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    Newberry Crater Ride Report

    So yesterday evening I went out to fetch the mail, and ended up having to endure listening to my know-it-all neighbor explain to me how to make my bike perform better. Now this is a guy who I've never once seen near a bike. I think if he did something to actually break a sweat, he'd probably call 911 in a panic.

    His adamant advice to me was:
    1) Use "butterfly bars." I've heard of moustache bars, cowhorn bars, riser bars, drop bars, H-Bars, monkey bars, gay bars and straight bars, but I've never heard of butterfly bars. By his description, they are the ones you used to see on kids' Stingray bikes. You know, the ones that rise up about two feet from the stem and put your grips near your chin level. He said that it'd let me get my weight back on the bike, so as to keep weight off the front wheel.

    2) Get a bike that has gears, since mine only has one.

    There was so much wrong with this whole interchange that I took a moment to think about all the possible responses, and realized for the sake of time (and since I have to live next door to him) my best response was to just say a simple "no" and then walk inside.

    So today I treated myself to a long, solo ride on which I didn't have to listen to anyone talk at me about anything.

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    Morning start by the duckies. The biggest hill in the background is Paulina Peak. First I climbed to the backside of it. This first battery of pics are from the climb up.
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    First pic is from just below Paulina Peak. If you look across the lake you can see the ridge where the trail goes.

    Second pic looks down into the crater. The dark area is an old lava flow. These two lakes are in the crater of an old volcano, and the trail runs around the rim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    ... "butterfly bars." ...
    ITM 'Synergic' adjustable butterfly handlebar


    https://www.wallbike.com/oddsnends/synergic.html

    Acor Butterfly Handlebars

    https://www.wallbike.com/oddsnends/acorbutterfly.html
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    This next pic is from the ridge that was across the lake in the previous pic. You can see Paulina Peak in the background, from where I just rode.
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    I can guarantee you that's not what my neighbor was thinking about.

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    Katleya had her first birthday a couple of weeks ago. Caketime!

    Thanks for looking.
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    Sounds like he was talking about "ape hanger" bars, though if you are going to get proper bars you should upgrade to a banana seat as well so you can fully transfer your weight over the rear axle where it belongs.

    Nice pics. Looks like a great place to ride.

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    nice stuff! i think i only rode there once or twice, but it is one of my fav oregon trails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nat
    I can guarantee you that's not what my neighbor was thinking about.
    If you put gears on your bike it would have been easier to ride around Paulina Peak, too.

    I love that ride. Fun to ride up the creek trail (one-way, up, for bikes) from the highway, around the rim and back down the powerline doubletrack.
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    Sweet pics, Nat.

    I must be luckier than you. My neighbor, when he happens to be home (usually, he is off in Nepal or some far-off land climbing the world's highest peaks), comes over to ask ME for advice on which bike he should buy. In fact, he came by last night - recently returned from climbing 2 peaks in Nepal - to get my input on which road bike he should drop his 1,200-1,400 clams on. In exchange, I get to hear about his tales from abroad. No, not about foreign girls...

    Looks like your solo ride must've done the trick for you. BTW, what digi camera are you using for your riding pics? They always look terrific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneGearGuy
    Sweet pics, Nat.

    I must be luckier than you. My neighbor, when he happens to be home (usually, he is off in Nepal or some far-off land climbing the world's highest peaks), comes over to ask ME for advice on which bike he should buy. In fact, he came by last night - recently returned from climbing 2 peaks in Nepal - to get my input on which road bike he should drop his 1,200-1,400 clams on. In exchange, I get to hear about his tales from abroad. No, not about foreign girls...

    Looks like your solo ride must've done the trick for you. BTW, what digi camera are you using for your riding pics? They always look terrific.

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    Hey thanks. The camera is an old Olympus D-360L, 1.3 megapixel. It didn't cost very much, so I was surprised that the pics turned out alright especially since I don't have any photography know-how. Our "good" camera takes much nicer pics but I've been forbidden to take it on bike rides.

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    Sweet ride, sweet pics, and a sweety sweety cake-eater...


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    One more thing you need...

    You also need to get a good, quality kickstand so you don't have to mess up your purdy new bike by leaning it on stuff. Good kickstands are under-rated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockin
    You also need to get a good, quality kickstand so you don't have to mess up your purdy new bike by leaning it on stuff. Good kickstands are under-rated.
    Oh yes, definitely one of those. Have you seen those bikes with the electric motor? That might help too!

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    Wink I just love that a Fred

    motivated you to go do everything he couldn't comprehend...
    and you picked a nice spot to do it.
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