's Forum Archives - General

Archive Home >> General(1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 )

Typical Sunday Ride on Atypically Beautiful Day(39 posts)

Typical Sunday Ride on Atypically Beautiful DayRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:07 PM
I took the digital camera along on this morning's 70 miler through the Pennsylvania countryside (with a bit of Delaware mixed in) and thought I'd follow MB1's lead and post a few pics. I was feeling pretty low energy this morning, so I left the Lambourgini and Porsche in the garage and took the BMW 7 series GT model out for a ride.

Hope posting these pics works.

Fog burning off over the BrandywineRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:09 PM
Fairville RoadRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:12 PM
Western Chester CountyRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:15 PM
Corn and SilosRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:17 PM
King Ranch (preserved farmland)Ray Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:19 PM
Runnymead FarmsRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:22 PM
More RunnymeadRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:25 PM
Where the roads are no wider than driveways, but the traffic is just a light.
Rolling Hills ForeverRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:29 PM
This is a lot prettier without a wide angle lens.
Yet more rolling hillsRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:32 PM
Porsche FarmRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:36 PM
This farm used to grow corn. Now it seems to grow Porsches. Some sort of Porsche Club get together. I tried to crash, but like I said, I brought the Beemer.
Gee but its good to be back home.Ray Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:39 PM
This familiar canopy of trees coming into West Chester welcomes me back from just about every ride.
Sep 8, 2002 1:45 PM
As you've obviously sussed by now...Ray Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 2:15 PM
I actually drive a 10 year old Sentra (when I have to drive). But I have a few nice bikes and with everyone naming their bikes, I figured I'd name mine after cars. The Merckx is the Lambourgini, the Rivendell road is the Porsche Boxter, the Rambouillet is the BMW luxo cruiser, the cyclocrosser is a Jeep, etc. I haven't come up with names for the fixie or the funkified commuter.

-Ray "taking suggestions" Sachs
As you've obviously sussed by now...gtx
Sep 8, 2002 2:27 PM
Yeah, I kind of figured that out. I consider my steel Merckx to be a Porsche 911--solid, proven raceworthy design that is mostly unchanged over the years and with quirky handling for people who aren't used to it. You can't even see the engine of a Porshe Boxster or really service it yourself, so I'd say the Rivendell road is more of an E-Type Jag--classy lines, hand built, fast but not too fast, etc. The Ramboillet seems more like a Volvo station wagon--bombproof and a bit funky. A cross bike would be like a Lancia or Subaru rally car.
I can go along with the Merckx and the Riv, but...Ray Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 3:02 PM
a Volvo wagon would have to equate to a full-on touring bike. The Rambouillet is a lot more lithe and fast feeling than a tourer, but there's definitely a lot of comfort and luxury in the ride. So I'm sticking with the BMW 7 series :)

Oh. LOL nmLazywriter
Sep 8, 2002 2:42 PM
Oh. LOL nmTUT2222
Sep 8, 2002 5:26 PM
Hey, has my curse on your tubes started? :)
Sep 8, 2002 9:00 PM
A Worthy SteedRay Sachs
Sep 8, 2002 1:44 PM
Probably not the bike I'd take if I was out to burn it up (or what passes for burning it up in my world), but more than perfect for longish, moderate paced rides.

I don't range as far and wide as MB1 - this ride is pretty representative of most of the rides I do. The roads vary some, but it's mostly similar scenery. So I probably won't post pics from many rides.

Hope you liked this one.

Wonderful roads! I'm envious. -nmTig
Sep 8, 2002 2:15 PM
Sep 8, 2002 4:14 PM
Ray- what type of Brooks is that on that the Riv.
Beauty!Ray Sachs
Sep 9, 2002 1:38 AM
That's technically a Rambouillet, but it's made by Rivendell, so close enough! The Brooks is a very well broken in B-17. It started life with a honey color, but after six seasons of hard use (including a few soakings and constant exposure to bag balm seeping through the shorts), it's taken on a much darker brown appearance. Unbelievably comfortable in it's broken in state. A lounge chair.

I ride with skinnier plastic saddles on my more aggressively set up bikes (including a real Riv), but for a relaxed cruiser like this, the B-17 is perfect.

A Worthy Steed...and a new threadpeter1
Sep 8, 2002 5:50 PM
...and your sports drink is color coordinated!

I like the idea of comparing bikes/cars. I'm a gearhead in both senses of the term and often think about this on long rides. I'd say my IF Crown Jewel is like a Chevelle SS 496 or similar "stealth" muscle cars from the 1960s...old-fashioned steel but tweaked to the max for hi performance. On the other hand, my Santa Cruz Heckler mountain bike is sort of like a Land Rover Defender...old-school full suspension that works just as well off-road as the newfangled stuff...

A Worthy Steed...and a new threadRay Sachs
Sep 9, 2002 1:41 AM
The sports drink is always orange - the bike just happened to coordinate with it yesterday :)

I like the comparison also, but I'm not into cars enough to really get into the finer points and more obscure models. I just went with a real basic comparison, but I like some of the suggestions that have come out of it so far.

what type seat pack/bag is that, and...JS Haiku Shop
Sep 9, 2002 10:21 AM
would you mind giving a brief overview/review of the bag? t'anks!
That's a banana bagRay Sachs
Sep 9, 2002 3:03 PM
from Duluth Packs, which used to be sold by Rivendell. Now Riv has their own made and I think they're all tan, rather than the olive and grey ones they used to sell. It's a good pack for long day rides where you need more than a small wedge, but less than a large saddlebag / rack trunk. I had tube/tools, cell phone, sunscreen, leg warmers, and a windvest in there when pictured (it was chilly enough at the start to need the vest and leg warmers). It has a couple of lash points on the back that I can lash a rain jacket to when needed. They're expensive, but nice, and seem to be very durable. Oh yeah, bananas fit really well in there too. sells similar packs from Berthoud for about 2/3 the price. They're nicer in some ways, but don't have the lash loops on the back, which limits their capacity somewhat.

Ray, whereabouts are you located?Becky
Sep 9, 2002 3:31 AM
My husband and I just moved to the Wilmington, DE area....some of your pictures looked very familiar! Great pics, by the way!
Ray, whereabouts are you located?Ray Sachs
Sep 9, 2002 3:48 AM
I'm in West Chester, PA, roughly a half hour north of Wilmington on Route 202 (otherwise known as Concord Pike), uhh, by car. Some of this ride got down into Delaware, although all of the pics are from PA. It's mostly Brandywine Valley, western Chester County, all within easy reach of Wilmington.


Great pics, but why did you forget theJL
Sep 9, 2002 4:27 AM
camera on our excursion? It's better you didn't, because then you'd only see pics of the broken valve stem on my spare tube and the slow leak on the other. :(

I've been thinking of doing the same for our area. I'm glad you captured it.

Great pics and let's ride again soon.

another Chester Co. resident?Becky
Sep 9, 2002 4:43 AM
Are you also in Chester County? I'm from Delaware, but working in Malvern right now and am interested in finding some places to ride around here. Once it starts getting dark earlier, I'm going to have to ride from work if I want to ride at all. Any recommended rides in the Malvern/Frazer area? Thanks!

another Chester Co. resident?JL
Sep 9, 2002 5:41 AM
Hi Becky,

Yes, I'm in Chester County/Malvern. If you can tell me where you are in Malvern/Frazer to start with it would be easier. There are lots of decent roads in the area.

another Chester Co. resident?Becky
Sep 9, 2002 5:49 AM
My office is near Great Valley MS/HS on Phoenixville Pike, between 401 and 29. Thanks for your help and feel free to email directly at rlkeyser(at)hotmail(dot).com if that's easier for you.
I'll send you an email (nm).JL
Sep 9, 2002 6:06 AM
Great riding just north of your officeRay Sachs
Sep 9, 2002 6:07 AM
Climb up Yellow Springs Road (opposite from Sidley Rd, right off of P-Ville Pike just a little east of the High School). A tough hill to start off on, but once you get to the top and cross the Turnpike, there's tons of great riding in that area. Small roads, pretty hilly, wooded with some open farm fields. One of my favorite parts of the County. Get an ADC map and go crazy!

Great riding just north of your officeBecky
Sep 9, 2002 6:13 AM
awesome- thanks for the tip!
Yep, see your email. That's part of the routeJL
Sep 9, 2002 7:16 AM
I sent you. Yellow Springs is a great starting point to some nice riding with distance/terrain for different abilities.

Happy riding.

Great pics, but why did you forget theRay Sachs
Sep 9, 2002 4:57 AM
Well, we were heading out on a century. That's a long ride for me and dealing with a camera can take me right out of my essential and delicate rhythm. Which doesn't matter on a 50-70 mile ride. I did a bit of backtracking yesterday when I realized I just flew past a really nice picture. I'd just turn around and go back. No doing that on a century!

I'm out of town this coming weekend and, weather depending, will probably do the Schuylkill Century the following week. No more long rides committed to after that - I'm just gonna enjoy all of this conditioning. So I'm free every weekend after that.

See you,

BTW, some of the roads from yesterday's ride...Ray Sachs
Sep 9, 2002 5:03 AM
were from the 68 mile route on the Brandywine Ride. I followed that from West Grove out west and then up to the Gum Tree area before cutting off to get down to Runnymead. A few really nice roads I'd never been on before. Have to remember them.