October 26, 2014
Am I just going to ride?
Will I take a buncha pictures?
Will I have anything positive OR negative about the experience?
I don't know, honestly ---- but, the decision still seems appropriate. Even if it's freezing cold outside, sitting at the keyboard for hours hammering out gigantic posts seems a little ... I dunno, like a waste of saddle-time if nothing else. I know I'm sitting on the fence here. It's not my intent to build up any false drama or whatever. I just can't wait to get back out there again, maybe take some shots to remember thing by, and if nothing else perhaps take things toward equipment, rebuilding fitness, methods, madness, product reviews maybe... even if brief. There's no plan at this point, other than to ride, smile and ENJOY IT.
Oh, speaking of reviews, I posted a teaser about getting
October 20, 2014
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October 17, 2014
Mileage? Uhhh... Since July's shoulder surgery (non bike related) I have not only not ridden much, I have become catastrophically lazy on the matter of mileage logging. I have the numbers... Somewhere.... Just not logged against equipment. However, today marks the first "natural" flat I've experienced with the GB Cerf 700x28mm road tires. By "natural", I mean a flat caused by something run over in the natural course of riding. I did endure a front blow-out pinch flat back in... I'll look... Yet, that was caused by the rider being a little foolish. I suppose it still presented a good test, but it certainly wasn't a normal puncture. Today's, by contrast, occurred "naturally", wherein I noticed the loss of air pressure after a few wallowy-feeling corners, as the rear tire's pressure dropped below safe riding levels. I stopped, examined the tire, found nothing on first glance... So, I aired it up and rode it the last ten miles to home. So far this evening I haven't made the time to change it out and examine things - I may wait until the morning - but, I'll report back with mileage, tread status, and thoughts. Maybe a photo if warranted. I'm impressed, since I've crossed the mileage when I'd normally have swapped out the Panaracer Pasela TG (now PT) tires... Yet, I still wonder about buying a pair of Pasela non - flat - protected tires, for a direct comparison. Their price is hard to ignore compared to the "boutique-ish" GBs. We shall see.
Stay tuned as I wrap up this long term test with this latest flat report. Yea!
October 12, 2014
The realization that October is practically half over, it occurs to me that I should be back in the saddle, that PT should be over (it is), and that I am way, way behind in my plans and "training." Last week, I hammered hard on the commute home, chasing down a couple of faster gents, finding my limits. At my favorite hill, near 106th and Foster on the bike trail, I nearly passed out from the anaerobic effort of catching up to (within a few yards.. But out of overtaking reach) the rider I'd been chasing. Only a few months before, I'd sat comfortably at the top of the Map my Ride standings at 46 seconds from the climb to the sound wall separating the trail from I-435. I'm outta shape.
Solution? Get to work. Literally.
Tomorrow, we ride.