In Dallas Now

Folks, I’m in Dallas now and have actually unpacked a few things. It’s been a rough 3 months with everything that’s transpired to get here. I start work on 5-Jan so I have the weekend to get accustomed to the area and prospect a couple of bike routes. It may be a few more days before I get back into a regular posting...

Started the move to Dallas today

Well, today marked the day I move to Dallas to start my new job. My family and I are combining my move with a Christmas trip to my Mom’s house about 2 hours North of Dallas. We’re taking two cars because I’ll stay in Dallas when my wife and girls head back home to Jacksonville. The trip started just fine. The wife and girls were in my car and I was in my wife’s Grand Cherokee with the dog. I have to say that Mocha (our female Labrador) traveled perfectly today. She’s our third lab and traveled better than any of the others. She basically slept the whole trip today. About 3 hours into the trip though things took a dramatic turn for the worse. My wife pulled off at an exit to grab a quick breakfast for the girls and I continued on. I get a phone call about 20 minutes later telling me that the battery light was on. I’ll take this moment to describe how things go wrong with my car and who’s involved. If something happens to my car it’s never my fault. I seem to be able to pamper it to where it always takes care of me. My wife, on the other hand, has a knack for getting it to break by either simply driving it or driving her car and ramming mine while backing out of the driveway. Today, though, my oldest daughter was driving. The same daughter that was driving when my temperature sensor was ripped off from under the car. How did it get ripped off? She drove my car...

Bicycle Christmas Gifts

The holiday season is in full swing now with both Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us. I’m not one of those folks that thinks I have to hit the stores at 5:00 AM the day after Thanksgiving to do my shopping. Personally, I have to wonder about the mental stability of folks that do that. If any of my readers are frequent participants in the holiday “running of the bulls” please don’t take offense. I’m just having fun with it but you do have to wonder about the folks that find it necessary to trample a guy to death. That said, I’ve compiled a list of cool items you may want to pass along to your significant other to save them the time and frustration of trying to shop for a bicyclist. If your wife/husband knows as much about bicycling as my wife does then you’ll understand why I’ve put this list together. Without further ado here’s my list: 1. Products from Genuine Innovations. If you’re not familiar with Genuine Innovations they are a company that produces some of the best tire inflation products you can buy. Their CO2 inflators are high quality and something every bicyclist needs to carry in their seat bag. I did a review on their Second Wind Road Mini Carbon a while back that would make a great gift. You can get anything from CO2 cartridge refills to complete CO2 powered inflation kits that come in their own seat bag. 2. A Jersey from 3 Feet Please. 3 Feet Please is a new company that offers jerseys to help educate drivers on the...

The Bicycle Seat Bag – What should you carry in it?

The bicycle seat bag. It’s that small package of assurance that we keep tucked under our saddle. It sits under our rears, ignored and neglected until we need it. When we do need it we wonder if we restocked it the last time we used it. You’ll find quite a few articles around the Internet about the bike seat bag and what bicycle accessories need to be in it. These articles are always popular and get a lot of feedback because everyone has their own preference of what should be stowed in their seat bag. Just like everyone else, I have my preferences too. I think this article will be a benefit to anyone just starting in bicycling, or returning to the sport after a long layoff (just like me), or the enthusiast who has been riding everyday. Regardless of your experience, I think you’ll find the info below useful. So, what needs to be in that seat bag? There’s quite a few things you can carry in your saddle bag but I think there’s a core list of essential items every cyclist needs. They are: Patch Kit. You’ll find both glue and glueless patch kits. Which one to use is a topic all by itself but I believe most people use the glue patch kits because of their durability. I’m not sure it really matters which kind you have as long as you have one. They take up very little room in your seat bag and you will need it at some point. Spare Tube. Some of you may ask, “Why carry a spare tube when I have...
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