Cycling ~ Bikes, Trike & Quad–Cycles I own/have owned & ridden…

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At one point, as many a 7 cycles, now 3 + an ElliptiGO.

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Team Rwanda ~ This is about Adrien [Cape Pioneer Trek]

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Adrien won Stage 6 of the Cape Pioneer yesterday, 2nd in the GC. Good racing Adrien!

 

68761_445416826134_27990066134_5794239_3554620_n-Following the 19th Commonwealth Games, Adrien Niyonshuti, a member of Team Rwanda, joined Kevin Evans, to ride for Team Evans in the Cape Pioneer Trek in South Africa. It is a grueling 6 days of mountain bike riding. As you see above from Team Rwanda’s Tweet, Adrien won Stage 6. He and his teammate finished second overall. There is a spectacular galley of photos here. Congratulations to all riders, but especially to Adrien following his performance at the Commonwealth Games.

Bikes for sale ~ EBay [as listed by my agent]

Seller: velocyclestuff

Trek Y-22 Trek 5200

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Item No: 230462811904

earlier [03/24] article

10 additional pictures uploaded…

See flickr Recently Uploads… [2007 Trek Project One & 2006 Trek Y-22 MTB]

Activity

I have to report on 3 areas:

  1. I now have a stable that houses 2 ‘bents; a DF; & MTB–it is the utility room.
  2. I have built a platform to be placed on my floor scale to allow me to weigh anything that’s too large for the scale itself. The platform is 101.5″x20.” I used 2×4’s for the base–photographs above.
  3. I’ve made a few additional adjustments to the RANS: I moved my XM radio; collocated the 2 Garmin Edge 305 GPS; repositioned the light behind the neck rest; and repositioned the safety flag.

Over the next week or so, I intend to write about the above changes.

Riding In The Rain

This is probably as good as it gets!

I think I just experienced a synergistic ride. The fairing in conjunction with my Showers Pass rain jacket, rain pants, shoe covers, and a special modification to my helmet allowed me to enjoy a cool [57 degree] very wet [in terms of rain intensity] test ride.

First of the Zzipper fairing. It seemed to work well. I do get rain on my lap and torso, but not nearly what I recall from other rides in rain of this intensity. The items just behind the fairing do not get wet. Rain drops bead up on the fairing. This makes me wish for a windshield wiper or Rain-X. I’ll have to ask Karl about using Rain-X on Lexan polycarbonate .

My Showers Pass Elite Jacket [my photos] continues to perform flawlessly. My rain pants from REI [while I still await those from Showers Pass] performed in the same manner. I’m also awaiting shipment of my rain jacket hood from Showers Pass. I’ve improvised by using a shower cap on my head, with a balaclava over it. I opted for this method to avoid covering the reflective strips on my helmet, as well as the LED light on the back of the helmet and the mount for my emergency hand cranked light. On removal of the shower cap, I found a bit of perspiration. I may need a wicking surface next to my hair.

My shoe covers are not waterproof. I did not sense my feet getting damp. On touching them, they are wet, but not as wet as they would have been without the fairing. At some point, I’ll purchase waterproof covers.

My vision was not nearly affected my the rain as I’ve experienced in the past. I placed my mountain bike helmet visor on this helmet with a insert beneath it. This shades the glasses from rain drops. The visor modification, plus the fairing seem to be my perfect solution to an annoying problem I’ve had in the past when riding in the rain.

Given this ride in the rain, I see no need to have Karl trim the fairing in anyway. Further, I have no other modifications or adjustment to make to make the bike more rain worthy. BTW, still no problem the slick Specialized Fatboy tires.

If I had a wish list, I’d place a wiper on the fairing. Overall, I am very pleased and now know the bike is ready for a cold, or cold & wet four-century rides. At this point, the extended weather forecast is favorable.

Day 0–Home to Cary to Banner Elk via Bus

Saturday, 9/29, Day-0 Home to Cary REI

  1. Drive to Comfort Inn, Fuquay Varina, Dpt 6:15 am
  2. Arrive Fuquay 7:00 am
  3. Depart Fuquay using bicycle route to REI, 7:05 am
  4. Arrive REI, 7:30 am
  5. Park van, 7:35 am
  6. Make REI purchases, 8:00 am
  7. Process Bike for truck loading, 8:15 am
  8. Depart 9:15 a.m. via bus
  9. Enroute Banner Elk
  10. Stopped for lunch in Wilkesboro
  11. Arrive Banner Elk, 1:15 pm
  12. Check in to Best Western Mountain Lodge
  13. Register
  14. Went for a ride
  15. Riders meeting, 7:00 pm
  16. Dinner 8:15 pm

Check-in at the Lees-McRae Gymnasium. Registration is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. At check-in, we receive our riders wrist band (to be worn at all times during the ride), a complimentary CNC t-shirt (week long riders only), a jersey if ordered, a CNC bike tag, cue sheets and maps, and lots of other good stuff to hold on to.

There is a riders meeting at 7:00 pm in Williams Gymnasium. Wear tennis shoes when entering this gym. Refrain from wearing any cycling shoes. At this meeting, the Banner Elk Mayor and the President of Lees-McRae College will officially welcome the participants.

Any last minute instructions will be issued.

Images from today…

REI, etc. in Cary, North Carolina

Riders at Lees-McRae College, Banner Elk, North Carolina

Mountain Lodge, Banner Elk, North Carolina