Thursday, December 31, 2009
Total Miles 3185 2861 3328
Total Rides 126 108 109
Average Speed 10.5 11 11
Average Miles per Ride 25.3 26.5 30.5
Bikejournal Ranking 1643 1968 1516
Bentrideronline Ranking 49 76 76
I am very happy with this years riding and stats.
I look forward to what the new decade brings.
Perhaps a new bike?
KEEP RIDING !!!!
I woke up this morning and found light snow falling with about 1 inch on the ground. I thought what a great way to end an excellent cycling year. Unfortunately, the weather began to change and the snow converted to sleet. I managed to get in 10 safe miles.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
It snowed 15 inches and it's not even winter. My wife and I shoveled out the driveway in order to get the cars and my bike out. I have been having cabin fever and decided to take the trike out for a quick winter spin around the block. Slipping and sliding on the snow/ice patches can only be accomplished on a trike. I took some raw video to help depict the awesome experience. I hope you can appreciate my excitement.
Monday, December 7, 2009
I did my 1st real 09 winter ride. Boy was it cold. Temps in the low 30's, overcast and thankfully little wind. Leftover snow still on the ground. I had been couped up in the house the past 2 days unable to ride. It had gotten to me, so today I dressed up like a black abominable snow man and off I went. I decided to play it by ear and see how I felt. It was raw outside so a modest 24.5 miles was done. As chilly as it was I did see 3 other cyclists. The one great thing about winter triking is you don't have to worry about slipping or skidding on ice patches.
Ironically, as I write this, a package arrived of No Show Darn Tough socks I ordered for the summer.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
It's been a great cycling year for me. I reached my goal of 3K miles in less than a year. I also turned 10,000 miles on my very Sweetened ICE T. This is my 3 rd trike and by far the best. I have added all my creature comforts and tweaked the bike to my perfect specifications, so it fits me like a glove. It has been such a joy to ride that it has become my only ride. It is a keeper. The folks at ICE have not only done their homework, but continued their great customer support. I know 10 K is just the beginning and look forward to many more miles.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Today I accomplished my annual mileage goal of 3,000 miles. I needed 18+ miles to hit 3k, but because it was such a beautiful day, I decided to do 46 mi. It started off brisk in the mid 30's and finished in the beautiful mid 50's. Sun shinning the entire time with winds under 9mph. I still have another month to go for the year so I expect to finish with additional miles. I am also just 25 miles short of hitting 10,000 miles on my T which is now less than 3.5 yrs old. My next ride will take care of that.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Went out this morning for a 31 miler. Temps started in the upper 30's with negligible winds. Wore a long sleeve shirt and light wind jacket. Ten miles into the ride and the jacket came off. By the time I got home, I could have ridden in shorts and a T Shirt. Not too many days like this left.
Another great thing about today's ride was meeting up with some more old cycling buddies riding in the opposite direction. As we passed they all yelled out. Hey Marty!!! I had some great BikeVA adventures with these guys and gals.
Riding my trike makes it hard to keep up with my fast paced friends so I ride alone. It's not a problem as I enjoy the solitude. I am contemplating getting another LWB for faster rides when I wish to Join my friends. In the mean time I'll be enjoying the ride.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Went out for a nice 23 miler Sunday morning ride. Temps low 50's, wind gusts up to 11mph, bright sun shine. The nice thing about Sunday morning rides is the quiet. Most people sleep late, relax reading the paper, and generally not in a hurry to go. This makes for a nice relaxing ride and that is just what I had.
Sometimes words just can't express my feelings and emotions. I like using pictures and video. I believe this to be a window bringing you closer to the experience.
I hope you can enjoy my ride.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I have this bug lately to get myself a new bent. After getting bitten by the trike bug, my beloved Stratus and Rocket began to collect dust and garage space was at a premium, so they were sold. I now have sellers remorse.
There is a bike shop about 25 miles away that sells recumbents. I called yesterday to see if they had in stock what I might be interested in and they did among others. I Map Quested my route through as much rural area as possible and checked the weather. It was going to be a fifty miler day plus test riding. I was not sure if I was up to that many miles. I decided to play it by ear. The weather was on the money and that bug of testing what might be my next new bent was too much to bear.
I arrived at the shop refreshed and the owner was most accommodating. Not only did he have the bike I wanted to test, but, it had the seat I most wanted to try. My test ride did not live up to my expectations. I tried a few more bents, none of which called my name. I said my thanks and got back on my trike for the ride home. My T seemed exceptionally comfortable. The ride back was 1.5 miles shorter, but seemed even quicker.
I quenched my thirst for a new bent and did it with a ride on one of the 10 best riding days of the year. This is what I call a Marty Day.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
It's that time of year for me to replace tires, chain and rear cassette. I still have dimple left on my Tioga Comp Pool tires, but I like to have some good thick rubber for the upcoming winter weather. I have packed up my Motorhome and brought it back from the shore. The salt air and sand from the shore is devastating to bikes. My chain has signs of rust. You can't replace the chain without replacing the rear cassette. It is 5K miles since my last overhaul. I decided to purchase all parts from 1 retailer instead of shopping around and saving more money. I am not totally happy with the service of this well known dealer, but, everything arrived as ordered and the tires were not folded.
I put things together starting with the cassette(Sram 970 11-32), the chain(Sram 951) and tires(my favorite Tioga Comp pool). I must need remedial chain wrapping as I had to look at my other bike for routing.
You can see by the pics how rusted the chain got in just 4 days and a 10 mile rainy ride. I believe I could have gotten another 2k miles from the tires. The front tires on a trike wear faster and hence were the ones I replaced. The rear tire had less than 200 mi and was taken off my sons old WW in lieu of a Big Apple. At $20 ea I have no problem replacing these tires sooner than needed.
Replacing these parts makes it feel like a new ride and ready for the winter months. Soon it will be time for the fairing.
I am a NERD.(Never Enough Riding Days)
Sunday, August 30, 2009
After a 1/2 hr of catching up on things with Jay and Dave I continued my ride. It was becoming such a beautiful day I felt the wind was always at my back and I could ride forever. As much as I would have liked that I had to get back for some enjoyable family obligations of watching my grandson.
As I was riding back thinking of what I might write a small red car pulls up next to me and says, "Wow twice in one day". It was Jay riding home in his car from his ride with Dave.
What a great day riding and meeting up with some great old friends.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
The roof rack looked great on the car. Now how to attach my trike. It became a problem as the trikes width is a hair smaller than the rack's width. I decided to put 1 wheel on the inside and 1 wheel on the outside of the tracks. Seemed like a good idea. I secured it to the rails with various straps. It worked OK going down, but not on the way back. I had to stop 4 times and re secure or loose the trike.
Today on my ride I thought about adding some sort of aluminum channel. I put the trike on the car to see how it really fit so I could determine the parts I would need. As it turned out I found out if I put the 2 cross bars about 6 in apart I could cradle the tires. It looked great and seemed very secure with adequate tie downs. I didn't like the idea of not being able to fully open the trunk as the rear wheel came down a bit on it. I used the same concept only reversed the trike and placement of the cross bars. It is even easier to roll the trike up the front hood than the rear hatch. All works without a problem. I wouldn't do this with a new car. Fortunately this car owes me nothing and has many dings, scratches and scars. I still prefer to carry my trike inside, but that is not always possible and this works economically for now.
I have added some pictures. Please note the seat and rack are normally removed.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The reason I think it made no difference in speed for me is that there is a small bend compared to other bikes. On my old Terra trike 3.4 I hated that maximum bend in their drive chain and felt like it robbed me of power. On my son's Terra trike(now sold) he bought the Terracycle kit for the front and it made a huge difference. That bike was much faster.
I wanted to stay within the original design and like having the chain tubes. The idler is a thing of beauty and it dropped in perfectly. I used to see a small deviation of the chain when spinning which is now gone. It is quiet and smooth. Efficiency wise, I don't think it made a difference on my trike, but, I could see how it would on bikes with more tortuous chain lines. My old Stratus had 20k with the original idler.
Terracycle takes pride in their work and products and there customer service is outstanding.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
I have finished my new DF bike. It does add to the thrill of riding something unique. It gives me the same excitement as riding a recumbent. I have sold my LWB Stratus and my SWB Rocket which has left me with my ICE T Trike. It is like Ying and Yang. My Trike is so low and sweet. My new Fuji DF is tall, stable, comfortable and fun. I never would have thought I would return to the dark side of DF. When I ride my trike I feel low, stable, confident and comfortable. When I ride my new Fuji tourer, I feel Like a tall billboard, but still have the comfort, stability and confidence and most of all thrill of riding. Who would think.
Here are the Stats on my Fuji.
1. 08 Leftover Fuji Touring Bike off Ebay
2. Nitto North Handlebar
3. Odyssey pedals (my all time favorites)
4. SKS Silver Fenders (very good quality and looks)
5. Cannonade Panniers. Built in frame stiffeners. Always look good and hold a lot.
6. Planet Bikes Binky Super flash. Amazing rear light
7. Planet Bikes 1W Blaze front led light. Very bright, wish it did not come in white.
8. Seguino XD 600 165 26/36/46 crank. It's on all my bikes
9. Shimano Barend shifters. Rock solid.
10. B67 Brooks saddle. Slippery but very comfortable.
11. Miracle mirror with home made barend mount. Much better than 3rd eye glass mount.
12. Sponge grips. Works for me
13. Nashbar quill 40 deg stem. Extra height very comfortable.
14. Nashbar cheep kick stand. Works fine
15. Tire pump. Have to have it.
16. Tecktro Brakes. Very ergonomic