A New World

Note: The thoughts and activities discussed in this post occurred in April, 2011.

The weather here in the mountains has finally warmed up, and dried out, enough for me to spend the time necessary to dig my old bike out of the storage building.  It’s an 18 or more years old Huffy Snakeriver 18-speed mountain bike.  If the dust it’s accumulated means anything I may be in for more than I can chew with it.  It served me well many years back.  Hopefully it can do so again now.

Since the time period referred to in my last post, Rediscovery, I spent a fair amount of what little free time I’ve had reading articles online about cycling, trying to learn about changes that have been made in the sport, what’s new for repairs and maintenance, things like that.  I’ve also visited the bicycle sections of some major retailers to see what they have available compared to what I found online.  Some of the items there were pretty much the same “old hat” I grew up with, some were things I have never associated with bicycles like LED or Halogen headlamps with batteries that last several days or weeks instead of only a few hours, clear and red strobe lights for the tail light, Kevlar in tires, self-sealing inner tubes, micro computers that tell you not only the bike’s speed, but what the average speed is, the time and date, your altitude, how long you’ve been traveling since your last stop (or the beginning of your trip), etc.  Jeez, you’d think some of this stuff was made for the Special Forces bicycle brigade!  lol

I’ve also been talking with other hikers who are cyclists when they’re not out hiking somewhere, getting their input, listening to their stories, and wishing I had regained my interest in cycling a long time ago.  Each story I hear takes my mind back to a time when I could have been this person talking, telling others about last week’s or last month’s two-wheeled adventures.  If you’ve never spent much time on a bicycle it’s hard to understand the freedom it brings, especially in these hard economic times when fuel is ridiculously high, and the feeling you get with the gentle breeze on your skin while cruising along listening to the sounds of nature all around you, something you seldom experience in a car.  I know it will be quite a while as booked up as I am now, but I’m having a difficult time waiting to get back into cycling.  As excited as I am about it I guess even if I could hit the road tomorrow it’d be too long a wait.  😉

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4 thoughts on “A New World

  1. ZAK PEGG

    Bill, thanks for visiting my blog; I pretty much read your whole blog the way you described. It seems like you are on the right track and you are resourceful enough to make any type of bike road-worthy. You are right, it does not take a fancy bike to enjoy the ride — proper tyre pressure and some new grease/oil go a long way — even some grease on those old brake/shifter cables that live inside the cable housing. Let me know if you need an opinion on anything along the way! CHEERS and happy travels…

    • Thanks for your comment. 🙂 I enjoyed reading your blog and plan to visit it often. I appreciate the offer to get your opinion. You’ll be hearing from me. 😀

  2. Bill–thanks for the like on mybpost about riding the Tennessee Riverwalk. I’ve found that cycling works best when you have the equipment best suited to how you use your bike. I see a lot of folks buying really expensive bikes wihtout knowing what they really need or want–they end up not riding much. I switched from a high-tech road bike I bought when I was doing triathlons and supported bike tours to a heavier, up-right “street” bike when Most of my riding turned into commuting to and from work. Lights were essential since I road before dawn and after sunset during the cooler months. My bike gets disparaging looks from other cyclists now, but I ride more comfortably, which means I ride more. I regularly commuted 26 miles round trip for five years. Now, I work from home, so I have to work harder at getting riding time. There is nothing more freeing than the experience of knowing you can get where you need to go under your own power. Love that feeling! Looking forward to following your biking adventure!

    • You’re welcome! It’s been a long time since I’ve been in your area, but I used to visit the Riverwalk in San Antonio, TX often. I found your entry quite interesting and got me interested in visiting the TN Riverwalk. I never commuted to work by bike, but really don’t know why. 😦 I rode all over North Texas, then South Florida when I lived in each place. Guess the idea never occured to me at the time. Anyway, thanks again. Hope you enjoy the adventures. 🙂

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