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79pmooney

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05/27/2019 02:32 PM
The Peter Mooney's 50,000 mile mark.  On the week of it's 40th birthday!

Went in to my mileage spreadsheet last night to enter yesterday's ride (on my geared TiCycles) and just for the hey went to the mileage summaries per bike.  Last Sunday the Mooney rolled to 50,042 on the 65 mile day at the Cycle Oregon Gravel!  With 35 and 38c tires.  Not how it started life.

I missed the mark but I did get to have a sublime couple of miles on high (relatively, ~3000') plateau with lush, varied greens of Oregon spring on the rolling hills east of Mt Hood in all directions.  The green amplified by the varied grey sky with sun trying in places.  I celebrated that at the 50,020 mile point on a bike that was just perfect.

I don't know the exact day I received the Mooney frame UPS.  I'd been working my first job in the boatbuilding world post-head injury and it was a time of everything new.  Trying to function in a world I didn't know, around  people I didn't know.  I had a box of bike parts I hadn't looked at for months that were supposed to be enough to put together this frame I was soon to receive but gave it zero thought until that box arrived.

Pulled the frame out and was disappointed to see the paint had already chipped on lug points.  The rest of the frame was gorgeous.  Built it up with my training wheels, new TTT bars and stem, new save one Mt. Washington climb TA triple, the Cyclones off my Lambert. Avocet seat and post.  And it job as a sanity saver started.

That paint was done by Chris Chance who at the time was painting Peter's bikes.  Imron with (obviously) lack of attention to prep.  5 years later I had Ed Litton re-paint (also Imron) it and the brand new fork Peter had just sent me.  World class!  For a price I can never say.  Just that I paid Peter and Ed far, far too little for what they did!  (Peter told me then that he had such poor results going to the best painters in Boston that he was sending his frames UPS to that place in San Diego.  He was finally getting paint worthy of his frames and done promptly.)

Ed's paint job will be blasted off soon.  When I do it, I'll send Ed a heartfelt thanks.  There will be a few changes to Peter's work.  The chainstay RD cable stop will be relocated.  I hit it with my Pedro's Trixie when running fix gear.  Under the DT bottle bosses.  Maybe seatstay rack braze-ons.  (It already has LowRider mounts but since Peter would flat-out NOT drill fork blades - he was at the annual NEBC dinner when my crash and coma were announced - those mounts are English generator mounts.  I have to drill out the racks a little for those big bolts but they are VERY secure!)

Job security for "Pete", the Peter Mooney.  Now I have discovered two types of riding this do-anything-but-race bike can do superbly; be a classic road fix gear in the old and honored English tradition  and ride gravel.  It can even do both at the same time really, really well.  (Also part of the old English tradition, only they didn't call it "gravel" and "fix gear"; just "roads" and "riding".)

Ben
zootracer

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05/27/2019 04:00 PM
I cracked 50K on my '07 Trek Madone in 2016. I don't remember the date. Those were the days when I was putting in decent miles. Not so much anymore. Sadly, I gave the bike to my son-in-law after I bought a new bike and he never rides it. This year sucks, it's still raining here in norcal. I don't think I will tally my miles this year.
mondonico

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05/29/2019 10:03 PM
With I could say the same for my cycling. Some decades have been good some not. Have had a Fuji "The Ace" since 74 but not a mile on it for over 20 years. My wife gives me a hard time as to why I still have it. It's like an old friend.

But I have walked over 80,000 miles as a mailman since 82 and have the scars and screwed up feet to prove it. LOL

And a few very funny dog stories.
smokey52

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05/29/2019 10:40 PM
mondonico - Funny, as I was reading your post and saw the reference to scars, I immediately thought of dog bites; then you mentioned dog stories.
Every spring I have to remind myself to practice wrong side dismounts. I usually get on and off over the left of the bike, but when a dog comes at me, I want to keep the bike between me and the beast if I can't zoom away.
-smokey
mondonico

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05/30/2019 09:37 AM
Old bike pumps were good for that. Once riding a few steep but short hills, hit a flat between two. Felt great to recuperate till the dog came out of now where. Went up the next hill even faster.

My favorite dog story when carrying mail. In Cali every house has a fence. Walking between two driveways there is this LARGE Newfoundler that loved to jump up above the top of the fence. He would bark and jump until you passed. Each jump he could not get as high till he was just barking. Cracked me up everyday. One day he starts his first jumps and on the way down he catches his collar on the top of the fence and gets stuck, hanging himself. I could see and hear that he was choking and in distress. His head was above the fence. It was scary for him but at the same time funny. I know kinda cruel. There was no way I wanted to go into the yard to see if I could get him off. Ran to the front door and thankfully the owners were home and got him off ASAP. Next day he was back to his act again.
79pmooney

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05/30/2019 11:17 AM
We all used to get chased by a dog going in to the hill just before our driveway. Not dangerous, just a PITA. One day I led it into the telephone pole as it chased me. Hit it hard. Never chased (anyone) again.
Orange Crush

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05/30/2019 07:50 PM
That's a lot of years and a lot of miles for the mooney but not a lot of miles per year.

Is this the bike I get to meet in a few weeks? I'm just bringing a stock specialized. How boring.
79pmooney

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05/30/2019 08:00 PM
Yep, you'll see it.

The Mooney has always shared riding time with other bikes. Over my married years I rode little. (Poor choice of partner.) Then, about 17 years ago, I started acquiring rides that did specific things well and the Mooney rarely saw sunlight. For a while it was just a very elegant farmer's market bike. 20 miles once a week.
Orange Crush

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05/30/2019 09:00 PM
I like it. New life on the edge for the Mooney given the terrain description of what we will be hit with.
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