Ride Reports Selected Reports

Bainbridge Island Ride

The weather had really turned nice over the Fourth of July weekend, with Saturday predicted to be the sunniest, with temps edging into “hot” territory.  When it gets hot I like to ride into the mountains, or on an island and as I’d ridden into the mountains (or at least foothills) the weekend before, islands it was.  I’m still rather lacking in my fitness this year (though improving) and while I wanted to push myself,…

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Ramblings

Last flight of the Atlantis

Space Shuttle Atlantis on the launch pad before its final flight. I was 8 years old when the first shuttle flight in 1981 occurred and space was still huge for us kids.  The space race wasn’t like it was in 1969 but the shuttle was kind of the end of that era – the last real big development. It was supposed to be the beginning of just being able to fly into space like on an airplane…

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Bicycles

Rivendell Atlantis

2005 Rivendell Atlantis As I mentioned in the post about my Safari these entries are based on the bicycle pages on my old Those Who Look at the Sunset website. My whole philosophy of cycling evolved from touring – I’d been reading tourist accounts and started off quite practical.  I came to Rivendell from that stance and their focus on practical, durable and elegant really matched up with me.  After I’d come to the conclusion that…

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Bicycles Commuting

Late Spring Commute

May is National Bike Month and this Friday is Bike to Work Day.  Now I’ve often taken part in Cascade’s Commute Challenge, usually riding every work day in May, but now and again comp time from work or a planned vacation occurs in May. This May is one of those times, with not only comp time from work but also Jury Duty keeping me away from work. Not that I really mind the time off from work.…

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Bicycles

Back from the depths

As I alluded to a couple of posts back, my Atlantis has been under the weather and I’d been riding on my backup bicycle.  Well I’m happy to say that after two months in the shed the Atlantis is back and riding better than ever.  So what happened and what have I changed in the last couple of months?  Well lets just enumerate what has failed, been replaced or updated this year. Before I dive…

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Tour2009

Tour 2009: Ten Year Tour

I’m just about to hit the roads on the start of my 2009 tour so this is my traditional “setting off” post.  This tour takes place right at the 10 year anniversary of my current job, hard to believe I’ve held the same one for so long.  I’d always thought if I made it that long I’d take a leave of absence and do a cross country tour but that just wasn’t in the cards…

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Bicycles Tour2008

I would ride 10,000 miles

So while on the trek described in the previous post, I rolled my odometer on the Atlantis to 10,000 miles. Sure some people ride that every year (or more) but its taken me around 2.5 years to hit that goal.  My Atlantis is all grown up now.  Also seems to have hit some sort of limit on the various mid-range components. Lots of stuff seems to be getting worn at about this point. I’ll probably…

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Bicycles

Rise of the Sunken Continent

My Rivendell Atlantis on the back porch On my initial ride report for 2008 I was riding my backup bicycle due to some mechanical issues with my Atlantis.  Well I had to wait on parts and then need some time to do all the needed changes. Well last weekend was the time for me and I spent both Saturday and Sunday doing all of the needed changes.  First things first, my rear wheel which I’ve…

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Bicycles

My Atlantis in: The Tale of Mechanical Woe

I got my Atlantis in March 2005 and two years later have ridden it more then five thousand miles. I ride all winter long (though less miles) and I’m fairly slack in the cleaning taking care of the bicycle category. I do minimal maintainence on a needs to be fixed basis and will occasionally give it a good cleaning/tuning. But I always like to get it professionally tuned after the winter, the bicycle just never…

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Bicycles Ramblings

Just one bicycle?

My Novara Safari on the way to work this morning. On the bicycle related mailing lists that I frequent the issue of owning “just one bicycle” comes up now and again. Amongst these enthusiasts it often is a hypothetical – “I currently own 15 bicycles and if I could only have one bicycle it would be x“. Not too much exaggeration in that example, there are plenty of people who collect bicycles. Of course there…

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