This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Monday, December 31, 2012

It started out like any other year...

...but this was oh so, so different.  
 I was riding around as needed in the winter.
 I began my touring  during a very rainy fundraiser ,
rode nearly every day all year,
about 150 miles a week I reckon,
but that doesn't count the fun trips, 

 to the lake, 

the Cumberland Gap,
the Mountain Mayhem,
watched my Hillborne catch Chris Horner's eye 
 as he sped past  at the Harpeth River Ride.

I actually rode in a few club rides
even with the Mayor,

a trip  across the state

One Helluva Ride in Ann Arbor.
Through heat, and hail, rain, snow, ice 

more than my share of beautiful days.

I rode my age multiple times,
 a couple centuries,
read a book

Traveled more than I should've

met people,
made friends
didn't lose all the weight,
(but a healthy amount).
I built a bike
or two.

All that stuff I had done before.
This past year was completely different.
I rode 
much more than I drove, 
in fact, the farthest I drove (to Maryland and Tennessee)
was to ride some more. 
Despite all that, the impossible occurred.
Through it all,  I never, not once,
never ever in the year
had a flat!  
Not one, nada, nil.!

(Touchdown dance in my head, touchdown dance in my head!)


  1. wish I could say the same part about all the fun riding and experiences and miles. Still, in all my miles (3000?) in 2012, no flats! Special thanks to my Continental Contacts, of which I actually pulled a nail out of one 38 mile commute. Awesome touchdown dance.

    I think I'll log my miles this year, as I bet I came very close to riding more miles than I drove;-)

  2. This was the first time in forty years as an adult that I did not have a flat. I have been using Panaracer Pasela TG on 3 bikes and Schwalbe Marathon on my touring bike. I'm sure not changing that line up.