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[14 Aug 2006|05:52pm]

antart101
My front tire was stolen.

How do I get a new one? and how much?

any ideas?

its a 20" tire
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Rain [25 Jul 2006|10:24pm]

redken70
Today I rode in the rain. I really enjoyed it. It wasn't storming or anything dangerous, just a light steady rain.

On another note, if you use end bars on your mountain bike, do not listen to anyone else about the angle you should keep them at. Adjust them until they are comfortable on both long and short rides. I set mine at an angle that was recommended to me as the "correct" angle, went on a 60 mile ride, and 20 miles into it my hands started going to sleep. Just some info i wanted to share.
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[23 Jul 2006|06:34pm]

redken70
Well, I went 10 miles. I didn't go all out, but I kept a decent pace. That's all for now.
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Going Out [23 Jul 2006|12:58pm]

redken70
Alright! After a long sabatical due to my new job, I'm going out for a ride today. It won't be long or arduous, but I'm just looking forward to being on my bike. I'll update with how it went.
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Getting Back On Track [04 May 2006|11:08am]

redken70
I have to start training again. I'm never going to be able to ride a century if I don't keep to a set schedule. I've spent the last few months getting my body adjusted to working as a floorhand on an oil rig. For the previous 15 years I was a retail manager, so the level of activity is much, much greater. Luckily cycling has kept me in pretty good shape, or else the first month would have killed me. The trick now is that I work two weeks on and two weeks off. The two weeks straight that I work each month are twelve hour days, and we have bunkhouses we stay in on the rig. Once I get a plan together, I will try taking my bike out with me and motivate myself to ride at least 10 miles after 12 straight hours of labor. Wish me luck!
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[11 Mar 2006|04:23pm]

redken70
Whew! I just got home from the longest bike ride I have had in years (somewhere around 10 years, maybe more). I rode to Inez, then cut back over to Hwy 77, and back to the house. That comes out to be 51.34 miles! Now I need to hurry and shower before my manditory coma.
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Cyclocross Update [09 Mar 2006|12:48pm]

redken70
I went to my bike mechanic (he was glad to see me, since over the years I have gradually learned to do everything I used to come to him for), and after looking at my Rockhopper, it looks like it would be cheaper to by a new bike specifically for cyclocross, and I won't accidentally mess up the mountain bike that has worked so well for me all these years. I am however going to by tires that will provide less resistance than the giant mudgrips that I have always used before. I have also found the bike that leads the top of my wishlist! The Specialized Tricross, Tricross. I will have to set aside money for this one. Honestly, it will be the most money I have ever spent on a bike, so I will definitely have incentive to compete!
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Cyclocross [03 Mar 2006|10:36am]

redken70
I'm about to get a new job that pays much better with more time off! To commemorate that, I am going to switch my Specialized Rock Hopper over from mountain bike to cyclocross. Does anyone have any tips on doing that? Thanks.
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Welcome! [01 Mar 2006|10:41pm]

redken70
[ mood | cheerful ]

I just wanted to welcome the new members of our group. Please feel at home to post about any cycling related topic you would like. So far I have been the only one to post, and that's OK, but I want everyone to get something from this group, so don't be shy. I look forward to your posts, and getting to know you all better.

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Weather. [25 Feb 2006|04:30pm]

redken70
[ mood | anxious ]

The weather has been lousy here in South Texas the last few days. I need to motivate myself to get out there and ride, but when it's wet I tend to stay inside. I will ride when it's below freezing out (not that that happens more than a few times a year down here) but I stay home when it's damp. I'm just going to have to make a commitment to myself to ride no matter the weather. I don't let 110 degree heat stop me, why should a little rain?

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The Commute [09 Nov 2005|09:12am]

redken70
[ mood | energetic ]

I never imagined I would be using my mountain bike as transportation. To afford myself all the time I could get on my bike, I started to ride to work occasionally. Somehow this has become my main vehicle for commuting to work. I have a very short trip, only four miles each way, but it seems to confound people. They can't seem to understand why I would want to ride when I have a new truck in my driveway.

I used to get off work and trudge to my truck to head home and lay down. Now, once I lace up my cycling shoes I'm a ball of excitement. I love the ride home, day or night. Last night after bringing in a shipment and merchandising it without my regular team, I was so energized by the ride home, I dropped off my backpack and rode an extra 15 miles. Lucky for me, thanks to South Texas weather, I can do this almost year round.

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A Long Entry [06 Nov 2005|09:19pm]

redken70
[ mood | indescribable ]

I had one of the craziest days I have had in a long time. I managed to get off at 1:00 so that I could spend the beautiful day on one of my favorite bike rides. I love taking 59 out to Saxet Lake, and following that road out the other end to the loop. I almost off work when one of my co-workers began having trouble focusing both her eyes, and then she became numb down the left side of her body. I took her to the ER, and waited with her until her family made it there to be with her. She was doing better and didn't want me to spend my day sitting around a hospital, so I let her have her time with family.

OK, so now my day is back on track. I go home and get ready for the perfect ride on the perfect day. Everything is great. My legs feel like pistons. My bike feels like it's on rails. I'm climbing the steep hill on Vine street, where it passes between the cemeteries. I'm feeling really strong, so strong that I keep the bike in a higher gear and really put some muscle into it. Unfortunately there was evidently a weak link in my chain, and almost to the top, it snaps. I'm about five miles from home with a broken chain, a useless bike, and the recurring vision of two days earlier when I was at Wal-Mart looking at cycling supplies and thought, "I don't need to waste $2 on repair tool for my chain. I've never needed one before!" I was only a few miles from Bill's Bikes, but I remembered that they are closed on Mondays (of course).

I walked my bike back home, loaded it ito the back of my truck and drove it to Wal-Mart. With the chain fixed I drove to the park to start from there. I started riding at a little after 7:00 and rode until after dark. Evidently bicycles with headlights are not common in the park after dark, because I rode up on raccoons and deer several times. Everything I had went through was made worth it towards the end of the ride. Tonight is a full moon (or close enough not to matter). I like to ride behind the Texas Zoo during the day, and the road was completely dark, so I took that route. As I got behind the zoo, the coyotes saw the moon and began to howl. I had to stop for a few minutes and just listen. Something about that mournful sound put me in mind of Hank Williams or Jimmie Dale Gilmore. I've never been that close to a true howl before, and I can honestly say that I have never heard anything like it. Yeah...it was a good day.

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Spin, Spin Sugar [06 Nov 2005|09:18pm]

redken70
I have rediscovered the activity that used to be the burning passion of my life...cycling. I have been running a lot lately, just to get back in shape. I don't mind running, but I never have particularly liked it. A couple of weeks ago, I remembered the mountain bike that used to be such a large part of my life. It has been just sitting under a tarp in my back yard for a few years. I'm not sure why I stopped riding it, but I am back in the saddle.
When you have an activity that blends so completely with your personality, if you are not doing that thing you love, part of you is missing. Cycling is that other part of myself that I had forgotten existed. When I'm sailing down some nameless country road, my legs burning like fire, my mouth dry as a desert, what I remember later isn't the way the wind was against me the whole way out, it's the way the wind made the fields of grass roll like a gentle ocean. Cycling for me is a million different experiences, while fighting against my own body to get a greater performance than last time. No two rides are alike. I've been riding since '90 and even the same routes are different every time.
I could ramble on for paragraph after paragraph about the joys of riding, but what I really wanted to say is "welcome back" to the cyclist that went missing a few years back. See you on the road.
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