Sunday, January 31, 2016

January 2016 is in the books

I have gotten off to a slow start this January by only commuting 12 days.  I only rode 458 miles this month, but I am happy to be riding my bike again this winter.  I have had a few mornings in the low twenties and some thunder storms in the mid thirties.  One thing that I have learned over the years is:
"There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing." 
-- Sir Rannulph Fiennes
This is the first winter that I am wearing two pair of shoe covers to keep my feet warm on cold mornings.  So far it is working great.  My trick is to not only remain warm on my 25 mile one way to work in the morning, but to keep warm after I start to sweat.  I never want to get too warm when I am riding in the cold mornings where the temperature drops below 25 degrees. I like wearing my ShowerPass Elite because I can regulate my core body temperature by opening and closing the two zippers underneath my arms.

I always were two pair of gloves during cold days.  What I am doing this year that is new to me is I wear a long fingered glove underneath my finger less gloves for more padding on those mornings when it is not so cold.  On really cold mornings I wear my full fingered gloves underneath my clam finger gloves.  My Seal Skin water proof gloves bit the dust last winter.  I had those gloves since I was bike commuting in Portland back in the late 1980's.  I still have the Seal Skin socks that keep my feet toasty on cold mornings.  I will have to replace those gloves soon.

On January 24, 2016 I took my bike to Podium Multi Sport for a tune up a few weeks ago.  I wore out my rear break and my Dura Ace cassette in one year of 10,081 miles.  I got a new chain, my third since I have owned the bike.  My bike got a bike wash so the pictures below are right after the new cassette was installed.  I may never have it this clean again.

 This year I am riding with less concern about how fast I am going.  I want to focus on being health and storng for the full year.  Last year I had 466 cycling events.  This year I want to have more days on my bike during the week and still ride 10,000 miles.

It is hard getting up from a warm bed and riding to work in the winter.  Once I start putting on my kit I get into the bike commuting mode.  When I am finally out the door I look back at how I felt 20 minutes ago when I was wondering if I felt like riding to work and I feel stupid to think that I would not be enjoying the morning blast of cold air on my face as I ride into the darkness on my bike.

As a final note about last year and the year in front of me I am glad that I doubled down and bought a top of the line  Busch & Müller Luxos U IQ2 lighting system.  I rode my first ride with the new lighting system on January 14, 2015.  I ride most of my commute in the dark.  I ride a lot in the dark in the winter.  In the summer I ride long rides that have lots of dark hours.  I am glad that I have a lighting system that allows me to see the whoel road and motor vehicles can see me.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dougherty County-Albany linking up trails

I was on the local news on January 19, 2016.  I have been going to meetings for a few years now working on the Broad Street Bridge and now rails to trails and other multi use trails in Albany, GA.  I was quite surprised when I was asked to speak to two local news companies to talk about cycling.  Here is a link to the WALB article.

Posted: Jan 19, 2016 8:25 PM PST
Updated: Jan 19, 2016 8:32 PM PST
By Sade Hurst 
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -Some Albany area leaders envision an intricate system of inter-connected trails and parks they hope will help transform the city.
They started work Tuesday on a new Greenway System master plan.
Soon, multiple trails along the Flint River and throughout Albany and Dougherty County may be linked together. And many people can't wait.
"I  love riding my bike and I am really happy that we're going to have more infrastructure that's safer to get more people riding their bikes here in Albany," said cyclist Lonnie Wormley.  

Photo by Sade Hurst WALB news Albany, GA

Monday, January 11, 2016

But It Is A Dry Cold

Stats at Leary Road and Eight Mile Road
My Garmin read as low as 23 degrees on my 25 mile commute to work today.  I enjoy the game of calculating what gear will work in cold weather. This year I have moved layering to my shoe covers.  I could not find a replacement for my neoprene Perl Izumi shoe covers, so instead I am using two.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Flint River Lunch Ride

I rode my bike to lunch today.  I wanted to take some pictures of high water in the Flint river.  Below is a copy of the flood warning.

Issued by The National Weather Service,
Tallahassee, FL 9:34 am EST, Tue Jan 5 

Flood warning extended until Thursday morning... The flood warning continues for the Flint River at Albany.  Until Thursday morning.  At 9:15 am Tuesday the stage was 28.3 feet.  Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.  Flood stage is 26.0 feet.  Forecast: the river will continue to fall to below flood stage by Thursday morning.  Impact: at 29.0 feet: flooding will begin in the lowest elevations along Third Avenue, Highland Avenue, and Front Street.

Photos and video from my lunch ride.