Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Stats

2009 2008 2007

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 !!!!

Last Ride for 2009

videoI 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.

Wishing all of you a HAPPY NEW YEAR, video

KEEP RIDING!!!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I HAD TO DO IT




After 5 days of sub freezing temps and a 15 inch nor'easter I had to get out on my trike. I couldn't take it anymore. I put on all the warm clothes I could muster and braved the elements. 24 degrees with winds in the high teens made it feel like the single digits. I felt like a Popsicle and the worst part was my toes. I lost feelings in them at about 10 miles. I was debating between 16 mi and 24 mi. The problem was I had to make up my mind at 5 mi. I decided to brave it. Big mistake. At 10 mi I had enough. I began to look for a quicker way back. I had to ride some major highways and after all was said and done, I rode 20 mi.
The one great thing about riding a trike in the winter is you don't have to worry about the wheels slipping out on ice or snow. In fact that is one of the fun parts. The thing you do have to watch out for, like all bikes, is the cold and frostbite.
I love riding and do it all year long, but, sometimes you have to know your own limits.
KEEP RIDING!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

videoIt 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.

KEEP RIDING!!!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Baby It's Cold Out There

videoI 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.

KEEP RIDING!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

10K on My Sweetened ICE T

videoIt'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.

KEEP RIDING!!!!