Monthly Archives: March 2010

new tires

As the old ones on my Dancelli were really worn out [deep cracks and flapping pieces of rubber] I got them off and put on new ones [Continental Grand Prix 4000]. And not only that, in yellow, they look really good on the bike, they’re also – with 23mm width and a pressure of “only” 120 PSI [istead of 150 in the old tires] – (much) more comfortable, especially on our miserable Karnes County road surfaces [mostly badly done chipseal].

Will write more about the tires after some time, and will alos post pics.

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back from Germany

Nice as it was to see my friends in Germany, I’m happy to be back in southern Texas. And even if it is terribly windy today, I’ve ridden my bike – the Stevens with its 30-speed drivetrain because of the wind – today, for just a little more than 10 miles. But, being out of shape as I currently am, was enough. For the next few days I’ll be working to get myself ready for the 3rd LBJ 100 Bicycle Tour. I’ve signed up for the 44-mile route. We’ll see, if I can manage that or have to cut it short. Or, if I can even do the 65 miles.

Talking of Germany: I brought back quite a few bicycling guides as I really would like to do some longer rides there some time. More about that in a future posting.

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Grab Your Bike and Go with Google Maps

Google ® is announcing at the Opening Plenary Session at the National Bike Summit that they are adding biking directions in the U.S. to Google Maps.

Users can now choose biking when deciding how to get to their destination.

This new feature includes: step-by-step bicycling directions; bike trails outlined directly on the map; and a new “Bicycling” layer that indicates bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads. The directions feature provides step-by-step, bike-specific routing suggestions – similar to the directions provided by our driving, walking, or public transit modes. Simply enter a start point and destination and select “Bicycling” from the drop-down menu. You will receive a route that is optimized for cycling, taking advantage of bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly streets and avoiding hilly terrain whenever possible.

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