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Jul-08-19 11:41 am
Terrible 4.5 mile detour required to get back to Columbia
Forum: Road Problems

Jul-08-19 11:37 am
Terrible 4.5 mile detour required to get back to Columbia
Forum: Road Problems

The long planned tear-down and replacement of the Triadelphia Road bridge beside the Royal Farms traffic circle at Ten Oaks Road in Howard County is now closed to all Eastbound passage for at least a year.  We tried to negotiate with SHA and others for permission to walk bikes across the bridge but there is officially NO PEDESTRIANS per their decision for the duration of the project.

You CAN ride Westbound towards Glenelg, Mt. Airy, Frederick but no return by car, bike, feet, nothing.

A "Warning" for what I saw yesterday.  Some guy coming from church with his family in his min-van clearly went across the bridge the wrong way, not following the detour signs and HoCo's finest was waiting for him.  It looked like she (the officer) was writing a book so I have a feeling it was probably a multiple ticket type situation.

After Chris Tsien and I tried our best to come up with some solution with the SHA and officials, we were comprehensively blown off.  The "detour" is unacceptable for cyclists, a 4-1/2 mile down RT-32, up Rosemary Lane and back up to the schools.  That may only be a ten minute delay by car but up to a 30 minute bike detour including a pretty long and steep climb up Rosemary Ln.

PLEASE NOTE that Google Maps does show the detour for cars BUT it mistakenly does NOT show the detour or the road closure for pedestrians or cyclists.  The SHA has clearly posted NO PEDESTRIANS and that will be true for AT LEAST the first half of the construction, perhaps all the way to fall of NEXT year. 

I had said that cyclists were NOT going to take the detour but would walk their bikes on the tiny little 2-1/2' wide "sidewalk" across the remaining portion of bridge, however, now I realize that if the police are going to stake this crossing out, then even we could get citations.

Yesterday I returned to Columbia by going down Ten Oaks (which has patching road work underway) to RT-108.  You can also go North up to RT-144.

Sep-11-18 01:02 am
Alternatively, need a pair of tray/strap/clamps that fit Thule square bar.
Category: Technical

Hello BBC Folks.
I'm in need of a set 5-6 of the L-Clamps for the Thule Big Mouth 599 XT racks.  I suppose if you can spare them you probably have the whole things and aren't using them but I do have the whole thing except for 5 of 6 of these.  If you have a pair of other unused tray/strap/clamps that fit a traditional square bar, let me know too.
Thanks, Stuart Four -one- Oh, seven oh 7, zero six 5 9

Or, if you have a pair of trays buried in your garage you aren't using...

Aug-19-18 09:56 am
Category: Technical
Forum: Riding Style

Well, both.  I run a Fly6 on back for legal reasons but also downloaded the daily video on my big events (Europe last month) for the rear view (only 720p).  Sometimes you can read the license number, you always have to edit and grab one or two frames at the moment it is close enough and there has to be enough light.  The new Fly6 is 1080p so better.  There is a Fly12 front camera/light that is said to be much clearer for getting the plates.  These cameras "auto-save" the preceding video if the camera (bike) tips over more than 30% for 30 seconds.  My wife knows to tell the police to get the microSD card out to see who killed me.

I've used GoPro(s) on each of our Europe trips, usually one under my handlebars on wide view and with an extended battery, and another on top of my helmet on narrow view (which is annoying but easy to turn on/off) for the POV and I can point it.  So those are for enjoyment but frankly, have have 200gb of video from the trips and no time or talent to edit it into anything that anyone would want to watch.

This year's trip I took a bike where I had to use a clamp on mount on the stem and it wasn't good. It shook all over instead of the stability of the GoPro clip mount under my Cinelli Ram bars in 2016 which was much better.

the GoPro is much better picture quality and you could also choose 60fps for a better chance of getting a good "frame" for a pic of a plate but the battery doesn't last long enough and it is all manual download each time, etc.

Examples of each.  The Aubisque was mounted in 2016, the Grosslockner final descent (totally nuts) was the cantilevered clamp mount which leaves a lot to be desired but the scenery is spectacular both in the Pyrenees, Alps, Dolomites and Tyrols.  Third one is a Fly6 this year coming down the Gavia.

Jul-16-18 04:50 pm
An initial summary of the Glenelg Gang's third trip to Europe
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Not sure why those video links didn't work,
These seem to work even if not signed into YouTube/Gmail/WorldRulers

Jul-16-18 03:29 pm
An initial summary of the Glenelg Gang's third trip to Europe
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Everyone is home safe.  My bottom line: 404 miles, 54,702 feet of climbing, or ten and a third miles vertical. Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria visited.  These numbers are pretty much identical to the last two ETT trips in distance and climbing.  The East side climb of the Fedia is a challenger to the Mortirollo as way too steep for way too long and Grossglockner was simply laid out with 11-12% as the normal road grade which became unrelenting and exhausting after six hours.

Many will want to embellish, a lot was posted on Facebook including thousands of pictures and some great videos.  Phil posted a public folder with all of his pics: 

Eurotrash 2018
403 new photos · Album by Phil Feldman … pXNTF3NDBB

Six of our own regular riding group, one temporarily relocated member and one BBC and past GG member plus two invited infidels successfully completed a third trip to Europe to climb old favorites and visit new and steep places.  The gang was headed by Ricardo Gonzalez (currently residing in Spain for another year)  who was our incredible trip planner once again.  He found us fantastic accommodations, an amazing set of rides with full cues and files provided and considered all logistics and accounting for a smooth and enjoyable sufferfest.

Joining from the Glenelg Gang was Josh Meyers, Roger Eastman. Mark Fewerda, Mike Craig, Kirill Sherman and Stuart Lamb.  Past ganger Phil Feldman came for the second consecutive trip.  An acquaintance of Ricardo's and others from past Seagull Century trips, Erven Taylor joined from Philly and Mike Mougan, another US Ex-Pat currently stationed for his company in Spain where he rides with Ricardo came up as well.

Roger joined us after the Alps coming from spending time with his wife prior to and at the beginning of our trip.
Phil left us for the Dolomites part of the trip traveling light with backpack and his bike only to Zurich where he made a speech at the University for his company and attended a nerd-geek conference.  He met us when we arrived in Austria to finish the trip.
Mike Mougan ripped up the mountains, tore off Josh's legs and did battle with Phil for top dog rights.  Those three were in a class by themselves, the AutoBus followed far behind each day.  Mike M. returned "home" after the Dolomites so he could take his family on vacation back to the same area for hiking (rough life).

The first four rides were close to duplicates of our rides in the Alps from 2013.  Playing the hits.  The next group were our first trip to the totally stunning and beautiful (and steep) Dolomites and we finished with a couple of rides in Austria including conquering the entire Grossglockner from Kaprun to the Glacier and back, epic in every way.

Ride 1: Stelvio Up & Back from Bormio 27.6 mi / 5,546 ft
Ride 2: Umbriall/Stelvio Double 63.5 mi / 10,509 ft
Ride 3: Cancano Lake 30.1 mi / 3,671 ft
Ride 4: Gavia Up & Back from Bormio 32.2 mi / 4,828 ft
Ride 5: Dolomite Rain Ride Campolongo-Pordoi-Selle-Gardena 35.5 mi / 3,738 ft
Ride 6: Valparola-Giau-Campolongo 38.1 mi / 5,049 ft
Ride 7: Campolongo-Fedia-Pordoi-Campolongo 53.2 mi / 7,431 ft
Ride 8: Kaprun-Strasse Pass-Thurn-Kitzbuhel-SAG  53.6 mi / 3,031 ft
Ride 9: Kaprun-Grossglockner-Kaprun 70.25 mi / 10,699 ft.

I recorded 176 GB of video on two GoPro and one Fly 6 cameras for much of the rides and some from our transfer days.  I've only uploaded a couple of files while over there (limited time and slow internet) and they are unedited.  However, the final descent of the Grossglockner was one for the ages (or hospital).

Descending the Grossglockner … 84Dkv9RPx8

Pordoi Dolomites Descent in the Rain/Cold-Epic Bombing … My440tZQYE

Rear View Middle Part of Descent of Gavia into Rain at End … XNV-47Q150

There were two very significant issues on the trip.  Mike Craig's suitcase (not his bike) was lost by British Airways (becoming a common theme on these trips), was found later, then was flown from Munich to Milan where it was lost, then found, then typical Italian paperwork and delays and eventually was delivered by courier after we got to the Dolomites.  The second issue happened after our first ride in the Dolomites when I slipped on wet tile in the hotel lobby with my bike cleat slipping like on ice.  I do not remember the fall, was knocked out and had some significant initial neurological issues as my brain "re-booted" but continued with the trip and will go get evaluated now that I'm back.  A shame I'd already removed my helmet.

There were a lot of planes, trains, automobiles, buses, rental cars and vans.  There was a lot of great food.  We consumed some good and also some pretty boring booze.  We rotated roomates so folks got to experience some world-class exhausted snoring and even talking in sleep all around.
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Jan-24-18 09:13 am
Viewing Friday and Services Saturday Listed
Category: Social

Bill Kelly lost his long battle with cancer on Monday January 22nd.
(From Jack Guarneri - Pres. @BAHC)
Bill Kelly was a retired (for past 25 years) Washington DC Fire Department Captain with 27 years of Public Safety Experience and had been riding bicycles for over 70 years. He was a bicycle commuter for most of his days as a firefighter -  traveling from College Park to his DC fire station before it was common - or very safe.

Bill lived in Ellicott City with his wife of 51 years Sue,  four of their grown children, and ten grandkids (who all ride bikes). He loved to travel and traveled often to Ireland from the time his children were young; he had just visited  China in 2017 to see the Great Wall.

Bill had a passion to advocate and encourage more people to ride bikes by making the roads safer. Bill helped establish/lead the College Park Area Bicycle Coalition in 1988 – one of the oldest bicycle advocacy organizations in Maryland, he was also an original Board member of One Less Car now Bike Maryland and helped organize their annual Bicycle Symposium in Annapolis. He helped found Bike HoCo in 2008 and was instrumental in every everything we've been able to accomplish over the past 10 years. We will miss his wisdom, humor, and counsel.

Bill Kelly Services
Services for William Joseph Kelly

Viewing for Friends and Family:
on Friday Jan 26th
From 2-4pm and 7-9pm at
Witzke Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike,
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Funeral Mass:
on Saturday Jan. 27 at 10am
St. Alphonsis Rodriguez Catholic Church
10800 Old Court Rd,
Woodstock, MD 21163

Celebration of Life at:
St. Alphonsus Rodriguez Church Hall
(Church Lower Level)
Immediately following Burial

For Donations to Bill's Charity
HEROES, Inc.® is dedicated to aid families of law enforcement officers and firefighters who have died in the line of duty in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Jun-08-17 10:56 pm
Category: Social
Forum: Volunteers

Just a note.  Phil Feldman and I have gone out early in past years to paint potholes and hazards to try to make it safe for the 1500 following us.

I've got a wedding in Lake Como, Italy this year on the 13th so will miss the ride.  If someone wants to step up, it is a lot of fun heading out with paint supplied by organizers and trying to beat at least 1000 of the 1500 around the course making it a better trip for all.  Note: *you need to pay attention to the downhill sections like coming off the Ritchey climb.  It is tempting to just bomb it but those road issues in the light/dark shade/sun late in the day can be invisible to those in dark sunglasses so help is good.

Apr-14-17 08:59 pm
Unbelievably, Heather Cook is up for Parole for killing Tom Palermo
Category: Social
Forum: Advocacy

If you can take a moment, actually write a letter and mail it, this is one of those times when it might really matter.  What this woman did, triple the legal drunk limit at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon, texting while she plowed into and killed a wonderful father is inexcusable.  Getting parole after a few months is just wrong.  She plead to avoid spending the rest of her life in jail.  A few months isn't enough.

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