Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

How to lock your bike

Lock position 1

Lock position 2
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.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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 the pack until I turned off at Weymouth to go home.
I thanked the group for the inspiring ride.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Social Cycling

Nice bike rack sponsored by Ride On Bikes
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

The Social Cycling crew before the first ride on day one.

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 north of down down Columbus, GA.  The river front trail is fabulous.

On the first climb of the ride my front derailleur had to be coached into moving to the small chain ring.  I never shift my front derailleur in SW Albany.  After pulling on the cable with my hand the front derailleur shifted OK, but it did not work like it should have.  

After the ride I took my bike into Ride On Bikes.  I knew that I would be doing a lot of shifting on the 100 mile ride which had a lot of climbs on the route.  The bike mechanics noticed right off that my rear tire had a patch showing threads.  I would have had a tire failure on the 100 mile ride if I had not had my tire replaced.  I purchased two tires and put them on at the camp site.  My front derailleur was fixed by Ride On Bikes.  The Durace derailleur has a feature where you can shift a second time to get the derailleur to position itself for the extreme high or low range of the chain when it is in that position on the rear cassette.

Saturday October 10 Day 2

I rode the 100 mile option by myself.  I loved the opportunity to get out and ride some hills.  The front derailleur worked flawlessly thanks to the bike mechanics at Ride On Bikes

Somewhere around mile 50 thee are some really steep rollers.

I love deserted county country roads

Three day beard.

Nothin' but the sound of the wind and the birds
+Lonnie Wormley with my Century SWAG banana

Sunday October 11 Day 3

This is the Social Cycling Crew before the Sunday ride.

The morning found the crew getting up with a relaxed cup of coffee.  Most of us were going to do the 40 mile ride through Fort Benning.

Brew Pub

One of the good discoveries that I found in Columbus was a fantastic Growler store, Maltitude.  Riding a bike by day and sitting around solar powered LED lighting drinking beverages with friends in the evening is the best part of Social cycling.

8 Mile Road

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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

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.
The North Face Canyon Wall Vest no patches

The North Face Canyon Wall Vest with proposed patches positions.
I am considering covering the North Face logo with the small ZORAC patch.

Back of the The North Face Canyon Wall Vest
showing proposed patches positions.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

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.