Sunday, April 18, 2010
DH and I had a little time to ride today before he had to go to work. We took the mountain tandem back to the scene of the busted hub and bike portage. Just had to try it again, but this time we did it in the opposite direction. No problems today, and a wonderful ride. Came home and even got the canoe out on the lake for a quick ride around. We found 5,000,000 tadpoles and 2 water snakes.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Ka_Jun started a thread on Cycling team for pictures of where we ride. I thought this would make a great BLOG, so here it is. We live in a rural area about 45 miles SE of Birmingham. There are lots of "paved" roads (some are mostly patches over patches), dirt roads, and trails. On any given day you can ride whatever you want.
This is part of our Metric Century ride. Notice the high traffic on the road.
This is on one of the loops we ride in the mornings.
This is Bull Gap, that we use for our Time Trial. It is at the start of our Century Ride.
This is crossing Cedar Creek. It is part of our the Metric Century and the 27 mile loop we do from our house.
This is our Sylaward Mountain Bike Trail right after it opened. It is not as open now, but still a great place to ride.
One of our dirt roads. Note, more high traffic.
DH and me riding the tandem on the trail.
The trail doesn't have much traffic, but there are other things to contend with. I have only seen black snakes, DH has run into several rattle snakes.
Hope you have enjoyed a piece of my cycling world. We are blessed to have such great places to ride.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Yesterday was our bike club's 3rd annual century ride. My days have started off better. I woke up at 4 with a nose bleed, got it stopped just in time to have breakfast and pack the last of the things in the truck to get to the start in time to set up before riders arrived. We were hoping for 100 riders, but ended up with 44. Most of them were returnees who enjoyed the previous metric centuries and wanted to try the full century we offered this year. The day started cool 43, but quickly warmed and ended up being a perfect 73. There was 1 flat, no problems, and everyone had a great ride. They LOVED our hills, 100.1 miles 6559 feet of climbing and they were happy. We got the after ride meal cleaned up and everything packed into 2 trucks by 4. Then had to unload, sort, wash, and repack everything for storage till next year.
Now that brings us to Adventures with Tim and Bev. We decided to take the mountain bike tandem out for a spin this afternoon and see the lovely wild flowers and trees in the woods. Another perfect weather day, blue sky, and soft breeze. Park the car, get the bike out and head down the road. See a road closed barrier, so of course we take it to see why. Came to an impassable mud bog and turn around and head down another road. Find a nice fire break, cross the berm and take off again. Tree down, climb over, off again. Tree down, climb over, off again. Long up hill, shift, pedal, pedal, pedal, goes nicely, till suddenly the pedals are turning, but the wheel isn't. Hmmm. Seems the rear wheel is stripped, and to cap it off, the free wheel is frozen, rear wheel won't turn. Hmm So now we invent a new past time, mountain bike portage. Don't think it will make it into the Olympics. DH carried the back by my seat post, I steered the front, for a mile or so till we could get to the highway. Then he ran another mile to the car and came back for me. So, we have another hub, no problem....40 spoke hub, 48 spoke rim. Ok, change wheels with the black tandem, they are the same size, order new rim.
Life is an adventure!
Monday, April 05, 2010
My dear Dad is at it again. He sent me this link for spring flowers. When the black screen appears, left click and move your mouse around.
Have a lovely spring everyone.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
As most of you know, DH and I ride tandem's, road and mountain. He rides singles, a lot. I ride singles, when I need to. Last year he built me a great little mountain bike. Got a Windsor Cliff frame on line and made me a nice ride. Up till now I have ridden on woods roads and fire breaks, but today I stepped out.
SaraCycle rode with us yesterday and we decided to do a short trail ride today. I've ridden it dozens of times with hubby, so why not on my own. DH had to go to work at 2, so we met at the trail head. Only had about an hour till I needed to get back home, so we took off. Riding from the "front side" you start with some little "dipsy dos" (technical term for deep washes across the trail) then a nice rolling section. Then a big ditch with a culvert, (note grands on culvert in picture)
followed by a long steepish uphill. Did I mention I have a deep, irrational fear of heights. Anything over 2 feet gives me chills. So, I make it over the culvert, not used to shifting (I don't do any of that on the tandem) I didn't shift quick enough, rolled to a stop on the uphill, and put my foot down. No prob, except I was too close to the edge of the trail and the ground wasn't where I expected it to be. So I proceeded to fall over and slide down the hill, bike and all. Sure glad no one had a video of that.
But I got back up, cleaned the leaves out of the bike and me, and back on the trail and we finished our loop. I gotta get over my fear of heights if I'm going to keep riding single. On the tandem I can't see the trail, just balance and pedal. On the single I gotta look. But I had great fun and we will have to do it again. Maybe on the back side where it doesn't get quite as steep.
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