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?

Thursday, March 8, 2012

SNOW...but warm weather is on its way

We woke up this a.m. to sunshine, blue sky and cool weather.  Seemed to portend a good day, but a chilly one.  Sometime late in the morning, I glanced out the East windows in our bedroom and noted grey skies off to the north and east.  As I was looking out the windows, Eileen called me to ask if I'd looked outside yet...yes, I'm looking at the clouds as we speak.  In the next moment, I noted the snow flakes.  What a change in weather.  The rest of the day remained cold, cloudy with intermittent snow showers.  Nothing accumulated.  Predictions of cold weather for the next couple of day, but sunshine and no snow.  Got my fingers crossed.

Being the weather weeny that I am, no riding on the Silvio today.  I did work on it a bit yesterday and mounted my bike pump and plastic water bottle cage on the back of the seat.  On the top tube..going from the handle bar to the bottom bracket, I have mounted a small bag to carry a patch kit, tools, and a few other small items for when I ride.

Tomorrow, I'm going to have Annie at Twin Sisters Bike Shop in Silver City, NM order the braze on Shimano Tiagra 9spd triple front derailleur and, when it comes in, she will build up the Silvio with my touring components.  The touring components will be permanent.  After consideration and looking back at what bike I rode the most, the Cannondale touring bike was the one.  So, the Shimano Ultegra 6700 groupset, Ultegra wheels, Schwalbe Ultremo tires, etc., will be sold to the highest bidder.  I have two possible options as I type this. I'm looking forward to this change because I have concluded that I am now a touring cyclist not a road racer.  What I enjoy is time on the bike, the scenery, an espresso or a snack maybe, and then back to time on the bike.  Getting anywhere in the fastest time or beating a previous time/distance is not anything that I want to do on the bike.

That's all, folks.  Now, to close, here's a good tune by Richard Thompson: