20 November 2015

Pink jersey

#390 / #184

Lovely ride today around Lake Natoma.
Red Leader's knee was fine, although he did comment that his right leg (of the previously unhappy knee) was more tired than the left. So something is still needing some recovery.

The lake (Folsom, that we saw on our drive to our starting location) is so low. I've never seen it that low in 25 years of living here.
But the water in Lake Natoma, formed by the Nimbus Dam, was OK. Low, but not with scary swaths of bottom showing.

I'm looking forward to being rained out of rides this winter.

And I ask again: should I wear a pink jersey? Paint my bike pink? Fly a pink flag? I got "bro'ed" again. Yes, probably 90% of humans on trikes barreling down a hill at 24mph are guys. But I'm not. And I don't feel like painting my bike pink. Or trading my high viz jersey for pink. And I rarely fly a flag on the trails.

So there.


14 November 2015

The Weaselnut Ding-a-Ling

#389 / #183

Another lovely fall day, not that I'll complain when the rain comes again tomorrow.

Red Leader and I did a short ride today, in hopes that it would exercise his tender knee without aggravating it. All is good after the ride.

We went just under 10 miles, out and back on the south side of Lake Natoma.

Lots of other people out today, which leads to the Ding a Ling part of the title. Red Leader finds my insistence on ringing my bike bell (a LOUD Crane brass bell) bothersome. But, when there is a bunch of people clumped at the end of a bridge, and I can't tell what they are doing, or going to do, and the bridge is narrow. I will ring my bell.

I suppose I'll have to explain Weaselnuts too. Red Leader decided that I had said Weaselnuts, not hazelnuts, when discussing what I was eating for my pre-ride snack. Red Leader is a champion sleeper-in, and I'm an early bird. So, I get up and eat breakfast, then 3 hours later, we start getting ready to ride. By then, I'm hungry again! My current favorite pre-ride snack is a handful of hazelnuts and some raisins. The correct ratio for nuts to raisins is 1 nut and 2 raisins. Some would argue that Red Leader and I are 2 nuts. But never mind.
So the discussion in the car on the way down to our starting place started with weasel-nuts and quickly degenerated into off-color sillyness with which I will not bore you.

Now you understand Weaselnut Ding-a-ling.

I hope.


07 November 2015

Falling for Fall

Saturday, Nov 7th

#388 / #182

Red Leader and I drove down to Alphabent to get his Gekko, which has a new derailleur. His third! This is a better one so hopefully it is RL proof.

Trike retrieved, we rode over to Costco for a quick, greasy lunch (the Polish dog is still making itself known, 5 hours later). Then we rode down to Discovery Park, and back to Alphabent.  About 13 miles.

As soon as I've finished this post, I'm going to go write a couple reviews on Google and Yelp. Alphabent is a great place for recumbents, and if you agree, I encourage YOU to write a review!

It is supposed to rain for a couple of days. Don't know when we'll ride again. Hopefully soonish.

22 October 2015

My Second Favorite Time of Day to Ride

Thursday, Oct 22nd
#387 / #181

This post is for Fran. Not that it makes up or anything, but ...

Evening rides are underratted. Sometimes you get to see wildlife, but not this ride. We did see a lighted up caterpiller of mountain bikers, head lights, tail lights, head lamps. One fellow had no lights at all. A dark 'piller segment.

A group of runners, very good about announcing "bike up". Various other bicyclists of differing levels of intensity.

I did want to yell once, "Think twice before assuming you'll stay ahead of the fat guy on the trike on the down hill. We may be old, but we are more aero than thou!"

My trike continues to behave nicely after last weeks thorough cleaning, but Red Leader's ride is going into the shop again.

His rear derailler got very cozy with the wheel.
I think one of the chain guides caught on a spoke for an instant, bending the derailluer mount.

He was in the small ring in front, heading up a hill, in a middlish ring in back, shifting to an even larger ring. It jammed right up.

I parked my ride and went to help (I wasn't much help because twist shifters baffle me). For those of you not used to the requirements of a 12 foot chain, the person in front turns the cranks and works the shifters, the person in back holds the rear off the ground and fools with the derailluer. Unless you are Mr. Fantastic, it really takes two people.

We got him in a gear that would work, I shoved from behind to get him going, then gave a rolling assist on the next steep section. We were only a few blocks from the car when this whole thing happened.

Probably no rides for a week or so. Depends.

18 October 2015

Oh, my. Every 4 weeks or so, whether we need it or not

I owe you as many blog posts as I have fingers on one hand.

Here goes. Short and sweet because I can't remember much.

Sunday, August 2nd
#382 / #176

I left the title alone on Strava. So this is Morning Ride. I believe, casting my mind back, back, back into the past, that we went counterclockwise around Lake Natoma.
Saturday, August 29th
#383 / #177

Gosh. I don't even remember. But I was happy to get back on the trike, I do remember that.
Thursday, October 8th
#384 / #179

Now, this one I do remember. Backwards (counter clockwise) around Lake Natoma. My lack of recent bicycling showed as I blew past Red Leader on little climbs, and then got passed by Mr. Tortoise on longer inclines. Gasp. Gasp. Pant.

Red Leader had had a ride on the 3rd, while I was off trying (and mostly failing) to sell things at a craft fair.

Sunday, October 11th
#385 / #181

We rode around Folsom. I turned around because my shifting was really weird. Too hot, anyway.

Sunday, October 18th
#386 / #180

Having cleaned up and lubed my ride the day before, the shifting was perfect and the weather was nice and cool! I amused Red Leader (I frequently do) by putting on arm warmers, a jacket, and a head covering while unloading the bike, then frantically shedding them a minute later when a hot flash came to visit.
We rode from Sunrise to Wm. Pond and back. Red Leader's right knee was bugging him a little bit.
It looks like I won't ride my age in miles on November 5th, but I'll do as long a ride as I can. I do hope I ride again before then, but it does not look good given the past season's spotty performance.

12 July 2015

Long time passing

#381 / #175

12 July
Sometime in the past few months, Red Leader went on a bike ride by himself, and had a pinch flat and TWO more flat tubes.

Today, we carefully checked his flat tire for sharp bits, found none, and put in a new tube.

We did the counterclockwise Lake Natoma loop. On the last hill I got a flat! So we are officially in need of new tubes. RL has no more and I have one patched tube and one new tube.
I ordered 6 more tubes. I shall also pick up a patch kit and patch the two tubes with tiny holes.

We really, truly plan on an early evening ride later this week.
Stay tuned and see if we keep our promise!

27 May 2015

Triple Threat

IOU posts!

Here are posts!

Right here!



Thursday May 14th
Ride to the Capitol
43 miles.
Joined a May is Bike Month event full of mayors and such like folk at Hagen Park. Rode to Discovery Park and got free spaghetti and listened to some speeches. Didn't ride to the Capitol, but rode to Alphabent where I had the following cam on my frame quickrelease replaced. Yay!

Sunday, May 17th
Rode 21.5 cool and comfortable miles with Red Leader on the American River Trail (huge surprise, yes? Ha ha) from Folsom on the north side of Lake Natoma past Sunrise, then back on the south side of the lake.

Saturday May 23rd
22.5 miles on the ARBT from Sunrise to Howe and back.

There. Three very terse reports.