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…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.

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…Weekly Mileage… July 28, 2009

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Well, my first week biking in more than 6 months was great. I did a couple commutes to work (11.5 miles each way), and a little club ride with our recently formed work ride club, the OTTER (Operations Training Team Easy Riders) Club.

My Sun-Sat mileage totaled 48 miles, and that was only riding on 3 of those days – Sun, Tue, and Thu. So, not too bad.

And I love the bike! Go Surly!

…tested route to work… July 19, 2009

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So, I tested my 11 mile route to work today. Not a bad ride at all. Very scenic. Only one section of a county road with no shoulder, but overall a decently safe commute.

Pictures follow:

This is just around the corner from my house. Lots of farmland out here still, though the nearby city is slowly encroaching.

Nice view of the road I ride for the first half of the ride.

The first of two rivers I cross…

Big Lake, Minnesota. Nice town.

And more fields…

Almost 6 miles into the commute…

And the second river I cross… the Mississippi!

Mississippi…

Still the Mississippi…

And last pic of the Mississippi…

You can see the rest of the pics on flickr.

I got a lot of sun today on my test ride, so I hope I’m up for my first day of commuting tomorrow… We’ll see.

…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!

…2008 Sharon’s Ride for Epilepsy… January 27, 2008

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…Well, I managed the ride today. It was brutal. The weather was cold (relatively speaking – it is Hawaii!) and drizzly until the ride started. Then it was just windy. Really windy. Headwind all the way windy. Blow your bike into the guardrail (almost) windy. Horribly windy. But, I did it.

My bike computer says:

  • Time: 4 hrs 51 min
  • Distance: 55.2 statute miles
  • Average: 11.4 mph
  • Max: 40.0 mph

We shaved a half dozen miles off at the turn around, so we (my friend and I – not necessarily every one else) didn’t quite finish a full metric century, but it was close.

I was absolutely not ready for this ride. Looking through my ride records, I see that my longest ride in the last 5 months has been a whopping 9 miles, until today. Then I went and cranked out 55 miles. The last 15 miles, I just wanted to sit on the curb, throw up, and cry. I’m sitting here now amazed that I finished at all. Well, no better training than “jump in with the sharks, how much survival training do you remember, what are you going to do now” training.

At least, I’m riding on a Brooks…

…repacking wheel bearings… December 12, 2007

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…so, here are some great links on how to repack your bicycle wheel bearings:

http://www.wikihow.com/Grease-Bicycle-Wheel-Bearings

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tooltips/hubs.html

http://howtofixbikes.blogspot.com/2006/08/how-to-grease-bicycle-wheel-bearings.html

…and here are some tips just in case you decide to try it on your own, without reading any of the above information, without checking your bicycle maintenance book, and without any previous experience repacking bicycle wheel bearings:

  • Don’t use standard general purpose bearing grease. That grease will be too thick for your bicycle bearings. You will want to stick with a bicycle specific grease from your local bicycle shop. Again, don’t use general purpose red grease.
  • Don’t disassemble your hub bearings and think “no wonder they felt like they were wearing, there’s hardly any grease in there”, and then pack the entire hub with general purpose red grease. Don’t do it. It’s quite the mess to clean up later. Only put the grease on the races, and only enough to keep the bearings and the races sufficiently covered in the slick grease. Don’t overdo it.
  • Don’t begin taking things apart on your bicycle that you have never poked around with, late at night, when your bike is your transportation to work. If you have to wake up your significant other at 0445 in the morning to take you to work because you decided to “mess around with” your bike late the night before… well, just don’t.
  • Don’t assume any knowledge from other mechanical experiences will transfer right over to bicycle maintenance. Even if you are a 19+ year mechanic on nuclear power plants for Navy submarines, don’t think “it’s just a bicycle, how hard could it be?” Take your time and do a little research before hand. There will be little things that matter that you don’t want to figure out the hard way.
  • Don’t leave your garage door halfway open all night. If you realize that you’ve just messed up and have to redo everything, but it’s too late at night – close the garage door. Don’t risk “losing” anything to nosy anybody’s poking around.