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St. Patrick's Day Bicycling Anyway

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My adventures with bicycling continue into 2017.  Today is the anniversary of one of the scariest moments of my life and I cannot remember the car hitting me. Today back in 2014 I was hit by a car while bike commuting to work.  Today I am bike commuting to work on my cruiser bike with a titanium full hip replacement that I got on October 3 2016. I am glad to be alive and riding my bike.

I use to have deep life reflections on the last day of the year, but now I have a fondness for doing life reflections on St. Patrick's Day.  I have never been a big fan of holidays.  I tolerated them when my two children were small and I seem to be getting back into the holiday spirit with my wife +Sylvia Wormley .  St. Patrick's Day was always at the bottom of my list of holidays when I was in grade school with all of the pinching and wearing green.  Well today I am wearing green.  I am not wearing a green bike jersey, just a plain old shirt because I am bike commuting in street clothes.

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Bike Commute Home With Music

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I have quickly gotten to a point in my routine bike commute that I am bored.  I yanked the speaker off of my road bike and installed in on Rufus.  My passion for bicycling is on par with my obsession for art and music.  I am a Spotify junkie.  I listen to Spotify all day at work, I walk during my lunch breaks with my headphones tuned in to Spotify and I work at home listening to my favorite play lists.  I knew it was only a matter of time before I put the speaker on my bike. 

Just Being On A Bike

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I have learned that true happiness does not include the phrase "in order to be".  For me I am happiest when I am just being in the moment.  In this phase of my bicycling life I am just being on a bike.
What does it mean for me when I say I am just being on a bike?  I will list some of the reasons. I am not riding my bike "in order to be...":...healthy....faster and ride with the A group....in shape for a 200 mile bike ride....at the top of the Strava leader board....to have a 250 mile a week average....to ride 10,000 miles in one calendar year.  Today I rode my bike and I was just being on my bike.  It is just a coincidence that while I was on my bike being happy I also transported myself to and from work.

Ortlieb and Jandd Rack Live to Ride Again

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Today I completed my commuter bike build.  I am not going to be doing my normal 15 mile loop through the countryside bike commute for a while.  riding my road bike for a short commute takes too much time to put on the extra gear.  This bike allows me to quickly get on it in street clothes and take a short ride to work rather slowly without breaking a sweat.

My goal has always been to keep one less car on the road.  So this bike,, while it will not be my choice for riding 50 miles, it certainly is a bike that I will use on short trips to work and to the store.  I can easily carry plenty of stuff in my bike bags without any balancing issues.  The low profile of these bags re perfect for caring large bulky items.

Road Bike Road Test

Today after the my 10 minute commute home I decided to ride my road bike.  My orthopedic surgeon , Dr. Pilcher, told me this week during my check up that I could ride my big boy bike.  For the past few weeks I have been riding my cruiser.  I love my cruiser, but it does not give me the special feeling that I get when I ride my road bike.
I wanted to see how much power I had left in my hip.  I wanted to see if I could stand up and pedal without any problems.  The only problems that I am having with my hip is that the joint takes a while to warm up and get loose.  My  surgeon told me that I would experience this feeling for about a year.  In any event it took about 5 miles before I really felt like i was riding without being lopsided.
I had fun.  This ride was a shake down to prepare for my bike commute tomorrow morning.  I am going to take the road bike to work for bike commute number two in 2017.

First Bike Commute of 2017, Finally!

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Almost near perfect weather for my short ride to work.  Feet first bikes are lousy hill climbers.  I guess I should not complain since I am use to road bikes for taking hills.
I am going to follow +Aixe Djelal lead and name my bike.  I have named my mountain bikes, the bike color followed by Thumper.  not sure waht to call this bike.

Cox Landing W. Oakridge Drive Loop

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Ride Description Today I wanted to ride one of the routes that I use to consider boring and easy.  The Flint Riverfront Trail is a short 3 mile paved trail that runs from downtown Albany to Cox Landing.  I say that I use to consider this boring because today it was the most exciting ride that I have had in a long time. 
I have written this about my Blog before, but I will state it again, I write this Blog to inspire me.  I have been through a lot of things that have prevented me from riding my bike in the past.  When I have been injured or I am in a depressed mood for some reason, I read my Blog and get inspired by my own words of inspiration about cycling.
Broad Street Bridge


Storm Damage On The Trial

New Pavement On The Road To The Dam