Showing posts from September, 2012

700 Photo Op

I couldn't resist taking a picture of the 700 on a grass berm that I rode by today.

I planned on taking a longer ride today on the 700 but I realized I forgot my flag today. I was coming up to a section of road where I felt uncomfortable without a rag waving in the air so after about 15 miles I met Carrie to pick up my flag and ended up going to the local coffee joint with her. I was planning on doing 30 miles but in the end my ride was only 17 miles. I hadn't really got into the climbing section of my ride yet so my gain was a modest 920 feet with an average speed of 15.8 mph. The ride wasn't as long I planned but being with my beautiful wife made up for it.

OK I'll Take the Drug

I finished up a bunch of tests with my new cardiologist and now is the time to followup to an earlier post "No Drugs Please".

Stress test - Good (I stayed on the treadmill 30% longer then is projected for a person my age (58), height (6'1") and weight (185).
Echo Cardiogram - Good
Cholesterol Levels - Good...for anyone without an history of having a heart attack.

My total cholesterol is 185 (less then 200 is desirable)
HDL 62 (greater then 60 is best)
LDL 105 (less then 129 near ideal, less then 100 if at risk of heart disease and less then 70 if at high risk of heart disease)
Triglycerides 90 (150 or less is desirable)
Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio 2.98 (3.43 or less means 1/2 the average risk of having a heart attack)

A "healthy" person would be very happy with these numbers and their doctor would give them a well done and send them on their way...not me. I had a heart attack, not a massive one as explained in my post  No Drugs Please. I now have a histor…

700 Not for Sale

Updated 9/24/12

Awhile back I decided to sell my 700...well kinda. Now I've decided that I just can't let it go. Even though I cruise on my Catrike Expedition most of the time, the few times I do ride the 700 makes it worth keeping around. I may ride it only once a month but when I do it's such a blast going down the local hills at 50 plus mph that it helps to keep me young. I must admit I get a kick out of passing some of the spandex clad Lance wannabes on the flats and always on the downhill stretches. Then there are some riders who pass me on the flats that are so out of breath that they can barely manage a "how do you do". Then I'm stuck looking at their ass as they slow down to get their breath. General rule of thumb when I'm riding my 700 is, not including hill climbs, for every rider that passes me I pass one.
It's all good fun so I'll keep the 700 for those occasional times when I need a little downhill adrenaline fix. 
NOT For Sale
(but I&…

Traveling with My Trike

When I travel alone or with Carrie I can fold down the rear seats and put the Expedition in the back of the car. When Byron and Leili claim the rear seat then my ride goes on top of the car. Carrie has the same car model I have so I took her roof racks and put them on my car along with my racks. It makes a nice slot for the front tires to rest in. I simply tie it down with nylon webbing (easier then rope to work with) and I'm good to go. I've been doing it this way for the last three years without a mishap

A couple of years ago I had to get four trikes loaded on the car. Two on the roof and two on a Alpaca rack.

Central Coast Vacation

The Expedition is strapped to the top of our car and we're ready to head off to Cambria for some family fun and a little riding along the central coast of California...for me at least.

DAY 1  As is my custom no matter where I  may be I start off my day with a cup of tea. This morning, at a respectable 6:30am, I become one with the fog at  Moomstone beach watching the harbor seals laying on the rocks doing what they do best...nothing. Eventually I got my rear end off the sand and prepared for a ride up the coast. By 9am, with the fog still hanging around, I pedaled away form our digs at the Fireside Inn. It's a nice motel adjacent to the beach. I took a straight shot up the coast to the old abandoned Piedras Blancas Motel aptly named after the local historic light house. Tours of this old historic lighthouse are offered through the Piedras Blancas Light Station Association. 
The sun is finally starting to show itself and I can start taking off layers. I headed back after hittin…

New Tires

UPDATE 3/1/13: I replaced the Marathon Plus 20 x 1.75 with Marathon 20 x 1.35 (click to see post) _________________________________
I put two new Marathon Plus tires on the front of my trike and took'em for a ride today. They replaced my old worn out 20/1.5 Marathon Racers. I'm looking for a little extra comfort and durability, not speed, so I went with the 1.75 wide tires. Initial impression...slow but I got that little extra comfort I was hoping for. Combined with the 26/1.75 Marathon Tour I put on the rear wheel four months ago I have manged to soften the ride just enough to make for some sweet cycling. With the cushy treads it seems that I've lost about 10% of my speed. It's hard to know exactly but I'm good with it. In addition I'm also keeping the tire pressure at the mid-range of the min and max recommendations for a little more shock absorbing power. The air pressure on Betzi's trailer tires are kept even lower. I don't want ma doogie bouncing a…

Time for a Snack

Now that the heat of summer has eased up I can time to stop at the duck pond at Oak Canyon Community Park and munch down a snack.

SPOT vs Actual Route

If your using a SPOT Satellite Messenger  don't expect it to show the details of your route. It's purpose is to identify your location at given intervals and to be used in case of  emergency as mentioned in a previous post, Spot Tracker.

Thump..Thump on a Sunday Ride

Beautiful summer day. The weather started off a little cooler so I was able to get a leisurely start at 8am. I spent three hours wondering around with a couple of stops at local parks so Betzi could exercise her nose. Towards the end of the ride I started to feel a distinctive thump...thump...thump coming from my right tire. Sure the enough the tire was toast. I looked down at the exposed lining and the expanding bulge of my Schwalbe Marathon and pleaded with it to hold up until I got home. I let a little pressure out of the tire and I made it home.