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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Brisk morning ride in Michigan

This was taken just after I dropped Grant off at school. The roads were free of ice and mostly dry. With snow it helps with the traction even if there is ice the snow will give you some stability, how ever it does enhance your rolling resistance I do run a little lower pressure in my tires also.

It was a beautiful day over all. I can remember when I would say I could handle winter all year? I recently told my wife that I would have to retract that statement. I have pretty bad arthritis and the cold is pretty bad with it. My hands are more sensitive to the cold. Its hard to ride with mittens on but I do not do a lot of shifting anyways. Layering is a must and I find that the best method is to dress that went you are standing and just start out it is a little chilly because you will warm up. Just be careful of extremities , ears, finger toes.

get out and ride, A body in motion stays in motion.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My journey back into cycling, My old vintage Bianchi road bike (That is not me in the Pic Ha,)

I did most of my cycling in the late 70's through the 80's it consisted mostly commuting to the LBS where I worked. Also commuting to my high school, I lived in a different school district than I attended so that meant that I either was driven to school by my father at 5:30am on his way to work or ride my bike. So summer months I road my bike and winter months I got to school real early. Touring the great state of Michigan, riding along the Great Lakes has incredible memories. From the late 80's my cycling went dormant with my Bianchi going into storage not to come out of "hibernation" until 2008 that was about 23 years.When my youngest son Grant the second half of the "biped-alist" team showed an never ending interest in cycling I knew it was time to wake her up. Cycling with your children I can not talk enough about this. When cycling with your family it seems like before you get your first mile in you are talking about things you would never discuss if you asked them out right, they just seem to open up and talk about school, their friends, what they want to be, and what makes the world go round.

I wish that I would not taken that time off of cycling.