Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bike to Work update: 1000 miles!

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.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Riding the Bloomin Metric, Fixed!

I usually ride the Bloomin Metric each year with my son Elliot on our Burley Tandem but this year it was raining a bit chillier than normal and Elliot bailed.  I quickly switched bikes and went to the Paramount.  The 25 mile course (40K) has some climbing but nothing insane that I couldn't handle with my gearing.  In fact, I rode the course on my Bianchi SSer a few years ago and it was quite fun.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A stem at half mast feels right

Shawn at the Bicycle Center is a magician!  I showed him the unhappy stem and we talked numbers, and came up with a replacement from Origin 8!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Farmer's Daughter Gravel Grinder

After much anticipation it was time for the Farmer's Daughter Gravel Grinder.  I had been wanting to do this ride last year when it first started but I had been busy and couldn't do it but this time was perfect.  Staying at Will's country home next door in Spencertown, NY was key and the warm ride the prior day set the expectations high for this ride.