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20140526_111216Recently, I have had the opportunity to spend some time in southern California with my bicycle. When I head out on the bike a good destination for me is Oceanside, which has a great beach and kind of a funky old town. It is not a high end community but has the full flavor of SoCal, with interesting people, many restaurants and shops. It is like the Portland of SoCal, weird but in a good way! Not only is it great to ride to the ocean on a beautiful day, but there is lots to see and do there. One of my new favorite stops in Oceanside is Pacific Coast Cycles , which is anything but your “normal” bike shop.  Pacific Coast Cycles is an anomaly in that it is truly a bicycle shop for people who love bikes. They are not about selling the latest model of superbike accessory or team kit but more about getting you what you need, even if that is only information.

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My complete ride report for the day.

We came, we rode, we ate, we drank beer!

Beer, it’s why we ride!

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I thought I would share my idea for a rear bag mount on a brevet bike. I have never been fully satisfied with many of the options that I have seen and used over the years, both functionally and aesthetically. I have used racks with trunks, seat post mounted tailrider bags and dangling seat mounted bags. I eventually came up with this idea which I have not seen before. I think it is a simple, elegant and functional solution to adding carrying capacity to almost any bike. It is both economical and versatile as well as ridiculously simple!

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These are cropped edits of the originals. Each picture file is a 6 to 8 mega-bite gif image. To download simply click on the picture and it will open in full size mode. You can then save the gif image in its full size 3000 x 4000 pixel format.  The original jpeg’s were 40 mega-bites and too large to manage easily.

6:00 am at the start in Bakewell

6:00 am at the start in Bakewell

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Climbing to the summit of Mam Nick, early in the ride

Climbing to the summit of Mam Nick, early in the ride.

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The second control at Derbyshire Bridge, pronounced Darby-shir

The second control at Derbyshire Bridge, pronounced Darby-shir

 

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Climbing onto the moors.

Climbing onto the moors.

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The Strada Bianca of Derbyshire.

The Strada Bianca of Derbyshire.

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A long and spectacular descent off of the moors.

A long and spectacular descent off of the moors.

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The third control at Hartington Village served sausage, pound cake and beer!

The third control at Hartington Village served sausage, pound cake and beer!

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Some of the excellent singletrack on the route.

Some of the excellent single-track on the route.

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Fast cruising on the Tissington Trail, an old railbed.

Fast cruising on the Tissington Trail, an old railbed.

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Back onto the single-track!

Back onto the single-track!

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Entering the 25 square mile estate of the Duke of Devonshire.

Entering the 25 square mile estate of the Duke of Devonshire.

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The last control at Chatsworth House.

The last control at Chatsworth House.

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The weather has been pretty unsettled all year so far but I think that our blustery Spring may be about over!  I took a spin on my Battaglin road bike this morning in some of the best conditions we’ve had all year. Sunny, warm, light winds, it was great.  My Sunday rides generally include coffee at our only open local coffee shop, Starbucks.  There were lots of other riders out, some locals and some tourists but all enjoying the day.  Sunday is the best day to ride in southern Utah, traffic is light and most riders are friendly.  It seems like Saturday riders have their heads down, are breathing hard and won’t even take the time to wave let alone chat, but on Sunday it’s different. Maybe it’s a different group, anyway it was a great day to be out on the bike!