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Monday, October 10, 2016

MTB Crash

I just wanted to let my  close friends on Google+ know that I am not up to ridding my bike again.  I had a crash on my MTB last Sunday when my front wheel got stuck in a deep rut on a slight short downhill.  I was through to the ground really hard and my hip hit a rock and the impact broke my femur just below the ball.  I got a complete hip replacement on October 3, 2016.

Today is the first time that I have touched a keyboard in over a week which is a long time for me.  I will post more stuff as I experience it, but I will not be on a bike for a long time.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Unplanned 80 mile bicycle ride


Today I started out planning to do a short Saturday morning bike ride with the Pecan City Pedalers bike club.  It turned out to be an 80 mile ride that I rode by myself for about 55 miles.


I started out riding with the faster group of riders.  I knew that I was not in the best of shape as I have not been riding much at all lately due to work related issues.  I have been down this road before, the sling shot theory.  The sling shot theory is how I re-booted my cycling after being off the bike for five years.  I knew that today was going to be one of those rides where I would get dropped at some point out in the country.  Today I got dropped about 9 AM, one hour into the ride.  I was struggling to keep an 18 MPH pace and when the pace line when up to 20 MPH, I decided to slow down and ride slower.

So here I was out in the country heading up to a town called Smithville Georgia.  I had been there before a year ago with the PCP Race team during a ride.  On that ride we got to Smithville via Bronwood.  I was in better shape and I was able to keep up with help from the team.  Today I was riding alone and I was going to enjoy the day outside.


Leaving Lee County heading to Leslie
I made it to Leslie, GA
You can see the SAM Short line passing through Leslie.

I was surprised to find the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum.  I will have to stop back by to check it out.
I always have to take a picture of the town water tower
I crossed the new bridge on HWY 118 even though it was posted as being closed.  Gravel road for a short distance.
I got leg cramp on my left leg on my way to Bronwood.
I was not prepared for a long ride in 100 degree heat.
I drank Gatorade for the first time in 3 or 4 years.
Pipe line construction site.  Lots of trucks from Texas
I have not see so many large John Deere backhoes in a line.  The are ready to dig a hole for a pipeline.
Almost home now.  15 more likes from Sasser, Georgia to my house.
Just over a mile from my house.  Normally I never stop to document when I leave or enter Albany, Georgia, but today I did.

Unplanned 80 mile bicycle ride


Today I started out planning to do a short Saturday morning bike ride with the Pecan City Pedalers bike club.  It turned out to be an 80 mile ride that I rode by myself for about 55 miles.

I started out riding with the faster group of riders.  I knew that I was not in the best of shape as I have not been riding much at all lately due to work related issues.  I have been down this road before, the sling shot theory.  The sling shot theory is how I re-booted my cycling after being off the bike for five years.  I knew that today was going to be one of those rides where I would get dropped at some point out in the country.  Today I got dropped about 9 AM, one hour into the ride.  I was struggling to keep an 18 MPH pace and when the pace line when up to 20 MPH, I decided to slow down and ride slower.

So here I was out in the country heading up to a town called Smithville Georgia.  I had been there before a year ago with the PCP Race team during a ride.  On that ride we got to Smithville via Bronwood.  I was in better shape and I was able to keep up with help from the team.  Today I was riding alone and I was going to enjoy the day outside.


Leaving Lee County heading to Leslie
I made it to Leslie, GA
You can see the SAM Short line passing through Leslie.

I was surprised to find the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum.  I will have to stop back by to check it out.
I always have to take a picture of the town water tower
I crossed the new bridge on HWY 118 even though it was posted as being closed.  Gravel road for a short distance.
I got leg cramp on my left leg on my way to Bronwood.
I was not prepared for a long ride in 100 degree heat.
I drank Gatorade for the first time in 3 or 4 years.
Pipe line construction site.  Lots of trucks from Texas
I have not see so many large John Deere backhoes in a line.  The are ready to dig a hole for a pipeline.
Almost home now.  15 more likes from Sasser, Georgia to my house.
Just over a mile from my house.  Normally I never stop to document when I leave or enter Albany, Georgia, but today I did.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Leslie Georgia

This is my Saturday morning ride and I decided to write to Leslie Georgia. I don't have fast twitch muscles so I can only ride 18 - 20 miles an hour for about 20 miles. But then my long which muscle muscles take over and that's what I really like to do ride 15 miles an hour all day long.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

First Ride on the Black Thumper

Today after I got home from my trip to Atlanta I rode my Norco Torrent 7.2 for the first time off road.

I rode around on the bar ditches in my neighborhood.  I have ridden these paths before on my Green Thumper, the Jekyll, but this time it was a lot easier on the 27.5 inch tires.
Lonnie Wormley on private gated community lakefront.  I access this lake on bar ditch right of ways.

The Black Thumper
I changed out the stock pedales and added my Speed Play Frogs.  These pedals and my Nike Nuba shoes have been on  five of my mountain and road bikes since about 1989

I won my dream mountain bike in a raffel

I have been dreaming of getting a mountain bike made in this decade for some time.  My Cannondale Jekyll that I bought used from the first owner way back in the mid 1990s really showed it's age when I went to the IMBA Southeast Mountain Bike Summit in Brayson City North Carolina.  I got to see first hand how MTB technology had changed.  I intentionally have kept my eyes off of new MTB technology because I know if I see it I will want it.

Well last week I got a call from Terry Palmeri, the Southeast Associate Regional Director of IMBA, and she told me that I had won the drawing for a Norco Torrent 7.2 bike, courtesy of Cartecay River Bicycle Shop and Norco Bicycles.  Frankly I had never heard of this company or bike, but I was excited to get a new MTB.  Once I checked out the bike online I thought that there must be some sort of mistake that I had won a bike that I had been dreaming of.

This bike is a bike that can do bike packing.  The tires are 2.9 inches wide and run on 15-35 PSI.  One of the features that is broken on my old Jekyll is the shock lockout.  Having a manual shock lockout on a bike that is easy to use is wonderful, this bike has one.

I am sure to have many happy trail rides on this bike in the future.  I am also finally really excited to attend the IMBA World summit this November in Bentonville AK with a bike that I can really test the trails with.