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Riding High In The Saddle

by on Jun.21, 2009, under Cycling, Music

IMG_0387I’m up way later than I should be. In part, there’s a lot of excitement looking forward to tomorrow. Mostly, I’ve just been up packing and double-checking my supplies. I think I’m ready to go, now, logistically speaking. Psychologically… well, I’m going in the morning ready or not. No giving up until I reach the Pacific Ocean. It still freaks me out to think about. I’m about to bicycle 2,800 miles from Wisconsin (around a few detours) to the coast of Oregon.

Since I could not go without a few parting words, here I sit, typing out one more pre-launch essay while sipping on some New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale and listening to the latest album from Melody Gardot.

I can’t technically be claiming to ride a fat tire bike, but I’ve got 700x32s on her at the moment, and that gives me a pretty stable and balanced ride.

It was a pain in the ass packing everything up tonight, but now it’s done. I’m hauling way too much food, but that’ll be taken care of in a hurry, no doubt, and I’ll just have to watch my food purchases in the future to prevent myself from packing too much stuff around. That bike is heavy though. It’ll be an interesting ride tomorrow.

IMG_0386I’ve been riding around Madison a bit over this last week — not as much as I would’ve liked, but it’s still nice to put a few miles in. The intense miles are about to start. There’s some nice riding around Madison. You get some bike paths with some really cool lake views. It’s a very bike friendly town overall, I would say.

It’s also the home of Trek Bicycles. There’s a Trek retail outlet I was able to stop in at. This was very handy as I was able to get stock spare parts that are an exact match for my FX 7.3 without too much worry.

To continue my completely disjointed late-night, per-departure ramblings, this beer is quite tasty. It’s right out of the fridge, so it’s probably colder than I technically should be drinking it, but after a long night of packing up the panniers, it is quite refreshing at this temperature.

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The All-Important Ride

by on May.03, 2009, under Cycling

img_0250Allow me for a moment, if you will, to introduce to you my trusting touring companion. I purchased this wonderful ride about six or seven months ago, and having survived the abuse of a Cleveland winter (with those very salty roads), I think it’s ready for some real mileage. Ladies and gentleman, the real star of the grand summer tour, my Trek FX 7.3. Get lost in it’s amazing bright redness.

Certainly, I’ve added a few things from the stock equipment. The rear rack is a recent addition, and I still need to mount a front rack on it and figure out the pannier/handlebar bag situation a little better. I’ll be sure to keep you up to speed on how I end up equipping the bike.

What I really love on this bike is the saddle. Like most stock saddles, I wasn’t wild about the one that came standard with this bike. Instead I dropped a nice chunk of change on the Terry Liberator Y saddle you see there. For as much as I try to be frugal, I’ve never had any compunction about dropping a hefty wad of cash on a good saddle. Having the right saddle makes it all worth it. The wrong saddle can absolutely kill your ride, whereas the right saddle can literally save your ass.

I’ll be sure to get some more bike pictures going as I get her more and better equipped in preparation.

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