Saturday, July 30, 2016

Two Schwinns

Went out for my first ride since the STP. Only 5 laps around Crockett Lane on my fixed gear Schwinn. I had moved many parts from my fixed gear Schwinn to my 16 speed Schwinn. I wasn't sure what to do next with the fixed gear Schwinn. I raided some boxes of bike parts, bought a new seat post and have made the fixed gear bike a minimalist bike. I like it that way. I carry tools, tire pump, and food in a messenger bag.

Compare this to the last time I rode it. And here is the 16 speed Schwinn as I rode it in the STP:

The two bikes have identical frames, fork, stem and handlebar. Same rims and front hubs. I did a series of pictures of the 16 speed Schwinn that I am working on posting as well as pictures from the STP. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

2,000 miles. 9 days 7 hours.

2,000 miles for the year and 9 days, 7 hours, until the start of the 2016 Seattle to Portland bike ride.

It was a beautiful day in the neighborhood for a 20 mile hilly ride out to Bayview and back to Honeymoon Lake. Here I am at Double Bluff. The bike is pretty much ready. Fenders attached and new brake pads that help a lot. A few little things to tighten up. The training schedule calls for a 50 miler and a 30 miler this weekend with a 20 miler mid week next week. Then the STP. Now I am starting to get things together to pack. We get two bags (under 20 pounds each) that will be carried by truck for us to Centralia and then on to Portland. I will be carrying a messenger bag on the front rack for a warm shirt or rain gear if needed. The long term forecast looks good. Sunny and in the 70s. Perfect! I hope it doesn't get into the 80s.

And we got the boat launched!