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…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.

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Bike around Oahu January 31, 2012

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Bike around Oahu, a set on Flickr.

I was reminiscing today about my bike tour around the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. What a trip! Gorgeous scenery. I’ve updated my flickr account and am attempting to link this post to the photos for those interested in seeing what I saw.

One thing… the photos are in reverse order. You see the last ones first. Oh well.

…Updated Review… January 31, 2012

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Well, I’ve finally updated a review. The CygoLite 10W Halogen bike light review.

I was admiring my bike today, and charging up the bike light. Suddenly, I realized that I’ve had that light for quite some time. I wandered back to my review to see when it was posted, and realized I’ve had it for 5 years!

It’s been on two bikes. My Sirrus out in Hawaii. Now on my Surly LHT here in Minnesota. It has tolerated (as have I) the heat, the humidity, the cold, the wind. What a great light! Absolutely worth the investment. Another example that you should spend the money to get the right equipment the first time.

https://back2dabike.wordpress.com/my-reviews/cygolite-10w-halogen/