Cycling Along The Way...

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Silver City, NM, United States
Riders of the wheel. Racers, Roadies, Mountain bikers, Touring cyclists, Commuters, and others. Diamond frames, recumbents, trikes, and more. Sharing a web of connections often misunderstood or unappreciated by those who don't ride. Herewith, my attempt to share some of the more rational thoughts that flit around inside my head while bicycling, knocking back a brew or three, or just thinking about life. Reviews of bicycles, gear, touring, and more, plus some unsolicited posts about people, politics, and philosophy. Other things, too. Me: retired, gave up my TV in 1988, avid cyclist, several cross country tours completed with more to come. Your thoughts?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Another Beautiful Day in Silver City...

What a gorgeous day out there today!!!  In the 70's, wind was not bad, and I got to go through my camping equipment.  Confirmed my order for a Spot II GPS device that will keep track of my progress as I cross the U.S. on my bicycle, so my wife and friends will know where I am at any given time.  My bicycle is pretty well set now.  I will continue to add mileage and see how the rear dérailleur works.  I have had some minor shifting issues and I will definitely put a new chain on soon.  Dave at Community Bike Works will work with me to show me how to adjust the rear dérailleur and put on the new chain.  Just about everything else on the bike, I can work on.  Rear dérailleurs, however, have always been very difficult for me to work on.  Working on them does improve my ability to come up with creative arrangements of expletives, but that's not an area where I need improvement.  Patience is, however, so that's why I'm going to see Dave.

Tour of the Gila is coming up ... April 28th is the start day.  Matt Anderson, who now lives in Boulder, CO, will be staying with us again this year.  He is a Cat 1 rider this year, up from Cat 2 last year.  We're looking forward to seeing him and catching up on the news from Grand Junction, CO, (where he lived until about a week ago) and his bicycling career from last year.  Lance and the Team Radio Shack will be in town as will a bunch of other pros.  The Cat 1 field increased from 140 to 185 for a total of over 530 cyclists for the Tour of the Gila.  Should be great fun!!!  Later.....