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.
I recently noticed cracks in 3 of my fenders. One Planet bike fender on my Greenway and two SKS fenders on my ICE T. I was surprised about the Greenway as it's only 2 yrs old but research showed Planet bike fenders do not last and crack at the stays. The ICE T is 8 yrs old and the fenders have been rock solid till now so no real complaints. Either way, fenders are difficult and costly to replace especially on recumbents, but they are a must have in my book. A couple of years back I had an 8 inch crack in the holding tank of my RV from a blow-out. Talk about costly repairs. I found this product called Plasti-Mend which bonds by melting into the original plastic. That $50 product saved me thousands of dollars. I decided that would be the way to go. While waiting for delivery I used good old fashion duct tape to keep things together. Today I made the repairs on all 3 fenders. It's not pretty but it's stronger than original and I have plenty left for future cracks or breaks.
I was pedaling along a quiet country road when I looked in my mirror and found another cyclist drafting off me. Well maybe not drafting as I was only going 10 mph. After about a quarter mile a car zooms past with his horn waling. The driver then puts his hand out the window giving us the finger. My immediate reaction was to put both hands in the air giving back a double "Italian Salute". The other cyclists exclaims "I'm with you on that one" The next thing I know the car stops ahead in the middle of the road. I pedal up fast to the drivers door and figure this guys got balls as there are 2 of us. To my surprise the other cyclist passes the car quietly and rides off leaving me alone with this maniac. I said "what's your problem"? He said "you should have pulled over". I said "this road is not big enough for you Asshole". He then said I had an attitude problem. I said, I do now you fuck'n asshole. He then tried to run me over. I was now seeing red and was overcome with rage. I jumped off my bike and then said he needs to get out of his car so I can stick that cigarette up his ass. This 62 yr old 5'7" raging bull was out of control. As I lunged for his neck he drove off leaving me shaken. By now a few cars had stopped asking if I was OK and not to let him ruin my day. I gave a passing nod of gratitude, hopped on my bike and pedaled away.
I will have to go back to my smile and wave attitude.
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We are now halfway through the year and I have almost 3300 miles in 85 days. Outstanding considering how painfully long this Winter was. What I realized is that June seems to be my best month with 925 miles in 26 days. Looking back a few years June consistently was the month with the most miles. I even placed 5 for June in NJ in the National Bike Challenge. Very good considering I finished 30 in May. I don't think I will have a year like last and frankly don't care. I'm just happy I still enjoy the ride.
I like to think of myself as a cycling advocate but I'm not one to go march on Washington. IMHO building more bike paths only reinforces the notion that bicycles don't belong on the road. It also never made sense to me to put your bike on your car, drive 40 miles round trip to do a 40 mile club ride. I understand some people are just not comfortable riding their bikes on the open road so for them any way they can get out and ride is good. For me cycling is exercise, sport, transportation and just a fun way to enjoy the outdoors.
Today's ride was a typical day for me. I got to enjoy this great weather, stayed in shape with 42 miles, saw some beautiful countryside, witnessed a giant turtle crossing and got the best parking spot in front of my favorite store.
That's how I do it.