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March 2010-Almost Spring Bike Rides-Plus On The Road Bike Repair Tips

Updated on March 26, 2010

Union Grooving! Wednesday, March 17, 2010

We start out from the Union Grove Church parking lot. We leave to our left to Arthur Minnis Road and take a left. We then take a left on Rock Ridge Road.

We take a right at Dairyland.

Dairyland Road is pretty popular. There is a nice ice-cream shop here but we're not stopping here today.

Our next turn is Right on Dodsons Crossroad.

Dodsons Crossroad is a pretty easy road as they go around here.

Today we're on our way to Mebane to have some coffee at the Mebane Espress!

I love a picture of a cyclist and I love a picture of an old church!

Dimmicks Mill Road is pretty fast in our direction today!

Here we are skirting Hillsborough on Ben Johnson Road.

After leaving Dimmocks Mill Road we took Ben Johnson to the 85 Connector, took a left and right on W-10, a right on Brookhollow Road. We then take a left on Lebanon.Lebanon takes right into Mebane and 5th St. We take a left on 5th to Center and take a right on Center and a right on 4th St. to the Mebane Espress!

This is THE STOP for me. I love coming to this coffee shop, The MEBANE ESPRESS!

They have espresso which I love and make at home every day. Sometimes I have espresso and a gelato here. Today it's gelato. A gelato is the Italian veersion of ice-cream that I really love. It's almost sherbet in consistancy. The lemoncello gelato is my favorite. It's light and feels healthy whether it is or not! The folks who own and run the business are delightful and will pull their chairs out for us and give us water for our bottles. They have a cute little boy.

I love a mural!

Dave Gehrman
Dave Gehrman

March 20, 2004-The Carrboro Tarwheels Saturday Morning Ride

First Ride Of 2010
First Ride Of 2010

I'll make this 40 or so mile ride into about 66 miles.

We're all together on Dairyland!


Dodsons Crossroad (south).

A pack of licensed riders comes toward us. Two guys are off the front.

Both pictures were washed out from a lack of time to set the picture up. This one was so washed out that I just "gray-scaled" it. This picture was taken the same day though.

This is our rest stop. Some of us have definitely "played hard" to this point.

A pretty girl is sure pretty when she smiles!

We're back on the other end of Dodsons Crossroad.

See ya' later guys and gals!
See ya' later guys and gals!

Today I turn around near Carrboro to ride back home. I met the group coming out and I turned around near the end to ride back. The Assault on Mitchell is only two months away. I'm riding 65 or 70 but Mitchell will be 102 miles and uphill so I've got to do some "homework".

This is "kind of the end". I'll ride another 12 miles home!
This is "kind of the end". I'll ride another 12 miles home!

The Turn-around at Union Grove and dairyland!

See ya TJ!

Wednesday-March 24, 2010-Union Groovin'

Wednesday's Ride to Hillsborough and Cup-O-Joe!
Wednesday's Ride to Hillsborough and Cup-O-Joe!

67 miles - 5700 feet climbing!

I put in more miles riding out to Daves and then to Union Grove. Later I would ride back out to Union Grove and ride Borland again.

Dave and Cy
Dave and Cy

Today my oldest cycling buddy, Dave Gehrman, Cyrus Hogue, and I ride out to Union Grove to begin the bike ride to the Cup Of Joe coffee shop in Hillsborough.

This is just before turning on Union grove.

This is Borland Road and a hard climb. My GPS says that the top is 876 feet. There is a little controversy about the altitude so please give me input, those who have it!

Ride leader Alan Schumacher is to the left.

Today the pace is easy and we're able to smile.

We're almost done with Borland and we're almost on Kimbro and then it's Orange Grove to Dimmincks Mill.

After leaving Dimmocks Mill Road we took Ben Johnson to the 85 Connector, took a left and right on W-10, a right onĀ  Brookhollow Road to Efland Cedar Grove.

These pictures are coming into Hillsborough from the northeast side. We just left Efland-Cedar Grove Road and we're now on Highland Farms Road.

We just left Highland Farms Road and we're now on Coleman Loop.

Fast fenders above here!

Another great ride leader, Jeff Klee above!

Frank Perry becomes Faucette Mill Road at this curve.

We're now on Faucette Mill Road.

Looks like furniture! Fast furniture though!

Cup Of Joe coffee shop in Hillsborough. Our great friend, Jose, meets us. Jose crashed a couple months ago really hard and is still recovering. He is one fine guy!

A grand time was had by all! I had 4 shots of espresso!

It is/was a swell group.


Bruce has a new "toy". This bike is 12 lbs. lighter I think. Today Bruce has tried to crack me everywhere we've been.

I think we've just left Miller and are now on Baldwin Road.

Here are two young ladies on Baldwin Road.

Bruce would almost succeed on the way back to Union Grove. He and I added some hills that were devastating. Well they were devastating trying to keep up with Bruce. The lungs, heart, and legs were screaming! I was also getting back pain- lower, middle, upper, neck, pain running down the arms, and pain into the right hip. This is from old injuries- mostly from autos colliding with me. Everything seems to compound when the effort increases. Pain is part of cycling.

There are those fast fenders again!

I rode back up Borland and crept on back about 10 miles to home. I thought I'd take a picture of "pain" but pain doesn't show up really.

Bruce offered to take a picture of me but I know what I look like. I thought I'd take one for this web-page anyway. I set the camera up to snap automatically. It blurred a little which surprised me.

A Short Ride For CY And I!-28.5 miles-1725 feet climbing!

Cy and I wanted to shake out our legs from yesterday's Wednesday "Cup-O-Joe" ride. Today would be about 30 miles.

I do love this scene and if you follow my "pics" you will see that I take quite a few right here.

We come this way on several rides, one being the Saxapahaw Ride!

I tried to get Cy and I in the same frame. People are always asking for more pics of my beautiful face.

I tried to snap this pic behind me. I missed a really beautiful shot.

I got a great picture of the front of Cy's helmet here.

This picture was taken two weeks ago. I stopped to help these folks but they had it under control. His crank arm loosened up. I hate to see a bike "belly up" like that. We need to be a bit prepared as a bike will have a problem occasionally along with intermittent flat tires.

On this ride, with Cy, my right, rear gear cable broke. I held the rear end of the bike up pedaled the crank with my hand and pushed the derailleur into a bigger sprocket (lower gear-on the rear). Keeping a good "tug" on the broken cable, I then loosened the rear wheel "skewer" and wrapped the cable around the inside of the "skewer" and then closed the skewer. This way I only had one gear but it was a lower gear to help get over some hills. This will save the bottom and smallest sprocket that the chain falls into when the cable breaks. I've had to do this very technique several times in the mountains.

Another way to do this is to wrap the cable around the water bottle cage area after loosening the water cage bolts. Then screw the bolts back down onto the frame making sure that the cable is "stuck". In this way you don't have to be so concerned with the extra cable wrapping around a frame as I have it here. My frame isn't painted in this area (titanium) so it's not a big issue.

The method I used on this day with the skewer is maybe faster. It may be the only way if you didn't bring water bottle cage allen wrenches. The cables usually break up top near the lever.

I had another problem with a broken derailleur while climbing Roan Mountain. I developed (chain suck) with the front sprockets. This pulled the chain around and up as the sprocket rotated and pulled the rear derailleur so that it broke.

If I continued to pedal the chain would be pulled up and around and it would eventually break the derailleur off and ruin the frame. I looked around for twine or wire to bind the derailleur so that it might work in one gear at least. I found nothing. I finally took an old drivers license and wedged it, after folding it, into the crack. I couldn't bind it together so I was able to "bind it apart". In this case the inside plate of the derailleur was broken. So I was able to ride precariously in one gear and get over Roan Mountain and coast, mostly, back home.

Try a bunch of stuff if you get in a pinch!

Good Looking Man Huh?

Is that a road or trail map on his forehead?
Is that a road or trail map on his forehead?

The Newest Tattoo


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      3 years ago

      Hats off to whoveer wrote this up and posted it.

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      3 years ago

      So that's the case? Quite a reaevltion that is.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      It's a fake beard Pmccray! It's a clip-on! I got it at "Hippies R US"! Thank you Dear for stopping by!

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      8 years ago from Utah

      Man I'm exhausted just looking at these magnificent pictures. Gotta love that beard!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Prasetio. I am so glad that you appreciate this. Thank you sir!

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      This is outstanding. Wow... I can't blink my eyes for a while seeing those picture. All the picture very beautiful. Thank you my friend for showing me about this.


    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      This is great country Bro. I'm very close to Chapel Hill, Durham area. Lot of rural roads. Curves, hilly, farmland. Great stuff. I know places in the mountains too. If you ever need a place to ride and you're coming this way I'll show you stuff. Actually- I keep a motorcycle license but I'll never use it I guess.

      Sounds like that computer has a 4 barrel Holly carburetor!

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      50 Caliber 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      Mick, nice country I'd like to Idle those roads on my Hog it has better peddles but I do like the lay down and ride design of that bike I may have to try making one. Those roads looked like 3rd gear Idlers to enjoy the sights. Maybe buy me another guitar. I got to get my scanner running so I can abuse folks eyes with some ugly pictures, but I'll have to hit my self in the face with a baseball bat to catch up to you ha ha ha. Man Your beutimous for a dude that hit 100 years old and still peddle. My new computer is mind blowing! a nineteen inch plasma from a 12 inch Laptop is wild and the dual core processor is rocket fast on loading pictures, my little brother says he got a faster one so he gave me this, I can't see what the hurry is this thing is unbelievable.

      Thanks for a great hub with lots of good pictures to try it out.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you Prettydarkhorse. It's always a pleasure to see you. I may go out again today but not as long. My back is painful. It's supposed to rain. You have a great day today! Thanks for stopping by!

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      8 years ago from US

      oh I liike Dairyland hehe, and that tatoo there, like it too. Be careful and then I know you're having fun, spring is here and the roads are beautiful,its a long ride, you must be tired, happy Sunday and rest, Maita

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey you-herbivorehippi-you! I just got in from 65 miles. I'm running out to try to recoup some brain cells and a snack. It sure is a pleasure to see you folks here with kind words before I go though! Thanks Herbivorehippi!

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey there Tammy. I'm glad you get out on your mountain-bike. Those pics of me didn't scare you? Thank you Tammy!

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      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      What a wonderful ride!! I feel like I just got the best workout and I didn't even have to put forth any effort! lol Not one cloud in the sky in some of those pictures! Beautiful day! :)

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      Tammy Lochmann 

      8 years ago

      Looks like fun...I enjoy getting on my mountain bike, not the same but I love the air and the speed...Nice to get a peek at the man behind the words...Keep up the great work.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Jess Dude! I've been out with just shorts for all these rides. I can endure some cold temps from living in the mountains maybe. Most times it seems compared to some folk. Besides- clothes hide my tattoos.

      Topographical map! With friends like these- who needs enemas?

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      Jess Killmenow 

      8 years ago from Nowheresville, Eastern United States

      Michael, I so much enjoy these photos. I have been out a couple of times, but it is still really, really cold here. No shorts yet :) Maybe next week.

      I think that is a topographical map, btw.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Brother Rossimobis! There were many years that we rode without helmets. Now I seem naked without the helmet. We should see more Boy Scouts today. Bruce is the man with the machine and the legs. Thank you Rossi!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Nigeria

      Bro Micky,great pics...when i was 10years old,i rode two hours from an excursion trip back to where we camped(Boy Scout 9th Div)was the eagle patrol leader,I did not ride with helmets and water bottles but i got the Flier's Badge.You have got nice pics bro and Bruce got a millennium Bike.

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Good to see you as always MFB. You're a busy fellow. You have so much beautiful work! Thank you Sir!

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      MFB III 

      8 years ago from United States

      great pics, and you really love to bike. closest I've ever come was a bike wine tour, about halfway through I couldn't find the right pedal and was wondering where the handlebars went. So I'll just keep checking in and commenting on any of your new writes that don't require me to wear a III---Thanks so much for all of your comments." Many a successful man is being followed by a fish on a bicycle.~

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Thank you very much Teresa! I need to get over your way and see what you've been up to. It's been a while and your work is so good. Thanks for coming by!

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      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 

      8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      Wow, I envy the freedom. Pictures say a thousand words. It wouldn't matter if you wrote something in here. I feel like in there as well. Thank you for sharing these Micky Dee.

    • Micky Dee profile imageAUTHOR

      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hey GW! Yeah- sometimes it's good to "reload" pics to get them. Once you go to a page they are slow to load. The more you go to a page- the quicker and easier they are to load.

      For whatever reason- espresso doesn't wire me out like coffee. I think espresso has less caffeine than coffee. Thanks Ghost!

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      8 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Hey! Great pictures as usual..though I have been having problems with downloading pics--every time I get here...most of the pictures dont show up! I came back for another try and everyone but the second one from the top were there for me!!! Awesome!

      4 shots of expresso??????? YIKES!! Loved the pictures of you also! We love our Mickydee who has more stamina than most of us...I would have fallen over 5 miles into it...even with 5 shots of expresso!!! Love ya, your stalker gurly :)

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Hi Dim. We came up on those guitars pretty quickly and as a result that picture was washed out a bit too. I was able to darken it and maybe added a bit of gamma and it was much better. I look good for a 100 year old man huh?

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      8 years ago from Great Britain

      I really enjoyed that, and I didn't even have to pedal.!! Thank you. Apart from the fab pic of guitars leaning against a white fence, the obvious highlight of this hub is getting a glimpse of YOU.

      Take care. , Dim.x

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Yo Ken- for that workout yesterday I would have rather been in one of my highest except for the climb up to my house- but the smallest sprockets will wear quicker. If you have an allen wrench for the water bottle cage- that will take up a lot of cable slack. Happy trails Ken!

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      8 years ago

      Hey Mike, I wish I had know about the cable trick. I broke mine last weekend, and was only able to keep the chain in the 12 instead of the 11.



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