I enjoy cycling for many reasons. I love the feeling of riding a bike in the woods, over natural terrain. Health benefits are just icing on the cake. I equate riding with freedom. My red 26″ Schwinn bomber was the vehicle that I rode out of my driveway as a kid and explored all over the neighborhood. It is still fun for me to ride for an hour or more.
Spring is official next week. With almost 2 feet of snow on the ground, it will not be easy to get on my road bike to dodge the potholes, slush, and dust that comes with riding this time of year.
The two feet of snow that fell in the last two weeks has not firmed up enough for me to be to be back in the woods riding snowmobile paths but that should all change this Sunday, when temps drop into the single numbers gain.
I’m very excited about the 2018 riding season. Last night, I finished the second session of a four week ” Fix Your Own Bike” FiveTowns.com adult education course taught by Mike Hartley at Maine Sport. We’ve covered tires, flats, replacing cable, and adjusting rear dereillers. My friends Frank and Pat are also in the class. I can fix many things on my bikes, but now I am learning from a professional how to round out the rough edges of my wrenching skills.
I’ve got a new 1 x12 drive train on my Ice Cream Truck (5″ fat tire bike). Before the month is over, I plan to bolt on the rear rack on my Surly Pugsley and do a short bike-packing trip in Acadia National Park, sleeping in my new Seek Ouside Tipi, that will be warmed by a brand new titanium wood stove.
In the meantime, I need to get out on two wheels when ever I can.
I’m 57 miles behind schedule to make 1,000 miles on the bikes again in 2018.
regular cycling cut the risk of death from all causes by more than 40%, and cut the risk of cancer and heart disease by 45%.