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Winter Solstice Cycling

What a nice ride home.

Nothin but wool

I had my wall Cabal sweater on the top today. I had some arm warmers underneath. It got down to 47 degrees. It was really nice.

First Winter Ride

When the temperature drops below 30 degrees in the South its cold.  I wore my brand new wool Cabal sweater and a light shell and it was really toasty.

Saturday Slow Social Ride

Today was a chilly day to be on a bike.  Our ride started from my house at 8:45 AM with temperature of 47 degrees.  the wind was blowing from the north. Eight cyclist started our journey to Pearly's for breakfast then a ride through the county.
I dressed for warmth today as the temperature at 9 AM was as cold as it had this week I was surprised for it to be chilly so late in the morning.  Anyway I was wearing a tank tip sleeveless jersey over my PCP spanned jacket.  I even wore my leg warmers.  I know that I get colder than in the morning when I ride my bike to work.
The slow pace of the ride allowed for great conversation to take place.  Seeing the country views at a slower pace and talking to members of the group as we ride is what I really enjoy about a slow social bicycle ride.  I ride a lot in the dark this time of year and getting the opportunity to ride in the day time with friends is a real treat.

Memorial Broad Street Bridge

Yesterday the Broad Street Bridge opened. I was the first bicyclist to cross it. I participated in the community feedback group that gave the architects input on the design. There were those that wanted two lanes of traffic both ways and there was the group that wanted one lane each direction, wide sidewalks and bike lanes. I am glad I participated and spoke out loud to advocate for bike lanes.I rode across the new bridge last night and this morning on my commute. The bridge is beautiful. When you get your chance to participate in a community feedback group, take the time to put in your ideas, it is worth it.

Rooooll Me Another One

Roll me another one just like the other one. Yes this is hay.

How to lock your bike

Which one will allow the bike to be there when I come back from lunch, position 1 or 2?
I ate lunch today at the Cookie Shop.

Rainbow Commute Home

I had a drizzly, clammy commute home.  I decided to take one of my shorter routes and cut 5 miles off of my normal ride home just to stay out of the rain.  I managed to find some really awesome rainbows on my way home.

Hey, it was a warm morning ride to work

I can not complain about the weather this morning.  I left the house and it was 70 degrees outside of my house.  The temperature did drop during my ride, but it was not cold enough to wear any extra clothing this morning.  I am not riding as much as I have in past months due to business trips and home chores, but I am not agonizing over it like I use to do.  
I have 9,254 miles for the year and I will make my goal of 10,000 miles by December 10th which is the one year diversionary for the Seven that I am riding.

8 Mile Road Speed Deamons

My October 21st evening commute started as a slow relaxing ride b home. I was enjoying the evening sunlight listening to music on my Bluetooth speaker.  I stopped at the intersection of 8 Mile Road and Leary Road to test my skills at bike photography. I got my bike positioned. A guy in a truck stopped to make sure I did not need a ride. Every time I stop at this intersection, Peoria Station, I meet the nicest motorist. So I took the picture.
Just as I was putting my phone away two cyclist on the PCP Race Team rounded the corner yelling my name. I knew it was the Tuesday night fast rider group. There may be others close behind. I pondered if I wanted to pick up my 14 MPH pace. As I got on my bike Chip Battle came round the corner. I started to ride.
Soon I was in a 5 (including me) person pace line at 18-21 MPH. I lasted to about 1 mile from Gillonville Road. I pulled for a short stretch. I was not tired, I just was not use to the pace. At Gillonville we regrouped and I stayed with th…

Social Cycling

This weekend I spent three days participating in Social cycling.  The event was formally organized by the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia BRAG.  The weekend event that I attended was the Georgia Bike Fest.  I rode 100 mile course Georgia Bike Fest in 2013.

The main difference to my participation this year is that I camped at the event location in down town Columbus, GA with some of my cycling friends.  This is why I love events like this because you can have real time social interaction and ride a bike.

I define social cycling as riding your bike and having fun talking and interacting with other folks at a group cycling event. Social cycling is not a race. Social cycling is a time when you can ride you bike as a group.  Stop and talk.  Setting around between rides and talking about like is one of the best things I did this weekend.

Friday October 9 Day 1
I rode the 49 mile option with my friend and next door neighbor +Alan Bitterman.  I had never taken my bike up the river front trail no…

8 Mile Road

Just enjoying the nice golden light during the sunset on my commute home.

Zombie Raccoons Bicycle Club (ZORAC) Vest

Well I finally decided on the piece of apparel on which to put my patches. I decided against getting a leather vest.  I opted to get a technical vest, one that I would wear during hot humid summers and cold winters.

I went to REI in Atlanta and purchased a The North Face Canyon Wall Vest. Below are some images showing the positions that I may place the patches.

National Bike Challenge 2015

My second National Bike Challenge (NBC) is in the books so to speak.  Just like my first NBC, I had a blast, but I faced some physical challenges during the event.  This year I had a sever callous on my left toe that affected my position on my bike.  Eventually I resolved the issue.  Then during the last month of September i injured my left knee doing some chores and I had to miss a week of cycling.

Anyway I rode more miles than I did in 2013 which was my last time that I was actively in the NBC.  In 2014 I only rode the first three months due to my being hit by a car in March. I have some screen shots of the web site showing my statics below.  I rode 5,674 miles in 126 out of 152 days of the challenge.  The NBC ran from May 1, through September 30.

Schhwinn Orange County Chopper

I've been seeing this bicycle on campus. One of the student has been riding it around. I'm wondering if the back tire is the same with as a fat bike tire.

Another Fine Mess

For over a week I have not ridden my bike to work.  I have had a few physical issues with my leg and back plus some mechanical issues with my bike pedals that have prevented me from partaking in my daily commute.

Lifting and twisting during the Nut Roll on September 12 started my wobbly knee problems.  My left knee is an existing injury that I got playing basketball when I was in my 40's.  Every now and then it sort of goes wacky and slips around.  I decided to give it a rest for a few days.  Then on the next weekend, September 19, I was doing yard work and work myself out lifting my ladder to clean leaves off of the roof.

I purchased new pedals and cleats three weeks ago and finally decided to install them this past Sunday.  I had never installed the Speedplay Zeros before, but I wanted to try it.  I installed them and went out for a test ride and I could not get them to clip in.  I was so mad that I decided to take my bike into the bike shop and have them fix it.  So I missed ri…