Friday, February 17, 2017

Ortlieb and Jandd Rack Live to Ride Again

My bike right after getting it from Cycle World bike shop.  I had a new taller seat post and had my rear rack mounted.

This rear Expedition Rear Rack Tall Boy - 29er by Jandd was purchased in 2002. Rated for 75 pounds

Here is my bike with the Ortliebs Back-Roller Classic. These were purchased in 2002 in Portland, OR

The well worn product label

Rear view of the bike.
Today I completed my commuter bike build.  I am not going to be doing my normal 15 mile loop through the countryside bike commute for a while.  riding my road bike for a short commute takes too much time to put on the extra gear.  This bike allows me to quickly get on it in street clothes and take a short ride to work rather slowly without breaking a sweat.

My goal has always been to keep one less car on the road.  So this bike,, while it will not be my choice for riding 50 miles, it certainly is a bike that I will use on short trips to work and to the store.  I can easily carry plenty of stuff in my bike bags without any balancing issues.  The low profile of these bags re perfect for caring large bulky items.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Road Bike Road Test

Today after the my 10 minute commute home I decided to ride my road bike.  My orthopedic surgeon , Dr. Pilcher, told me this week during my check up that I could ride my big boy bike.  For the past few weeks I have been riding my cruiser.  I love my cruiser, but it does not give me the special feeling that I get when I ride my road bike.

I wanted to see how much power I had left in my hip.  I wanted to see if I could stand up and pedal without any problems.  The only problems that I am having with my hip is that the joint takes a while to warm up and get loose.  My  surgeon told me that I would experience this feeling for about a year.  In any event it took about 5 miles before I really felt like i was riding without being lopsided.

I had fun.  This ride was a shake down to prepare for my bike commute tomorrow morning.  I am going to take the road bike to work for bike commute number two in 2017.

Monday, February 13, 2017

First Bike Commute of 2017, Finally!

Almost near perfect weather for my short ride to work.  Feet first bikes are lousy hill climbers.  I guess I should not complain since I am use to road bikes for taking hills.
Almost 53 degrees at 7:30 AM, almost too warm for a jacket, but I wore one anyway.

I just had to wear the BCC colors today.
My new parking lot for my bike.
I am going to follow +Aixe Djelal lead and name my bike.  I have named my mountain bikes, the bike color followed by Thumper.  not sure waht to call this bike.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Cox Landing W. Oakridge Drive Loop

Ride Data

Ride Description

Today I wanted to ride one of the routes that I use to consider boring and easy.  The Flint Riverfront Trail is a short 3 mile paved trail that runs from downtown Albany to Cox Landing.  I say that I use to consider this boring because today it was the most exciting ride that I have had in a long time. 

I have written this about my Blog before, but I will state it again, I write this Blog to inspire me.  I have been through a lot of things that have prevented me from riding my bike in the past.  When I have been injured or I am in a depressed mood for some reason, I read my Blog and get inspired by my own words of inspiration about cycling.

Broad Street Bridge

My bike on the Broad Street Bridge
I took a picture similar to this one with my road bike on one of my 25 mile bike commutes.

Here is my cockpit.  Once again I have a rear view mirror mounted on my handlebars.  the last time I had a handlebar mounted mirror was last century.

Look ma, no cycling jersey!.  Flint river looking north with RR trestle in the background.

Flint river looking north with RR trestle in the background.

Storm Damage On The Trial

There were lots of trees were blown down all along the river trail.  The trail was cleared long before my ride

There were lots of trees were blown down all along the river trail.  The trail was cleared long before my ride

There were lots of trees were blown down all along the river trail.  The trail was cleared long before my ride

New Pavement On The Road To The Dam

This dam road use to be a gravel road, now it is paved

This dam road use to be a gravel road, now it is paved

I use to ride this dam road to the dam and cars would cause lots of dust.  now it is paved and easy to get to the dam.
Dam road leads to a dam, Georgia Power Flint River Dam

Lake Worth spillway.

Ride Epilogue

Once again I am at Loews getting parts for my home projects.  Trailer hitch bike rack forces me to take up two spaces in a parking lot.

After the bike ride I fixed the fenders which were rubbing the tires. I threw my Topek multi-tool in my rear trunk bag just like old times.  In my current edition as a cyclist I am back to a state of not worrying about how much weight I am carting. I have ordered a new standard length seat post for the bke.  the original owner was really short and the existing seat post was cut short.  i have it as high as it wil go and I need about three more inches.  I also ordered some real bike rack rails so I can mount my Ortliebs.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Cycle Ti Thunder

I have reinvented myself several times during the course of my life.  If I could leave one bit of advice to my children and any other young person that will listen it is this,
Whatever you are doing today, it most like will not what you will be doing tomorrow.  You can either wait until someone else decides your fate or you can choose the path that you want to take.
I have always thought of myself as an artist and a cyclist.  I have had other roles in my life, son, brother, husband, dad, and a coworker at a few companies.  Some of those roles I was born into and others I sort of stumbled into with the exception of being an artist and cyclist.  I chose and continue to strive to be an artist and a cyclist as a way of allowing me to be the best that I can be in my other roles that I have.

Lately I have been struggling to maintain my role as a cyclist.  I am coming out of my second major bicycling accident that I have had in the last two years.  Bouncing back after being hit by a car was the hardest thing that I had to overcome psychologically. Overcoming the fear of being hit again while riding my bike was a hard thing to over come, but I did.  Falling off of my mountain bike and striking a rock and snapping my femur in two right at the ball joint was a real shock.  I am taking longer to recover my strength after a hip replacement than I did after my vascular abdominal surgery.

So today after work I decided to ride my bike to work and back.  I recently got transferred to a different group in the IT department where I work.   Albany State University and Darton College have been consolidated.  Right now there are two campuses, East (the original ASU campus), where I use to work and West  (the former Darton campus) where I started working this week.  The West Campus is closer to my home and takes about 10 minutes to get to in my truck as compared to 30 minutes drive to the East Campus. I have taken the short commute to work on my road bike to the East campus and it is about 9 miles.  The trip one way to the West campus is about 4.7 mikes.  I can ride this route on my bicycle in my sleep with ease. 26 inch tires are not my favorite, but they will do for now.

I love riding a bike.  Let me repeat this, I love riding a bike. In all of the roles of my life I have owned and ridden a bicycle.  I am fortunate to have three bicycles at the moment.  I have a bike for every type of cycling I will ever do.  I have my Trek Pure, cruiser bike, I have a Norco Torrent 7.2 mountain bike, and I have a Seven Cycles 622 SLX. Tonight and for the past month I have been riding my cruiser bike.  My cruiser bike is a bike commuters dream bike, a Trek Pure Feet First.

My Trek Pure has fenders,, perfect for rain.
This evening as I rode through some of the neighborhoods that sustained damage from the storms I thought about how fortunate I was to live in a city that I have cycled all over for the past few years.  I know all of the ways to get to and from work with or without getting on busy streets.  When I take this bike commute route to work it will be the shortest bike commute I have ever had in my life.  In the past I have been known to take the long way to work, but for the near future I will be taking the most direct and safest route to work.  Sometimes it is the little things that make life so sweet.

So this is an introduction to my new nick name.  I am adding Ti to my Cycle Thunder moniker.  I have always loved titanium as a material for bicycles, and now I have titanium for my body parts.

Cycle Ti Thunder is me, riding just behind the lightning like thunder with a titanium hip joint.  I am not going to push myself by setting any mileage or speed goals like I have done in the past.  I am just going to enjoy the wind in my face as I ride my bicycle.  One of the memories from my accident that I will always cherish is the times when I was leaving my orthopedic surgeons office.  I would be in the elevator and other women patients much older than I with canes would hold the elevator door while I got off with my walker.  then they would pass me and make their way to their car.  I would try to keep up with them,, but they would leave me in the dust.

It has been over four months since I had my hip replaced.  I can appreciate so much more in my life, like walking and caring a cup of coffee without my wife's help. I will never take riding a bicycle for granted.