When Do You Prefer To Ride? [Poll]

I’m preparing an article and would like you to vote in the poll below so I can get a feel for when my readers like to ride their bikes. I believe I’ve got the major time periods covered but there is a spot for you to write something in. Take Our Poll I’d love to get your comments on this topic as well. If you prefer to ride in the middle of the afternoon, or are constrained to riding at a particular time, please share it with us in the comments below. PHOTOc:...

Starting The Morning Out Right

The Bike Is Fixed My crank problems were finally resolved on Friday and I picked up my bike that afternoon. The shop never heard back from Sugino (the maker’s of my cranks). Instead of flat-out telling me I needed a new crankset (which is what I was prepared for), one of the mechanics did some experimenting and found that a Cannondale external crank nut fit my crankset perfectly. Crisis solved. I escaped with my bike for only $33 which included the crank nut and a service of the bottom bracket. Thanks @bicyclesetc. Saturday’s Ride and the Headache I rode on Saturday morning and the cranks performed perfectly. It wasn’t a hard ride but it was hard on me after having been off for so long. I was basically limping along putting in the miles. I rode 10 miles in 46 minutes along a new route that I created. I started off at 7 AM which meant traffic wasn’t bad going underneath the interstate. What’s really nice is that about 9 miles of that 10 is on bike lanes. I didn’t see any other riders out on Saturday. I was back home by 8:30 and then the family headed to the beach for a couple of hours for some sun and fun. The waves were rolling in pretty good with quite a few folks out surfing. If we’re going to be going to the beach more I’ll need to invest in a boogie board again. Maybe sometime I’ll try and take up surfing. It looks like fun. My chest/stomach got a little too much sun though. I paid for it...

The Biking To Live Logo

I’ve wanted to design a logo for Biking To Live for a long time now. I just hadn’t gotten around to brainstorming designs and making one. That all ended last week after I decided to start mocking up some drafts and seeing what I came up with. Below is what was come up after collaborating with Darryl over at Loving The Bike. I owe Darryl a large debt of gratitude for his help in coming up with this design. We went through several versions before zeroing in on what you see below. His insight into helping me make the connection between my blog and the logo was awesome. Thanks Darryl! After some changes (made the cyclist bigger and removed the heart): With the logo above I’m trying to convey a sense of accomplishment, victory, or achievement that someone can attain by making cycling a part of their day-to-day lives. Cycling lets us make connections to Family, Health, and Life. Family. Cycling has a way of keeping families in touch with each other. We all probably started riding bikes as kids and, if you were like me, rode them with brothers and sisters. Many parents today actively ride bikes with their children as a way of establishing a bond, teaching them how important fitness is, or using it as a motivational tool. Cyclists as a whole are a large family as well. Even within the circles of blogging, cyclists develop friendships all because of bicycles. Health. For many (myself included), we started cycling because we wanted to improve our health or fitness. We had weight to lose or were motivated...

The Crank Problem Is Far From Over

Yesterday I explained in length how I was missing the compression nut (actually called an ‘External Crank Arm Fixing Bolt) on my cranks and that’s what was causing my left crank arm to keep coming loose. Remember how I went to the bike shop in town that sold Specialized bikes to get the part? Well, they sold me the wrong one. Go figure. This was discovered when I took my bike to my favorite local bike shop to have yhe bottom bracket serviced and the nut put on (due to needing a special tool). After some searching, the mechanic verfied they don’t have what I need in stock and couldn’t find one via their online sources. They will call Sugino (the maker of the cranks on my Allez) to see if they can get the part. If they can’t, I did find what looks to be the right part on Amazon. It also looks like you don’t need a special tool for it but I’ll have my BB serviced anyway. In short, it looks like I’ll be without my road bike for at least the weekend and into next week. Why, oh why didn’t I take care of this when I wasn’t...

Cranks, Nuts, and a Tshirt

This mornings ride was very low key because I can’t ride my road bike right now (see below) and because I’m taking it easy until my body readjusts to riding again. I took the hybrid out for a short three mile loop. I’ll ride the hybrid for a few more days until I get the Allez back from the shop. Why I Have A Crank Problem Yesterday you may remember that I had a problem with left crank arm again where it wants to come off during my rides. I’ve replaced both bolts that hold it on to no avail. Yesterday, while heading to Lowes (a local home improvement store) to get some Blue Loctite, I stopped into a local bike shop to talk to a mechanic about my crank problems (no jokes please). It turns out that I’m missing the compression nut that screws into the left-side of the crank arm. The mechanic says that without that nut I’ll never be able to keep the crank arm on. Here’s a diagram of what I’m talking about. The compression nut is part #5. This particular shop would have had to order me a nut (no, my nickname isn’t Juan Pelota) because they don’t sale Specialized bikes. I left there and headed over to the shop that carries Specialized bikes to pick up the nut which was only $5. Today I’m going to take my bike back to shop #1 to have them overhaul my bottom bracket and put the nut on. Just so you know, that nut requires a special tool (TL-FC16 in the figure above). It looks like...
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