Wednesday, September 30, 2015

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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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 riding my bike on Monday.
My first install, cleats are on the wrong shoe
I was embarrassed when the guys in the bike hop told me that I had the cleats on the wrong shoe.  they laughed and told me that they have made the same mistake when they have customers come into the shop ad 5 PM and have a ride at 6 PM and want their cleats installed right now.  I corrected my mistake and I took my first bike ride over a mile this evening.
Cleats installed correctly

I cleaned my bike this weekend for the first time in two months.  I was having problems with my front derailleur.  Well no surprise that getting a ton of gunk off of it and it works great.

I fixed the covering on my Selle SMP Pro saddle.  for the second time it started to come off.  not sure if it was defective or I just wore it out.  The bike shop where I purchased it glued it back in March of this year.  I decided to glues it again with Super Glue.  I also put a piece of CAT6 Ethernet cable to ensure that the cover will not detach from the saddle frame again.

Cover is detaching from frame

Cover is detaching from frame

Cover is detaching from frame

Final glue placed on top of cable

Looks like this will last

I missed riding my bike to work.  It seems that this month will have one of my lowest mileage reports since winter.  I always like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel after wading through turmoil that I seem to create.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Fall is at my doorstep

I knew it was fall when I stepped out this morning at 5:12 AM and my arms and legs shivered.  For about a minute I contemplated going back into the house and getting my arm warmers.  I decided to proceed with the morning commute without them.  I decided to ride to the last street where I could easily return to the house without too much back tracking and see if I really needed the arm warmers.

Usually it takes about 20 minutes for my body to get warmed up and ready to feel like riding in the morning. This is about five miles from home.  I decided to stop at the intersection of Eight Mile road and Leary Road, Pretoria on the map, and take a picture of the temperature for the record.  I was surprised to see that it was below 50 degrees.  Anyway I completed the commute in comfort, but if it gets any colder I will want my arm warmers and maybe long fingered gloves.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Labor Day Ride to Sasser

This morningI had fun riding my bike to Sasser, GA with some of my friends.  It was a wonderful ride and I enjoyed riding down country roads taking the full lane and talking at ease.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Cobbles of Baconton

For the second day in a row I took my bike commute down south of Albany to the town of Newton.  the route from Newton to Albany goes through the town of Baconton via the historic Dixie Highway, old Georgia State Route 3.  The Dixie highway between Camilla, GA and the Albany City limits is some of the bumpiest road that I know of.  I have nicknamed it the Cobbles of Baconton.  I love riding on the Dixie Highway because it is so low traffic and scenic, but the bumps sometimes really get to me.  Well this week I decided to disappear my dislike for the bumps by riding it more than once.

I am always in training so riding the Cobbles of Baconton will prepare me for longer rides and help me to comply with Velominati rule number 5.

It is a rare occasion that I am number one in the standings, but as of 9/1/2015 at 11:40 AM I am in first place.  I am sure as other rides post their mileage I will fall out of this spot, but for now I am enjoying it.

The Dixie Highway goes through some large pecan orchards.  Local pecan growers are being bought out by a large company based in Texas, National Pecan Co.  I spotted a few of their new signs on orchards this week.
Pecan orchard

Big moon was great for the first two hours of riding in the dark