Showing posts from July, 2015

National Bike Challenge

Well looks like I have been locked out of the National Bike Challenge web site.  I hope that the website developers are fixing the bug that I uncovered when I switched from using the Endomondo App to log my miles to using Strava.  When I switched the website allowed Strava to add duplicate log entries for all months in the challenge.

I reported the error on the forums, so hopefully they are fixing it.  For now I am toast.

Burley Sound Trailer Part 02

I finished version 1.0 of the Burley Sound Trailer Part.  Refer to Burley Sound Trailer Part 01 for details on how I started.

Below are pictures that show my build today.

Morning ride

Stopped to wipe glasses. Lots of hoot owls near here.  Spring creek church road and 55

Burley Sound Trailer Part 01

I got my parts from Burley via Amazon to convert the hitch so that it can connect to bikes with disc brakes.  I wanted to do this years ago so that I could haul the trailer with my MTB, but just kept putting it off.  I now have no excuse for hauling groceries or my clothes to work instead of driving my truck.

Pictures of the build thus far are below.

Thursday Morning 50 Mile Commute

Well I said that I would not get fanatical and start getting up at 4 AM to ride my bike.  The enjoyment that I get riding my bike in the cool dark mornings has too much of a draw on me to resist, so I am once again riding my bike to Leary in the morning.

Today is the second time this week I have chosen to ride my bike out to the town of Leary and complete a 52 mile loop to work.  The early morning repetition of cycling always calms me and watching the sun rise is a daily treat.

This short video will give you an idea about what the road looks like right before sunrise.

My Ride Statistics

Cycle Thunder Storm Surfing

Today on my way home I had so much fun surfing the wind.  First let me explain.  For those of you who surf or sail you will get what I am about to describe.  I use to surf and sail and this is what I have experienced doing both activities.

Most of the excitement that I have had surfing, sailing and now cycling has been at the edge of bad weather.  You know what I mean, not really nasty fowl weather, just slightly bad weather.  Today I had the experience that I use to have when I would paddle out on my belly board into surf that I knew had the possibility of hurting me, but I paddled out anyway.  I remember looking at sets of waves coming in and the butterflies in my stomach seemed to want to come out of my ears.  Catching a wave and just getting on it before it broke on me and threw me into a salt water washing machine was always a thrill.

If you look at the video that I took on this evening's commute home you will see a similar phoneme with the weather.  I like to ride when it …

Cycle Mee Spin Class

Today on my ride home was the second time I played my Spotify playlist "Cycle Mee".  I created this playlist especially for inspirational riding at a fast pace.  My tendency is to ride this flat land in a high gear at a slow cadence and just power my way to a decent speed.  When I ride with faster cyclist I have to spin to keep up and I generally get tired after about 25 miles.  So I decided to do something that I use to hate, ride to music like in a spin class.
The last time I tried a spin class was in Portland in a  gym in the Perl District.  I would go in on the invitation of a fellow cyclist.  I would change the pedals on the Schwinn stationary cycles and listen to the leader lead the class through simulated courses to music.  I got bored with this routine quickly and stopped going.  I enjoyed riding real hills.
So now I live where it is really flat and the only challenge is to ride into a headwind or to ride really fast.  Tonight I had a chance to do both.  Having musi…

Day off morning ride

I decided to get up at my normal time on this Independence Day holiday and ride a new loop.  I planned a route that would go through three towns north of Albany.  I rode through Sasser, Bronwood and Leesburg.

I started the day with my long distance pre-ride cocktail of two scoops of Spiz in filtered water and 1 tablespoon of MCT oil.
I finished the ride by stopping at Pearly's for breakfast before riding the final 6 miles home.

Pretty ride fuel

Before long morning rides I mix my breakfast cocktail.  Two scoops of Spiz and one tablespoon of MCT oil.

National Bike Challenge 2015 June Stats

Here are the standings thus far in the National Bike Challenge.

Play List for Slow Poke Ride for July

I am following these playlist on Spotify so they will be handy for the next Slow Poke Ride.  The theme for the ride is Happy Days Attire. 1960's