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Went for a late afternoon ride and took pics of the “tight spots” I run into on this 18 mile ride. Anyone else love these places where you try to fit through a narrow opening while you maintain some speed? Maybe I’m nuts but I’ve been doing this since I was a kid. My tourist handlebars rarely brush anything, but they have a very forgiving shape when they do.
Below is getting on the canal from an alley in my hood. Not too sketchy really, just have to dodge the bar on the right.
This section of the canal was really shallow. The fish were bunched up enough that you can kind of see them in this pic.
Overcast sunset at Kyrene
It started raining at my loop back spot. I thought it would hold out until later tonight. Stopped for a night pic at this really “tight spot” that I usually roll through. I measured the clearance as I walked it through after this pic. There’s just a finger’s width on each side of the bars. I’ve never stopped to check before. Good thing I always move my hands to the inside of my grips here. I knew it looked tight.
When I come back into my hood I take another path from the canal to a different alley. This ”tight spot” has a very challengingly placed telephone box smack dab in your way just as you get through the opening in the wall. You have to very quickly change directions to avoid it. I sometime use my hand against the left side of the opening in the wall to help me change my direction quick enough. You can see that the Telephone box lid has taken a beating from countless people whacking into it. I took this pic earlier in the day while the light was good.
The rain felt good and it never got me soaked. My bike needed a bath anyway. I dried it off when I got home and it is clean and warm now.
Rode my '61 Deluxe Hornet around the block a few times. After I put the snow tires on. Lol they ride very smooth for being aggressive. 25 degrees today, but had to go for a ride. Rain and crappy weather for next few days. Beautiful day for a ride.
The stars must have aligned as my teenage son agreed to go for a ride today! I sure miss when all he wanted to do was whatever I was doing. That said, we finally had a break from the rain on went for a roll...’53 Panther and ‘47 B6.
Shake down ride of my freshly rehabbed 1939 Royal Imperial 3-speed. Real silent rider. Rolls nicely. With the 17 tooth rear cog it's geared a little high for me. Rode in low gear a lot. Rehab went really well though and I'm happy with it. I have an old Brooks saddle on it while the og saddle gets fresh leather. Put about ten miles on it this afternoon. Temps dropping next week. Might be a while before I ride again.
Had to grab the bars as I headed off the trail taking this no-hands selfie. Lol