Year 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
Total miles 4714 5354 3185 2861 3328
Total rides 159 183 126 108 109
Average speed 10.3 10.3 10.5 11 11
Average miles per ride 29.6 29.3 25.3 26.5 30.5
Bikejournal rating 829 655 1643 1968 1516
Bentrider rating 24 17 49 76 76
Although I am 600 miles and 14 rides less than last year, I am still quite proud of my 4700 miles.
My goal is to use my bike as much as possible and keep it fun. I have done as many miles on my bike as in my car. It has been a fantastic year. I look forward to next years cycling adventures.
Happy New Year and Safe Cycling
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Saturday, December 17, 2011
I headed out this morning with temps in the mid 30's and winds under 10 mph. It was the beginning of a beautiful December day. I wore my Walz wool cap with ear-muffs, windbreaker jacket, hoodie, Sporthill winter shirt and pants, wool socks and wool mittens with liners. It seemed just right. I was hoping to shed some clothes but the clouds thickened and the wind picked up. By the end of this 36 mile ride it looked more like snow. It was still nice to get out on this brisk December day. There were quit a few other cyclists out enjoying the day. Deer were also abundant but, as usual, camera shy. My daily distance has diminished due to the season. I hope to have more rides like this and keep that winter fur to a minimum.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I have about 4,000 miles on my Schwalbe Marathon Racer tires. I thought a review at this time would be appropriate. As you can see from the photos there is little wear for bicycle tires with this much milage. This compares favorably to my old Kenda Kwest. I believe I could get another year out of these tires. I had only 2 flats in the 8 months, which is on par with my track record. The 2 flats were on the right front tire, where the most road debris is. The holes were tinny in nature and centered on the tire. Not sure of Schwalbe flat protection. The ride is good, but not as good as my all time favorite Tioga Comp Pool tires(no longer manufactured). I find 50-55psi offers the best comfort and rolling resistance on a trike. Traction seems fine although I don't do much mud slinging. I purchased these tires on sale from Utah Trikes at $25 each plus shipping. I believe they are now $32. These are very good tires and are serving me well. I do prefer 1.75 tires with a tread-less design. The only ones now made close in design is Greenspeed Scorchers, which are expensive and don't last long and Schwalbe's Durano and Kojak, also expensive and narrower. Schwalbe does make 1.75 tires that are very durable but have a significant weight penalty. In summary, I am pleased with my purchase and overwhelmingly happy with tread life.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Today I rode 7 miles to a meeting, 10 miles to work, 10 miles to the bank and then 3 miles home, for a total of 30 miles. I love days like this especially when the weather cooperates. I have got to the point were I only put about 10 gallons of gas in my car a month. This year I think I put more miles on my bike than my car. Not only does it make my footprint smaller, but my waste too.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Saturday, November 26, 2011
Friday, November 25, 2011
Today, the day after Thanksgiving, was a beautiful but windy day. With temps in the 30's, I decided to bundle up for that morning chill. I put on a warm long sleeve shirt, pants, wool socks, a fleece, my wool cap with ear-muffs and wool mittens. Within an hour things warmed up quite nice and I shed most of my winter gear. My wife was working so I was able to get in some extra miles without feeling guilty. I finished the day at just over 50 miles. To my surprise I have not done a ride over 40 miles since August.
Monday, November 14, 2011
|Micro Shift 3x9 Shifter|
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It's hard to imagine that it is the second week in November. Temps today a balmy 60+ with pure sunshine. Strange to see Autumn leaves falling in spring weather. If I had gone out a few hours later I could have worn a short sleeve shirt and shorts. Makes me want to move to warmer climates.
Sunday, November 6, 2011
I ordered more tubes, a fresh patch kit and am awaiting my new shifter. In the mean time my patched tube held up and my broken right shifter is tolerable in friction mode only. There was no excuse not to cycle on this beautiful day. In fact I passed many cyclists enjoying this weather. I just love the tunnel effect the trees make on these rural roads.
Friday, November 4, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
I just went through my 3rd pair of Sh_tmano barend shifters. This time the black outer casing and inner ring cracked on the right shifter. It can only be used in friction mode. I have 18k miles on my trike and 3 pair of shifters is unacceptable. I had over 20k on my Stratus with Sram x-9 and never missed a beat. Shifting gears frequently on a recumbent is like banging gears on a tractor trailer but I expect them to last more than 5k miles. I just ordered on eBay for $77 shipped, Microshift TT 3x9 shifters from Taiwan. Hopefully they will be better.
TRYING TO KEEP RIDING!!!
TRYING TO KEEP RIDING!!!
Friday, October 28, 2011
I left early today for my ride. Temps in the low 30's with frost on my car windshield. I dressed in my warm winter clothes, Sporthill Fusion shirt and pants, wool socks, boots, fleece top, windbreaker jacket and Waltz Ear-Flap cap and wool mittens. My clothes were spot on and I was nice and comfy for this 42 miler. Half way into the ride, as the temperatures slowly climbed, I removed my jacket. The hat and gloves remained on as they have there own natural ventilation and wicking ability. It was another beautiful Fall day tucked between a rainy yesterday and what promises to be a rainy tomorrow. With the weather changing, I have to make the most of each day and today was just that.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
My annual goal is 3,000 miles so you can see what an accomplishment this is. Last year I had a record breaking 5,340 miles for the year. I don't think I will break last years record. I am 200 miles and 15 rides short compared to last year at this time. However the year pans out is fine. It has been a fantastic and enjoyable cycling year.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Monday, October 17, 2011
I had a 9am meeting this morning and decided to take my bike. The weather forecast was for sunny 50-60 degrees with winds over 10mph. You know how weather forecasts are. I awoke to light drizzle. Looking out I could see that the clouds had some breaks in them. I decided to do the 7 mile ride and hoped that the forecasters were right. The light rain continued for most of the ride. When the meeting was over, I came out to bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine. I decided to add another 16 miles, making the total ride over 30 miles. The air was fresh and the trees were colorful. Makes you appreciate the changing seasons.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
The past week has probably been the best cycling weather of the year. Weather forcasters predict rain for the next 3 days and dropping temps. Weekend looks good in the 60's with some blustery winds, but, you know how weather predictions go. Today was a fantastic finish to this week with a 40 miler. I took my time in order to savor every moment of what will probably be the last 70 degrees of the year. This was the 3rd time I did the route this week and every day I saw something different. Today I noticed how the leaves were changing and falling in spite of the warm temps. I meet up with 3 women cyclists also enjoying this fine day. It was great to enjoy this day on mans most efficient machine.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
The weather has been fantastic the past few days. It will continue to get warmer over the next couple of days. I had some obligations to do today so I decided to get them done early so I could enjoy this great day. I did the same 41 mile route as the other day. I didn't think it could be better but it was. I never thought the fairing added any speed, but I find I am about a 1/2 mph faster on average than without it. It really doesn't matter as I am a slow rider and like to smell the roses as I go.