Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

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Re: Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Post by cheeseheadmike » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:25 pm

windmill wrote:
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Same guy, 2010. My speed now. 68 Raleigh Superbe.
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Post by rebelrider » Tue Oct 15, 2019 4:15 pm

I'm turning this guy into an eBike:

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Post by RC20 » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:19 pm

I peddled to work for 30 years. Wore out two bikes and working on the third.

I quit last June but Spring, summer, fall two to four days a week at 22 miles round trip and to local store and librfayr.
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Post by cheeseheadmike » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:34 am

RC20 wrote:
Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:19 pm
I peddled to work for 30 years. Wore out two bikes and working on the third.

I quit last June but Spring, summer, fall two to four days a week at 22 miles round trip and to local store and librfayr.

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Current ride, Giant, first full suspension and worth it.
Impressive. I did year round for 8 years. The bulk of that was on a fixed gear. My temp limit 5F. What I didn’t like about it was it dampened my joy for recreational riding because I started to associate cycling with work. Though still working, I no longer have an office to commute to, so slowly working back into it.
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Post by RC20 » Fri Oct 18, 2019 4:10 pm

I was a bicycle as a kid and eventually I figured out I could pedal to work, did that on a couple of jobs.

The one from about 1990 till I quite was great. About 90% bike trails and ambience was as good as it gets.

I did 5 deg coming home a couple of times when temps dropped unexpectedly. That for sure was the lower limit for that distance.

Up here snow was the bigger issue. You can muck through a few miles but 11 is a long slog, I worked 10 hour days so the ballance fell to auto.

Smooth ice was good, studded tires took care of that. Unfortunate people tended to rush out to the trails and muck em up so it would get pretty grim.

Also had to factor wind in. Had one ride where it was fine until I got to the Inlet and the wind hit me. No where to hide so balanced speed vs heat and no way to stop as hard hit chill. Erghy. I got to work and almost passed out. Probably 58 at the time. Definitely not as tough as I got older.

Lots of moose adventures, ran over a beaver once (not intentionally) and some eerie moments when hoodlums decided to aback homeless people and you would run across a gang of them. They scared me the worst (well that and loose dogs)

Fortunately never ran into a bear. One of the final insults was that they changed a creek outlet into the Inlet so they could get fish to come up it.

And where do the bears go? Yep, where there are fish! Anchorage is basically a pyramid peninsula surrounded by a mountainous State Park, so there is a steady supply of bears and moose to replace the ones that get killed off in town.

I had one guy at work who also peddled.ed and he want side by side with a moose (his MO was lights on the handle bar and not the helmet so he never saw it as he turned the corner. He became "aware" when s ear starting flapping against his helmet. At least I never got that close!

I had one try to kill me but I was able to adjust speed to get a small copse of trees in its way and then outran it down the hill.
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Post by cheeseheadmike » Sat Oct 19, 2019 4:49 pm

My route was pretty mellow, though I did ride up hill both ways. I live on one side of the valley, work was on the other. The uphill slog to work was 1.5 mile climb up a 7% grade. Back home was shorter but steeper. Start out at a 10%, level off, turn left then attack a 13% to my driveway. Hard to believe this is in Illannoy.

Whole route was paved and about 3.5 miles of the 5.5 mile trip was bike trail. Except in the winter when the trail was so beat to hell from snow melting and refreezing that there wasn’t a suspension system built that could handle it. Then it was 6.5 miles of back roads.

No moose or bear here but I did pace a whitetail doe for about 100 yds and dodged a coyote or two. Can’t say I’ve hit a beaver, but I nailed a chipmunk or two. Did have a cat try to scoot through my front wheel. Didn’t end well for either of us.

Been to Anchorage several times for work and have enjoyed every trip.
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Post by tgtrotter » Fri Oct 25, 2019 12:00 pm

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Howdy Happy Trails,

Thanks for the thread.
No need dusting off my 1994 Trek 830. Treks are great bikes and this one no exception.

Mine goes almost everywhere I go. Burgers and breakfast, lakes and coastal. Its been to all 11 western states, B.C. and Ontario, Kentucky, some of the midwest, Western NY and the Carolinas.
It greases my knees and I get high from the aches of pedaling.

My best memories are with my run along beside me companion of past. " Cindy The Wonder Dog". She was a real runner. That little dog barely weighed 12 lbs but was good for 5-7 miles. Some days 10 or 12. When she got tired I'd just pick her up and carry her on my lap.
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Post by cheeseheadmike » Sat Oct 26, 2019 7:53 am

Nice 830. I’ll be bringing home my Trek 3500 and my Dad’s 830 AL next time I head up north with my pickup. Or my GU with the bike rack.
Dad is a garage sale rat and my sister, that lives nearby, is his enabler. They scored a rough but repairable Trek hybrid that will be heading south, too.
Now for something a little different, the Mighty Dunelt.
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I think it’s a 64. Got it years ago with no wheels. I modified a Sturmey Archer AW hub to a 2 speed fixed gear hub and laced up a pair of aluminum MTB rims. Those are shod with 26x1 1/4 Nashbar slicks. This was my go to commuter and alley cat rig for years. Went through three sets of those tires in five years. Raleigh Sprite 49t crank with Look pedals, SR riser, flipped stock bars, and parts bin bar ends. The modified hub has Low, Neutral, and Direct. Losing High is the cost of fixed gear love.

It earned the Mighty moniker from a buddy after I had an epic wreck on it. Bent a crank arm and the BB spindle after doing a 22mph downhill endo when the hub dropped from neutral to direct. It launched my a$$ skyward with the bike attached to my feet and the landing was less than graceful. I was bloodied, bruised, and put a good dent in my helmet. I still managed to ride the mangled bike home. I hurt for a week and spent two weeks chasing down another spindle and crank.

Thirty days to the day later, I was hit from behind on a different bike by a car doing 45 in a 35. That’s another story.
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Post by RC20 » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:04 pm

I think I wold move to a quiet country place with no vehicles!

Not that I have not had a few crashed but nothing like that. Ouch and then some.
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Post by cheeseheadmike » Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:55 pm

RC20 wrote:
Sat Nov 09, 2019 4:04 pm
I think I wold move to a quiet country place with no vehicles!

Not that I have not had a few crashed but nothing like that. Ouch and then some.
Not that it matters but it was a quiet country road that I got smacked on. I should be grateful it was an Evo I bounced off of and not a Super Duty. 8)

Fired my Guardian Angel later that same day.
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Post by Penrod » Sat Nov 09, 2019 5:46 pm

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My Trek Madone. I have ridden it 1,800 miles this season (which for me here in Maine ended Monday) and 21,904 miles since buying it in May 2011. I generally ride 20 miles every morning. I was traveling for 5 weeks this summer and Maine had lots of rain in May, which all held down the mileage. Last year I did 2,337 miles.
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Post by cheeseheadmike » Sun Nov 10, 2019 9:33 am

Penrod wrote:
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My Trek Madone. I have ridden it 1,800 miles this season (which for me here in Maine ended Monday) and 21,904 miles since buying it in May 2011. I generally ride 20 miles every morning. I was traveling for 5 weeks this summer and Maine had lots of rain in May, which all held down the mileage. Last year I did 2,337 miles.
Nice wheels. I used to do that kind of mileage before I got ‘promoted’. I have somewhere around 170 nights in hotels this year, not much time to ride.

My kid lives in Knox County. I’ve hauled a bike out there a few times and had some great rides, although Cherry Hill Rd just seems to keep going up. I need to find a bike to keep out there. Something with low gearing.
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Post by chaos2 » Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:09 pm

Took the bicycle out for a quick ride this morning before the rain and snow came. Now sitting back watching Ohio State decimate Penn :boogie: :clap:
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Post by tgtrotter » Sat Nov 30, 2019 1:41 am

chaos2 wrote:
Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:09 pm
Took the bicycle out for a quick ride this morning before the rain and snow came. Now sitting back watching Ohio State decimate Penn :boogie: :clap:
Nice :clap:
I got 4 miles/20 mins in the rain yesterday. Unusual for me to do that but I had to gawk at the holiday traffic. Short ride because itwas 42 degrees and didn't think to put gloves on. :|
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Post by Speedbump » Sat Nov 30, 2019 6:16 pm

I will dig out my buried in the shed 1976 Mongoose BMX I built in '77. But here it what they looked like new.
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Forgot I made a bolt on hack for this in '78 in metal shop. Unfortunately I don't have a pic of it.

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