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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    That'll help offset the 3.5lb Kryptonite or ABUS lock that will now be in my bag, eh? LOL!

    Onwards! - G
    This made me smile.

    My wife had a appointment at the hospital for a mammogram on her way back to work she called to bust my chops wanting to know if her bike tune up was done because it was so nice out she wanted to ride.
    I got out of work at 3 hone and on the bike by 3:38. Nice easy ride, into the breeze first then with it for a bit. Felt good to be in shorts and riding. I stopped riding a bit when I saw my MIL out walking and heading home. I stopped and spoke with her for a bit and made sure she got into the house OK. Then up the path and I see a young kid working his bike as I went past him. I spun around to check on him and one of his pedals had come off his bike. I stopped to help and I could get the thread started but internal threads had been crossed at some point and the pedal would go in or thread properly. It was his left pedal and I explained to him the pedal screws in opposite than normal. I got him home so his dad could get the pedal started and use a wrench to get the pedal threaded in and allow him to ride. I got 10 miles in with a few stops. It was a good day.

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    Update:

    The frame set is ordered and should be here on Friday the latest.

    Onwards! Quickly!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    Update:

    The frame set is ordered and should be here on Friday the latest.

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    The gray on black of that frame is pretty sharp IMO. I’ve looked at that frame too. Good looking stuff, it’ll serve as a great base for your build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
    This made me smile.

    My wife had a appointment at the hospital for a mammogram on her way back to work she called to bust my chops wanting to know if her bike tune up was done because it was so nice out she wanted to ride.
    I got out of work at 3 hone and on the bike by 3:38. Nice easy ride, into the breeze first then with it for a bit. Felt good to be in shorts and riding. I stopped riding a bit when I saw my MIL out walking and heading home. I stopped and spoke with her for a bit and made sure she got into the house OK. Then up the path and I see a young kid working his bike as I went past him. I spun around to check on him and one of his pedals had come off his bike. I stopped to help and I could get the thread started but internal threads had been crossed at some point and the pedal would go in or thread properly. It was his left pedal and I explained to him the pedal screws in opposite than normal. I got him home so his dad could get the pedal started and use a wrench to get the pedal threaded in and allow him to ride. I got 10 miles in with a few stops. It was a good day.
    Good on ya, Chief! A good deed returns blessings your way... The crank arm will need a visit to a bike shop and threads chased with a tap to return them to good condition and preserve the crank arm.

    Pfft! Shorts, bikes rides...
    I was intending on taking Sunspot for a session at lunch time and was inundated with an emergency repair on a customer's car to get em back on the road. Tomorrow I shall try for another singlespeed pedal to keep Sunspot from getting pissed. I swapped the tires to the Rocket Ron 3.0's for their svelte weight and fast rolling properties, not to mention their comfortable, supple feel.

    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
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    The frame set is ordered and should be here on Friday the latest.

    Onwards! Quickly!
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    Great news, G! More Onyx hubs??

    And keeping it in uniform... Well done, Mr.
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    Hi everyone, more beautiful falling all over eastern Australia the last few days bring the best rain many farmers have seen in years. I received a good soaking on my ride to and from work today

    Hi G great to see that your insurance company is on board and your new build is coming along nicely. As for handle bars I would suggest you have a look at SQlabs stuff I have a set of 16 dec sweep bars, matching 711 grips and best of all the the innerbarends. I have that set up on my Monkey and find it very comfortable.

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    The innerbarends are way more comfortable than they look and work perfectly with the grips.

    Hope the build goes well and the frame looks beautiful.

    Hi Chief, great to hear that the weather is on the improve and your outdoor rides are returning.

    OZ.

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    Yeah G but when I tried to explain it to the young man; he turned his head like a puppy looking at me and not understanding. So I sent him home to his dad.

    Towpath Mike I have some news for you. When I stopped to talk with my MIL and friend stopped to talk. He is the Emergency Management Coordinator for our town and he told me on May 17th we're going to have 400 bike riders riding through town to the wharf area for a rest and feeding stop on their way to Philadelphia. It looks like they are using the canal path for one of the routes down from New Brunswick to Bristol.
    So on May 17 keep an eye on the canal in the morning. He was told to expect them to arrive in our area between 9 am and 11:30 am
    The ride is called the East Coast Greenway ride and takes place from Maine to Key West. There is a map of the ride on their site.

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    Pretty cool I'll be out riding and cheering them on. I have to figure out what I want to do. Head up to Morrisville and ride down or hang around town and take pictures. We'll see.

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    Chief: Sounds like a fun time. Up at the northern terminus of the Lock 1, D&R Canal, there is this sign at the gates for the towpath:

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    Sounds like they might....might.....be coming down the Delaware and Raritan Canal towpath that starts at New Brunswick and ends outside Trenton. If they are continuing pedaling south, instead of going on the short Lock 1 towpath to Bordentown, they are staying on the longer D&L canal by crossing the Trenton Makes Bridge.

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    Yep, click on the second address in my post and it gives you their route and the color coordinated path for what type of surface they are riding. It's seems to be the canal path and across the Calhoun Street bridge.

    G, I've been looking at heavier locks and there are a few decent ones for sale on FB in my area. Abus and Kryptonite are available to add to my Ottolock for my bike if I'm walking away from it..... Which I try not to do but ya gotta be prepared.

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    Sounds like a good ride, CHIEF!
    Thanks, Savage, Wade, Surly, et al!

    In addition to the frame set, brakes, all the drive system bits, etc, I also have ordered a new Ortlieb Saddle-Bag Two 1.6L, a Selle Italia Novus Titanium Flow saddle, and a new pair of BTLOS 26" x 90mm rims.

    Unlike FCC, there is no red or white detailing on this frame, and there's no big white "SPECIALIZED" graphic either. So I decided to go with a stark and subtle look: the new BTLOS rims will be the same carbon weave and pattern as the previous set, but the BTLOS graphic decal will be a solid gray. I'll order the Onyx hubs (likely today or tomorrow) in Anodized Black Matte finish, spokes the same. The saddle bag is in slate-black this time. The seat post will be carbon, same for the handlebars. The only "bright" highlight detailing will be the white lettering on the tires, the Oi bell on the bars, and the Ergon Grips Biocork details. Also, the light set will be a two-light pairing of same rear signaling/taillight as I had but a single, larger signaling/headlight unit (Bontrager brand, like the last ones, sold as an integrated set with remote switching).

    Those inboard bar-riser-ends look interesting, Surly. I've never used anything like that, I'll have to see if I can find a bike that has them and see what they feel like. I'll probably buy the handlebars last, or buy a cheapish set to start, since I need to feel how the slightly different seat/frame/pedal fit works. FCC's bar was very flat, 175mm wide with just a hint of pull back, no rise, and I found it extremely comfortable; I'd switched the stock 60mm stem for a 45mm. These tiny adjustments and settings are nearly impossible until you have most of the bike together...

    Have to say, I have a great time planning and executing a build like this. This one is so easy because I already know almost everything that will work just right. I was a real newb to the bicycle building game with FCC.

    I have both an ABUS D lock and an ABUS Bordo 6500 X link lock already, CHIEF. They're heavy and a pain to carry (I found I didn't like fitting them onto the bike, I just stick them in my bag and find that more comfortable; keeps the bike lighter and more responsive) but they'll last a few seconds more when under attack. The OTTOlock is still excellent for what it is supposed to do—be light, fast, temporary security for low-risk situations when you're close to the bike—so I'll get one of their Hexband models as replacement. I don't always ride in San Jose or stop for breakfast like on Saturday mornings and a light lock like that is nice when you don't need the burden.

    The OTTOLock was fine for a little more when it first came out and was a new thing that the thieves didn't know much about. But that was a couple of years ago now and they've become educated about how to defeat them very quickly, so the security value has been severely compromised. This is an escalating war in San Jose and Santa Cruz because of the growing homeless/criminal population.

    A final note on FCC: I have it from very good authority that FCC is completely gone. A breaker (one of the chop shop folks who dismantle and reassembles bikes to look different in order to defeat the STOLEN signs and then market bikes) recounted to a contact of mine that he saw my bike on Saturday. It changed hands, resold three or four times, and was dismantled by sundown. He thinks the frame has moved upstate for resale, the rest of its components have been jobbed out to less scrupulous individuals and shops between here and Sacramento. RIP, FCC: it was a brilliant machine; it doesn't exist any more.

    Let's not go back there again. There's no point in wasting more energy and emotion on it. I just keep it in my photos and in my memory as a wonderful machine that taught me a lot. And SBG will be even better.

    Onwards, always onwards! G

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    And so it begins...







    A long and crazy day of it here. Ask me tomorrow why I have two brand new Salsa Beargrease frame sets in hand now... I can't keep my eyes open long enough to tell the tale at present.

    But I'm darn happy. This frame is a beautiful piece.

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    And we're off!

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    Hi everyone, new frame looks great G, as for having two have you convinced your partner to ride with you?

    Chief and Mike that ride looks like a lot of fun, we have our "Loop the Lake" charity ride tomorrow. I have been tossing up if I should ride it this year as the last few weeks have seen little riding on my part. My best excuse is my good wife wants to go somewhere for lunch, so I cannot ride Still its a shame as the new course for the ride comes pretty much passed our front door. Maybe next year...

    I put some new tyres on my work Troll this morning...

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    They are Rene Herse 2.3" Rat Trap Pass on 26 inch rims. A quick ride and they feel a lot more supple than the Schwalbe Marathon Mondial's I was running and quicker rolling too. The Schwalbe were a few years old and I was surprised to find the rear tyre had two slices in it. So it was a good time to change.

    Anyway hope your weekend weather is fine and you manage a ride or two...

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi everyone, new frame looks great G, as for having two have you convinced your partner to ride with you?

    Chief and Mike that ride looks like a lot of fun, we have our "Loop the Lake" charity ride tomorrow. I have been tossing up if I should ride it this year as the last few weeks have seen little riding on my part. My best excuse is my good wife wants to go somewhere for lunch, so I cannot ride Still its a shame as the new course for the ride comes pretty much passed our front door. Maybe next year...

    I put some new tyres on my work Troll this morning...

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    They are Rene Herse 2.3" Rat Trap Pass on 26 inch rims. A quick ride and they feel a lot more supple than the Schwalbe Marathon Mondial's I was running and quicker rolling too. The Schwalbe were a few years old and I was surprised to find the rear tyre had two slices in it. So it was a good time to change.

    Anyway hope your weekend weather is fine and you manage a ride or two...

    OZ.
    Good lookin commuter OZ. Reminds me of a Kettler that I rode while living in Germany many moons ago. I kinda wish I had that one back but I sold it cheap WITH a Brooks on it. What a dummy.

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    Bear Alert!

    Fred had a mild stroke and is in the joint. Sounds to be in good spirit with mild symptoms at the moment.

    Prayers needed for our founder of the thread...
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    On another topic...

    G, that frame looks great! Hope you're out on some fat tires sooner than later. With the benefit that fatbiking has brought your way, this bike should be a great trainer and therapist, moving forward.

    Keep this one safe, please!!! You saw the responses from us and yus, it felt as though it was our own, don'tcha know.

    Hmm, some Green Guru recycled innertube bags might be in order. Would be a nice contrast (if you can call it that) with the finish of the new frame. Just a thought as there will be some clean looking storage and portage with some kewl recycled products. Reasonably priced as well.
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    That's a lovely machine, OZ!

    The way I ended up with two frame sets is a long, amusing tale of my own over-eagerness and a certain bit of mis-communication due to timing at one of the shops. It's funny as heck in its own right... and certainly wasn't the plan what with these frame sets costing nearly $2000 apiece. However, some interesting factors came into play financially, and when two different dealers both received a frame for me, special order with either no possibility of return or possibility of return with a hefty restocking fee, the only sensible thing I felt good about doing was simply accepting both of them. Luckily, I could afford to do that, even if just barely.

    I figure since I have two frames now, I'll continue first with building the one as my ultimate daily ride. It'll be a little softer to look at and a little harder edged to ride than the Fatboy, it'll be lighter and the Beargrease geometry is ever so slightly quicker.

    The second I'll build using all the equipment I took off the Fatboy when I built it. From that project, I have all the bits I need other than bottom bracket, cranks, pedals, seat post, seat, stem, and handlebars. It'll be a ten-speed ... with what I know now, I'll set it up with the 32T sprocket I used on the Fatboy and lose the lowest gear of the 11 speed cassette: I won't miss it as I find I only use the very lowest gear only very rarely now because my legs have become much stronger than they were two years ago. I could also split the difference and fit a 30T chain ring. I won't go to the same grade components on this bike ... aluminum will be fine rather than carbon everything. And it will be used for travel: I'll ship it to my friends' place in Cape Cod and/or the Isle of Man so that when I visit the east coast or the UK, I'll have my own bike there, ready to ride. I tend to visit both those places at least once a year and both would be great to have my own ride for.

    That's the plan.

    Yesterday, I stopped over to Trail Head Cyclery and ordered another set of Onyx hubs and new spokes for the custom wheels for SBG. I'm going with a more subtle but still pretty special look on this bike. When it's done, I'll take some photos and show you what I did...

    I also stopped by the local shop and talked with Jake. He hadn't had time to look at the Beargrease frame yet, so we pulled it out. He gasped, "Oh my gosh, that's just gorgeous! And it's SOOO light! Can't believe it!" ... A medium Salsa Beargrease frame with no axle weighs ~1,470g (3.2lbs), and the fork with no axle, uncut, weighs ~830g (1.83lbs). A smile more than 5 lbs for the whole frame set ... No wonder that box was so light! While there, I ordered a 260g carbon seat post. The combination of the carbon seat post and the Novus titanium railed seat weighs about what just the Garda GelFlow seat on the Fatboy weighed. Only pieces remaining to decide upon for the build are the handlebar and steering stem...

    The carbon wheels will likely take six weeks or so for the rims and hub to arrive, the build to be completed, and then installation. But Jake tells me I might be riding (on the Fatboy wheels) by next weekend. YAY!

    Onwards! G

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    Sorry to hear about Fred ... All the best to him, thoughts in a good place going his way. I hope for a speedy recovery!!!

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    Oh yeah:

    Surly, the folks at Trail Head carry the SQlabs handlebars in a variety of sizings and shapes. They're very very nicely made and very very light!

    My estimate so far is that to get the same seating position as I had on the Fatboy (which I found very nearly ideal for my long-torso, short legs body), I'll need a very flat bar with only a little bit of pullback, and a short stem (probably about 40mm). Between Jake and the boys at Trail Head, I'll probably borrow both some stems and some bars to try out a couple of things before buying the final carbon bits.

    The BB drop on the Beargrease is a few mm more than on the Fatboy, the reach is slightly greater as is the virtual top tube length, but the Stack (crank center to virtual top tube line) is a good bit greater. The unknown is the new seat; until that comes in and the bike is assembled enough to get my butt on it, I can't know exactly where my shoulders will end up.

    I find all this stuff of calculating a starting point then getting some hard bits in place and figuring out what works best to be tremendous fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Bear Alert!

    Fred had a mild stroke and is in the joint. Sounds to be in good spirit with mild symptoms at the moment.

    Prayers needed for our founder of the thread...
    Well heck, I'm saddened to hear this. Warm thoughts and prayers sent Old Bear's way. Fight, fight, fight, get well and get back on that fatty. Still waiting on those photos of the old Louisville and Nashville right-of-way, Fred. And I'm gonna hold you to that promise!

    Thanks for that heads-up, Wade.

    Surly: That Maine to Florida ride has to be epic, going down the entire US east coast. Nice looking commuter bike there, reminds me a bit of my Trek Soho DLX that has been collecting cobwebs down the cellar since I purchased the FatBoy. I always liked that look of commuters. Very similar in the style of the old English Racers, with their upright seating and 3 Speed Sturmey Archer internal gear hubs, bikes that kind of disappeared here when the 10 speed took over.

    This thread has created a certified fatbiking madman in the G-man, with not just one, but two ultra-zoot carbon fiber frames now at his disposal. LOL. Go for it and as always, have fun!

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    Yeah just read about Old Bear on FB. He seems upbeat.
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    A little chilly here today, the sound is warm but the wind chill is in the 30's. A bit of running around today with the wife. Then we went and picked up her bike since it was ready. We'll be riding tomorrow.

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    Yeah just read about Old Bear on FB. He seems upbeat...
    That's very good to hear!

    I spent an hour or two at Trail Head Cyclery playing with the selection of bars they had, and also looking at the steering stems they had in stock. The SQLabs bar is very nice, but the ones they had in stock all had a bit too much rise and pullback. One seemed it might work, but I then looked at about ten other bars. A carbon bar from a Yeti mountain bike felt the best to me.

    I'd calculated that the right stem might be about a 40mm length based on the fact that a 45mm stem worked best for me on the Fatboy. I looked at a bunch of stems there and found that ENVE has a carbon 35mm stem, the M7 Mountain, available in 35, 50, and 65mm lengths that I liked the most.

    Since I get a small discount at Jake's shop (the local Summit Bicycles), I bought the Yeti bar at Trail Head, stopped in to see Jake and order the ENVE M7 in 35mm length, and handed him the Yeti bars. I figured I'd order the shorter stem and if it proves to be too short we'll exchange it for a longer stem. The guys at Trail Head also said they'd exchange the bars for a different set if these didn't work out as well.

    Also, the Sella Italia Novus Flow L L2 seat I ordered arrived today ... Beautiful and 230g! I hope it's as comfortable as it is beautiful... it has a nice feel to it: a nice firm gel with about a centimeter of compression to it.

    All of the parts Jake's ordered for me are in stock at their Nevada warehouse so he'll have them by Tuesday. I'll drop my Fatboy original wheels to him on Tuesday evening so he can get to work building the bike on Wednesday.

    I might have a bike to ride on Thursday evening or Friday...

    Onwards! G

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    Just a brief note ...

    I rose this morning and found an email in my inbox from the folks at BTLOS.com, the supplier from whom I bought my carbon rims for FCC, and ordered the replacements for SBG. It was from Amy, the customer service person there. She'd seen my note about the theft and loss..

    And she brought a tear to my eye: "We are so sorry to hear that. Is there anything I can help you with? I hope to help you. "

    What great folks there are in the cycling world! And what a great company to do business with!

    Onwards! G

    "No matter where you go, go there on two wheels."

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    Bear report... Hot offa da press!!

    Tawkin to him as I type... He's outta the joint and home. Doing very well and playing a video game to occupy the down time while recovering. Might be on his bike as soon as Wednesday, if Doc sez go for it! The doc at the hospital wants the Bear on a bike ASAP, kinda like the best prescription a feller could have handed to 'em. Gotta say, Fred is in a great frame of mind and spirit!

    Onward...

    The Mayor might be changing his shoes and wearing his trail shoes very soon if the weather keeps being jersey and shorts friendly! Liking the warmth even if Mikesee did start a "Sky Fell" thread.
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    Very good to hear that, Wade!

    I'm going to take the Brompton out for a little ride around the neighborhood. It ain't fat, but it's two wheels.

    G

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Bear report... Hot offa da press!!

    Tawkin to him as I type... He's outta the joint and home. Doing very well and playing a video game to occupy the down time while recovering. Might be on his bike as soon as Wednesday, if Doc sez go for it! The doc at the hospital wants the Bear on a bike ASAP, kinda like the best prescription a feller could have handed to 'em. Gotta say, Fred is in a great frame of mind and spirit!

    Onward...

    The Mayor might be changing his shoes and wearing his trail shoes very soon if the weather keeps being jersey and shorts friendly! Liking the warmth even if Mikesee did start a "Sky Fell" thread.
    Very nice! Thanks for the update! Go Bears!

    Side note: I drug the Surly out and aired it up a tad, talked nicely to it, cleaned it up a bit and rode it past the pasture where the livestock was turned out. The donkeys are as freaked by the sight of it as ever....all systems are normal. If all goes as expected I’ll be moving Miss Daisy (my mom) to assisted living, and out of nursing, in the next week. That being the case I believe some of my life will return to my own control. And I’ll begin again, crawling and on my way to walking.
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    Savage, that's some good news! Hope your mom can get well and be a little more active.


    Sunspot has the dirt gears in place for the season. Going back to taller gearing is going to be good for building strength and stamina. Had a few miles on Sunday with the 2:1 setup and look forward to taking it a little taller in the future. Ain't singlespeed grand? Also changed his shoes! He's wearing the Rocket Ron 3.0 liteskin tires for their amazingly low rolling resistance and wonderful comfort of ride. Very smooth and fast when the pressure is not excessive for the rider weight.
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    Savage: Good news! All the best for your mom, and for you too!

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    Never did get out on the Brompton yesterday, but I did get its tires inflated and it's now ready for a ride any time. I went to the gym instead yesterday and did a good, long pull on the cardio machines then an upper body lifting session. It worked out a lot of the anger and bad feelings that had crept into me on Saturday—my first time back to that cafe for the Saturday Morning Breakfast since the theft.

    It'll take some time yet to let this go completely.

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    I stopped by the shop and dropped off the new Sella Italia "Novus Flow L L2" seat for SBG. It's a beauty, slimmer and much lighter than the "Garda GelFlow Mens" I had before, and it looks like it will be very comfortable with a similar shape and lovely feel to the padding. I think the seat and post that will be on SBG together weigh about the same as just the seat on the Fatboy.

    I found that BicycleBuys.com had the Duro Fleetwood 26x4.00 tires that I like so much in stock ... and on sale! I ordered two tires and two Surly tubes for $120.00, that's about 40% off what I paid for the last set I ordered. This replaces my backup stock, which will be used when the new wheels arrive.

    Which leads me to the best news of the morning. I'd thanked the folks at BTLOS.com for their kind note and sent them confirmation of my shipping information and such. Well, their customer service rep, Amy, responded again with the story of her own dealing with a bike theft, responded as well to my thoughts for the safety of her family and friends in this horrid coronavirus mess, and then said, "My manager and I have applied for free shipping. It has been returned to you now, and the production line has given priority to your rims, and it will be shipped to you as soon as possible. This is what I can do for you! I hope it helps!"

    What a wonderful company, what great folks to work with! I'm overwhelmed with their kindness and support! Completely out of the blue and unexpected!

    Onwards, further and further onwards! G

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    Savage, great news for you and your mom. You do what you have to do for loved ones and that's how it should be. Hope you get back to normal soon.

    G, great news. When a company or rep will go out of their way for you it's always a good thing.

    I got out today and got 11+ miles in. Temps were in the 70's there was a nice breeze and it felt so good to be out and riding. The wife and I rode together yesterday afternoon. We had out family tot he house for a cookout yesterday for dinner. Burgers and hotdogs on the grill with potato and macaroni salads, tossed salad, baked beans and a few other things. My sisters brought dessert. What a great day.

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    G, it's hardly "outta the blue" when peeps are genuinely good folks and most of all, honorable.

    Now, back to the ill feelings thing, yus, that is going to take some time to heal a wound of that magnitude. It is the way it is and we as individuals must do our due diligence to get through the trial in life which, I think you are doing a standup job of.

    On to the Sunspot tweaks... Rethinking the power and maximizing the efficiency of taller gears for dirtin' and other snowless riding in the Rocky Mountains is actually a fun way to spend some time with my little yellow and purple friend.
    Regaining some of the strength that has subsided over the winter is on tap. I feel a difference with my daily playtimes with many hard sprints and all out accelerations that are not just short term, but carried for distances to get back into controlling the changing load due to ascents and descents along with level ground. One thing I have noticed is that heart rate seems to be in a good range without going to the moon. This will be a topic discussed with my cardiologist in the next few weeks. The good news, it will be the six year mark since my MI and heart surgery.

    This year's cardiologist followup... I will have another opportunity to be set up with the portable telemetry kit and rail through Glenwood while we gather real world, drug free "live data" as I will be under considerable load as I take a predetermined route at full throttle as much as possible. Yus, I hafta obey traffic laws!! Unfortunately! At the end of the run, I return to Doc's office and we upload the data from the equipment and he will study the results. Drug free is where I like it since there will be no toxic waste from some federal cleanup site being injected into my sorry hide! How kewl is that?? I think I'll ride the one speed automatic this year. Previously, I had the Mayor on deck for the deed and it's been a real hoot.
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    Great news about the OldBear and hope to hear of a ride report from him when he is up and going.

    Great news as well for Savage's Mom & Savage!

    Wade: Great news on your front as well. In a world of more gear sprockets and bigger and bigger rear gear ratios, you and that single speed are like some hold out old-school rebel. Ride on, buddy!

    I did a 21 miler up to Lock 1 with another side trip to the Kinkora Rail Trail and Crystal Lake Bike Trails to see what progress has been made. Even took some photos but a bit lazy to upload them. Anyways, the area right at the NJT RiverLine main line is going slow as the trail side railroad gates are still being assembled on what seems to be government time, aka really, really slow. The bridge over the Crystal Lake Park spillway is still sitting incomplete since early winter and the bike pathway from the Route 130 entrance all the way down to the terminus of this trail at Rt 130 and Crystal Lake remains to be paved over.

    Yesterday was the first time in 2020 I dressed in shorts as the air temps were around 70 degrees. First turtle sighting inside the D&R Canal for 2020 as well, seems nature is coming out from it's winter sleep....

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    Mike, the shorts thing has been going on for a few weeks since I don't wanna wait longer! It's been relatively balmy so...

    There is a singlespeed thread in the general section that was started by a bloke that might be nearing the time to hang it up. We have been encouraging the opposite since it is a cult thing these days. I must say, singlespeeding is a unique experience that should not be discounted. As Hump says, "Singlespeed makes ya strong fast". With that quote comes wisdom in that it really does make a stronger rider at a faster pace than gears do. There is an art to it and attention to the upcoming terrain sets the pace and attitude as one approaches. Anticipation is required rather than an option but that is what makes it so freakin' fun, not to mention the simplicity of it.

    G, I believe you and OZ both have a Brompton, thus a bike in common! Good stuff, gitter dun and go out for a pedal for the experience of it. Unique, indeed!

    Savage, a little sweet tawk, a polish and some air... Only good things can result from that recipe, don'tcha know!
    Stick with it and with moderation and perseverance, you'll be groovin again.


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    I don't think I'm going for a single speeder in this lifetime ... ... but when I build the second bike ("Traveler"), I'm fitting the 10 speed cassette/derailleur/shifter that was stock on the Fatboy when I bought it rather than the 11 speed setup.

    The way I did the Fatboy drivetrain was to switch from 28T to 32T in front and buy the Sunrace 11 speed cassette that kept all spacings identical from 2 to 11 and added 1 as a higher gear for street riding when on slightly downhill roads. The SBG will be the same. For the Traveler, on the 10-speed cassette I have, just using a front 32T chainring will do well enough, I'll simply lose the shortest (uphill) gear that I don't use/need very much anyway, not now that my legs are much much stronger than they were in March 2018.

    I've decided I'm also going to buy an EVOC Bike Travel Bag XL for Traveler, at some point after I build it. With that, I can just package it up and carry it with me when I fly places like the UK, which is MUCH MUCH less expensive than doing round-trip shipping even with BikeFlights.com. Just one flight to the UK and back would cost me about $1300 with BikeFlights, where the Bike Travel Bag XL is about $600 (if it goes over the standard luggage allotment by weight, price is usually $35-75 per flight).



    I'll take the Brompton out today for a jog around, maybe take it to meet my friend Dave for lunch at the cafe on The Alameda. I also have to drop the wheels off at the bike shop today ... the build should start tomorrow!

    Good to hear from you Mike, Chief, Wade et al! Latest from BTLOS this morning was Amy telling me that she is super happy to help out, and looks forward to visiting so she can see my bike and we can meet for a ride. She evidently travels to bike shows in LA and SF now and then. I'll be happy to host her and get her a bike to ride if she wants to stay in the Bay Area for a visit!

    onwards! G

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    Afternoon everyone, I've been MIA for a bit just as I was starting to get going in this thread. Job change, got lazy, stopped riding for a bit but jumped back on the bike last weekend and signed up for a 4 hour race. Ended up only getting 20 miles in but had a blast with the team. My goal going forward is to ride as much as humanly possible and get this winter weight plus some off.
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    Wade: I think you described single speeding quite nicely as an art, something that requires thinking several moves ahead to maintain your speed. Can't imagine any other form of biking that is going to be more cardiac demanding. But I am so far corrupted with this ebike that I could never go back to conventional biking again. LOL

    G-The service you got from BTLOS had me looking up their website to see if they had an 80mm fatbike rim available. Alas, they don't. That kind of attention to detail by Amy is few and far between in customer/seller relations today. I wish their business to become the top dog; they will have deserved it.

    Mark: Welcome back! I'm kinda in your position right now; lack of consistent winter riding this year put a little air in my spare tire that I need to work off. When you get back into it, please post up your ride reports.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark! View Post
    Afternoon everyone, I've been MIA for a bit just as I was starting to get going in this thread. Job change, got lazy, stopped riding for a bit but jumped back on the bike last weekend and signed up for a 4 hour race. Ended up only getting 20 miles in but had a blast with the team. My goal going forward is to ride as much as humanly possible and get this winter weight plus some off.
    Winter weight??
    Just what the hell is it? I get piss poor fuel economy so it is foreign to me!

    Welcome back to... Where is this again? Oh yeah... The place where we chat about bikes and being gray haired, old kids on bikes, yeah, yeah, that's where!!

    Glad you're getting back in the groove following the *cough* job change. Hope the job change is doing you right. Best wishes in that area.

    Mike, the cardiologist prescribed riding soooo, gotsta do the deed and a return to singlespeed has really rekindled the flame with a highly flammable accelerant! With being more focused on the ride, it is very easy to get involved deeply in the activity and lean more toward performance and yus, stupid high cadences that I enjoy doing. A cadence of 80-90 is curb idle and nothing is fun if I cannot redline the freakin thing...
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    These parts soon become a whole:






    Build day is tomorrow: Everything is in now.


    Amy's note to me yesterday dissipated the last of the cold darkness that was in my gut. Today I felt free and could ride again.

    So I hopped onto the Brompton this morning and sped my usual route down to San Jose and the Crema Cafe, met up with my friend Dave and shared some laughs and a cup of coffee. The Brommie is no fat bike, but it's a heck of a lot of fun to ride anyway! The wheels are so small and the steering turns so fast! The fat bikes feel decidedly plush by comparison ... little Brommie just zings along with glee transmitting every tiny bit of surface texture to you as you ride. Short loop, I had other stuff to do, so down there and back again.

    I stopped at the bike shop on the way home, just to check whether all the bits had actually arrived. They have, took the photos above while there. Woo Hoo! And they look gorgeous! "You have some wheels for me...?" asked Jake, grinning. "Sure thing, boss! I'll be back in a little bit..." wheelied the Brompton out the door and dashed home.

    In short, riding the little beastie is a kick. Glad I didn't sell it when I thought I might.


    I picked up the wheels after returning to street clothes and thought for a moment. Too much trouble to jam them into my car, so I just walked back to the shop with them in my hands. Handed them over to Jake.

    Then a few minutes at the counter getting a few other bits. A new Garmin 130 computer and a K-Edge mount for it. A set of lights like I had on the other bike: two small signalers and a nice big headlight. The same SPANK pedals I had on the Fatboy. It's going to be fine!

    I walked over to the burger joint and had a burger. Walking home, my head is racing through the checklist: Everything is ready to assemble but for one important detail that I remembered as I walked home: the Oi bell. LOL! I'll stop by and pick one out tomorrow, I think a silver one for this bike.


    Jake thinks I'll have SBG to ride home tomorrow night.

    Onwards! G

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
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    Welcome back to... Where is this again? Oh yeah... The place where we chat about bikes and being gray haired, old kids on bikes, yeah, yeah, that's where!! ...
    Okay, Wade. I'm gonna dye my hair now. LOL!


    Welcome back, Mark!
    Get on the bike and ride!

    onwards!
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    I'll avoid the chemical treatment and live the good life of a Toyz R Us kid!!

    G's jonesin' folks!! Gratz, G!!
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    Dye it red, I hear they have more fun. LOL

    I got out today and pedaled east towards Tullytown. I figured 5+ miles up and then back I'll get 10 in and call it a day. It's supposed to rain later so I got some time in I'm good.

    As I ride I'm getting chilled buy the slight breeze. The sun is out but I see clouds on the western horizon. I cut it short and head back to town. I ride to my chiropractors and get an adjustment. My bike is locked to a fence post and I ask Diane (chiro's wife) to keep and eye on it and explain why. Does the adjustment and I head towards Rt 13 and the lake. The access to the lake is old macadam of a community pool that has been removed, I swam there and a child. It's all over grown now and there is lots of deer. It leads to a first roadway and then to grass around the lake. As I pedal I see some things in the grass, a paper type of box, I see a woman walking away from the lake towards the swamp area. I then see someone with her, they are both in black hoodies and dark clothes. As I ride by I see the paper I saw was a target and she is moving another. As I go y them he had a long barreled gun in his hands, on the picnic bench behind him are 3 more of the same type. I'm not a firearms expert but they look like AR-15's. The stock of the weapons is an open frame. I'm not sure if they are pellet guns, paint guns, BB guns or actual weapons. They are in a County park and shooting towards a major roadway in the area. My mind is whirling, what should I do. If I see cop I'll stop them and report what I saw. There was a white car in the parking lot a few hundred yards from where they were shooting. I get around the lake and to look and make sure of the color of the car. I head into the paths that lead to the park office, I'm pedaling hard to get there ASAP so hopefully someone is there. As I get near the park office there a people around and cars in the office lot. I park the bike and walk in, there are a bunch of school aged children in the building and some adults. I look around for a park representative. I find a little lady and ask if she works with the park, she does. I ask her to come into the office area away from the kids and people. I tell her what I saw and where. I told her I don't know if they were real guns, pellet or BB guns but they shouldn't be there. She agreed and said I'll call for a park ranger. She gets there description and clothes, I tell her about the car in the parking lot. She asks about the people, I said they're not white and they are not black. I'm not sure of their heritage and you can't tell anymore. She says OK thanks and I guess calls it in. I'll keep an eye on the local news and reports by PD.
    I get home and have 11.36 miles in 63:28 minutes and an average speed of 10.74. A good ride for me especially this early in the season. I guess the adrenaline helped me along. If I hear anything I'll let you know.

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    Keep us informed, Chief. Great situational awareness. There are far too many who would just look the other way and not ask questions of what they see before them. And our general area around here is not some rainbows and unicorns kind of area, the bad guys move in and out with ease, day after day. It's a sad state of affairs that we have to look at things from this point of view, but any check of our local newspapers, every single day of the year, shows we live in a not so great a place.

    Maybe look into asking to bring that bike of yours inside the chiro's office...

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    Whew, I'm exhausted. Quite the day of activity, even before I went over to the bicycle shop to see how the bike was coming along.
    By the time I got there, Jake was not just "well along" in the build ... He was done! We spent a little time doing some personal adjustments for the controls, the seat height, etc. I took a couple of test rides and all seemed good. Then Jake presented the bicycle to me, I paid the bill, and planned the pick up.

    Jake, the builder, presenting me with SBG at the shop.



    That involved walking home, dropping off my camera and the bag of additional goodies that I wanted to fit myself (Garmin cycle computer, lights, etc), getting my cycling gear on, and walking back.

    Getting back, I fitted the signal lights and bid goodbye to the guys at the shop. They did a great job for me, can't thank them enough for all their efforts. And then I had to think ... Where am I going to go on the first ride with this new beastie to test it out?
    And that became obvious a moment later ... To my other bike shop friends in Cupertino, of course! If anything needs adjustment or tweaking, I'll end up at a full shop to do that, it's a nice 5 plus mile ride there, and it's fast coming home (mostly a gentle downhill).
    14 miles later: My buddies at Trail Head Cyclery were delighted and amused by SBG. One of the guys took it for a ride and had a big smile on his face when he returned it. "Darn, it rolls very nicely!!"

    A couple of beauty shots after I arrived back home from the first ride...







    SBG is a fine machine. Despite very very similar geometry and mostly the same components, it has a rather different feel that I have to learn and grow into. I think we're going to get along famously.

    Onwards! G

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    Hi everyone, great to see that Bear is out of hospital, not the place to be at the moment hope you are doing well OB.

    Chief bit of a worry to see that out on your ride, hope the local authorities dealt with them.

    G, thats one fine replacement a fantastic looking bike, lets hope the thieving low life's keep their grubby hands of this one.

    Hope you are all well and stay that way.

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    At the end of my ride I wanted to stop at a site I go by most days and noticed a few things on previous rides and wanted to stop to check it out. Since I drug my phone along I took some pic's. It seems like a memorial. Very quiet and isolated spot.
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    Nice pics, Chief; nice spot. My Fenwick ultralight with a small F2 Flatfish would probably catch some nice sunnies and maybe a small bass on it in those quiet waters. Here's the face and the obituary of the young man others thought to remember at that spot. The birdhouse is a nice touch, the circle of life continuing with the coming of Spring and a new Momma bird giving life to her chicks. Link: https://www.doughertyfuneralhome.com/obituary/5825474


    G: Congrats on your new bike, really nice looking rig! The rims look alot like the ones on my Specialized Fatboy with those rectangular cut outs.

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    Gratz, G!! Glad to see a very nice return to the fAt is on tap.
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    Thanks everyone! SBG came out very nice, was out on it again today. It's a pleasure to ride.

    I'm pretty sure the bars I chose to start off with are a bit too high which causes most of the initial odd feel. The Beargrease frame has 5mm more BB drop and 5mm more stack compared to the Fatboy Comp Carbon. This changes the relationship between where my butt is when the seat height is properly adjusted and where the top of the steering neck is. The Yeti 780 bars that I felt had a good comfortable shape have a 20mm rise vs the Stout Riser bars with a 15mm rise ... so I'm sitting a little lower relative to the steering neck by 10-15mm, and the bend is an additional 5mm higher. That's 20mm ...almost an inch... difference between where the bar to seat was on the Fatboy and where they are with SBG.

    Doesn't seem much, but my experience with handlebars on bikes and motorbikes over the years says my body is sensitive to differences at about 3 to 5 mm granularity, with the granularity smaller on bicycles than on motorcycles.

    I've decided to counter this by going to a flat bar. That should put the bars in the right place, and from there I can shuffle the position of the stem downwards by swapping the spacers from below to above the stem too if need be. (I could do that with the Yeti bar too, but for aesthetic reasons I'd rather have the bars be placed right when at the top of the spacers rather than have spacers on top of the stem.)

    The reach feels just about right with a 35-40mm stem so I think just getting flat bars with the same pullback will just about do it. I should have them in a day or two, I'll let you know how it works out.

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    G: Congrats on your new bike, really nice looking rig! The rims look alot like the ones on my Specialized Fatboy with those rectangular cut outs.
    Thanks again! The wheels should look familiar since they were the original wheels from Specialized Fatboy Comp Carbon that I took off when I had the carbon wheels built... I'm glad I didn't sell or give them away!

    The carbon wheels for this bike will free these same wheels up for use on the other Beargrease frame set, code-named "Traveler".

    ---
    Today's ride was pretty short, just a couple of miles over to a cafe for coffee and back. I'll go somewhere a bit further tomorrow. Way too much to do right now, it seems. The virus crisis has tweaked up a bunch of scheduled things that I have to sort out properly or lose a bunch of money on, ugh. But such it is.

    onwards, always onwards! G

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    My wife wasn't feeling well this morning, she has silent migraines (no pain, slight headaches and severe dizziness). She woke up with it this morning and didn't go to work. She had a doctors appointment today to. She called and asked if I could drive her, no problem. I leave work to get her and she says she says she might cancel. I get home and she can barely pick her head up. She calls the doctors office to cancel and the receptionist pushes her to come in "If you sick you should come in." She explains she's not sick she's having an episode and can't sit in the waiting room. There's no one here. Off we go. I drop her at the door and park and run back. There are 3 people in the waiting room, I lose my shit and get loud, "She lied on the phone". She responds and asks me what I said. I tell her again and she starts to talk, I cut her off. I don't want to hear what your saying, it doesn't matter. You lied, she's (my wife) in the waiting head bent to there knees and not doing well. She also waves me off because she's not feeling well. I ask the receptionist wha magical power she has that she can see through the phone and know if my wife is able to make to the office? What medical experience do you have that makes the possible? She runs into he back to talk with the doctor, they discuss something loudly but I can't hear it. We are called in before the older couple that was there, I apologize to them for butting in front for them. They smile and wave us by. The receptionist comes to my wife, I have her by her arm and I'm walking her to the examination room. I hold my hand up and say quietly "Get away from us" twice. She opens the door to the exam room and lets us in and I close the door in her face. I was pissed and normally NEVER talk to people in this manner. But when my wife is having issues I revert to the my old Fire Chief mentality and get things done, no bullshit. Te Dr comes in and we explain what's going on. She's like OMG you're never sick dn you don't complain. We get her taken care of. The doctor is on edge too, it's my wife's normal appointment and she's writing scripts out and she writes one in my name. LOL
    I get her up to leave and the receptionist is trying to be so nice. As we're walking out after paying and making her next appointment she says I'm sorry. I say so am I. With all the stuff going on I needed her home and OK. We got through it.
    I drop her off, drop her scripts at the pharmacy and head back to work. I check on her. Any major severe atmospheric pressure changes usually triggers this with her. But she woke up with it so not sure what happened.
    I go to work and leave for home at noon. I stop to pick up her work computer and pick up her meds.
    She's feeling better, not as bad. So I get her lunch and then head out for a ride.

    VERY windy here today so I go into the wind first and head west. As I'm riding not far from home my leg is itchy, I reach down to scratch it and the bee that was there stung me. Hell of a day so far. I get down a ways and then turn with the wind. Easy riding with it. LOL I get 8.5 miles in and head into the wind towards home. I tuck in against any structure I can to break the wind or get out of it. Felt good, I have a scratchy throat from allergies and the riding helps clear my sinuses and relieves the scratchy throat.
    Have a good weekend everyone, get outside away from people and stay healthy.

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    Hi everyone, Chief glad that your wife is improving and it is getting crazy all over the place.

    For my friends on the ground in the US, would you advise to cancel travel to the States in two weeks time? My youngest son and his girlfriend and another friend are due to fly into Los Angeles on the 28th March, the music festival they were going to has already been cancelled. They have a west coast road trip planned, then they are heading to Vegas and onto Yosemite National Park then a flight out of San Francisco to New York.

    With things changing so rapidly, like New Zealand today it's hard to know how much worse it can get in hours never mind in the next two weeks. Even if they do travel what type of holiday would it be?

    Any thoughts you can share would be great.

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    CHIEF ... Glad to hear your wife is feeling better. That's a sucky day for sure.

    The spread of a new airborne virus is inevitable and it will make some people sick, will likely take some lives. No more than the regular, annual incursion of influenza does, or already has; far less as a matter of fact. But the craziness and pandemic of fear and panic will do more damage to more things...

    OZ ... California and the whole of the United States, it seems, is in the grip of madness over this virus. I have already had to cancel two trips that I had planned. I think I'd defer any plans until May or later at this point, simply on the basis of the chaos that's going on.

    Sigh. There's not much an individual can do when the hordes get crazy other than stay out of their way.

    ---
    Yesterday I went over SBG in detail, stripped all the new bike decals and such (put them on a sheet of paper along with the frame serial number, scanned that, and added it to my documentation archive along with the first day beauty pix), and generally checked every nut and bolt to be sure all were properly tight to torque spec and secure. I fitted my saddlebag, fitted the Garmin cadence and speed sensors, and configured the new Garmin Edge 130 cycle computer.

    I then attempted to go for a ride, but there's a front moving in. I took the long way 'round and stopped by the bike shop. The seat post was clicking now and then, Jake added a bit more carbon grease to the post and that went away.

    I attempted to go for a ride, but the gusts of wind were strong enough that I felt it was dangerous and foolish to push it. Did a little toodling around the neighborhood and went home. It's supposed to be chilly, wet, and windy today ... I'll wait until the weather improves. The flat bars are due here today, so I'll play with fitting them. (The 20mm rise bars aren't that far off, but there's a little too much of my weight on my butt; I'm certain the slightly lower reach will be a plus!) Jake said he'll trim them to length for me—he's got a jig and the right cutting tool.

    Removing and refitting the bars will be good practice for the second, travel bike because no matter what travel case I buy for it, packing and unpacking requires it. It will also inform me as to what tools I need to include in the travel case...

    Stay sane, stay healthy.

    Onwards! G

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    Chief: Glad to know Mrs Chief is okay.

    Surly: All of the major United States sporting events and for that matter, any event witih a large audience, have been canceled until further notice. G hit it perfectly, our US "News Media" has helped stoke a panic among the greater masses. Fwiw, this same media is responsible for creating pockets of panic whenever we have a predicted snow storm, causing a great run of snow shovels, salt, bread, milk and eggs. I kid you not.

    I think when the real number of cases are reported by the proper medical authorities, along with state and federal government, we'll have a better handle of where we stand and how much longer these restrictions on travel overseas or gathering in large numbers for events can be eased. So until then, I believe 2 weeks is a bit too early to make plans.

    Personally, I'd not feel too comfortable flying inside an airplane at this time.

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    Chief, I know the migraine thing all too well. I suffer the episodes and it isn't purdy. Mrs. Chief, get feeling better asap!
    I can certainly understand the frustration you and Mrs. Chief were feeling with this doc appt. At least it ended with proper conversation...

    G, all those peeps that bought toilet paper by the case are gonna be in trouble! I bought all the plungers in the county, Check Mate!! Let's hope you can get some good weather for a massive shakedown ride that doesn't take you through the barrio, lest your bike is insured through Smith & Wesson.

    With the sky having fallen, to hear it from der media, I'll just do my routine, repair broken vehicamobiles, ride bikes and exist. Der media is only in it to cause panic and succeeding swimmingly at it. While this outbreak is happening and is alarming, SARS, MERS, aids and a few others went by without such weaponizations and effort to cause a panic epidemic.

    Meanwhile, Sunspot has been getting some time on the taller gears with the lengthened daylight of fvck with the clocks savings time. Screw it, I'll move the clock a half hour and lock it down forever! The singlespeed is bringing back some strength with every ride! Being that there is tangible results on a nearly daily basis, it is paying off with great margins. Annnddd, the simplicity! Sure is nice to have a very tidy bike with only two brake hoses and no other cables etc. messing up a piece of fine art.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
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    G, all those peeps that bought toilet paper by the case are gonna be in trouble! I bought all the plungers in the county, Check Mate!! Let's hope you can get some good weather for a massive shakedown ride that doesn't take you through the barrio, lest your bike is insured through Smith & Wesson.

    ...
    LOL! I know, it's nuts.

    On the second thought, well, as I said in one of my FB posts on the subject, 'There are no ways back to where I was early that Saturday morning, there is only forwards.' I am trying not to dwell on these things overmuch ... doing so just lends them more power.

    Looks like we're in a rainy period for the next few days. Hopefully, some time to ride a good distance will happen soon.

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    Moving on to the lighter side...

    The Whisky Parts flat bars I ordered were waiting at my door this morning when I arrived back from breakfast. The box is very light. So, in a curious mood, I put the box on the kitchen scale: 663g. Inside the box was the Whisky Parts box containing the handlebars; I weighed that: 443g. I then took the handlebars out and weighed them: 211g.

    The net sum of this is that I paid to ship 452g of packaging and 211g of product.
    Is irony best served cold or hot?

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    It'd be interesting to see a side by side photo of the two different bars, if that is possible.

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    Surly, if the kids purchased the trip insurance I'd stay where I am. They have shut everything down having to do with groups. Plus this thing has to peak with it's spread, that could be a few weeks away. The people are in a minor panic mode, the shelves on certain things in the grocery stores are empty of severely picked over. We did our weekly shopping today.
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    The frozen vegetables, canned soups and TV dinners are pretty well picked over. They are closing the 24 hour grocery stores at midnight to clean and restock which should help.

    I took the Crosstrail into the LBS for a tune-up. He is still packed with bikes to be tuned up. Mike; I ordered a new bag for the back of the Fuse to get rid of the straps. I purchased a Tetrarack M2 for over the rear wheel and I put a Topeak bag on it. It's cleaner and the rack will act like a fender and the bag locks into the rack. It replaces the Jannis bag I had with the straps. I also purchased a Gortex jacket for my wife to rude in.

    We got out for a ride today she likes the jacket. The bag looks god and it doesn't interfere with the dropper post like the old bag did. Nice day a little breezy but a good ride.
    Stay healthy everyone. We're taking my son out tonight for his birthday dinner at a friends local restaurant.

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    This virus panic is becoming a real pain in the butt. Luckily, I think we're pretty set for the present and near future.

    Anyway ... I made Jake prints of the two 'first day' photos. They look even better as prints then they do on the computer screen. Then I took a jog over to the bike shop with the new bars as well, gave him the prints, and had him trim the bars to 780mm wide. (As delivered, they're 840mm wide, obviously designed to be trimmed to apropos length.)

    Once I have the Yeti 780 bars off the bike, I'll photograph them side by side for you Mikbur. I'll also try to get the bike arranged so you can see the bar/seat relationship and make before/after pix. It's a little tricky but I think I can do it.

    onwards! G

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    Good stuff, G!

    A pic fore/aft as well as aft/fore at the level of the bar/seat can give a good idea of the bar position. Also a profile view at the same elevation can help paint the picture.

    My bikes are all setup with 800mm bars with a back sweep of 10°, upsweep of 5°. I am looking into a custom Ti bar from Waltly which will be 800mm wide 12° back, 8° up with 65mm total rise. Ti is chosen since it is a better spring than beer cans and plastic.

    Moving on to Sunspot's ride in the cloudy, drizzly not too cold weather today... Had a ride around town to run some errands and take care of things with bicycle friendly businesses. Part of doing business requires bicycle friendliness since it is a determining factor as to whether I choose to do business with em. Damn, I wish I had the dough to start a bicycle cafe. A place where you bring your bike in and can have it serviced while you sit down and order up a bona fide meal with zero soybean byproducts! Honest to goodness food... A selection of bicycle related goods could be a damn fine thing.
    A place where a bicycle is welcome and most of all, safe from the dangers of the city, most importantly.

    Bitchen bike stuff, wholesome foods with no plastic imitation BS and real cream for your coffee cause that stuff is phony and kills.
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    Hi everyone, thanks for your thoughts on my son's travel.

    Our Government iced the cake as far as his "to travel or not" decision today, by bring in new containment laws that require anyone entering into Australia to self-isolate for fourteen days. His boss had been kind enough to give him a nearly a month of work, however six weeks is not possible, so now we will see how much of the trip cost he can recoup.

    My wife and I will be seeing our travel agent tomorrow to discuss our options for our trip to Europe in July. We have only paid our airfares but Singapore Airlines seem to be playing hard ball at the moment with either rebooking at a later date or refunding. Still we have time to see how this all plays out.

    Chief that looks like our TP aisle down here, hard to explain such panic buying, we have had fights between women in stores leading to arrests, men tasered by police and limits of one pack per person and no refunds put in place to try to put a lid on such silly behaviour.

    On bike matters I found a nice set of Spank Oozy Trail 780 Vibrocore bars that I had replaced with my SQ Labs stuff in the garage today. I was just about to throw the SQ lab box out and had forgotten the the Oozy bars were in it. My son will be very happy to give them a try on his Stumpjummper.

    No riding today as we had a nice cold front move through over night bring more rain, the gardens have been transformed from the dry, dying decay of summer.

    Hope you all have enough TP and stay well.

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    Wade the bike cafe sounds like a great idea. I'd go to one. Well after the pandemic is over I would. For now I haven't heard of any fighting or tasing over TP. Holy mackerel.

    Surly, I hope things workout for your son and for you with the airline and travel.

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    Corona Virus-Free Ride Reports in Pictures!

    NOTE: The Surgeon General has declared the following Ride Report and Pictures to be quarantined, tested and declared CoronaVirus-Free...

    Been sitting on some pictures of local rides checking out how "my" trail was progressing. Included were some runs up Lock 1 and back. Nothing done south of homebase cause frankly, to go beyond Burlington City would risk catching a nail or a two by four in one of my tires, based on my last rides south of homebase. So, here we go.

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    Up on the Lock 1 D&R Trail, an American Bald Eagle stands near it's giant nest built high atop a tree in what people here today call the "Abbott Marsh". Unlike previous winters and early springs, I'm not sure, but I don't know if the Eagles have had young this winter. But I could be wrong.

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    Some 6mp Kodak Camera telescope action showing the Eagles nest, several hundred feet away from my spot on the canal towpath, across the canal, across the train tracks and through the swampy marsh ooze to this stand of trees where this nest has been in place for years and years. Now and then I will encounter hikers on the canal path here with their ultra high power and expensive telephoto lens shooting pictures.

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    During one of the heavy wind events predictably brought down this tree straight across the canal path. This happened in January or February and took a long time for the state canal parks people to make their rounds of the canal and cut this tree in order to open the canal path up again. It has been since cut up.

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    Taken last week on a coolish cold day, further up on the canal, north of the old Penn Central spur line and at the area of the high power electrical towers, I have my first turtle sighting of 2020, gaining some solar heat.

    Next Up: I ride the entire Kinkora Rail Trail in pictures!

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    Basically, pretty crappy weather yesterday, a little work on the bicycle, some guests, etc, meant no ride. Same pretty crappy weather likely today ... I'll fit the new bars and do some other stuff.

    Aside from fussing with SBG, I'm acquiring the bits I want for Traveler—the bike I'm building on the second Salsa Beargrease frame set. The other day I ordered a set of the same Whisky Parts flat bars (in 31.8mm clamp diameter this time) as well as a Whisky Parts 40mm stem (aluminum), and front/rear lights for it. Yesterday I ordered another Selle Italia seat for it ... the M GelFlow L2 this time. (I like these Selle Italia seats...) And I finally ordered some accessory bits I've been meaning to for quite a while ... a Lezyne HV pump, a Topeak Shuttle tire pressure gauge*, a Lezyne mini-ratchet-set, and a 4mm/4Nm T-style torque wrench. These will all be part of my Traveler tool kit, obviously just as apropos for either bike.

    * The Topeak Shuttle tire pressure gauge is a cool thing. It's a digital tire pressure gauge with both Schrader and Presta fittings, but the cool part is that you can hook it to whatever air pump you use at the same time it's attached to the tire valve and it will measure the pressure as you fill the tire, precisely. I'll have to check its accuracy at 26psi against my AccuGauge but it just seems really convenient for when I'm hand-pumping up a tire on the road.

    Yes, Wade: I made a "before" snap of the bike yesterday that I think shows the current seat and handlebar relationship well from a perspective level with the seat and bars. I'll repeat that today when I have the new bars fitted. Meantime, I also made another beauty shot of SBG in the living room, another part of my home art collection, eh?


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    As I looked at the exposure on my computer, I discovered that I'd missed one more 'new bike label' at the bottom of the front fork, so I've removed that one too now. LOL!

    The handlebars going on today are flat, trimmed to 780mm wide, with a 9° pullback. I think they'll work out just right, will take a little weight off my butt and put me in a more comfortable control position.

    onwards! G

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    Ride Report: Riding The Incomplete & Officially Not Opened For Business Kinkora Trail

    Chief: Those soviet-looking empty shelves......was that taken at the WalMart in Tullytown? I point towards our local and national agenda-driven media for creating this panic. We've seen this every time they do their end of the world snow storm weather reports. Anyways, onto more fun diversions....

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    Friday, 13 March 2020, Roebling NJ Riverside Park. The Delaware River Heritage Trail overall includes a circular route from Trenton, NJ to Philadelphia, PA. Included in this route are the D&R Canal in NJ, the D&L Canal in PA and many smaller routes based on local roads, highways and trails. Such as this one created in Burlington County, administered by the Burlington County Parks Commission; the Crystal Lake Park Trail and Kinkora Rail Trail. The village of Roebling was created by the sons of John A Roebling of Brooklyn Bridge fame. The Roebling family bought a large tract of land 10 miles south of Trenton, an area known as Kinkora. Here, the Roebling's built a giant 200 acre steel mill property. Alongside the mill, the charted out and built a self sustaining village of row homes, duplexes and singular homes for the officers, foremen, bosses and workers within this mill. Everything the worker needed, was contained here, in this little village, from company stores, doctors, dentists, post office, police and fire departments. It really is a remarkable story of which many books have been written. My grandparents emigrated from eastern Europe to here, where Grandpop worked in the mills and Grandmom stayed at home, tending to their 5 children. Later on, my Dad worked at the mill, until it's final closing in 1974. Roebling Riverside Park was at grade level. The duplexes and singles overlooked the park and the Delaware River below. This picture here looks south, towards Florence, NJ on the left and Tullytown, PA on the right.

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    Same vantage spot, now looking north towards the lower park, the Delaware River and to the left, Pennsbury Manor, PA, to the right, Roebling, NJ. You just might see the crane masts of ocean going ships docked at the US Steel Fairless Steel Works in PA (click on photo to enlarge). The lower park we see before us is rehabilitated lands by US EPA Superfund grants. In the time of the mill, it was first a dumping ground for the byproducts of making steel wire; slag, along with other non-nice things. Later on, the area in picture one was the town dump, long before dumps became more sophisticated and better managed. All of the land here was literally dug out, trucked out and new fill and top soil put in it's place. All of the shoreline of the entirety of the Roebling Mill property was dug out and granite boulders set along the perimeter of the property.

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    Almost water level, Roebling Park, looking north and looking at the Roebling entrance onto the Kinkora Rail Trail. The stand of trees we are looking at is Newbold Island, a wilderness island that separates the main ship channel of the Delaware River with what us locals call "The Small River" channel; a shallow water channel that empties out in the middle portion into mud flats.

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    Onto the Kinkora Rail Trail, inside the actuall former John A Roebling & Sons/Colorado Fuel and Iron Steel Mill Property. For all of my life growing up in Roebling, this is the first time I had ever entered the mill property, short of the Slag Dumping Grounds to the north of here. So you have to understand there is some emotion in doing this. My grandpop, Dad, his brothers, my best buddie's Dad, the Dads and Granddads of all the kids I grew up with on my rowhome street, worked within the no-longer-standing steel mill buildings. It only took me 63 years to do this. A long time coming.

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    The trail awaits asphalt as I am running alongside the small river. Amazing.....it has to be 60-70 plus years and the familiar Olive Green of the Roebling/CFI steel still stands strong on this unidentified building, one of a select small few that still stands after the EPA Remediation undertaking. As I pass by the building, there are a few pallets of tan bricks. I know what they are: they were used in the steel making process, for the hearths, as insulation. After time and use, these bricks would be broken apart by workers and new bricks laid. And the process continues on.

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    Simply a nice, easy going long tangent of straight line along the small river. Affording just a nice view of Newbold Island and the small river. In the height of summer time, weeds would provide the cover for some excellent fresh water fishing. I remember taking my Dad back here a few times in my canoe over a decade, decade and a half ago now; having a nice day on the river. When I was in elementary school, he and Mom bought a little 15 foot tri-hull outboard boat and we'd all go on the boat...(sometimes 7 adults and kids sardined in that little boat) to spend a day on the shore line of Newbold Island, cooking and eating hot dogs, hamburgers, sometimes fried chicken that Mom brought from home. Beer for the adults, soda for the kids. Each family had a little spot they cleaned out on the main channel Newbold shore line and picnic the weekend days away. This was in the early 1970's. Back in 2008, when I took to sea kayaking the Delaware, I passed those areas I so remember well. But it was all grown in to the point of being unrecognizable. Nature taking back what our families staked as their claim. Today, nobody picnics on Newbold, instead they'll zip up and down the river at full throttle; unable themselves I guess to throttle down their lives and enjoy what is around them.

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    Day One which leads me to believe that the asphalt operations will work this tangent trail line up to here....

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    Up ahead, I know the trail makes a 90degree turn to the right as it nears the end of the actual mill property.

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    But I look to the right and see this. But in it's time, "this" was a sprawling grounds of shops and electric-arc mills, paved roads, railroad tracks here, there and everywhere, people moving about everywhere, 24/7-365 in the business of Building America. When the company and the small venture capital businesses that came in after '74 & tried to make a go of it all left town for good, what was left behind was an industrial polluted nightmare that required an act of Congress to clean up. So came about the EPA SuperFund, which set aside billions for land clean up and remediation. It took over 30 years of inactivity and government intervention to clean everything up here.

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    The trail turns right at the area known as The Dam and The Sluice. This is where the small river comes into a body of water known as Crafts Creek. This fresh water creek is basically where I grew up on, the creek being behind our row home. Us kids who grew up and "in" the creek knew it inside out. Our parents broke down and got us proper aluminum jon boats after they saw what my best friend and I came up with to get out on the water: wooden pallets joined together to form a raft; the flotation being the dozens of Clorox bottles we found along the way. The 4 seasons were spent on the creek; fishing the three of four. Winter was ice skating and our version of ice hockey. This was in the late 60's/early 70's when the creek was up to 10 feet deep in the channel. The entire creek iced over for safe skating and because of that, at the coldest of winter, people would come all around to skate on it. At my bedroom river on a cold January night, I'd see several bonfires along the creek banks, started by skaters out for a nights skating. Today.....the winters are no longer cold enough, the creek depth no longer deep enough, to support the kind of mass grouping of ice skaters I remember when I was a boy.

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    So on the left of the trail, here is the site of the Dam put in by the Roebling Mill folks which kept the Creek filled with water at all times. Basically, it was a set of I beams set atop each other and buttressed on the creek side by slag fill. I recall only a few times when this dam breached, emptying the creek save for it's main channel at low tide; but it was quickly repaired by the CF&I workers. At each flood tide of the Delaware, the river flowed into the creek, freshening the creek water with river nutrients, bait fish, turtles, snakes and what not. When the tide went out on the Delaware, the creek water level settled to it's normal height within. A nice equilibrium. This concrete raceway at the dam also helped span a railroad bridge that led to the Slag Field north of the mill property. It's still hard for me to comprehend how much fill dirt was put on the Slag Field, for when the mill was intact, the ground level was flush with those concrete raceways....

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    This is a short stretch of tangent, from the right turn from the small river, to the Sluice. This short section of dam and sluice funnels water in and out of Crafts Creek. Again, the character today is not what it was in the mill heyday. This was a tree lined section. Short of the ebb and flood tidal peaks, the sluiceway was slow and the bass fishing inside the sluice was good. The water was always clear, unlike today. I can recall the times I got stuck in a summer time vicious thunderstorm and sought refuge under that bridge way that is the Penn Central mainline......grabbing onto the road sideways to keep my little 10 foot jon boat steady as I wait out the lightning strikes. And one too many times, a giant water snake about 6 feet long swam by my boat as it made it's way to and from the creek it called home.

    Next up: The Roebling Mill's railroad....

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
    Wade the bike cafe sounds like a great idea. I'd go to one. Well after the pandemic is over I would. For now I haven't heard of any fighting or tasing over TP. Holy mackerel.

    Surly, I hope things workout for your son and for you with the airline and travel.
    Chief, I think it could be rather nice to have such an entity. On corona, read the last section of the ITI 2020 thread and figure out how a group of fat riders that have been on the backcountry trail as long as these folks have, could possibly be infected, lest the local wildlife gave em the freakin disease!

    Surly, good luck with any travel or event venues coughing up the coin that they took without delivery through no fault on the custy. It appears that event venues are being rather gracious in the states but travel/transport seems in the air, pun or no pun.
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    The Kinkora Rail Trail-Part 2

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    Just off the left turn, on the mill property, was where the Roebling Mill's railroad engine house stood; right where this engine sits. This is one of only two engines that survive into 2020, a smaller diesel engine stands as a static display on the Roebling Museum grounds off second avenue. Again, you can almost make out the Olive Green and Tan colors of the Roebling Mill engine fleet in this engine.

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    This shot was taken a few weeks ago.

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    I'd have to research a bit more, but I want to believe this is a 60 ton GE diesel locomotive. If my memory serves me right, a similar engine was taken by a railroad historical group working out of the old Pemberton NJ railroad station. I have pictures of that one on my desk top computer. It was in marvelous condition. And thanks to small town politics and a Mayor who had a hard-on against that railroad group, he had the groups entire collection of railroad cars, cabooses and this engine torched into little pieces of steel by the cutting torch as well as having the group kicked out of the railroad depot.

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    Inside the cab, looking at what the engineer looked at.

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    Up til 1974, this is the vantage point of the engineer. A steel mill like this had it's own railroad, consisting of a fleet of engines, ladle cars, box gondola cars. The entire mill property was criss-crossed with the veins and arteries of this railroad. Down here, near the Penn Central mainline, the PC dropped off gondolas of scrap steel for the mill. The mills railroad force would pick these gondolas up and bring them into the scrapyard up near the Museum (to be looked at in another future photo essay). There, a large electro-magnet mounted on an overhead rail-way would take these tons of steel from the gondolas and empty them into the pile of scrap steel that awaited pickup. The empties were then taken to the PC mainline where the next day's local would pick up the empties and take them to the steel scrapyard (usually located at the nearby Fieldsboro, NJ ship breaking yard). Another engine, when ordered, would take the mills own dedicated gondolas filled with scrap steel and take them to the furnaces for melt down into iron ingots. I can still recall as a kid walking the PC mainline to get down to the Sluice to do some fishing, when these white hot ingots came out of the furnace; even in July, the heat from those ingots a hundred feet away from me was felt on my skin. Steel making was a brutal living for those men who did that line of work....

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    Inside the locomotive, a railroad that has been silent since 1974

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    A symbolic passing of the torch photo shot.....old blue collar manufacturing base in the Roebling locomotive, sees the new blue collar manufacturing base cattle wagon otherwise known as the NJT RiverLine as it passes by, heading to Trenton, NJ and it's turnaround towards Camden, NJ. Where once, towns like my hometown MADE a product for the world to by, today, the RiverLine light rail bounces back and forth workers in the giant warehouses that have sprouted up in NJ, 15 dollar an hour workers moving Chinese made junk from shelving into cardboard boxes mailed to your home address. This is how far we have sunk, all told in this little photo essay tale. This coronavirus story is apropo, as we are at the mercy of the chinese pill makers since our us pharma companies shipped those jobs of making medicines to overseas. This is how I see this photo.....

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    A final look at the sluiceway towards the dam....

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    Inside the Slag Dumping Grounds, running parallel with the ex Pennsylvania/Penn Central/Conrail mainline on the other side of the fence, the trail basically rides atop the old rail line on the mill that picked up and set off rail cars for the Penn Central. Again, this is all EPA remediated land.

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    Coming to the asphalt-ready portion of the trail and the under-construction crossing of the ex-Penn Central main line railroad. Not sure if some kind of bike bridge will be built here or not and I am curious as to how this will be constructed. Parallel along this straight away from the sluice to here, to my right is built-in drainage of the trail and the grounds, terminating here in this photo.

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    Can't tell you how I never tire of looking at this bike and it's touring capable utility. One of the best investments I've ever made. Never gets old, and adventure awaits everytime I hop on the saddle. So much fun, it's been.

    Next up: From the Penn Central crossing to the end at Crystal Lake....

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    Surly, if the kids purchased the trip insurance I'd stay where I am. They have shut everything down having to do with groups. Plus this thing has to peak with it's spread, that could be a few weeks away. The people are in a minor panic mode, the shelves on certain things in the grocery stores are empty of severely picked over. We did our weekly shopping today.
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    The frozen vegetables, canned soups and TV dinners are pretty well picked over. They are closing the 24 hour grocery stores at midnight to clean and restock which should help.

    I took the Crosstrail into the LBS for a tune-up. He is still packed with bikes to be tuned up. Mike; I ordered a new bag for the back of the Fuse to get rid of the straps. I purchased a Tetrarack M2 for over the rear wheel and I put a Topeak bag on it. It's cleaner and the rack will act like a fender and the bag locks into the rack. It replaces the Jannis bag I had with the straps. I also purchased a Gortex jacket for my wife to rude in.

    We got out for a ride today she likes the jacket. The bag looks god and it doesn't interfere with the dropper post like the old bag did. Nice day a little breezy but a good ride.
    Stay healthy everyone. We're taking my son out tonight for his birthday dinner at a friends local restaurant.
    Yes sir Chief. We were in Southern Pines this weekend and went to Wally World for a few items (not intended for application on one’s backside) and the pillaging had preceded us and was quite complete. Cleaner hands and wiped patutes have never been known of in this country. We needed whiteboard markers and a few other offbeat, non essentials so we were in good shape. We did stock up on coffee while we were there. So far no one has put a press on the beer coolers. It had better not get that ugly.....

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    Mike, great piece of history in those pix! Thanks for capturing such a trove and sharing it here.

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    As part of one of my loco haunts, a singletrack maze on what once was a working ranch, Sunspot was my ray of sunshine on an overcast day with occasional rain.

    This little yellow bike has a bucha purple parts that came from the orange Mayor and needed a place to be a proper contrast. After a few laps around the park with my pithy little singlespeeder that had some punchy ascents and some rather nice descents, a break was in order, at which... Well, incoming was a heavy shower in the distance as clouds and precipitation were obliterating the mountains in the distance.
    This run was the first time with dirt being the surface instead of packed snow. This weather lately has kept it moist and shall we call it hero dirt for Sunspot's XC tires to stick to as I railed through some turns. After three hours of hard pedaling, it was time to head home and warm up and relax. Temp was around 55° and comfortable for a high exertion session. One thing I did take note of is how much I love the Liteskin 3.0 tires with their small, tightly spaced knobs for their suppleness and speed. 10 psi and hero dirt, whadda concept! Having taken the approach to the gully and accelerated toward the drop in and flying off the exit, a last minute tabletop was on tap. It was a wonderful feeling being the hang time exiting the gully at a moderate speed. Top job, Sunspot! This bike does a great job of rowdy riding... The one reason I wear the old skewl ProTec Classic is to be a little safer while getting silly.
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    Mike no it isn't the Walmart in Tullytown. It was a Giant store in Bristol Two and few miles from the Walmart.

    I ran out this morning to the Lowes on Route 1 near the mall. My daughter said they had early spring stuff for the garden. My wife asked me to look for paper towels for her Mom. I got to packs of paper towels and they plantings were sold out. I stopped at a store we purchase sausage from. I pull up and people are standing out front and I'm like what the heck is going on. Mike (the owner was only letting in one person at a time to limit the amount of people in the small store at one time.
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    The on to home depot to see if they had anything in the garden department. I was looking for romaine lettuce which does well this time of year and we eat a lot of salad and the stuff I grew last years was really good. They had a few trays left and I grabbed 10 plants. If this grows like last year I'll be giving a ton away to friends and family which is always good. I got home and got that planted.
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    Then I was headed out for a ride. It was cool today, the breeze wasn't strong but it was cool. Everyday I turned it was into a breeze and cold. I'm glad I threw my light gloves into he bag because I stopped and put them on because my hands were cold.
    I took a few pic's of the Fuse with the new rack and bag on it that I picked up yesterday along with some pansies for some color in the yard. My Mom's favorite and I used to run them over with the lawnmower. Sorry Mom, I have them every year to remember her by.

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    The old bag would drop onto the rear tire so this is heavier but better.

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    Mike great ride reports and some wonderful pictures.

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    Thanks Chief, Wade. In the process of doing it all, putting it all together, I'm beginning to realize how much actual time it takes to try to frame this stuff out after the riding is done. My hope is that it sparks others to get out there on their fat bike or any bike and to document their personal story of renewing personal health along the way; here.....


    Wade: My hope is to see more pictures of that country you ride your bike in. It is polar opposite of what people like Chief or I are accustomed to here back in the east. And that bright yellow sure adds alot of brightness to such a harsh landscape. Keep them coming and keep on pedaling. Your presence and enthusiasm within these threads are contagious!

    Chief: You're really going to love the practicality and utility of that rear rack and top rack bag. It opens up possibilities; like bringing an actual lunch to have on the trail, or, with a side pannier installed with the top bag, carrying a couple of lightweight ultralite trails, lunches and drinks for you and Mrs Chief to have on the canal, just taking in the scenery while resting up for the return leg back home.

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    Hi everyone, greetings from a still TP free OZ I head out on a mission at sparrows tomorrow to hunt down some rolled paper, this could be my last post if things turn ugly

    Mike thats what we have been missing around here, a great report with your families heritage intwined too. Must be nice to ride that trail before the summer hoards descend. And yep reports of this length and detail do take plenty of time, if we all have to self-quarantine for two weeks we will all have plenty of time for reporting.

    Banshee we are in a holding pattern to see which way if any Singapore Airlines jump or fall in this case. My son has had better luck getting most of his accomodation cost back or being able to rebook for next year. Sunspot looks great out on the range, yep light, supple and fast rolling tyres can transform a bike. As I am finding with the new Compass tyres on my Troll.

    Chief my son and wife have plans to improve our veggie patch to make things a little more organised. The rack looks great I have a Topeak bag similar to that one, it mounts on a rail that has a quick release around the seat post. Its handy to swap between my bikes that don't have a dropper post when needed.

    G, bike glamour shots should be showing the drive train side you are hiding some of the best bits

    I managed to ride to and from work today without having any close passes or stupid driver behaviour, lets hope thats a sign for the rest of the week.

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    Surly, nice report from Oz land. Yes, the ride within the confines of the mill got the memories all flooding back as I knew it would. I wonder if the day will come in the distant future when a future son (or daughter) of one of these current warehouse workers, find the same sentimentality about where Dad or Mom worked their tails off in these big, gray, rectangular warehouses; when the age of those monstrosities are ended by the Next Big Thing????

    No ride through the grounds for the week during normal work hours as the trail building crew will be at work, hopefully laying down some hot asphalt or finally completing the railroad crossing at the north end of the Kinkora land.

    Looking at our news from the state capital, Trenton, it seems our Governor is mulling over ......a night curfew over this virus issue. These days have shown those of us inclined to appreciate it, that our freedoms are always under attack. Bad enough that our national news media has helped stoke this panic, resulting on a run of.......toilet paper(???); now we have governors contemplating curfews as we slide our way into some form of martial law.

    Here's hoping to a quiet and safe week in Australia, my friend. With a little bit 'o rain to keep the crops and animals watered, too.

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    Hallo!

    Nice ride reports, photos, etc.

    {minor rant mode on}
    Here we are in the Pandemic Era. Every word out of every person's mouth around here the past three days is about quarantine, isolation, shopping hell, toilet paper, how terrifying the situation is, et cetera. We'll be instructed By The Authorities That Know Better (PAH!) to sit in a dark corner while the boogeyman passes by the windows, peering in but unable to touch us. Ugh. What nonsense!

    Yes, I have an attitude. I refuse to be driven to panic and fear. I will/do take cautionary measures, but I'm not going to panic about it. I get so sick of hearing the news trying to slam into my head with fear mongering I can't express it. Yes, we have a situation happening, and we need to act. Give me the information: what is the disease, how does it affect a person, what measures are proving effective to reduce its spread, etc. Let's work together as sane, rational people to stop the spread and assist the affected. If it means closing pubs, restricting restaurants and movie theaters, etc until the crisis is past, so be it. Stop trying to tell me how scared I should be every damn minute of the day!

    Makes me angry. Sorry to vent here, I'm just getting angrier and angrier because of all the nonsense that keeps festering around me. I want to do the right things, and what those might be is hard to pick out of the barrage of noise that happens any time I turn on the news or try to talk to someone about it.

    Grr.
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    G, bike glamour shots should be showing the drive train side you are hiding some of the best bits ...
    LOL! I know, these are not proper glamour shots yet, just opportunistic moments and record shots... Although they do show the brakes nicely, which are also pretty bits. SBG will get some nice photos taken soon.

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    No ride yesterday—Sunday was another chilly, blustery day with rain. I spent it indoors, mostly, setting SBG up with the Whisky Parts flat handlebars I'd elected to replace the Yeti 780 original pick.

    To recap: The issue I found on my first two rides with SBG was that the bars felt high, I felt disconnected from the bike with too much weight on my butt. The seat felt uncomfortable because of that, and I didn't feel as "in control" as I had on the Fatboy, with too much weight at the rear of the bike and a light front wheel. The seat height felt about right, well fitted to my legs' reach, and the fore-aft reach to the bars felt about right, but the vertical height of the bars and my grip angle was too much. Rotating the bars back pulled the grips too close and still too high. So a different bar was needed.

    The SBG bottom bracket drop is 5mm lower and slightly forward compared to the Fatboy, the reach is 8mm greater. The Yeti 780 bar I'd chosen as first try has a 20mm rise and an 8° rearward bend, as well as a 5° upsweep, I had this fitted with a 35mm stem hoping it would be close. Combining the dimensions with these figures and looking at the Fatboy's bars (5-degree upsweep, 15mm rise, 9° rearward bend) the riding position had turned out to be very different. I felt the Fatboy hand position might be approached dropping the bars about 25mm and reducing the upsweep to almost nothing on SBG, keeping the 35mm stem. I ordered a set of Whisky Parts bars that are flat with a 9° backsweep only. In a moment of overconfidence, I ordered a second set of the same bars (but in 31.8mm clamp diameter, and similar, matching stem) for the Traveler bike build.

    And then I worried. When the bars for SBG arrived and I looked at them, well, I thought I'd gone a bit too far: they looked so radically different from the Yeti bars!

    Trying to make a set of comparison photos to give you a sense of what the original and new bar might be is a bit difficult. Handlebars are three dimensional things that are hard to describe in flat pictures; they present a challenge in getting them aligned to some reference so you can see what the differences are.

    I laid them on the kitchen counter, one above the other. The Whisky bars placed on the counter lay flat, pointed slightly upwards. I taped the Yeti bars to the counter with the "0" index roughly aligned with the Whisky bars position and made two photos of the bars, from above and from in front. These are the top two photos in this composite:



    In the bottom photo of the set, I decided to try a different approach: I put a wad of balled up tape under the Yeti 780 bars to orient them with the "0" position up top, put a roll of tape as spacer behind the Whisky flat bars to orient them the same way, then photographed them from above. I felt this was marginally better at showing the difference between the bars in terms of how the rise and bend might affect hand position.

    All three of these photos prove somewhat unsatisfying, as I thought they might, but they do give somewhat of a sense of the change in the bars themselves. So, in addition, I had set up to make before and after photos of the bars and seat in profile. First is the way I'd been riding the bike with the Yeti 780 bars fitted:



    And after I'd completed the installation and taken the bike for a (short and somewhat wet) test ride, this is the result with the Whisky flat bars fitted:



    I think that shows the hand position change much more clearly. Not perfect, but eh? such it is.

    The test ride is really the bottom line: The rain had let up mostly, for a short time, so I kitted up in my full cycling outfit and headed out for a test ride around the neighborhood. And ... SATORI! The feel of SBG is magically transformed! That slightly lower, flatter hand position takes a huge amount of weight off my butt and lets me feel as if I'm wrapped around the bicycle properly, with more weight on the front wheel and a great deal more feel as to what the front tire is doing as I throw it into a corner. It lets me exert more force with my legs without lifting the front wheel so easily in the low gears. I seem to have managed getting the levers and grips oriented pretty close to right too.

    This is how the Fatboy always felt to me ... Now I have it back with SBG! Can't tell you how happy this makes me.

    I pulled back into the condo, grabbed a towel and wiped down SBG in the hallway. Rolled it in, and finished up fitting bell, computer mount, and light. I can see from the photo that I fitted the bracket for the cycle computer at a somewhat steeper upward angle, I'll probably have to correct that, and a longer ride might mean a little more precise tweaking of the bar and grip rotation. But those things are trivial, the key is that this is the 'sweet spot' I had lucked into with the Fatboy in its final configuration, after a year of riding and tweaking, and I have it back!

    Once I finish tweaking things, I'll mark it all so that next time I have to take it apart for any reason, I can reassemble it all to the marks without having to spend an hour measuring and hoping...

    Onwards! Always onwards! G

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    OZ, G's still drooling all over the place with newbikevirus2020 going on! The TV side is the drive side, just sayin'!

    Some good trails abound but this weather pattern is sucking hind tit... So, with a brief respite in showers, I had to take Sunspot out in the dirt! While I was on the trails, there was a bloke with a mini hoe doing some trail work at the pump track area. Doing a lovely job of fabricating banked turns that look amazingly fun to rail.

    Mike, I'll be doing more as weather and time permit.

    G, there are some things I can do with a yoyo and allen wrench and others that are solely done by feel. Tweaks can take time, but that's just fine with me. Particularly, handlebar upsweep must be positioned where it feels right so bar tweaks happened many times with each bike in the collective. Take your time, have fun making little adjustments and most of all, enjoy tie ride!
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    Day One of Covid-19 House Arrest

    Yes, by government ordinance that is (locally) seven-counties wide, we're all now required to self-quarantine/self-isolate from 17 March to 07 April other than for Essential Needs/Business Needs. The mandate went out yesterday about 2pm. I was out at the gym at the time, didn't hear it, went out for a ride afterwards. I knew something was up because traffic had become very sparse and many of the businesses I passed were already closed (the ordinance officially came into effect at midnight, March 17).

    I officially have a lot of free time around the house on my hands for the next three weeks.

    By section 10.A.iii of the ordinance, going outdoors for purpose of exercise - 'for example but without limitation to walking, running, jogging' - is permissible under the ordinance as long as appropriate Social Isolation Measures (maintaining 6 foot distance from other persons) is maintained at all times. It seems to me that I can ride my bicycle for the purpose of exercise under this rule. Fine by me ... there are no cafes or restaurants open to stop at anyway, and I like to stay at least six feet from the nearest person or vehicle anyway when I ride.

    Am I interpreting this rule too liberally? I dunno ... I've got a couple of inquiries going.

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    Anyways ...

    I agree with you, Wade: final tweaking and adjustments can only be done by feel with time and experience using the bike.

    I did a ten mile ride yesterday — Oooh, SBG feels so much better already! It feels low and nimble now, I am in much better control particularly when making tight turns at low speed or tossing the bike into a fast corner.

    Regards tweaks, I found that I'd got the computer mount a little too vertical for easy viewing, and I need to configure the display a little differently too. Easy fixes. Also, either the grips are rotated a little too far down or the bar needs a slight rotation to bring the angle slightly upwards. Since it's simpler, I've rotated the grips upwards a little bit and will vet what that change did on the next ride.

    It's secondary, I think the bike looks much nicer with this bar too:




    The other tweak: The Sella Italia Novus L L2 saddle works a lot better now, but it might be just a bit too stiff a saddle for best fit to my kinds of riding and mileage. The shape is about right. That's okay, the saddle I ordered for the second bike build is the Sella Italia M Gelflow L2 model, which looks to have a little more padding and give with the same shape... I'll stick with the Novus for another 100 miles or so to see if my butt accommodates it better with a little more time; if not, I'll fit the M Gelflow L2 and see how that works.

    I'm really very pleased that SBG is dialed in this close already! It points to the fact that I have a lot more riding experience now than I did when I got the Fatboy: I can feel these small issues very clearly and have a reasonable idea of which way to proceed in eliminating them.

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    Life is Good. I will comply with the restrictions ond do my best to participate in the spirit of the mandate. We all need to work together to beat this plague, without panic, prejudice, or fear ruling our actions. The efforts by government and people during the last plague—and I refer to the AIDS epidemic that swept the world in the 1980s—were a disaster and left hundreds of thousands (if not millions world wide) dead after excruciating suffering around the world, with lasting effects on millions that continue today. I wouldn't/can't wish that on the human race for a second turn in my lifetime!

    Onwards, always onwards! G

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    Lots going on. New bikes, Bear off the bike but hopefully back on soon, ride reports... Glad to see everyone is slugging away.

    I’ve not had much to share. Being in the Supply Chain Management side of my business has meant all Coronavirus issues, all the time. My wife is a nurse at the hospital, so things are getting serious. It has been tough to go ride. I did manage to get out to Pinckney Recreation Area with my brother-in-law Sunday.

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    Tex: Stay safe, ride safe and the same sure applies to Mrs Tex!

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    G, it was to the point that Sunspot would see an allen wrench in my mitt and leave the room!

    All in all, the final dial in was a great time with my bike and getting the bar position of up/backsweep to align with my shoulder position just so was an enlightening moment of discovery. Suddenly, that wow factor light started blinking! Now for a singletrack run... What a wonderful feeling of being fitted where a dirt racer needs to fit. This is one area that those "professional bike fitters" are a complete and utter failure. They are great at road and similar disciplines but dirt racing, not even in the same universe.

    Now, back to SBG!! What a lovely build! You did well, my friend and then... (Insert dramatic muzak) The whatevahyawannacallit flu hits and the damn planet stops spinning and paranoia is at pandemic levels...
    We all get hosed, get grounded and can't get toilet paper let alone basic groceries due to selfish, narcissistic hoarders... Cat fights are the norm as of late. C'est la vie!
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    Day Two

    No ride yesterday. Yucky cold/wet most of the day; I took a two-mile walk through pretty desolate streets during one of the dry spells. The grocery and bank were open at the shopping center, not much else. Continued generally chilly-cold, off and on damp today. I'll likely get in a short ride around noon—it's supposed to be dry about then.

    I made an adjustment to the grip position on SBG, need to ride it to see whether that's enough or whether I also need to rotate the handlebars a little. My buddy at the LBS wrote to tell me they were going to be open today 11-5, but no rentals, test rides, and walk-ins. He invited me to stop by. I've got some bits on order so if they're in, I'll pick them up.

    The folks at BTLOS sent a response to my query: Looks like my rims should ship in 2-3 days. I'll have to see whether Eric over at Trail Head is doing wheel building at home, and then how to get the rims to him.

    So things continue. I hope everyone is remaining well and keeping spirits up!

    onwards, G

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    Day Two, cont.

    My friends at the LBS called and told me the parts and such I'd ordered had come in, I could come pick them up. So I pulled on my gear and my back pack, threw a 4mm torque-T wrench in my pocket, and rode over there. Everything I had on order was in, did the transaction and loaded it into my backpack.

    Jake pulled on a fresh pair of gloves and took SBG for a short ride around the shop them. "Damn, these flat bars do just the right thing! ..." and said everything I'd felt when I took the bike out for a ride after fitting them. Very satisfying. The re-configured riding position makes the bike feel smaller and more maneuverable, puts me into more intimate control of the front wheel's traction, and helps me deliver more power with my legs. It's more comfortable by far too, with less weight on the seat.

    I rode off; the pack was perfectly comfortable so I figured I'd run around my usual loop and get some exercise. I stopped three times to tweak the position of the hand grips, finally got them just right. With the shelter at home ordinance in place, traffic (both pedestrian and automobile) was light everywhere. There are no cafes/restaurants/etc open so I just continued around my loop, observing and pushing.

    I rode through Guadalupe River Park on the trail, passing the Panera where the Fatboy was stolen. A twinge went through me at that point, but I pressed on: I cannot let that moment get under my skin. The sensation passed quickly, I got into The Zone just riding and pedaling.

    SBG now feels superb, just like the Fatboy and even a little better. When the new wheels are in, it's gonna be fantastic. The Beargrease frame is really really good, everything has clicked together just right. The new Garmin is also pretty nice: I went for the Garmin 130 model this time, so I have on continuous display Speed, Cadence, Heartrate, and Time; a tap on the side button gives me a path map, another tap shows the elevation I'm going through. Very nice info.

    So it goes. This crisis is going to take a while to be over. I'll ride for exercise along with my workouts at home. Friends are beginning to get together via FaceBook video conference and FaceTime video conference tools. There'll be more cooking at home for a while. And so forth. We'll endure it and survive.

    onwards! G

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    Day Two, cont.

    I took an isolation ride on my bicycle for exercise again.

    I had the Polaroid SLR670x with me. As I passed Levi's Stadium, I stopped to snap a couple of photos of SBG with the stadium as backdrop.




    I rode San Tomas Trail to Alviso, then Guadalupe River Trail back down to San Jose, and thence back home. Didn't stop, maintained the appropriate distance. There were a good number of other cyclists out there; most waved and smiled. About 17 miles @ 11.8 mph @ 1000 calories.

    The bike is delightful now, but the seat is a bit too hard for these distances on the road. I'll change it, have another one already that I believe will be right.

    Stay safe, stay healthy, keep your spirits up!

    enjoy! G

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    Nice report, G, keep 'em coming and stay safe.

    Back east, woke up this early morning to London Fog as predicted rain moves in and out for this day; a ridiculous predicted high of near 80 degrees. Then we drop back 30 degrees tomorrow into the next few days and we wonder why more people aren't coming down with the standard flu, respiratory issues and the like.

    Over in Monmouth County, NJ, this pandemic manifests in a total nightmare for one New Jersey family, 4 people dead, 2 on life support, 1 currently stable and the rest awaiting test results after coming down ill authorities believe from a family get-together meal. This is the nightmare everyone fears. Link:https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/19/healt...led/index.html


    Today, with the iffy weather, will be a good day to wipe down, polish up, lube the Haibike.

    Yesterday, I went out to McGuire Air Force Base to get my meds supply. As a military retiree, I utilize the military health care system for my family doctor needs, referrals and medications; one of those entitlements one earns in a military career. Let me tell ya, they are on top of it, taking things super seriously, while not putting their own people in jeopardy by exposing them to the greater public coming in and out of the base (folks like me): 1. The one main gate in Wrightstown was closed, directing all on-coming and off going traffic 1 mile down the road near Cookstown. 2. At the McGuire gate, they no longer handle ID cards handed to them by folks coming on, instead the driver now holds the ID card up where the gate guard can scan the ID card before granting them permission to come on base. 3. At the Medical Group parking lot I normally go to, the lot is closed; several soldiers stop me and ask questions as to how I am feeling (any fever, cough, etc). Should I have answered their questions with a Yes, I would be directed into the lot where my temperature would have been taken and then permission to enter the building granted or not. 4. Recieving permission to proceed, I am directed to the east parking lot where all foot traffic enters and departs the medical clinic through only one door. But before entering, I again am greeted by a medical team who asks me of my current state of health. 5. Inside the clinic, it is clear foot traffic is down to a quarter what it normally is. Where there is usually a 20 minute wait to be seen, I move in and out of the clinic, meds in hand, within 15 minutes total.

    Expecting more draconian measures taken as time goes by before we realize we are at the peak of this contagian. I'm thinking our own personal rides will be a great comfort away from the idea of this new reality.

    So to my Fat Biking and Health friends, stay safe, stay aware and keep the ride reports coming in. We'll get through this thing.

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    Snow... Seems the Mayor found an end of season sale on snowstorms! 5" of Sierra Cement yesterday with more to land on this first day of spring.
    Sunspot is wearing his Rocket Ron's which are a more XC tread pattern. Might hafta change back to the Nobby Nic's.

    Remember this kind of treatment for H1N1 and others over the last outbreaks? Neither do I. Keep in mind, this virus is a similar pathogen to SARS/MERS.
    At least some currently available meds are helping people cope and get through a bout of CV.
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    Far as what I've seen to date, the main difference between SARS/MERS and COVID-19 that that this one is much more communicable via airborne mechanisms (droplets from a sneeze can linger with viable pathogen for several hours after an infected person has left the room) and lasts longer on surfaces outside of the body. And it obviously moves very fast.

    That's why the rush to put 'shelter at home' and 'social distancing' ordinances in place so quickly ... The goal of these things is to slow/damp the rate of infection to reduce the hit on medical resources so the care systems aren't completely overloaded and wiped out. If that happens (like it has in some places) the serious illness and death toll rises very rapidly. Those places run out of respirators, masks, and medical personnel who become sick from trying to treat infected patients ...

    This is bad stuff indeed. We, all over the world, must get it under control or the body count will be sky high. Never mind what foolishness might have happened at the beginning, we have to act, without panic and without paralyzing fear, and with all haste. Worldwide.

    The Confucian curse of living in "interesting times" comes to mind. ...!

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    Hi everyone, Mike that terrible story of the family loosing four loved ones helped me to highlight to a few work mates that this virus is not "like the Flu" most of us are now treating it with the respect it deserves.

    G the bike is looking great out and about, glad that it all went together so quickly and smoothly for you.

    Banshee a late season dose of white sounds like fun to me

    As for riding, I rode to work a few times this week, had someone try clip me on Thursday on the way home. I will never understand the impatience of some drivers.

    As for the weekend I had my Flu shot yesterday and will take it easy today. I have to head out soon to pick up a new pump from my LBS. My son and his mates set their bikes up tubeless last week and it was a bit of a pain with a normal pump so I ordered a Topeak Joeblow Booster. I said they can practice on my Gravel Troll as its front tyre needs to be resealed

    I also received another set of Rene Herse tyres yesterday, these are for my Cross Check, 700 x 38 Barlow Pass. So I will be mounting those this afternoon and playing around with a few saddles I have while I wait for a Brooks C17 carved to arrive at my LBS.

    Well look after yourselves and your loved ones and I hope you all get to spend sometime out on your bike.

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    Quickie, then I ride ...

    The Selle Italia Novus L L2 that I tried first is a lovely looking seat but a bit too hard for my use over distances > 6 to 8 miles. It's better for nice MTB off road use, I suspect, where you're not sitting on it as much of the time and are spending much more of the time standing over it.

    I just swapped over to the Selle Italia MAN GelFlow L2 and did a quick adjustment blast about on it. Got the angle just right and the height right too, I think. So I'm going to go for a 14 mile ride and see how it works. I think this is the model that SI replaced the Sportour Garda GelFlow with because it feels almost identical, it's just trimmer and more modern looking.

    I'll see in an hour or so...

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    Did an 8 miler into town for a stop at the post office and then onto the local village supermarket.....

    At the post office: Only 1 person in the lobby at a time. Both post master and postal clerk wearing dust masks. Sent off my mail then onto the local food store. Inside, I noted alot of spaghetti sauces and noodles gone. Rice pretty much gone, but was able to get two small boxes of Minute Rice. My wheat bread was nowhere to be found, but the Rye Breads were in good stock. Did not check out the toilet paper situation, but can tell you the other day the toilet paper was pretty much wiped out as people made an insane run on buying toilet paper everywhere in the US of A.

    Went back home via the Kinkora Trail inside the steel mill, taking the chance that the trail building crew were gone for an early weekend at noon. I was right. But better yet, the entire trail inside the mill property, up to the end point at the Penn Central/Conrail/New Jersey Transit mainline railroad tracks were...........asphalted! Beautiful, baby butt smooth, 5 inch layered asphalt.


    This early evening, I took another ride into Roebling, getting onto the Kinkora Trail, then riding north on the entire trail to the terminus at Fieldsboro and Crystal Lake off Route 130. Total mileage....well, dang, I forgot the total mileage, d'oh! The heavy mid morning, afternoon early summer like humidity was gone, cleared out by a semi-fresh wind that promised storms for this evening. High of 46 on Sunday. Right now, mid to upper 70's. Nutso weather.

    The ride on the trail got me into thinking something crazy to try, but quite doable. Trust me, if I implement the idea, you'll see it here...LOL


    Surly: The Fusco family story, I just can't get it out of my head either. I am sorry to hear of yet one more close call for you on your bike. What in the heck is up with your fellow countrymen? Why are these drivers so callous an uncaring as to the kind of damage they can cause a bicyclist?

    As always, stay aware, stay safe.

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    G, here ya go. https://www.cdc.gov/sars/about/faq.html

    SARS, MERS and H1N1 did transmit via the same methods as does COVID19.

    Some info from CDC regarding H1N1 aka Swine Flu.

    From April 12, 2009 to April 10, 2010, CDC estimated there were 60.8 million cases (range: 43.3-89.3 million), 274,304 hospitalizations (range: 195,086-402,719), and 12,469 deaths (range: 8868-18,306) in the United States due to the (H1N1)pdm09 virus.

    I cannot thank the media enough for playing the panic at all costs card! Due diligence is a requirement with any epidemic/pandemic.

    Stopped at Wendy's for a frosty the other day to witness a young man with his 5-6 year old. The child was hacking and coughing, touching everything in reach with zero supervision. Who knows what that kid was down with, I kept my distance for obvious reasons. With that said, it's no wonder Commandant Newsom issued a stay at home order. Commandant Polis is likely to do the same any day now since people are careless as the day is long.

    Wouldn't it be nice to actually be able to buy the routine essentials and provisions? With the narcissists buying out everything, the rest of us get hosed...
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    Wade, I'm with you that I intensely dislike the way both government and media have fueled panic and fear rather than just presenting the information, fast and clear, and just getting on with solutions for containment and treatment. But what's done is done ... Let's hope it's remembered when next we convene to select who we want to run this place ... and let's get on with trying to solve the problem.

    But enough of that.

    I did my 14 mile ride around the standard loop from Santa Clara through San Jose and back, testing the new saddle out and just enjoying being out cycling. One thing I have to learn to remember is to stop at least once in that long a run to rest for a few minutes, even if there's no cafe to do it at: while my stamina is proving to be quite good, doing that long a ride in one continuous run without a break does tire me out rather a bit more than is sensible/safe. Even just a single ten minute rest break would make these rides nicer.

    But the MAN L2 saddle is working nicely, better than the Novus model. Height seems right on the money, I may have it angled very very slightly forward at this point. That or it needs to break in a little bit before I can adjust the angle the last bit. I'd ridden so long on the other bike that I forget precisely what I did with the saddle adjustments in the first 200 miles or so after I got it, but I seem to recall I did at least one or two very small adjustments and then it never changed again.

    The Garmin Connect app says I did 1:10 riding time, 13.50 miles, 427 calories at 11.4 mph average speed, climbed 194 feet. My legs feel good ... a little sore now but "good sore". LOL!

    I love the bike: SBG is very much a fitting replacement for the one I lost. Its colors and styling are all subtlety rather than brash and stark. Can't wait for the carbon wheels to get built and fitted; it'll be awesome.

    I finally picked up the Lezyne HV micro foot pump along with the Topeak Shuttle tire pressure gauge. I'll test them tomorrow. Also found a wonderful little bicycle ratchet wrench set by Lezyne ... it's super small, very light (about 120g in its fitted case) and has all the right bits. The pump can bolt to the Beargrease downtube mounts; the tools, air pressure gauge, plus 4Nm and 5Nm pocket torque tees all fit with tons of extra room to spare in my Ortleib 1.6L saddlebag. All I need at this point is a little box of patches and the bike is fully equipped.

    Onwards, always onwards! G

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
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    At the post office: Only 1 person in the lobby at a time. Both post master and postal clerk wearing dust masks. Sent off my mail then onto the local food store. Inside, I noted alot of spaghetti sauces and noodles gone. Rice pretty much gone, but was able to get two small boxes of Minute Rice. My wheat bread was nowhere to be found, but the Rye Breads were in good stock. Did not check out the toilet paper situation, but can tell you the other day the toilet paper was pretty much wiped out as people made an insane run on buying toilet paper everywhere in the US of A.
    A friend got me to drive him to a closed ski resort. He owns a unit in a hotel there, so he's going to hide out there. He figured I was safest to drive him as my lifestyle is closest to self-isolating... lol
    He loaded the car with food (and booze). Restaurants & stores are closed in the resort. He's one of 15 units occupied, but the rest were expected to be gone this weekend. He says it's erie walking through the empty streets of the resort. The grocery stores are sized for the 10,000+ tourist/skier population, but now it's just the local 1,800. With only 1,800 buying, they're fully stocked and he says he can get anything in them.

    Based on people's binge buying, it appears that most people expect to protect themselves from the virus by covering themselves with toilet paper soaked in hand-sanitizer and sprinkled with lentils, rise and beans.

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    ... What in the heck is up with your fellow countrymen? Why are these drivers so callous an uncaring as to the kind of damage they can cause a bicyclist?
    Most are oblivious to it. And the attitude is insidious.
    If someone is in a car accident and dies, it's described in the press as "killed".
    If a pedestrian or someone on a bike is run down, it's "died".
    Crazy on this ship of fools...

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    Canoe, the friend with the resort room has it going on!

    Fortunately, I do live in a rural area and can hit the trails from my front door. Some are little known or simply don't see much user traffic, giving a place to ride with no real close contact.

    After reading the ITI thread and thinking that the participants had been away long enough that they would likely not have illness or would have been too sick to slog through deep snow with a heavily loaded fatbike in stupid cold temps.

    Whadda mess!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Canoe, the friend with the resort room has it going on!
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    ... ITI thread and thinking that the participants had been away long enough that they would likely not have illness or would have been too sick to slog through deep snow with a heavily loaded fatbike in stupid cold temps...
    He's certainly doing well. I stayed over the first night and drove back the next day. He might run out of alcohol. That first night he killed a bottle of wine in a drinking game over the video/wifi with his girlfriend in Aus. That's after they were trading cooking lessons.

    ITI
    Except that the incubation time can range out to 27 days, possibly 29, while being pre-symptomatic, yet shedding and being contagious. They're certainly healthy, so would have a greater chance of fighting off an infection, even of staying pre-symptomatic/asymptomatic while they do so. So while the disease usually presents by the time they've been out, one can't rely upon that.

    The test can only detect Positive, meaning you have it. A negative test just means they didn't detect it: if you have it, the load is still low enough that it is undetectable. Which is why for someone with the disease it requires a series of tests spaced apart that return negative, before they'll declare 'this means' Recovered.

    AND, there has been some 'recurring' cases, where someone Recovered has re-presented with symptoms of the disease. There was some concern that these people were catching it again. Fortunately it was determined that they'd recovered enough to be symptom free, and the tests came back negative, but they still had it, just at undetectable levels. So later the disease gained ground, and presented with symptoms again.

    So, likely, but not enough to rely upon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    A friend got me to drive him to a closed ski resort. ... The grocery stores are sized for the 10,000+ tourist/skier population, but now it's just the local 1,800. ...
    I forgot. He called me yesterday to say he's found a shortcut to get to some locations around the greater-resort. The now-unused Fat Bike trails!
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    Hello all, I'm checking in since I haven't posted in a bit.
    My wife had a BAD week. One of her co-workers / manager was sick and he wouldn't leave work. He was ordered home by the owner; then he went back into the building after hours at 9pm. My wife found out and lost her mind. She's worried about taking whatever to her Mom who's 84.
    The manager went to the doctors and has been tested. We're waiting on results and staying away from Mom mom. She called me Thursday and told me what was going on and another worker called in sick with a slight fever. So we're waiting to hear on him too, she had no contact with but but you have to be sure and safe.
    I told her get out of that building, take whatever you need home. She was losing it at work and was very upset. She left and is working from home until she gets word on the two people. They were shutdown but now have an exemption since they are building things for Navy ships being built. Hopefully the tests come back negative and we can visit her mom again soon.

    My office is closed and we're all working from home for the duration or lay-off depending on the time that we're out.

    We've been riding daily. I've been doing local loops it clears the mind and sinuses. I have a scratchy throat from post nasal drip which are allergies.

    I grabbed the Iphone and took it along today. These 2 young guys have the right idea. Stay away from people and stay healthy outside.

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    I was hoping tide was dropping for their sake.......... it was.

    Surly sorry read about the a hole trying to clip you. You have to have your head on a swivel. With less people on the roads here since we're supposed to be home it's easier but you still have to pay attention.

    Be well, stay safe and healthy. Keep riding.
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    Managed to ride outside yesterday. Took a ride to the Fallen Timbers Memorial and along the Maumee River at Sidecut Metropark. My wife’s floor still isn’t seeing cases and the hospital is practically empty. Everyone is cleared out awaiting the storm. Maumee had its first victim yesterday, testing hasn’t confirmed it yet so it is presumed. A 76 year old guy.

    I think this virus going get everyone eventually, how bad it is will depend on overall health and luck of your genes. How good of care you get will depend on how packed the hospital is.

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    A ride before lockdown...

    Hi everyone, hope you and your families are safe and well.

    Mike and Chief, every touring cyclist I have ever met passing through Australia asks the same question. Our drivers are mostly ok but many are ignorant of what a close pass or other dangerous behaviour towards cyclists can cause. Then we have those who know what they are doing and revel in it. Apparently the drivers of New Zealand give us a run for our money according to the last bike tourer I met.

    Then again I had to stop my bus five times on Friday as people either opened their car doors in front of me or stepped off the foot path and tried to get into their cars. So its not just about cyclist, some people are just not aware of whats going on around them.

    Chief its beyond belief that some people are still not taking this outbreak seriously, hope your wife is ok.

    According to tonights news our state will go into lock down on Tuesday with only essential services to remain open. Hopefully we can delay the spread fo this virus.

    So this morning I was up early and set to swapping the Rene Herse tyres and Brooks Cambium onto my CC. Lucky I don't work in a bike shop as my snails pace of work would have me shown the door quick smart Still I managed to get it done with time for a photo before I set out on what could be my last ride for a while.

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    New boots...

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    I had eyeballed the seat when installing it, but after a few km I stopped to bring the nose up slightly, and 40 km later it felt fine. My hands however did not, I was toying with the idea back in December of completely changing the handlebar set up on the CC and today's ride sealed it. I will talk to my LBS tomorrow about what I want to do. We will have to see when these new rules re the virus will let me get this started with my LBS.

    The ride itself was great with plenty of families out on the Fernleigh Track. I popped over to Redhead beach to check the surf and found more people enjoying a last taste of freedom.

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    Seeing as I expect my work to be classed as essential I will still be riding to work this week so thats something. We will wait to see how restrictive the new measures to be put in place this week will be.

    Again look after yourselves and your families and friends as we all try to navigate the next few months.

    OZ.

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    Nice report from down under, Surly. Stay aware in your work; avoiding any hand movements to the mouth, etc. I'm almost shocked to learn your homeland is only now getting into shutting down travel in and out, with your proximity so close to the Asian mainland; give or take.

    No riding today. Friday was very close to hitting 80. Today is another story as we won't get out of the 40's, a near 40 degree temperature differential. In normal times, these weather shifts are responsible for getting alot of folks sick.

    Took a look on the Wharton State Forest facebook site and I see camping in the forest campgrounds is out for this spring until who knows when. The forest proper is open for bicycling and hiking, though.

    Stores, banks and post offices remain and will stay, open as essential services. Gas stations as well. Otherwise, most other businesses here in NJ are closed.

    I'm not feeling as pessimistic about the transmission of this virus to all citizens like TexMex is. But the facts are, it's here and until a vaccine is released for every american to take, we can or will remain under threat to get the bug. I also question the long term dedication the greater public will have in practicing safe distances and personal hygiene. The Great 2020 Run of Toilet Paper shows how greedy collectively the human animal can become!

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    Mike, while this Khajiit does spray to mark territory, this one does not subscribe to greed and narcissism as taught as regular curriculum on the public school system. 80? Don't start, Mike!!

    Thankfully, auto repair facilites are on the essential services list so that when Commandant Polis institutes martial law (Stay at Home) I can still make a living to some extent. It has slowed our numbers tho'.

    As for transmission, that remains to be seen as some are not presenting with symptoms and others may ignore symptoms as usual. Think about it, how many just go about with the flu, bronchitis let alone other ailments when there isn't a pandemic and couldn't care less about who or how many they infect. Again, narcissism reigns supreme. Go figure! Will the sky fall, hate to say it but that happened in the past.

    The toilet paper follies! I hope each of the self centered toilet paper hoarders hasta call Roto Rooter on a Sunday!

    My higher hopes are that people wise up, become more unified as a cultural change as in permanent as opposed to just for the moment and forgotten as soon as the current pandemic is declared done and over. The wholesale division of our country needs omitted from our land, post haste!

    OZ, my buddy has the Compass label tires from prior to the company changing to Rene Hearse. His are the Baby Shoe Pass 650b 42's in extra light. I must say, they are fast, fuel efficient and perform better with moderate pressure than overinflated. The power transmission works best with the tire in contact with a planet instead of dribbling along like Kareem Abdul's basketball! Best tire for a road tripper, IMO. Sunspot has a pair of G-One 2.8's for extended street riding sessions and they are amazingly light fast and feel so snappy when I accelerate on 'em. I can only imagine the difference your tire change has made to your bike and comfort of ride! Now, stay away from dem cars, trucks 'n busses, would ya?

    Chief, give our best to Mrs. Chief, my friend! There has to be a way to be kewl peeps and not spread this damn virus like some think is necessary.

    Tex, good to hear you made a ride happen! Keep at it when you can.
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    Wade: here's to hoping your line of work stays open. I would think it should be classified as one of those essential businesses.....then again, I read where the PA governor last week closed off the rest areas to on the road truckers traveling on the PA turnpike, only to think about that ramification, so I understand they set out porta potties for the truckers and motorists. Nice, isn't it? That's the kind of thinking that is worrisome. I love how this President is presenting a daily briefing of what is going on. However, I am again disgusted with this US lamestream media who are now using these get togethers to continue their personal attacks on the man and his administration, like we saw on Friday.

    We saw how this country come together for a too short a period right after the 9-11 attacks. Even so, in my old CG job, overlooking the twin tower wreckage out my office window in Staten Island, I still recall with contempt those sheeple who blathered and blithered "What did we do to deserve THIS?" It is these folks and their offspring, who will not hunker down or avoid contact, who will gather together in big social situations like they have already done on our east coast beaches.

    Collectively anymore, we seem to have the attention span and discipline of a gnat.


    As an aside, Wade, may I contact you if I ever have questions about my upcoming work on my Colorado pick 'em up? I plan on overhauling the drive train, new brakes all the way around, new front half axles, front wheel bearings, bushings, etc followed by removing the rear bed and going after some heavy rust on the frame followed by a frame repaint. After all of that, it's onto some rust cancer on the body and a backyard repaint of the truck. The goal is to have a newish 2006 Colorado. I like the truck, great for hauling firewood, hauling my fatty and soon, hauling my backyard trawler boat.

    Can't afford the newer trucks. And there will be some great self-satisfaction when the truck looks like she did when it rolled off the showroom floor back in early 06......

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    Mike, the newer trucks are sedans in a truck's clothing! Duty rating has been decimated and they are no longer a workhorse as they were originally designed to be.

    You're always welcome to give a shout and we can sort out your project.

    Don't even get me started on the BS that has gone on since 2015... This has been the joke of the world to watch the wholesale destruction of our country on the world stage.

    FISA, epic fail due to perjury in filing of false documentation.
    Mueller report, epic fail due to gross negligence, dereliction of duty by Mueller et al.
    inpeachment, epic fail due to witness supposition, presumption, assumption and guessing.

    Egg on the face of the nation due to incompetent congressional representatives and their actions. Pathetic!
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    Hello to everyone, hoping you are all well & safe.

    Like Mike said the colder temps moved in today. It barely got into the 40's and with the wind chill it's in the high 30's. Heck of a change from just 2 days ago. No ride today the wife and I took a walk, I slowed her down though LOL. We stopped at the local supermarket and picked up some ground beef, mayo and ketchup. They had TP and paper towels, we didn't need them so left them for others.
    We did make a drive to a Target this morning because they advertised they had Lysol wipes. They didn't, while we were there we picked 2 bottles of disinfecting spray to clean with. As I walked down the TP aisle it was pretty empty, the stock boy said it was full this morning. They had 4 roll packs and you could buy 1. I grabbed one and walked around the corner and low and behold someone had hid a 12 pack and I figured were coming back for it. I put the 4 pack back and took the 12 pack for my MIL.
    As we were checking out a guy behind us asked where I got the TP. I told him and he was like man I'm almost out and the kids are losing it. As I was about to swap him a lady in a checkout had 2 - 12 packs and had to give one up. I grabbed it and passed it to him so that was good.
    I'm tired of watching the news and will get a update tomorrow.
    I'll be working from home and it'll be an experience I haven't had before. I'm writing a letter to the owner of our company thanking him for the advanced thinking to get us to work from home. I'm also offering to take a cut in pay to help pay others and reduce some of the company's loss. We just went through a hacking and they had to replace all the servers and clean every computer in the company. I'm hoping it helps in some way.
    We're expecting possible snow tomorrow and rain most of the day so it'll be an indoor workout tomorrow.
    Be safe and healthy everyone.

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    Chief, the Mayor found an end of season sale on snow storms and ordered one for the first day of spring!

    The toilet paper fetish is alive and well, evidently! What people are thinking is a mystery that was instilled by MSLSD and their friends. Rubbish!

    Frankly, the media should have to report under penalty of perjury with stiff penalties strictly enforced to the maximum allowable by law, period!
    At this point, there is no consequence for any form of wrong doing so it continues. Without honor is common...

    I see Mikbur lurking...
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    Hey all'y'all. Good to see your ride reports and travails of life in the COVID Era. I'm sure that in the future we're gonna see references to the Pre and Post COVID Time. Sigh.

    Day Five

    I didn't seem to have time and I wasn't motivated to write much yesterday. It was Saturday, and the day was off and on chill and gloomy out. Due to the lock-down, there would be no ride to the park and gathering for breakfast with the boyz. That made the day chillier and gloomier. But such it is.


    Day Six

    I was up at my usual hour and worked on some photos. Partner rose, I made breakfast, and glanced outside at the sunny day. The Weather Channel said it was going to start showers in middle afternoon. So after breakfast I decided to ride, pulled on my gear, grabbed a camera, and took off.

    It was lovely out ... Warmer than the weather report had said with nice sunshine. I was a bit over-warm in my gear as I'd suited for 50° temperatures and it was actually in the middle to high 60°s. I decided to run a variation of my usual cycling loop with a rest stop in Japan Town on the way down into San Jose business district.

    Very light traffic and the fact that now 50-60 miles on I'm finally getting out of the shock and horror of the bike theft, getting into the cycling frame of mind again on the new bike. And dang, it is a nice thing to ride. The new seat does the business, it handles so well and stops so well. Just like... I refused to let my head wander there and get angry all over again. So I just rode and enjoyed the riding.

    I stopped on the corner opposite Roy's Station in Japan Town. That's one of my favorite cafes, all closed up for the duration at this point. A twinge of sadness seeing that, but I figured here was as good a place as any to snap a photo or two.

    The warm sun brought out the subtle frame very nicely so I snapped one with my iPhone ...


    SBG in Japan Town – San Jose 2020
    iPhone 11 Pro, Portrait Mode (cropped)

    And then I realized that I had just one frame left in the Polaroid and I might as well catch SBG and me here for my records.


    Polaroid SLR670x by MiNT
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    After that, I continued my ride around the loop and back to home...

    BTW: You can click the photos to go to Flickr.com and see them in a larger presentation.

    This seige is a drag. Hopefully it won't last too long. Keep your spirits up, stay healthy, ride safely. We'll get through it together.

    Onwards, always onwards. G

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    Hi everyone, hope you are all well.

    Mike the Oz Government restricted travel from China back at the start of February, they missed a lot of people coming in from Iran that lead to a bunch of infections. Three days ago they shut down all non-citizen arrivals, and now most states of OZ have travel restrictions between them. Cross a state line and you must quarantine yourself for 14 days. Today they shut down a range of places, Pubs (second homes for many Australians) clubs, cinemas, casinos, nightclubs, Indoor places of worship, gyms and indoor sporting venues. Cafes and restaurants can only trade as takeaway shops, and non essential travel is not encouraged. Still they left retail shops open, so they must be trying to limit job losses at this time. Still plenty of people just had their lively hoods taken away today. Lets hope these measures save lives.

    Banshee, yep the new boots are seeing me ride a gear or two higher and a bump in speed. I have G-One Bite tyres on my gravel Troll and love them, a great combo of speed and grip. Although the front tyre has not held air so well, I will have a play with the new Topeak JoeBlow Booster and some of my sons Stans sealant to see if I can short it out. Can't stay away from the buses as I drive one of a living, at least if I get doored by someone driving I won't feel it. Much safer than getting doored on my bike.

    Chief, glad/sad to read that Australians are not the only ones losing their minds over TP. Our local supermarkets are striped bare as soon as they open each morning. The government brought in rules last week that the first hour of trade between 7 and 8 am is for pensioners only to give them a chance to get the product that others are hoarding. We are a long way from normal.

    Hi G, the bike looks great out in the wild, glad for you that riding is allowed.

    I rang my LBS today to see if I could drop my CC in tomorrow and talk about the parts I want to swap out. At this stage they are allowed to trade so I will make up a parts list now and do a quick drop off and leave it with them. Having a job in a essential industry means I get to carry on when many others are hurting and losing their incomes. And spending a bit of cash with my LBS now I hope it helps them through what is going to be a tough few months ahead.

    Anyway lets see what tomorrow brings, stay safe out there.

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    G, thanks for a couple pix! Good stuff. Glad the new bike is turning up to be everything you wanted.

    OZ, I contacted Rene Hearse to see if they would offer the tires in real +, as in 3.hellyeah. Unfortunately, they were not planning to thus, I'm limited to the G-One 2.8. The boost in fuel economy is massive when it comes to the road style tires but they have their place.
    The bus... You wouldn't know if you took a door off a car while driving one of those behemoths! The car owner might just become aware that they lack common sense tho'...
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    Yer welcome, Wade.

    There's more to that second photo of me and the bike than I posted here yesterday ... I used it my morning's FaceBook post for Day Six.

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    SBG is a fantastic machine. Almost fully sorted now ... the carbon wheels will finish it ... it's a delight to ride and should roll up the miles nicely as time goes on.

    My thoughts now turn to its sibling, named Traveler. I'm building up the second Salsa Beargrease frame I acquired as a bike to ship with me when I go traveling so that I have my own bicycle to ride when I want it. There are only a few bits left to acquire - bottom bracket, crankset, pedals, seat post, grips - and it will run on the wheels you see on SBG now once the carbon wheels are in. These parts will be identical to what SBG has so I just have to reorder the same stuff: that'll happen as soon as the LBS is available so that I have them in stock for whenever it is that I schedule the build. I'll also buy an Evoc travel case for it... Already have the travel toolset sorted.

    Today the weather should be decent, I'll go for another isolation ride. Yes, it is fortunate that cycling is permissible, and I'll take advantage of that until it is not, or until we have won over this crisis and life returns to normal.

    Be well, all of you. Onwards, always onwards! G

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    Well, today our shop received a call from the health department regarding a parts house district manager that had been by our facility a couple weeks ago. Turns out the bloke tested positive for cooties last week. Fortunately, it was two weeks ago that he visited us. None of us have had any symptoms of any sort nor fever. I think we had a close call but are off the hook.


    Meanwhile, weather has sucked right out loud as of late. Sunspot has been grounded as of late due to rain. Sunday I had a two hour session before more rain moved in. I actually felt like I had a fresh set of spark plugs! Sunspot was spinning up very nicely and it was a blessing to enjoy the performance that I did not expect to be available.
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    Wade: That sure is a bit too close. Kudos to your proactive health department in notifying your shop. Weather here back east is just as miserable. Gray, rain all day, 40's. Regards my pending truck work: first off, thanks for standing by for any help or morale assistance when the time comes. And yes, these things are just not made very tough nor for the long term. There should be a law that says truck frames should be triple coated in an epoxy primer and paint system followed by a hot wax application inside the frame, outside as well as in the lower rocker panels, which if I were King, would be made of galvanized steel like Porsche does with their 911.

    G: Nice pics, the one self portrait looks as if you have lost years. Fatbiking has been good to you!

    Chief: You're a good man, my friend. All of my best to Mrs Chief and your Mother In Law.

    Surly: Your photos taken in the bright Australian sunshine sure brighten up things around here, which have been for the most part grey and very dreary. Regards to your Cambium; I've got one on the Fatboy and the Trek Soho DLX. The Slate Grey color gave way to a tan; which is something to be said about their dye procedure. It did not hold up for me. After pedaling over a year on the Ergon SMC4, I question why I liked the Cambium so much. Where I had butt fatigue on the Brooks, I've suffered no such things ever on the Ergon. Those rivets had a way of adding to the chafe. Of course, saddles are such a subjective thing when it comes to recommending one for the other.

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    Hi everyone, Banshee the last phone distracted driver who drove into the back of my bus did plenty of damage to his car, I had to ask a passenger siting up the back did someone hit us the bus hardly had scratch.

    Hi Mike, yep saddles are different for everyone. This is the first Cambium that I brought and was placed into storage quick smart It was my fault as I did not manage to get the setup right. It felt terrible compared to my B17 I was running. I now have three Cambiums on different bikes and either my bottom is use to them or my setup skills have improved I dropped off the CC this morning for its new handle bar set up so when that is done I will be back to playing around with saddles again.

    Speaking of the CC, a swap from drop bars to flat bars quickly escalated into going from a 3x9 set up to a 2x10. I gave my LBS some ideas about the two set ups I am looking at and they will be getting back to me with possibilities and prices.

    Anyway we are off for a walk around our local lakeside path.

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    Hello

    I went for a short ride yesterday. I went down to the Maumee river. The Walleye are running and the fisherman are starting to pull them in. Walleye are probably the best tasting fish there is, definitely the best freshwater fish. The spring spawn on the Maumee river is the largest Walleye migration in the world. There was a time in my life that I would be out fishing every chance I could. After I moved away from Maumee to Columbus I fell out of the habit. Seeing all the guys down there made me think I need to get back into it.

    The ride was 100% recovery. I have been using the trainer for structured interval training and I definitely feel like it is flogging this old horse. So I kept my heart rate low and just took in the view. I noticed while on the bicycle bridge over US24 that the truck traffic is still out in force. I am not worried about the store shelves emptying out. I may not get specific things I want but I won't go hungry either. Apparently beef is the preferred meat in a crisis, but you can get all the pork you want on sale.

    The river came down from the last time I was out. OZ, I managed to get one straight, OZFat Biking and health-img_0302.jpg. I don't know why but when I post shots in portrait they always fall over on this site. I guess they get tired and need to lie down. I can relate. The water levels are coming down. Fat Biking and health-img_0299.jpg

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    Tex, the only fish better is Calico Bass, a salt water fish on the west coast. Good to see you're back on your bike and getting out for some ride time.

    Mike, without a doubt! Having an alarming call come in like that can be unnerving.

    G, double your fat, double your fun! Having the backup is worthy as one might be down and waiting on repairs.

    OZ, looking forward to seeing the tweaks and results! Good times...

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    Wade: Out here in the East, the Crappie is also known as the Calico Bass. Nice looking fishies, the Calicos as well as the Yellow Perch. Both are part of the panfish family that includes the sunfish.

    Tex: Big difference in the water level drop of the Maumee. Here on the Delaware, I do not believe we have native Walleye. However at this time of the year, the Shad make their migratory run from the Atlantic Ocean into their home spawning grounds up in New York State, a migratory run of over 300 miles upstream. Amazing!


    Well, look at that, the Sun came out. Have to go and fetch some firewood though, before the rains come back tomorrow and into the weekend.

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    Day Seven

    G'Morning!
    Thanks Mike! Yes, cycling has been a godsend, as has my personal trainer and the gym subscription. I'm now hovering between 215 and 217 lbs, fully more than 110 lbs down from the point where I really thought I was going to be dead in a week. I feel like "me" again.

    I received word from Amy at BTLOS yesterday. The package with my rims was returned to them from their regular Express shipping service (EMS I believe). EMS is operating under restrictions and cannot land a package in the USA—Not only have their shipment flights been restricted, but they're not authorized to land any in the USA at present. Amy told me that she can get DHL or FEDEX shipment, but there's a huge premium associated ... Did I want to authorize it and pay the difference, or cancel the order? Well, you can probably guess my response. They're still picking up the charge that I would have paid originally, but it's costing an additional $100. Still not a bad price overall, given the state of the world at present and what getting comparable rims made in the USA would cost, and I'm still well-under-budget given the settlement that insurance gave me to finance SBG.

    This morning I got the note that their shipping agent has picked up the package and it's on the first leg of the journey here. It goes to Hong Kong, then onto a DHL flight from there. So they should be here in, conservatively, about a week's time. I'll sanitize and discard the packaging, then bring the rims up to the wheel builder's shop. I got a note from them yesterday: the shop is in operation but on a more limited hours basis AND they've put in place lots of procedures to keep things clean and sanitary both for incoming and outgoing bikes.

    --- ride report ---

    I did another "isolation bicycle ride" yesterday: From home up Homestead through Cupertino to Mary Avenue, across to the CalTrain tracks on Evelyn, then back to Santa Clara and home. I chose this route because while it isn't as interesting as the San Jose loop, it has much more elevation change associated, and there was a headwind going up the hill most of the way. Now that got my legs working!

    Happily, my custom drivetrain and gearing is just right and it was just a nice, long, steady pull up the hill and a nice, fast blitz down on the way home with the wind behind me. About 16.5 miles travel, no stopping, at ~12.5 mph average according to my cycle computer.

    I'm so glad I have the bicycle for these things, it keeps me from getting stir crazy banging around the condo. It's easy to keep to the line of "social distancing" needs with a bicycle ride—you really don't want people or other vehicles closer than 6 to 10 feet even in normal times, and I wear gloves all the time right now, wash the gloves after the ride and wipe down the bicycle grips and controls. There are lots of other cyclists and walkers out there getting some exercise; almost everyone smiles and waves as you pass, and everyone is courteous about giving plenty of space, etc.

    I look forward to nice days of Summer when this mess is behind us.

    Onwards! Always onwards! Keep your spirits up and stay well! G

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    One of my wife's co-workers has been cleared, the manager (no clear) says he's OK and is planning on going back to work tomorrow. I don't think the owner is going to allow it we'll see. My wife will be working from home until he receives the clearance. My son will head back to work tomorrow (banking). I'm working from home for the near future.
    The sun came out and I got in 11+ miles of roadway, local walking path, lake trails and then home. It felt so good to clear my head and sinuses. My wife got a walk in.

    G, so good reading your first paragraph and bringing a smile to my face. Good for you.

    Mike since the beaches are closed to fishing and I have no interest in making that drive I'll be doing some fresh water fishing. There is walleye in the river, mostly the upper end. There are striped bass here too and that fishery is growing.

    Texmex, nice report and pic's. Thanks for sharing.

    Everyone stay alert, safe and healthy.

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    A mornings ride...

    Hi everyone, great to see the post count ticking along and that you are all well.

    Chief, I have no idea why the manager feels the need to go to work and risk others If he has done his job properly over the years and trained and mentored his staff the place should run fine without him. Still some people don't see how bad this virus is and how much worse it can get for most of us. Glad you managed a ride and your wife is out and about too.

    As for myself I took a ride around our Lakeside trail this morning, I was going to leave it till later but a line of rain is moving in quickly so I headed out early.

    I decided to take the Monkey out as the handle bar setup is similar to the one I have planned for the CC. I have not been on it for a few weeks and it always fells great. I am hoping to have the CC feel the same.

    I added some air to the tyres as I planned to stay on the concrete bike path, hospitals don't need someone coming in who had a stack riding off road. It made for a ride of just on 10 kms in about 50 minutes and the morning was glorious

    After a run along the lake a nice 400 odd meter climb, granny gear in parts brought me to the Sea Eagle Lookout. I have not played around with the pano setting on the iPhone much and gave it a whirl to catch all of the morning light.

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    Lucky I have been doing pilates because it was quite a twist as I was standing astride my bike

    The trail snakes and drops and climbs through the park and I was soon at the end of the paved section. Sadly no off roading today...

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    So I turned around and headed back down the path. They give you a nice warning of whats ahead...

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    but none at the bottom when you come the other direction about the climb you are about to do

    Soon enough I was at the high point of the trail with the path twisting in front of me...

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    and with other people out enjoying the morning light. And everyone keeping a polite and safe distance when passing.

    I dropped down to the end of Cardiff point and stopped to enjoy the view for a while...

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    And with that my moment of freedom for the day is over, some jobs around the house and my pilates workout will fill the remains of the day.

    Stay safe and in true Old Bear fashion healthy.

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    Surly: Well, that was a very nice tour that you just took us on. We can about feel the warmth of the sun from those great photos. Thanks for sharing!

    Chief: Honey the Beagle and I drove through Bristol (even stopped at that Arby's down 13 for some roast beefs to take home) as I brought back a load of firewood I picked up off NJ Route 29 at Bulls Island. Very nice to take advantage of a sunny day as rain is supposed to take over for tomorrow. Honey did a fair job of barking and howling at the people walking on the local sidewalks within Bristol.

    Smelled antifreeze that seemed especially strong and a check an hour ago revealed a leaky water pump. Add that to the growing list of things to take care of, sigh......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    Far as what I've seen to date, the main difference between SARS/MERS and COVID-19 that that this one is much more communicable via airborne mechanisms (droplets from a sneeze can linger with viable pathogen for several hours after an infected person has left the room) and lasts longer on surfaces outside of the body. And it obviously moves very fast. ...
    That is incorrect and incomplete.
    To date, there is no evidence of SARS-CoV-2 aerosols being generated by normal human activity, including coughs and sneezes.
    (with a possible exception, which I'll cover below)

    Transmission routes for COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 include:
    • Direct Transmission - direct contact between people.
    • Droplet Transmission - droplets expelled by breathing, talking, coughing or sneezing fall on another person across an air gap.
      But these droplets are heavy and fall to the ground, typically within a metre.
      Hence the guidance to keep a six foot safety distance between people.
    • Indirection Transmission - viruses deposited on surfaces by direct contact or expelled droplets, and a human later contacts them.
    • Fecal Transmission is suspected, due to the high shedding in the intestinal tract, 20x to 50x that of the respiratory track.
    • Possibly through open sweating pores. From suspected transmission at a marathon in Italy.

    A recent study managed by mechanical experiment to create a SARS-CoV-2 and a SARS-CoV-1 virus in aerosol in a controlled chamber. They ended the experiment after three hours, with viable viruses in aerosol detected through that period. Now, SARS-CoV-2 aerosols are Plausible. It is unknown how long they would stay viable in aerosol nor how long before they would drop out of aerosol. (This is materially & significantly different than what many news/summary sourcing are saying "...up to three hours", leading readers to think this means that after three hours there would be no viable virus.)

    The three hour test certainly covers the risk period for medical personnel doing procedures on a patient where pressurized airflow is present and may create an aerosol, like intubation. This has been suspected, from who got infected when, and the guidance I've seen was to use appropriate PPE. Now with those study results, they can reaffirm that.

    That same study tested the viability of the viruses on a variety of surface types. Although not the first study testing surface viability, and their viability times were meaningfully shorter than other studies, the study's results of the COVID-19 virus remaining viable on surfaces is very important. It is further lab confirmation that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can remain viable on a variety of surfaces, hence it is lab confirmation that Indirect Transmission is plausible, and on a variety of surfaces, hence in a variety of circumstances. This strongly supports the interim guidance warning of Indirect Transmission and, well, WASH FREQUENT-TOUCH SURFACES THAT PEOPLE CAN TOUCH AND THAT DROPLETS CAN FALL ONTO. (Hint - that's the takeaway.) (Other studies showed viability times on surfaces out to six days. A SARS-CoV-1 test showed viability on stainless steel as long as nine days.)

    Airborne / Aerosol Transmission has been repeatedly ruled out by repeated monitoring of patient rooms, including where they are repeatedly coughing and sneezing. Testing air samples for aerosols of a virus is fine, but it isn't enough. A virus "drops" out of the aerosol, onto surfaces, or can stick to surfaces it flows against, so they may all be gone from the air (or below detectable levels) when you sample the air. You also have to sample surfaces that the virus can fall/stick onto. If you don't find the virus in aerosol but you find viruses on surfaces that are not in the patient's droplet range, then you know you had viruses in aerosol for a time. A patient in a hospital room is great for definitively testing for this, as the patient is, well, relatively captive.

    So far known/reported, testing of COVID-19 patient rooms detected viruses on surfaces within the expected droplet range. They did not find the SARS-CoV-2 virus in air samples, nor on surfaces that were out of the patient's droplet range: no present virus aerosols found and no indication of virus having been present in aerosols and dropping out onto surfaces.

    In spite of that, due to other viruses going into aerosol by coughing or sneezing, for precautionary reasons (it is still realatively early in COVID-19 knowledge) it is highly recommended to sneeze into tissue and cough into tissue or your elbow. Some reports say they have no evidence to counter the patient room monitoring, but suspect coughing or sneezing may produce finer droplets that can range beyond the one metre, a semi-aerosol, possibly out to two or even three metres before falling to the ground or shortly dropping out of aerosol.

    The Airborne / Aerosol exception - Diarrhea

    There is concern of a risk. It seems plausible, but it has not yet been tested and found 'Plausible'.
    • (Not SARS-CoV-2 specific) Violent diarrhea can produce fine droplet aerosols that can disperse up to 200 metres (656 feet).
    • Note the high viral shedding of SARS-CoV-2 in the intestinal tract.
    • In one unpublished study at one hospital in Wuchang China, aerosols with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were reported detected near patients' toilets.
    • A SARS outbreak in 2014 was "airborne spread was the most likely explanation, and the SARS coronavirus could have spread over 200 meters", and was traced to a SARS patient who had diarrhea.
    Crazy on this ship of fools...

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    Thank you, Canoe!

    It seems the media cannot report anything with any form of accuracy thus, we have a panic pandemic at this point in time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    [*]Fecal Transmission is suspected, due to the high shedding in the intestinal tract, 20x to 50x that of the respiratory track.
    Gross

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canoe View Post
    The Airborne / Aerosol exception - Diarrhea

    There is concern of a risk. It seems plausible, but it has not yet been tested and found 'Plausible'.
    • (Not SARS-CoV-2 specific) Violent diarrhea can produce fine droplet aerosols that can disperse up to 200 metres (656 feet).
    • Note the high viral shedding of SARS-CoV-2 in the intestinal tract.
    • In one unpublished study at one hospital in Wuchang China, aerosols with SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were reported detected near patients' toilets.
    • A SARS outbreak in 2014 was "airborne spread was the most likely explanation, and the SARS coronavirus could have spread over 200 meters", and was traced to a SARS patient who had diarrhea.

    That is disgusting. If I never hear the phrase "violent diarrhea can produce fine droplet aerosols" again, it will be too soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramarren View Post
    Canoe, what are your sources of information?
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    Numerous research papers and researcher discussions.
    I've got way too much time on my hands and I seem to have filled it.

    Media is usually two days to a week or so behind what the researchers release. Most of the papers are public, be it pre-print or once published. Many of the sites publishing papers have removed the paywall for coronavirus related papers.

    The researchers got way more quiet two weeks ago, for a weekend. I don't know if that means they're busier, or if they've just taken their discussions private.

    The most recent paper to get wide-spread mangling at various levels of "reporting" is the one where people end up thinking that if they wait x hours for this surface or y hours for that surface, then there's no viruses so they don't have to clean it. Many even talk about the two strains of COVID-19, when it was one SARS-CoV-2 and one SARS-CoV-1. The takeway is that it is now considered proven that the virus surfaces on surfaces, so you have to clean surfaces... The viability depends so much on temperature and humidity that you can't afford to guess or even guestimate. Wash them, and with soap, which disolves the virus envelope making the virus non-viable...
    https://www.nejm.org/doi/10.1056/NEJMc2004973

    You won't get much attention from what is released to the public on things like sweating pores, as that is not going to be a driver for spreading the infection. Later, researchers can study that and make a determination. Their findings may result in a guidance at the public level.
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    My wife is a nurse. My daughter is a phlebotomist studying to be an x-ray tech. I had to ban work talk at the dinner table because I would lose my appetite.

    If it can't be fixed with a welding torch, wrench or duct tape it is definitely outside my scope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    Thank you, Canoe!
    It seems the media cannot report anything with any form of accuracy thus, we have a panic pandemic at this point in time.
    There are issues:
    • Guidence needs to be simplfied to the point it can easily be followed, else you won't get compliance.
      "Don't touch your face" instead of don't touch your mouth, nose or eyes.
      "Wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds" instead of getting into soap, lipids, bi-layers, envelopes and molecular attraction of viruses to surfaces and all of the ridges, pores, etc.
      The simplifications won't cover everyone, but the greater the compliance, the less the spread.
    • Early on, information was changing very fast. Guidance was, and still largely is, Interim Guidance. People have to be prepared to learn something, then modify it or completely throw it out once more accurate information is determined.
    • People will panic. It's their nature. That can be aided or aggravated by false information from the top. Back on January 22n, the researchers were saying this could be a world changing event, and with the long lead time between when cases first appear in a population and when they get noticed, it was likely already seeded throughout the world. The U.S. still has to go back through this season's flu cases and determine which were COVID-19, but they've got their hands full right now just trying to identify where the clusters are, then they're getting hit with rising cases to treat.
    • Media - see below.


    With his coronavirus and so many other scientific/medical/factual things, it really pays to trace back to the source. So many times I've seen some small but interesting bit of information, and it gets passed around, increasingly twisted with each article (created to publish for advertising clicks) - with the author miss-understanding, copy&paste with changing wording to avoid plagiarism, using artistic licence, or intentionally overstating/sensationalizing/etc. for clicks - until it goes around full circle and it's so different that someone thinks "hey, here's a corroborating article! And their results were even stronger!".

    Then the forums! Arrrrgh. You read a pre-print, then it gets published, then someone in media decides to paraphrase a researcher highlighting a few details, then it takes off. Next you have people in forums correcting each other on it based on another articles along the chain of mangled information

    Find the source!
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    Gross
    But highly useful.
    Look at all of the people who were released from hospital after they no longer had symptoms and had passed a series of tests that showed negative. Later, when they presented with symptoms again, the concern was they had caught it again. Fortunately, it was determined that they hadn't fully recovered, the virus was just below detectable levels when they were released. The researchers who did the intestinal tract tests pointed out how an anal swab test would show the presence of the virus and prevent releasing those respiratory-negative people who were still shedding viruses (contagious) and could soon be shedding viruses from the top end again.
    Crazy on this ship of fools...

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    Still gross. Just saying. I am definitely not taking it lightly, but aerosol diarrhea is a phrase that I wish I never heard

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    Still gross. Just saying. I am definitely not taking it lightly, but aerosol diarrhea is a phrase that I wish I never heard
    How about “fecal veneer”? A term used in our office denoting the fact that pathogens present in stool have been cultured from objects in patients hospital rooms who’ve suffered from “explosive diarrhea”.


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    Thanks Canoe. It's hard to find organized and useful information at this point in time. (Regards anything "gross", well, I grew up in a medical family and discussions of all of these kinds of things were commonplace between my grandfather, father, uncles and aunts, all of whom were doctors and nurses. Nothing about it is gross to me at all, it's all objective technical jargon to discuss issues of biological and pathological facts. )

    I found this discussion on "Spanish Flu vs COVID-19" to be interesting and useful to provide context. Information is power.

    Spanish Flu vs COVID-19 on YouTube

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    Although It's beautifully sunny right at the moment, I don't know whether I can ride today ... there's a huge, cold air mass sweeping into the area and that will mean gusty winds and rain off and on all day. It might be conducive to sitting tight and doing a workout in the living room! I'll see.

    It was like this yesterday too, although it didn't actually rain until evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark K View Post
    How about “fecal veneer”? A term used in our office denoting the fact that pathogens present in stool have been cultured from objects in patients hospital rooms who’ve suffered from “explosive diarrhea”.


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    A new wood product used in making crappy cabinets and other things! :P
    I am going to go to my happy place and going to think that is what fecal veneer actually means

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    Today was cold, variably raining and then sunny, then raining, then sunny. No ride day, as I suspected. I managed to get in an hour's walk and got drizzled on three times ... I wore my waterproof jacket and rain hat so it was no problem at all.

    In bike news, the brake rotors I need for the second bike have arrived, and I got the notice from BTLOS and DHL that the carbon rims for SBG are now on the way here from Hong Kong.

    Not much else going on. Here's a shot from my isolation exercise ride the other day, for your entertainment.


    Onwards! G

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    3 months out and still xmas ornaments

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt4x4 View Post
    3 months out and still xmas ornaments
    I believe the owner of the property set them up again AFTER the "Shelter at Home" ordinances were emplaced on March 16... They weren't there two days before.

    The Weather Channel predicts chilly temperatures but dry today and tomorrow, rain on Sat and Sunday, then a big warming trend for next week with clear weather. Time to ride again...

    Onwards! G

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    Day Ten

    The weather turned out to be very nice for cycling yesterday: dry and cool, temperatures from 52°F to 61°F. So I suited up with my long cycling pants, base-layer long sleeve shirt, and over-jersey, stuck the additional light jacket in my bag, and took off. I decided to go for a longish ride with the nice uphill to Cupertino as the first leg.

    I had my ears on and was listening to some electronic dance music as I often do when I'm riding. A signal for incoming email dinged so I glanced at my phone at the next stoplight. I saw it was a note from my buddy at the LBS: I'm in the process of acquiring all the bits for the second Beargrease build ("Traveler") and he discovered that the SPANK OOZY pedals I specified are out of stock at all his available sources ..."until July at earliest". Rather than respond immediately, and since I was on my way to Cupertino anyway, I decided to ask at Trail Head Cyclery, if they were open, whether they had any of these in stock, or whether they had a similar pedal that would do as well.

    The folks at THC were open (and practicing safe distances, wearing masks and gloves, limited number of customers/staff in store, etc). They didn't have any of the SPANK pedals either, but they did have a very similar design, weight, and price pedal set by OneUp, and in black. They looked a nice pedal too—and Traveler doesn't have to be identical to SBG anyway!—so I bought a set and stuffed them into my bag. It was good to see the guys, and hear that everyone was in good health and spirits, working their way through this plague with good practices. I bid goodbye and continued on my way. ... Before I cycled off, I sent Jake at the LBS a reply and told him to not worry about the pedals, just get the rest of the order through.

    I didn't plan any other stops, other than possibly a rest break, and hit the road on a path I'd done before. A little south, then eastwards again, a turn through my typical loop at that point that takes me through downtown San Jose and then Japan Town, and thence home. Traffic was light to non-existent most of the way, with a modest number of other cyclists and a good number of runners, joggers, and walkers out doing their exercise as I was.

    I arrived back home, stripped off my gear and washed my hands and gloves, took a shower, and had a little snack. A good ride. Here's the route:



    Stats: 24 miles, 2 hours riding time, 443 feet elevation change, 12.2 mph average speed.

    Keep at the isolation practices, stay healthy, get help fast if you need it.

    There are two excellent Ted talks by Bill Gates on the subject of epidemic preparedness and then on what we have to do now with the pandemic upon us. Like the youtube I mentioned a day or so ago, I find these sensible, rational, objective talks much more useful than the infotainment provided by the news services or the bloviating nonsense spouted by the "authorities" in the capital.

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    Cold and nasty Wednesday, so that was a day off. Thursday during work things got serious and with the ongoing crisis and not have any projects down the road I may be looking at a lay off. It's happening everywhere right now. I helped hire my new boss and he's trying but with clients slowing down the projects may be 3 to 4 months out. It has me stressed but we'll get through it. My daughters wedding is the main issue. So we'll see how it goes.
    My wife's co-workers tested negative and she's back to work at her office. So that's good.
    I rode the last 2 days, yesterday I rode hard to relieve some of the stress. It helped but I didn't sleep well. I ran emails through my mind all night and I was exhausted today. I worked a little from home and it helped staying busy.
    Small breakfast, soup for lunch and I got out in the sun. I wanted to ride but I was beat. Then the other show dropped. When I was a the fire chief of my volunteer fire department I had a deputy chief that was a few years older than me. He had some issues and gave up the office. He needed a kidney and his sone gave him one of his. The son was my last deputy and is the present chief. My friend (the president) called me as I was changing to ride. The chief's FIL passed away 2 weeks ago. The chief's son was staying with his grandmother so she wasn't alone. Well he OD'ed last night and didn't survive the ordeal mid-20's and I thought he was smarter than getting mixed up with heroin. He didn't look like a user if you know what I mean. Big, heavy set always smiling and very personable. I can't imagine losing your son like that. It was a severe shock and put things in perspective for me. GOD bless you Paul. GOD help your family.
    I got out for the ride and ran into some members of my department at a brush fire and we all spoke about it. It has devastated the station.
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    More friction on the fatter tires = more of a workout

    Fat bikes also means you will be riding more bumpier, muddier terrain which = more of a workout.

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    Chief: All of my best to you and Mrs Chief as well as your daughter, on the homefront in these times we face. And thoughts and prayers to your brothers and sisters in the firehouse who mourn their loss.

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    Thanks Mike. I'm a tad depressed but will work through it. I guess we all have times where we're a little down and this is a first for me.

    Texmex; thank you's to your wife and family. They are SO important right now.

    No ride today, it's cool, rainy and nasty out today so I did a workout in the house and feel better. The sitting a doing nothing is monotonous and get your head thinking which I don't need. I'll grab a book and get started rereading my Tom Clancy books.


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    Chief, Thanks for the message to my wife and daughter, they have been uplifted by how much appreciation is being shown. I am sorry to hear your heavy news. It is going around, one of my colleagues just lost his aunt to COVID and his other aunt and uncle are hospitalized with suspected cases. The layoffs are coming at my employer. I feel pretty safe and my department just lost a couple people to a resignation and a transfer. So we already are leaned out and I opted to not backfill the slots.

    It has been cold and rainy. I am glad I bought a smart trainer. I prefer riding outside, but wet or muddy conditions beat up the bike. The interactive and engaging nature of the smart trainer apps keep my attention good enough to make it tolerable. If the rain slows up today I will probably just take a neighborhood cruise.

    I have a 12' Alumicraft boat. A couple of years ago the old Evinrude on the boat gave up the ghost and the boat was just in storage. So during all this shut down stuff I decided to get a new motor. I was inspired by all the guys pulling walleye out of the river and reminiscing about cruising around with my sons. One of the local marinas just across the state line in Michigan had a 6 HP Suzuki, and the governor there ordered a shut down of anything but essential businesses. So they were glad to have a cash sale before they had to close. The license bureaus are closed right now, but once they are open you will get some reports from on the river instead of just along the river.

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    Hi Chief, I don't have the right words to help at this time, the loss of a young life anytime is tragic but to have a family go through that is terrible. I hope they have friends and family to help them through the next few weeks and months.

    I hope that your work situation improves, you have family around that love you and and a bunch of old bike riders around the world too. We can only hope for better times ahead, and your daughters wedding will be a special day when ever you and your family and friends get to celebrate it.

    Sunshine, blue skies and a bike will help you carry the load.

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    CHIEF: Truly a miserable time for you, I understand and wish you and your wife all the best. And for your friends who have been struck with this tragedy. It's Crappy Time on planet Earth for humans all around right now, it seems. We're just going to have to work together and beat this thing, and accept that there will be losses along the way.

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    It's been rain on and off here all day, so no ride. I did manage a good hour-plus walk and only got drizzled on a little bit.

    The one good point of the day: My buddy at the bike shop called and told me all the rest of the parts for bike #2 have arrived. I stopped over to pick them up while on my walk. Jake looked at me and his eyes sparkled...

    "You know, you're smart: Several of our suppliers are closing down due to the overall crap happening. If this lockdown continues to spread and becomes even more strict, it may be a while even after things get loosened up again to get this stuff. And you already have everything you need to build that second bike... "

    "Yup. That was my thinking exactly. Have everything in hand so that when it's time to put it together, it's a no nonsense 'Here are the parts, it'll be done in two hours job.' Without having to deal with parts orders and all that."

    "You think ahead," he grinned.

    "I try. I try...!"

    Good guys at that shop, and at Trail Head.
    Here's to hope and faith! Stay well, stay healthy!

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    Thank you all for the kind words. I'll get through this and will fight hard to make things better for all around me.

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    It's been quiet around here. How's everybody doing?

    I've been out on my "isolation rides" most days. Today was a nice one ... 23+ miles, a circuit that ran up to Mountain View, then out via the Stevens Creek Trail to the Bay, then east on Bay Trail to San Tomas Trail, and back southwards home. Beautiful weather and just the right feel to the roads out there on the trails ... Not dusty or muddy, perfect little bit of smooth gravel over hardpack.



    I've gotten SBG's seat height and angle pretty much perfect now, and the flat bars I fitted work exactly right. It's now at the same point in development that the Fatboy was just before I fitted the carbon wheels. The Beargrease geometry is just slightly quicker steering and more responsive as a result; it's really really nice.

    Not much else going on at present. My only other trips out of the condo are to go grocery shopping every week or so. There are few (and fewer) people out and about to present interesting stories about.

    Hope you're all doing well!

    onwards!
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    Man this nasty weather we've been experiencing here in east has been keeping me inside. It's been cold, rainy, east winds and nasty for a few days now. Supposed to get into the mid 50's today and I hoping to be able to get out and ride. A good head and sinus clearing ride that I need badly.
    We're getting through this and we'll be better for it, hopefully closer and more understanding of what we really need.
    If anyone is out riding in the SUN please post pic's.

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    Hi everyone, I must have sensed your call for sunshine photos Chief I was about to head off to bed and I had a bunch of photos from the last few days I was going to post tomorrow.

    So here you go...

    Today was beautiful a thick fog early lifted slowly to reveal a lovely blue sky broken by picture perfect clouds...

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    I was not out riding but taking a break between trips at work, this one from the popular lakeside bike/walking track at Warners Bay.

    Yesterday was clear and perfect all day...

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    Customs House Newcastle, again between trips.

    I only feel right riding to work at the moment as the stay home and isolate rules are really taking hold down here. The completely changed way of life had me trying to create a photo interpretation of our altered reality at the moment.

    Again Customs House Newcastle...

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    And a carpark at Charlestown, laying up between trips...

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    As our lockdown tightens I am lucky to have a job that has me out and about, it might not be riding but the sense of freedom remains for me. How long that lasts we will see.

    Hope you and your families are well and prepared as we approach the peak of this virus over the next few weeks.

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    OZ: Nice Photos!

    I always find it hard to stop and make photos when I'm cycling. Even with the smartphone... On yesterday's ride, I wanted to stop and make photos of the aerodrome structures at Moffet Field—they're very cool looking—but to get the photos I want, I need to carry a very long lens and a tripod. They're bulky and heavy. Sigh. Someday I'll do that.

    The weather here is breaking into the early Spring: we seem to be getting past the chill and damp days. Yesterday, I was glad that I'd stuffed a t-shirt into my bag ... I had to take off the base-layer, long sleeve, thermal undershirt when I got to Mountain View because I was already overheating and sweating up a storm. Just a t-shirt and over-jersey were about right. Still in long cycle pants at present, but soon it'll tip over the edge and be shorts time again.

    I look forward to Summer and Fall, and the end of this terrible Winter and Spring.
    Stay well, endure.

    Onwards! G

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    Thanks Surly. We got to see the sun today and I got a chilly ride in under clouds. But at least I got out and cleared my head. It felt SO good. A quick loop around town, the lake and trail and then back home. Supposed to see some sun again tomorrow and I'm looking forward to it. I finished my ride and then cut the grass in my yard. It was cool but it needed it and I got to be outside a while.

    G take the pic, I'll zoom in to look .


    Stay safe and be well everyone. I'm feeling better, things will work out.

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    I took the boat out with my son today. It had been over 10 years since we Cruised the Maumee River together. He was very excited. We still have some work to do on the boat. We rewired the trainer, replaced the transom and bought a new motor. We are still working on re-decking and adding post seats.

    I will get a ride in tomorrow. The weather is supposed to be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CHIEF500 View Post
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    G take the pic, I'll zoom in to look .
    ...
    Next time I'm out that way. It's about 4-5 miles out on the trails from anywhere you can drive to. I'll have to remember to bring the tripod and right camera out there. I've got a carry that'll work for that...

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    Medium shortish ride today, just one tour around the loop. Guy on a nice plus bike tracked me through Japan town, we chatted for a few minutes as we traversed a block or three. He was ogling my bike, I could see the bike lust. LOL!

    About a 14 mile day. Lots of windy gusts.

    onwards! G

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    Nice texmex, enjoy. A few fish pic's would be nice too since I'm not driving to the beach to fish and the stripers are there. Oh well, I'll get to them hopefully.

    I got out today in some glorious sun ..... with some nasty jazz wind. In the teens sustained and gusts to 20 mph. I had to work hard in spots and it felt great. I tucked in to the trail at the lake and it was nice. I stopped to talk with friends at the start and to my wife's cousin at the end. On the trail which has no one on it since being a county park is closed. There is usually a decent amount of foot traffic. I went by a couple who had tucked into the trees to get out of the wind, they were doing step ups on a beach in the woods. Nice place to work out.

    It was slow but enjoyed ride today.

    Stay safe and healthy.

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    Hi everyone, Tex that river looks like a great place to spend time with your son. Some fish photos would be interesting when you get into it.

    Chief glad to hear that you are out and about, with all gyms closed down here I have noticed a lot more people out on the walking and bike trails. Even just walking around their neighbourhoods, which is what we are being asked to do rather than drive somewhere with a nice view and all work together.

    Hi G, I find when I am on the bike that I enjoying stopping to grab a image that catches my eye as I ride along. Possibly because I see so much nice light when I am driving around at work, when I cannot stop. I am enjoying seeing parts of town without the masses of people and cars around cluttering up the view...

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    The Great Northern Hotel in Newcastle taken between trips the other day.

    I am working tomorrow and hoping to manage a ride on Sunday.

    Stay safe everyone.

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    Chief, we had the same nice weather in Toledo, minus the heavy wind. There was some wind but not like what you experienced. Surly, looks like you were blessed with good weather too.

    I went out for a ride past the Shops at Fallen Timbers Mall. It was like a scene from a post apocalypse movie Fat Biking and health-14ea51f0-26b9-4477-b97d-485f3ffdb840.jpg

    From there I headed towards the North leg of the Wabash Cannonball Trail. That is a rails to trails maintained by Toledo Metroparks. That was anything but abandoned. Loads of people seeking relief from the quarantine during the first non rainy weather we’ve had since this began. Walkers, joggers, rollerbladers, cyclists, recumbent bikes, strollers, you name it. I was the only one on a fat bike though . It was great to see people out, it was still easy to respect the distance. I was only planning an hour ride but was gone for two. It was a much needed break from the basement trainer

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    Hallo, and barely Good Morning!

    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    ... with all gyms closed down here I have noticed a lot more people out on the walking and bike trails. ...

    Hi G, I find when I am on the bike that I enjoying stopping to grab a image that catches my eye as I ride along. Possibly because I see so much nice light when I am driving around at work, when I cannot stop. I am enjoying seeing parts of town without the masses of people and cars around cluttering up the view...

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    I went out for a ride past the Shops at Fallen Timbers Mall. It was like a scene from a post apocalypse movie ...
    A lot of ... more of ... the ride around my Santa Clara-San Jose loop has that look of desolation to it now. It's disturbing, but it's what needs to happen to get control of this plague and kill it.

    I suspect it's one reason I'm not so motivated to stop and pull out the camera at the moment. Although I have to say that once I am riding, like on the motorcycle, I find that breaking my rhythm is something I avoid so I don't tend to want to stop and fuss with the camera. It's why I'm much more productive photographically when I'm walking, or riding busses and trains. But I am getting better at it...

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    Yesterday was cool, but sunny and bright, and dry. I headed out early with a double loop in mind, that usually nets about 19 miles ride time. I felt in the zone and was having a lovely time of it ... Stopped for a take-out lunch at my favorite local lunchery, headed on from there. Over the train bridge and up Hedding to the Guadalupe River Trail entrance. I was zipping along through the trail, hitting 17-19 mph for bits. Down into the underpass through the center of San Jose area, and coming up the path back to street level the rear tire felt funny ... I looked and saw it was pumping down. Sigh.

    I had patches and tools with me, but no pump ... The new Lezyne HV pump just arrived the other day and is sitting on my desk at home. Sigh again.

    I was on Park by Market Street, right near Adobe HQ, and figured the nearest bike shop was Bicycle Express, about 3/4 mile away at Williams and 4th. I walked the bike over there ... and found the sign: Closed until April 14 due to COVID-19. Ugh. So I pulled out my phone and looked for the next nearest bike shop. A place I hadn't heard of before, "Community Cycles of Northern California" came up as being about a 40 minute walk away. I called ... Yes, they were there and could take care of the flat for me. Luckily it was early because they're closing at 3:30.

    So I trudged back the way I'd just come about a quarter of the distance and kept on beyond that to their shop. It's a little place on a side street off The Alameda, I'd never seen it before. They are a non-profit and do charitable work refurbishing old bikes that are donated and selling them at low cost to the less-advantaged. Collin and Cindy run the place, really nice folks. Collin patched the tube and refused payment ... I made a donation to their pot. Now that I know they're there, I'll stop back after the plague is gone and say hello properly.

    From there, since so much time had been consumed, I just headed from there back to my loop route and ran home to Santa Clara. Still got in 15 miles or so.

    The ride route, annotated for the walk:



    Good news: The pump is now fitted to the bike, and the tools are in the saddlebag.
    More Good news: Got word from DHL that the carbon rims are ever so slowly wandering their way to a freighter plane heading to the USA now.

    My bike shoes are not so good for walking in, I woke this morning with a couple of big blisters on my right foot. So today is going to be a quiet day while I let them heal up. They'll be fine tomorrow ... hopefully the weather will hold.

    G

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    G, my bike shoes are either 5-10 Guide Tennies or Adidas Samoas cause they work so well with platform pedals and I can actually feel what the bike is telling me.

    Glad you took the time to get the pump sorted tho'. With the Mayor I have the Lezyne Micro Drive XL, the plus collection all have the HV since they wear smaller shoes! Really, the HV does well on my 4.8's but the XL is faster at returning the trail ride pressure following the sand and snow tire pressures that I use frequently.


    The time has arrived for the Mayor to wear his Jumbo Jim 4.8's even tho' He keeps ordering snow storms on end of season closeout...
    Sunspot has been wearing his Rocket Ron 3.0's cause they are stupid light and fuel efficient. With the beginning of spring and dirt being available part time now, Sunspot just feels really good with fast rolling lightweight tires. All winter he was wearing his Nobby Nic 3.0's with low air pressure for the additional grip that only a soft tire can deliver.
    Saturday promises to be a warm, sunny day... Sunspot shall be on the prowl with the taller gearing feeling just right.

    OZ and Tex, thanks for the pix and stuff! Keep on it, guys.

    With the cooties going around and all being shut down with the state Commandants across the globe issuing "stay at home orders" many areas are deserted. It has been rather strange to venture into town for script refills and a couple errands and there is very little activity to speak of. Sunspot had the opportunity to cart my sorry ass about town for the occasion. Saw the police lurking but had no contact from them. It was amazing to rip around town with a singlespeed and the style of riding that SS brings. I find it very pleasurable to get into the singlespeed mode and go for it. With little to no activity, it is very easy to keep distance from others.

    Be safe and well...
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    I got out yesterday in cloudy conditions with more WIND. Sustained in the high teens with gusts into the 20's.
    There were a few people out and about but no where near normal. I think most people are staying at home and going out for food and such plus taking rides to get out of the house. I drove to work yesterday to pick up drawings to start a new project next week and the streets were empty. We have a log we have to fill out anytime we access our office. That's smart in case anyone gets sick. No one yet that I know of. I took the long way home and was surprised how stores (ACME, Shoprite, etc...) were packed. My wife reminded me the checks (SS and Welfare) came out yesterday. But the lots were full.
    I got home finished up a project and we issued it to the client.
    I then got out into the wind. I rode and checked on my family, most were in doors. My great niece was sitting on her porch and spoke with her for a little, she's 11 and SO bored. I had to laugh. Past my MIL's house and then out to the lake into the wind. Around the lake and into the trail system and into the wind again. I then got to go down wind along the power lines. Nice ride, slow and I got some pic's along the way.

    Osprey along the river
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    Out of the trees onto a boardwalk through the swamp
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    Someone stacks rocks in the park. I do this too in spots.
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    Then home to the pansies and romaine.
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    Great pictures and reports.

    Surly, nice shot of that building.

    Texmex that street sure is deserted. Funny how you can notice the lack of vehicles while we're out riding.

    I spoke with my friend who's grandson just passed away about the incident. His son was working (water plant employee) and he could not leave. He called his father to go check on what was going on. The great grandmother found him, she thought he had been drinking and called his sister. She drove to check on her brother and called her father, he had her call 911. They got her doing CPR and started the squad. They tired 3 rounds on narcan and no response. The delay in reporting was obviously a factor. Doing the drug was the main reason. The local fire company responded when they heard the address and knew the family. What a shame.

    Be well everyone.

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    Good ride reports and pics by all who have contributed. Here at Homebase, I did a 33 miler last Friday, then the weather turned to shyte from Friday night until the second half of today, Saturday, some 6 days later. So, I went out and did an 11.8 miler on the new Kinkora/Crytstal Lake Trail.

    This Haibike is such a pleasure. As soon as I wheeled the bike out of the garage and started turning the pedals, it helped melt away the gloom and doom created by listening to the daily onslaught of bad news by this loathsome US media. Fatbike is the cure.

    May you and yours continue in good health.

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    Today's activity...

    The Mayor has the Rolling Darryls and Jumbo Jim 4.8's on and is feeling a little lighter and more nimble. I forgot how sweet the JJ's are and ho good they feel due to their low drag, low rolling resistance properties. Also of note is how nice the polished rims look with the red frame. Fortunately, the lettering on the frame is raw with clear finish to compliment the transparent red over sandblasted aluminum. all is a candy like finish and really is appealing.

    A moderate ride with the Mayor took place under partly cloudy skies and balmy temps. A very relaxing ride, indeed! I was a little lazy about it today and didn't do my typical higher cadences that I thoroughly enjoy. Just a moderate pace with the JJ's at a comfortable 8 psi.

    With the last year being a nightmare in terms of kidney infections and severe weight loss due to nonexistent appetite and major discomfort in the abdomen getting in the way. From 165 #'s down to 120, things were very concerning. Blood pressure and heart rate faired well as did the blood workup results, knock on formica!

    BP: 100/60 @ curb idle
    Heart rate: 45 @ curb idle

    Yus the oil pressure light flickers at curb idle! If I were young enough to be OBDII, it would turn on the check engine light... :/
    Moving forward, this year has had a slow start with recovery beginning. I have put on a little weight and reached 140 #'s.
    One common denominator has been the bike collective, they have been very therapeutic though all that I have experienced. Their presence has been a major boost in morale, wellness and outlook. On the good days, either a plusser or the Mayor had to go out for a 10-20 mile fuel wasting mission and burn up some calories. It takes a quadrajet to make the sammiches burn and the bike to go!
    As I have been returning to "normal" if you can call it that, I have felt good improvement with more good days than bad as of late as opposed to 2019, the year of the bad day. This cat was not purring or meowing much through '19.

    So, the days of a minor report sans the pix, cause I was busy riding and trying to keep the focus on covering a distance within a speed, very little diversion and looking back, pix would have been a good kind of diversion. Leaving the phone and other items at home was on the front burner at the time to prevent distraction from the mission. One day at a time and progress, slow as it is, is moving in the right direction.

    CV, fvck that, I have bigger fish to fry like kidney disease... Being somewhat isolated from the masses makes avoidance of pathogens less daunting. Town is a ghost town so the grocery run and script run is easier since there is no waiting on aisle 3.

    Be safe out there and use caution... Most of all, stay healthy!

    The cooties are gonna lose this fight!!

    Chief, rough times, brother. Hope you have some uplifting diversions to help you through the hard times of late.
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    Hi everyone, glad to see the reports coming in.

    I am "isolating" from my work troll at the moment the newly installed rear tyre has developed a bump in it. I need to remove the wheel and reseat the tyre, its a pain in the bottom so I will leave it to later

    Tex thats one empty town, seems down here in OZ the curve is flattening but I have not seen our streets that empty. Looks like your winter is behind you too.

    Hi G, nothing like leaving the only thing at home that you need I tend to go the other way these days even carrying tubes in different sizes for the times when I come across a "roadie" who did not want to carry the extra weight of a pump and tube.


    Hi Chief, great that you managed a ride, I won't show my wife your veggie patch as the local Possum come down and cleaned out all of her new plantings the other night. Glad to hear that your family are all well.

    Banshee, a ride a day is prescribed by Dr OZ

    As for today I mowed the lawn made some soup for lunch and dinner the next few nights. And as I was reading the morning papers this morning I had a look on the Flight radar 24 website and found there was only around fifty odd planes over all of Australia.

    This screen grab shows the states of Victoria and Tasmania with no aircraft over flying at all. Melbourne is the second largest city in the country and to have no aircraft coming or going shows how shut down we have become down here.

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    Anyway look after you and your families and friends.

    OZ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    G, my bike shoes are either 5-10 Guide Tennies or Adidas Samoas cause they work so well with platform pedals and I can actually feel what the bike is telling me.

    Glad you took the time to get the pump sorted tho'. With the Mayor I have the Lezyne Micro Drive XL, the plus collection all have the HV since they wear smaller shoes! Really, the HV does well on my 4.8's but the XL is faster at returning the trail ride pressure following the sand and snow tire pressures that I use frequently.
    ...
    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
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    Hi G, nothing like leaving the only thing at home that you need I tend to go the other way these days even carrying tubes in different sizes for the times when I come across a "roadie" who did not want to carry the extra weight of a pump and tube.
    Hallo!

    A day of mixed rain and wind ... took it another miss, went for a walk while it wasn't raining. Gives my foot's blisters more time to heal up. Tomorrow likely more of the same, more rain predicted.

    I took the opportunity to test the Lezyne HV pump ... I emptied the front tire and hooked the pump up to see how much effort it was to get the tire back to 25psi. "A bit," is the answer ... but I did get it back up to the correct pressure in relatively short order. Also gave me a chance to test the Topeak Shuttle PSI gauge .. and it works very nicely! I found it reads about 1psi higher than my Accugage does in the 25-26 psi range, so knowing that I can get the tires right where I want them.

    Wade: My cycle shoes are 5-10 Freeriders. They've been great, but they're getting pretty old now, probably time to look at new ones. I'll have to see if anyone has the Guide Tennies or other types available. One of my body issues is that I have a pretty wide right foot, by almost an entire width wider than the left foot. So finding a pair of shoes that actually fits well—bike shoes in particular because they tend to run narrow—is a challenge. But it's likely time again. These are almost three years old..

    Good news on the carbon rims: They're now in the USA, in Los Angeles, and have passed Customs. Should be here in a couple of days at most.

    Onwards, always onwards! G

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    G, I see you are having a little sleep deprivation too!
    The 5-10 Freeriders are fine, pop some fresh Superfeet in em and ride! I really like the Guide Tennies cause they lace out to the toe for the right fitment. Like a pair of bedroom slippers for approaches! Stick to pedals, like flypaper and actually look very nice.
    Superfeet for fatbikes???


    OZ, or is it properly Dr. OZ... My cardiologist handed me a script at my second followup after heart surgery.
    It read;

    Ride 4x weekly, 1.5 hours each time.

    Also of note: The lack of air traffic is eerie and reminiscent of 9/11... The auto shop I work at is at the end of a regional air strip and traffic was constant until recently.
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    Hello everyone.

    Mike, the bike has been a release almost daily. You get on and start pedaling and the tension just goes away. It cleans the mind and the sinuses, helps work out the BS from the constant barrage of negative news. Sick, deaths etc...We've been checking in on the news MUCH less.

    Wade, hang in there brother. Here's hoping your feeling better and on th emend. Seems 2019 was tough on you here's hoping 2020 turns the corner. There are days I'm pushing hard to help relieve the BS but I have found other days I'm just out for the scenery and to clear my head. I sat on a curb and talked to friends for 20 minutes the past few rides and that's not usual. I guess we're all craving some personal contact or news. We'll get through this.

    Surly, I've been battling pests too. Last year I had a war with a groundhog that was all over my tomato plants. I put pipes on the ground to try and stop his entry points. I was shooting him with a BB gun but he was persistent. It was a battle. Not sure what happened to him but he stopped or was killed (not by me). I also battle with squirrels that come and snack on my lettuce and dig in the flowers. I know they need to eat too but if they would just stay on one plant and not eat all of them. Geez.

    G, heal those feet up waiting for some decent weather. We're hitting mid 60's today so I will get to later.

    I do want to report a friend and colleague passed due to the virus. Rick Johnson the Asst Chief of the Tullytown Fire Company passed yesterday from complications with the virus. He was a young man and a good person. Please keep him and his family in your thoughts.
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    Thank you.

    We're about to gear up and make a shopping run to stock up for the week.

    Be safe and healthy everyone.

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    Chief: My condolences to you and your extended family of firefighting brothers and sisters. Great respect for our firefighters. Proud to know volunteer firefighting really got it's hold in our country in our local area, especially Bristol and Burlington, two of the oldest established towns in the new country.

    Not many summers ago, my Dad's garden was being used by a family of groundhogs as their supermarket. Really, funny things to watch, especially when they stand up like a human, holding your tomato in their hands and just going to town like it's a Big Mac.

    I bought a Hav-A-Hart trap and wound up trapping about 8 of them, Mom, Dad and their kids. Relocated them to the Crystal Lake Park, long before it got developed into what you see in my pics today. Then it was pretty much a parking lot surrounded by farm fields. Just toss in some carrots, lettuce and other vegetable goodies.

    It worked for 3 raccoons as well as a feral cat and her babies. The cat went to my neighbors who were able to rehabilitate it as a house cat and her babies went to our local county shelter, which was or remains, a no-kill shelter. Leather gloves and long pants required of the raccoons; they are downright ticked off in that trap!

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    Thanks Mike. It is such a shame.

    We're back from grocery shopping; it's a arduous task anymore.

    Mask up, glove up, clean the cart. Shop. Not everyone was wearing masks or gloves.

    The Giant was pretty well stocked. When we shop we do so for 2 households with my son staying at my MIL's. We had a list and got everything we needed and few extras. The cart was the fullest it's ever been. You finish shopping and then wait in line to be assigned a register. Very organized and not too long of a wait. Bag everything, we usually use our on bags but not right now. Out to the Jeep spray the back with Lysol and the packages. Put them in, unglove and Purell our hands and drive home.
    On the way shopping we noticed a vehicle driving with 2 flat tires (front and rear same side) they drove to the Wawa up the street and went to the air pump. That is gonna work. Shame they were from out of state and it looked like 2 females. They were still in the lot and they had help. I hope they make out OK.
    Get home, unload and wipe EVERYTHING down with Lysol wipes for both households, especially my MIL's stuff @ 84 she would not do well. Spray the inside of our reusable bags to transport their stuff to them.
    It was my older sisters 70+ birthday yesterday and we grabbed her a bottle of wine she likes we made a curbside delivery to her.
    We unload at the MIL's and help them put stuff away.
    My MIL usually spends a few evenings a week with us, dinner and cards but since the virus at least 3.5 weeks since we've done or usual. As we were leaving my wife said to her Mom, stay healthy and my MIL choked up. I got emotional too, I miss my son and daughter and the fun we have together. Tough day.
    We get home all the clothes, masks and jackets off and into the washer. We get washed up, hug and kiss and both take deep breathes that we're home and safe again. It is stressful, you can feel the anxiety of going into the stores and around other people. It's also calming that you see others doing the same things and getting through the day. We are home and safe for another week.

    I hope this posts finds all my riding friends safe and healthy. Stay in good spirts please. It helps each of us get through the day and days ahead.

    I do consider each of you friends and we have never met. My family sorta understands this. I have friends that I met through a fishing website and many of us have become very close friends. I fish regularly with the locals. The ones from Mass. to Fla not so much but we talk regularly.

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    CHIEF: My sincere condolences.

    I'm certain that we will all know some who do not survive by the time this plague is through. That doesn't make it any easier.

    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
    G, I see you are having a little sleep deprivation too!
    The 5-10 Freeriders are fine, pop some fresh Superfeet in em and ride! I really like the Guide Tennies cause they lace out to the toe for the right fitment. Like a pair of bedroom slippers for approaches! Stick to pedals, like flypaper and actually look very nice.
    Superfeet for fatbikes???
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    Sleep deprivation? Na, not at all. I never sleep very much: three to five hours is my lifetime average per night. It's the way I was made...

    The Freeriders have been quite good, it's always a battle due to my weird feet that's all. These are getting old, I'm already on the second or third pair of SuperFeet insoles. The outer sole internal structure is beginning to collapse from heavy use.

    I'll see what they have available next time I'm by Trail Head Cyclery. I find it sensible to have a second pair anyway, which I haven't had, just in case these get soaked and need a day or two to dry out.

    I took photos on my isolation walk around the neighborhood yesterday. In case you're interested, they're in a gallery on Flickr.com. Not many people around, so they're more "things and object of abstraction"...


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    Onwards! Stay Healthy, Stay Sane, Keep Going!

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    After about 5 hours work in the garden, getting it ready for tilling, I thought a ride was in order, a 25 miler on the Kinkora and Crystal Lake trail then up to Bordentown on the D&R up to Trenton then turn around to homebase.

    Things didn't go to plan.

    After passing the old CF&I locomotive within the mill grounds on the Kinkora, I passed the bridge over The Sluice and it happened, that sickening POP! sound that says I ran over something substantial.

    1/2 gash across the tread. I'm screwed. I'll have to disconnect the lower rack mount points and put in the tire tube and call it a ride instead of going further. Just one problem.

    My tube was back home, sitting in my other side pannier bag. All that was left to do was try to fill in the gash with my plugs, which happened to not be made to fill in half inch gashes across the tire tread. And not surprisingly, it did not work. So walk home, it was. 2 mile walk pushing my 60 pound ebike. But the real kicker was this:

    About 8 people passed me as I was working on the tire with the bike upside down on the trail, a few others passed me as I was pushing the Haibike on the trail, either walking or bicycling.

    Not a single one of them stopped to say, "Hey, everything okay there?" like every one of you fine Fatbiking and Health members would do. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Like I wasn't even there. I've had that happen before on my other flat tire adventures in this general local area. Flat out, the people in this state have a shit attitude.

    I have a Jumbo Jim in the garage that looks brand new, one of those that had the bead let go when I was installing it on the front rim, last year. I'm tempted to try it, but just in case, I ordered a brand new one a few moments ago. But this is getting old. And damned expensive.

    I was tempted to try those cheaper Arisun fat tires which are half the price of the German named, China made JJ's. There is just not a fat tire out there made to take a thorn or a piece of wire and absorb the hit. None. The tubeless experiment is over, the tube goes back on the back to match the tube I have in the front. Regardless, I ordered the JJ. Reluctantly. There is simply not enough block tread in these tires to help absorb roadside debris. And I simply can't be THAT attentive to the road or path in front of me. I try, but I can't. The 4 inch tire patch is just too wide, compared to the average mtb or commuter tire. I'm like 50% more likely to catch a flat then an mtb rider. This has gotten beyond old.

    Rant over.

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    Mike:

    A slasher flat: yuck. And yeah, I hear ya ... A certain lack of anyone even just trying to say, "hey, do you need a hand?" is a bummer.

    I had one of those slasher flats, it destroyed both tire and tube. It was a 2 mile walk to the shop with the bike, leave it there, get tire from home, stop at another bike shop, get tube, back to the shop where the bike was and drop them off, go back again the next day to pick up the bike. A PITA, for sure, but so it goes. Not a single person other than the nice folks at the shop said boo to me the entire way I walked my wounded bike to the shop.

    In the 6000 or so miles I've put on fat bikes, the flat I had on Thursday was my sixth or seventh flat in toto. The only thing that made it a point of concern is that, with the lockdown happening, there are few places open to find aid at. So I've fitted the tire pump to the frame and have everything else needed to patch or change a tube in the saddlebag.

    (I'm not entirely sure I like having the pump fitted on the frame. I might just have to go back to a backpack and toss it in with the locks and other stuff I'm carrying nowadays. It fits in my cross-body bag too, but at this season where I often have two changes of clothes, etc, it's getting a little crowded in there.)

    It's probably best to have zero expectations about the kindness of strangers, and a select corps of friends you can call in an emergency. Saves a lot of energy!

    You're reminding me: I should order another spare set of tubes. I have a fresh set of tires/tubes for the carbon wheels when they arrive, another fresh set of tires and tubes as spares beyond that. But tubes get wacked more than tires, I'll get another couple of tubes in for safety's sake.

    Get it all sorted, have a good ride, and move on. Too much energy wasted in anger does nothing good for ya.

    Onwards! G

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    Good advice, G, thank you. And yes, it's best to be as self dependent as possible when out on the road. I could kick myself for not transferring that tube from one bag to another. And it's not like I'm not without tubes. I have 4 or 6 news ones on hand just for the event that happened today.

    In 1995, Uncle Sam sent me to the upper Mississippi River valley for a tour of duty on the river. 3 years and some odd days long. We would work the river buoys from just north of St Louis all the way to Clinton Iowa, just south of Dubuque.

    I can still see those motorists in Illinois, just across the river, around the Nauvoo area and north, on single lane roads, giving a wave of the hand as I passed them by. One late work day, we pulled into Muscatine Iowa for our overnights rest. The Damage Controlman and I took our mountain bikes and went for a little bike run up to the north, maybe 2 or 3 miles up. Pitch black streets with the lights from the homes the only light. One garage was wide open and lit and several folks were sitting inside. Somehow, one of them saw us ride by and called us over. Right there, offered us a beer and a seat and we just got to talking about things. They were interested in what we did on our CG river tender.

    When a tour of duty is up, you are given orders to report to your next unit. I really did not want to leave Iowa and the Mississippi River. Like any other small towns, the towns up there have their fair share of problems and issues. Back then, the Meth epidemic was ramping up big time and it was claiming alot of young people. River towns have a character to them I don't see here.

    But I never forgot those waves from fellow motorists sharing the roadway. Nor the hospitality of strangers to two coasties just pedaling their bikes down the road. For the folks who live around the hometown here I came from, those Midwest people are the measuring stick I apply to others; especially the people here in my hometown, homestate. They come up very short compared to the folks I met way back when....

    Sad to see you have experienced the same thing. In my travels, I've stopped often to help others. Anymore, knowing how these people are in my home neck of the woods, I'm more and more not inclined to help, nor give a wave of the hand as I pass them by. 99% of the time, I get nothing in return anyways.....

    Tomorrow, I'll flip the bike upside down and go about removing the tire, cleaning the rim of the latex goo on the rim and attempt to mount that JJ that I had sitting in the garage since last year. I don't believe thereare any miles on it whatsoever. I'll see if that bead takes with the tube. I hope so......

    Mr Tuffy tire liner goes back in and I'm gonna put some Slime in the tube just for that extra bit of thorn protection, even though I know it's likely to make more of a mess then it's worth when I flatten again....

    Rant over and out. Again, thanks G for taking the time to offer up some good advice. You guys are the best, let me tell ya

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    Things didn't go to plan.

    .............it happened, that sickening POP! sound that says I ran over something substantial.

    .......

    My tube was back home, sitting in my other side pannier bag. All that was left to do was try to fill in the gash with my plugs, which happened to not be made to fill in half inch gashes across the tire tread. And not surprisingly, it did not work. So walk home, it was. 2 mile walk pushing my 60 pound ebike. But the real kicker was this:
    I have e-ridden many a time on a flat, but I got spare rims, spokes, tires at home. OK the longest I have ever ridden on a flat, residential and pathways about 20km. Tried my best to ride on grass or smooth ashphalt, sidewalks have to many mini ledges to damage rim. Thats why some people go with motorcycle rims, laced into the hub motor. 1.40 wide or wider still 1.60, but there are thinner rims, its just a matter of tire availability. But yeah, getting flats with no spare is a bummer. I like the Schwalbe tires with 3-5mm of extra padding on the tread, and using an old tube as a tire liner. I use the Thorn Proof tubes, even though there are no thorns where I am, they do help out a lot, but theres always a weight dilemma right. Noticed a year or two ago, some tires are rated for ebikes, casing is different on them I'd guess.

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    Mike, that tire settin in the garage should have been warrantied ages ago. Still worth contacting Schwalbe NA on doing just that. At the price of the fat tire, a fellow has to try for a warranty replacement.

    ebike rated tires are heavy as a few DH tires combined! No, just freakin no thankya!

    Between the plussers and the Mayors, I have a significant number of tires to maintain. One pair of wheels is tubeless and the rest run tubes. On the plussers, I use Q-Tube SL's with liteskin tires for their superior ride and performance afforded a bean pole rider. Comfort and performance are a requirement and not optional. Would be different if I was a large, heavy rider. We light riders are left out in the cold these days as the industry has shifted to boat anchor weight tires and 2.fvkthat tires that weigh more than a Bud or a Lou for that matter.

    G, my bikes all have a Lezyne with a frame mount so they can carry their pump and have it at the ready. It has been a non issue for decades. I also have a Green Guru seat bag with the first aid for plus bikes kit that is shared. Having the essentials on hand is cheap insurance. I have been in that situation that Mike endured as I had left the seat bag at home and needed a patch to make life easier.
    At least, the bike is equipped with a pump at all times!

    Chief, firstly, thankya for the kind words. The mend is on but at a slow pace. Appetite is still hit and miss and improving. The past was filled with days between meals and those were paltry at best. Now the number of days between is fewer and portions increasing little by little.
    Condolences again, my friend.
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    Hi everyone, Chief thats sad news of your friend and colleagues passing my thoughts to you and his family and friends. Taken well before his time R.I.P

    Mike as I mentioned above I carry a spare tube in the "roadie" size range, but not a fat bike tube so I would have been of no help to you. Still I would have stopped to ask, do you think its a "social distancing" thing or the locals are that way all the time. I have seen plenty of riders not offering help to others on the road, it had been getting better of late I hope this new world order does not change that.

    Nice image G, good to see that they are social distancing

    Stay safe and well all.

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    Wade, you might be right about warranty issues, fwiw, I had so many tires on hand with this rim bead fiasco I don't know if that was an Ebay purchase or a Universal Cycles pick up. Something to consider if ever a next time comes up.

    I'm probably the oldest active person in this grouping, with you, Surly and Chief behind. We're of the age pre-OBD-II. To access my trouble codes, a paper clip jumper has to be inserted in order to read the flashes...... I KNOW you are feeling better these days as there is a marked difference in the length, tone and tenor of your postings. And for that, I could not be happier for you. Oh, last week I detected a stronger then normal antifreeze smell in the Colorado. Traced it to the water pump let go. Parts on order (Parts Geek-highly recommended for driveway mechanics), including replacing the serpentine belt pulleys as they too likely have 190k miles on the clock and make a right squeaky sound upon start up. Planned obsolescence in that truck there, though 190k ain't bad. The older trucks never touched that kind of mileage.

    Matt4x4: Commuter type tires as offered by Schwalbe have some great anti-flat technology going on that seems to work for a lot of bikers. Not so much in the fat tire lineup. First off, the selection of tires is limited with the manufacturers. The top tier brands are to the point you can buy a good car tire for the ridiculous prices they charge for these things. 120 threads per inch equals a supple tire but does nothing for flat protection. So the only thing to do is go tubeless. Or if running tubes, a Mr Tuffy Liner. Lotsa people swear by this Tannus Armor product, but they do not address fat bike tires.

    Running on a flat tire is not an option. I just hafta be more prepared the next time and yes, there is always a next time when one runs on the roads I do here in Green and Clean New Jermany, I mean, New Jersey.


    Surly: Thanks for the offer to help, much appreciated! To answer your question, they are that way all the time. At least in my own observations. The following recent news within this Covid19 situation is not surprising, when taking into account my trailside observations: In the news, shoppers who are wiping their shopping cart handles with their alcohol wipes, are then tossing the wipes into the cart, leaving them stay for the next customer using the cart. Parking lots are filled with used rubber gloves, just tossed onto the ground. I'm sure in your job, you've got some tales to tell that would have us all paying close attention!

    Be safe, be well and always carry your tire repair kit at all times!

    On a final thought: Work at the New Jersey Transit Railroad Crossing at Kinkora looks to have had stopped for weeks now, no visual progress from what I see. The trail, nice and paved, ends within the mill Slag Grounds and one has to walk their bikes over to the other side of the tracks (a total of about 60-70 feet, give or take) to access the other side of the paved trail. I'd like to be surprised to know this trail will officially open in June as planned, but I'm not seeing it if things remain at a stand still here at the railroad crossing.

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    Mike, with the JJ's being as expensive as they are and a bead fault, warranty is worth looking into. Perhaps a LBS is still operating that can assist or a call to Schwalbe @ 250 598 0397 or you can fill out a form on their website and get it sorted.
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    Wade, I'll give that warranty issue a shot and see what happens. Need to take a photo of the questionable bead area and send it along with the warranty request. Thanks for that info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
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    G, my bikes all have a Lezyne with a frame mount so they can carry their pump and have it at the ready. It has been a non issue for decades. I also have a Green Guru seat bag with the first aid for plus bikes kit that is shared. Having the essentials on hand is cheap insurance. I have been in that situation that Mike endured as I had left the seat bag at home and needed a patch to make life easier.
    At least, the bike is equipped with a pump at all times!...
    I've settled on the Ortlieb Saddle Bag 2 1.6L as my standard underseat 'on the bike all the time' carrier. It's reasonably compact, sits securely on the bike, yet can be removed and swapped to another bike in seconds. I currently have in it:

    • 12oz emergency water
    • plastic bag of emergency food
    • Topeak Shuttle tire pressure gauge
    • Lezyne mini ratchet set (2-8mm hex, three Torx, flat and philips screw bits)
    • tube patches
    • 4Nm, 5Nm, and 10Nm hex torque t wrenches (work with the bits in the mini ratchet set)
    • Surly 26x3.8-4.75 tube


    The Ortlieb Saddle Bag is on the bike in this photo:



    Should be enough... along with an air pump, carried either on frame or in my bag. But I also have the older series Ortlieb Saddle Bag in the largest size .. I think it's nearly 4L capacity if I need to carry a LOT more. Clips on and off with the same QR sliding clip mechanism so they're interchangeable.

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    LOL! You made me laugh!

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
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    Matt4x4: Commuter type tires as offered by Schwalbe have some great anti-flat technology going on that seems to work for a lot of bikers. Not so much in the fat tire lineup. First off, the selection of tires is limited with the manufacturers. ...

    Running on a flat tire is not an option. ...

    Be safe, be well and always carry your tire repair kit at all times!
    The tires I use (Duro Fleetwood 26x4.00) have proven to be stunningly tough and long wearing. My understanding is that the semi-slick center strip (where you are on the road most of the time) is reinforced with three thin, woven Kevlar belts. I've found the recessed traction blocks on the shoulder do a decent job of providing traction when I've been on dirt trails too. They're hard to find and not super-cheap, but not extravagantly expensive ... and they last a very very long time. The front one on SBG is the one I fitted to the Fatboy when I bought it in 2018 and has a full 6000 miles on it, still has tread even on the center strip (although the cross-sipes are pretty worn on the left hand side). They're also a Kevlar flexible bead, are extremely easy to pop on and off the rims, and are reasonably light too. I run them with the Surly tubes, at 26 psi nominal on 90mm wide (85mm inside) rims; when tire pressure gets down to 23-24 psi, I pump them back up. Rolling resistance is low, noise is low, braking and cornering power excellent...

    If you ride primarily on the street as I do, these tires are simply fantastic.



    Onwards! Stay well, stay sane, Keep going! G
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    G: Looks like you're covered well in the saddle bag department. Definitely need the tire pump along with the patching gear and tire levers. Regards to the Duro tires, I do like the idea of the Kevlar belts. I'll check out to see what they have in the off-road tread department as your tires would not translate well when I go off road in the NJ Pine Barrens.

    The thing I do not care for about the Jumbo Jims are the tread blocks are spaced too far apart for my liking, leaving alot of bare rubber around them to pick up the kind of road garbage I do. The next set of tires I go with will have more tread blocks and not as much open space as these tires have.

    Day 2 of bright sunshine weather here in the Delaware Valley, which we have had very little of in the Spring of 2020. Be well, be healthy!

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    Monday afternoon update: Thought I'd take the Haibike out and give it a good soap bath in preparations for recieving the new rear tire and tube job in the coming day or two. So I went out to the garage to retrieve the bike.

    The front tire was flattened. In addition to the completely ruined and flattened rear tire.

    Considering I went by this area no more then 24 hours previous to the rear tire getting destroyed by a piece of debris on the trail path, I just can't help but think somebody tossed that metal object with old mill wire with purpose onto the newish asphalted trail. If so, consider it Mission Accomplished. One new JJ 4.0 trashed beyond repair. One new JJ front tire holed in at least 2 places, right through the Mr Tuffy tire liner and into a brand new tube.

    One of my great fears was having something major go while I was up somewhere on the canals, some 150 miles plus from home. Or deep within the NJ Pine Barrens on some sand road, a long, long ways to my truck and the Atsion Ranger Station.

    Not 2 miles from home, on a brand new, asphalt baby butt smooth biking and walking trail.

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    For those that remember this post I made.

    I got done early and headed out for a ride. I headed into the breeze and swung down to the old Rohm & Haas plant parking lot where this memorial is. It's one of my normal start routed. As I went by the footbridge at the memorial I noticed a bike and looked down towards the water. There was a person there fishing. I swung around and stopped. I asked catch anything, the answer was no. I asked if he created the memorial. He said he did. I asked for a fishing buddy? Yes, my younger brother. I said I'm So sorry. My condolences. He came up from the water and we talked. His brother had issues and didn't want to get clean and he perished from his addiction. I said I'm sorry and explained about my friends son. I told him I had posted about it here. He said he loved across the street and had seen me stop before. I wished him well and rode on.

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    I had a good ride, it cleared my mind. I went on a route I haven't ridden in a while and wanted to check on some graffiti art that I noticed from a distance. This is Gritty the Philadelphia Flyers mascot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
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    The front tire was flattened. In addition to the completely ruined and flattened rear tire.
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    Not 2 miles from home, on a brand new, asphalt baby butt smooth biking and walking trail.
    Yuck. That's a right PITA, sorry to hear it. Nothing to do but fix it and move on, I guess. Not fun.

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    I had a good ride, it cleared my mind. I went on a route I haven't ridden in a while and wanted to check on some graffiti art that I noticed from a distance. This is Gritty the Philadelphia Flyers mascot. ...
    Ah, that's more sadness CHIEF.

    I nearly lost a brother to addiction once upon the day. We all pitched in, managed to pull him out of it, and he's well today. But it was a dicey thing. Life presents its hurdles. As the saying goes:"Celebrate the victories because they are few. Mourn the losses because they are many."

    Some good news in this time of misery and sadness: The carbon rims arrived today from China. Given the moment we are in, I pulled on rubber gloves where they were delivered in the hallway, wiped the box down with alcohol, opened the box and removed the rims from the packaging, and wiped the rims down with alcohol too. I then put them inside and took the box and packaging to the dumpster out in back of the building.



    They go to the wheel builder tomorrow. Everything else is already there and waiting.

    onwards, always onwards! G

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