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Biking In Vermont

On vacation in Weston Vermont, gone cycling twice. Loving every minute. Done a 7 mile and 8.2 mile.

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The West River, Thompsonburg Rd.
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View from chateau

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Riding Minus The Camelbak Was Great

Minus the Camelbak

Today was a hot day. A really hot day. But regardless of how hot it was I was determined to try riding without a Camelbak. I was talking with Eric at Cycle Sports and he suggested riding with two water bottles instead. His belief was that the Camelbak was slowing me down and was unnecessary for road riding.

I agree and disagree, first riding without the Camelbak was glorious and freeing, but I also noticed that I was drinking less, though be the end of the ride I actually drank more than I would have with the 50 ounces of water in the Camelbak.

I posted questions in the cycling forums and groups about road cycling and using a Camelbak. The general consensus was do what you want, but you’ll enjoy cycling more without the added weight. And you know what?????? I agree.

One thing that I’m realizing now is that I need more cycling jerseys. Oh great. I’ll have to make do with what I have for now.

What do you cycle with? A Camelbak or just water bottles? Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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Great Community of Cyclists Online

Bucks County, PA Cycling

So as many of you know, I’ve only been back in the saddle for about a week and a half and I’m loving it. I don’t want my rides to end and often go just a little further because of that drive.

I’ve been getting involved in some great online communities online, mainly on Facebook and Strava. Both serve different purposes, but there is a great community out there online for cyclists of all shapes, sizes, strengths, experience and that’s great.

It’s great to have a support group of other cyclists who know what you’re going through, who can cheer you on and support you when you have trouble.

If you’re looking for a few good groups to join check these ones out.

Do you know any other good ones. Post them in the comments below. Now get out riding!

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What a Dream… Double Wrapped Handle Bars

Double wrapping handle bars helps with hand and arm fatigue

So I’ve been back in the saddle for a little over a week and I’m loving every minute of it. But with riding everyday I’m noticing things on my 2001 GT ZR 4.0 that need adjusting so that I’m not in pain. The latest was my handle bar tape.

BikeLineI went out for a ride today and half way through, my hands were getting numb. I stopped by Bike Line in Doylestown and talked with Jim. He felt my handle bars and said that with not enough padding your hands can get tingly and numb. The solution double wrapping the handle bars. So, I bit the bullet, paid $20 and had him add another layer of wrap on my bars.

OH MY GOD, it’s like night and day. The cushion on the bars makes riding somuch easier on my whole upper body. Thanks Jim!

What improvements have you found help you get the most out of cycling? Post your thoughts below in the comments.

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How To Pass A Cyclist

So today I ventured further down below the borough of Doylestown and did a nice loop (14.1 miles woohoo).

Share the road with cyclistsOn this ride, I noticed something that many of us cyclist have realized many times, not all drivers understand how to pass cyclists. It’s not that they’re trying to hurt us or be rude (well at least not most of them), many are just uneducated on how to pass correctly.

Here are some tips:

  • If you’re on a hill and behind a cyclist, BE PATIENT and wait until you can pass with a nice gap between you and the cyclist. You’ll probably get a friendly wave.
  • If you are unsure about passing a cyclist, take your time, BE PATIENT, and give space.
  • If you are following a group of cyclists 2×2 only pass if you think you can do it safely. It’s not just about the cyclists’ safety, but your own as well.

Over all BE PATIENT when passing a cyclist or group of cyclists. Share the road and BE SAFE.

Do you have any other tips for motorists and cyclists on getting along on the road? Post them in the comments.

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Cyclo-Cross Looks Wicked Nuts and Lots of Fun

So Eric, from Cycle Sports in Doylestown, was talking  about his Cyclo-Cross racing. This sport looks nuts, but totally fun. Essentially think of Mt biking, but with a road bike. Insane. Check out the Wikipedia entry on the sport.

Cyclo-Cross race in Portland Oregon (credit: Wikimedia)
Cyclo-Cross race in Portland Oregon (credit: Wikimedia)

I think I might be willing to try it out one day. I haven’t been Mt biking since I lost my tooth doing it in New Hampshire in 10th grade, but this just looks like fun. I’m sure my wife and Mom won’t want me trying it though.

What do you think? Would you try Cyclo-Cross? Do you do it now? Share you thoughts in the comments.

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Today’s Ride

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So today’s ride didn’t get me over the threshold of 10 miles, but it was a much tougher ride. I started out going up hill and hit some nice climbs that really took the air out of me. But, as with all uphill climbs, there’s always a nice downhill to recover.

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This Saturday, I’m supposed to go out for a ride with Eric the owner of Cycle Sports here in Doylestown. We agreed to do a 20 mile ride, I hope I’m up for it. After each of my 10 mile rides I’ve got more in me, so I think I’ll be fine.

That’s all for now. See you on the road!

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Since Saturday

zr 4.0Since Saturday, I’ve been riding every day. I’ve even had a valve blow out and a flat tire. I’ve been having tons of fun even though the most I’ve done on a ride so far is 10 miles.

This Saturday the plan is go to out with Eric from Cycle Sports in Doylestown for a 20 mile ride. I’m a bit nervous, because I haven’t done close to 20 miles yet. I know I’ll get there, just by Saturday is going to be tough. I’ll report back on the result.

If you’re interested in coming out meet us at Cycle Sports at 7:30 am sharp on Saturday.