A bit chilly this morning. I could have used a pair of gloves. Nice and warm for the ride home. My new Cygolite works great now that dawn is later. The staff likes when I bike to work as I always bring DD Munchkins.
I have been a high roller the last few years and decided to check my chains for wear. It was no surprise to learn my ICE T was well worn. It's been my bike of choice this year. The Stratus has a lot of miles with 2013 being it's big year. I was a bit surprised with the Greenway. it only has 3500 miles. All chains show greater than 75% wear. I have to question the accuracy of the tool. Either way I decided to replace all 3 bents. 9 chains and 4 cassettes later I now have peace of mind.
I also had a broken rear fender on both the Greenway and ICE T. Thanks to PlanetBike's honorable service I got the Greenway fender under warranty. I found a nice SKS fender set for a folder that worked great as a replacement on my T.
All is good again.
Not here in my Garden State. After that long harsh Winter I was longing for some hot weather. Did anyone tell the Weather God's it's August? I don't think we have had more than a handful of days above 85. Mind you I"m not complaining as the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. Early morning temps 60 climbing into to the high 70's with light winds under 10 mph. Bright sunshine and no humidity. You couldn't ask for nicer weather and what better way to enjoy it than by the seat of a bicycle.
It's been crazy around here and my riding time has been combined with errands, and life's obligations. It promised to be beautiful with bright sunshine, temps in the upper 70's, light winds and low humidity. I decided to put life on hold and just enjoy the day. I rode 51 miles in 6 hrs with plenty of time to stop, smell the roses and go shutter crazy. There were no honking horns just open windows with smiles and waves.
What a great day!
I just purchased a new Bike-Packing Tent, Taron 2 from Eureka. My old Eureka lasted more than 14 years but has become a bit brittle from UV damage. I love the full rain-fly and large vestibule on this model. It allows me to keep panniers and bags outside the tent, but protected. It's not the smallest or lightest but at $135 it offers great comfort and features which is worth the extra pound after a long day on the road.
I can't wait for my next trip.