Thursday, August 25, 2016

Needed a new wheel, ended up buying a bike!

After the Farmer's Daughter Gravel Grinder I was cleaning up the Surly Cross Check and doing some light maintenance on it when I was truing the rear wheel and discovered that the hoop was cracked. I was planning on riding the Tour de Heifer in two weeks and now I needed a replacement wheel.  I scoured Craigslist and sent off a few inquires but no one got back to me.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Further Adventures in Fat Biking on Fire Island

I don't know what it is but I can never sleep past 6 AM when I know there is an opportunity to go riding.  Sunday morning was no exception and Will and I were off at ten after 6.  The intention of this morning's ride was to head down in the opposite direction towards Robert Moses State Park by way of the central access corridor, which to our delight was mostly a gravel road.

Bike to Work Update: 1000 miles in 18 rides.

Today was my 18th Bike Commute and I hit my goal of a 1000 miles of riding to work! The ride in was a bit nippy in which I hit a low point of 45 degrees 10 miles into the ride.  I knew it was going to be chilly so I wore arm warmers and gloves. I have also added to my commute my helmet cam because last week I had a blue Dodge Pickup intentionally swerve at me while on Newtown Turnpike in Weston.  I got his plate, CT License 2543-CE combination ironically the car was from Newtown (Rooster Sticker on the back of the car)!  I filed a report on the CloseCall Data base, too. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Napoleon's Death March - D2R2 Mystery Ride

Will and I were going to do 160K ride for D2R2 this year because it has a lunch stop that is not collocated with all the other rides.  Last year, on 180K, the lunch lines were so long we ended up losing quite a bit of time at the Covered Bridge.  Then, earlier this year, Sandy offered up the first ever Mystery Ride which had it's lunch stop at the 160K spot so we decided to do it.  Some of the emails that went out mentioned there would be some dismounts and some hike-a-bike sections but little did we know that these sections of the ride would turn out to be a Napoleon's Death March.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Fatties on Fire Island

Will's wife Sondra hooked us up with a deal to rent Fat Bikes from Ocean Beach Hardware when I took my family out to visit them on Fire Island in early August.  I had ridden a few fatties before, at NEMBAFest in the past but this would be the first time on a beach.

The only redeeming quality of this bike was it had four inch tires, otherwise it was just another cheaply made bike probably purchased from Dicks or Sports Authority to offer up the Fat Biking Beach Experience for the tourists who know nothing about bikes.  Not to mention, a singlespeed on the sands of Fire Island does a Fat Biking adventure enjoyable not make.