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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Not even me!

     Last year in April I missed a day riding my bike and could honestly say I had ridden every day for 6 years straight.  Now there was a lot of bad weather and it can be said that I do learn stuff.   During that past 6 year period I had gone out to ride when in -30F wind chill.  I realized it was the 2nd stupidest thing I had ever done on a bike.  I only rode about 5 blocks (strictly for bragging rights), the snow conditions were rough enough that I actually worked up a sweat, while locking my bike outside Panera I unzipped my coat and my shirt froze solid instantly.  Then I realized the danger.  If anything had gone wrong on that little journey I could have died quite quickly.  This week, when we were polarized to death, I stayed inside and did some cleaning and painting that I had been ignoring.
     I hope nobody else risked it on the streets during that freeze over.  
     The day after, when the temps got into the balmy teens, I took a ride through the streets caked with packed snow.  It was more like riding an MTB trail.  Of course I got a puncture, but since I had Flat Attack tubes I didn't go flat, just lost a little air.  I stopped, added some air, gave the wheel a spin and rode on.  It's good to know that the Flat Attack sealant is still viable after -41F temperatures.
 Yep, that is a shameless plug. 
      I really appreciate using sealant in the tubes.  It's been over two years since I had a real flat on the road.  I know that tubeless is probably the tech turn of the future, but right now the only tires available are a limited selection of  high quality (expensive) competition quality tires.  Not the type an everyday cyclist can use to his advantage.

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