Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Cycling Season Starts

       Skating season finished last Tuesday. so what comes next? Cycling! Actually for me cycling started about a month ago. April can be an excellent month for cycling or terrible. This year was so so. I got in about 80 km of cycling.


      As I've described in a previous post, I do at least 1000 km of cycling per summer. Our city has an extensive system of bike trails. All my cycling is done on the bike trails.


     I cycle by myself. I find it easier to concentrate on the trail and travel at my own pace. You can travel in your own little world. However, if there's any reason to stop and visit, I won't miss it. Tonight I stopped to see if I could find the frogs at the side of the trail. 


    Along with the thrill of cycling comes the headache of flat tires. I haven't had a flat for six years so this is my year. I had a flat a few nights ago and walked 5 km home! I think the only solution is to buy a new tire and tube. Safety is an issue. As you see I wear a helmet and have worn one for twenty one years. It's also important to keep the bike in repair . I hit speeds of 55 kmh (downhill that is)and you don't want something to happen at that speed or any other speed. I have a fair number of road rash scars.
Red, the mechanic , in action.
Do you think I'll make it?


     So I'm off to set my goal of at least 1000km for this summer. 

18 comments:

  1. oh lordy! go, red, go! that's awesome!

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    1. Thank you. It is a lot of fun.

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  2. I'm betting on you. I think you'll make it.

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    1. Thank you It's not really hard to do. It takes about 50 hours.

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  3. I hope you do make it - that's a fair amount of cycling! The downhill part would be easy enough, but unfortunately, for every downhill, there is an uphill! That is the really hard part!

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    1. Thank you.
      It's 50 hours ! Not much time.
      The big down hills are the freaky part when you get over 50 kmh.

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  4. Nice bike Red. I do believe you will make it. Well, for me, its biking like as in motor bike and I am sure I will put at least 1000km on it between now and the fall. The battery is being charged as we speak, then my bike guy will give it the "Spring Check" and we should be good to go by Friday. Also, on those nice morning or early evenings, I also ride my bike, as in bicycle, however, won't put anywhere near 1000km on it. I tend to ride it for little things at grocery store too instead of motor bike. Love to see active bloggers. Yah, I would go with the new tire n tube.

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    1. Thanks. I appreciate this coming from a fellow cyclist. Awesome that you ride a motor cycle. You've just given me an idea for another post.

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  5. Good luck! BTW, none of your links worked for me. I'm not sure why, but it says I don't have permission to view them. I tried them all. Same story.

    Nice that when the skating season ends, you have a summer activity to take up the slack! :-)

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    1. Sorry about the links. I will check them.
      Thanks for the good wishes.

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    2. DJan, I checked the links and they work for me. Somebody else reported the links didn't work.

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  6. That is all very impressive. Good luck on your travels.

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  7. Thanks Alan. It only takes 50 hours.

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  8. p.s. forgot to mention that I also could not view your links, told me I did not have permission?

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  9. I checked the links again and they work for me?

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  10. You are impressive, Red! Good luck and have fun!!!

    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  11. Red this is phenomenal, good for you and of course you can do 1000kms, without a doubt!

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  12. I've got so much dirt to shovel, I'd forgotten about my biking. Good for you for this goal.
    Planted a magnolia today, present from the cats for Mother's Day!

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