Showing posts from June, 2015

Finally a spin class that I like

I won a Solo Republic Punk Bluetooth speaker last month at a information security conference raffle. I had not figured out where to use it until Sharon Thompson showed up at the monthly Slow Poke Ride with one on her bike. Well after listening to music during the ride, I decided to order a clamp and put mine on my bike for the next Slow Poke ride.

Well today I decided to ride to work and test the speaker out.  I love listening to nature when I ride, but there is just so much of birds, frogs and insects that I can take, so today I hit the play button.  I liked the fact that I could still hear cars and other noise around me and still hear the music.  It takes a lot to turn my brain off so that I can really enjoy just being in the present, and today the music provided just the right amount of distraction to keep my pace up and moving down the road.

I may move the speaker to my top tube for the ride home.

Slow Poke Ride Play List

Track NameArtist NameBicycle RaceQueenDancing In The StreetMartha Reeves & The VandellasOnly You Can Show MeGoldroom, Mereki BeachRolling In The DeepAdeleWe Got The Beat - Single MixThe Go-Go'sFreeway of LoveAretha FranklinHeat Wave - Stereo Mix with FadeMartha Reeves & The VandellasSomething About You - Single VersionLevel 42Back To BlackAmy WinehouseLong Time GoneDixie ChicksStop! In The Name Of LoveThe SupremesYou Can Be the OneLate Night AlumniLove Shack [Edit] (45 Version)The B-52'sLike a Rolling StoneBob DylanI Really Like YouCarly Rae JepsenCalifornia GirlsThe Beach Boys

Slow Poke After Dinner ride

This is a proposed route of 6 miles though residential neighborhoods from the Los Vaqueros restaurant to Doublegate Country club parking lot.

BCC Lion Says Get Up And Ride

I rode to work in one of my new Bicycle Commuter Cabal jerseys. I was watching it all weekend as it lay on a sofa in a bedroom. It kept begging me to put it on and go for a ride. I did no ride much this weekend. I usually sleep late so I miss morning group rides on Saturday and Sunday was filled with home projects.  For me the main advantage for bike commuting is that I get to ride my bike during the week and I can chillax on the weekends with my wife and friends. When I do ride on weekends it is usually an organized charity ride or a staycation century+ to a hotel. Today the lion roared at 3:45 AM. I got up suited up and headed out to do the Leary Loop. My goal was to see if I could get to work in under three hours. I saw one live armadillo and one live Zombie Raccoon. This is the third armadillo that I have seen this month. I made it to work in three hours plus a minute thirty seconds. Riding strong in the morning when it is in the seventies is easier than riding in the afternoon w…

Rainbow at Sam's Club

You know you're having a good day when you see a rainbow

Leary Loop The Long Way Home

Last night I decided to take the long way home. My wife Sylvia was going to spend the evening playing mahjong with her friends. I decided that I would just take my time and ride out to the town of Leary. This is the first time that I have taken the Leary Loop home on a bike commute since my accident. I remembered why I started riding this loop, because I was bored with riding my other routes. The Leary Loop also is mostly shaded in the early evening by tall trees. Temperatures drop at least 5 degrees in the shade. I made good use of free water at churches along the route. I drank a lot of water with electrolytes. I spotted a flock of Canadian Geese by a pond at the intersection of GA HWY 55 and Gillonville  Road. I also took photos of my bike next to some of my favorite signs along the way home.

Getting Church Water

On my way to Leary stopped for water.

National Bike Challenge 2015 - Platinum Badge

I earned my Platinum Badge on June 11, 1015 by earning 2,500 points int the National Bike Challenge. Below are some information graphics showing progress thus far int eh challenge. the goal of this challenge it to promote bicycling during the best season of the year.  time to get out thee and ride your bike.

For me the challenge is allowing me to hold fast to my goal of cycling everyday and building up my endurance for the long 100+ mile rides that I enjoy so much.  There are some heavy hitters in this challenge.  Some folks are riding 80 to 100 miles or more a day.  I am setting a goal of riding at least 1,000 miles a month and still maintain a happy wife and a happy life.

The statics do not show it, but most of my miles that I ride my bicycle are commuting back and forth to work. I average 25 to 33 miles each way between my work place and my home.  This is the time of year that I really enjoy riding my bike.  The days are long and the weather has some surprises like afternoon thunde…

Alien Sword?

I ride by the Sherwood Christian Academy sometimes twice a day. The first time I saw this water tower (I am guessing it is a water tower) it was at night in a freak me out. I thought I was in the middle of nowhere until I saw it lite up at night. I knew that one day I would ride to work and catch it right minutes in with rising behind it. Today was that day.

Rainy Rooster Tail Ride Home

Sometimes my bike commute gets boring.  I like to ride familiar routes for several reasons.  Riding the same route allows me to before a fixture to the other vehicles on the road.  Drivers see me every day as they commute so they "expect" me to be there.

I have verified this fact when folks come up to me in stores and tell me that they see me and they like my bright lights and jerseys.  Getting this feedback has allowed me to verify what i have felt so I know that there are motorist out on the roads that really care about cyclist safety.

So back to the intentionally boring cycling routes.  Well by riding the same route I can really get to know everything on the route.  I memorize when the delivery trucks pass by like FedEx and UPS. I notice all of the bumps and pot holes in the road.  I watch the decay of the road kill from day to day. There is one UPS driver that waves to me as I am heading west on Leary road on my way home and they are driving east towards Albany.  I like …

Proposed Bike Sign

I have been thinking of this sign for some time. I want to get it onto the roads here in Albany, GA.

It is the difference between night and day

On my morning commute I really struggled to ride to work.  I only got four and a half hours of sleep.  My wife and I stayed up late to finish off the last three episodes of Drop Dead Diva.  At one point on my journey to work I wanted to stop my bike and take a nap.  I was dreading the ride back home after a day staring at a computer screen.

To my surprise I had a wonderful ride home.  The ride home started out with a few sprinkles of warm steamy rain.  When it is 80 degrees and rain hits the asphalt down here in the south it will turn to steam as it evaporates off of the pavement.  It will have to rain for more than a few minutes before the pavement will cool off long enough for the air temperature to cool my skin.

I started off at a slow pace into a southern head wind and just wanted to get the commute over with.  Then at about 5 miles into the ride home I started feeling better and I picked up my pace.  By the time I got to Mud Creek I was feeling very powerful and I rode faster tha…

Tri State 100

This 101 mile ride has been on my list for a few years.  Anytime that I can ride across a state line I get so excited. I was riding with my good friends Richard and Sharon Thompson.  I rarely have pictures taken of me during a ride, but Richard took this picture of me standing next to a large oak tree.  Oak trees this large are common in this part of the country.  I sometimes try to imagine what was going on in the area 100 years ago when a tree was a sapling.

After 20 miles stopping at the first rest stop
Riding a bike in the south is a real treat for me.  This is a typical county road in the deep south.  At times on this ride Richard, Sharon and I were riding three across taking the whole lane talking up a storm.  I am a sucker for watching out for tractors on my bicycle rides thought the country.  I saw this tractor getting seed loaded into it.  I had never watch this process before.  I stopped to return to take a picture, but the tractor had already finished and was out in the f…