Monday, December 26, 2011

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

Somedays It Feels So Right

Thought it was a turtle

Emley's Hill

People who didn't make it up

Green grass

New trail

Round house

Today was one of those days. Not a care in the world. No place I had to be.
Today was a Gift.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 17

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

Marathon Racer Review

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

Utility Day

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

December 1

It certainly was not as warm as my last November ride, but I still enjoyed it.
I have to stop saying "STUFF".