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Alnus Rubra

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My last ride of August. 41 miles of mostly "gravel" with a little bit of road mixed in. I think it's a great showcase of what interior Florida has to offer.

After a little bit of road, a section of sketchy, swampy gravel in Carlton Reserve.
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Which opens up to a beautiful power line road that runs for miles.
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Just beyond here it got super muddy and wet for a bit. It seems any summer gravel ride lands me bottom bracket deep in water at some point.
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Then it was through a park and onto some country neighborhood streets for a bit. After that, the route opens up on this "road" in Walton Ranch Preserve.
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Which has some amazing sections of sub-tropical forest...
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Found the cows (it's an active ranch) and an epic tree.
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From there, it's mostly just riding back the way you came. Thankfully, I had a nice tailwind on the way back so I felt like I was flying. The sun finally came out and the heat really kicked in. Three bottles and four 2 oz SIS gels (which are mostly water) really wasn't enough for this outing, even with the clouds. Looking forward to doing this ride again when the weather cools off a bit.

If you don't come back covered in sand and dirt, did you even gravel? :p

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Great pics and a fine pair of legs.;)
 

tiboy

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I am currently staring up at the beautiful natural scenery of Zion National Park on day 6 of cycling The Utah Mountains and National Parks. The weather and riding have been fantastic. Three hundred miles over 5 days with vast amounts of climbing at altitude. The landscape is perhaps the finest of our cycling 32 States and 3 countries. Hopefully I’ll be able to retrieve (from my wife) pics to post at a later date.
 

bodia

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My last ride of August. 41 miles of mostly "gravel" with a little bit of road mixed in. I think it's a great showcase of what interior Florida has to offer.

After a little bit of road, a section of sketchy, swampy gravel in Carlton Reserve.
3Wxqqveh.jpg


Which opens up to a beautiful power line road that runs for miles.
W62dxGoh.jpg


Just beyond here it got super muddy and wet for a bit. It seems any summer gravel ride lands me bottom bracket deep in water at some point.
6PXl8w8h.jpg


Then it was through a park and onto some country neighborhood streets for a bit. After that, the route opens up on this "road" in Walton Ranch Preserve.
5wlYBGch.jpg


Which has some amazing sections of sub-tropical forest...
1Gk2Gtvh.jpg


Found the cows (it's an active ranch) and an epic tree.
bMO6wznh.jpg


cUMam1Vh.jpg


From there, it's mostly just riding back the way you came. Thankfully, I had a nice tailwind on the way back so I felt like I was flying. The sun finally came out and the heat really kicked in. Three bottles and four 2 oz SIS gels (which are mostly water) really wasn't enough for this outing, even with the clouds. Looking forward to doing this ride again when the weather cools off a bit.

If you don't come back covered in sand and dirt, did you even gravel? :p

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What, no gators????
 

dmatthews

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I am currently staring up at the beautiful natural scenery of Zion National Park on day 6 of cycling The Utah Mountains and National Parks. The weather and riding have been fantastic. Three hundred miles over 5 days with vast amounts of climbing at altitude. The landscape is perhaps the finest of our cycling 32 States and 3 countries. Hopefully I’ll be able to retrieve (from my wife) pics to post at a later date.
Go Tiboy!!!
 

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Don't know what caused it, but the derailleur suddenly twisted all the way around and sheared off, breaking a spoke while it was at it. Mechanical skills sure are good to have on the trail. I broke, shortened, and then rejoined the chain so I could ride back to the car single-speed. Would've been a 5-mile walk otherwise.

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dmatthews

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Don't know what caused it, but the derailleur suddenly twisted all the way around and sheared off, breaking a spoke while it was at it. Mechanical skills sure are good to have on the trail. I broke, shortened, and then rejoined the chain so I could ride back to the car single-speed. Would've been a 5-mile walk otherwise.

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Bummer, but nicely done sir!
 

Moondog Wily

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Don't know what caused it, but the derailleur suddenly twisted all the way around and sheared off, breaking a spoke while it was at it. Mechanical skills sure are good to have on the trail. I broke, shortened, and then rejoined the chain so I could ride back to the car single-speed. Would've been a 5-mile walk otherwise.

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Unbelievable! Never had that happen, or heard of it happening for that matter!! Awesome that you had a chain tool (or did you Magyver shorten the chain)!!! Congrats on your ingenuity and making it home safe!!!! A story for the ages!
 

bodia

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Don't know what caused it, but the derailleur suddenly twisted all the way around and sheared off, breaking a spoke while it was at it. Mechanical skills sure are good to have on the trail. I broke, shortened, and then rejoined the chain so I could ride back to the car single-speed. Would've been a 5-mile walk otherwise.

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The sucks! Nice MacGyver job, though
 

garrett

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Unbelievable! Never had that happen, or heard of it happening for that matter!! Awesome that you had a chain tool (or did you Magyver shorten the chain)!!! Congrats on your ingenuity and making it home safe!!!! A story for the ages!

Yeah not sure if I caught some grass or a vine and locked it up, or if I hit something. I was on a very over-grown, rough, pig-ravaged section of trail, heard a SNAP and skidded to a sudden stop.

It's a good thing I'm enough of a nerd that I researched must-have gravel riding items and saw several recommendations to carry a multi-tool with chain breaker. Also a good thing I'm enough of a DIYer to know how to use a chain breaker.

This crankbrothers jobbie showed its worth for sure!

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Alnus Rubra

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Don't know what caused it, but the derailleur suddenly twisted all the way around and sheared off, breaking a spoke while it was at it. Mechanical skills sure are good to have on the trail. I broke, shortened, and then rejoined the chain so I could ride back to the car single-speed. Would've been a 5-mile walk otherwise.

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Same thing happened on my road bike a few years ago. I wasn’t as well prepared as you and had to call my pit crew!

I still have the mangled derailleur somewhere. I will photo it. Mine happened because the chain snapped and mangled up at speed. I was lucky I managed to stay upright!

Yeah not sure if I caught some grass or a vine and locked it up, or if I hit something. I was on a very over-grown, rough, pig-ravaged section of trail, heard a SNAP and skidded to a sudden stop.

It's a good thing I'm enough of a nerd that I researched must-have gravel riding items and saw several recommendations to carry a multi-tool with chain breaker. Also a good thing I'm enough of a DIYer to know how to use a chain breaker.

This crankbrothers jobbie showed its worth for sure!

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That looks like the ticket!
 

dmatthews

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Yeah not sure if I caught some grass or a vine and locked it up, or if I hit something. I was on a very over-grown, rough, pig-ravaged section of trail, heard a SNAP and skidded to a sudden stop.

It's a good thing I'm enough of a nerd that I researched must-have gravel riding items and saw several recommendations to carry a multi-tool with chain breaker. Also a good thing I'm enough of a DIYer to know how to use a chain breaker.

This crankbrothers jobbie showed its worth for sure!

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Yeah, that's the multi-tool I carry as well. Good choice.
 

Moondog Wily

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Yeah not sure if I caught some grass or a vine and locked it up, or if I hit something. I was on a very over-grown, rough, pig-ravaged section of trail, heard a SNAP and skidded to a sudden stop.

It's a good thing I'm enough of a nerd that I researched must-have gravel riding items and saw several recommendations to carry a multi-tool with chain breaker. Also a good thing I'm enough of a DIYer to know how to use a chain breaker.

This crankbrothers jobbie showed its worth for sure!

301154_10280_L2.jpg
Ugh, the pigs. They have been tearing up our lawn for the past 2 years now, creating huge ruts in the grass. The riding mower is feeling like bumper cars as I bounce over this stuff these days. Filling ruts in does no good as they are back that night to tear it up again. I slammed my head against that wall for a few months before I gave up. Once again, congrats on using all available tools (including the bit between your ears) and being prepared with the ones you needed! Happy ending!!!
 

veinbuster

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Yeah not sure if I caught some grass or a vine and locked it up, or if I hit something. I was on a very over-grown, rough, pig-ravaged section of trail, heard a SNAP and skidded to a sudden stop.

It's a good thing I'm enough of a nerd that I researched must-have gravel riding items and saw several recommendations to carry a multi-tool with chain breaker. Also a good thing I'm enough of a DIYer to know how to use a chain breaker.

This crankbrothers jobbie showed its worth for sure!

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I have one of those.
 

garrett

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Nice job. Since I lack skill, my multi-tool is an iPhone with pre-programmed numbers for Mrs., Uber and AAA who will transport you and bike up to 10 miles.


Make no mistake, I always ride with my phone handy.
That said I'm willing to give a repair the old college try... mostly...

Oh my phone was handy, but it does no good without signal. There ain't no Uber drivers out yonder in the sticks anyhow. I do have AAA, though I hadn't even thought about that, so thanks!


Ugh, the pigs. They have been tearing up our lawn for the past 2 years now, creating huge ruts in the grass. The riding mower is feeling like bumper cars as I bounce over this stuff these days. Filling ruts in does no good as they are back that night to tear it up again. I slammed my head against that wall for a few months before I gave up. Once again, congrats on using all available tools (including the bit between your ears) and being prepared with the ones you needed! Happy ending!!!

They are a scourge!
 
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