Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Favorite Bike

This bike has been with me through everything and she doesn't have a name. In 1998 the frame was a warranty replacement....I transferred the parts and got to racing her at the Wednesday night series at Holiday Valley, Raccoon Rally, Six Hours of Power and others. I had so much fun, I upgraded to a GT LTS in 1999; but kept breaking parts. Thus I ended up racing and riding this bike most of the next three years. Then I converted her into this outstanding urban assault cycle. She has carried everything from 6: 6' ft sections of copper pipe to 24 packs of beers. There is an adapter for running the dog. This bike commuted everyday in Buffalo winters for 5 years....and every day in the traffic of Washington DC for 5 years. She has towed multiple trailers hauling groceries, kids and camping gear. Her parts have changed over the years, but we never lost that connection. I have depended on this bike for almost 18 years. After multiple shoulder dislocations, this was the bike I rode for re-hab. This year, I had that shoulder repaired surgically....and one more time, I call upon this trusty steed. Thank you bike for all your years of service.

Parts Spec
Raleigh 18" M400 Aluminum frame: 1997
Kinesis Fork: 2000
Ringle Headset: 1995
Azonic Shorty 50mm stem
Shimano Deore XT V-Brakes: 1995
Truvativ Stylo Crank: 2010
Deore XT Cassette, Hubs, Shifters, Deurraleur: 2008
Race Face Carbon Bars and Seatpost: 2008
DT Swiss Double Butted Spokes with Alum Nipples
Rhino Lyte Rims
Cheap Plastic Fenders and Alum Rack
Bontrager Seat
Ergon GP1 Grips
Xpedo MX Force Platform pedals
Jag Wire Sealed Cables

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Do you wear a helmet because of Fear?

This video talks about helmets in terms of our current "culture of fear"
I had to share. While I do wear one while mountain biking, I usually do not wear one when riding around town....getting groceries.....yada....

Now I wear a helmet, and make my son wear a helmet in the bike trailer for the sole purpose of not having to have a conversation about it with other parents at his day school. While it makes little sense to me to wear one riding a bike on the sidewalk, I know that judgement nowadays can come with a report to Child Protective I admit freely that I am wearing a helmet for fear.


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ray's Life Cycle........Cycled

Before - Girlfriend

After - Wife

Before - Renter

After - Home Owner

Before: bike trailer carried booze and food

After: bike trailer carries son

Before - Employed in Cubicle

After - Owner of Build It LLC with Employee

Before - Riding A Hardtail

After - riding Full Suspension


Friday, June 1, 2012

Heritage, History, Pride: Sounds like a great bike tour.

Article: Muscogee (Creek) Nation bike tour to retrace Trail of Tears

It is so exciting to see rides like this. Its cycling at its best. 

John Beaver has been training for the Trail of Tears Bicycle Tour that starts in Georgia and ends in Oklahoma. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World

John Beaver has been training for the Trail of Tears Bicycle Tour that starts in Georgia and ends in Oklahoma. STEPHEN PINGRY/Tulsa World

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bike DC - WABA

Bike DC is an event hosted in the DC metro/Arlingtonarea. This is a video of the first 3 minutes (sorry a little shaky at the very beginning) of riders leaving for this glamorous bicycle ride through the heart of our nations capital.  The duration and density of riders moving along these first three minutes is staggering, but at the end I back up and look into the humungous crowd of cyclists still to go. This was an incredible cycling event to participate in.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How A Bicycle is Made

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

I was Inspired!

Welcome to the Team / Erik Elstran from Sunday Bikes on Vimeo.

I have not blogged for almost a year - this inspired me to share again.
Lots of life changes this year.
More to come