Tuesday, August 31, 2010

One Month of Commuting by Bike.

I came in just under my goal of 200 miles in August. I know, I know, 200 miles isn't that much, but I wanted to do it all commuting. I got in about 195 this month. Pretty good, considering that school didn't start until the middle of the month. My commute to school is just over 10 miles round trip.

I can also ride around Tempe Lake to get a few more miles in if I have the time. Over the summer I was putting in about 25 hours a month on the saddle, not including my 5 minute ride to the shop everyday. Getting half that in without even making an effort to go on a ride is pretty nice. And riding a bike sure beats finding parking and a long walk.

The bad part is I've been riding my heaviest bike - a steel single speed Lemond - about 5 pounds heavier than my mountain bike. I haven't even sat on my mountain bike this month. We're going to fix that this weekend though...

Thursday, August 26, 2010


So, it's been almost a month since we moved to Arizona. Doesn't seem like it, but it has. Not much action on the biking side, although I have put a bunch of commuting miles in. I went out on the road bike once on the hottest, flattest ride ever, only 200 feet of elevation in 25 miles. Plus I broke a spoke, although I have no idea how. No mountain bike rides yet, but we are headed up to explore Sedona over Labor Day Weekend. It's gotten cooler this week, which means it's been in the low hundreds instead of the low 110s.

I got caught up in a monsoon storm the other night just as I started my ride home. Thank goodness for a waterproof Chrome messenger bag. Everything inside stayed nice and dry. Everything else was soaked. It was fun riding in rain that wasn't cold though. Fun to be soaking wet, being able to splash in puddles knowing they weren't freezing and stuff. Skid through wet corners and stuff, ya know.

I think the rain hit home: it's been way too long since I've been on dirt.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Called It

After watching Lance suffer through le Tour, I predicted this. It's too bad some people won't do a race if they aren't sure they can win.

Anyway, look at this!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


We made it here. Although the darn federales sure tried to keep us out. It's funny that they wouldn't let us in with our moving truck while on the other side of the state... Anyway, apparently young college students with a moving trailer pose a major national security threat and are not allowed to cross the Hoover Dam. Unless they are willing to unpack the trailer, allow all the boxes to be inspected, and repack the trailer first. Needless to say, we turned around and took the long way.

It was really nice here Sunday- a high of about 85. Since then it's been a hot 110 degrees, which is fine and makes our 74 degree air conditioned home seem cold.

Pictures coming soon of the one car garage (read 5 bike garage). Sweet.