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.