had Snakey less ornery and more sedate for she really had no objection to be hoisted upon the stick and as she slithered off, setting her down on the sand and setting her on the stick again. Once she got near the edge of the trail, she moved out right smartly.

    As far as the signage goes, Ignorance Rules, I guess. The idea that it's instant-on to 20 mph with these bikes, which is not reality but in the low information minds of a good many folks. No problem as the bike trail really is a silly series of sharp turns within a 19 mile course. After awhile, it's monotonous and boring. For every other trail and fire road within Wharton, there has to be several hundred miles total if you count each one waiting to be explored!

    Crap weather, rainy, misty, blech for the next several days, I think, followed by a cool down into the upper 50's.

    I looked up that Chinese carbon rim you directed me to. Interesting. The selection of solid rims in 80mm are kinda slim. The HED in aluminum seems to me to be a rather lightly built rim and their max pressures are not up to what I want riding out on asphalt. No rush though as I've spent more then enough money on this bike in 2019. Time to give bike spending a break as I figure out getting the back bed off my Colorado to prep/derust/paint the aft frame rails, frame rust repair in the back as well as beginning a targeted renewal of the rear suspension systems, brake systems, working my way to the front over the winter......

    It looks like Old Bear's mission of looking up past posters to the thread here has resulted in him too going on the Missing In Action List.....LOL

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    Mike, the Bear's AWOL...

    Hed is great for deep snow and wrinkly sidewalls but for overinflated riding, dunno how they would take the pressure and pounding, nor for how long.
    Lightbicycle seems to be on the 85mm offerings in double wall designs. There are a couple in the 200 smacker range that would do fine.

    MOBD's are downright ass ugly and have a snow/mud channel built in to retain the extra weight a fat bike doesn't need to pack around. My 2014 Rolling Darryl's are very nice looking and shed crud readily. Unfortunately, those went away... Did buy a spare pair through bikeman dot com a while back to have em on hand.

    Otso/Lithic $90 per. Yus, they have holes but...
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    On the carbon rim front, Sarma has a rim profile that resembles the old RD shape and a few other China traders are offering the same for less coin. One day, perhaps...

    Weather... Can you say snow?? The Mayor needs out!
    That heavy, wet shit, pfft!
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    Wade: Thanks, buddy! There's time for rims, next year. I like to get as much info as I can before making a decision and your depth of knowledge is where I like to turn to. Thanks!

    Don't know much about Colorado weather except it turns on a dime, literally in 24 hours from warmth and sun to white out and blizzards. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, things are a lot more predictable.

    This weekend, the time for sundown comes an hour earlier, so this dyno lighting setup is going to pay great dividends.

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    Hi everyone, thanks for the comments on my post.

    Mike the Haibike would have eaten all of that ride no problems at all. And as far as I know with don't have the same access issues with E-Bikes down here. I did not hear one bad word or comment during the ride about sharing the road with E-Bikes. I was offering each one that passed me going up the stupid steep sections $50 for a tow

    Yep having a solid base makes any ride more enjoyable Chief, just knowing you will make the distance allows you to enjoy the time on the ride. My base for this ride came from somewhere I was just happy to get around on Sunday.

    Hi Banshee, yep the more I ride the G-One tyres (bite version) in my case, the more I believe they are the perfect mixed ride tyre. You don't notice the tread on the tarmac sections and you have plenty of grip offroad too.

    Thanks G, glad to hear your friends are out of harms way. I was planning a ride this afternoon but we have been under a blanket of thick smoke haze all day. The fires are well north of us around Port Macquarie but the winds are pushing the smoke south and moderating as it reaches us. So the sky has been grey with only the slightest hint of the sun. Not great for exerting yourself on a bike. I might see if it brings any sunset colour to the sky later.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    Wade: Thanks, buddy! There's time for rims, next year. I like to get as much info as I can before making a decision and your depth of knowledge is where I like to turn to. Thanks!

    Don't know much about Colorado weather except it turns on a dime, literally in 24 hours from warmth and sun to white out and blizzards. Here in the Mid-Atlantic, things are a lot more predictable.

    This weekend, the time for sundown comes an hour earlier, so this dyno lighting setup is going to pay great dividends.
    And... Sauna free, low humidity!
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    No ride today, no time 'cause I went to see a movie. ("The Current War - Director's Cut")

    On the fat bike carbon rim front, my bike came with 90mm outside section rims and I want to keep it that way. I've found Whisky Parts sells a rim with appropriate max 30 psi rating in a 100mm outer width for $500 apiece and BTLOS sells a 90mm rim, again with appropriate ratings, for $221 apiece. Both are double-wall rim designs, rated for tubeless, etc etc.

    I'll probably try the BTLOS (https://btlos.com/90mm-wide-26-inch-...ll-carbon-rims).

    onwards!
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    Oz roaming free...

    Hi everyone, welcome to the weekend

    The organisers of the gravel ride I went on last week sent through a link to some photos of the ride taken by a professional out on the course. He was getting around on a lovely motor bike G.

    Having a quick flick through them today I found a rare image of OZ out in his natural environment

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    Thats me riding alone enjoying the views over the valley. Its a nice reminder of a great day out.

    Looks like I will get a chance ride both days on the weekend as the sky is starting to clear from the heavy bushfire smoke that has blanked us the last few days.

    Hope you all get a chance to ride too.

    OZ.

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    Lookin' sharp there, OZ!

    Yesterday started pretty darn chilly (39°F) but by the time I finished my morning errands it had warmed up to a pleasant if cool 68°F. So I hopped on the bike with the intent of doing a longish ride around my loop, as well as getting some lunch.

    It was, of course, Halloween and starting around 1pm there were scattered little clots of trick-or-treaters wandering the neighborhoods.


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    I had my Minox C and Polaroid SLR670x cameras with me. I have to say, that bag I bought recently ... the Waterfield Design Vitesse Musette ... is really and truly one of the most versatile, best bags I've owned for riding with!

    Anyway, I decided to go to one of my favorite lunch spots, the Crema Cafe on The Alameda in San Jose, and pounded my way there quickly. While eating my sandwich and noodling about in a chat, I overheard the guy at the table next to me talking to a woman who'd stepped up. He said he was a photographer.

    He rose to leave about the same moment I did.
    "Did I hear you say you were a photographer?" I asked.
    "Yes, are you one too?"
    "Yes, although I'm retired now. However, I thought a photographer might be amused by one of my toys if you have a moment."
    "Whatcha got?"

    So I pulled out the Minox C and its table top tripod. He was entranced by it: "The quality of this camera is just amazing!! And it looks brand new! Has it been refurbished?"
    "No, it's a 1973 production model and I had it cleaned in 1996. It's otherwise just the way I bought it in 1992."
    "Wow! And the tripod! A work of art!"

    We chatted for just a few moments further as I put everything away. He then handed me a magazine: "This is some of my work, I'm looking for more people to submit work that I can publish. If you care to do a set of Minox photos, I'd be delighted to publish them! My name is Daniel, you can find my info on the front overleaf." We shook hands, I gave him my name, and we'll be in touch.

    The plan then was to ride through downtown San Jose, north through Japan Town, loop back south to downtown on the Guadalupe River Trail, and pick up Park Avenue back up through my usual territory and through the university back to home. That's about a 21-23 mile run total including the ride down to the cafe.

    At about the 9.5 mile mark, still in downtown SJ, I heard a noise and something felt funny. I stopped and watched my rear tire go flat. I lifted the rear wheel and turned it slowly ... A huge nail, about 3/16" diameter and about 4" long, bent into a right angle, had found my tire. Sigh. Looking at Maps, I saw that Bicycle Express was about a half mile away, back the way I'd just ridden and a little further. I walked the bike there.

    As I entered the shop, I saw two of the guys at their work stands trying to explain to someone that they couldn't rebuild his wheel today, they were just too busy. They could have it done tomorrow if he left the bike. The customer was very unhappy and there was a lot of stress about it, he finally left.

    "A flat eh? We can take care of you, but it'll be an hour or so ... if we have a tube. ..."
    "Don't trouble yourself. If you have a tube and can loan me a wrench and an air pump, I can change it myself out front," I said.
    "Thank you! I'm happy to do that!" said the shop owner, looking relieved. He handed me the tools and a tube.

    Out front there were a couple of guys sitting on the wall, fascinated with my bike. "Dems is HUUGE tires! Wow!" Then two street urchins/youngsters on their bikes came by, "Cool cool bike, Man! You wanna sell it?" LOL! "You can't afford it boys!" They high-fived me and sped off, casting backwards looking glances and they continued rapping to each other.

    Turned the bike upside down, popped out the axle and wheel. "You need a tire iron?" said one of the guys on the wall. "No, these tires are so big and flexible they just pop right off," I said as I put my thumb on the bead and popped it free. Just a couple minutes later the new tube was installed and I refitted the wheel and axle, pumped it the rest of the way to 26 psi. Rolled back in the door: "All done, thanks! Let me go wash my hands and tell me what I owe you for the tube."

    The shop owner was ready for me as I came out of the washroom. "That's one fine looking bike! You did that tube in record time too! Must ride it a lot," he said. "Ten dollars please." A bargain. Nice folks.

    Back on the road, I completed my planned route at a hefty pace, snapped another pic or two of the Halloween stuff around on the way, and arrived home. Time to shower, dress, and my partner arrived ... we walked off to the restaurant meeting some friends for dinner.

    What a fine day's ride that was: 20 miles, 11.2 mph overall speed (including the 2/3 mile walk at 3mph...), 960 calories consumed. Lots of fun interactions with people, lots of good quick blasts ... Can't get much better.

    onwards! G

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    My daughter and I are in Traverse City, Michigan for the Iceman Cometh Challenge. I will let you know how it goes for both of us.

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    Hi everyone, thanks G the ride was on a Sunday so you have to wear your best It never feels right wearing lycra on a Surly so I brought a few copies of that light button up shirt in an outdoor store. Much cheaper than "proper" bike kit and just as comfortable too. Your bike has turned into a adventure machine around town giving you the chance to connect with people, just don't get that when you are stuck in a car.

    Tex hope the ride goes well and the "Iceman" is not too harsh

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    Hi Tex I just had a google of the Iceman Challenge, wow it's a big event with a video stream playing now. Looks like a fun times.

    If my sleuthing is correct, Kudos to you on a five hour ride, thats a solid day out mate.

    OZ.

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    OZ, always good to get a fews of yourself at events like that. Nice job.

    Tex mex, nice ride. How did you do? Enjoy the day. Congrats.

    The weather has changed here in the east. It was 33 degrees F this morning. I had ice on our birdbath. Man that was a change. I rode yesterday, it was cool and windy. Today I got out with my wife (she's still leary). I'm working on it with her. We talk about it and today I pushed a little to make her work and maybe take her mind off of it. Lots of deer out and about. Some decent bucks the past few days. On Thursday I got out of work quickly and got a ride in, the stores in the business district hand out candy from 3-5. I took a run down the street.
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    All the rain we had at the end of the month.
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    My daughter and I are in Traverse City, Michigan for the Iceman Cometh Challenge. I will let you know how it goes for both of us.
    Very much looking forward to the ride report!

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    I did finish. It was a muddy, sleeting cold ride. Conditions were orders of magnitude harder than last year. I missed my start wave by 1/2 hour because there was an accident blocking the road to Kalkaska, but they have a strict rule about timing to your assigned wave, with 5000 riders they kind of need to be strict. I spent the first half of the ride hanging back with my daughter until we cleared the mud. She was struggling mightily and took a couple spills. But when we arrived at the middle check point she told me go ahead. We had cleared the worst of the mud and she figured she could get through the rest. I spent the rest of the ride making up time and did nothing but pass people. I felt so much stronger than last year and my bike handling skills in the slop were much better. So even though it was not an earth shattering result, I actually am very happy about it.

    Northern Michigan is beautiful. The fall colors mixed with snow covered fields were spectacular. Our hotel room overlooked the bay in Traverse City. The route took us through some of the state forest which was a mix of Oaks, maple, birch and pine trees. The colors were intense mix of orange, red and yellow.It was stunning.

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    I'm looking forward to the Iceman Cometh ride report too, Tex!

    Heh ... I'm a MAMIL, Surly ... a "middle aged man in lycra" ... when I'm on the bike. Although the freekin' prices on bona fide cycle jerseys and such are frightening. I wear streety cycle shorts and long pants because they work best, but for tops I now have a selection of really nice t-shirts (and soon, a couple of long sleeve shirts) from Under Armour that cost about half what almost identical cycle jerseys cost and work just as well, sans the rear pockets. The Troy Lee mid-length arm cycle jerseys I bought a year and some back are now only useful as outer wear, and are almost too big on me for that, so I'll need to buy another one or two of them. I bought an "all sport bicycle technical jacket" from Aero Tech Design last Spring that was a bit too tight then—it fits nearly perfectly now and is going to get some serious use in coming months as it is both windproof, waterproof, and incredibly warm while being light and thin. It's almost time for new cycle shoes too; these are getting pretty beat now, 5000 miles on.

    --- ride ---
    Time for the Saturday morning ride and Breakfast with the Boyz. It was 38°F when I started out, but I didn't put on the technical jacket because it was very sunny and clear, and due to warm up quite a lot in just an hour. Twas a bit nippy heading out, however.

    I made it a fast dash down to the park for the meet up and got there ten minutes early. Fast zip up the trail to the airport then down to the breakfast cafe, inside, and warm again. AAhh. The usual breakfast fun picked up from there until 11am.

    Riding out, I ran up the trail again to Hedding and headed East then South through Japan Town. Much warmer although I still had my over-jersey on. Lots of the usual stuff along the loop. I am burning down the last few frames with the Minox C roll.

    As I rolled through downtown, I felt a little twinge of hypoglycemic reaction coming on ... I'd had a slightly too sugary pastry at breakfast ... and decided to stop and sit out the episode. Safer that way. I had my iPad with me so I just sat on a bench by the Adobe corporate offices and noodled about online for a few moments with my bike in front of me. And something about the geometries and shapes of the rear wheel, saddle, etc just appealed to me so I used the iPad's camera and Snapseed to make this photo:


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    Ten-fifteen minutes and the episode had passed, hopped on, and blitzed home in a hurry as my partner and I had an event to attend. Altogether about a 17-18 mile ride, 12.2 mph average speed, burned 830 calories.

    Next week, with the jump back to Standard Time, I'm going to need the heavier jacket on the way out, I'm sure of that. I'm ready!

    onwards, always onwards! G

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    Sunday Ride Report: 17 miles in the Lebanon State Forest...

    Sunday came with setting the clocks back 1 hour, a twice a year deal of fiddling with our clocks that I hope the US govt does away with once and for all. I had an idea of going south to the Pennsauken NJ Cove Road Railroad Park; but I've purposely avoided going south since one of my last major tire blowouts in Beverly. And with the shortened hours of daylight, something close to home was in order. So I packed the Haibike in the back of my Colorado and headed south and east to Lebanon State Forest, aka Brendan T Byrne State Forest.

    It was a clear and kinda cold Sunday but bright with sun. Still, I ditched the helmet for my Patagonia wool winter cap but that alone was not cutting it in the shadows of the NJ Pine Barrens, so I stopped a few miles in and put on my balacava underneath the wool cap.

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    Not far away from my parking spot at the park headquarters of NJ Route 72. Lebanon is much smaller then Wharton State Forest but the trick was, I've never been here before. And with the shortened days of light, I certainly did not want to make a wrong turn and wind up somewhere I did not have a clue as to where I was. So, armed with a brochure/map of Lebanon, the plan was to ride to Pakim Pond and look for the red trail, aka Cranberry Trail.

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    Pakim Pond, Lebanon State Forest (NJ Pine Barrens)

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    Not far from the Pakin Lake shore line and Park Pavilion, I found the start point for the Cranberry Trail (Red Markers). Looking at the map, if I could find the white trail nearby, I could be assured a longer ride.

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    Cranberry Trail. So far, the trail was nice and wide. Not as wide as Wharton's Quaker Bridge or Batsto River Roads, but it'll do.

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    I departed the Cranberry Trail somewhere or the other and wound up on this sand road smack in the middle of a dark and deep Atlantic White Cedar forest. The photo does not do justice to how actually dark the woods were just off the road, due to the close-growing Cedars. No walking or biking in that forest, it was all under water or mud, which is where these Cedars love to grow. Wharton features several Cedar forests as well with similar growing conditions, that is, dark and mucky wet.

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    In the first photo, coming out of the crowded cedar forest, I came into this opening with several lakes which look to be used for cranberry farming by the looks of the man made water control diversion boxes. Going down this road, I come upon this overflow atop the roadway of one bog/lake spilling into the other side of the road and over into another similar lake.....

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    Picture yourself on a sand road, with this lake to your right, another lake to your left as well as bog....

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    This is the White trail, marked occassionally here or there telling you that you are on the white trail.

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    White trail closing in. Actually, this is one of the more open areas. I was too busy trying to stay within the trail that is about the width of a hiker, bog/muck on both sides.

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    The trail really tightened up on both sides. The swamp on both sides of the trail were contributing to the trail being muddy. Roots were crossing perpendicular to the trail. I did my best to stay out of the muck, avoiding the tire tracks of someone who went down the middle of the narrow path. Concentrate; cause those dreaded sticker bushes were scattered about on the trail sides; including one area where I had to dismount and walk the bike, moving some sticker vines off the trail in front of me. Don't want a flat with my tubed front tire back here. Nowhere to make repairs!

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    Within that muck/bog, I came upon two young lady hikers. Surprised to see anyone hiking in this crap. Eventually, I gained elevation from the bog and came upon this white trail marker. So I followed it.

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    I really don't know how long or how far I pedaled from the muck/bog portion of the white trail, but I was growing tired of the single track/bushes and green sticker bushes intruding upon the trail, hitting my fork, my frame, my rear bag, my legs. the white trail reminded me so much of the Penn Branch Biking Trail in Wharton, a bendy-twisty man made single track trail built within a forest. Had I continued on this white trail, I have no idea if I would have made it back to my truck at sundown. First off, I had no clue if I was heading east/west/north or south except for where the sun was stationed in the sky. That did little for me cause I did not know where I was on the map. So I made it a point to get off this white trail. But before that, the white trail had one more trick up it's sleeve as the markers disappeared among some downfalls that I had to walk around and the trail itself became one with the forest. I wound up near some people's homes within the forest. So, the order of the day was to continue on until I found a paved road and I was done with trail riding within Lebanon.

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    The good? The cold temps had the ticks tucked away and warming up somewhere and not hanging out on the overgrowth hanging over the single track. No doubt, I'd have been covered with them had this been a warm day. Biting mosquitos and flys would find these woods to be world class in what they are looking for...mercifully, they too, were missing in action. In this photo, I am several miles from my start point. More closer to Lebanon's campground. I stayed on the roadway, several dirt bikers passing me going the other direction, until I reached the parking lot at my start point. It's borderline frosty cold, especially in shadow, which is aplenty within this forest. Loaded up and headed home.

    Not much interest in coming back here. The trails have no historical value as they are at Wharton; instead, they are more for the hiker then mountain biker. It is obvious that the white trail has not been maintained in the vicinity of the houses I came upon as the forest and the low growth bushes have reclaimed the trail. What needs to be done here is some serious cutting to widen the trails, but I never see this getting done by the state of NJ. It is what it is, take it or leave it. About 18 miles total completed, all in High Power, averaging about 8 mph with lotsa 3-4 mph thrown in within the tight single track bog/muck......

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    That's quite a ride, Mike!

    Yesterday was busy with a couple of out-of-towners to have fun with, but I did get in a nice jaunt around the loop in the late afternoon. I stopped downtown at Caffe Frascati for a cup of coffee and a piece of almond torte in lieu of lunch as part of it, and stopped to say hello to a friend briefly as I neared home; otherwise nothing particularly notable. I was somewhat distracted but kept pushing the pedals...

    About an hour's riding time, fourteen miles, maintained a 12.7 mph average, and burned up 650 calories. Not bad for a 'light afternoon run'...

    onwards, G

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    G: Thanks, buddy! Your 12.7 mph average for 14 miles is outstanding riding on your part. It's quite a testamonial to the dedication you have put in, to see how far come along with your riding now compared to coming aboard here. This forum and our personal rides help to keep each other going in our own personal journey. The photos we all include are just icing on the cake.

    Nice ride reports from Chief, Tex and Surly. Chief: Looks like a fun time trick or treating was to be had in Bristol. Been downright cold the past few weeks. Wondering how our friend is doing up along the canal. To think of anyone being out there homeless on these cold nights is actually a depressing thing to consider.

    Surly: That's looking to be a pretty good climb in elevation, judging by the person at the bottom of the hill. Looks to be a fun time was had by all.


    Hard to comprehend the reality of it, but they mentioned snow in the forecast for near the end of the week. Not surprising as there has been a sharp chill to the air in many weeks now.

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    Hi everyone, Mike thats looks quite barren out in those woods at this time or year. Although it would be better that high summer when the biting insects would be out in force. Shame that the trails are falling into a state of disrepair, oh well if you don't go you will never know.

    As for that photo of me that was just a little roller and I was using it to give my bum a rest and the legs a stretch before the big hill that was to come.

    G you keep the miles ticking over for the rest of us, your bike can easily justify the cost of a new set of wheels

    How are you recovering Tex? Watching the live stream of your race as the Pro women came into the finish there was a whole bunch of people really suffering the last few hundred meters on the little rollers. Some jumped off the bike and walked over them and a few were so fatigued that they crashed into each other and a few of the faster riders coming past that did not allow enough space. It looked like a tough day out on the bike.

    Talk soon.

    OZ.

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    Yeah, there were a lot of people hurting. They do the normal riders in the morning and start the pros last so you can watch them at the finish. Because the conditions were so brutal it took people a lot longer so there were a lot more people on the course with the pros. But what is so fun about that race is that all those people cheering the pros were standing around cheering everyone else too. It feels like you are getting cheered on by the whole town.

    As for me, staying behind to make sure my daughter got through the muck left me with a lot of gas in the tank. When she told me to go ahead I spent the entire second half of the race passing people. I actually felt really good and was high fiving the crowd that lined the last mile. I actually was able to sprint to the end. I could have gone for a ride the next day no problem. My overall fitness has improved a lot. Being able to cut loose and climb hills that I couldn't last year felt really great. Even on the hills that were too steep, I was able to crest them and mount the bike immediately where last year I needed to catch my breath.

    Even though course conditions were miserable, this ride was the highlight of the year for me. It is fun to be around so many other people who like the same thing, getting cheered on by a town glad to have you there and to be in such a beautiful spot.

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    Mike great report, the rain and wind we've had recently has dropped major leaves and branches over the paths I ride. The chill is good to keep those lil varments (ticks) hidden which we all like. I'll have to check on her soon, the cold nights are going to get colder this weekend. I can't imagine sleeping outside in it. That trail sure did narrow and disappear. Glad you got through it OK. Just wondering, do you let someone know where your heading for rides like this? I had a branch drop near me the other day and had a thought about what if that damn thing hit me and I was out. My wife knows my routes and in the fall I ride the canal and lake trails because the bugs are gone and the leaves are beautiful. Just wondering.

    G, I have to agree with Mike your riding is quite impressive with some of the avg speeds you do. I usually ride my Fuse around 10 mph depending on walkers, hikers and red light stops. On my Crosstrail I'm faster but it's usually roads, easier trails and stuff. Of course some days are better than others and after a day off or 2 your looking got get out and work.

    Tex, yeah hanging back to make sure your daughter was OK was a good move. It stopped you from over doing it early and left you with a reserve. Isn't great when a plan comes together. I did the same with my wife on her first race/ride and it helped her and me. We had friends with us that weren't prepared for the heat or the lil bumps (bridges) we had to ride over.

    OK, have a great week everyone. I'm heading to the beach Wednesday for fishing club meeting and a lil fishing before. Then I'm there again all weekend for my birthday to fish with friends. I have a few coming for mid Penna and one from Mass. We do this every year and have a blast.

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    Surly: Photos of hills in pictures don't do justice to the elevation they present in person. Your photo there though does leave a good hint. I lucked out while lost on the white trail, over by some houses (that have seen better days) or some kind of settlement: while walking the bike in that gully-wash, my front wheel got jammed by a 2 foot long, by 1.5 inch wide piece of rusted flat steel; jamming between two spokes and one of the front brake rotor cut-outs. Pushed any further and it would have wrecked the wheel and then the prospect of walking back the miles to my start point would have been not a good prospect to think about.

    Chief, being the Jersey Shore fisherman he is, can attest to the miles of wilderness of these NJ Pine Barrens on his own journeys "down the shore" to get to his fishing hang outs. Vast miles of dwarf pines vistas await, especially on NJ route 72. I have to do some more research as to other roads in that area I can go exploring on.

    Tex: What a great morale booster that had to have been, having people cheering you on to your finish. A run, well done! Quite the accomplishment for you, Tex, compared to your first postings here. A testament to riding each day as building a foundation to work upon.

    Chief: Yes, pretty much have a "float plan" when setting out. But I don't carry a cell phone and I do wonder what cell coverage would be like in Lebanon or way back within Wharton. Your thoughts though, did exactly cross my mind last week while making a run up Lock 1; that high wind event we experienced had knocked down a very big tree right across the tow path. The last thing we want to be doing is riding our towpaths in those high wind days; cause you just never know when an old tree is going to come down. I don't know about the D&L Canal, but over here on the D&R, there appears to be no pro-active effort to remove diseased or suspect trees along the towpath. They just let them topple and get to chopping them up when the opportunity arises for them to do so.

    Have a happy birthday and good luck with the fishing! Oh, and don't forget, Haibike is having a 50% off sale on black friday...

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    Sheesh, I wrote this all before and something on the server glitched and lost the whole thing. Sigh.

    Thanks, everyone, for the kind words! I am very grateful to the cycling: It's put my body into a wholly different state of being. And all'y'all have been there for me too, supportive and helpful. Vive la fat bike! If someone had said to me in December of 2016 that I'd hop on my bicycle and ride a 25 mile distance to and from lunch just for the fun of it, I'd have laughed. Yet that is exactly what happens nowadays—and I'm not even tired when I finish that ride! Almost miraculous...

    Yes, FCC will get the new wheel set. I expect the rear hub will need bearings again by Spring and I think the free hub is also getting a bit sloppy, needs a rebuild, and there are no parts available for it anymore. The BTLOS 90mm wide carbon rims I found seem a good set to try, and half the price of the others I found, so I'm going to order a set. BTLOS has also been very prompt and responsive to my questions, it seems good to work with them. Likely order the rims today or soon, everything else a bit later. Need to pick a finish and decal set...

    I'll likely have my buddies up at Trail Head Cyclery provide the rest of the parts and build up the wheels for me. They're experienced with mountain/dirt bike setups with wide wheels, big tires and have an excellent warranty/service arrangement on their work.

    Tex: That ride sounds like it was quite challenging! Bravo on getting through it in good stead!

    --- ride ---
    I wanted to look at the closest 24 Hour Fitness Super Sport center yesterday, which is right on the other side of San Jose Airport from me. It's about a ten mile distance by bicycle, with a bit of wiggling through some areas I've not ridden through, so the adventure beckoned. And off I went...

    The challenge getting here is that the facility is right between the junction of three highways and some very busy boulevards with tons of traffic, AFTER you get to the Guadalupe River Trail and ride down to about the middle of the airport on the east side. I let Google Maps guide me for the run from the trail to the place and it's such a twisty area that even the navigation with that was a bit confusing... No matter, I got there in about 40 minutes with a few wrong turns and then hit the next challenge: It's a huge place and I couldn't find the front entrance! Finally did, locked up the bike, and went inside to wander around.

    They have everything. I mean, everything. And it's a busy, busy place too. Very interesting. I walked about for twenty minutes and got a decent vibe out of it.

    Heading out to get back on the road and get some lunch, three or four folks stopped by to comment on FCC and chat a few moments. I talked to them about the gym: most responses were quite positive, and I good a good feeling about it.

    The route to my lunch stop was through some busy roads too, but on a path that I'd ridden most of before, so not so daunting. Just fifteen minutes and I was eating lunch, then another few minutes and getting ready to leave, when my friend wandered by on his afternoon walk.

    I had to blast home after that, other stuff was getting late, and that made it all a nice just over 20 mile run, an hour and three quarter riding time, @ 12.2 mph average. Burned 895 calories along the way ... Felt great!

    Today, I have a coffee meet up with a couple of the boyz, then I might ride up to Cupertino area and check out the Planet Fitness gym there. That should be another 20 miler... heh heh!

    Onwards, always onwards! G

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    Been kinda quiet on here the past day or so.

    I was looking at the BTLOS carbon rims I found for FCC, getting ready to purchase, when I noticed some detail on the site about the rim construction. "Hmm, does that mean I have to pick hub and specify that before ordering?" I figured the right person to ask that of was the guy who was going to build the wheels for me, so I hopped on the bike and road to the bike shop in Cupertino.

    My friends at the shop are always amused and delighted when I pull in with FCC. They see only a few fat bikes so it's pretty special to them, particularly mine since it actually gets used a lot. Lucas called out the wheel builder, Eric, who reviewed the purchase options on these rims and said, "Nothing special needed, don't worry about it. Any fat bike hub you buy will work fine." Turns out that one of Lucas' friends was sponsored by BTLOS just a few years back and is still running the carbon rims they supplied for him, and they're holding up beautifully for his racing use.

    So the rims are locked in: BTLOS 26 inch by 90 mm outside/84mm inside width carbon rims in matte finish with the BTLOS logo decal, red and white. Now onto the hubs ...

    Onyx hubs appeal to me for their fast responsiveness and silent operation, but they're pricey compared to either DTSwiss or Hope Fatsno hubs. They evidently also require a bit more service maintenance than the others and weigh a little more. However, I noticed that three of the guys at the shop switched from DTSwiss to Onyx hubs on their personal bikes. Hmm. Well, I don't have to make a decision immediately.

    The ride was about 14 miles total, average speed 12.6 mph, and burned 690 calories. Life is good.

    Onwards! G

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    Hello...

    Hi anyone? seems like we are all a little busy with life this week

    G, I will be interested to see the new wheel set and you thoughts on how they ride.

    As for myself the bushfires that have been burning down in OZ the last week or so are continuing to cause havoc. Most of the large fires in N.S.W are starting about one hundred miles north of us, but the winds driving the fires have pushed a lot of smoke our way.

    Tomorrow the winds and temps will peek with large parts of the state under catastrophic fire conditions. I had planned a ride on my local trails after work today, however I noticed a track closure sign on the way home from work due to the extreme fire conditions. So riding will have to wait until the weekend when hopefully things have improved.

    G, my wife has a standing order for a image in the J.M.W. Turner style for our dining room, I have been experimenting the last few weeks and with the smoke haze in the western sky this afternoon I headed out for another attempt.

    It took a little while for the colour to come up in the sky and a few clouds to move into the right location.

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    As the light faded setting lower shutter speeds and moving the camera to get the softness in the image.

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    I believe thats getting close to the idea, I will have to wait until tomorrow morning for the good wife to give her impressions

    On FatBike matters I was giving Farley a run in the street on Sunday afternoon to spin the tyre sealant around a bit and managed to over shift the chain off the top of the cassette. Now the derailleur is out of alinement so I will visit my LBS sometime this week to get it sorted.

    Hope to hear from you all soon.

    OZ.

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    G, if it weren't for the price of Onyx, I would have em on every one of my 15 bikes. Well, except the two that have Chris King...
    Performance wise, nothing with a ratchet comes in the same universe, nothing. That would be a lotta dosh for 13 pair O' hubs.

    Congratz on the new rims.

    Now if only I could find some 27.5 x 65's for the Sergeant V3... That width will be ideal for 3.8/4.0 flubber. Don't wanna go too wide and expose the delicate sidewalls to damage from too wide a rim.

    OZ, you need to remove the spark effect from your bike before you hit the trail! Let us hope and pray that no lives are lost nor injuries in the mayhem of wildfire... You too, G. Seems your neck of the woods is goin berzerk too.

    Mike, no Haibike.... Have a V3 build taking shape atm.

    Chief, Hope your B'day weekend was memorable. Ride a bike, catch a feesh, good to go! Oh yeah, a beer between...
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    I have been out of commission since the iceman. The Framed Alaskan Carbon frame has a crack, I notified the company including a picture clearly depicting the separation of the layers. The situation "has been referred to the warranty department", but I have not received a verdict yet. I will let you (and the rest of the internet) know if Framed fails to honor their warranty. The bike isn't year old. Thankfully it did not fail completely before I finished my ride.

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    Tex - Bummer on the frame. Hopefully they will take care of you. Any history of those frames cracking?

    Zero off road riding for me. I took a nasty spill on the road bike two weeks ago. Without a doubt, the hardest impact I can remember. I literally couldn't get up for a few minutes. Luckily nothing was broken....Road rash on arms, elbow, legs and bruised ribs. I hurt to even breath deep the first few days. I felt well enough to ride for the first time yesterday. I got in a 20 mile pavement ride on the Vaya. I'm hoping to get the Mayor out this afternoon.

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    I did not find a history of cracking in my research before purchasing the bike and the 5 year warranty provided some comfort for me to buy my first carbon bike. Of course I didn’t expect to be testing the warranty 7 months in. I should have stuck with trusty aluminum.

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    Two good things today: 1) Framed contacted me and will replace the frame, no issues. Respect for companies that stand behind their products and 2) SNOW: I borrowed my old bike back from my son and took a ride in the first snowstorm of the 2019-2020 season. I am leaving for China tomorrow for a while, so I was glad to get a ride in before I leave.
    This first shot is looking across the Maumee River towards Perrysburg. This is a lot different than the view I posted a while back

    A view of the island

    Cruising down the twopath


    A carving of a walleye, the Maumee river is home to the largest spring migration of walleye in the world. Walleye is the most delicious freshwater fish IMO.

    Another view of the river.


    The snow was still falling while I was out. It was wet and heavy but it was not too tough to ride in. The Kenda Juggernauts on my old bike are not very knobby, but wet snow sets up as it's compressed and grip is no issue.
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    Tex: Safe trip to China and look forward to your report about what you have observed in China upon your return. Sorry to hear about your bike, encouraged to hear Framed is honoring their warranty. Nice snow shots, the first to post here for the new winter season. Wondering where the summer and fall went, though. That weather is coming in hard to the east coast, starting tomorrow, followed by another hard freeze on Wednesday. Winter seems to be promising to be a hard one, if these severe cold fronts blowing in are any indication. Wonderful pictures you've shared with us, there. Quite the contrast from what Surly gave us.


    Terry: That is one nasty fall and I wish a complete recovery. Lucky no broken bones occured. Good to hear you were able to get a ride in and the recovery seems to be on schedule.

    Wade: Looking forward to your new ride, with pics.

    Surly: I feel for you good folks who are under threat of wildfire in Oz land. When that stuff makes the US news here, you know it can't be good and is much more severe then what our news media will make it out to be. Beautiful sunset pictures; although the conditions that helped make the picture so pretty is the result of nature being ugly with it's wildfires.


    Myself, no riding since Lebanon until 3:30 this afternoon, when I decided a ride to Lock 1 to Trenton was in order before the bad weather was to ride in later tonight. 22 miles total, including a side trip to the Kinkora Rail Trail up to the RiverLine. Great news as the trail builders have completely paved the trail leading up to the last 10 feet of trail at the RiverLine/Conrail railroad tracks near the north end of the John A Roebling Steel Mill grounds; including inside the Route 130 tunnel. Outstanding work and what a contrast to ride on smooth asphalt versus crushed stone. Working on 9300 miles on the odo for the Full FatSix....

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    Tex kills bike, film at eleven... Dayum, Tex, sorry to hear of your bike being down. From what I hear, Framed stands behind their products quite well.

    Snow was a week or so ago and the Mayor had to go out and play. Looking forward to a real snow ride and that first moonlight ride of the season.

    Mike, it's looking like a pair of Lithic 70mm rims for the V3.
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    Surly: Lovely photos! Hope the wife likes 'em!

    Tex: Ouch, but good on Framed for supporting their products properly. Like to hear that kind of thing. And snow! Practically inconceivable hereabouts other than a dusting on the top of the mountains nearby every once in a while.

    No fires anywhere near me this year, they're all mostly more than 150 miles to the north and east or way down south (Los Angeles is about 370 miles away). Not that I don't think about all the poor souls who have had to deal with them...

    Wade: Yes, I've decided on the Onnyx hubs now. I don't know of anyone who's used them who has not been delighted, so what the heck? I only need one set of hubs for the foreseeable future so, while expensive, they're not going to break my bank.

    --- Ride ---
    I didn't ride either Saturday or Sunday ... I tweaked my left knee slightly on Friday morning and rode Friday: it wasn't happy. Saturday I had a photography event in SF to go to and was out of town all day. Sunday, my knee was still being a little fussy so I decided to take a day off from everything ... and concentrated on processing and scanning film all day.

    Too many obsessions, eh?

    But today it was warm and summer-like again. And my knee felt fine. So off I want on my usual plunge around the loop to downtown, a bite and coffee over in Japan town, and then home as sunset passed and dusk fell upon the world. It was rather nice to have yet another nice warm evening to ride. I used my high power headlight on the way home ... it does a terrific job.

    About 14 miles, about 675 Calories consumed, about 12.6 mph average speed. Not bad for a short ride.

    onwards!
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    Hi everyone, the cool change is just blowing through and has dropped the temps dramatically, hope the new wind direction does not cause the fires to flare up overnight.

    Sounds like a solid crash Terry, glad you have remounted the horse and are getting your legs back under you already.

    Tex bad news about your frame, then good news from the company, hopefully the new frame gives you many years of use. Handy to have your old bike around and some (from a hot Down Under) beautiful conditions to ride in. Have a great trip to China, is it a work or play trip?

    Thanks Mike, yes it was wall to wall coverage on the fires down here today, seems like the fire crews did a outstanding job to limit the damage caused today. Here's hoping the Southerly wind change tonight does not unleash the beast in a new direction.

    Thanks G, no major response from the good wife yet she is a little busy with work this week but I like them

    Take care all.

    OZ.

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    G, frankly, the Onyx hubs are not maintenance intensive. The silent operation and smooth engagement is amazingly nice. I think you will appreciate them.
    And a host of colors are available...
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    That's good to hear, Wade. I suspect that my street uses might also be a little less wear intensive than some of what I hear/see others doing with these bikes too ... I rack up miles but I'm not a big curb jumper, etc. I'll have the hubs in the anodized red finish, black spokes like the OEM ones. A small but subtle change to the look of the bike, but staying in the satin black overall with white and red details.

    --- ride ---
    Yesterday was another almost Summer like warm, sunny day. I rode to a coffee gathering in the morning, about a third of the way on my loop, and afterwards was in the mood to just push pedals ... didn't stop as I swung through downtown SJ, up through Japan Town, back down the Guadalupe Trail to downtown again, than out on Park and back up to Santa Clara. Lots of just riding...

    About 18 miles, 12.3 mph, and burned 865 calories. Felt really good. I wonder how many more days like that will be around this year at this point...

    onwards!
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    G, I run Onyx on my Wildcat, a full squish +bike. While I don't do the freeride thing anymore, I do hard accelerations and pedal punches occasionally.
    So far, no issues. Silky, smooth Rolex quality all day freakin long. And did I say, they're bitchen?? Yus, they are bitchen!!

    You've done your bike proud, G...
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    Fishing weekend was a nice get away. No fish, other than a foul hooked sand shark. Some beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
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    Friday night and Saturday morning turned very cold. The coldest weather we've had so far this fall. I was ready for it to a point. The wind was the worst part.

    I get home and talk with my wife, she's been having some issues and went to her OB/GYN, had her check up and ultra sound. They were inconclusive so her doctor wanted suggested a biopsy. The lab reports were also inconclusive. So after some discussion with the doctor she suggested that she send us to another doctor at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. We went and had an appointment there today. We were both very concerned, after the appointment and exam we're feeling a little better. She will have a procedure on Monday and hopefully the results will put this to rest.

    I haven't been riding due to a few different things but I have to get back out. It'll help with the stress and I need the exercise. I've dropped a few lbs and continue stretching. I have to get my riding cold weather gear out and in order.

    I hope everyone is well.


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    Chief's bike saw that beach pic and said, I'd much rather have sand between my treads than ride that horrible pavement...

    Meanwhile, prayers out to you and Mrs. Chief. May the results be conclusively benign...
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    Chief: My best wishes and prayers to your wife. You as well, buddy. We are lucky in that we live within easy range of some of the best doctors and hospitals in the world and I know she'll be in the best of care.

    Those NJ shore shots are some of the nicest photos I've seen in a long time; right up there with what Surly and the G Man have produced here. Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us, Andy.

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    Chief, prayers and best wishes for Mrs. Chief. Keep us posted on her, take care of yourself in the process too.

    I made it to Shanghai. It’s been over 10 years since I’ve been here. A lot has changed, the traffic hasn’t. I should be sleeping but the human body has not evolved to accept ending up on the other side of the planet in less than 24 hours.

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    Wednesday Morning Ride Report-Coldest day of the season

    The front that brought in some of the snow from Tex's home grounds blew in and left quickly yesterday, leaving just a few flurries. Behind it though was an arctic-like cold front from the northwest featuring clear blue skies and cold, bitter winds. So, a 20 mile run to the end of the Lock 1, Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park towpath, with a good amount of asphalt riding from homebase to the trail head at Bordentown, was in order.

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    Bordentown, NJ and the bridge spanning the Lock 1 chamber, long abandoned.

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    About a quarter or half mile north, the downed tree from the last big wind event several weeks ago, remains untouched by the Parks Service maintenance crew. A curious thing, right where the tree snapped off, there were remnants of a very large bee or wasp nest within the tree itself.

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    I really don't know if this was a honey bee nest or some kind of stinging wasp nest. I know that yellow jackets tend to build their nests in the ground, which is the reason why they are so dangerous to people, cause they don't know they stepped in the vicinity of one until they find themselves under a direct attack by them. Hornets here from what I've seen build paper nests that hang up in the trees, away from predators. And as far as honeybees go, yes, they will build their nest inside a tree hollow; but I'm stumped here mainly for the size of the honeycomb and the bee larvae that lived in those big individual cells.

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    Former Pennsylvania Railroad/Penn Central/Conrail spur bridge over the D&R Canal and looking north at the first notable ice of the new winter season. Not surprising as cold and bitter it was out and this water has little flow to it; plus it's in shadow during these low sun months.

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    The spur line comes off the bridge, crosses Lamberton Road and enters the PSEG Duck Island coal fired electric plant, the coal portion of the plant now permanently shuttered due to this country's war on coal. PRR/PC/CR dedicated coal trains would come off this spur line to supply coal. This plant also saw coal barges come up the Delaware River to deliver their coal by the waterside. The railroad ties still remain on the spur bridge as well as the D&R Park entrance gate ahead of me in this picture.

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    Due to the inablity of the D&R Parks personnel unable or unwilling to coordinate with the New Jersey Transit, the north gate, NJT side of the gate, has been kept open for about 2-3 years now. And this is the result, illegal contractor dumping, out of sight of the park gates entrance, travel back on the canal towpath at the north end at Duck Island, and off load their house renovation garbage.

    It really rams home the point that the capital area of NJ is just a low-rent area. The streets and these towpaths just used as a dumping ground for unsavory types who don't think twice about using this park as their personal garbage dump. I've done what i could advising the park personnel leadership of this issue of the north gate kept open and how it invites this kind of vandalism to our state parks; but they just don't get it. Nobody seems to care. I care. Places like this, where a bicyclist can go and lose themselves in nature for just a short bit of mileage, are precious and few in NJ. On my way to this spot, I scared up an adult fox who saw me and ran off into the side woods. In this, the most populated, condensed state in the US, those moments are special ones.

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    Duck Island, north end of D&R State Park and looking at the busted and bent, NJ Transit owned gate to access their railroad line for service and maintenances needs. Been this way for several years now, the bureacracy I tried to reach, unable to formulate a work plant to build and install and secure a proper gate. The closed gate on the left belongs to the D&R Park. So you've got two government offices unable to talk and work with each other; not much different then down a bit from here at the I-295 overpass bridges, with their roadside drain pipes draining directly onto the towpath below it; there, again, two govt offices unable to talk to each other.


    On a side note, it was just a downright cold ride. For this ride season, I've ordered up a pair of MTB pants, as well as some winter gloves and a proper boot that fits me. The knickers shorts I wore for this ride, though I wore them in the winter 2018/19 riding season just fine, left me chilled a year later on this ride. And I do intend to keep riding this winter, but a bit more dressed for the environment.

    This has been a quite cold, abnormally, fall season....

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    Hi everyone, Chief wishing the best for your good wife on Monday, with you in her corner I am sure the outcome will be good. Some nice images from the beach fishing, who needs to catch fish with views like that.

    Mike looks like things are turning brown rapidly and soon to white. Still with the right clothing you can extend your riding season. That nest looks like something from down here seriously big bugs.

    Feeling a little flu coming on today, possibly a combo of all the bushfire smoke we have had in the air the last week or so. And I had a few big days in the gym at work this week in stead of riding outside in the smoke. The good wife is busy this afternoon so I might try to take an easy spin then.

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    Oz still burns...

    Hi everyone back again, this bug I have picked up is laying me low at the moment I dropped my Farley into my L.B.S this morning and the diagnosis is a bent hanger so it should be an easy fix. The day was a lot warmer than I expected and as I drove home the sky was as clear as its been for weeks. I retreated in side with the house dark to keep the heat out.

    I ventured outside around 6 pm to take some washing off the line and was greeted with this.

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    The fire burning in the hills I rode a few weeks ago had flared up during the day. The wind is light so I hope all the houses and families we rode past are ok. I jumped on my Troll to head up to the lookout over the Lake and west to the fire zone, and it was much worse than I thought it would be. South of us is a blanket of smoke covering the Lake, still the local yacht club was out racing.

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    Looking on the rain radar the fires show up quite clearly, with one burning south towards the outskirts of Sydney causing a lot of this smoke.

    We have a few mm of rain forecast over the next three days and I can only hope its enough to help the fire fighters and home owners dealing with these fires to get the upper hand.

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    Still working on the Turner theme image for my wife G

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    Hope you all have a great weekend.

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    Surly: Best wishes getting over that flu you are dealing with. It appears your country has jumped directly into summer. Forecasted rain has to be a blessing at this point. Within the NJ Pine Barrens, dry pine needles and cones provide the fuel for devastating fires that occur on occasion, be it started by reckless Man or via thunderstrikes within the forest. I certainly feel for the good people affected by those fires in your homeland and I especially feel for the wild animals who are caught up in those infernos.

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    Surly, that smoke is unreal. I have never lived in an area subject to that type of problem.

    One week to go in China, then I get to come home. My son texted me to advise the replacement frame has already been delivered. As upset as I was that the frame broke, I will give Framed credit for standing by their product.

    I traveled by car from Shanghai to Ningbo earlier this week and today we traveled back again. Other than crossing the Hangzhou Bridge (https://www.roadtraffic-technology.c...ects/hangzhou/), it was non stop high rises, factories, office buildings and Industrial areas for 3 1/2 hours. The steep hillsides in Ningbo were the only signs nature anywhere in the entire drive. I could not live here, I would clawing at the walls to see nature. I am really fortunate to live in the place I do.

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    Better you than me, Tex!

    OZ has the creeping crud and will kick that stuff to the curb and ride bikes soon! Get well, OZ...

    Mike, that happens in every state of the onion...
    It sux right out loud and peeps need to be held to account for it. Shameful, indeed.

    Global Fatbike Day is near!! Anyone attending a fatbike event??
    I need to sort out what might be happenin in my part of the world on that...
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    Wade: Probably right on that. The north end of the towpath is still relatively a few miles away from the heart of the city. So, things could be worse. Each gate has a sign up posted by the parks folks listing what can and can't be done within the park property. Nothing mentioned about their own obligations to keeping the area secured, policed and downfalls cut up and removed on a timely basis.

    Global Fatbike Day: for one reason or other, I never actually rode my bike on the designated day. Hope to try to do so this year. As far as anything being organized here, I don't see any organizing of anything regards to mtbs or even fatbikes. Truth is, the only fatbike I recall riding in my homebase area is my own.

    Tex: Safe flight back home, with China in the rear view mirror. Nice pics!

    Hoping everything went well with Chief's wife on Friday. Right now we are under very cloudy gray skies as an off shore northeaster is bringing coastal flooding along the shores and back bays. Tomorrow appears to be a washout from the storm.


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    Mike, a few trail cams could be a way to head these wankers off. Footage with identifying images that can be used for prosecution would be awesome!

    Hope to see some GFBD activities happenin' this season. With the antics and freakin fun as it gets fat tires rollin' round it would be great to cut loose.
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    Hadn't heard of GFBD before, I'll look see what might be happening around here. Thanks!

    Had some snuffles last evening and this morning myself, so I took a day off to try to kill the thing. Don't know if its successful yet.

    --- ride yesterday ---
    Chilly morning but due to warm up by 11am, so I dressed in the long cycling pants and gloves, but carried my shorts so I could change. Down to Guadalupe River Trail by the usual longish loop path, met in the Park with the boyz, then blitzed up and down through the park on the trail and stopped at the breakfast meetup. The rest showed up half an hour later.

    After the usual conversation and banter, I headed out North through the park to Hedding, headed East then South on my usual loop through downtown. There a minor incident occurred...

    I was running hard trying to catch the light to cross Santa Clara Street and was a bit late getting into the intersection ... the yellow flicked to red moments after I crossed the line. I was moving hard and fast, saw that the cars had seen me and held still for a moment, so I didn't try to stop or slow and just pounded across the intersection ... it's a seven lane street there, pretty broad.

    On the corner opposite me and in the direction crossing my path, I spied three guys waiting for the light. What I thought might happen happened: Soon as the green+walk light flicked on, without a single look right or left, the first one pushed off the curb into the crosswalk. I had time, I was ready: I slammed on the brakes and stopped three feet from hitting him broadside.

    "Yo!" I called out. He'd stopped too. His buddies started shouting, "The light was green, you were on the red!! ..." etc. I waited a moment and they quieted down.

    "Guys, I was certainly running late on the light. BUT I entered the intersection on the yellow and the cars that were waiting saw me and held position because, by the traffic rules, I was a vehicle in the lane and they are supposed to cede right of way to any vehicle in the lane until it clears, and then go. You were at a stop and the light said it was your turn to go, but I was still moving in the lane and you should cede right of way until I cleared your position."

    "Now, nothing happened because I stopped in time ... I saw you go when I still had time to react and stop and I know my bike's brakes and the surface, I knew I could stop. BUT again, you should have waited for me to pass first. HOWEVER, you couldn't ... because you didn't even look at the crossing lane to see of there was a vehicle coming!"

    "If I'd been a 3000+ pound car running late on the light at 15-25 miles per hour, I would NOT have been able to stop and you (pointing to the guy in front) would be hurting' bad right now. So I get that you had the light and that I was late on the light. BUT you didn't look, and you put yourself at risk of serious injury, never mind me. Nothing bad happened, it's just one of those almost, but keep it in mind: NEVER pull out into a busy street regardless of whether you have the light or not, until you check that the lane is clear on both sides of you. NEVER. It's dangerous to you, and to anyone else that might be still moving in the lane."

    They were quiet for a moment. "And now, let's get moving. Anyone up for a cup of coffee over at Caffe Frascati?" I smiled. The one I almost hit, first in the line, nodded, the other two guys said they had to get to somewhere, so the one kid and I stopped for a cup; I bought. We talked for fifteen minutes. Nice kid, at San Jose State U studying Drama. He said I was "probably right" about the traffic incident and admitted, yeah, he should have looked to the sides a little better. So maybe I put a little tiny bit of awareness into his head. That much I'm thankful for.

    And yeah, I should have stopped and waited out the light myself. Doh. Judgement call: not the best that time. But all's well, had a good cup of coffee with a nice kid, didn't get rattled...

    The rest of the ride around the loop to home was uneventful and I meditated as I ran it. 19.3 miles total, 12.4 mph average, 1080 calories consumed on a lovely day. Life is good.

    Onwards! G

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    ... And there's more:

    I was curious to see if I could check the status on my BTLOS carbon rim order. I didn't see any automated way to put in the order number, so I opened the chat tool on their website. The support person whom I'd conversed with before, Amy, picked it up immediately. She checked the order, confirmed it will ship within the next two days, verified the shipping address, and has said she'll send me the tracking info as soon as the rims ship.

    Darn nice service, and quick! Can't wait to see the rims. Soon as they get here, I'll trundle back to Trailhead and get the order in for the hubs, spokes, and nipples...

    Onwards! G

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    G, just order your hubs... Spokes and nipples are typically on hand in a shop that builds wheels regularly, lest ya want some nice anodized aluminum.

    Note, I don't refer to aluminum as "alloy" since any metal comprised of more than one element is an alloy by default. Kinda like "front forks" and "hot water heaters".
    My bikes have no provision for a rear fork and if the damn water is hot, the heater is redundant. Dry, Sahara Desert dry, I know!

    Lookin forward to seeing some new plastic rims, G... Congratz!!

    Glad there was no collision for y, G! That would put a damper on everyone's day. Evidently, Mommy didn't teach that bloke to look both ways before crossing. Or perhaps braille cycling??
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    I had a chance to ride some unseasonably wonderful snow.
    It was just above freezing, and the trails were packed about as well as could be.
    A day of rain today and warmer weather over the next few days means it is nearly all gone.

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    Snow looks pretty good, we had a taste of it in NW Ohio before I left for China, I am ready for more. The snow that fell last week melted.

    There is a GFBD ride in Toledo. The plan is to ride at Ottawa Park if the singletrack is open or to ride over to the University of Toledo if it isn’t. Afterward we will roll over to Gino’s Pizza on Monroe St. which is a local favorite. Gino’s has won people’s choice awards many times over the years.

    Usually the first week of December is a little warm for snow in Toledo, but hopefully we will get a dump for the GFBD

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    I had a chance to ride some unseasonably wonderful snow.
    It was just above freezing, and the trails were packed about as well as could be.
    A day of rain today and warmer weather over the next few days means it is nearly all gone.
    The Mayor has had a bloody teaser similar to that this season... Waiting for more to follow in order to dress up some fat wheels with X-mas lights!

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    Snow looks pretty good, we had a taste of it in NW Ohio before I left for China, I am ready for more. The snow that fell last week melted.

    There is a GFBD ride in Toledo. The plan is to ride at Ottawa Park if the singletrack is open or to ride over to the University of Toledo if it isn’t. Afterward we will roll over to Gino’s Pizza on Monroe St. which is a local favorite. Gino’s has won people’s choice awards many times over the years.

    Usually the first week of December is a little warm for snow in Toledo, but hopefully we will get a dump for the GFBD
    Tex, in the back of the plane: Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Can we stop at a 7-11 along the way?

    Whomever dreamed up the date needs their heads examined! Too early for good snow follies that bring out the zany fatbikers...
    Looks like GFBD will be above 10k elevation...AGAIN!
    Safe travels...

    G, fatbikers are game for any excuse to partay, my friend! fat-bike.com has some good history on the topic and makes for a good read.

    Mike, hopefully, you find a GFBD gathering nearby. Usually brings good peeps together to share in good times.
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    Hi everyone, greetings from a rare smoke free day in OZ.

    Mike turns out my flu was just a reaction to all the smoke that has been filling our air down here. Its not surprising as the smoke has been that thick that all the advice has been to avoid exercising outside. So I have driven the car to work most of the last week, however today the winds are from the south and the skies much clearer. Unfortunately its not to last as a new blast of warm air is heading down from the north the next few days and the fires that are still burning are expected to rage again. We really need a good week of wide spread rain to put these fires out.

    Hi Tex, great news on your frame, a company that stands by their product should be supported. China looks as crowded as I thought it would, those mountain in the distance look promising for riding though.

    Thanks Banshee, back on the horse today

    Hi G, never found anyone observing GFBD down here, I really should get on FakeBook/TwitFace one day as I am sure there must be a group covering fat bikes down here. Glad that you managed to avoid the stack with your focused ahead friend. Really don't need these types of crashes, I see so many distracted drivers, walkers and pedestrians everyday that I am always surprised that there are not more accidents.

    Mikbur, that looks really nice to my weeping eyes, would love some of that snow or rain down here.

    Chief how is your wife getting on, good news I hope.

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    Hi Wade: Yes, a trail cam around the trail entry points would be a great idea. I subscribe to a fellow down in Florida who posts up his trail cam videos out in the deep Florida swamps on youtube. The wildlife he catches just amaze me, from gators, all kinds of birds, deer, bear and even the elusive Florida Panther. Amazing stuff. The next time I contact the park canal folks, I will raise that point, though I personally have my doubts that they would even care enough to think about the nominal purchase of one. But I find that idea the best way to combat the elusive contractor dumper. I did a 20 miler up there yesterday and it was a good news-bad news thing: the parks personnel cleared out the two large downfallen trees that blocked the canal. Bad news is that they did not pick up the contractor debris I posted here. And of course, the dual parks & railroad gates remain broken and open on the railroad gate side and I expect nothing will be addressed there unless someone from the public sends them an email requesting they fix their gate...hint hint

    Picked up a pair of Fox Racing Defend Fire Pants, camo color and wore them yesterday. Last winter I rode straight through using my Endura Humvee knickers. A nice difference these pants make, knocking out the chill on yesterday's upper 40 degree ride. I picked up a pair of Gore Wear windblocker gloves and found them to block the cold air completely as compared to my old Pearl Izumi's. Hoping you are able to get some rides in, Wade.


    Surly: That's good to know you were able to pinpoint the cause of your coughing and flu-like issues. Glad to hear there has been a respite in the smoke, but the real issue is getting you some much needed rainfall there. For you and your homeland, I am praying for rain. Last night on the half hour ABC television nightly news broadcast, they did a too short (about 30 seconds long, which is how we get our news, in 30 second sound bytes) story of a brave woman who rescued a poor little koala bear who was wondering about in a burnt landscape, it too, suffering from burns on it's paws. She grabbed the critter and carried it to safety, squirting water from her bottle on the koala.

    That's the story that is not getting told in the news stories coming from the wildfires, both in your homeland and out in our american west.......the untold story of the poor animals overwhelmed and killed or severely burned by these fires. We'll never know the true scope of numbers lost. My heart goes out to those who have lost their homes and even loved ones in these fires, as well as it goes out to those animals that don't have a voice in this disaster.

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    Zzzzzzz. Oh what??? Hmmm I'm NOT hibernating!

    These past two weeks has seen a hunch of high temps and me without a decent lighting system.
    It looks like I'll be having my left eye done real soon. Funny how when you are dependent on one eye to do the work of two that when the impaired eye is fixed that the 'good' eye kinda stars to suck. Lol

    Young bear, my son David is finally getting out of working in restaurants. He just finished orientation to go to work on a tug out in the gulf moving barges all over from around Pensacola to Houston. He's really excited to start this new chapter in his life. Besides he's got 3 generations of sailors on my side and some privateer captains from mama bear's side.

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    Hallo!

    I've been down'n'dirty fighting a bit of a cold the past couple of days. While I felt good enough to do a workout or two, it didn't feel wise to go out on the bicycle and wobble around. So I've stayed indoors resting, and tried to stay warm.

    I feel a bit better this evening and if that holds through tomorrow, I'll be out for a ride.

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    Hi Mike, yes I watched that story too, our ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) had a story the other day from a Bee keeper on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales, who had headed out to see what was left of his Hives only to find utter destruction. Not only of the hives but the landscape and trees that support the bees. Also the bush was filled with the sounds of animals in distress, a few of his younger workers are very shaken by what the witnessed and heard. He believes that it will take at least a year to restock his hives but the big problem is the total destruction of the trees that might take three to five years before they flower again. Like so many he is unsure of what the future holds for his livelihood.

    Even today we have returned to a thick blanked of smoke drifting down from the North, and other parts of the country are facing new fire threats. We really need a weeks worth of very wide spread rain to get the fires under control.

    On a riding front I had a look at my Garmin numbers for the year and it does not make for pretty viewing. By far my lowest total of miles for many years, still with the gym workouts I have been doing I am fitter than I was a few years ago. So once these fires are out and the air clear I need to hit the road and trails much more.

    Hi Old Bear great to hear from you, hope the op goes well and your son finds a great life on the high seas.

    Hi G, a week with no ride report from you is not allowed hope you are out and about soon.

    OZ.

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    Hi to everyone again!

    OZ: Sheesh, those fires are horrendous! With all good thoughts to rain for you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
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    On a riding front I had a look at my Garmin numbers for the year and it does not make for pretty viewing. By far my lowest total of miles for many years, still with the gym workouts I have been doing I am fitter than I was a few years ago. So once these fires are out and the air clear I need to hit the road and trails much more.
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    Hi G, a week with no ride report from you is not allowed hope you are out and about soon.
    I woke feeling much better this morning; resting most of yesterday has helped a lot. I did get in a visit to the gym with 15 minutes on the stationary bicycle and a half hour class on triceps and back exercises... Not too bad, the worst class has been the core class where I'm way below where I want to be. I'll be putting a good bit of effort into that set.

    Regardless, I'm feeling so much fitter than I have for so many years it's an effort to not be smug about it. When I see what some of the older folks at the gym are capable of, I have a ways to go in some areas, but am not feeling lost and adrift. The young guys ... well, I'm not competing with them happily.

    I'll get a ride in a little later today. But for now I best get my butt moving as I have folks to visit for breakfast.

    onwards!
    G

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    Surly: That really is a heartbreaking report from the bush. I love our critters in the wild and to just imagine those cries of pain there, well, words escape me.

    On a lighter front, my 20 miler up Lock 1 a couple days ago showed the fox defend mtb pants just the ticket for keeping the cold air away. On this coldish morning (upper 40's), I was really surprised to see a turtle out taking in the sun's warmth. I find it very hard to ever recall a reptile being out, so late in the month of November, especially in light of the cold overnight temps, cold mornings and only moderate afternoon temps.

    A big one at that. Not the snapping turtle kind as I will assume they are all hibernating in the mud. Kind of makes me think this gal was in some kind of hibernation phase as well as the shell was mud-covered. I don't believe we have reptile experts on this forum, but I want to guess that this turtle has to be at least 3-5 years old. Pretty too, note the red markings on the lower abdomen/shell.

    I'll be sure to take a closer look at the Bald Eagle nest off in the Abbott Marsh, to see if they are raising another brood of baby eaglets as they did last season.

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    Heading north on the D&R trail, across from the shuttered Duck Island Coal Fired Plant, it was a nice surprise to see this turtle out in the cold morning air. Not wanting to scare it, I moved slowly to get out my camera, as well as moving on with the bike. I wanted to give it every chance to get as much warmth as it could take in by being quietly deliberate in my movements.....


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    Heading back to homebase, the turtle had shifted positions on the log to catch the sun. Again, slow, deliberate movements to prevent scaring it into the cold water. Pretty turtle, this one.

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    MikeTowpathTraveler,

    I think you may have captured nice photos of a red-bellied cooter, which are quite shy. I first I thought it might have been a painted turtle but it doesn't seem to have any yellow on its head.

    RJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by robert.jones View Post
    MikeTowpathTraveler,

    I think you may have captured nice photos of a red-bellied cooter, which are quite shy. I first I thought it might have been a painted turtle but it doesn't seem to have any yellow on its head.

    RJ
    Hi Robert! Thank you for that info! It sure checks out to be the northern red bellied cooter. A check on google says there are a few across the Delaware, in Silver Lake, Bristol PA and that area is about 10 river miles from the abandoned Delaware and Raritan Canal here in NJ.

    Wow, they have a lifespan of 40 to 55 years; so I now wonder if my turtle sighting yesterday was much older then my guestimate. This area of the abandoned canal, the swamps to the west that feed into the Delaware, are all connected to the larger Hamilton or Abbott Marsh, a vast area of swampland that drains into the Delaware at nearby Crosswicks Creek. It's quite the wildlife haven, a precious jewel for NJ to lookover as it's stewards.

    Thanks again and welcome to our little ole forum for fatbiking and health. Hope ya stick around and post up some ride reports if you feel like it.

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    HELLO everyone, MAN do I need a ride. The weather has been chilly and I've been busy, you know life ongoing and getting in the way.
    We were at the Fox Chase Cancer Center at 6:30am on Monday. My wife had the procedure and the results are no cancer. GREAT news, the waiting and wondering and thinking what if's was enough to age you. We both had a few tear ups just after the results were given to us. Quite emotional, I was sitting in the waiting room with about 15 other people waiting for loved ones in surgery. It's tough to go through it. I got the call from the doctor and got the results, I got back to my seat and had a good cry. A lady next to me (who was also waiting on someone in surgery) moved over and just placed a hand on my shoulder for support. It was a wonderful gesture, we were all there for the same thing and all had the same things going through our minds. I thanked everyone in the room and wished them all well and good luck.When we got home we made some soup and sat and held each other in tears. We're doing good now. Thank you all for the thoughts and prayers.

    Back to work on Tuesday and found out our company network had been hacked and infected with a virus that sat dormant for a few months and then attacked the system. They received a ransom request for bitcoin to release system. So we're dead in the water until they figure out what to do and how to do it. New high tech servers with the highest level of security available are being installed. The company is working with IT experts, the insurance company experts and lawyers and their experts to see the best course of action.
    I'm hoping to get a ride in soon and take it nice and easy and just enjoy the time in the saddle.

    Thanks again everyone.

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    Chief, that is great news about your wife. I’m so happy to hear that. Your work news stinks but against the backdrop of other things it keeps your perspective.

    I am flying from Dalian to Beijing today. I received word that a colleague passed away unexpectedly back home. He was 65, counting down to retirement. I didn’t work with him very closely but he was a nice guy. Always helpful and positive.

    I’m ready to come home.

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    Chief, what a relief for ya!

    G, you see that somebitch you're in competition with every morning in the mirror... Not anyone else, just you! One job, G...

    Mike, thanks for the turtle pix.

    Robert, thanks for popping in, don't be a stranger...

    Tex, safe travels...
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    Chief: Emotional, heart-wrenching post, as if we were there with you and those other family members in the waiting room. So happy to hear of Mrs Chief's outcome, while tempered knowing there will likely be those in that room right now who got some tough, tough news to deal with. Thank you for posting up the news and your thoughts with us, your extended fat biking and health family.


    Tex: 65 and not enjoying the days after retirement, it just isn't fair. Good people leave the best impressions on all of us, making their loss all the more greater, a void hard to fill. Safe flight, Tex. We await your return home.

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    Wade: You're welcome, happy to do it. All around us, life is ongoing with our critter friends, even in the near winter season. That turtle was a welcome surprise, for sure.

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    Chief: Great news about your wife, glad to hear it! My best to all of you! The other stuff, grrr.

    Wade: Indeed. I lecture that old man in the mirror every morning. Sometimes he listens ...

    --- ride report ---
    I felt good yesterday! Some other stuff came up and I hopped on the bike a bit late, but it didn't stop me: I rode a nice 14 miler around the loop with a nice stop for coffee and snack at Caffe Frascati in San Jose. Nothing particularly special on this ride around, just enjoying some nice warmish weather and pounding pedals, had a little bit of conversation at the cafe with some folks at the next table.

    A friend of mine at breakfast questioned why I enjoyed riding in traffic, in the city center, so much rather than hitching the bike carrier to the car and zooming out to the country to wander in the pristine air and natural scenery. I could think of a few reasons why, but none really satisfy me yet. But I'll say for sure that I really like my urban loop: love seeing the daily run of traffic and people, how it changes, how its the same from day to day, season to season. I guess I'm just more interested, on a daily basis, in the goings on of the human world than the slower paced natural world. I'm interested in the way it all integrates together...

    Ruminations aside, I often get a kick out of seeing some little bit of detritus on the road, day after day, as weather and traffic move it, transform it, and eventually eradicates it. I often photograph these things. There's a photo book in that somewhere.

    Oh yes: I've finished rendering the Minox EC photos I made on the photo walk in SF a couple of weeks back and posted them to flickr.com. There are a couple in that set I like a lot, most are kinda "eh", but if you're interested you can see them at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmJhuGj7

    My favorite is this one:



    I just finished the other Minox roll that I used partially on the walk (the one in the Minox C) and will process that today, see what I made with it.

    Anyway, the ride yesterday was average speed 12.4 mph and consumed 760 calories. A nice run! I'll get out today again ... And now off to do some exercises!

    onwards, always onwards! G

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    Hi everyone, firstly Chief thats great news in regards to your wife, so happy for you and your family.


    Mike thats a nice looking turtle and the sunlight looks very nice too, lucky I cannot feel the temp

    Still no sight of the sun down here the last few days as the thick smoke and cloud cover is hanging around. My son just went out to ride the mountain bike trails with a mate of his, I should take a ride too, but I don't want to be breathing this cruddy smoke deep into my lungs.

    Hi G nice set on your Instagram, I was playing around with my Minolta Dynax 7 film camera the other day and need to grab some B/W film and give it a spin. Its perhaps the best handling camera I own although the new Panasonic G9 is very nice especially with the nifty little 42.5mm lens I picked up second hand last weekend.

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    Sharp little thing too.

    Anyway hope you all have a great weekend.

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    Hi Surly! Thanks! It is a beautiful turtle, isn't it? We certainly get to experience the range in temperatures living here in a 4 season climate. The chill certainly shows in those turtle photos, no murky atmosphere this time around, like what we go through here when the Bermuda Highs from the south pump up streams of humid, thick air from the Gulf of Mexico and Carribbean waters. Nope, that's all a memory. Now, we get the arctic air from up in Canada, by way of Siberia, moderating as it makes it's way down to the states. But it does make for crystal clear photographs....unless of course, that warm, moist southern air collides with the cold air, creating snow storms. Great stuff! Every year I get older, the less I am liking the winter cold.

    Rain predicted for most of the weekend, so likely no riding. Hope everyone can get a ride in when they can.

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    Hi Mike, you guy's all move to Florida when you reach a certain age right?

    OZ.

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    Well, normally my I travel around the world to see the inside of hotels, conference rooms and factories. Today I was able to go see something I had been interested in since I was a kid, the Great Wall of China. I had read books and seen pictures but nothing did it justice like seeing the rugged terrain and the wall extending as far as you could see. What I did not realize was how difficult the terrain was. There was a lot of climbing and stairs, all of the biking I have done allowed me to enjoy the experience. My boss, on the other hand, was suffering mightily. If you get a chance to go, bring your climbing legs
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    Tex: Your trip is now all worth it, having to actually have experienced the Great Wall before your own eyes! That is a world landmark the vast majority of us will never get to see in our lifetimes. Thank you for sharing those pics with us!

    Surly: This is true, alot of Snow Geese from the north fly to FL in the deep, dark northeast winter for a week or so of sunshine and Vitamin D, then they fly back to the cold and damp. Some stay permanently. Many, actually.

    The cold has it's blessings. Like killing the active mosquito season. Washing away the hazy hot humid days of deep summer. And I have found that the cold keeps away the kinds of reptiles that can bite and kill. If my ole D&R Canal were in Florida, I'd be worried about 10 foot alligators sunning themselves on the towpath; black water moccassins slithering in the canal waters and 19 foot long burmese pythons waiting to strike out from the bushes for it's afternoon meal!

    It's a bright and sunny Saturday morn, so a bike ride is in order before the predicted heavy rains move in this afternoon. Think I'll check to see how much progress has been done to my specially constructed Kinkora Rail Trail.

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    Saturday Ride Report-Status Check on the Kinkora and Crystal Lake Trails.....

    22.5 mile run, overall, again using the Haibike Full FatSix. I noticed driving by the Kinkora Trail that surface preparations were being done last week and now it looks like the ground was seeded and topped off with hay. I wanted to take the trail to it's current end point at Kinkora by the NJT RiverLine just to see how far seeding operations have progressed.....

    Then it would be a run north to the Crystal Lake Park and the trail building ongoing there, including a stop to see what kind of progress was being done on the trail build right alongside the Route 130 North highway. After that, a run through Fieldsboro, then Bordentown City to access the Delaware And Raritan Canal state park towpath up to it's endpoint at Duck Island, Trenton NJ, followed by a repeat of the ground traveled upon back to home. The weather was coldish and gray, predicting the coming rain forecasted overnight into Sunday.......

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    Running parallel to the Old York Road, the trail makes a 90 degree right turn at the house in the distance. From that point on, the trail rides directly atop the old Kinkora Railroad, all the way down to where it used to join up with the present NJT RiverLine/Conrail/PC/PRR mainline.

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    Heading directly west towards the mainline and the Delaware River. Active farm land to my left and right. Just several months ago, this was just grown in sticker bushes and trees atop a forgotten mainline that has been abandoned for many decades. For the bicyclist running say, from Fieldsboro to points south, it will enable the cyclist to avoid running on highways alongside cars and trucks. I can see directly ahead that the seeding operations cut-off point stops.

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    At the Route 130 underpass tunnel, east portal side. Along the way, there are a few drainage pipes along and under the path installed since my last run through here, a good effort to remove standing water that could be problematic later on when the trail is finally completed.

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    The Kinkora Trail having been scouted, we are now at the Crystal Lake Park trail project, a couple hundred feet from the Axe Factory Road entrance and seeding has been done here as well, all the way west to near the staging of the project constructon machinery and office site.

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    At the machinery and office site and down past the Route 130 closed off trail access, the trail descends downgrade a bit to exit out near the highway. The ground is wet and muddy and I know there won't be no biking in the clay-mud around the ongoing construction alongside Crystal Lake.

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    I stand the bike here, by the Crystal Lake bulkhead and trail construction machinery to walk towards a decent vantage point so I can take a few shots of the lake bulkhead and trail. Careful to watch where I step, there are lots of sections with that clay-mud that sticks to your shoes and tires like glue.

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    Atop the bluff aside Crystal Lake, a good vantage of the trail construction. Just above the lake is where this trail will end, right at the highway. From there, the cyclist must cross Route 130 to access the Delaware River Heritage Trail into Fieldsboro and Bordentown. The D&R Canal is part of this trail. It makes me happy to see all of this going on and I never thought I'd dream to see the day. 30 years ago, 20 years ago, there was none of this. But as it comes together, I see how each trail is designed to be part of a network of bigger and longer trails, including the nearby D&R Canal as well as the D&L Trail across the Delaware in PA.

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    From the same vantage point, a closeup of the Crystal Lake Trail bridge being constructed over the dam spillway that goes into the Delaware River Back Channel behind Newbold Island. I hope there is an idea for car parking nearby so fishermen and women can access this lake front....there used to be some nice sized bass in this lake, back in the day.

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    Up on the D&R Canal, at the abandoned Conrail/PC/PRR coal line railroad spur into the Duck Island Coal Fired Generation Plant, some unshucked corn. Interesting. Somebody is either feeding some deer (illegal to do so in NJ) out of the kindness of their hearts or they are baiting deer (legal in NJ to do so) in order to hunt deer (illegal to do so in this state park).

    On another heartening front, the contractor house rebuild debris, including a toilet, a gas stove, numerous 5 gallon pails of spackle and ceiling paint has been removed! And the nicest surprise of all: the NJT Transit Gate, broken for several years now, is actually repaired and chain-locked in place!!!


    That's my little lengthy, long winded ride report. Now, let's see yours.

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    Post script: This, I have no idea how it will look on this page, is a photo in the early years of Fatbiking, this one taken at Allentown, PA on the D&L Trail. April 20, 2015. I had passed a few bicyclists out on a relatively nice weekend day morning when I noted a guy was taking photos of bikers on the trail. Got to talking about the fat tired Fatboy, how much it weighed, how fast, how easy to pedal. Told me he was a photographer for the Allentown Morning Call newspaper and he would post that photo in the paper. Which he did, when I accessed the paper on line the next day. Pretty cool! Unfortunately, never got a hard copy of the paper as this location was some 80 some odd miles from homebase.......

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    tex: How cool! you got to see the Great Wall! Someday for me, maybe...
    oz: Nice Lumix! I hear that's a very nice lens too. Let's see photos from it, and from the Dynax 7
    mike: Another fine ride report.

    I felt great yesterday but the day was committed to another run to SF and a Hasselblad group meetup at the Peak Design main shop there. I decided to bring one of my old favorites with me ...


    Hasselblad 500CM + Distagon 50mm f/4

    A lovely old beast. I exposed about 9 frames out of 12 ... need to shoot off the other three and process the film, see if I managed anything interesting.

    Had fun playing with a few of the new Hasselblad toys and the new Peak Design tripod I've been waiting for. Cool stuff.

    Walking about, it was amazing how many bicycles are on the road in SF these days. I've got to take the bike to SF on the train soon. There are some cool rides around the city and over to Golden Gate Park that would be fun, and there are two lovely bridge crossings I'd like to do.

    The meetup was fun and I was on the train back home thinking, "well darn, I didn't get a workout in today and no ride; perhaps I'll go the gym after dinner and get some exercise..." when a bit of stomach trouble surfaced. Yecch.. That wasn't fun, reminded me of the bad old days in the 2010 to 2014 time period and made me even happier with the state I've gotten to today. It all passed by 10pm and I feel good today ... so it's now time for a ride and maybe that trip to the gym later this evening.

    onwards, always onwards!
    G

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    Made it to Toronto from Shanghai in spite of an issue with my ticket nearly causing me to miss the plane. Air Canada is a great alternative if their routes serve your travel plans. They were very helpful and the aircrew were very friendly. One last flight and I’ll be home. I’m looking forward to getting my frame put together and riding again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    Made it to Toronto from Shanghai in spite of an issue with my ticket nearly causing me to miss the plane. Air Canada is a great alternative if their routes serve your travel plans. They were very helpful and the aircrew were very friendly. One last flight and I’ll be home. I’m looking forward to getting my frame put together and riding again.
    As long as you're in Toronto, you can stop at RSD and try the bikes out...

    Meanwile, Sunspot changed his shoes... He's wearing his Nobby Nic 3.0's in case of snow... No mud, thankya! It just destroys components like very expensive forks and cheap things like chains not to mention, it'sa PITA to clean up!
    Had a 1,5 hour spin along a few gravel routes in order to avoid the dreaded mud.
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    I passed 5000 miles riding on the Specialized Fatboy Comp Carbon recently. So another picture of my bicycle to commemorate that, taken just a couple weeks ago while on my Saturday morning ride through San Jose downtown. I'd stopped for a rest in front of Adobe corporate offices...


    Minox C + Minopan 25
    HC-110 1:49 for 7 min @ 76°F

    I love riding this bicycle!

    --- ride ---
    Yesterday's ride... One of my young friends had called and seemed really out of sorts about something, I was going to ditch the ride to get together and talk it out. Well, he seemed to be off and on about meeting, and I finally became a little too impatient to wait around. I worried that there was some situation happening that might not be good, but nothing I could do. So I sent a final message to say that I was getting on the bike and if he wanted to come talk, I'd be down at the Panera cafe by the park in about a half hour.

    I took my usual Saturday morning loop there, arrived in 40 minutes. It was a warmish day, I stuffed my over-jersey into my bag just in case for the run. I got a txt msg about five minutes before I arrived that he had gotten there; made me happy that he was okay.

    He was starving, hadn't eaten anything all day, so we moved to the restaurant next door, ordered some food, and talked for an hour and a half. His partner was being difficult, borderline abusive IMO, in a complicated situation. I let him talk it out and let it go, gave him some advice, and we then started talking about our shared passion in EDM, workouts and health, and about our families "back home". He's left home only recently, working to finish his college degree and such. Got him smiling with some jokes and made sure he was going to be all right. I'll check in with him again this morning and make sure all is okay.

    We have to be there for each other. Nothing else is as important.

    It was getting late, sun almost down, when I took off and the air temps were dropping. I pulled on the over-jersey and sped home the quick way, made it in 31 minutes. 13 miles at 12.8 mph average, another 524 calories down.

    My partner was home when I arrived: I said hi, changed, and hopped in the car to go to the gym, did my workout, did the grocery shopping, etc. Burned up another 760 calories at the gym working off my own emotions from the meeting. I feel so much for these young people... It's so tough to grow up and life doesn't give any special dispensations for being a little different from the norm. Sigh.

    My muscles are going to be a bit sore today...

    onwards, always onwards!
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    G, there is no "norm"...

    Peeps being there for one another is a major component of something that many take for granted, I call it community...
    Hope all works out for your friend and he's sorted it all out.

    Good job on the mileage on the "analog" bike! It's been some time since the "digital" bike was the routine and now you have moved along on the goals set, by a long shot... Well done, Mr. well done.


    The troubles... I have a selection of three plussers and a fat, with a "mid fat" incoming...
    Eenie, meenie, miney, moe sounds like a necessity in this situation!
    I tend to like it that way tho'.
    The day's ride starts with determining the destination. Then comes the choice of who's gonna be involved in the foray.
    Each bike has a personality when it comes to dirt and all have a severe allergy to asphalt, tarmac or whaddevuh ya feel
    like calling it.
    Unfortunately for the bikes, they ride from the front door to most of our regular haunts however, that is a short distance.
    Usually within five miles is a trail or a gravel route to get the distance completed and be on dirt for them to feel between
    their treads!

    The "mid fat" is just that, between 3.0 and 4.8 with a happy medium between full fat and plus. 27.5 x 3.8/4.0 seems to be
    a good choice for the times when full fat is not really required (Although, full fat is desired at times).

    Full suspension, plus (3.0) is awesome for the rowdy rides and plush, fast singletrack.

    Single Speed, Wonderful for its simplicity and actually forcing a rider's participation and keen attention for success.

    Hardtail Plus, (Geared) for those lazy rides or when extensive climbing and descents are plentiful.

    Bikes as individuals...

    Sunspot, the SS with dirt race geometry and fairly svelte. A hardtail with an attitude, indeed.
    Sarge, The geared hardtail with a trail ride geometry and a dirt race undertone.
    Aisan, a full squish plusser with a pithy attitude that loves going to Valhalla and Keystone!

    All plussers are set up with 3.0 as a general rule! No 2.NoWayJose tires in the plusser fleet!
    Sarge wears a pair of 3.25's for the backcountry exploration in less than opitmal conditions.

    The returns...

    With my addiction to hard accelerations and keeping a good pace, these bikes are the best
    method to doing some fantastic rides in places well away from automobiles and other
    annoyances. A good exercise session but that would not be my viewpoint on it. I view this
    as my opportunity to tune out the planet and experience freedom at the wholesale level.
    Since I cannot step into a gym without projectile vomiting due to the "aroma", this will do
    a bang-up job.

    Hmmm, I see Terry is lurking!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all and to all a good nap following the binge!!
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    Many thanks, Wade. Michael's all right, I spoke with him yesterday and today. He's decided to move in with some other friends in SF and get out of the situation he's in right now. It'll be good—not without its challenges, but he's an adaptable and sensible young man. He'll work through it, and I'll help him out if it comes to that. I can't see a friend in pain or trouble without wanting to help.

    My cold from last week resurfaced yesterday and the weather's turned cold and damp, so I didn't ride. Yesterday I did a class at the gym and spent a half hour on the orbital hill climber, a decent substitute. Today's weather was worse, so I went to a movie and am staying warm. Want this darn thing to pass.

    One thing I did do yesterday was head over to the bicycle shop and order my Onyx hubs. I went with red anodized finish, to match the small red details on FCC's OEM color scheme. The order is in, should be delivered in 2-3 weeks. The rims are in transit now, should be here in 1-2 weeks. Perhaps the new wheel set will be all built and installed right after New Years... Can't wait!

    Tomorrow I have to cook and bake, likely no ride anyway if the weather holds crappy like today. Hopefully this cold will be gone.

    onwards!
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    I made it home from China and worked from home today. At lunch I took a ride at Oak Openings Metropark, which is my new home trail. It was amazing how out of sorts you can feel after two weeks off the bike. It took a while to find a groove. I also managed to gain a little weight back while on the trip. Between the difficulty sleeping, lack of exercise and big business dinners, it was easy to get off track. Time to stoke the coals. I managed to get my new frame 90% together. So I rode the old bike today.
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    We are supposed to get nasty weather the next few days, so this was my one chance to ride in reasonable weather.

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    Hi everyone, greetings from a thankfully less smokey OZ.

    A few afternoons of intense and wide spread thunderstorms has put an end to the worst of the smoke that has been hanging around. Still looking on Flightradar24 yesterday there where still plenty of firefighting aircraft working to the west and north of us.

    Mike looks like you are getting some nice new trails to ride and report on for us. Great photo of you out and about.

    Tex great to see you are home safe from your trip. China is one of those places that I am on the fence about visiting, what are your thoughts would you go there for a holiday?

    Hi Banshee, I hear you on the bike choice problem although choice in this case can be a good thing. You don't play golf with one stick, so having different bikes for different rides is handy. That was my reason(that I told to myself) I needed a FatBike, to explore the local beaches on other such areas. I just need to spread the ride time evenly so the kids don't get jealous

    Hi G, sorry and then glad to read about your mate, good to see he has made the decision to take a break from what sound like a troubling situation. And great to seee that he has friends close by and yourself to turn to.

    As for my riding I had the day off work and took my commuting Troll for a 35km round trip to buy some film and batteries for my Minolta Dynax 7 camera. it was a beautiful morning on the track and the air was thankfully clear.

    G no images made with the Dynax 7 yet but I did take a photo of it with the Panasonic 42.5 lens

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    And a few shots from around the yard testing the Panasonic other day.

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    Seems like a good buy second hand for a few hundred Ozzy Dollars.

    The ride felt good this morning, however as fit as all my work in the gym with lifting weights using the rowing machine and Pilates has me at the moment you cannot replace miles on the bike. I rode at a stead pace for most of the ride but found the things you cannot train for, my bottom and hands were letting me know that they have not been used much this last few months.

    So I have set myself a little challenge in December, its to do my own version of the Rapha Festive 500. Its a challenge to ride 500km (thanks metric system) between Christmas Eve and New Years eve. I will try to get the five hundred done between the first of December and Christmas Eve. That does not sound like much(and it is not) but with my lack of miles and motivation the last few months it should be a good and achievable target.

    And if that goes well, I will be on holidays between Christmas and New Year so I might give the proper Festive 500 a go as well. Really the weather in OZ makes it a much more achievable target, compared to you guy's and girls in the northern parts. I went close to the 500 a few years ago, so it should give me that little bit of motivation I'am lacking at the moment.

    Now that I have told you guy's thats the cherry on top to get out and do it.

    Anyway hope you are all well.

    OZ.

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    Surly, glad to hear the smoke has subsided a bit. That 500km challenge seems like a good stretch goal.

    As far as China for a vacation destination, my travels were focused on industrial areas with a few slight diversions. The few tourist things I have seen would not be so attractive to me to deal with the hassle of getting there with the exception of the wall. To be fair, my colleagues made my travel to the wall easy. They made the arrangements and joined me. The tourist friendly section of the wall we visited is about 1 1/2 hours away from Beijing and the terrain is rugged and beautiful. A lot of my American colleagues don't like the food, but I thought it was fine. If you like dense urban type of vacations, China is for you because Beijing and Shanghai are incredible. I understand that a lot of the land mass is mountainous, which would be more my speed. Unfortunately, my business did not take me to those areas. The country is 100% safe from crime. So while I would not vacation there, I can't say there is no appeal. There are just so many other places to go that would suit me more and never enough vacation time.

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    G, good to hear on the wheel parts! Cannot wait to hear your response to the new hubs. Unfortunately, four more sets would be an absurd $$$ number!
    Good stuff, your friend is doing right to escape a difficult place to be. Well wishes!

    Tex, glad to hear your return home was uneventful. And the withdrawal symptoms... Fixed that issue in short order!! Good job!
    No pix of the fresh frame project?? Tsk, tsk.

    Mike, looked like a good ride with lotsa goings on along the way!

    Overnight snow... Only a bloody teaser of 3". Pfft!!

    OZZZZZ!! One of my guildies, Pug is Down Under and said that rain finally came about to assist on the bushfire epidemic.
    On the bike side of things... The fatty lives a looong way from a proper beach, there is plenty of opportunity for an adventure by 4.8" tires in loose conditions as well as snow conditions. So, no worries on the list of excuses for such a fun bike!
    Citrus! Damn, it's been a hella long time since I took in the aroma of citrus in full bloom...
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    Banshee, here you go. Next step is the chain install and getting all the cables fine tuned. My wife had some adhesive vinyl in a color matching the stripes on the frame. So I added some decals to the frame and fork to personalize it a little bit.Fat Biking and health-bike-project-4.jpgFat Biking and health-bike-project-3.jpgFat Biking and health-bike-project-2.jpgFat Biking and health-bike-project-1.jpg

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    tex: Your photos remind me how much I really want a real bike work stand ... even just for cleaning purposes! ... Perhaps I'll give that notion to my partner as a potential holiday gift.

    oz: Ah, pretty Minolta camera. I had some minolta gear once upon a time, predating the AF series cameras ... It think mine was the XD-11. Lovely thing, I remember it fondly. The Lumix 42mm looks like it renders nicely!

    On the wheel parts, I got a note from BTLOS today: They're offering a Black Friday discount on fat bike rims, selling them at essentially the sponsorship supported price. AND they're grandfathering in on sales from October 29 for one rim too! So they're crediting me back a rebate on one of my rims. It's not a lot of money, but that's a nice gesture and makes me feel even better about working with them. Checking the tracker, the shipment is on its way, into air freight now. Hopefully the rims will be here next week.

    My cold is still bugging me, medication helps. I feel good enough to do the stretching class I booked myself for, but not for a ride because it's chill and damp outside. I'll spend a little time on the elliptical machine at the gym... Such it is, just keep going.

    All of ye in the USA, have an excellent Thanksgiving!

    onwards! G

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    Every spring Aldi stores have this bike stand in their seasonal section, $35. A ridiculously good deal and they sell quick

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    Tex, its a paraplegic!
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    Hi everyone, welcome to Sunday and the first day of my little mileage target, so of course its raining Not drought breaking stuff, just enough to keep me indoors. It should be well and truly gone by this afternoon so I will see if I can fit a ride in later.

    Thanks Tex, yes their are plenty of other places ahead of China on the bucket list but the Great Wall in one of them. My eldest son is going over to India in January for a few weeks of work for his company and thats going to be a real eyeopener for him. My late sister lived in India for a number of years and had some great stories to tell about the place, and being a lover of the game of cricket my son is going to the right place.

    My mother in law brought me that same bike stand from Aldi a few years ago, and its still going strong.

    Hi Banshee, yes we had some wide spread rain last week, however we are still blanked with smoke the last few days. On the news yesterday it mentioned that their were still 150 fires burning in the State of New South Wales. And also the smoke from the fires has made it all the way to South America. And yep the fat bike always brings a fit of giggles when I take it out for a ride

    Hi G, yes the little Panasonic seems to be a bit of a bargain. As for the Minolta the camera it set the course for the digital cameras of today with its ground breaking display screen on the back of the camera and the amount of customisation you can do to it. I am really glad that I kept it all these years, it a fun camera to use.

    Anyway I might head out to the garage to get the bike ready to ride when the rain clears off.

    OZ.

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    Surly, opening your challenge with a rain day seems like a bad sign! Hopefully it doesn’t stand in your way.

    I had my maiden voyages of the replacement Frame. No issues, I managed to get everything dialed in pretty well on the work stand. So the riding was just fun. I rode around the neighborhood yesterday and hit the singletrack today. Still struggling with jet lag.

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    The Festive 1000 km gets started...

    Thanks Tex, that skills park looks like a lot of fun and a great way to progress your riding. Glad the new frame is riding well, lets hope for many more miles out of this one.

    Well my son came home this morning and headed straight out for a ride on the mountain bike trails with his mates, so it gave me the kick in the backside to get out on the bike too.

    As it was still spitting with light rain I took "Vader" as my black Troll will be now know as as it has mud guards. I rode an out and back lap of the Fernleigh Track for a distance of 36.81 km's. My Garmin Connect joyfully informs me that I have now covered 3 % of my distance goal for the month

    I only need to ride 21 km a day until the 24th to tick off the first 500 km. And then 62.5 km when the Festive 500 proper starts on Christmas Eve. Look back at my rides this year I will be doubling the distance I have covered so far. It seems that I managed to go all of September with out riding a bike very naughty of me.

    Still its about enjoyment on the bike and I stopped to take a few images on the ride this morning.

    First up the eastern entrance to the tunnel on the track.

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    The early rain or my late start had the track very quite with very few riders out and about. A fellow walking by with his dog was happy about that too as he never normally walks on the track on the weekends as swarms of these guys tend to spoil it.

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    Although the ones out this morning were well behaved

    On the way home through the swamp around Belmont Lagoon I came across this little fellow also enjoying the lack of traffic.

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    So a nice start to my little challenge, its really just slow and steady for the next few weeks banking some miles incase the weather finally does bring some proper rain.

    OZ.

    P.S my son just arrived home from his ride with his rear derailleur in pieces. They bodged up a single speed hack to ride back to the truck and its off to the bike store tomorrow to see if its saveable.

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    Tex, that frame would be a good candidate for a trip to the spray booth and some House Of Color to make the nice curves and shapes of the carbon frame come to life! Lookin good as is, tho'.

    OZ, a rear derailleur isn't too bad to resolve. Hopefully the hanger is not bent or is easily replaceable. Sux to have one fail on a long ride but I have had it happen over the years. One of my bikes has a refurbished RD cobbled together from a few damaged that were in my spares bin. It actually is still in use after more than 10 years.

    G, that's rather honorable of BTLOS on the rebate. Looking forward to pix when it all comes together.
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    Hi Banshee, it should be an easy fix as everything looks like its still in line.

    He does give the bike a thrashing...

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    A photo one of his mates took the other afternoon.

    The sun made an appearance after lunch today and promptly disappeared behind more bushfire smoke. Having a look on the rain radar app you can see the smoke plumes of the fires burning around Sydney.

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    The northern most fire has been burning for over a week now and the very large fire fighting aircraft were at it again this afternoon. Looks like it will burn for the rest of this week as a cool start to Monday with southerly winds makes way to hot dry northwest winds for the rest of the week.

    With fires like this burning now I wonder what things will be like in January in the peak of summer?

    OZ.

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    OZ, that's the type of riding my RSD's enjoy!
    The trail in that shot looks like a good time in the trees. Glad the bike wasn't too bad off...
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Tex, that frame would be a good candidate for a trip to the spray booth and some House Of Color to make the nice curves and shapes of the carbon frame come to life! Lookin good as is, tho'..
    Banshee, I'd be all for it but painting the frame voids the warranty. I would guess it is because they can't be assured the solvents in the paint are compatible with the resins in the carbon fiber, but I don't know for sure. Specialized has approved paint shops.

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    Hello everyone. It's been a HELL of a week in my house. My wife is doing well after the lil scare. She's been riding in the basement on a trainer. I one the other hand haven't been doing anything. I've had a few issues with my back slide in. I'm sure a lot of it was stress so I'm working to get that corrected. Lots of core work, stretching and chiropractor visits.
    Monday night Tuesday morning I was up most of the night. A virus of some sort kicked in. I got dehydrated, I couldn't hold anything in. Terrible night and next day. My stomach wasn't right until yesterday (Saturday). THEN my wife starts with it at 2am Thursday morning. No Thanksgiving meal for us. I notified my kids and I got them all the food to be cooked at my daughters house. We love to his the day but there was no way. I cleaned and wiped down the house. Every doorknob, light switch with Lysol wipes, then sprayed the Lysol throughout the house. Man a BAD week. So she is better and I have been for a couple days.

    Some great rides reports and photos.

    Mike, next season once it's warms up I have to get over to your trails. I wanna see how to access them and be able to connect the two sides.

    G, glad your friend is OK and things worked out. Having someone to listen is a big help. I'm sure the workout did you good to. The extra incentive never hurts.

    OZ, glad the fires have been contained and they are getting them under control. The rain and less wind help with that.

    Texmex, great skills park I'd love to try my hand a something like that. I had co-workers spend time in Xiamen and they enjoyed their time there. We were designing and constructing a plant for Kodak there.

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    Sorry to hear that, Chief. Sure puts a damper on the holiday. Hope wellness prevails!

    Tex, it looks good as is... And there's that warranty thing so ride and enjoy is the answer.
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    G'Morning all! Great ride reports, photos! Sorry to hear the yecch, Chief. Had a bit of that crud myself ... a little bit of lettuce a week ago Friday was tainted, and it bashed me and my partner so hard that my cold came back. So I went through TDay week working to get ride of the cold again. Ugh. But no matter, the holiday was delightful and I just carry on.

    Ah, Sunday post-TurkeyDay. The holiday was fabulous, dinner and time with friends was a kick.

    Since, with all the sales and discounts going, I spent a couple of days ordering up a bunch of things—clothes, gear, bicycle bits—that I've been putting off. Spent a small fortune but saved a good bit on what I'd otherwise have spent so I'm happy. The weather has been utterly the pits with rain and cold wind—and the **** cold—the past few days so no rides, but I've gotten in two nice workout sessions at the gym. It's not the same but it's enough to keep going.

    Good news is that the BTLOS rims arrived on Saturday! Beautifully packaged, I took them out to examine them and they are beautiful!




    I'm very happy for the pattern and finish I chose, they're going to look great! I weighed them: ready to be laced and trued, they are 666g and 672g.

    Now I wait for the hubs to arrive...

    My partner asked what I wanted for my christmas gift and what I told him is that I wanted a good quality, portable bicycle work stand. We took a look in the Park Tools catalog and chose the PC-10.2 stand. My buddy over at the local bike shop ordered it for us and gave us the Black Friday sale discount, so $40 off. Should be here Tuesday/Wednesday. Woo hoo!

    And now the madness begins as we get ready for the holidays. This is about the point in the year that I'd like to fly to New Zealand and come home in March. There's a big series of weather systems flowing in from Hawaii, it's supposed to be cold, wet, and windy for the next ten days. I suspect I'll be spending a good bit of time over at the gym.

    Onwards!
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    Hi everyone, seems like a few of you are getting some cold and wet weather, hope you are all safe. If you feel like it send some of the rain down our way as these fires we are experiencing at the moment just won't go out. We spent most of the day cover in a thick blanket of smoke. I had planned to get a ride in after work to chip away at my monthly milage target, however the smoke made riding home bad enough that going out again would not have been a smart move.

    The view across the lake on the way home.

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    So I went with my son to drop his bike into the shop to have his derailleur looked at. And its toast, cage is twisted so he is upgrading to a GX model and hopefully it will last a little longer.

    Anyway stay warm and dry all.

    OZ.

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    Lovely photo, OZ! Sorry to hear that the fires are still a problem... We had that here a year or two back, it sucked. I hope it clears soon.

    The current weather visiting my area is a long long train of wet stuff streaming in from as far away as Hawaii. Current forecast is dismal for the next week and some. Sigh.

    So I went to the gym yesterday around 5:30 and put in an hour and a half of upper body and then cardio on the elliptical. Hefty workout, I'm feeling the good-soreness now. I'm scheduled for another class today at 11:00 ... I was never a gym bunny before in my life, first time for everything, eh? I figure another half a lifetime and I'll look like one...

    Not much going on bicycle wise. Waiting for hubs to arrive, waiting for the work stand to arrive, etc. Too nasty, windy, cold, and wet out there to risk it. Sigh again.

    onwards! G

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    Thanks G, yep I hope it clears away soon but looking outside at work this afternoon shows little sign of that happening.

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    The fires to the west and south of us are putting up an enormous amount of smoke. If its possible today is worse the a few days ago. We have to drive to Sydney tomorrow so I really hope it is better than today. The radar image screen grab from this afternoon.

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    I rode Vader into work this morning and the smoke was that bad this afternoon I nearly called my wife to come and pick me up rather than ride home. Its not advisable to be outside in conditions such as this, let alone excising in it. So I will be off the bike until possibly Monday as the forecast is for these conditions to continue until then.

    Hope you all made it through the bad storms that most of you seem to have had the last few days.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post






    And now the madness begins as we get ready for the holidays. Off to Walmart for some battery powered Christmas lights...

    Onwards!
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    What 9400 miles of brake pad wear looks like.....

    First off, great ride pictures and reports. Surly, I hope those wildfires get under control; when it affects one's breathing, that's bad.

    I guess Old Bear is still investigating the whereabouts of awol FB&H riders like Dirty Hun, Doctor Pepper, Cold Trigger Finger......and himself.

    Chief: This trail project is due for completion in June 2020. Connecting your side of the river is easy, via the Trenton Makes Bridge and those few dozen rides I've documented here over the years. Looking forward to showing you this little trail. A shame it is that we cannot have access to using the Burlington Bristol Bridge, even by car ferry with the bridge police. A round trip from Bristol up to Morrisville, to Trenton, then the D&R and this trail here, to Burlington then Bristol would be possible. The bridge at Bristol is the one big sticking point. Hoping you are feeling better, as well as Mrs Chief. For sure, there has been illness moving around over the holiday.


    9400 miles on the Haibike and the only issues have been punctured tires. The front brake lever has been steadily dropping out, so I figured pad wear was the cause, so I ordered up new pads and a Magura Bleed Kit. There are good how-to videos on youtube to follow.

    In the end, I found using two syringes, one at the caliper, the other at the brake handle reservoir, to be the best way to purge the system of air bubbles. Once I understood that, I would recommend anyone in not using the large fluid bottle that Magura includes in their Pro Bleed Kit for that brake reservoir. But your mileage may vary. After going to the 2 syringes and working the fluid exchange using the caliper syringe, it worked like a champ and I got my brake lever back.

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    2 pad comparison between old and new pads. About 50% wear on the old pads. My riding is water level style trail riding, the only downhills encountered are the rolling hills climbing in and out of creek and river sheds; thus my ability to get 9400 miles of brake pad wear. I did not bother to change the rear pads as my brake lever travel and brake feel is still tight.

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    Later on after the pad work, I took a 20 mile run up the D&R trail as well as the ongoing Kinkora and Delaware River Heritage Trail project ongoing. The trail build crew laid down more hydro grass seed covered with fresh hay; working their way west towards the Route 130 tunnel. This shot is of the fresh seeding, looking east.

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    The old railroad line climbed towards the west, as shown here. Not a drastic climb at all, however I imagine a loaded train on a freezing morning with snow or ice on the rail would result in some wheel slippage....

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    Mike, looks like you got your money's worth outta dem brakes!

    Might inspect rotor wear too with that kind of mileage.

    On the fat... I've had one puncture since 2014 due to a goat head thorn. Had a 4 hour ride and the tire went from 6 psi to 3 during that time. Tons of those bike hating things are by the railroad tracks on the other side of the river so I refuse to go there.

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    Fixed what?

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    Hi everyone, Mike thats one nice looking trail extension. My local rail trail is being added to with a 3.5 km section that will join two sections to complete a 27 km route from south of Swansea to Adamstown off road. I am really looking forward to that section being add as I avoid the busy highway that this will bypass.

    On the fire front here is the radar image from this afternoon.

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    If possible the fires have worsened over the last day or so, with three of the fires west of us merging into on 60km fire front. The area of my gravel ride at Laguna was placed on an evacuation order yesterday. I really hope the people that supported us riding our bikes through their beautiful valley are safe and well.

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    That was one of the last times I can remember seeing blue sky. We had to drive to Sydney yesterday and the smoke on the way down was terrible. At my sons house to the far west of Sydney we had some blue sky, but later in the day closer to the city centre and travelling home the smoke became thick again.

    Needless to say all outdoor activities are being discouraged, so my milage target for the month is on hold.

    Hope you all have a better weekend.

    OZ.

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    Read the quote carefully, you'll see! :P
    Hmm. I don't, won't, not ever, shop at Walmart. Consider that my political statement of the day.

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    It'd been two weeks of holiday fun, a cold, miserable chill and wet. Hadn't been out on the bicycle in forever. And yesterday I had ten bazillion things to do ... but I was determined to get at least a short ride in because it was dry out and the temperatures weren't going to freeze my nose off.

    Checked and set tire pressures, suited up, and headed out. My gosh, it felt great to be on FCC again! There wasn't time to go far, and I needed to get some lunch, so I took a quick four mile blast over to my favorite lunch cafe and had a bowl of soup. Another quick blast over to the bike shop to say hi to my buddy there and see if the bike work stand I ordered has arrived (it has). And then the long way around to get home. A little shy of 10 miles total, 300 calories, 11.9 mph. Felt so nice.

    Got to run. Supposed to rain and blow like stink, too freekin' cold again today. Sigh. I'll go to the gym and ride the stationary bicycle or the elliptical...

    onwards! G

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    Oz, when you are dealing with all that smoke, are there noticeable health effects? Or is it just a smell?

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    Morning everyone, greetings from an almost blue sky day in OZ.

    Hi Tex, the smoke has been so thick that the medical advice has been to avoid being outside and definitely not to exercise outdoors. The last few days has seen a blanket of ash falling all over our place, like snow sometimes. So you don't want to be breathing it in, so I have had a few days off the bike. Not ideal when I have set myself a 1000 km riding target this month.

    Which brings me to this morning, a cool southerly wind change came through last night which pushed the smoke away from us. Its not all gone as there has been so much of it being put out by these massive fires. The newspapers are reporting this morning that the smoke and dust have made its way across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand. Its covered parts of the Southern Alps glaciers in a pink dusting.

    Still the sky is almost blue this morning...

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    I took advantage by getting out early this morning to cover some of my milage for the month. I ended up taking my Cross Check and enjoyed the nearly effortless riding this bike gives me. Not having ridden it for a month it feels like floating along compared to my other bikes.

    I headed into town stopping at a park to grab some images in the early morning light.

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    Even though the sun was up the light was still warm through the lingering smoke.

    G, nothing like your B/W images, but I am happy with this one.

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    I ended up riding 60 odd kms so if I can and the smoke stays away I will sneak out this afternoon for another 20 kms to chip away at my target.

    Hope you all have a great weekend.

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    Hi Wade: I'm very pleased with Magura's MT5 brakes. The rotor is in nice shape, it really is. They are a night and day difference with the Tektro Gemini's that are on the Fatboy. Not sure why I read so much grief from other riders about Magura's, based on how they've worked for me and the Haibike. There was a good touring story over on Bike Forums by a guy who frequents that site. He was, I believe, on his mtb in a place where there were T-Rex foot impressions among other dinosaurs in the rock. I want to think it was in Utah. He wrote of these Goatheads being all over the landscape out there and how easily it was to flatten out a tire. Sounds very nasty. Nothing like that here except we have those sticker bushes, but that is easily avoided.

    Surly: This wildfire business has to be the dominant news story in Australia. Sad to see they are still raging. The cost in wildlife might never be known, very sad.

    That tree by your bike must be very, very old.


    All the best to everybody. I've not been on the bike as I have been, kinda doing Operation Cut and Gather Firewood in order to fill up for next year's heating season. I want to collect as much as I can now in order I can put the truck down and do some major work on her I planned on doing this summer, but due to the ole left shoulder issues, could not.

    All of your reports here help keep me going, too.

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    Mike, the plant that provides goat heads is a weed that grows flat against the ground. They disburse the nasty goat heads following the bloom cycle and wind, rain and animals move em all around. Unfortunately, if they are in large numbers, they load tires with many, many holes. Be grateful that they are not prolific in your neck of the woods.
    On the brakes side of things... I use organic pads for the simple fact that they do not eat rotors as a staple of their diet! Metallic or sintered bronze are nasty! Looks to be organic pads you chose as well. Nice, quiet, reliable!
    Actually, Maggy has made a fine product for many years and are keeping it reliable.
    I am a fan of Hope products since they are a CNC, billet made very well and if I come across a good price on em will buy em up.

    G, You can get battery operated Christmas lights at your loco hardware store just the same... Since politics in this day and age are nasty and utterly repulsive, I don't do politics. I'll try not to throw up!!!
    Tomorrow, I will do up the Mayor with the little things and do some night rides cause it's just fun to be a screwball, on a fatbike! The loco Ace Hardware had em and I couldn't resist last year, just in time for our moonlight ride at Ski Sunlight. My buddy and I had em on our bikes and didn't turn em on until we had left the trailhead and did the sneaky, stop and switch em on. Peeps in the group were pleasantly surprised by the sight of the micro lights and the glow created around our bikes on the snow. All in good clean fun, indeed...
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    Hi Wade! I found the blog in crazyguyonabike by the cyclist Stuart Black. He's toured around the country and put together some very well written, researched, photographed travel adventures. Link: https://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/...id=423087&v=7S


    That one is a 17 page story of his journey for finding dinosaur tracks. I was wrong above, it was not Utah......it was your own home state, CO. Southeast CO. It's a 17 pager and I've linked the one page where he talks about these evil goatheads.

    Here in NJ, we have these very tiny stickers that remind me much of your goatheads. They grow on what looks like wild grass and are the size of a pea. Not too bad for bike tires but walking around barefoot around those things will get your attention. With the way development has bulldozed acres of former farmland, to be honest, I don't recall coming across these stickers like I once did as a kid.

    The pads I bought are made by Magura and yes, they are the longer lasting version, called the Performance Line pad, the middle pad between their comfort and race versions, so I believe you are correct.

    The magnets built into the pad means instant alignment with the pistons, really a neat and innovative idea. That's all that needs to be done to attach these pads to the caliper as there is no alignment pins on this particular caliper.

    Cold day this saturday morning, just begging for a bike ride, but Operation Collect Firewood continues...

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    Thanks Wade. We have all the holiday ornaments we need ... will probably pull everything out and set up this weekend.

    I had my personal trainer appointment yesterday, and did a stint on the InBody analysis machine. My Percent Body Fat number has moved from 34.2% when I started using this machine for analysis to the current 21.4%! Down 3.5% since last month alone! Skeletal Muscle Mass has gone from 92.4lbs to 98.8lbs, an upwards step of 6.4lbs in a month!

    My trainer was delighted. I knew I needed to do more lifting when I signed up with the gym last month, this proves that was the right move.

    Oh give me another dry day ... It's another windy, wet, cold day outside. Supposedly a big storm coming in again. Ugh. I'll go to the gym today.

    onwards! G

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    Hi everyone, another day of onshore sea breezes has kept the smoke from the fires blowing in the opposite direction from us today. And plenty of riders took advantage this morning. I had a nice chat to a fellow as I made my way into town. He was kind enough to noddle along on his very nice carbon road bike, he was very interested in my Cross Check. His company had me continue pass my turn around point and I managed another 20 odd Km's for a ride of 62 km.

    One hundred and twenty km over two day's has me on track for 500 kms before Christmas Eve, lets hope I see more of this...

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    One from the mid point of my ride this morning, Newcastle Beach.

    Hope Sunday is kind to you all.

    OZ.

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    Lovely photo, Surly! Wish we were getting some of that kind of weather here ... It's been dismally gray and damp, chilly and windy out. I haven't been riding much the past week and some, other than one nice dry day; getting my cardio in at the gym instead.

    It'll all change soon again. Reminds me I should stop by the bike shop and see what the status on my Onyx hubs is...

    onwards! G

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    G, with Onyx it depends on what's on the shelf. Sometimes there is a lead time although, it's usually short. Their que is rather fast paced.

    Lookin forward to seeing the result of your anticipation. Ketchup???
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    Surly: What a warm and inviting photo of Newcastle Beach. Simply wonderful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    G, with Onyx it depends on what's on the shelf. Sometimes there is a lead time although, it's usually short. Their que is rather fast paced.

    Lookin forward to seeing the result of your anticipation. Ketchup???
    I ordered the hubs in anodized red finish. Their order information indicates that beyond a very small subset of standard finishes, they build the parts to order as orders come in. The shop where I ordered it from said their experience is two to six weeks on anything not standard.

    Yesterday was a busy day doing way too much indoors. I finally got out to the gym at 5:30. It was unfortunate as the day was actually a little sunny and dry, but we're in the season now and sometimes I just have to get other things done.

    onwards... G

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    G, the red is a common color so should be rather fast in que. When I dealt directly with Onyx, they mentioned some of the colors are longer since they try to do batches.

    Common colors are red, blue, gold, purple, orange and black.

    If there is a run on hubs, the que gets stretched thin...
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    Hi everyone, G, we will take any or all of the rain that you can spare, Sydney just went to level two water restrictions yesterday. With dam levels falling below 45% and no rain forecast theses restrictions will be in place for some time.

    Thanks Mike if you look closely along the shore line you can see the layers of black ash that is being washed up from the recent and ongoing bushfire crisis we are dealing with at the moment.

    To give you an idea of how this smoke is lingering here is a photo I took riding into work yesterday.

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    We had a very strong sea breeze blowing for most of the day, and It gave me a nice push home when I went out for a ride after work. So riding to work this morning all of that smoke should have been pushed out...

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    It was even worse today, about half an hour after arriving at work it was like the fires were right next to us. The smoke was extremely thick and in Sydney today it was so bad that it was entering buildings and setting off smoke alarms, including the the Rural Fire Service (RFS) headquarters.

    The radar image from this afternoon showing the fires still burning strongly.

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    So excising outside was not an option this afternoon, a strong Southerly change is blowing through at the moment so hopefully the next few days will be a little clearer. I really need to be out on the bike chipping away at my targets for the month, however it would be silly to ride in these conditions. There is a slight chance of a very small amount of rain/showers over the next seven days, but the amounts don't seem to be anywhere near enough to dampen let alone put the fires out.

    And we still have nearly three months of the fire season to come...

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    That's pretty nasty stuff, Surly! A message to the Rain Gods to get off their butts and wet down the area should be sent... Seriously, yeah: Be careful of heavy activity outdoors. It was like that here in '17 or '18 when we had that wildfire up north of me and a wind that delivered all the smoke and ash to the South Bay Area. Yech.

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    Unexpectedly, yesterday was dry and mostly sunny if chill out. I took the opportunity to get in a nice 14 mile run around my usual loop, stopping for a late lunch in Japan Town. I was able to make do with just long cycle pants, an over-jersey, and gloves yesterday. 11.7 mph average speed, consumed 700 calories in 70 minutes of riding.

    And it's even dry today, a bit chillier though. I have a lunch in Cupertino to attend and I'll be able to ride there and back—will use my very warm "all sports" riding jacket and carry the over-jersey in my bag as the jacket might prove to be too warm!

    onwards, always onwards!

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    I rode to my lunch gathering in Cupertino today. It was chilly when I left and I thought, "Hmm, maybe I need the heavier jacket." So I wore my Aero Tech Design SoftShell Multi-Sport Jacket. Luckily, I had the good sense to stuff my usual over-jersey into my bag, and also checked that I could fold up and fit the Aero Tech jacket into my bag too.

    I nearly boiled on the way to the lunch cafe. My gosh, that is a warm warm jacket! It's so comfortable too.. Really great. People who live in colder climates than here should consider it: https://www.aerotechdesigns.com/mens...ng-jacket.html

    It was a fine lunch. I switched to the over-jersey afterwards and ran over to the bike shop that's going to build up my wheels (they're right down the street from the cafe) to check on the Onyx hubs. They're on the way, should be here by Friday! All the guys there are excited, as am I. I'll drop the new rims off to them later in the week.

    The ride home was fast and easy. I had a dozen other things to do so I just arrived home, grabbed the bag of stuff I'd prepared, and ran out for errands and my session at the gym. Good session at the gym too. All lifting because I'd gotten in the cardio with a 13 mile run at 12.4 mph average...

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    Onyx hubs arrived yesterday. Got a call from my buddy there ... "Yeah, we'll wipe the drool off by the time you get here to look at them and provide a rag for you." LOL!

    So I put the top down on the car and jammed the HUGE box with the rims into the passenger seat, then drove over there. "Okay, boys: When I stop drooling, you can clean them up and get to work!"

    The Onyx hubs look superb, make the standard hubs look like they're made of cheese-whiz. Eric, the wheel builder, says he may have the wheels laced and ready for brakes and cassette by Tuesday.

    I could just swap the tires and tubes over from the OEM wheels, but eh? What the heck? I have a fresh pair of tubes and fresh tires in stock ... The current front tire is still the original I put on when I got the bike, 5000+ miles ago.

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    No ride yesterday ... It's the crazy time and there was just too too much to do all day! Maybe today.

    Onwards, always onwards!
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    Thanks G, the rain god paid us a visit this morning with a light drop, unfortunately it appeared to be directly over our house and no farther

    And the forecast is light on again for anymore rain, at least the onshore winds of the last few days has pushed the smoke inland.

    So I did not ride this morning and my wife and I went for a drive up to Nelson Bay for lunch and a walk around. Its a very pretty place which has lots of beautiful beaches and walking trails.

    Mike I found this Fisher 32 for sale at the marina...

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    always wanted to own one of these and priced at $99000 sadly I won't be owning this one

    Anyway I managed a ride this afternoon of around 35 kms which has me covering 325km for the month so far. So my target of 500 kms before the 23rd of December is on track. If the weather holds fair I will be able to clear that target and have a few easy days before starting the Festive 500 proper.

    Hope you all have a great weekend.

    OZ.

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    Surly, some great pictures. Nice job.

    I haven't ridden in a few weeks. It's been cold and nasty. G, I will take a look at that jacket, maybe Santa will get me one

    I got my Crosstrail into the basement and set it up on the trainer. I rode the last 2 evenings. It felt great to be pedaling again. I needed the break, not the sickness but the break allowed my legs, back, shoulders and neck to recover. I've been fishing a little too. Some small striped bass and great sunrises and sunsets.
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    Surly, those smoke pictures look like you used a color filter on them. That is incredible. The old sailboat looks cool too. I spent the majority of my life near Lake Erie. I loved being out on boats with my friends that owned them, but I never pulled the trigger on a boat myself. I have a small fishing boat, but it would not be wise to take it out on the big lake. It gets whipped up quickly when the weather changes.

    Ram, That jacket looks pretty nice. The price isn't bad either. I am looking at these https://www.framedbikes.com/collecti...bike-bibs-mens

    Chief, where is that photo?

    On my side, the trip to China and Thanksgiving coupled with the lack of riding did me in. I definitely need to get back on track. My work schedule has been pretty demanding and the freeze thaw is making a mess of things. My outdoor riding has been limited. I did get a trainer and a program to take away excuses.

    Global Fat Bike Day was pretty cool. One of the local shops brought some demo bikes. Some folks who were just out in the park tried them out. I wound up meeting some new friends. I didn't get pictures, between the riding and shooting the bull I just forgot.

    I am hoping to get some riding back down in Columbus this weekend as I am headed that way to watch some of the kids I used to coach wrestle. Fingers crossed.

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    Mike, that pic was from last Saturday morning at Island Beach State Park in NJ. It was chilly.
    Have fun at the matches. Where did you coach? Ex-wrestler here. I just reconnected with my high school coach via FB. we got together and had a blast going over old times. I thanked him for helping me realize how tough I was. That sport is the best.

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    Ram, That jacket looks pretty nice. The price isn't bad either. I am looking at these https://www.framedbikes.com/collecti...bike-bibs-mens ...
    I hope you manage to get some more riding time in, tex.
    Those bibs look great, but way too much for the weather around here. The Aero Tech Design jacket does me more service as a walking jacket for when it's rainy and windy around here, because it becomes too warm except for a couple of times per winter season to ride in. My usual outfit of a set of fleece lined long cycle pants (also Aero Tech Design) and an over jersey, along with some nice gloves, does well enough for most of the chilly, damp days here.

    I generally don't go out when the ground is wet, although I'll keep riding if it starts to rain. Reason being that my bicycle is stored in the living room; when the ground is wet, the amount of grit and schmutz I have to clean off it before even taking it into the condo just consumes too much time and I'd rather not...

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    Thursday was a busy-ish morning with my usual breakfast gathering and a doctor's appointment, followed by a coffee-lunch gather with some friends. I managed to zip home from the doctor, change clothes, and get out on the bike to go to the lunch gather. It sprinkled lightly on me for a bit on the way there and I was thinking, "Well, Dave'll be there with his truck, maybe if it starts to pour I'll get him to nip me a ride home.." Luckily, it didn't rain further, the sun came out, and it warmed up so I got to ride a whole loop.

    It became warm enough, and I was trucking on so hard and getting so warm, I was almost back down to my summer cycle shorts and a t shirt by the time I got home. All the workouts and the upper and lower body lifting sessions at the gym are having an effect: cycling at a consistent 85-95 cadence now is becoming effortless and sweet. And 15 miles is definitely becoming a short ride!

    Stats: 14.1 miles, 12.1 mph average speed, 754 calories consumed. It rained about an hour after I arrived back home...

    Oh yeah: I carried the Polaroid SX-70 with me, looking for some snaps from which to make my annual holiday cards. I found four holidayish themed photos, and have selected one to work with for the cards. Woo Hoo!!

    onwards! G

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    Surly: Sure wish we could import this rain over to Newcastle and the surrounding countrysides. It just feels like we have been in a consistent cloudy weather pattern with threats of rain. Because of that, no bike riding.

    That hazy sun rise looks much like those mornings around here in the dead air of a hazy, hot and very humid day in the height of summer. The kinds of days where just a little bit of movement has one sweating; when the overnight temperature never drops below 85 degrees. That sun reminds me of a tough day ahead. As it has been for you good people down in Oz. Still thinking of that poor little Koala bear caught up in the wildfires, just can't get that out of my head, this loss of wildlife that no one there has a clue as to the numbers lost. Really an ongoing tragic situation.

    Nice looking motorsailer, Surly. That canoe end would be great in rough seas compared to a broad sided stern. Our old USCG 44 foot motorlifeboats, the kind that could turn over after a capsize, featured a somewhat similar rounded stern. Those old naval architects knew what they were doing.

    Well, the towpaths are likely to be little traveled by folks on this rainy saturday. The Haibike sits, waiting for some clear weather.

    Hope everyone has a fine weekend.

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    Ramarren, Looking forward to pictures of those new hubs laced up. Onyx is what I'd get if I could swing it.
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    Thanks Mikbur! The anticipation is delicious! Can't wait to see the built wheels...

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    Saturday morning dawned overcast and chill, somewhere in the 40°F range, but warmed up to the 50°s by the start time for my ride to the park and Breakfast with The Boyz. Thinking of my experience on Tuesday, I stuffed one of my over-jerseys into the bag and wore the all-sport jacket when I set out.

    Saw a couple of my neighbors and their kids as I was leaving and gave them a bell, they all waved as I sped off down the street. All of the gym workouts are definitely having a significant effect: my legs feel so good now, spinning in the high 80s and low 90s is near to effortless, the slightly damp road just flies past underneath me. Not too wet, but I know I'm going to have to clean the bike before I bring it to the shop for the final step in fitting the new wheels.

    I took the longer loop down the park—had the time, wanted the mileage. You can tell it's near to winter and holidays, there's a different feel to the traffic, a different mix of crud on the streets. When you ride the same route as often as I do, all the little changes over the seasons become noticeable and interesting.

    With the chill and damp, only a small number of the usual suspects were at the meetup point in the park, and they were eager to get on with the walk so they could get indoors into dry and warm again. Temperatures were slowly climbing and I could feel myself beginning to get too hot in the jacket, but I figured I'd wait it through breakfast and decide after whether it was time to switch back to the jersey. I blasted up the path to my usual turnaround point after the meetup—along the river, under the freeway and up to the southern tip of the airport at the top of a steep climb in the path—and flew past the walkers on the way back to the cafe.

    After breakfast, temperatures were in the 56°-57°F range and I knew the jacket would be too much, so I swapped to the jersey. It was a little chilly at first, but the sun had come out and the roads dried up some: I was warm in a few minutes. I decided to head home rather than take the extended loop through Japan Town and took the shorter of two loop routes. It's not *that* much shorter, only a mile or so, but it brings me through a little shop area on The Alameda. Definitely a different timbre to the traffic on a Saturday morning now. People are rushing to the stores, to the shopping center, etc. This will get more noticeable still as the next week progresses.

    I was in the zone: Cranking along seemingly without thought, making every light, just spinning and settled into my pace. Laughed as I ran up the long incline around the university area, I remembered when I first did this leg and was on the electric bike that I downshifted and added power to keep my pace at around 13 mph. Now I'm not even downshifting and maintaining 16-17 mph through the same leg with no electric assist at all. Very satisfying.

    Down the last blast to home, one of the guys who lives in the condo complex next to mine was out with his new young puppy. It's obvious he loves this new friend so much, I waved as I passed and shouted, "Cute puppy! What's his name?" He broke into a big smile, "Thanks! Joshua!" The dog turned his head to follow me as I passed, jumped into his master's arms, and they crossed the street together. Really such a tender moment. I only get these moments on the bicycle.

    Home again, home again... an hour and a quarter riding time, 15+ miles, 12.1 mph average, and another 750 calories down. Hot shower and back into the warmth and dryness of my condo. What better way to start the day?

    onwards, always onward! G

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    The Mayor has had a makeover...

    Now sporting the V4 frame in a metallic red that is stunning! Geometry has changed slightly from the V3 as has the addition of sliding dropouts. That red is like I should be tasting raspberry or strawberry pie filling when I look at it.
    It appears to be a transparent red sprayed or powdered over a glass bead aluminum frame and has depth on par with the ocean! Purple parts landed on Sunspot cause it contrasts better with the yellow...
    With the rear sliders slammed in, there is room to spare for the 4.8's to spin along without issue. 5.05's should be no worries on 100mm rims as well for the powder day rides!

    And, yus, the Christmas lights are on the wheels for the proper attire of the post GFBD time of year...
    A special thanks to Big John's Ace Hardware in Glenwierd Springs for the lights!! And the complimentary popcorn...

    G, how you holding up to the anticipation?? New bottle 'o ketchup!?!?!
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    Sup Fattys! Been reading this great thread and it really speaks to how fun these bikes are. After years of commuting on skinny tire bikes, in 2015 I got tired of flats and dealing with the perilous roads on Oahu. I demo’d and bought my Fatboy and commuted on it daily to work at Pearl Harbor. People thought it was goofy, but going up and down curbs and through rough asphalt areas made it perfect. Despite it sounding like a CH53 Helo buzzing down the pavement, the carbon frame made it pretty sporty.

    I spent weekends goofing off on Ford Island where I lived. Taught my son to ride on all that free area. I recently got a full susp bike for the mountains now that I am in Socal, but no bike has ever inspired me to ride quite like the Fatty.
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    Welcome to the thread, Hawkspring!

    Sunday's Ride Report was a 40 mile round trip from Homebase up north to Bordentown, NJ and the D&R towpath to Trenton, NJ. From there, it was to the Trenton Makes bridge, crossing over into PA, then at Morrisville, PA, hooking up on a south bound run on the D&L Canal to Tullytown, PA, turning around and back tracing my route until I reached the Kinkora Rail Trail down to the Conrail mainline, turning around and finally, rolling up to Homebase.

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    At the head of the D&R Canal at Bordentown, just off the pedestrian walkway on the NJ Transit RiverLine bridge over Crosswicks Creek. It is cold, damp and gray, a repeat of the past 3-4-5 days, I forget the last when the sun shined. The ground is completely soaked from the recent rains of Friday and Saturday.

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    Self portrait at the River View Plaza office buildings along the Delaware River, Trenton NJ. This is just a few hundred feet north of the Trenton Thunder AA baseball stadium.

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    Talk about perfect timing! Just as I was about to pass the closed for the season Dairy Queen in Morrisville, a Conrail freight, featuring 2 CSX diesels, was making it's way from it's yard work near the river and heading back to the Conrail Yard in Morrisville.

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    The engines make a fairly sharp left turn alongside the Dairy Queen parking lot and climbs uphill a ways. This is but a once a day occurence and the timing of me being here to watch this freight action is just as perfect as it's every likely to get.

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    End of the train, all empties. Heavy industrial activity in this area is but a mere shadow of what it once was, but still, this was a treat. I would later see this freight train enter it's yard limits as it went over a train bridge just north of the brand new D&L tunnel, where 2 railroad freight lines cross over the canal....

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    To access the towpath for points south on the D&L, you go behind the Quality Inn at Morrisville. Here I am, a bit to the south of the Inn, with the brand new D&L Tunnel that goes under the Conrail Mainline where it empties into Morrisville Yard. To the left of this photo is the 4 or 6 track Northeast Mainline of Amtrak, once built and owned by the mighty Pennsylvania Railroad.

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    The "Twin Tunnels" of the D&L, which goes underneath busy Route 13 at Tullytown, PA. I'm coming up on my turnaround point....

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    Tullytown, PA. 3 miles north of Bristol, PA and Chief 500 country. I believe I'm about 18 miles in, another 18 to backtrack, not counting my run on the Kinkora. Chief: The canal is fully watered all the way from Morrisville.

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    Looking at the south portal of the new D&L tunnel. For a brief moment, the sun came out and lit everything up real bright, but by the time I got my camera out, it had gone in.

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    Here is that bridge over the canal that the Conrail freight train passed on it's way to it's yard.

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    Morrisville, PA and the Trenton Makes Bridge that I will take to cross back into NJ

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    At the Trenton Thunder parking lot, I need to climb the bike path to get atop the park which sits above the Route 29 expressway, Trenton NJ. Click on the photo to see the long pathway that acts as a kind of staircase in making that climb (note, it is not the stairways you see in the picture)

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    This park is about a quarter to half mile long, really a nice walking park with a great view of the Delaware River. 40 years ago, this was all abandoned brownfields, before the coming of the I-295 and Route 129 roadways going through the Abbott Marshland

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    Finally, closer to Homebase and the Kinkora Rail Trail Project and the latest progress update shows some nice wood fencing on the west side of the Route 130 tunnel. Here, the old rail grade is elevated, due to the swampland of Crafts Creek on my left here.

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    The final photo, this one closer to the Conrail NJT mainline at Kinkora, shows more fencing put up since my last time here. Meanwhile, across the mainline, clearing operations of the wooded area along the Delaware River back channel is underway, this phase of the project will find the bike path, after cross the railroad mainline, running directly inside the old John A Roebling and Son's Steel Mill property.

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    Hiya Hawkspring, and welcome to the Bear Channel!

    The fat never will be beat when it comes to goofing off on two wheels.

    Bear report is in...
    OldBear is going in for surgery this week to replace the battery in his pacemaker. After 5 years, the battery is on its way out and needs replacement.

    First ride on the new Mayor! What a great ride, indeed... Feels a little different with more standover than the V3 had. The shorter chainstays are very noticeable in the handling dept. A defined improvement to play factor with the sliders all the way forward. The red is just amazing in sunlight!

    Mike, my bikes are allergic to pavement! Great pix as always, my friend. Great day of riding da fat as those pix show...
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    Wade: The anticipation is making me tingle all over..

    Hawk: Welcome to the Fat Biking & Health thread! Nice photos!

    Mike: Always a great set of photos... looks like a fine ride! A could of train nut friends of mine would be gaga to tour the rails through that area.

    No ride yesterday, I spent the day working on Stuff at my desk. A pain but every so often you just have to catch up.

    One of the things I did was finally get my new computer configured and ready to do some photo processing again. So I was able, finally, to scan and render a photo I made with the Polaroid on Thursday morning's ride:


    heh heh heh! They were very accommodating subjects.
    Onwards, always onwards.

    G

    PostScript: While eating breakfast, I look over at the bike and, what da?, the rear tire is flat. Sigh. With the new work stand, it was a piece of cake to pick it off the ground, take the wheel out, find the teensy little pinprick of a wire hole in the tube, find the wire in the tire and remove it, clean everything, patch, and refit the wheel. I'm happy!

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    Hi everyone and welcome Hawk, bringing some skills to the Bear channel hope to see you around regularly.

    Speaking of that great to see you with a fresh report Mike, I am a little surprised that you can get so close to the trains. Most of that stuff is well and truly fenced off down here. That new trail is a great addition to your rides, the local paper had another story about an old railway line being converted into a bike path. Unfortunately it's the same story that has been doing the rounds the last ten years, maybe it will get done one day.

    Hi G, cannot say I have ever seen a Christmas Dragon before, I see a tubeless set up in your future

    Thanks for the Old Bear update Banshee, lets hope the update goes well and the big man is back riding and posting soon.

    As for my milage target for the month, I had a few days off the bike as my tennis elbow is playing up, its been good for a few years too, shame its come now as the smoke has settled elsewhere this week. Anyway as I only have to cover 170 old km before the 23rd to tick off my first 500 km for the month I can spare a few days off the bike as I start holidays on Friday.

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    Wade, Banshee and Surly: Thanks, guys. It felt like years when I set off the bike. Just too much time of her, due to bad weather.

    Wade: With what appears to be a new fatbike in your arsenal, we await pictures of the beast. Looks like you are really sold on the RSD brand. Tried PM'ing you the other day, but your files were filled.

    G: Thanks! After the 9-11 attacks, railroad police really cracked down on walking the rails, aka trespassing, in their terms. Heck, I've read where even photographers would be harrassed by railroad police, in particular New Jersey Transit, when those photographers were doing their thing, taking train pics on public property, including rail platforms.

    Surly: Seems like you have your mileage quota under control and it sounds like a nice goal to attain for any bicyclist to try. Thinking again of your homeland as we again have been soaked with rain for the past 2 days. On my ride Sunday, to ride off trail meant riding in mud, so soaked the ground is. The Eternal Puddles over on the D&R Towpath and the I-295 twin overpasses are at full capacity from the above run-off. Of course, I'm not into riding my clean e-mtb through this stuff, so I have a little off trail hook to ride onto, avoiding the puddle.

    The US has a few rail road rights of way that go onto city streets, most of them being much bigger in scope then this little passage in Morrisville. But it really was a colorful and aurally delightful treat to see this once-daily freight move by at the exact moment I arrived at the tracks. It is such a rare event, this is a first for me. There is a site on youtube called virtual railfan. They put up rail cams throughout the country for railfans to watch trains pass by that particular area. Here is some street running by the big CSX freights in a small town in Kentucky called LaGrange. Very tight, those streets, parking slots and the main line going down the middle. You have the ability to review the past 12 hours by just running your mouse cursor on the bottom tool bar. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJ5cg83D5AE

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    Oz: Holiday dragons are rare, I agree. The Halloween dragon I've seen three years running now, but this the first time I've seen the Holiday dragons in the wild.

    I doubt I'll ever go tubeless. The few minutes it took to fix the flat is trivial, considering that this is only the fourth puncture in 5000+ miles and a year and a half of close-to-daily riding, and it's so easy to do without having to deal with sealant goop. One of those flats would never have been saved with sealant ... it was a 2-inch plus long slash through the tire and tube.

    The new carbon rims are tubeless ready in case I ever feel the need, but even the guys at the bike shop agree it would be mostly silly and more of a pain in the butt than anything else for my riding.

    Mike: Yeah, the SOBs that perpetrated 911 won. They changed American culture forever. Don't get me started, I'll say things that are more emotional than sensible.

    The holidays and all the fuss and bother put a cramp in my riding time, I never did get time to go out yesterday. I did manage to get my workout in at the gym, which included a half hour on the elliptical machine, so I'm not reverting to an obese potato... Yesterday was upper body, today I'll do lower body, and if the gods of weather smile on me I'll get a nice 12 mile ride in beforehand.

    My shoulders and arms are still pumped up from yesterday's workout. Feels good! I'll be a gym bunny by the time I hit 70 for sure... LOL!

    onwards, always onwards! G

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    Yesterday I rode a full loop, about 13 miles, with a nice 90 minute break for coffee and snack with a couple of friends in the middle. It was a fast ride: 13 miles in an hour for a 12.3 average speed, and soaked up 600 calories plus or minus. Cold too, it was 41°F when I left, about 53°F when I arrived back home. Had a quick lunch of soup and toast, then off to the gym for a lower body workout and the hydromassage machine ... aaaaah!

    Feels so good!

    Onwards, always onwards! G

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    Wade, Banshee and Surly: Thanks, guys. It felt like years when I set off the bike. Just too much time of her, due to bad weather.

    Wade: With what appears to be a new fatbike in your arsenal, we await pictures of the beast. Looks like you are really sold on the RSD brand. Tried PM'ing you the other day, but your files were filled.
    Mike, give it a try again, I broke down and managed the mailbox...

    Yus, RSD is a top notch operation. Try getting support from the other company after hours or on a weekend.
    The new bike is working out very well. Now if it would snow!

    G, whaddabout the damn wheels??? And, yus, the repair stand is very helpful for the routine repairs. You'll be grateful for that utility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
    I am starting this thread to allow some of us a way to share our rides and the benefits we gain from our rides healthwise. I am a 62 yr old cyclist that has weighjt and health issues. I ride a bout six days a week on local bike paths and trails . I have congestive heart failure (chf), diabetes type 2 and arthritis. When I first got back into cycling I weighed 329 lbs. Currently (3 months later) I am down to 289 lbs and My health has shown marked improvement. My bike that I ride currently is a Mongoose Dolomite. I used to ride a Marlin singlespeed but I need more a wider range of gears for my arthritic knees. Being on a fixed income I couldn't afford an expensive fat bike so I swallowed my pride and bought a big box store bike.
    Hi y'all!
    This is the very first post I wrote almost 5 1/2 years ago. I thought it might be a bit nostaligic to bring this back and salee how far I have come and to let newer tribe members and lurkers see exact what spawned FB&H.
    I havent posted in quite awhile so I'll bring everyone up to speed. I now weigh 210lbs. Its been 6 years of struggle and funfor me while much joy and yes sorrow. We have all seen many fampy members come and go each sharing their varied rides and experiences . last August I lost the oove of my life and the matriarch of our tribe my wife Sue. She was referred to as 'mama bear' and truly she was. Her passing hit
    my family hard and myself harder. You all have seen my sporadic posts and I do apologize for that.
    Now to some recent news. I am averaging 20-25 miles six days a week. Thats good news. Now on the health front, it's time for my pacemaker replacement. It will be my 3rd. I knew it was coming and that the it was time. However last Saturday morning at 5:30 am the audible low battery sound woke me up. The European alert threw me for a loop. I thought some emergency alert was coming to my phone. Theproblem was my phone was on my night stand and the alert tone was coming from the left side of my chest. Oh oh! So i went to the ER. 29 they did an check, or interogation of my ICD, said that I needed to call my cardiologist. It hasbeen waking me up at 5:30am every morning since Saturday.
    The ER Dr. Told me that the chest Xray they did revealedan old iniury that has sprung up in my left upper chest. It seems that a bad wreck I had in 2016, was masked by the layer fat. Lol so now there's a rib out of place. He gave me two shootsand scripts and sent me home.
    So, now I'm awaiting two surgeries.
    Until later,
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    Hi everyone, and great to hear from you Bear not what you wanted for Christmas, hope all goes well.

    Don't want to sound like a broken record but our ongoing bush fire crisis is just that.

    Yesterday was Australia's hottest day on record with the temp averaged 41.9 dec C ( 107 f ), and its every bit of that in our part of the woods today. The fires have flared around Sydney with 40 houses lost this afternoon and fire fighters injured. And a strong southerly wind change coming through now will lower temps but push the fires in a different direction.

    This afternoons radar image of the smoke plumes...

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    The same as the last few weeks sadly. Again any rain you want to send please do, as these are fires unlike any we have seen before.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    ... This afternoons radar image of the smoke plumes...
    You can't see the current day, but it's very interesting to click on "Satellite Detections of Fire" then zoom in on SE Aus, tab through the days.

    https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    You can't see the current day, but it's very interesting to click on "Satellite Detections of Fire" then zoom in on SE Aus, tab through the days.

    https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/
    that is cool.

    Old Bear, good luck with your upcoming surgery. We will put prayers up for you.

    It is cool to see everyone riding and putting up reports. I have been riding a little and mixing the trainer in. The weather went from mid 40sF to well below freezing in short time. This ride was in Maumee along the Maumee River Fat Biking and health-9626e574-61c9-49bb-9b37-6857bea4bffb.jpg

    It was 12 degrees for this ride, This was at the DTE Foundation Trail
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
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    G, whaddabout the damn wheels???
    ...
    Built and ready to be installed ...


    They are so light!
    Riding up to Cupertino to have them installed in 20 minutes. Back later.

    Onwards! G

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    Hi everyone, thanks Canoe thats a great website plenty to look at I have bookmarked it.

    Tex that brown landscape looks much better with a coat of snow, easy for me to say that as don't have to deal with the cold

    G are those wheels light or are your gym workouts paying off Wheels look great hope they ride well.

    As for myself I started holidays today and I have to tick off 35kms a day to reach my target of 500km by Christmas Eve. Not a lot of distance but my tennis elbow is still a little sore, even after I gave it six days off the bike. So the next few mornings will see me riding the Fernleigh Track to cover the miles.

    Still their are worse places to ride your bike...

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    Much cooler today and less smoke haze, sadly its not expected to last long

    Anyway hope you are all well.

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    Oz, I don't mind the cold, I think it is better than smoke. When the snow blows in the air is so fresh you can't describe it and everything gets quiet because snow absorbs sound. Each little flake is built like a little an-echoic panel.

    I have been using that website Canoe shared to see the scale of the smoke and fire you are dealing with. With that website is you can compare different times of day and see how the winds shift the smoke. There are so many fires it is incredible. You guys need some rain.

    Ram, next shot needs to be of those wheels on a bike

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    As you wish:





    Took a ride back to the shop this afternoon as it was beautifully sunny and dry out. They transferred the rotors and cassette from the OEM wheels, fitted the new wheels to the bike. Took about 40 minutes.

    Took the opportunity to weigh the wheels ... the new wheels save 108g on the rear wheel, 395g on the front wheel. More important than the total weight savings is how the weight is distributed and the action of the Onyx freehub: it's utterly silent and has no slop at all. Shifting gears is smoother and faster, and the wheels spin up faster.

    I rode it home with the tire pressures too low (around 15 psi) so I pumped the pressure up to my usual 26 psi when I arrived home and took another short ride. Spin up is really fast! The feel of the carbon rims is quite different ... feels "plush" to me.

    The bike looks nicer without the frame bag. I took it off and will see how I fare using just my riding shoulder bag and a small Ortlieb Saddle Bag Two.

    Very happy!

    onwards! G
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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    ...

    G are those wheels light or are your gym workouts paying off Wheels look great hope they ride well.

    ...
    We weighed the bare wheels as you see me holding them, then weighed the OEM wheels after stripping them of rotors and cassette to compare.

    Carbon rear 3040g
    OEM rear 3148g

    Carbon front 2780g
    OEM front 3175g

    Weight from OEM to Carbon:
    R -108g
    F -395g

    (BTW: You can deduce how much the tire, tube, rim tape spokes, nipples, and hubs weigh for each wheel because I also weighed the bare rims ... 666g for one of them, 672g for the other. I don't know which one went on which wheel (didn't mark them) but call it 668g each and the rest is the additional parts of the wheel assembly, sans brake rotor and cassette.)

    Not a huge lot, as expected ... about 1.1 Lbs US. I didn't do this for the weight savings; I did it because I felt the original hubs were mediocre quality (to wit: three sets of bearings in the rear hub/freehub in a year and a half, and no parts available for the freehub anymore!). I figured as long as I was going to build new wheels with expensive hubs, might as well go for the gusto and go to carbon rims too. The carbon rims weren't cheap, but they weren't so expensive as to make me cringe; the Onyxx Racing hubs were more costly!

    The dynamics of the new hubs and rims are the added benefit. The silent freehub, the instant zero-lash engagement, and the re-distribution of where the mass of the wheel assembly is ... plus the different feel of the carb vs alloy rims! ... are the plus part.

    They just feel so light sitting on the one finger per wheel that I was holding them up with in that photo...

    G

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    We weighed the bare wheels as you see me holding them, then weighed the OEM wheels after stripping them of rotors and cassette to compare.

    Carbon rear 3040g
    OEM rear 3148g

    Carbon front 2780g
    OEM front 3175g
    ...
    My Dolomite's rubber, one tire, one tube & one rim strip, comes in at 3636g.
    The front wheel without any rubber bits, is 2226g.
    Together, 5862g.
    More than double yours...

    And the rear's got the gears and the dork-protector.

    Ballpark, compared to your wheels, my wheels are heavier by 13.5 frigging pounds!

    Perhaps I should start filling them with helium.

    I'd say my wheels would spin for longer, but they've got the cheap stock bearings, so that ain't too likely.
    I'm sure mine takes longer to brake too, but I'd blame that on the brakes, not the extra mass nor momentum.

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    FCC now weighs in, total, at 26.5 lbs give or take an ounce or two. Your wheels sound pretty heavy!

    G

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    FCC now weighs in, total, at 26.5 lbs give or take an ounce or two. Your wheels sound pretty heavy! G
    Front wheel, stock: 5862g
    Rear wheel, stock plus dork-protector & granny gear: 6532g
    Wheels: 12394g / 27.32 pounds

    My wheels weigh 0.82 pounds more than your bike...

    7272g, 16 pounds, of that is rubber.

    Good thing that dork-protector is aluminum.
    Maybe they make them in carbon fibre.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
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    Good thing that dork-protector is aluminum.
    Maybe they make them in carbon fibre.
    Of course they do...

    https://www.wmsracing.com/instructio...ct_install.pdf
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    PM Response from old friend Dr Pepper! :)

    Last week, I got to thinking of the folks who were regular posters on our Fatbiking & Health Forum; in particular good friend Dr Pepper, aka PhdPepper. The last I recall from him here, he was due to try an overnight camping trip on Sir Fatsalot. Alas, we did not get to hear how the trip went, and then time passed on and it seemed Dr Pep dropped off. So I thought I'd try to make contact with him to see how he was doing. His PM arrived today and it seems he is doing great; is back in the states, but busy as ever helping our Veterans with his work in the Veterans Administration in Oregon. He gave me permission to post his remarks and here they are below:

    Mike,
    Great to hear from you!
    I'm very glad to hear the FBnH thread is going strong!

    I DID go on that 3-day bikepacking trip, albeit with my Trek, Farley, since that's the one set up for longer hauls. It was AMAZING and I'm sorry I wasn't able to jump on with a report and pics.
    I went with 5 other guys and we had a great time riding through the Black Forest, down the Rhine to Strasbourg, and back up into the Forest. I used a hammock with a hammock tarp and got many strange looks from the Germans but it worked a treat and I always found a place to hang it. I had about 30lbs of gear which was work on the harder climbs and we found it worth it to stick to the German bike paths (mostly unpaved) rather than true singletrack. A fantastic lifelong memory for sure!

    I was able to do a couple more shorter bikepacking trips in Germany before I left.

    I still have all three fatties, the Kona (Adipose Rex), Growler (Sir Fatsalot) and Trek (Farley). I still have uses for all three although the Growler has become more niche for me. Generally, I use Farley for my commuting which I'm able to do 2-3 days a week, and still hope to do a couple bikepacking trips a year. I ride Adipose Rex for DH since it has a front suspension and I generally can keep up with my 27/29er buddies. Fatsalot has been relegated to off-trail and snow use (and friend rides for folks wanting to try a fattie) - but I don't plan to get rid of any of them any time soon.

    As you may have inferred, my tour in Germany ended and I'm back CONUS - I am now working my day job for the VA in Oregon treating veterans. I just completed my month reserve time at Fort Lewis and enjoyed connecting with several of my biking friends there.

    So, I'm still riding - although admittedly not as much as I'd like - and also looking for a gym to try to get back to 2-3x a week as well. Overall health remains a big goal for my physical and mental well-being!

    Life is keeping me busy enough that I'm staying away from most forums since I find myself posting when I should be working
    Please say hello and highest regards and warm wishes for the FBnH crew! (and feel free to post this there)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    FCC now weighs in, total, at 26.5 lbs give or take an ounce or two. Your wheels sound pretty heavy!
    Correction: Yesterday after my ride, and after I'd removed the frame bag and moved all the little gear bits that were always in there, I became curious as to what the measured weight was again because my 26.5 lb figure was calculated based on what I'd measured when I first bought the bike with all OEM equipment then plus and minus the differential weights of all the components I'd changed on it (seat, grips, drive system, brakes, OTTOlock and mount, now wheels, hubs, spokes, etc etc). I thought it was time for another weight measurement to re-establish an accurate reference baseline.

    Long and short of it that the actual, ready to ride measured weight now is just about precisely 28.5 lbs, about two pounds more than the calculated weight I had. Still darn light for a fatty! I guess I could spend another couple of grand on carbon seat post, stem, bars, etc, and approach that 26.5 lb number ... Naaah. Let's not and just imagine I did.



    --- ride

    Saturday came up clear but chilly, 41°F when it was time to leave for my morning ride. I put my regular over-jersey in my bag and pulled on the heavier jacket when I set out. Dang, that jacket is warm! Temps had risen to 43-45°F by the time I got to the meetup point then the cafe for Breakfast afterwards and I was sweating! Amazing. Utterly comfortable and warm, if damp. Only my nose and ears were complaining from the chill.

    The ride was my usual extended loop, on the way to the meetup I dipped down into San Jose downtown and was reminded that the annual "Christmas in the Park" event was going on right in the middle of my usual path. So when breakfast was over, I took a slightly different route to nip through Japan Town and avoid the traffic down by the event. It took a mile or so off the total route but let me cycle with much less stopping.

    A nice fast, run ... the wheels (now with tires inflated to my usual 26 psi) felt absolutely great and spin up beautifully. I think I'll have my buddy at the LBS make a small tuning adjustment to the derailleur: engagement down to the smallest cog is a tiny bit sluggish, probably the cassette is slightly offset outwards by the new hub. And of course the front brake is being a little fussy/noisy because I disturbed it.. I might just pull the wheel, retract the pistons, and refit it to let it settle into what is likely a tiny difference of position on the new front hub as well.

    The funny thing about having an utterly silent rear hub is that now I hear the brakes and they seem much louder than before. Maybe I should just turn up the volume on the music... LOL!

    About halfway through the route home, I realized temps were up to 53°F and I was getting too warm. Stop, swap jacket for jersey, continue. Glad I had both along for the ride! 17.4 miles, 841 calories at 12.2 mph average speed. Life is good!

    onwards!
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    Hi All....I haven't been on the fat bike much. We had a bit of snow, but it didn't stick around long. The temps seems to fluctuate leaving the trails a mess. Today should be in the mid 50s, so I'm off for a ride on the Vaya this afternoon.

    Oz...thought you might like this...my friend and I are doing Surly builds this off season. He is planning a Midnight Special. I decided on a 26" Bituminous gray Disc Trucker. I plan to convert it to 650b. So far, I've pressed in the headset, installed the crank and derailleurs. I've always wanted a dedicated road touring bike. I am toying with the idea of an extended tour this summer.

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    Hi everyone, thanks Tex I really like the idea of riding in snow, one year I will have to get around to doing it. Yes this smoke is next level, the winds the last few days have been blowing it away from us, but its causing problems where ever it goes. A televised cricket match in Canberra had to be called of the other day as the smoke was so thick.

    We have had the slightest fall of rain the last 24 hours, not enough to damp the fires down, however its still a relief.

    G the bike looks fantastic with its new boots a very nice upgrade.

    Mike, its great that you reached out to Pepper and that he is doing well, hope he finds the time for some riding in the new year.

    Terry they both sound like great builds, I really like the Midnight Special, I could see one in my fleet. Unfortunately my good wife cannot The Disc Trucker sound like a great build, my orange Troll posted above is running 650b and feels great. What type of handle bar are you thinking of running? I mention that as I have really dialled the Jones bar in on my Troll the last few weeks and I am liking it more than the drop bar on my C.C

    Well I just ticked off my 500 km this morning to reach my first target of the month. Now I am into the Festive 500 proper and need to ride another 500 by New Years Eve. looks like the weather forecast is good so If the smoke stays away hopefully this year I will get it done.

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    To you and your families and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

    I have really enjoyed connecting with all of you this year, that was not without its challenges, which your kind words and support helped me through.

    Stephen.

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    Hello ALL and Merry Christmas.
    I've been busy, wife, work, family .... You know life. My wife has a clean bill of health. The best Christmas present anyone could ask for.
    It was in the high 50's today and I got home while it was still light out. I got in a loop around town. The trainer in the basement helps but ti isn't the same. Man did that feel good.
    Mike the canal has water all the way down.

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    Hello ALL and Merry Christmas.
    I've been busy, wife, work, family .... You know life. My wife has a clean bill of health. The best Christmas present anyone could ask for.
    It was in the high 50's today and I got home while it was still light out. I got in a loop around town. The trainer in the basement helps but ti isn't the same. Man did that feel good.
    Mike the canal has water all the way down.
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    Did you notice my friend along the canal during your ride? Great pic's.

    Surly, here's hoping you get rain enough to help with the smoke problems there.

    G - THAT bike looks sharp. Ride that in good health.

    Old Bear, so good to see you post here again. The pacemaker battery replace shouldn't be a real big thing. The rib injury is interesting, I hope that work out OK for you. The reduced Old Bear should help with recovery. Best wishes my friend.

    A few pic's from my ride today.
    Looking north up the river.
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    South down river
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    Then up onto Mill Street and a shot of the Christmas tree and my Fuse.
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    Merry Christmas to our Fat Bike family.

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    Chief: No, no canal lady when I went by. I want to think that she is some kind of shelter or hopefully, with family somewhere. The night after that ride brought in the arctic air that is only now starting to stabilize and warm.

    Surly:Thanks. I'm glad to hear Dr Pepper is doing well; glad to know he got in his Germany camping overnighters. I always enjoyed his posts, his enthusiasm for fat biking. You have a nice goal you've set for yourself there; something we all can adapt to our own riding routines. Here's to hoping you meet your goals and beyond, but mostly, hopes and prayers for those wildfires to end.


    No riding since the posting of that ride report as I have been driving the pickup to the northern end of the Lock 1 Canal towpath and cutting, hauling and trucking home a load of fire wood that I will split in the coming month or so, allowing it to cure for next winter's heating season. There was a nice, 40 foot wild cherry tree downed among the other fallen trees up on that end of the towpath, that I cut up into 16 inch long pieces and hauled out 7 at a time using my hand truck that I brought with me.

    Wishing you all a Merry Christmas!

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    Thank you all for the compliments! It came out great.

    It's the holidays ... there's no time for anything right now! ... but I got out for a scant 7 mile blast today. it's still the same bike, but boy oh boy does it feel different and go differently! The silence of the rear hub along with the light feeling when you toss the bike around because the wheels turn more responsively ... and the fact that I've been working on my legs both on the bike AND at the gym now... It's just a gas to go for a ride now.



    I did a mini loop today, just the 7 miles from my place to Hedding on my usual run and (if you look at the usual loop, at the point where the butterfly pinches I turned left rather than going straight or turning right and that took me on the usual "last leg" back to home. I didn't actually get out until nearly 4:30: the air was cold and the sun going down fast, so I was very thankful I had my heavy wind-and-water-proof jacket with me. The run lasted about 35 minutes or so at 12.6 mph, soaked up about 410 calories.

    Maybe I'll get out for another quick blast tomorrow, but I'm not going to make any bets on it.

    A happy holiday to everyone, no matter what holiday you celebrate! Ride safe, be well, and treasure your family and friends!

    Onwards, always onwards! G

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    Trails were muddy, but I did get in a paved ride on the Vaya. I didn't have a lot of time, so I just did a 20 mile loop to the town up from me. It was pretty awesome ride...mostly farmland and a marsh nature preserve. Cool thing about where I live is that we have over 300 miles of paved bike paths.

    Oz...Your Troll looks like an awesome ride. Although I think your CC is my favorite from your Surly fleet. I am going with drops on the Trucker build. I want it to have a retro styling about it. Drops, Brooks saddle, steel fenders, tan wall tires, etc. I have a set of Cowbells and Cowchippers in the parts bin. I might look into the Surly Truck Stop bar as the focus will be comfort. I'll probably go back to flat bars on the Ogre since I have the Trucker. Maybe the Jones or the Mokolo bars on the Ogre?

    Back to fat bike talk...how often are you guys changing your sealant if you are running tubeless? The Mayor tires have given zero issues since I built it last winter, so I am not sure if I should pull the tires and change the sealant or just top it off. I removed the valve core and measured the sealant with a zip tie. It is a bit low.

    Wade...I'll second the great support from RSD. I usually have a response within a couple of hours....After almost a year of riding, I've been happy with my Mayor frame so far

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    Terry, my tubeless wheels need a bit of maintenance... It's been 3 years and now I need to peel the thornproof tube equivalent of dried sealant that has accumulated. That should restore the suppleness and shed some unnecessary dead weight. One thing that I excessively abhor is tires that feel like they are hard as concrete and weigh in like a sack of the damn stuff!

    I'll try to take some pix of the Mayor tomorrow to share with everyone.
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    I probably don’t add sealant as often as I should but with fattystripper system is not that hard. The latex strip adheres to the tire so as long as the tire has been on the strip a while. When it is attached, you simply pull the core and fill. That is a really nice feature.

    It is Christmas Eve. My wife and kids are heading to her sister’s house for a brunch. I am not going because she has several cats and I am severely allergic. So I will be getting a ride while they are gone. Then we will head to my family’s event for dinner and the evening Christmas Eve church service.

    So Merry Christmas everyone. Hopefully you can spend time with your loved ones, including your fat bike.

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    Greetings from California on this Christmas Eve morning! I hope everyone has a good day!

    I posted an album on flickr.com with some better photos of my bike now, sharing it with the folks at BTLOS.

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    I really like how it looks now, particularly sans frame bag.

    Hope to get a ride in today, but it's a question mark. I'm still just getting my holiday cards ready to be mailed!!!

    Onwards, always onwards!

    G

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    G, those wheels are a very nice addition and upgrade for ya! Looks awesome...

    Merry Christmas to all...

    The Mayor will be out playing tomorrow, hopefully in fresh snow with 2-4 psi for the ultimate experience.
    Cannot wait to get a ride in good snow with the fresh, sweet new bike. The geometry changes are slight but the sliding dropouts are the cat's meow. So far, the ride is very nice and enjoyable.

    Chief, great news of Momma being free of that C word...

    Terry, hope you can ride fat sooner than later.

    OZ, may your country get a break from the bushfires very, very soon... The devastation is heart breaking.

    Mike, eat, ride and be merry or sompin like dat!
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    Sunset, Kinkora Rail Trail, Christmas Eve, 24 December 2019.....

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    More clearing operations for the next phase of the rail-trail; this section within the grounds of the former John A Roebling and Sons Steel Mill. This section of upturned ground once hosted numerous railroad spur tracks that went from the PRR/Penn Central Mainline, into the steel mill, either bringinng scrap steel in which would then be melted in the furnaces... Or, to take out finished wire rope and wire product. That all ended in 1974.


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    Finally, in the same area, looking northbound at the former PRR/PC/Conrail main line that runs from Trenton to Camden. Now relegated to being a light rail line during the day and a freight line at night. But in a state that has allowed heavy manufacturing go to other states, there are just one or two businesses to the north of here that get served. No longer do the long freights run twice a night as the line into Morrisville PA and beyond, moving industrial goods of all types, was forever severed when this light rail operation run by the State was completed.

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    Good morning! And a very Merry Xmas to all!

    No ride yesterday (bitter, nasty wind/chill/damp out all day ... and I had to get the holiday cards out to the post office...) but a package arrived unexpectedly: The Ortlieb Saddle Bag Two (1.4L size) arrived only a couple of days after placing the order! Very very quick service from Ortlieb!

    As expected, the new Two version bag shares the same quick release fitting as the original series (I have the larger previous series bag). The new version in this size turns out to be just right for what I wanted/needed. The design is nicely improved, the bag closure now turns forwards and attaches to two clips, one on each side, and the single centered reflector patch is replaced by two reflector patches, one on each rear corner. And they've slotted an outer later of material so you can easily hang a light on it in the center-rear.



    On my bike, the standard light mount ends up being nicely located right underneath the bottom edge of the saddle bag, so I can leave the rear light where it always lives, but if it does get occluded I'd just add the clip mount to the back of the bag and hang it there. Perfect! And much more convenient than the larger Saddle Bag version one.

    My sunglasses in case, my gloves, and a small zippered pouch with patch kit, 5mm allen wrench (for the axles), and my larger headlight fit inside with room to spare; there's even room for my AirPods and iPhone if I should want to go light and just stuff them in. Perfect again!

    It both looks much nicer than the frame bag and it comes off the bike in a few seconds by undoing the securing strap around the seat post and pressing the quick release. Totally waterproof too. Can't get much better than that!

    Cool stuff, thanks Ortlieb! Hopefully it'll be dry today and some time will magically appear to allow me to get out for a ride.

    onwards! G

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    G, my seat bag is the bike's first aid kit. I have a tube, patch kit and multi tool in there along with the required levers for removing a +tire from the plussers. With a narrow seat, I found that a Green Guru large was discrete enough to not drive me off the deep end and it's made with recycled inner tubes.
    Your bag looks very nice and compact as well which has me thinking about one for the Mayor.
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    "...tube, patch kit, multitool, tire levers ..."

    Yes, I believe that will all fit, maybe with a little room to spare. The fat bike tubes are kinda bulky so I have to try that out...

    Which reminds me that I used my last two new Surly tubes when the new wheels were built so I need to order two more. Not every bike shop has them in stock, I like to have spares on hand.

    With the fat bike wheels, I find the tire levers are unnecessary: I need a pair of pliers or snips so I can grab whatever punctured the tire/tube, the hex wrenches needed for my axles (I think both are 5mm but it might be 5mm in the rear and 6mm up front), the patch kit and an air pump. A small multitool is a good idea, I think I have one of those somewhere. A small flashlight as well.

    Still damp and chill out today, I decided to stay home and chill out myself. It is a holiday, after all. I'll resume my workouts and rides tomorrow, looks like we'll be getting some sun and some reasonable temperatures around mid-day.

    Onwards! G

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    With the fat bike wheels, I find the tire levers are unnecessary...
    Wow, that hasn't been my experience. I am running 80mm mulefut rims with Dillingers/FBF&FBR and they are an absolute bear to break the beads loose on, even at home in a controlled environment.

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    Hi everyone, hope you all had a great Christmas, we have had a nice run of perfect temp's and onshore winds that have kept us mostly smoke free for now. Parts of the state had some rain fall on Christmas Day that was well received. I woke to the sound of rain early on Christmas morning, but sadly it was only a brief passing shower. Still it allowed me to head out for a early morning ride. I stopped off at Bar Beach to take in the beautiful morning with the swimmers and surfers out early too.

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    I managed to ride 95 km on Christmas Day and have now ticked off 200 km of the Festive 500.

    Terry sounds like your Trucker build will be very nice. I would recommend a Jones H bar for one of your other bikes. Riding and getting my Troll set up correctly the last few weeks has been an eye opener. Looking at a lot of the other cyclists and my own riding on my CC very few people use the "drops" part of their road handlebars for any length of time. I am finding the Jones bars, by holding the front loop of the bar gives me a nice aero position that I can ride in for long periods of time. I followed a guy today on a very expensive and very aero road bike and he tried to ride me off his wheel, but could only mange a short time on the drops before he had to get back on the hoods. I stayed on the front of the Jones bar for around 3km following him holding around 35 km per hour. And you also have around 3 or 4 other hand positions with the Jones bar too. I love them off road as you can get well back on them and descend with confidence.

    G that bag looks very neat, I tend to carry the kitchen sink when I ride, even tubes that are not my size. I have helped out a few riders over the years with a spare. I nearly needed to use my medical kit today as a group of riders that I was just in front of managed to have a crash. I looked over my shoulder just in time to see one guy going over his bars, he was wearing trainers on his bike so mostly landed on his feet before he rolled forward on the ground. A lady was clipped in and went over the bars hard and took quite a nasty hit. I stopped to see if they needed help, the lady took sometime to get up and a Doctor riding the other way had stopped by then so I left it to them to sort out. A timely reminder to take care when riding with or passing other riders.

    Anyway hope you all get a chance to ride over the holiday period.

    OZ.

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    Hi everyone, back from this mornings ride and I am beginning to see why the Festive 500 is such a challenge. I did not help myself by adding another 500 km for the month too, as my legs really did not want to turn the pedals this morning. As I passed the lake shore at the start of the ride the morning light provided a little boost...

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    I took an easy spin for 46 kms and will need to head out this afternoon for another 35 to inch ahead of the daily mileage target. I am over 700 km for the month which is by far the most I have ever ridden in on month.

    Seems a silly thing to do but its getting me out on the bike and the love of riding is returning.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikbur View Post
    Wow, that hasn't been my experience. I am running 80mm mulefut rims with Dillingers/FBF&FBR and they are an absolute bear to break the beads loose on, even at home in a controlled environment.

    Lay the wheel down, heels at the bead/rim interface and weight down, tire is sloppy as the day is long...
    Some tires fit tighter than others... My FBR's are very tight where my Bud/Lou are not so tight. Either way, I use no tools other than 5-10 Guide Tennies!!


    G, you need to try dismounting my plus tires! The fatty doesn't need levers however, the plusser does! With the plusser, I can mount and inflate my tires with a Micro Drive HV pump with little to no effort.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikbur View Post
    Wow, that hasn't been my experience. I am running 80mm mulefut rims with Dillingers/FBF&FBR and they are an absolute bear to break the beads loose on, even at home in a controlled environment.
    I run Duro Fleetwood tires. On the Specialized OEM alloy rims, I could take them off in ten seconds using my thumbs. I'll see what's needed to get them off the carbon rims when next I suffer a flat, I guess.

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    On my mtb bikes, I carry a spare tube, frame pump, tubeless plug kit, 2-3 zip ties, multi-tool with chain breaker and a quick link. I clean/lube my chains regularly and replace them every year and I've still broken two in the past 5 years. A quick link can mean the difference between walking and riding.

    Oz...First off, congrats on the motivation! I am not sure what the plans are for the Ogre at this point, but I do think something like a Jones or Moloko is in order.

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    OZ: Good to hear of your success and renewed riding joy!

    Yesterday, I did my usual Thursday morning breakfast at the cafe in Mtn View, then a dr appt, then an hour and a half at the gym doing upper body and cardio machines. Came outside and temps had warmed to 58-59°F and the sun out.

    Raced home, had a little bit of something to eat, and hopped on the bike. Can't waste nice weather like that at this time of year! I didn't have a lot of time because there was an evening event to be at, so I threw myself into riding a full loop with no stopping.

    12 miles in an hour's ride, about 700 calories consumed. First ride with the new saddle bag...FCC looks great with it too. :-)

    onwards! G

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