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?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Weekend...

For the weekend, I'm doing shorter rides and, on Monday, I'll do the ride to the Mimbres Valley turnoff...about 54 miles round trip.  By the end of next week, I'll be at the 60 mile distance or more.  See how I feel.  I want to start pushing the distance now, then, in June, I'll start carrying more gear.  The plan is to be carrying all the gear by July and do at least one 100 mile ride with all the gear.

One week now without snow.  Oh, and the Lord Jesus Christ was struck by a car in Massachusetts yesterday.  That's his real name!  Didn't know that Christ was back....

Still got a bit of a "creak" in the bike somewhere...tomorrow, when I'm headed back into the mountains, I'll see if any of the adjustments that I made this afternoon took care of it.  Yesterday, when I had the bike at Gila Hike & Bike, Dave found that the handlebar was not tightened up completely, but the "creaking" continued today.  It's not the headset, which I'm happy about.

Ordered a new Shimano Deore XT rear dérailleur for the Cannondale...I'll have Dave help me install it...actually, I know how to install it, so he'll help me adjust it, which I consider just short of magic.

Enough for today...let's see what I can find on You Tube...John Coltrane and Miles Davis in 1959 doing "So What" from the album, "Kind of Blue".  Great music...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjwVwASlVn4