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Bike Project Update – more bikes

The last thing I need right now is more project bikes, but when a pile of bikes present themselves for cheap on a police auction web site, I just can’t resist.

I picked up 6 more bikes. Three BMX bikes that need only a few brake parts each. One mountain bike that is complete except for one thumb shifter. One mountain bike that is  fixable but needs parts and work. Finally there is a once very expensive mountain bike that was in a bad accident. The aluminum frame is beyond repair but has some very good parts.

So the hoarding has begun. Hopefully though I can get most of these road-ready in a few weeks. We’re planning on having a yard sale and I’d like to get some of these out of the way. Should be fun.

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Tags: ,, | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: September 17, 2012

You are not entitled to anything

Rode my bike to work today. I got yelled at by a fellow biker for stopping at a red light. No, not for going through a red light, for STOPPING at a red light. He complained that he nearly hit me because I stopped unexpectedly at a RED LIGHT.

Two intersections later and old man with a cane was yelled at by a cyclist for being in the crosswalk. Of course the old man had a walk signal but apparently that didn’t matter to the cyclist.

I gave up trying to count all the people going through stop signs in the wiggle.

Come on people, play nice!


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Tags: ,, | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: June 7, 2012

Biking Goals Updates

My goals this year are:

1. Ride 1500 miles total (did 975 in 2011)

2. Do a 100 mile ride

So far, so so. Due to weather, injury and depression I am well behind on total mileage goal. Actually January and February were right on goal but in March I fell way behind. I wound up 40 miles short of my target.

To achieve the century mark I’m doing a long ride each month ten miles longer than the previous month. January I did 11 miles, February 21 miles and March was 28. That was two miles short but close enough.

So for April I have 131 miles to go make the total mileage goal, 40 of which will be a single ride. Wish me luck.


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Tags: , | Comments (0) | Author: Tom | Published: April 7, 2012


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