Showing posts from 2014

The Orange Eagles School of Cycling

Today was the first time in over a year that I had the privileged to ride with the PCP Race Team.  I have not done much road cycling since March 17, 2014.  I started bike commuting on my new bike December 2, 2014.  Today was my first day back in the Orange Eagles School of Cycling and I was excited.
Why do I call this group the Orange Eagles?  When I was riding with them today I thought about the saying "How can you soar with eagles when you are surrounded by turkeys".  This statement reflects a negative attitude, so I was thinking about restoring the statement with my training.  I want to soar with eagles, but first I had to find some eagles to soar with, then I need to train so that I can fly with them.
Today was another "Sling Shot" ride for me.  That is where I use the PCP Race team to get me way out in the middle of nowhere and when I get dropped, I ride home.  Now to some of you reading this it may sound harsh, but it is intentional.  I want to be a stronger…

Colder than I thought

I started out on my morning commute and my outdoor temperature was 37 degrees.  during the ride my hands started getting cold.  It was then that I noticed that it was 27 degrees.

Be Brave When You Ride

Today I road a Full Cycle Thunder Commute to work.  I road the route that I was riding on March 17, 2014.  I was thinking about Franklin D. Roosevelt's famous quote.

So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  ~Franklin D. Roosevelt 
As I rode past the fire station on HYW 91 I realized that being brave is not ever being afraid, but being brave is overcoming your fear.  I am so glad to be able to ride to and from work again.  I know that I will soon put to rest all of my feelings of frustration of missing almost a year of riding my bike and just be glad that I am here to ride another day.

Here are my favorite quote by me:

When someone ask why I ride my bicycle so much, I reply, I bike for chocolate.
When my body tells me to slow down my brain says, Ride today so that you can ride tomorrow.

Saturday Loop to Abbott's Country Store for lunch

I had a wonderful ride this weekend with some close friends.  This was the first social ride with my new bike and the longest ride since my close encounter with a car last March.  The more miles I put on the road the better I feel.

I wanted to write about the the surprise conversation that I had with Mr. Abbott, the owner of Abbott's Food Center.  Our small group of four cyclist and me pulled into the parking lot to have lunch.  I had just leaned my bike up against the trash can near the front door.  A man, whom I would later find out was Mr. Abbott, asked me if I was the cyclist that was hit a while back.  I told him that I was.  He told me he was glad to see that I was OK.  He told me that he use to watch me pass the store every day rain or shine.  He noticed when I changed my route from turning on Old Pretoria Road to taking Leary Road down to HWY 91.  He told me that he was inspired to see me riding everyday.

I mention this because I want to remember that I never know who is …

Searching for a way to mount Luxos U headlignt on my bike.

I am looking for a way to mount this headlight on my bike.  I am using this Blog post to take some notes on my progress to solve this problem.  My hope is that the Hive Mind on the Internet will kick in and help me figure this out.

Below is a picture of the light that I want to purchase from Peter White Cycles.

One of the main issues is that my bike has a custom headset and the stem and handle bar are not the standard variety for mounting accessories.

Here are some images of my bike.

Here is the manufacture's standard mounting bracket.

At this point I am stuck.  Here is a link to Peter White Cycles bracket mounting page.  I will update this post when a solution is discovered.

Garmin Connect - 35 Saturday December Loop

This is a possible ride for tomorrow.  I have ridden this route before.  It will be nice to get out and ride during the day and not worry about going to work.

My Seven 622 SLX is blowing my mind.

I had to read this article on the Seven website again after putting just under 75 miles on my 622 SLX.  I am glad I could not afford a paint job because I think the beauty of this bike is the fact that it is unfinished so you can see all of the perfect manufacturing skills that went into creating it.
This is a review from the Seven cycles Press Archives. Seven Cycles 622 SLX Cyclist Magazine: Issue 1When the Seven 622SLX arrived in the office, a UK exclusive for Cyclist, we weren’t sure whether to ride it or frame it and hang it on the wall. It’s a thing of beauty. The titanium lugwork is a blend of functionality and art form, as if it has been draped around the carbon. Read More

Back in the bike commuting saddle again

Today was my first bike commute since being hit by a car on March 17, 2014.  My first impression of the bike is that it really rides smooth.  It was so smooth that I thought that my tires were really low on air.  I know that I will forget how smooth this bike is, so this is why I am writing about it before I forget.

Anyway I took my short 12 mile route to work and I had fun riding to work again.  It will take me a while to get my strength back, but I am glad to be riding to work again.

Cycle Thunder Bike starting to take shape

I got a picture of my wheels today.  Podium Multisport in Atlanta used HED Belgium C2 Clincher Black rims, the front hub I provided, a DT 350 rear hub and DT competition spokes with black brass DT nipples.

The front hub is a SON28 ISO Disc dynamo

I am starting to get excited.

Shift To Bikes

I have to plug this group, Shift To Bikes. I rode with them on some awesome bike adventures when I lived in Portland around 2002 when they first got started. My favorite ride was the Mystery Ride. We met at a pub on the east side and the ride leader would start the ride at mid-night. The only person who knew the route was the leader. It was cool riding through the deserted downtown streets with 200 cyclist. There were all sorts of bikes from the traditional to the home made.

Shift To bikes is sort of an anti-cycling club. They advocate cycling as being a social fun activity and not just a sport for health. I met a lot of folks that I never would have met if not for this club and my bike. There were lots of homeless cyclist in the group. When I think back on it I was unemployed at the time during the big Dot Com crash. I was getting unemployment and I would look for a job by day and hang out with the likes of these street urchins in the afternoon and evening riding my bike.…

Dreaming of Cycle Oregon 2015

I am sending this news letter to you with the idea that it will inspire your cycling.  I participated in Cycle Oregon in 1999 and rode it on a Trek MTB with slicks, areo bars and a non-stock 52 tooth big crank.  I bought the areo bars on day two because there were lots of head winds.  When I say fully supported I mean bike shops bring trailers full of parts and accessories to help you along if something breaks or you forgot something or you just want to try something new. I had a blast.  That year we looped Crater Lake and I did my first back to back to back 100+ mile per day.  I have wanted to do this ride again and since my accident I decided to start planning for 2015.

Cycle Oregon to me is a well planed and supported ride.  The more cycling events I ride the more I come to realize that Cycle Oregon is  a world class event.  There is a handbook on how to train and what to bring.  Check out this event even if you do not plan to go because this organization sets the sta…

Pecan City Pedalers Cyclist Cooler 2.0

I wanted to fix the misting apparatus for the Pecan City Pedalers Nut roll.  Below is the result of my efforts. Here is how it will be disconnected for storage.
The club has two of these misting devices.  They will be in use for the 2015 Nut roll.

Pecan City Pedalers Nut Roll 2014

Yet another bike event that I helped out as a volunteer.  My cycling club, The Pecan City Pedalers, sponsor this ride each year.  The rides stars and ends in the beautiful Parks at Chehaw in Albany, Georgia.
I also did the T-Shirt artwork for this ride.

Here is an Auto Awesome from Google
Google Does it again.  I am so amazed at how Google grabs data and re-imagines it.  This is so cool, taking what I consider "poor" content and mashing it up into something that is presentable.  This captures the start of the 2014 Nut roll in Albany, GA

It was a wonderful day to be out supporting the activity of cycling.  This was my second year working on the event and I always have fun.

I also had fun reworking the Nut Man logo.
The original Nut Man

The new and improved Nut Man

Seven Cycles

Not riding much lately.  Waiting to get my next road bile.  It looks like it is going to be made by Seven Cycles

Day 101 Green Thumper Troll Roll

I went for my longest ride in about 100 days.  It was really fun.  I rode on single track trails, bike paths, dirt roads and paved roads.  I did it all.
Blue Springs Road
Bike on a Dam, Flint River

Blue Springs Road
Lake Chewhaw behind dam
Flint River fishing spot
Flint River fishing spot