Monthly Archives: November 2011

Quote Of The Day – Monday – 28NOV2011

“If not me, who? And if not now, when?” – Mikhail Gorbachev

 

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Quote Of The Day – Sunday – 27NOV2011

“Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds.” – Albert Einstein

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A Little Progress

Today was kind to me.  🙂  I was finally able to once again make a little progress with getting my bicycle back on the road now that the final “mad rush” of hiker shuttles is over.  It wasn’t much progress, but progress just the same.  First, I cleaned up my bicycle helmet.  It was purchased several years ago in anticipation of getting back into cycling, then placed into storage along with my bicycle when events caused me to postpone that endeavor.  As expected, after gathering years of dust it needed a very thorough cleaning.  Since I didn’t know what all may have crawled on, and in, it the helmet also received several applications of disinfectant.  After I was satisfied with the cleaning/disinfecting I re-installed the cushions which were taken off and cleaned separately.  I had forgotten these were included with the helmet and was glad to find them attached to the straps.  While the helmet fits fairly well without them it’s much more comfortable with them, and I suppose they add a tiny bit of added protection.

Next, I removed the tire that was mentioned in the “A New Lease On Lifepost, cleaned the inside of the rim, made sure there were no burrs, then installed the new tire.  I probably should have replaced the inner tube also, but it’s been holding air just fine so I couldn’t justify the expense right now.  I know that decision will probably come back to bite me before long.  I’ve always replaced the tube when a tire needed replacing on vehicles, or equipment of any type, so I guess I may be sort of jinxing myself by not doing so this time.  Of course the greatest majority of today’s automotive tires, with the exception of “big truck” tires, no longer have inner tubes so that statement sort of dates me.  lol  Still, its something I’ve always done in the past, but I’m not living in the past so perhaps it’s time for a change.  😉

Anyway, I know what type of inner tube I want should the need arise.  It’s a “new fangled” one that’s guaranteed not to get a flat if you run over a sharp object.  Considering the tire I purchased has a Kevlar layer, you know, the “bullet-proof” stuff used by law enforcement agencies and the military, and is itself guaranteed against flats caused by foreign objects, there’s not really a need for a flat-proof inner tube but one can never be too careful when out for a long ride.  I don’t mean a ride to the local grocery store or around the block.  I’m talking about rides between cities or half-way across a state.  Perhaps, and hopefully, even  longer than that.  At least that’s my goal, and a subject I plan to discuss in more detail before long.  There are several routes half a day’s drive or less from here, by car, that seem quite appealing.  The problem is choosing which one to try first.  Yes, in an earlier post I admitted knowing the need to get used to cycling again after such a long absence from it before attempting any long-range cycling trips, and I still wish to do so, however it seems prudent to me to check out possible routes well in advance and make the appropriate plans and/or arrangements.  No, I’m not always that particular.  In fact I’m quite spontaneous and often do things on a whim.  It’s just that this is something I really want to get back into.  Being fully prepared the first couple of times out simply seems like the thing to do so the chances of a bad experience right off the bat are significantly reduced.

If anyone has any suggestions, based on experience, for scenic routes in the Southeastern U.S. that aren’t mountainous or extremely hilly I would appreciate hearing about them.  They don’t have to be official cycling routes, nor do they have to be flat, just routes suitable for cycling without a tremendous amount of motorized traffic would be just fine.  Of course being along-side a waterway or coastal area would definitely be an added pleasure.

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Quote Of The Day – Thursday – 17NOV2011

“Have you learned the lessons only of those who admired you, and were tender with you, and stood aside for you?  Have you not learned great lessons from those who braced themselves against you, and disputed passage with you?” – Walt Whitman

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A New Lease On Life

Note: The thoughts and activities discussed in this post occurred on August 23, 2011.

As mentioned in the First Ride post I finally took my 18-year-old Huffy Snakeriver bicycle to an area bike shop for it’s “physical”.  When I picked it up today I  learned that mechanically it had passed with flying colors, needing only a couple of minor adjustments.  It was a bit of a disappointment to learn it needed one new tire, the front one, because the tread was beginning to separate from the body of the tire, but considering how long it had been in storage it’s probably a near miracle both tires did not need to be replaced.  Now that’s what I call dependability!  It makes me wonder if bikes being produced now will last this long or if they’re made like a lot of cars, designed to be replaced every few years.  I’m not knocking any manufacturers, or new bikes, just wondering.  I have never made any major repairs to this bike, and as much as it pains me to admit it, I failed to give it the loving care I should have.  As a matter of fact it’s had one (1) change of tires/tubes (not counting the one it currently needs), one (1) change of the brake pads, and only received sporadic lubrication of critical parts.  I’m not advocating or condoning lack of maintenance for a bike.  Quite the opposite.  Bikes should receive regular cleanings and maintenance if you want them to be safe, dependable, and last for any decent amount of time.  I simply never did so, something that will change as of today.  Anyway, once I got my bike home I took it for a quick spin.  Everything worked great, pretty much as I remember from when it was new.  I did make one decision however.  The old seat has to go.  I want, and need, a much softer, springier, breathable one.  This one simply doesn’t have any give in it and the solid design will probably be quite hot, not to mention uncomfortable, on longer rides.  Fifteen years ago I never gave this much thought, however now that I’ve been browsing the online cycling sites, and visiting the bike sections of Sears, Wal-Mart, etc. I see much more user-friendly seats available, so naturally I want one.  😉  I know this kind of goes against my “old school” theme, but technically it’s ok.  I’m only replacing the seat, not the bike.  lol  I need to touch-up the paint too.  I don’t want the small rust spots to become large ones.  I don’t mind it looking unique (see my Crux Of The Matter post), but I certainly don’t want it looking, or being, neglected.

I want to give the bike shop I used kudos and an honorable mention here.  Not only was the staff knowledgeable, they were friendly and took the time to listen to my needs and concerns, then explained in detail what they could do for my bike if it needed additional work, how long it would take, and the full price of the service.  I don’t know if this is typical, but they had the bike ready three (3) days sooner than I was told.  A lot of other places would just fiddle around and do the work when they felt like it.  After I had paid for the tune-up I asked a few questions about some maintenance items I will need in the future.  They had their money and knew I wasn’t buying anything else at that time, yet they didn’t try to rush me out or give quick stock answers.  Instead, time was taken to show me the various choices I had, explain the differences, and give their recommendations based on my needs and the way I will probably be riding, not according to which item was the most expensive.  I’m impressed.  If you knew me you’d know I don’t impress easily.  If you have a bike needing service and are in, or planning to visit, the Western NC area I suggest you check out Motion Makers Bike Shop.  I’m glad I did, and will definitely visit them again.  🙂

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Quote Of The Day – Sunday – 13NOV2011

I’ve added a new feature to my blog titled, “Quote Of The Day”.  Each new addition will be published by this name with the day/date of  it’s publishing.  A complete list of previous quotes will be “archived” together on the *page* titled “Quote Of The Day“.  Since many of my days are currently so full I don’t have the time to get my thoughts together to add other, more applicable, updates (see “Delayed“) perhaps I can take a couple of minutes at least every few days to post an interesting quote from some famous, and some not so famous, people.  😉

“They who give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” – Benjamin Franklin

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Quote Of The Day – Friday – 04NOV2011

I’ve added a new feature to my blog titled, “Quote Of The Day”.  Each new addition will be published by this name with the day/date of  it’s publishing.  A complete list of previous quotes will be “archived” together on the *page* titled “Quote Of The Day“.  Since many of my days are currently so full I don’t have the time to get my thoughts together to add other, more applicable, updates (see “Delayed“) perhaps I can take a couple of minutes at least every few days to post an interesting quote from some famous, and some not so famous, people.  😉

“We must always look to the future. Tomorrow – the time that gives a man just one more chance – is one of the many things that I feel are wonderful in life. So`s a good horse under you. Or the only campfire for miles around. Or a quiet night and a nice soft hunk of ground to sleep on. A mother meeting her first-born. The sound of a kid calling you dad for the first time. There`s a lot of things great about life. But I think tomorrow is the most important thing. Comes in to us at midnight very clean. It`s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we`ve learned something from yesterday.” – John Wayne

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Quote Of The Day – Thursday – 03NOV2011

I’ve added a new feature to my blog titled, “Quote Of The Day”.  Each new addition will be published by this name with the day/date of  it’s publishing.  A complete list of previous quotes will be “archived” together on the *page* titled “Quote Of The Day“.  Since many of my days are currently so full I don’t have the time to get my thoughts together to add other, more applicable, updates (see “Delayed“) perhaps I can take a couple of minutes at least every few days to post an interesting quote from some famous, and some not so famous, people.  😉

“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” – Thomas Jefferson

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Quote Of The Day – Wednesday – 02NOV2011

I’m adding a new feature to my blog titled, “Quote Of The Day”.  Each new addition will be published by this name with the day/date of  it’s publishing.  A complete list of previous quotes will be “archived” together on the *page* titled “Quote Of The Day“.  Since many of my days are currently so full I don’t have the time to get my thoughts together to add other, more applicable, updates (see “Delayed“) perhaps I can take a couple of minutes at least every few days to post an interesting quote from some famous, and some not so famous, people.  😉

“I’m at that awkward age… Old enough to know better, young enough to do it anyway.” – Me, on why I got into so much trouble as a youth.

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