Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Here's a place for the group to discuss their other brands of bikes, hobbies, and personal interests not related to Ural & Dnepr Sidecar rigs. But not politics...
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Re: Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Post by cheeseheadmike » Fri Mar 26, 2021 7:53 am

I had to look those up.
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Post by tgtrotter » Sun Apr 04, 2021 5:55 pm

15 months ago I bought this "off-shore" pet trailer for the number 1 true reason to get me back on a schedule and number 1 b.s reason it was for the dogs. Number 2 is in Dec. 2020 it costs $116.00 delivered. Yeah its a heavy piece of junk that serves it purpose. ( already replace wheel bearings, clear rain covers have deteriorated. wear tears, always needs a tightening etc )

I live 4 miles from Castaic Lake Dam. A man made reservoir. It's 6 miles and 884' elev gain to either main or west ramp of the upper Lake. The last leg being close to 700' gain as the asphalt road winds to above the dam. In years past I've pedaled the main roads quite a few times. Sometimes with a small child in those old plastic rear seat carriers.

For the past 15 months I've been trailing along the flat waters edge of the lagoon and some What we call small. 2-300 ft climbs. Building my endurance to eventually ride to above the dam top and picnic overlooks on either side.

Two days ago I did it ! Woot !! Kind of. Besides the main public road there is a Bike trail. Super steep, 4 switchback, and not always maintained. ( rain washout) The main road is 2 miles from lower lagoon to top. where the bike path cuts it down to 1 mile. Most of it oo steep for me and my 31# Trek, 36# pet trailer and 12# of dogs. So we rode what we could and pushed the rest.

Nonetheless we made it unsctahed. Tragically Last year a local Lions Club member succumbed to exhaustion riding with his wife. The road going up the other side has seen bicyclist defeated by the heat and grade.

I'm pretty stoked. Never had I gone up the dirt trail. However I have been down that exciting descending trail a few times after pedalling the two mile asphalt climb. Its pretty gnarly. won't go down with my trailer.


Tilly and Lily walked no more than 30" from my heels. Coyote, Scat and ratllers....they knew. Next time I ascend to the top they'll ride in the trailer as I pedal the longer routed two mile hill. I'm ready.
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Post by Bar None » Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:22 pm

I still have my bike that I use to ride when I worked as a deputy on Fort Myers Beach,FL in the 1990s. It was the best way to get around the island because of the traffic. Best duty that I had in my nine years as a LEO.
Here hanging on the back of my 2021 CT.
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Here on the back of my 2012 Yamal.
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And here on the back of my 2015 CT,
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Post by Happytrails » Thu Apr 08, 2021 6:18 am

Nice photos :)
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Re: Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Post by cheeseheadmike » Sun Apr 11, 2021 8:26 am

I got out on my 53 year old Raleigh Superbe this week before the weather turned April-ish. First time in almost a year and I could tell.

Just a heads up if you have an old Raleigh three speed. Dump the standard 18t cog for a 20t and lace Sun CR18 rims in the 26x1 3/8 EA3 size in place of the steel hoops. It's a whole new bike. I just need a slightly wider handle bar. Or a lauterwasser bar if I was made o' money.
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1979 Honda CX500-not slow at all
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Post by chaos2 » Sun Apr 11, 2021 11:55 am

Used the kid's share of Covid $$ to pick up a Roscoe 7, near fat bike with 2.8" tires. Mostly his but I plan on playing with it, especially in the snow. I'm too damn old to do serious mtn biking but he thrives on bouncing off roots and rocks. 30 tooth crank and 10-50 tooth cassette it can damn near climb walls. Lockout air fork and dropper post, had to go out of state to find one. Puts my old gravel bike to shame off road, and he can almost catch me on pavement. Nothing like riding with a 15 yr old to make you feel your age!
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Re: Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Post by Happytrails » Mon Apr 12, 2021 2:33 pm

Very nice bikes for sure. Is it true that during pandemic bicycle sales have gone thru the roof? :o
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Re: Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Post by robp » Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:00 pm

Is it true that during pandemic bicycle sales have gone thru the roof?

Yes, local sources indicate bikes and repair services are in very short supply. Also this:

https://www.bicycling.com/news/a3458794 ... -shortage/

RV sales have shot up too.

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Re: Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Post by Happytrails » Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:38 am

Have been tempted to go look at new gravel bikes but at same time part of me likes looks at older ones too . Disc brakes must be wonderful :o
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Re: Pedal Power - Bikes, lets see them!

Post by chaos2 » Tue Apr 13, 2021 11:03 am

Happytrails wrote:
Tue Apr 13, 2021 6:38 am
Disc brakes must be wonderful :o
They really are. Besides modulation and all weather stopping power they are almost maintenance free, replacing pads is a 5 minute job and last me about 7000 miles. Good luck finding any new bikes now, nobody was ready for the covid buying spree.
Past afflictions include limey cars and motorbikes, an R60/2, R65ls, & a Citroen.
Now a couple of bicycles, a worn out '87 K75s,
and a rusty 2012 GU bought new
Dual K&N cones on homemade PVC intake, 40/137.5
Raceway needles, Modtop pipes, E starter delete
$29 VW Hydraulic steering dampener

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