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Schwinn Continental

I picked up this bike a few months ago as an impulse buy as mentioned here.  I decided it was a bike too many especially after also buying the Centurion and decided to sell.

I have spent some time cleaning it up and lubricating but decided not to do a restoration as it is in great condition and as previously stated I don’t think it’s been ridden more than a couple of miles in it’s life.

Here are some before and after shots (before on the left); Continue reading “Schwinn Continental”

Sunday ride around the mountain

I planned a ride this Sunday morning with a couple of friends; one of them (J) used to ride more and is very fit but hasn’t done anything much more than a mile commute for a year or so the other (N) is a top end cyclist who lives and breathes cycling, I’m in the middle so it’s a bit of a spread in levels. Continue reading “Sunday ride around the mountain”

What’s do you do when you find something?

I went for a ride yesterday and on the way, in the middle of the road, I spotted a bike light that had obviously fallen off someone’s bike shortly before I came along. Continue reading “What’s do you do when you find something?”

Bike #5 (or 6?) – Centurion Ironman Dave Scott Expert

As you may have already read here, I picked up another bike which means I currently have 6 in my ‘stable’ but I don’t expect that to be for long as I need to get rid of at least one of the others.

This is a steel bike from somewhere around 1987 and as you can see is quite bright. Continue reading “Bike #5 (or 6?) – Centurion Ironman Dave Scott Expert”

Classic rides

Old Schwinns outside a shop

Bike dilemmas – follow up

So a few days I was battling with my self-inflicted bicycle dilemma of what to do with my bike which is wearing out; you can read it here 

To anyone outside my head, my thought processes may seem strange; my four year old bike is in need of a service so I need to buy a 30 year old one.  But sometimes things in one’s head aren’t always fathomable and that’s where I was/am.

I didn’t battle with this too long as after a bit of a deeper local search I found an interesting bike shop near by and found resolution. Continue reading “Bike dilemmas – follow up”

Bike dilemmas

I have had my Motobecane Mirage SL for about 4 years now and I’ve ridden over 5,000 fairly hard miles on it; that’s pretty good for a bike purchased for just under $450 (USD).

I’ve written previously about it here

It’s been very good to me and I can’t really fault it at all.  Now though it’s getting a little old and some significant parts are in need of replacement. Continue reading “Bike dilemmas”

Back on the bike (it’s not all about cameras)

Now that I am moved and (mostly) unpacked I have been getting out on the bike again. As you will have noticed I am close to some beautiful landscapes which is encouraging me out more, in fact the picture above is from just a few minutes into my first ride from the new place.   Continue reading “Back on the bike (it’s not all about cameras)”

Cycling is not dangerous

So I have talked a little about this before and I read some things recently that prompted me to mention this again.

As a cyclist I often hear “oh… you must be brave (crazy) cycling on these streets” or “you have to wear a helmet!” or “What? you cycled here?!… on the road?”   Continue reading “Cycling is not dangerous”

Riding Verdugo – chasing the sunset

You may or may not have noticed that I have not mentioned cycling much recently and to be honest it’s because I haven’t been riding as much.  But my belly is in serious need of control so I am trying to get back into full riding condition.

I didn’t realise how out of condition I was until Tuesday when I decided to ride with a group up Verdugo mountain which is close to me.   Continue reading “Riding Verdugo – chasing the sunset”

Err… another bike too

Okay call me crazy but you can never have enough bikes. Continue reading “Err… another bike too”

Up in the mountains again

This Sunday I had time for a ride and so decided to go off-road again.  This time I decided to stay close to home and as I live on the foothills of the Verdugo mountains it seemed the obvious choice.   Continue reading “Up in the mountains again”

Great ride – Santa Monica Mountains

Went for a really good ride this weekend off-road for a change in the Santa Monica mountains.

It wasn’t a route that demanded a high level of skill but was just challenging enough for me as my first time offroad for almost a year and for one of our number (J) who only had a hybrid commuter bike – our leader (T) had led me to believe it was going to be mostly fire road so I invited J on that basis; he enjoyed it anyway (I think).

Four of us set off from Caballero Trail head  (34.136751, -118.546075) where there was plenty of roadside parking (as well as a car park further up); the single track trail was instantly interesting as we negotiated many twists, turns and bumps.
Continue reading “Great ride – Santa Monica Mountains”

Lucky to have Griffith Park on my doorstep

 

Griffith Park in LA is such a great place, I cycle there almost every week but it’s good for lots more especially as it also has within it’s boundaries; Autry National Center, Bicycle Rental, Greek Theatre, Griffith Observatory, Griffith Park Merry-Go-Round, Griffith Park Southern Railroad, L.A. Equestrian Center, L.A. Live Steamers, L.A. Zoo, Pony Rides and Travel Town (not to mention great views over the city and of the Hollywood sign). Continue reading “Lucky to have Griffith Park on my doorstep”

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