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Looking good

Saturday, May 05, 2012

I got the Trucker back late yesterday afternoon. She looks brand new. They replaced all brake and shift cables, and adjusted both for proper operation. They replaces all bearings and she rolls much smoother now. They cleaned her top to bottom and she really looks great. I had them put new handlebar tape over the existing tape to provide for more cushion for the longer rides. I'm thinking that I should get this done every 5000-6000 miles instead of waiting for another 10,000. I went for a short ride last night and am getting ready to head out today before the rains come. I think I will carry my fishing rod and camera with me and stop by the ponds during the ride.

  
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BILL60 5/6/2012 7:35AM

    Enjoy your bike and all those wonderful and challenging future rides.

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KAYZAKCX 5/5/2012 10:48PM

    Great! Now my bikes are jealous... emoticon

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EGALITAIRE 5/5/2012 9:38PM

    If you go fishing, can you use your bike to troll?

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DDOORN 5/5/2012 9:32PM

    Nothing like a great tune up to make one fall in love with one's bike all over again!

I shoulda sprung for the handlebar taping too...maybe next time! :-)

Don

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In for a tune up

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Well, it was time. The LHT has gone in for an overhaul. That bike has carried me for over 10,000 miles without so much as a broken spoke. Brian, my bike shop guy, told me I can probably get her back by Saturday. He hasn't seen her since I changed jobs in July of last year. He ordered the LHT for me in January of 2010. She came in at the end of March and the love affair was born. Our first ride was Saturday, 27 March 2010. A nice 50 miler. Well, here it is 10,000 miles later.

My wife just got her new Electra Townie last week. My hope is that she develops the same love for riding that I have. Her Townie already has a name, Ziva. Beautiful deep purple with white fenders, rear rack, and basket. I can't wait for our first ride together.

  
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KAYZAKCX 5/4/2012 10:48AM

    It will be almost like a new bike when you get it back. Can't wait to get some of my bikes overhauled.

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DDOORN 5/4/2012 9:53AM

    You'll love your LHT even MORE after the tune up...had my Specialized in a few weeks ago and was AMAZED at the difference! The Townie's a cool bike...rented one a few years ago when in San Diego riding bikes with my sister out on the Silver Strand, Coronado Island. It had an almost recumbent-like position, with the pedaling angled significantly in front of my torso. DW is gonna love it I'm sure!

Don

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BOWK5150 5/3/2012 10:34PM

    I'm excited for you and your wife. Even if it's only one short 10 mile ride a week, it's you and her together. I've been trying to get my wife to participate but I think I'll have to let her ride with some of the girls in the Akron Bike Club to get her started. After 28 years of wedded bliss we don't quite communicate too well when it comes to 'education'. I can mentor, teach, etc. anyone but her. lol could be worse I suppose. At least she volunteers to help out at the club invitationals. (there's hope she'll ride one day)

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Fresh start

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I have been riding consistently for whole year. The first three months saw some very good weight loss, but April has been different. I have not been tracking the input like I should and have been eating far more than I should. This month, I get back to the basics. No excuses!

  
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KAYZAKCX 5/2/2012 6:10PM

    I've been hanging on by my fingernails as far as input goes. Real close all month to blowing it. Exercise dropped way off. Like you, this month is a fresh start. Good luck!

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BOWK5150 5/2/2012 3:56PM

    It's good you have the tools and desire to get back on track. One thing about the bike is it's easy to burn a crap load of calories. It's the thinking that, "oh, I can eat that or maybe two of those" that get's the best of us bicycle riders. I track everything going in and out even the ice cream cones after a 3 hour bike ride. I usually try to eat healthy meals on the bike rides when I stop for breakfast or lunch midway though. If it's measurable, it's accountable they say. I've been at a plateau for a month with the weight but if I take the tape measure out I will see differences in the legs, arms, chest, etc. I do track this kind of stuff in a log twice a month on Friday's. I try not to worry about what the scale says if I weigh myself on a daily basis. It's the long term results that stack up. I was over 300 pounds 6 years ago and little by little I've gotten below 190 (just this year). Takes a long time after that first 100 pounds melts off.

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TOOTHFUL99 5/2/2012 1:10PM

    Me, too!

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The first century (attempt) of the year.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Well, it was the century that wasn't. It was raining well before the ride began, and continued throughout the entire day. The temp started at 50 and stayed very close to that. The wind was out of the NW and was relentless. The route was one big hill after another. Other than that, it was a great day for a ride! The smiles and camaraderie were abundant. I met several new friends and had a good time. Unfortunately, the cold rain scared off many people who had signed up to ride. Many of those who showed up opted for the shorter distances. (31, 62 and 100) When we got to the 50 mile rest stop, we were informed that the 100 mile portion of the route had been closed. We were a little disheartened, but a little relieved at the same time. I had enough time to complete the 100 mile route and I knew I would push through just to finish. However, considering the elements we were facing that may not have been the best idea. So, I finished with 62 miles, a metric century.

I did find a out few things about myself during the ride. I am not the fastest rider out there, nor am I the slowest. I can tackle any hill that gets in my way. I can handle riding in any weather nature can throw at me. I have the mental strength and intestinal fortitude to press on when others throw in the towel. I am a cyclist!

  
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BOWK5150 4/26/2012 9:55AM

    Congratulations! nothing wrong with a 100k ride. You get bonus miles when you ride into the wind you know :D Keep moving, you're doing great! emoticon

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GROEDER 4/24/2012 2:27PM

    Way to go!!!! I have a century ride planned for this late summer, and your blog gives me even more motivation to go for it.

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DDOORN 4/24/2012 2:05PM

    Oh you are SO ready for nailing terrific journeys on two wheels!

Two thumbs WAY UP on your efforts! :-)

Don

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TOOTHFUL99 4/24/2012 7:45AM

    Great job! Cycling is an excellent way to push ourselves to our limits, but it also gives us a lot of 'thinking' time along the way. That is the time that we realize how wonderful we are!

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XMAC33 4/24/2012 6:58AM

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First Century coming soon!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Well, I have gone and done it. I have registered for my first Century ride this year. The ride is the Powhatan Historical Bike tour, which has 31, 62, and 100 mile routes. I have to admit that I am a little nervous. I rode my first century last year on the first day of the MS 150. I didn't decide to do the century until I was at the 60 mile rest stop. I now have the next 20 days to think about it. I have completed 3 half centuries so far this year and will probably do another one before the century. There are liberal rest stops throughout the ride with the longest stretch without one being 16 miles. A pre ride breakfast is included and a meal at the completion of the ride as well. Let's Ride!!

  
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DDOORN 4/2/2012 8:56AM

    Oh hey you are going to have a STUPENDOUS time! And from what miles you're knocking down I don't have any doubts but what you will ace this without a hitch!

Don

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