Re: [CR] Recap of the Parkton, MD vintage ride (Long)

Date: Sun, 15 Jul 2007 14:39:47 -0700 (PDT)
From: John Barry <>
Subject: Re: [CR] Recap of the Parkton, MD vintage ride (Long)
To: Classic Rendezvous <>
In-Reply-To: <002501c7c6ee$2a4c0650$2e01a8c0@danbarbpc>

I'd like to add my thanks to Dan and Barb for being such gracious hosts. I realize that for the past two years, when Dan hosted the ride, the weather was less cooperative. This year though - what a great day!

Few things in life could be finer than a convivial vintage ride on a beautiful sunny day - followed by a nice repast and entertainment. What those things might be though, completely escape me for the moment. I guess it would have been even more enjoyable if a few more participants had been able to make it - but that might have meant feeling guilt about taking a second brat. ;-)

It was great to see everyone who came. All the bikes were worth seeing, or seeing again, and I must say, Peter's kit and lovely Peugeoy made it appear we'd been joined by a time traveler.

One story to share about the ride. After having lost Jim and Wayne to the missed turn, I set off on the gently three mile rise along the final stretches of the ride. Gary was right behind me, and I presumed everyone else was as well. When we made the turn off the road, I looked back, and found nobody else was in sight. About a quarter mile later, we turned onto the newly-paved road that makes for that really nice downhill. Gary and I were moving along pretty well. Not going all out, but not exactly taking it easy either.

Perhaps a half mile into the descent, a rider went rocketing by us. I've always considered myself to be the human equivalent of a brick, and I immediately kicked my bike into high gear (I won't spoil the story mentioning that my high was 40-14), and gave chase. Even if I had 53-12 gearing, there would have been no catching Dan. Flying down the winding, wooded road gave a tremendous sensation of exhiliration. I felt kind of like we were in a speeder chase on Endor.

I had a great time, and I hope that now there are a few people saying to themselves "I wish I had gone". I look forward to seeing more of you at the next edition.

Best regards,

John (claiming polka dots on the day) Barry Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

--- Barb & Dan Artley wrote:

> We had a lovely day for a pretty ride in the

\r?\n> country, just hot enough to

\r?\n> look for shade while waiting to regroup, but just

\r?\n> lovely with the wind

\r?\n> in your face. And it was a nice intimate crowd that

\r?\n> made it a easy to

\r?\n> keep together. Wayne Bingham was first to arrive,

\r?\n> with John Barry

\r?\n> coming soon after. Wayne brought his green Baylis,

\r?\n> always a stunner.

\r?\n> John had the oldest bike, the 1952 JA Holland he'd

\r?\n> brought to Cirque

\r?\n> this year, lot's of patina, but it sure was pretty!

\r?\n> My biking buddy

\r?\n> Gary Gentry came next riding his Litespeed (his

\r?\n> vintage fixed Motebecane

\r?\n> inappropriate for this terrain). Peter Kohler and

\r?\n> Ken Sanford were

\r?\n> next, Ken on his Gillot, and Peter riding his 1969

\r?\n> PX-10 with full

\r?\n> Peugeot racing kit in honor of Bastille Day and

\r?\n> Tommy Simpson. Larry

\r?\n> Osborn was next, coming the farthest distance with a

\r?\n> really sweet

\r?\n> Eisentraut Limited that he'd owned for years.

\r?\n> Finally arriving were two

\r?\n> local friends, James Sheridan, and Al Barrett.

\r?\n> Jim's been doing these

\r?\n> rides here for a few years on fixed gear,

\r?\n> alternating between his

\r?\n> DiBernardi track bike and an Ibis Scorcher, finally

\r?\n> last year using a

\r?\n> front brake. This year he'd brought a mountain bike

\r?\n> converted to city

\r?\n> riding for our hills. And Al, a retired bicycle

\r?\n> sales rep for the

\r?\n> Baltimore/Washington area, had his old tourer w/

\r?\n> biopace rings.


\r?\n> The group climbed out of our valley, and we started

\r?\n> to level off a bit

\r?\n> after the first half mile with folks pairing off to

\r?\n> chat. John Barry

\r?\n> with the highest low gear and James were leading the

\r?\n> pack attacking

\r?\n> every grade. About three miles in, Gary heard a bit

\r?\n> of metal tinking on

\r?\n> the paving and searched and found the pedal dust cap

\r?\n> from John's

\r?\n> Holland. Finger tightened we continue'd the ride on

\r?\n> quiet roads. We

\r?\n> rolled through a small lake community having a

\r?\n> neighborhood yard sale,

\r?\n> commenting on the bikes for sale. And then along

\r?\n> Strawberry Road,

\r?\n> through the neighborhood of Beatle's fans, Abbey

\r?\n> Rd., Penny La., etc.

\r?\n> We stopped at a local bike shop in New Freedom to

\r?\n> tighten John's pedal

\r?\n> cap, and cruised the back room with the owner

\r?\n> showing us his vintage

\r?\n> stuff, trade ins with virtually no mileage, a silver

\r?\n> Alan, perfect

\r?\n> Raleigh 3 speeds, and an interesting belt drive

\r?\n> unusual suspension

\r?\n> hybrid. The folks waiting outside had a longer rest

\r?\n> stop than they

\r?\n> expected while we disappeared into the shops bowels.


\r?\n> Back on the bikes we rolled out of town, down a

\r?\n> lovely roller through

\r?\n> the corn fields and back up a slow grinder to the

\r?\n> ridge. We were to

\r?\n> turn onto a really pretty road Peter once compared

\r?\n> to the English

\r?\n> countryside, a somewhat blind turn in the middle of

\r?\n> the hill. Wayne was

\r?\n> getting into his stride at that point and rolled

\r?\n> into the lead and was

\r?\n> out of sight before the ride leader as always,

\r?\n> leading from behind,

\r?\n> could get his attention. He and James were gone.


\r?\n> I waited a minute or so, but they weren't coming

\r?\n> back, so I tried to

\r?\n> catch the peloton. We regrouped at the next

\r?\n> intersection and climbed

\r?\n> the last short, steep climb, and were soon heading

\r?\n> homeward along the

\r?\n> ridge with only a few miles to go. The last four

\r?\n> miles are mostly

\r?\n> downhill with the last two and a half an absolute

\r?\n> roller coaster with

\r?\n> some hairpins thrown in. And fresh smooth paving

\r?\n> that replaced one of

\r?\n> the crappiest, badly patched road surfaces in the

\r?\n> county. I know the

\r?\n> road so well I was off spinning as fast as I could

\r?\n> and soon was by

\r?\n> myself. But everyone was enjoying that finish. Jim

\r?\n> was there within a

\r?\n> minute or so of the rest and Wayne showed up a few

\r?\n> minutes later. Wayne

\r?\n> was remembering the ride of two years ago finishing

\r?\n> in the rain and

\r?\n> having to ride the brakes all the way down. This

\r?\n> was what biking's

\r?\n> about!


\r?\n> Barb had the grill fired up within minutes and a big

\r?\n> spread for the

\r?\n> hungry riders. The dogs were soon ready, and the

\r?\n> drinks were cold!

\r?\n> John helped me pull out a couple of bikes from the

\r?\n> basement to line the

\r?\n> railing and we brought up a few of our riders bikes.

\r?\n> The tour was on

\r?\n> TV, and people started to get comfortable. My bike

\r?\n> shop had the best

\r?\n> cleaning it's had in almost two years and everyone

\r?\n> got a look. Life is

\r?\n> good! I hardly felt that I'd talked to everyone

\r?\n> enough when folks

\r?\n> started to be off! Can't wait for the next ride.

\r?\n> Who's is next?


\r?\n> In the excitment John Barry left his camera here, he

\r?\n> was the only one

\r?\n> taking photos. I'd carried my camera along the

\r?\n> whole ride without

\r?\n> pulling it out once, too much fun. He's honored me

\r?\n> with allowing the

\r?\n> downloading of those photos, so here they are posted

\r?\n> for all to see.


\r?\n> He's really taken

\r?\n> some nice shots. Thanks John and all who came for

\r?\n> the ride. I sure had

\r?\n> a good time.


\r?\n> Happy trails,


\r?\n> Dan Artley in Parkton, Maryland