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    Good morning everbody!

    I played catch up and read through a lot of posts here and omg! They are excellent! We have so many newbies here! Hail and welcome!
    We are by and large just a tribe of fat bikers from across the globe and please don't be afraid to share with us anything
    When I started this thing almost 5 years ago, I never thought it would get soooo big and have a life all its own!
    Yes, in the beginning it was to chronicle my struggle and triumphs over some pretty serious health issues. I was oxygen machine dependent, I was taking both Metformin and insulin and tipped the scale at 346lbs. Now I no longer need that machine or insulin. I weigh 224lbs and it's because not only because of fat biking but because of the support of all of you!
    August 7th last year the bear clan suffered a family altering blow with the passing of Sue, my wife and mother of my four wonderful children. Although she wasn't able to ride, shevwas my motivation to get out and do something. Wade began referring to her as 'Mama bear', and she quickly became the matriarch of our little tribe on this thread. Her passing really took a toll on me. I lost the motivation to ride and do other hobbies. But recently, her voice rang in my ears , "Deeeaaarrr, what the hell do you think you're doing?"
    Frankly what was I doing? So I listened to her and can't just sit vegetating any more. So.. Immmmbaaaaccck!
    Mike you send any yankee mp's here I'll load em up on sweet tea and send em packin' ol
    Until a bit later
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    Old Bear, glad to see to back on the thread you started. Sue would have wanted you active and participating and not sitting on your azz.

    I got out this evening and rode a route to watch some high school baseball. A young man I've known most of his life (I played Santa for him when he was a child) is in his senior year and has signed a scholarship to a division 1 program and is a hell of a catcher. I know his Grandparents, parents and sister. It was fun to watch him play.
    The route took me past the falls at Silver Lake that I posted last week. we had rain last night and the falls had a bit more water going over and heading to the river.
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    Welcome back oldbear, we need to see some ride reports man. Iím glad to hear you say youíre back but we need to ďtrust but verifyĒ. Looking forward to seeing it.

    Iíve been sick as a dog. I think I finally broke this fever/cough/crud and took my new bike on a trail. I probably needed more time to rest but have Ben dying to ride the Alaskan on a proper trail. Two things I noticed right away, the wheels/fork/frame are totally stiff when cornering. The bike simply goes exactly where it is pointed. I did not expect to feel such a difference, but it was huge. The other thing is power transfer during climbs, everything you put in it just all goes to the wheels. I will need both of those characteristics for the 100k Fat Biking and health-2d9c9819-b849-4da2-92da-644140459b71.jpgFat Biking and health-979178af-bbf3-46b2-a74b-91b6281728e1.jpg

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    Welcome back, oldbear! Uh, "antifa"...? no idea what that means!

    I've been pounding pedals this year, but last weekend and this weekend I'm out of town. Didn't get out today for too much other stuff to do. This weekend coming I *might* carry the bike along with me, if I can find some decent riding places where I'm going.

    My body has changed so much in the past year and a half, I see photos of me and don't believe it. I like it, a lot. Just another thirty pounds or so and I'm at my just post college weight again, and far more fit. Life is good.

    Onwards!
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    Hi everyone, greeting from a lovely cool OZ. The weather here is perfect for riding, now if work would just stop getting in the way I have this weekend free and hope to get a few rides in.

    Welcome to our new "partners" to the Bear Channel, its great that you have jumped in I hope you can share some rides and inspiration with us.

    Speaking of inspiration, Tex that new bike looks great, glad to see it seem to ride nice too. What more motivation do you need to knock over a lazy 100 k

    Catch you all over the weekend, hopefully with a photo or two.

    OZ.

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    Great to see new people finding and joining the thread.
    I got out this evening, it was cloudy and cool. I rode some wet trails, it was slow do to puddles and people. A nice ride all the same. The falls are about the same and still dumping water. We've had a couple days of rain and are due for a few more.

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    Been riding every day since last weekend being away, about to go away for another three day so it'll be three days off again. There's not a lot new to report: my 'standard' loop around Santa Clara and San Jose keeps growing such that I'm usually riding 15 to 25 miles each time I go out now... Like yesterday, I did 23 miles.

    Between the workouts I'm doing and all this riding, my legs have gained a huge amount of both strength and staminaóa 23 mile ride now, unless I push hard, doesn't even get me into a sweat on a cool day. So I push harder: my average speeds are now up in the 11.5 to 12.6 mph range (as reported by the Garmin), my cadence average is now moving into the middle 80s, and my heart rate average is up to around 118-120.

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    Yesterday I manage to get into a minor fender bender which consumed a good bit of the day (no one hurt, a big pain in the wallet though as I have about $4000 worth of repairs to deal with on the nose of my car, grr) between visits to my mechanic and the bodyshop I work with. So I didn't get out for my ride until 2pm, and pushed particularly hard. It was my biggish loop around SJ, through downtown and Japan Town, with a stop at the Guadalupe River Park for lunch (at 3:15). A quick scoot home after that, and I decided to just continue the ride to my training session at the gym. Stop home, grab workout clothes and such, two miles there and back again. Altogether an 11.8 mph average over 22.8 miles. My physical trainer was particularly nasty to me (I like it when she gets nasty like that ) and worked my arms and abdominals to exhaustion.

    "Well, you're legs are so good now I need to focus on upper body more!" ... Thanks, Miss Evil One! She loves it when I call her that.

    And today I'm off to Mendocino to relax with friends for a couple of days. See ya next week!

    Onwards, always onwards!
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    Oh man, 4000 is a lot of shekels. Sorry to hear that but glad you werenít hurt. We are finally all getting rides in so we donít need anyone else on injured reserve

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    G, glad to read you're OK. Fix the vehicle and move on. I was in a small one last fall and it cost me less but it's still a pain.
    I got out today, I started in sprinkles, visited some friends dropping off elephant ear bulbs to be planted. It cleared off and I continued on. I got in 9 miles and was hungry, I stopped at the local Amish market to see if they had anything I wanted to eat. There was stuff there but I didn't want indigestion. I kept going and stopped at a new Mediterranean restaurant in town. I had heard it was good, I stopped and had a salad that was delicious. I will go back. I stopped on the way home at the river front and watched the Friends of the Delaware canal go on a boat ride in the Delaware River.

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    The boat ride
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    The Fuse and the boat.
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    Welcome back oldbear, Iím glad youíre back on your feet. Thanks for pulling this thread together for us all. I feel like Iíve got a nice slot to drop into. Whatís immediately apparent and wonderful about the peeps here is that all swords are checked at the door. How refreshing in a world of online, caustic behavior.

    The guys (and gals?) let me on board while you were out of cycle.....and with a Stump Jumper at that. Iím still in start up mode, taking the bike for short spins, multiple times a day when Iím home. Iíve got a lot of ground to recover in heart function it seems. As Iíve stated earlier, itís giving our two donkeys puretee heart attacks. They are not growing accustomed to my two wheeled presence. Today, Iíll be as shocking to them as a few weeks ago.

    Iíve a question for you guys....does 29x3 keep my membership here? I test road a Surly ECR a couple of days ago and I think Iíve got an itch that Iím gonna end up scratching. The ECR comes mounted with, and tops out at, 3Ē. But wow! Iíve never been on a tire that meaty. And I now realize that my new, but Craigslisted bike rack also tops out at 3Ē with no apparent options to go larger readily available from Thule (though I bet Iíll figure that out in my shop). Anyway, the transfer from legs to drive train was pretty amazing. I had a very serious happy buzz on that test drive. My sense of control on that bike is hard to explain but I havenít been so bonded in the saddle since riding a bike purchased with money earned as a caddy back in 1970-whatever. The dating habits of my 15 YO former self were dependent on that yellow and black 10 speed. But I digress.....

    So, an ECR May be in the cards for me. Iím now in the ďhow can I do this without hitting the butter and eggs fundĒ mode. Iíll work it out.

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    Savage: any kind of wheeled conveyance gains you membership here. I might be wrong, but doesn't Surly In Oz have one of these ECR bikes? Or is it a Karate-Something? Not sure.

    Nice pics, Chief. Is that the AJ Meerwald sailboat out of Bivalve, NJ?

    Sorry to hear about G's front ender.

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    For sure, anyone who rides and wants some encouragement getting healthy is welcome here. What isnít welcome is this lung/sinus crud I canít shake. Took an easy ride today around the neighborhood. It was about 42 degrees when I headed out and 55 when I arrived home. But it is a beautiful day. I will be spending the rest of the day working on the house...
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    Hi everyone, hope your weekend is going well.

    G good to see the only damage was to the cars, and your wallet

    Chief thats a nice looking ship I would like a trip down the river on it. Your bike is looking great too out in the sunshine. Looks like the Heron tripped on that stick

    Tex the best time of year to have a new bike by the look of those photos. I have a cold coming on too at the moment and its keeping me of the bike today and yesterday. As a bonus it has me on "light" duties around the house

    And Savage, Tex and Mike are right the type of bike does not matter too much its more about enjoyment and encouragement for us to lead healthier lives.

    And the ECR is a great bike, I went with a Karate Monkey as I was leaning towards a more mountain bike than touring bike. So three inch tyres are fine.

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    I also share a Stumpjumper with my son

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    Good riding all.

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    Hello!
    Greetings from the slightly soggy south. We had heavy rain this am. Around 4" fell overnight. But it runs off rather quick. So I rode down to Greenwood following as much of the ilold Railroad that I could.
    It looks like my rear derailleur is needing attention again. I only have thre gears. But it's sooo flat down here i could go single speed. Lol. But I got in a little over 30 miles. Sure felt great! And Blue handled like a dream. As I rode north back up from Greenwood I bpassed a yard sale. They had a number of older Mt bikes and one in particular caught my eye. It is a mid90's (94) Scott Pro Team! I asked what they were asking andthe lady Said "oh that piece of junk? Is $10 too much?" Lol. So i hurriedly pulled out my last $10 and Monday I'm bringing it home. Neat part is everything functions just like mine did. The fork is a Scott unicrown the running gear and brakes are all old XTR. Thevseatbis an original Bontrager. And the tires are old panaracer Dart and Smoke. Those are dry rotted and will need replaced.
    Kind of neat what lurks on the back roads sldown here.
    savage heart: Have you seen the variety have here? Surly rides a neat looking folding bike. We've got Banshee who beyond his RSD bikes hasba rather eclectic collection of Bikes. So your stumpy fits right in.
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    Finally had nice weather for a ride, 62F but with steady 15mph wind gusting to 26mph, making whitecaps on the water. Much, much nicer, though, than riding at 42F in pouring rain!

    Instead of the usual loop I pedaled over to the waterfront, protected from the wind but little going on at least until after Memorial Day. A beautiful day to be out and exercising. Some pics:

    Rental sail boats waiting for tourists to arrive:
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    Looking across the harbor to the South Portland oil tank farm:
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    Tug boats waiting for the next tanker. All ships are escorted under the bridge and over to the unloading stations. One doesn't realize how big they are until compared side-by-side with a lobster boat:
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    Bout time the Bear was caught by the truancy occifer!

    Now that Sunspot's PCM has been programmed for singlespeed service the performance is there and working well. This took a bit of time to get sorted and be able to get outta the hole and moving at a good pace in short order.
    A note to the peeps that think +bikes are slow, Betty Ford clinic is ready to sign you up! Sunspot is very rippable as well as appreciably flickable. Flickable is equivalent to nimble handling.

    Mr. Jones... That beer truck looks nekkid without the beerbags installed! I wanna take that bike for a spin about town on my errand run. Looks like a fun bike to ride and enjoy. I would love it if Surly would offer the ET tires in 3.0. They are a great tire for allround riding. I saw several peeps on the trails with em and they were performing nicely on the singletrack.

    Surly! Good to see a pic of the Ninja bike again!! Yellow is the newest black...

    Chief, good stuff. I've had nothing but 40's and rain over the last week... Glad you're doin well.

    Tex, looks like the new bike is on the prowl and getting some miles in. Good stuff!

    G, no more texting and driving! On a serious note... Fortunately no injuries other than pride and wallet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BansheeRune View Post
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    G, no more texting and driving! On a serious note... Fortunately no injuries other than pride and wallet.
    Thanks guys.

    It's really no injury to my pride ... There's simply no way I could have stopped in time. I slammed on the brakes as fast as my reflexes could muster, and the difference between stopped and smacking into that car was almost exactly what the reflex reaction time was ... about 1/30 second. Why the guy in the first car stopped at all is the only thing that I wish I knew. He had space to enter the traffic, should have kept going or just gone straight and come around rather than stopping. The pain in the wallet will subside quickly.

    Had a wonderful weekend with 20 close friends regardless, and enjoyed myself immensely. Kinda tired tonight, but back onto the bike tomorrow!

    onwards!
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    RJ, that bike is killer. Maybe someday Iíll snag one. Itís my intent to haul one a lot so for the one and only concept, Iíve decided no. But youíve done a bang up job on it. Sure leaves the viewer hankerin to pine for one. Iíd love to test ride one, thatís for sure.

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    Not much riding in the soggy northeast. It's been raining since Saturday night. Damp and cool today. Maybe I can get out on some roads tomorrow after a work trip to Harrisburg, fingers crossed.

    I just saw a report from Old Bear :
    "Well I'm back in the ER. Don't know exactly what's wrong. Chest pain and numbness."

    Thoughts & prayers to Fred.

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    Hi everyone, RJ thats a great collection of images, nice looking place to poke around. Love the bike my LBS has one on the floor of the shop, lucky for my bank balance it a size too small

    Banshee, the Monkey loves its squishy front end these days, but longs for the the steel front end and a long ride into the wilderness one day.

    Chief thanks for the OldBear update, seems Fred cannot take a trick at the moment. Hope you are on the new bike soon Fred.

    OZ.

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    Sorry to hear again Old Bear has wound up in the ER. Warm thoughts and wishes go his way for a quick release, recovery and back to riding again.

    As Chief reported, the rain started on Saturday afternoon as I was finishing up another 20 miler up to Lock 1 and back and hasn't stopped since. Heavy, soaking downpours coupled with abnormally low temps that make it more like early March then the middle of May.

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    Pics coming soon but the new Surly ECR came home today and mercy....... miles to go before I sleep.

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    Good luck Old Bear, you have many folks praying for you and wishing you a speedy recovery.

    I took a ride yesterday and the trail was busy. The wet weather has been keeping the trails closed and once it opened a whole army of riders showed up. The trails are directional by day of the week, so even though it was busy it was not crowded. I found myself riding along with a pack of young riders. I started feeling pretty proud of myself for a minute until we were all slogging up a particularly brutal uphill and a train of riders passed us like we were standing still. These guys made it look effortless. One of the guys in my slow group joked that heíd go ride with them but he didnít have his pre-ride Red Bull. I honestly donít think I would keep up on an e-bike. Itís more than just fitness at that level, it is skill too. Thatís pretty amazing to see in person.

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    Hey everyone!

    Yup. Once again I'm in my private room..lol
    I had an issue occur where i was walking to the mailbox and almost passed out.
    Seems that the pacemaker was way out of adjustment. So i am in the shop for a tune up. I am due to be released tomorrow. Lol
    The Scott has found another home. A guy at the mobile home park gave me $200 for it. So I'm up 175.00. Lol
    Not much else to say right now.
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    Best wishes to Oldbear for a speedy tune up!

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    Good thoughts to Oldbear that all comes well swiftly!

    Yesterday: too much to do, never did get out for a ride. And today through the weekend it looks like we're going to get a good bit of rain so I'm not sure how much riding I'll get out for.

    Ah well, we always need the rain. And I do have other things to keep me busy if riding isn't sensible. I'll just add a bit of time to my workouts...

    onwards, always onwards!
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    Savage...Looking forward to seeing the ECR. My buddy has one. He took it on our tour in South Dakota. It is a great all around bike. Very similar to my Ogre, just wider tires.

    Not much off road riding in the last couple of weeks. Things have been too wet. Good news is that the trails are drying out and should be good for the weekend.

    I've been putting in a bunch of miles on the Vaya this spring. I am planning a 65 mile ride on Friday!

    Hopefully pics and rides in the next few days!

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    Go easy oldbear, go easy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Savageheartland View Post
    Go easy oldbear, go easy
    Savage:' what do you mean go easy? It's 9:05pm and by 9:30 or 10:00 this bear is going. Into hibernation. Lol. Gave cubby a bath and little else. The doc said that I'm too lax with my meds, sometimes, but on June 1st my medicare pt d kicks in. So i won't have any excuse to skip.
    Robert: Your bike is a real lowrider of sorts. Lol. So cool to look at.
    Texmex: That new ride best be getting plenty of miles! Remember black is where it's at. Lol.
    Cheif: Thanks. Bud for relaying my latest stay. I'm happy to report that it was short and sweet. They ran the usual EKGs, Xray, blood tests and a ctscan. All came backthat my heart nd lungs are stable and there's been no further progression in my CHF. Rather all that riding is hopding it in check.
    I amdown to 6 meds. That's a far cry from the 21 that the quack at that warehouse had me on.
    Oz: love you r winter. Pics. Lol.
    G: i hope you're ok. Get out and ride!
    Until later
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    Horrible picture of an awesome dude. Fat Biking and health-6a09aebd-b7c9-4e31-b5de-298616f2f076.jpgI lost the nut to my thru axle on my new bike and couldnít ride. The new part wonít arrive until tomorrow. My brother in law made a trip to Michigan with his extra bike in tow. So we rode the Potawatomi Trail in Pickney Michigan. It was a beautiful day.

    As we reached a remote part of the trail we interrupted a young couple being amorous. We were riding fast enough to catch them by surprise but they didnít let us bother them, we kept on rolling too. 17.8 miles and 1400 feet of climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
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ID:	1251613I lost the nut to my thru axle on my new bike and couldnít ride. The new part wonít arrive until tomorrow. My brother in law made a trip to Michigan with his extra bike in tow. So we rode the Potawatomi Trail in Pickney Michigan. It was a beautiful day.

    As we reached a remote part of the trail we interrupted a young couple being amorous. We were riding fast enough to catch them by surprise but they didnít let us bother them, we kept on rolling too. 17.8 miles and 1400 feet of climbing.
    Well, Springtime and the sap rises I guess. One must admire their sense of purpose.

    Sorry about parts dropping off the new ride. Hope youíre back on it quickly.

    In conversation with a colleague yesterday, she told me that she and her husband ran a charitable org that focuses on bike donations, repairs and distribution to folks less fortunate. They have a repair and give away scheduled for tomorrow at a brewery down in Raleigh. Iím going to throw the repair stand in the car and head that way to assist as Iím able. My tuning skills are all but gone but theyíre both trained and seem to be happy to instruct. I can help and learn and have a beer when itís all said and done. There is no downside that I can see other than itís gonna be hotter and stickier than weíve seen this year.

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    TexMex: Well, that was a learning moment for me, too. Here, I thought all through axles were on an industry standard following what Rock Shox has done with their Maxle, that is, the fork and the rear frame is threaded to accept the axle. A check at the Universal Cycles site shows there are thru axles that have nuts, like yours.

    Blue Loctite is your friend, Tex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldbear52 View Post
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    G: i hope you're ok. Get out and ride!
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    Thank you! I'm fine. Car is fine too, except for its smushed nose. It'll go into the shop either next week or the week after and be perfect once more.

    Yes, I've gotta get out and ride some more. The weather is fighting me right now ... turned chilly and rainy, looks like that's going to last for a few more days. I'm reluctant to ride in the rain because of all the grit that covers the bike and gets into everything ... makes for a two-three hour cleaning chore when I get done. But eh? I'll get out today if it doesn't rain all day.

    G

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    Hi everyone, Tex at least you did not have the wheel come loose during a ride. I had that happen on Farley one day, I always check the axels before a ride these days.

    Tex please tell me you had lunch in Hell the one on Patterson Lake road

    Hi Old bear funny you should mention winter down here as its taking a break this week. The last few days have seen temps into the low seventies and next week into the high seventies, no wind to speak of either. I grabbed a quick photo on the phone at the mid point of todays 37 mile ride.

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    The surfers seemed happy with the day too.

    Hope your weekend is great too.

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    Hmm. While your winter is taking a break,Surly, ours has returned for a visit. It's 43įF outside this morning. Brr, go away!

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    Got out for a very nice 17 mile ride yesterday. A variation on the usual loop, a stop downtown for lunch, etc.

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    Felt great, bike running great. It was even warm and dry in the afternoon!

    Onwards,
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    So still no fat biking. Crazy the amount of rain weíve had this spring. About the time things start to dry out, more rain on the way. In fact, nasty storms due tomorrow afternoon.

    On the bright side, Iíve been logging in plenty of miles on the Salsa Vaya. Left in the rain yesterday morning at 630a and did a 65 mile ride with one of my friends. Rain lasted about an hour and then turned out to a perfect day. I put a set of tan wall Gravel King slicks 700x38 on the Vaya earlier this spring. They are pretty awesome tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surly in OZ View Post
    Hi everyone, Tex at least you did not have the wheel come loose during a ride. I had that happen on Farley one day, I always check the axels before a ride these days.

    Tex please tell me you had lunch in Hell the one on Patterson Lake road

    Hi Old bear funny you should mention winter down here as its taking a break this week. The last few days have seen temps into the low seventies and next week into the high seventies, no wind to speak of either. I grabbed a quick photo on the phone at the mid point of todays 37 mile ride.

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    The surfers seemed happy with the day too.

    Hope your weekend is great too.

    OZ.
    Oz: When my son moved Blue over to our mobile home he didn't realize that the Bluto has a thru axle. I was up in Missouri at the time and he called me and told me that the axle was broken. He sent me a couple pictures and I laughed and told him it wasn't and how a thru axle works. He's used to QRs.
    Today was my rest day. After riding up to Loxley and back yesterday it was a much needed day. Besides that the arthritis inmy neck was acting up. Some naproxen took care of that.
    Tex: I didn't realize your new ride is purple. Mama bear would have loved it. In fact our very first Mtn vikes were Bianchi Grizzlies in purple!
    We'll talk more later gang
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    Yesterdayís ride was limited to a few test rides after repairs/refurb of donated bikes. It was good to get a lil greasy and lend a hand. It was good to watch folks with repair skills that I once had, or wish for. These were all adult bikes and will be matched to folks who are primarily at a homeless shelter. Once a month they can bring them back in for repairs. It did get fairly hot yesterday as the afternoon wore on and I donít cool as well as I useta could. Plenty of water and finished off with IPA since we were setup at a local brewery.
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    Yesterday was deemed to become miserable weather by the forecast, but not until after about 11:30am. Fine, just right for the Saturday morning ride!

    It was cold when I got up, 46įF, so I pulled out my long fleece cycling pants and wore medium weight jersey and gloves with them. My body was saying, "Take it easy!" for some reason so I concentrated on a steady spin and chugged along down to the meetup with the boyz. The wind kept moving around on me but was mostly out of the south-east so I chose the lower gears for most of the way there and had a good workout regardless.

    Given the pending wetness that I could smell in the air, I left breakfast a little early and thought I'd chance a nice loop around through Japan Town and downtown San Jose on the way home to Santa Clara. As I stopped at a traffic light and waited for the change, an elderly woman with a sturdy cane who was out walking her dog admired my bicycle (and maybe my legs ... I dunno, her eyes were wandering and I think her eyesight might be suspect ) and we exchanged pleasantries. Japan Town seemed very quiet for a Saturday morning but no matter, I sped through, came around a bend, and there was a group of volunteer clean-up folks blocking the path.

    I gave them a ding on the bell and the one guy looked up, shooed the bunch off the bike path, and called out, "Hey, that's a really cool bike!" as I passed. "Thank you!" I called back, "...and thanks for cleaning the path!" He/they all smiled and waved. It pays to be pleasant.

    Through SJ downtown and cycling up towards the rail underpass near the stadium, the hypoglycemic sugar down of after-breakfast hit me and I slowed for a bit. Temperatures were up a bit too, so I took a little quiet neighborhood dogleg and stopped for a moment. Took my gloves off, stuffed them in the frame bag, then put on my AirPods and told the iPhone to continue playing my workout musicósome dance electronica by Deadmau5. Wishin a few moments, the sugar down passed and the beat of the music pushed me back up and I was back to normal. I don't often ride with headphones in, but it is very pleasant sometimes.

    The smell of ozone and rain was getting stronger so I stepped up the pace even more as I zipped through the University area and into my home neighborhood. I was zinging along at about 16 mph when a fit young guy on a tight, pretty little roadie bike came zinging past me doing about twice my speed. Ah youth! I laughed and waved, he gave me a thumbs up as he passed. I got to my place, ducked inside quickly, and was getting my gear off and the bike bits onto their chargers when ten minutes later the rain began outside.

    A fine morning's ride: about 17.5 miles, 11.1 mph average, 905 calories burned. A hot shower felt great.

    onwards!
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    My brother in law texted me this morning ďmeet me at 8:30 at the Cassidy road parking lotĒ. So off we went, 19 miles at DTE Foundation Trail in Chelsea. He kicked my butt, but it was a fun ride.Fat Biking and health-05470eb3-25fd-4a39-b6b6-6b99e19c0752.jpg
    My thru axle arrived so I rode my new bike, still loving it.
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    After the ride we went to get lunch at Tge Common Grill in Chelsea Michigan. The food was amazing. Then we grabbed coffee and dessert at a little coffee shop. As soon as we finished the Heavens OPENED. I am really glad he didnít let me ponder riding. We got our ride in before the rain.

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    Ride Reports

    Savageheart: 19 posts; 5 bars of attaboys. Don't know how you did it or what you wrote, but respect. LOL Has to be a world record if anyone is keeping track.

    Past 3 days had rides up to Lock 1 and back to Homebase for a total of 40 miles. Then today, a ride southbound from Homebase to Delran, NJ and G Winters Sailing Center/Riverside Marina to see what new Ranger Tugs are in stock. With an interesting and maddening end to the ride. That ride was 36 miles. Total of 76 miles in 3 days of riding. Now, some pics.

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    Haibike Full FatSix up at the Lamberton Road gates for the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park towpath. Very rarely will there be a car parked here and further up at the north end gate parking area. Just the nature of the beast being so close to Trenton.

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    My weed brushing of a few weeks ago in this area has paid off in that the area to the north of this gate is not overgrown as it was last year. I've another hand sickle on order from Ebay, a cheap one; that I'll use to do some more maintenance whacking once it comes in. Give the blade a bit of a sharpening and have at it.

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    Some purple wildflowers growing up on the northern end of this trail, not far from the big downfall of trees I reported here 2 weeks ago. Nice splash of color by Mother Nature; always the best.

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    The Mini-Wetlands created on the Towpath by the above I-295 overpasses. How? by diverting all of the roadway rain-run-off from the bridge right onto the towpath, instead of directing it into the very close by Delaware River swamp-slough. On the north end, ditto; but this time, a 90 degree drain elbow is missing coming off the highway drain, putting water into a nearby field and towpath. No, I expect no one to fix this from our State. I know the parks workers drive the path to do weed cutting and tree fall cutting. They know, but don't seem to care, I suppose.....

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    Saturday's Ride Report and here I am on my return leg to Homebase, going through the west end of Crystal Lake Park and seeing how the heavy rainfall of the past week has created such a high water table on this lower end that it will be a while before it ever drains into the soil

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    Sunday Morning's Ride Report and here I am, at 0945 hours at G Winters Sailing Center, Delran, New Jersey, looking at a Ranger Tugs 31 in the water at their floating docks filled with trawler tugs and sailboats. The coolness of the morning is starting to give way to the heat promised for today. 18 miles in, using my new 500wh battery and I believe 30% battery charge expended using High power to get to this point.

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    After a stop at the 7-11 in Delanco to get 2 quarter pound hot dogs, I pedaled down towards the Delaware to have my brunch, washed down with some ice tea.

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    Tire blowout in Beverly, New Jersey. I knew it was bad from the sound of it letting go. More f**king garbage in the road that I missed somehow, putting a 3/8 slash in the tire. Well, I broke out my DynaPlug plugging kit and went against their recommendations in exceeding their 2 plugs maximum by 2 for a total of 4 to fill this gash. Did not want to wrestle with tire sealant all over me just to install the tube I always carry with me. Figured if it does not hold, I am taking the Light Rail nearby to the station closest to Homebase. Well, taking it easy, I made it back. But the tire lost all pressure. One more JJ to the garbage can.

    Ordered up a new Schwalbe JJ and will ready the rim in anticipation of the tire, rim strip and a new presta valve.

    I believe Schwalbe makes a nice fat bike tire. However, their puncture resistance is crap. And at 105 bucks a tire; from what I went thru last fall, I could have outfitted my Colorado with new all terrain tires. Not a happy camper.

    When a tire gets gashed, no tire plugging system is going to be a permanent fix.

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    Was a great day today, fresh tire up front, some rocks, singletrack, and didn't fall off a cliff.



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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    Savageheart: 19 posts; 5 bars of attaboys. Don't know how you did it or what you wrote, but respect. LOL Has to be a world record if anyone is keeping track.

    Past 3 days had rides up to Lock 1 and back to Homebase for a total of 40 miles. Then today, a ride southbound from Homebase to Delran, NJ and G Winters Sailing Center/Riverside Marina to see what new Ranger Tugs are in stock. With an interesting and maddening end to the ride. That ride was 36 miles. Total of 76 miles in 3 days of riding. Now, some pics.

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    Haibike Full FatSix up at the Lamberton Road gates for the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park towpath. Very rarely will there be a car parked here and further up at the north end gate parking area. Just the nature of the beast being so close to Trenton.

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    My weed brushing of a few weeks ago in this area has paid off in that the area to the north of this gate is not overgrown as it was last year. I've another hand sickle on order from Ebay, a cheap one; that I'll use to do some more maintenance whacking once it comes in. Give the blade a bit of a sharpening and have at it.

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    Some purple wildflowers growing up on the northern end of this trail, not far from the big downfall of trees I reported here 2 weeks ago. Nice splash of color by Mother Nature; always the best.

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    The Mini-Wetlands created on the Towpath by the above I-295 overpasses. How? by diverting all of the roadway rain-run-off from the bridge right onto the towpath, instead of directing it into the very close by Delaware River swamp-slough. On the north end, ditto; but this time, a 90 degree drain elbow is missing coming off the highway drain, putting water into a nearby field and towpath. No, I expect no one to fix this from our State. I know the parks workers drive the path to do weed cutting and tree fall cutting. They know, but don't seem to care, I suppose.....

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    Saturday's Ride Report and here I am on my return leg to Homebase, going through the west end of Crystal Lake Park and seeing how the heavy rainfall of the past week has created such a high water table on this lower end that it will be a while before it ever drains into the soil

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    Sunday Morning's Ride Report and here I am, at 0945 hours at G Winters Sailing Center, Delran, New Jersey, looking at a Ranger Tugs 31 in the water at their floating docks filled with trawler tugs and sailboats. The coolness of the morning is starting to give way to the heat promised for today. 18 miles in, using my new 500wh battery and I believe 30% battery charge expended using High power to get to this point.

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    After a stop at the 7-11 in Delanco to get 2 quarter pound hot dogs, I pedaled down towards the Delaware to have my brunch, washed down with some ice tea.

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    Tire blowout in Beverly, New Jersey. I knew it was bad from the sound of it letting go. More f**king garbage in the road that I missed somehow, putting a 3/8 slash in the tire. Well, I broke out my DynaPlug plugging kit and went against their recommendations in exceeding their 2 plugs maximum by 2 for a total of 4 to fill this gash. Did not want to wrestle with tire sealant all over me just to install the tube I always carry with me. Figured if it does not hold, I am taking the Light Rail nearby to the station closest to Homebase. Well, taking it easy, I made it back. But the tire lost all pressure. One more JJ to the garbage can.

    Ordered up a new Schwalbe JJ and will ready the rim in anticipation of the tire, rim strip and a new presta valve.

    I believe Schwalbe makes a nice fat bike tire. However, their puncture resistance is crap. And at 105 bucks a tire; from what I went thru last fall, I could have outfitted my Colorado with new all terrain tires. Not a happy camper.

    When a tire gets gashed, no tire plugging system is going to be a permanent fix.
    At a buck five a piece, itís gotta hurt your feelings to hear one rip. Sorry on that one. But good that the fix dragged you across the line though. Thatíd be a heavy one to shoulder for very long.

    Quarter pound dogs from 7-11? Good Lord, thatíd put me in the ER for a life threatening belching attack. The damage would be permanent I think. As a young buck, I could get away with that but not now.

    Sadly, youíre probably right about drainage and repairs. Until a couple of public vehicles get stuck or damaged, it wonít take a priority position. It ďmightĒ help if you can get the Parks management to realize that the DOT is pooping in their back pocket. Indignation could drive them holler loud enough. Maybe play the angle of highway/oil runoff in the wetlands.

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    Savage: I don't mind wearing out tires; they are the biggest wear item on our bikes. But making a tire unusable due to the crap found on our roadways makes it hurt all the more. I think the count has it at 3 premium fat tires in 2.5 seasons, give or take. This is the risk I take in running on our asphalt roadways and whatever shoulder is given to us bicyclists here by the route planners.

    Using an email address for the Canal Parks Superintendent last year over this issue (the rain runoff onto the towpath issue), I wrote her a letter and sent a couple of pictures similar to what you see here, of the growing mini-wetlands on the towpath itself. Did not get the benefit of a reply. Maybe I'll try again. Then again, this 4 mile plus of towpath only got 2 grass/weed cuttings for the whole of 2018, making it unusable to especially the dog walkers; what with the great mass of ticks contained within those high weeds when the place is not maintained.

    This is NJ, the kind of Utopia not at all like G's Kalifornia. Here, we have highly paid bureaucrats put into charge of places like this, and when asked if they could mind their property better, they'll plead not enough well-paid taxpayer fronted workers are available to keep things on the up and up, but thanks for your concern and we'll get back to you!

    Time to cut some flashing tape for the rear rim and dream about maybe hitting the PA side of the canal system next week or so.

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    Friday I got home at 11:30, my son was home eating lunch. We chatted and I headed out for a ride. It was cloudy and overcast and looked like some rain might come. I loaded the the bike rack and the bike grabbed my gear and headed up to Yardley. The plan was to ride the canal home to Bristol (15+ miles) I wanted to check on tunnel progress in Falls Twp. Headed down the canal, lots or runners, walkers & bikers enjoying the weather. I got to Morrisville and stopped for a picture of the NJ capitol building across the river.
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    When I stopped a young lady was walking her dog. He thought I stopped to offer him a treat from my bag. LOL, I was grabbing my phone of the picture. I may start carrying a few treats. This is them near a bathroom facility there.
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    Down the canal a little farther under the Route 1 bridge the canal narrows to about 5 - 7 feet wide to get by the foundations for the highway bridge. Here's the narrowing and the bridge.
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    Down to to the hump crossing. This is where the railroad moves freight and tanker cars in and out for from trains for travel in Falls Twp PA. This is the path (much larger now and cleaner) you used to have to travel down to the tracks to get around the lack of canal path through the hill.
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    And the completed tunnel under the rail lines.
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    A little farther down at the Tyburn Road blockage the tunnel hasn't been started but the vehicle access is in place so the work will start soon I think. This area has changed too. This is where I took my fall last year and whacked my ribs. Much easier travel now.
    The blockage.
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    The stone access road.
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    Some storm damage
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    Every tree in the canal had a load of turtles on them.
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    At 10 miles I was getting hungry and I thought of a quick easy grab. Mike they aren't 1/4 lb hotdogs (which would of had me in indigestion mode) but I grabbed 2 steak soft tacos and a small drink and watched 3 very young kids fall off the tables they were standing on yelling at their mothers. My things have changed.
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    Another 6 miles to home and the river was high with all the rain we've been having.
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    Right behind me are new $600,000.00 condo's that I wouldn't take if someone gave me one. The area floods a bit and vehicles get stranded and wet. We have towed many out and been called to help people trapped not paying attention to the water and tides.
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    Mike sorry to read about you tire damage. Yeah the garbage that is tossed, falls off of vehicles collects and hinders bikers. Some great reports and pictures. Thanks for sharing. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

    Anniversary is Thursday and we're headed to the beach. I'm calling the place we're staying at to see if there is a secure place to store my bike.

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    Mike, Have you tried patching the tires from the inside with an automotive patch kit? If you can clean off the sealant it should stick. A largish patch should cover a 3/8" cut.
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    I have had to do this to my tires that have been gashed. The big tire patches for automotive are great, and they are much thicker. I have had to put stitches (use dental floss) in if the gash is large enough. I use use a larger car tire patch and make sure to use plenty of the vulcanizing rubber cement. You definitely want a patch that more than covers the gash. The tire has always lasted to end of life for me. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeTowpathTraveler View Post
    ... This is NJ, the kind of Utopia not at all like G's Kalifornia. ...
    Oh, I don't know how different it is. Our roads here in the south of Silicon Valley are shite: full of junk, potholes, over-used pavement that's worn and rough even for a car. There's construction on every street corner lately, it seems, and more detritus and sharp bits on the ground than I really want to know about.

    Luckily, I've managed to pilot my way through and around most of it with only a few flats over the past year. I'm quite amazed at how well the Duro Fleetwood 26x4.00 tires I've been using have held up: the front tire is now nearly 3300 miles and still have tread, even on the left/center area and has never had a flat; the rear had to be replaced due to the slash that cut a 2+ inch long slice through both tire and tube, but still had usable tread at around the 2100 mile mark.

    I get the Duros typically for about $60 apiece via Ebay. Duro isn't bringing them into the US officially, but a few suppliers seem to keep bringing them in. I have four spares (and two Surly tubes) in stock just in case. Pays to be prepared for the worst.. But at this rate, I have tires to last me until FCC is well over 12,000 miles old. Or another three to four years...

    No ride yesterday. It was chucking down rain on and off all day, with just a few moments here and there for a nice walk to the bike shop to borrow a thin 17mm spanned. Which reminds me: I better get over there and return it now. Good folks those.

    If the weather holds, I'll get a ride in today.

    Onwards,
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    Chief: That is an outstanding ride report, well done! I'll say this again: we need to do a meetup to ride this portion of the canal. For myself, I need to know where to hook up the canal and that railroad underpass north of the Calhoun Street area. Those pictures you show, I have no idea where that is, nor where the canal is for that matter. (The canal looks like it could have decent pickerel or sunfish fishing within it) Steak soft tacos are not bad at all. On that south run I do to Delanco, all I have are a couple steak shops and 7-11. One has to work up the gumption to do a steak sandwich with 18 miles to go.... Did not realize the river was that high. Rains and we had a full moon, which lunar tides contribute to flooding as well as lower than normal mean tide depths....

    Syranak and Stubby44: Thanks for that tip. I might have to play around with the tire once I get her off and try what you suggest; if for anything, I'll have a good emergency spare tire hanging and waiting for me to run over something else!!!!

    G: I've no doubt, there are badly maintained roadways in your Golden State. You just have to be here to know where I'm coming from. I can downright guarantee you that the state maintained main canal from Princeton up to it's terminus in New Brunswick (near New York Harbor) is not maintained in the condition this little 4 mile stretch of canal is down here. And I am most sure there are no highway overpasses on that canal run to the north is allowed to drain onto the canal right of way. As long as I can remember, South Jersey has always got the short end of tax dollars and social projects such as this little towpath. Meanwhile, on that run to my south, the shoulders are about 5 inches wide, which acts as a collection point for all the road debris collecting and waiting. And, there are no town or county road cleaning schedules. Meh, I'm just venting, that's all. That BANG! and Orange Seal spraying all over the place has made me cranky, LOL.

    Well, my Ebay hand sickle has arrived and I hope to put it to use later in the week. Pictures to follow!

    Ordered a few more Ortlieb panniers as the time is drawing near to attempt some overnighters with the Haibike. Pics to come as the bags arrive.....

    Hope everyone is having fun and staying aired-up on their bikes!

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    Hi everyone, great to see you all out riding and posting up some fantastic reports too.

    Chief and Mike I know you guys live in a very urban area but those canal paths look like a great place to ride, a real green escape. Long may your summer last...

    Shark you seem to be up in the hills like Banshee, a very nice looking trail with views too. Hope to see more of your summer rides.

    G and anyone else who is interested in photography I came across a link to a Instagram page today that helped cure my photography burnout. In a world full of images so many I have see before this page was very uplifting for me.

    If you want to take a look its @imaginarymagnitude on instagram.

    Hope you all have a great week.

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    Around here, Mike, the problem isn't so much decaying-from-neglect-and-low-tax-dollars old stuff but the rapid and absurd building of new stuff without properly addressing the infrastructure of old stuff that has to support it. So tons of fancy new apartments and condos without overhauling the sewage and power structures underneath them, too few municipal inspectors for oversight, etc etc. The water mains under the state highway a half a mile away have broken under the stress four times in the past year, causing massive flooding of the neighborhood; the road surface is like driving across a meteor peppered moon from the understructure buckling and twisting under the load of five times the traffic, etc etc. Road construction crews often smooth the surface where the cars run but leave the bike lanes and path entrances lumpy and full of root heaves and sink holes...

    But yeah, it's a rant because it irritates me to see how much of these problems could be reduced if just a little forethought and application of sensible planning would take place. And if the utterly insane level of entitlement that all these folks who live in a $1.5M condo with one parking space yet own four cars were reduced just a teensy bit...



    Interesting page, Surly! I'll wander through it a bit more when I have time later today. Thx!

    Nothing went the way I'd planned or expected yesterday, but I did get a short ride in. Basically a blitz around my usual short loop with a stop for coffee and snack in the middle, about 13 miles @ 11.7 mph average. And I did get most of the essential errands done, on the bike.

    For those who enjoy MotoGP racing, I saw the French GP @ LeMans last evening with friends. Some amazing racing, even if That Darned Spaniard did win once more. Anyone hooked on two wheelers could enjoy watching these riders dice around that circuit...!

    onwards!
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    Good stuff, G, well said.

    Well, I can tell you this about these tubeless set ups: when your tire blows out, expect a good clean up of all the rubbery strands of ****y sealant all over your bike. The bike has been cleaned up very nice, the tire removed, the rim stripped of it's rim tape (Gorilla Tape) and rim strip tape; awaiting arrival of the new tire, rim strip and presta valve.

    The inner rim was cleaned thoroughly, including around the spoke nipples, where the sealant accumulated and cured after the initial installation. This time, I am bypassing the Gorilla Tape for Zip Flashing tape, a much pliable and easier to seal tape ideal for our tubeless set ups.

    The learning curve from last year is complete with this tubeless stuff; now it's just a matter of putting it all back together.

    Hot, summer like heat and humidity was pushed out overnight for a breezy and cool morning with bright sunshine....

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    Yeah Mike a beautiful day to ride. It's Primary Election Day is PA. I get home and wait for my wife to get home so we walk over to vote. She has a great nieces dance recital this evening so I grab a quick ride around town to check out the voters and poll workers that are out and about. We have a bully council person that pays people to vote (he also fired me as Fire Chief). So I have a soft spot in my heart for him.

    So I head out for my ride, get my bike and ride down the alley behind my house and out on to Wood Street. It's a one way street with parking on both sides. I have a little over a half mile to a walkway with no vehicles. It's my normal routs in town. I'm about 4/10's and I hear a vehicle coming up behind me. There's no where to go so I continue on. The law in PA is if you pass a cyclist you're supposed to give them 4' of space. This guy comes right up along side of me just before a stop sign. I give the driver a quick look (older gent, gray/silver hair combed straight back, glasses, mustache, collared shirt, large maroon SUV that has a handicap sign hanging from he rearview mirror. I say, "what are you doing?" to the driver. He calls me a F'en jerk off and says get out of the street. I reply "GFY". Right at the stop sign he jerks the SUV towards me. I turn away and run up a handicap ramp onto the sidewalk and yell a few choice words that I probably shouldn't yell in public. The guy accelerates through the stop sign and speeds off. It's a slight uphill ride for me, but I power up (adrenaline, does wonders) and ideal after him. He continues to accelerate, through 2 more stop signs and is a full block ahead of me (about 500'). He as to make a choice to left or right. I turn left a block before and hope he goes that way. He didn't. I was not a happy camper.
    I did a loop to look for the asshole. Nothing. I pedal on. Get my ride in nice and easy now to calm down. I see a PD car and report the incident. Cop files a report and tells me you know nothing will come of this. Yeah I know. I wanted to report it just in case we cross each others path in the next day or 2.
    Nice easy ride and head home for some pizza and send the wife off to watch a recital. Thank goodness I didn't have to go.

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    Surly: As you will read in Chief's post, the trick to getting to and on those towpaths, is to survive the gauntlet of ass wipes driving 2 ton vehicles that on a spurs notice can turn against you, using that vehicle like it was a weapon, against you on your little steel or aluminum tubed bicycle.

    I know you've run into the same bad attitudes on your own rides in your homeland down under.

    Well, the new rear tire arrived this morning and this afternoon, I set about installing a new rim tape, new sealing tape, new presta valve and 4.0 inch Jumbo Jim. Aired up the tire using my electric compressor in order to seat the tire beads; let the air out, added 8 ounces of Orange Seal Sub Zero (yes, I know that may be a bit much sealant, but it's worked for me.....well, when I'm not getting my tire slashed, that is...). Aired back up to 28 psi and had minimal leakage about a few spokes. Few revolutions of the tire and it sealed up quickly.

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    Finally got the RSD out for another ride. The bike felt great..like Iíve been riding it for years. I rode a couple of the local trails and the bike was awesome.

    Hulk on the ďconcrete couchĒ at the trail head
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    After a big downhill, the trail heads up. You kind on hop over this root section between the trees
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    Random trail shots
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    Hulk in the wild
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    At the post ride wash station.
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    Holy %$@#, Mike! Gotta teach ya bout tire boots and eBay as well as amazon.
    The last pair of JJ's I bought were 65 smackers each.

    Chief, remember the jerseys with the pockets on the back? I carry golf balls in those pockets so I can blow out arear window for a m'fer like that! Works wonders and ya don't hafta pedal after some dick to gitter dun.

    Terry, good to hear you're enjoying the Mayor! They are a fine fat and ya cannot get enough of em!

    Not much riding lately. :/ Rain every freakin day for the last week. Saturday promises to bring sunshine and an opportunity for a ride.
    Meanwhile, the RSD collection has been tuned, dialed and cherried out for the adventures ahead.
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
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    Iíve been riding the last three days, 19 miles Sunday with my brothers-in-law, 16 miles Monday by myself and 10 miles with my daughter yesterday. Todayís Rainy weather forecast and a drive back to Columbus will probably disrupt the streak Fat Biking and health-ca1eed02-fe99-4979-923e-36517a32f801.jpg.

    The race is in less than two weeks. Selling the house, changing jobs and getting sick has left me less than prepared, but Iím still going to try.

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    Mike your right, getting to and from safe trails can be tough at times. It takes ONE asshole. I ride much more attentive when I'm with my wife. I position myself between her and anything I can see being a threat. She doesn't flow around things as quickly as I do So I slow up and watch to make sure she's OK. When I'm by myself I roll and go.

    Terry, GREAT looking bike. Enjoy.

    Wade, what a great idea. I used to golf alot and have thousands of balls in a few buckets and shag bag in the basement. LOL Thanks.

    Hang tough texmex. Do what you can and enjoy. Make it a ride instead of a race.

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    Our Midwest friends seem to be in a wet weather pattern featuring some bad storms in the southern tier. My thoughts go to those affected.

    Nice ride photos, Terry and Tex. Tex, looks like you have a fatbiker for life convert in your daughter there. Sounds like you have a ton of things on your plate to accomplish, too. Best regards in seeing everything through, including your move and that race.

    Hi Wade! I need to look into this Amazon thing. Universal Cycles has those cheaper JJ's for 65 bucks, but only in a 4.8. The Haibike can only accomodate the 4.0. Even the 4.4 would be hitting the chain stays. The bike is cleaned up and ready to roll. Gonna go out to the garage to see how many psi, if any, that I lost overnight, on the new tubeless rear. Interesting note: the Orange Seal has some kind of bleed-thru in the rubber sidewall, as I noted the silver lettering for the Schwalbes as in the new tire, contrasts with the bronze colored lettering on the front JJ on this bike.

    Golf Balls: Yes, deploy a golf ball into any of those aggressive drivers around here and you are just as liable to be shot for your troubles. Knock on wood, I for the most part, do not have the kinds of mean spirited drivers that the Chief has across the river. His area gets a lot of people-bleed off from Philadelphia as it is not far from the city limits where he is located. I say that by simple observation in some 40 plus years of driving. Cross the river into PA and there is a marked difference in driver aggressiveness, especially up in the Street Road area and to the south.

    Chief: Good on ya about putting the Mrs ahead of you in your rides. The two of you really need to road trip your bikes to the north, anywhere from Washington Crossing, up to Easton. Park in those safe D&L parking lots and make a day of it riding the excellent canal system you good folks have over there.

    Here across the river, once Amazon Burlington gets staffed and ramped up, it's going to make my fairly once sedate River Road south run more dangerous with added truck and car traffic...

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    Wade/Chief...thanks for the compliments on the bike. First few rides were less than impressive, but it was a new wheel size, first time with suspension on a fat bike, etc. I think I have it about dialed in. The bike is super fun to ride. No question before winter, Iím going to build up a set of 26 fat wheels/tires for the snow and just sell the Fatboy.

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