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…Too Long… January 30, 2017

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So, it’s been too long.

Too long since I last posted.

Too long since I last rode.

Too long since I last tuned a bike.

Too long since I sat on a trainer in the winter.

Too long since I bought a new bike.

Too long since I gave away my last bike.

It’s just been too long.

I don’t currently have a bike. My Long Haul Trucker was a tad big. I did the best I could with it, but couldn’t get it there. Seat adjustments. Shorter stem. Just couldn’t get it right. It’s in good hands now and will get ridden as it deserves to be ridden.

Come mid-March, I’ll (hopefully) get a bit of a bonus from work. After paying back a couple debts, I’ll be bike shopping. It’s time to get back in the saddle.

I’ll set it up as a commuter with fenders and racks and lights. It’ll be a bit heavy, but so am I. I’d rather have the bike setup to ride to and from work than kept as a road bike when I don’t do real road-biking.

What I’ll need:

  • Shoes: I prefer mountain biking or touring shoes. Something with a soft sole to walk in since I’ll be using it for commuting as well as weekend rides.
  • Helmet: Eh. Don’t care which.
  • Gloves: I need good gloves. I’m not convinced the gel gloves are any better than just a good pair of leather biking gloves.
  • Bar Tape: I like good bar tape. Something that matches the saddle. Leather.
  • Saddle: Brooks. Only a Brooks.
  • Pedals: Crank Bros. Candy 3.
  • Bike: Surly. Cross-Check. Preferably the black.
  • Accessories: Fenders. Lights. Racks.

That’s what I’m hoping to put together this spring…

http://surlybikes.com/bikes/cross_check

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…New Bike?… January 23, 2013

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So, I have been thinking about getting a new bike. After much deliberation and review, I’m going to email a local bike builder: http://www.andersoncustombicycles.com/index.htm

I’ll keep you updated. Mahalo.

…Tire Patch… September 9, 2012

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So, I patched my tire up last week in order to get home from work after a rear flat tire.

A couple days later, I put a little more air in the tire and was getting ready to ride to work when it blew up on me. Absolutely and catastrophically blew up. Sounded like a gunshot. Not the kind of gunshot when someone on a nearby farm is out shooting crows, but the kind where you weren’t paying attention at the range and the guy next to you let a shot off with a 44 magnum.

Lesson? Go back to the good patches with the vulcanizing glue. Don’t use the cheap pre-glued patches.

…Someone’s Touring Setup Video… September 9, 2012

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…August mileage… September 4, 2012

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So, I’ve finally settled into somewhat of a groove for commuting to and from work on my Surly LHT.

I managed over 135 commuting miles in August. With my varied, but often late shifts, many of those miles were riding home around midnight.

Really glad I ordered those spoke lights from Think Geek. They really attract the attention I need to be seen.

On tonight’s commute, I got my first flat in a long time. Got a little shred of green glass wedged into my rear tire.

Fortunately, I was able to patch it and be on my way. It was a good reminder to occasionally go through the items I carry regularly. Tonight I found my vulcanizing glue had long since dried up.

Thankfully, I carry a bunch of pre-glued patches. Specifically, I carry three packages of a dozen patches each.

Why? Well, if I keep them on the bike, I should always know where they are at.

Besides, over-prepared is still prepared.

…333… August 11, 2012

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Well, again it has been a long time since I’ve posted. Unfortunately, I’ve been hit with compulsions for hobby after hobby since retiring from the Navy. Since my schedule better allows me to pursue these… I have.

…and it shows.

At work, several of us decided to put together our own “Biggest Loser” contest. Weigh-ins were last week. I came in at 333 lbs. Yikes. Super yikes. Mega yikes. Really, I was speechless. But, as the song goes, “the race is on.”

I’ve committed to commuting the 10.2 miles to work by bike. I’ve committed to a better plan for food. I’ve committed to regaining my old self by losing a good chunk of my new self.

Here is a pic of my bike rigged for commuting, minus the Arkel bags:

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So, what’s my goal? The same as my goal when I started this journey in Hawaii years ago… a healthy change in how I live and what I do. To be healthier and happier. To bike to work. To work to live. To live to bike. To get back on the bike.