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…back on the bike…soon… April 13, 2009

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Well, it’s been a long time since I’ve posted. It’s also been a long time since I rode. There has been lots of changes in my life.  I’m going to sum them up real quick before I get to the reason I’m posting tonight.

My son turned 1.
I finished my degree.
I went bear hunting in Alaska.
I am retiring from the Navy.
I have taken a job offer in Minnesota.

I’m sure there’s more that I am forgetting, but I’m eager to tell you about my soon to be new bike.

In the preparations of getting ready to move off the island and back to the mainland, I’ve decided to sell my Specialized Sirrus here and get a new bike on the mainland.

Well, I found the one I want. I’m getting a 62cm 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker in Utility Blue. This is sure to get me out of the non-riding funk I’ve been in, and get me back into commuting and touring.

I’m excited.

 

Surly Long Haul Trucker

Surly Long Haul Trucker

 

I’m getting the bike at a bike shop in Minneapolis, Minnesota called The Hub Bicycle Co-Op. I’ll be picking it up when I move there next month.

As for changes to the bike, I’ll definitely be transferring my broken in Brooks B-17 over to it and my front and rear racks. Beyond that, I’ll be putting some miles on it before I decide.

Wish me luck!

…biking can be tough… April 16, 2008

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Biking in Hawaii? Not so rough.

If you ever want a “perspective-check” to help you realize that whatever conditions and distances you are biking are really not so insurmountable, just Google the name Kathi Hirzinger-Merchant.

She managed a 25 and a half day ride on her fat-tired mountain bike over more than 1000 miles of remote, winter filled, uninhabited Alaskan wilderness.

From a Craig Medred article:

Having already driven a snowmobile from Knik to Nome, she decided this year she had to go by mountain bike, so she dragooned Bill into riding once again. Off they went.

It was not easy.

Here is a bit of what race director Dan McDonough posted to the race Web site:

On their approach to Nome, Bill and Kathi faced “immense winds and cold temperatures. At one point, when they were protected from the constant wind, Kathi looked at the temperature and saw minus 30 degrees … Bill described pushing the bikes at a 45 degree angle to prevent the wind from blowing the bikes away.

“After 25 and a half days Bill was looking forward to having a beer upon his arrival. Instead, when they arrived at 2:58 a.m. they were greeted by one woman on the street who was heading to work.

The only place open for food or drink was a coke machine.

“They celebrated with dehydrated food in Styrofoam coffee cups.”

You can read the full story here: http://www.adn.com/outdoors/story/374243.html

No matter how wet and rainy and/or windy it is here, I just have to remember that I’m biking in Hawaii. It only gets so cold (sometimes in the mid 60’s), and I can only go so far (my trip around the island was less than 160 miles). I won’t starve. I won’t get eaten by a bear.

So, next time you hear me crying about a ride on my blog, remind me that others do more…

…support bike friendly upgrades… April 14, 2008

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More on the Haleiwa Metric Century…

This is a great ride, a beautiful ride. There are hundreds of bicyclists doing this ride. This puts a lot of us on the road at the same time. Driver awareness for bicyclists will be higher than normal, due to the sheer numbers of us.

Riding a bike along this same route is not as safe the rest of the year. In fact, it is one of the more dangerous roads – with no bike paths, high numbers of tourist traffic, narrow roads, angry locals who do not want to share the road.

If you want to be a part of changing this, then add your name to the growing list of people who want the City and County of Honolulu to take immediate action and begin improving conditions along the North Shore, for a bicycle friendly route.

Email “Bicycle Mom” aka the-green-one@hawaii.rr.com with your name and title (parent, teacher, engineer, lawyer, etc). Please include whether you are a bicycle commuter, or a recreational rider.

Read more in the draft proposal she is submitting:

http://www.box.net/shared/jq9naxf28s

You can also download it from the box.net widget on the right side of this blog.

*** Update from “Bicycle Mom” ***

  • 29 Neighborhood Boards supported the bicycle safety resolution
  • Honolulu City Council and OMPO also adopted the resolution
  • The Big Island is currently working on its resolution, and I would like to see Kauai and Maui also adopt resolutions by the end of the year
  • A bill to revise the state traffic code will be introduced at the beginning of the next legislative session.

…2008 Haleiwa Metric Century… April 7, 2008

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If you haven’t already registered, you are running out of time! Packet pickup will be on April 19th. See www.hbl.org for more information.

The Haleiwa Metric Century is a 100km bike ride starting in, you guessed it, Haleiwa. We’ll ride East up and around the North side of the island, all the way down to around Swanzy Beach State Park, then back. It’ll be a great time. Last year, there were over 900 riders.

You can register here: http://www.active.com/event_detail.cfm?CHECKSSO=0&EVENT_ID=1558136

If you are not up for a 100k yet, then try it out with one of the shorter distances. This is a great family ride with lots of well outfitted rest stops, so you should give it a try.

As far as my mileage update for the year, I’m up to over 340 miles since Jan 1st. Not too bad, but it could definitely be better. With the Metric Century at the end of the month, my mileage will jump quite a bit.

…2008 mileage counter… January 5, 2008

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My bike mileage counter for 2008 begins at 826 miles.

Goal for 2008 is 2000 miles.

I didn’t track my miles in 2007 very close. I estimate easily over 1000, but I don’t know how much over. I was off the bike for a couple stretches of several weeks each, once due to shingles on my left thigh and once due to an injury of my right knee.

Assuming no major injuries or setbacks, I should easily clear 2000 miles.

Rides planned for 2008:

  • Sharon’s Ride (Jan) – 100km
  • Haleiwa Metric Century (April) – 100km
  • Honolulu Century (Sep) – 100sm (statute miles)
  • Tour de Tucson (Nov) – 109sm

I may even be doing these on a new (to me) road bike!

So, I’ll see you on the road…

…photos and record time… November 3, 2007

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So, this has been a busy couple months for me. My knee is holding up just great, and I’m back to full speed on the bike. In fact, I broke my commute time record a little over a week ago. I did my commute to work (normally a 16.5-18 min ride) in 15:02. That’s door to door (I can ride my bike from the front door of my house to the door of my shop). My average speed was a record 16.2mph! That’s an average speed. I was cooking down Nimitz Highway at 20-22mph that morning (between lights). Anyway, I’m pretty happy with my time and progress. Oh, and that was on my hybrid with front and rear racks, a trunk bag, front panniers, and about 8 lbs of work stuff…

In other updates, I’ve uploaded photos of the airshow we had here in October, and of my 2yr old picking out her pumpkin. I also found out that my free flickr account will only display the last 200 photos uploaded. So, some of my earlier bike photos won’t display. I’ll decide later whether to upgrade the account, or be more selective about uploaded photos.

Well, the SuperFerry fiasco has made some positive progress. They were able to wade through the pool of crap thrown at them and get a special session where a bill was passed that allows the SuperFerry to continue operations while the State conducts an environmental impact survey (yes, the same one the State told the SuperFerry they didn’t have to do). So, there should be some deals coming up soon. Maybe I can start planning my bike tour of Maui sooner rather than later.

Let’s see, what else?… Oh, I don’t think I’ve posted this yet, but we are having another baby! Due date is Jan 22, 2008. It’s a BOY! We’ve picked a name for him: Elliot Lee Stone. So, what do you think? I think it’s pretty cool.

Not much else going on. While you wait for me to update my blog again, be sure to check out some of the links on the right.