Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bicycle Camping Success!

Well, last weeks bicycle camping was a rounding success.  My 2 companions complained of sore posteriors afterwords, but all in all, it was tremendous fun.

We were getting close to the campsite as the sun was setting.

My companions and I on a bridge.

Our camp was set up in a short amount of time. We stopped for food first, so had to set up in twilight.

 The morning after. Getting some breakfast and getting ready to head out.

I can hardly wait for the next trip!

This one was a total ride of about 30 miles.  Next time we're going to go a bit further. Maybe we'll take a week and take a ride to Oklahoma.

Friday, October 9, 2015

New Bike Day! (kinda)

So, I took the Jamis to the local bike store to have it appraised, and get a list of suggested maintenance.  The bike shop said that in it's present condition, the bike wasn't worth $100, and the list of suggested repairs was over $200. Add to that the price to replace the damaged parts I mentioned earlier, and it quickly became a money pit.

They recommended a new shifter (the old one was so worn it wouldn't shift reliably), chain, cassette, tires and cables.  They also suggested a new stem, new saddle and new bars due to damage.

So, I ended up getting a new-to-me bike.

It's a mid-2000's (2006 I think) Specialized Allez Pro.  Picked it up for $600.

 I can't believe how fast it is.  So easy to pedal, even in the higher gears.  I am going to take it out for a quick ride (20-30 miles) and see how it goes.