Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Monday excursion.

I haven't been riding much recently with my moving and wedding trip and such. So Monday was the first time in a couple months I actually rode for a couple hours after work. And since I got to work at 6:30am I was on my commuter with my seizure inducing lights. This bike has to weigh 25-28 lbs. It's a pig. The front wheel has a generator hub so it's as heavy as a normal rear wheel. It has my heavy duty touring rack for when I need to slap on panniers to haul clothes or food to/from work. I adjusted the stem to allow for a very upright riding position so yesterdays ride into the 20mph headwind was especially fun. The other problem with a heavy bike is, for some reason, a strong tailwind really doesn't push you along as much.

I did the downtown, bellevue blvd, Hayworth park, to the trail loop. Since I was pretty slow going up hills and such, this ride which would normally take me just under a couple hours took almost 2.5 hrs. I forgot my cycling gloves so my palms were pretty sore afterward.

So now that I know I can ride a bit of a distance on my heavy bike, should we make this Sundays Shabbos +1 ride the official first of many heavy bike trudges? Carribou at 8am for a couple, may 3 hrs? Anyone, anyone? Fred, still got your old Lemond to dust off?

14 comments:

Peter said...

moving? where to? and it was your broskie that got hitched, right?

bryan said...

Call it my sense of community service, my inability to quit running or just flat-out stupidity, but I'm going to the Omaha marathon on Sunday morning. I'm a bike escort. Kaos as asked to help out, and since I've missed all of the other service projects, I jumped on this one.

Mike, you could come with, but you'd have to wear Kaos stuff. That'd be like Fred sporting some K-State gear or something.

fredcube said...

That just not true. I happen to be the proud owner of a K-State Chamios. Super soft for those long rides.

I'll have to see about Sunday. I'll let you know for sure. I'm a golfer now, you know. Probably just ride the cross bike if I go. I'd hate to take the aerobars off of the LeMond.

munsoned said...

peter: I just moved a mile away. Much nicer place for just a little more rent. Yes my lil bro took the plung.

Bryan: have fun riding really really slow for a few hours. Sounds like fun but I'd be in BIG trouble if I sported a Kaos kit.

Fred: let me know what time or if you got others showing up or whatever. Have I made you a certified poster of this board? If not, email me and I'll add you on. I consider this more of a community blog rather than my own personal blog. Because I am community, see?

Matt N said...

Big trouble as in kicked off the team, like someone else this year. I might be able to make it, but won't know more until saturday.

bryan said...

mike -- you might be able to help. They're still short of numbers. I'll let you know if you're needed. That is, if you want to be needed.

Shim said...

I can't think of anything more degrading than having to wear a Kaos kit.

bryan said...

... says the guy who wears a road sign on his costume ...

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Shim said...

At least they didn't make me sign some bogus contract. Even your riders are ashamed to wear the kit, (they have told me) Lets see a cat 5 with a contract, no thanks!

bryan said...

umm ... I didn't sign a contract.

Shim said...

R u sure your on the team?

bryan said...

Huh, maybe I'm not? You mean I could have been wearing a River City Sports kit this whole time?

Pill Gude said...

Teams with contracts? All the teams out here on the East coast which have elite riders, have all of their top riders sign contracts. The riders lock into the team and in turn receive more support. All pro teams have contracts (well, maybe not China). As a matter of fact I would think all riders every where receiving substantial support would have to sign a contract. Makes sense. Protects both parties. I would only look for the teams which want you to sign at the Elite level... you just got a free ride baby!!!!! The other teams are usually mom and pop grass roots teams which are fun, but don't develop the riders.
Well funded teams usually have a history of finding and developing quality riders, and have an extensive support system.