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Just Riding Along… Fall is here!

Spent a little time this morning on the Cannondale T500 riding along the Little Miami Scenic Path. It seems that fall has arrived here in Ohio, as the temperature was in the low to mid 50s, and the leaves have littered the pathway. Definitely a nice change, as this is my favorite time of the year!

One interesting sight from the ride today was the old trailer park that is right off of the path between Milford and Loveland. I have been watching this area deconstruct for some time, and now the process seems to be almost complete. Such an odd sight for the area…

Hopefully though, fall is here to stay.

Just keep spinning…

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Just Riding Along… Donut ride.

Quick ride on the Little Miami scenic path this morning. Thought I would use the Cannondale today, one, to see if my rear wheel is holding up, and two, to see if I could fine tune the shifting a bit. But, the main reason for the quick jaunt today was to get donuts. After my quick spin, I headed down to Ms. Cheri’s in downtown Milford for a few amazing donuts for breakfast. Such a great place if you are ever in the area.

Great start to the day!

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Beauty and Destruction.

I found myself riding in and around Indian Hill today, riding along a similar route from not too long ago. Indian Hill is one of my favorite areas to ride because the roads are the closest thing in the Cincinnati area to the country back roads I grew up around. Well, the difference being McMansions instead of mobile homes and Maseratis passing you instead of beat up old F150s. I will take what I can get with these roads…

Crossroads of the ride.

Daylily if I remember right.

From this point, I dropped out of Indian Hill, and connected to the Little Miami bike path. Off of the path, most people have probably passed this trailer park. Now though, it is being dismantled, turning an already interesting area into a very surreal sight.

Troll in the trailer park.

Looking through the window.

After the scene of destruction, I headed south on the bike path, and went back into the Milf. Instead of going straight home, I took the scenic route through the local nature preserve before rounding home, finishing up a great day in the saddle.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Wasson Way.

Lately in the Cincinnati area, lots of good things have been happening in regards to cycling. Some are small, some are a bigger deal, some are just bike lanes, and then there is the Wasson Way. This 6 mile stretch of forgotten rail line is a big deal, you just don’t know about it yet…

Operating from a group of volunteers, the Wasson Way Project wants to change that. They want to transform this overgrown stretch of rail into a multi-use path that connects to the Little Miami bike path, giving a huge chunk of Cincinnati the access to travel around the city by their own power. Imagine taking a break from your studies at Xavier and taking a bike ride all the way to John Bryan state park in Yellow Springs? Imagine riding your bike to work on a multi-use path, shielded away from traffic? Making the Wasson Way a reality could make those happen.

This evening, a friend and I attended a “guided hike” of the line, to see what it was all about. After the hike, we decided that this was a great way for the city to become more cycling friendly, and a very progressive way at that. Ideas like this do not come along that often that would serve a huge part of the city, and most would not do as well as the Wasson Way. And for the time being, light rail would not even serve the city this well. I say this mainly due to the fact that light rail is light years away from becoming a reality. Why wait around for something that may never happen, and leave this line unusable for 25-30 years?

Rails to trails, what a great idea. Want to check it out in person? They are doing another hike this coming Saturday, check out their website or their Facebook page for the details.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Get Lost.

Spent time getting lost on the Troll today, only to find my way back. Today’s ride was just what I needed.

Over the Little Miami River.Over the Little Miami River.

Taking a H2O break in Indian Hill.Taking a H2O break in Indian Hill.

Old school Rollfast ,along the trail in Camp Dennison.Vintage Rollfast off of the trail in Camp Dennison.

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… Return of the night ride.

Got out on the Little Miami path last night with friends. Spring is here in full effect here in Southwestern Ohio, with comfortable temperatures in the 50s last night. Lights were installed, supplies were loaded, and off on the path for a nice 18 mile jaunt in the darkness.

Just for this trip, I decided to switch out my tires from the huge Ardent 2.6s to a smaller more road worthy Maxxis Crossmark 26×2.1. Thees tires roll surprisingly well for a dirt tire, and very quiet. After the tire swap, I added some racks to the Troll:

I pulled the old Blackburn rear rack off of my T500, and then installed my new Salsa Down Under front racks. This was my first trip with the Troll loaded up, and it rolled very smoothly, which was expected. I am only using the Blackburn rack until the Salsa Minimalist rack comes back into stock, then that will be my weapon of choice.

View of the Salsa front rack from above.

After the ride, beers came out in the variety of a stout, a Belgian style ale, and a smooth golden ale in a can. Reviews on those to come soon. Get out and enjoy this weather!

Just keep spinning…


Just Riding Along… February what?

Perfect weather today for a bike ride with my little lady. Spent the late morning on the T500 pulling the trailer on the Little Miami scenic path. Temperature hovering around 60 degrees on February 1st? Crazy, but I am not complaining.

A few more new pieces on the T500 were put into use today. Not too long ago, I picked up a couple sets of panniers from the local Craigslist. Today, I only used the smaller of the two, and they worked as a pannier should. I think though, that they will be a better fit on a front rack since they are a bit smaller, so I ordered a set of these for that purpose:

Salsa Down Under rack, pic from Salsa’s site.

Also, still relatively new is the Brooks B17 Narrow, which I am really liking so far:

I am really liking how the T500 is coming together. A couple more smaller purchases will make it more complete, and ready to hit the trail for an overnight trip. Pulling weight, and being loaded down, the bike is really stable and comfortable. That is to be expected from a tried and true touring bike. Definitely one of the better cycling purchases that I have made in my lifetime.

Not a long ride today, but it was extremely nice to be out and about. Then, with around two miles to go, I felt the familiar feeling of a rear flat tire. Normally not an issue on the trail, but definitely an issue with a toddler in a trailer and no spare, patch kit, or hand pump and it is lunch time. At least it was nice for a walk. That’s the great thing about cycling though, a small little ride turned into an adventure. That is what it’s all about.

As for an update on the Troll, I have been back-ordered. Supposedly, I will be getting my frame sometime in March. Boo.

Just keep spinning…