Indoor Cycling

For many years I have owned a Cyclops fluid trainer that was a complete failure on my part.  I could not get into riding indoors by myself, but found spin classes were fun even though I had a problem when the class instructors would tell me this would help me on the road when they did not even ride road or mountain.  Fast forward and, like cell phones 15 years ago, indoor trainers are now “Smart”.  While I did a little research and was torn between this Tacx model and another one from Saris, I ended up finding a Tacx Continue reading Indoor Cycling

A Seller’s Market for Bicycles

So, don’t hold on to your bikes if you are not going to ride them. The local bike shops can’t keep inventory and if they have something, it may be really high end as my VP found out when trying to find some mountain bikes for he and his kids and their vacation trip to Colorado. If I was 15, I would have said, wait a year and put the money into a car, but that’s me. I have one more bike I am tuning up and will most likely keep. That’s my Mongoose Pro 2007 Otero MTB. I have Continue reading A Seller’s Market for Bicycles

Bike Brands and Conglomerates That Own Them

The list below was quickly assembled from Google and sourced back to the respective company website, but it should not be considered an exhaustive list.  I decided to put this list together to look at the bicycle market and how it seems like there are fewer choices in today’s market.  There is also the proposed tariffs here in the U.S. on the imported bicycles from overseas.  While this Bloomberg report covers that angle pretty well, you have to wonder what it means the American bicycle market.  Will the tariff make it much more expensive to pick up a kid’s BMX bike Continue reading Bike Brands and Conglomerates That Own Them

Shimano Upgrade on ’07 Raleigh Cadent Carbon

The components on my 2007 Raleigh Cadent Carbon, while functional, were getting a little long in the tooth and I was ready to move up to an 11 speed double from the 10 speed triple that came on the bike.  Originally the bike was built with a Shimano drive train by Raleigh with 105 Shifters and Ultegra Derailleurs.  The triple would usually stop shifting to the big ring at least once a year when the cable housing started splaying apart on the shifter end of things.  Luckily I got used to this and had some spare housing to fix when Continue reading Shimano Upgrade on ’07 Raleigh Cadent Carbon


If bad luck runs in three’s, I hope I am done with BL for a while.  So I backup my OS drive on my photo processing workstation and tell Acronis TrueImage to shutdown the computer when complete.  Well, that shutdown was permanent, it would seem, as the motherboard on the system will not even reach POST.  So a capacitor has probably gone bad, but I can’t complain about the Gateway refurb that I picked up on the cheap almost five years ago.   And now I get to build a new system and get to include my niece when I Continue reading Three’s

Fitness 2.0

Three years ago, January 2009, I was in the midst of a fitness renaissance. I was working out with a personal trainer (PT) a couple of times a week and I eventually lost close to 30 pounds. My doctor took me off of one diabetes medication and my hemoglobin A1C levels were well below what is considered diabetic or pre-diabetic.  After about nine months of working with my PT, he left the gym to focus on his full-time job, a physician’s assistant in the cardiology department at a local hospital, and his new home. I tried to stick with cycling and Continue reading Fitness 2.0

Naish Glide 12′

Thanks to a combination of the alignment of the stars and some timely contact with Gary Stone at Paddleboard Specialists, Chad Baird at Epic Marketing, and Todd Masinter at Triangle Glides; I picked up a used Naish Glide 12′ standup paddleboard from Todd at Triangle Glides.  I also had some telephone time with local SUP racer Kevin V.  While my wallet and board storage limitations kept me to a 12′ board, it’s probably for the best as I am finding a casual exercise session is more appealing than racing or blowing myself out on a racing board. I think the Continue reading Naish Glide 12′

Lake Wheeler SUP

I was able to get some time on my Ocean Kayak Nalu at Lake Wheeler today. This was my third time out on the board and first time in the same water with motor boats. Thankfully I did not take a dip, but there were a couple of times that I bent over to get a little help from my arms as the boat waves were coming from the side. When the swells from the boats came from behind, I could see where doing this at the coast could be a real blast given the right conditions. The local company, Continue reading Lake Wheeler SUP