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?

Friday, June 1, 2012

Another Day on The Cruzbike Silvio

Despite the smoke and the heat, I got on the Silvio again today and rode about town first, hopefully advancing my skills in handling this recumbent.  Stopped at lots of stop signs, unclipped, started off, clipped in, climbed some smaller hills in town and generally worked on my skill set.  Today, I felt much more relaxed and comfortable on the Silvio.

Last night, I read some tips on the Cruzbike website and picked up a few suggestions on how to climb with the Silvio.  Other riders recommended sitting more upright while climbing.  Well, I tried that this morning and they were correct.  Climbing was easier.  I was able to use harder gears and got up the hills faster and better.  As of this ride, I'm starting to feel like an intermediate beginner on this bike, but there is now a brighter light at the end of the tunnel.  Beginning to see in action some of the things that are written about in the Forum on the Cruzbike website and feeling better on the bike has been very helpful. Imagining myself doing a long ride and touring with this bike is becoming a more realistic goal.

I will keep updating my improvements and will post some photos/videos.  Also, I have gotten rid of my Cateye bicycle computers totally.  Last week, I purchased a NiteRider Rebel 3.0 bicycle computer.  It was easy to set up and put on the bike...and it worked right out of the chute.  Don't think it gets better than that.  Had to make a few minor adjustments with the wheel sensor/transponder, but that was it.  Paid about $30 on eBay. I am not sure that it is still in production.  Shows present speed, temp, time riding, and a fourth item of your choice: Avg Spd/Max Spd, distance, odometer, Temperature Hi/Lo.  So far, highly recommend this.

NiteRider 3.0 Wireless Bicycle Computer
In the next few postings, I'm going to start reviewing gear that I have that is on the bike or that I put on the bike for touring.  Additionally, I'll be reviewing gear that I use for touring.  I don't have strong feelings one way or the other on what people use for cycling or touring.  It is a very personal thing.  So, my thoughts and my ratings only.  There are plenty of good sites online to get info on these things and I'll be posting some of this info, as well.  Hopefully, some of you will find this helpful.

Time to go.  A tune to put in your head.  "Sky Pilot" by Eric Burdon and The Animals.  

This is one of the songs of the 1960's that has stuck with me since it came out in 1968.  Had way too many of my friends die in Vietnam and this song reflects on the craziness of it all.  I wonder how many more people have to die for, or in the name of, God? Or Money? Or Power? Or Oil?  Seems like they're all the same, eh?  Well, either way, these people are dead.  And Rule #1 in the Trauma Service is: You're dead a long time.  Rule #2: Don't bring a knife to a gunfight.  Rule #3: Any day above ground is a good day.  Rule #4: Never fight with a woman.  

Let's find a better way...