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?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

In The Works...

It is happening.  On Saturday, Feb. 4th, 2012, I took the Cruzbike Silvio frame to Twin Sisters Bike Shop and handed it over to Annie.  While I am anxious, I am anxious in a good way.  Had to order a new, 68mm English threaded bottom bracket and a braze on front derailleur for the Silvio.  The ones that I had for my Vitus..Italian threaded bottom bracket and a clamp on front derailleur...wouldn't work on the Silvio.  Not too bad.

Annie was going to order the parts on Monday (yesterday) and thought they'd be in today.  As I figure, the Silvio should be ready in the very near future.  I am trying to take this one step at a time and see how it works for me.  My usual M.O. is ... let's hurry up!  Corralling that energy is not easy for me.

My goal is to become proficient on this bike so that I can tour with it.  The 10,000 mile tour that I am in the early stages of planning...this is the bike I'll use.  I know that I have a big learning curve here but I will take the time to get past that curve and have fun doing it.

The sad part to all this is taking the components off my trusty steeds and, if all goes well, selling these frames and other components/accessories/parts on eBay.  These bikes have been a part of my life for about 25yrs and they fit like comfortable shoes.  Hard to walk away from them, but I want to send them on to someone who will continue to use them and enjoy them long into the future.  They have lots of miles left in  them.

Photos and videos soon...  For now, another tune, Marshall Tucker Desert Sky:
One of my favorites from the 20th century...and they still are.