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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.

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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.

…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.

…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/

…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.