Monday, May 30, 2011

You Know You're a Commuter When

Today I did my first commute to work by bike on my latest job.  We have had some great warm, hot, hazy days of summer.  I decided to commute the 10 miles on my Fuji tourer to work today on Memorial Day.  I gave myself plenty of time and decided to relax and enjoy the early morning commute.  Weather was warm,  with almost no cars on the road at 5:30 am.  I felt it would be a nice ride.  With only 4 miles to go I noticed the sun was obscured and there was a faint mist in the air.  Seconds later the rain set in and it started to pour.  I hit every puddle imaginable and arrived work totally drenched.  I new my sneakers were soaked but I felt confident my uniform would remain dry in my Arkel Bag.  As things turned out my water bottle filled with Gatorade had leaked in my bag making my uniform totally saturated..  I was a mess and my collegues had a good laugh.  Fortunately, my place at work, has it's own laundry and I was able to to get things dried, including my sneakers in reasonable time.  Being a holiday things were pretty quiet and the day was uneventful.  After my 12 hr shift I changed back into my dry commuter clothes and road home.
Like camping, you are not a true commuter until your have commuted in the rain.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Slow and Steady

It was one of those summery Triple H Days.  I wanted a nice relaxing long ride.  The only way to complete this 52 miler was a slow and steady pace.  No point in rushing as I had no place I had to be.  It seemed there were many cyclists out today.  I guess people were getting an early start to this holiday weekend.  Everyone seemed in a great mood.  I was getting cool bike from the Hammerhead cyclists and cars were giving me nice waves and smiles and taking there time when passing.  Seemed people just felt good that summer has finally arrived. 

Thursday, May 26, 2011

New Walz Cap

From Website

Fun with Grandsons ball
I just purchased another Walz Cap in moisture wicking material.  It is highly visible bright yellow.  Goes great with my yellow shirt in previous post.  The new caps have a bigger firmer brim.  Great for wearing under helmet or alone.  Large brim keeps sun off forehead and eyes.  I love their wool winter cap with ear muffs.  I have become quite a fan.
 100% circular knit polyester
- Lightweight (7 oz.) fabric
Wicking finish draws moisture away
Fabric stays breathable
Available in two sizes

Helps you, 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fun House

Today while enjoying my warm 32 mile ride, I love looking at myself as I pass this driveway mirror.  It makes me feel like I am a kid in the fun house.  You never know what's just around the corner.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

My World At 10 MPH

Country Road

Frequent Cyclist Rest Stop

Horse Farm

Field Preperation

Got Milk
The weather has been a bit British the past few weeks.  Today I was able to get in a 35 miler.  What I realized was just outside, in my own backyard, was some amazing scenery that could only be appreciated at 10 MPH.  Sometimes you just have to open your eyes to notice the beauty that surrounds you.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rocket Chair

I purchased this new old Rocket back in December.  Although my trike is my favorite ride, I have been enjoying the Rocket.  The Rans seat is not as I remembered, so I decided to try the Euromesh seat.  In addition I found the Chainsaw 62 tooth big ring was too high and the 42 tooth little ring not low enough.  I purchased the Euromesh seat with 2 inch foam and seat cover, 38 t chainring and bolts for double chainring from Mark of Poweroncyling.  The seat took about an hour to drill new holes and mount.  The middle 52 t chainring went to the outside and the new 38 t went to the middle, making it a double instead of the triple it was.  I adjusted the front derailer and reduced the chain without a hitch.  I must say it does look and feel more sleek.  Not wanting to purchase another seat bag I decided I could easily mount my Arkel Tailrider.
Today I was able to get in a 22 mile test ride and all works great.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

It was just one of those perfect days.  Temps in the 70's with minimal winds and sunshine galore.  I decided early I was going to relax and enjoy this day to the max.  I chose my favorite 50 miler in the scenic back roads of Monmouth County where horses and cows are common and cars are not.  It was all of that and more.  A magical day.