Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sharing Bicycles in New York

The Bloomberg administration is set to move ahead on Tuesday with plans to create a large-scale bike-sharing program that would make hundreds or even thousands of bicycles available for public use throughout New York City — a nimble, novel form of mass transit that has already become mainstream in cities like Washington and Paris.

quoted from: The New York Times, online edition, Nov. 23, 2010

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Bicycling in New York

Over the last four years, the streets of New York City have undergone a transformation: More than 250 miles of traffic lanes dedicated for bicycles have been created, and several laws intended to promote cycling have been passed.”

quoted from: the New York Times, online edition, Nov. 23, 2010

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Those Dang Stickers

Yesterday, when I stopped at our cattle guard before I hit the road, I noticed there was a puncture in my front tire. So I quickly went back to the house and got a spare wheel and slapped it in. Even if it sounds/looks much too professional for a guy like me to have more than one set of wheels, I’m always happy I do as it makes for a very quick change and I can bother with mending the tube later at leisure.

Well, when I did that today, I did that today, I discovered that in addition to the puncture I had noticed and which had been caused by a sharp stone, there was another one very likely caused by a sticker burr. And when I checked the tire thoroughly, I found maybe 5 to 10 more little thorns which were sticking in the rubber. These sticker burrs are really  a nuisance as they seem to work themselves even through tires with a good flat protection. I’m seriously considering not to ride my road bike[the Dancelli]  across our lawn and along our driveway again, but carry it to the road, to avoid those nasty things. It’s a different matter with my touring bike [the Stevens] as that has sturdier tires with more thread. On my Dancelli, btw, I’m using the Continental Grand Prix Attack & Force combination, which I like a lot, as usually – apart from sticker burrs – they’re fairly puncture resistant and still – being not too heavy and having not much of a thread – quite fast.

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Metric Century

It’s late in the year, but I finally did it: a metric century. Well, 61.1 miles [= 98.25 kilometers] comes close enough to it, to my mind, even if it’s not quite there. It was a good day for riding a bicycle: not too hot and not too humid. And even if there was a good breeze, it partly helped and partly hindered me – overall, those two effects cancelled each other out, I think. What I did, was a nice ride in the rolling countryside of northern Karnes and southern DeWitt counties. For details, click here: Ride with GPS. My legs were good, and thus I averaged out at 16.6 mph – and I’m really happy about it. Well, I did it on my Dancelli, and that is my fastest bike, I think.

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Una Bella Machina

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What a Difference the Weather Makes

Whereas all through this southern Texas summer’s heat and humidity I was hard pressed to reach even an average 15 mph it’s been easy the last few weeks to get above 16 and even close to or above 17. Since I have not been riding more or harder, I assume that improvement is due only to the different weather conditions. And thus,  on Monday, Nov. 1, I managed to achieve one of my goals, to do my short ride on FM 1144 and FM 81 – 17.3 miles] – in less than 1 hour. For details of the ride, click here: Ride with GPS.

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11th Annual Fredericksburg Fall Foliage Frolic

Again, as in the years before, it was a great event, well organized by the Hill Country Bicycle Touring Club, from registration onsite and the SAG-support to the great meal, cooked as usual by the Mendozas. Especially the meal gave a great opportunity to sit outside the Tatsch House in the sun and relax and chat with other riders.

Well, we were lucky with the weather. Although it was quite chilly early in the morning – as can be expected in the Texas Hill Country at this time of the year – it warmed up pretty nicely later. And even with the chill in the air, around 160 riders turned out. I, though, was really happy that I had decided to drive a SAG-car so that I could sit in there, nicely protected from the chilly morning temps, with the heating on. But I must admit, I missed the camaraderie on the roads, when I did the short route later, after the official rides had been closed. On TX 16 I had the wind in my face, but as most of it was downhill, even if just a tad, it wasn’t too hard going. After turning right onto Morris Ranch Road it felt much better, with the wind not quite on my back, but certainly helping from the thrid quadrant. That allowed for some good speedy runs, especially when it was downhill. At the 1st rest stop, at that time of the day unmanned, of course, I was happy to discover that the porta-potties were still there! The stretch on White Oak Road to FM 2093 was short, just about one mile. And then came that part of the route I don’t like too much: FM 2093. It’s a great up-and-down route, but what I don’t like is that it is a shoulderless two-lane road. Sure, the drivers were very considerate, always left enough room between them and me when overtaking and even refrained from overtaking and stayed behind me when they couldn’t see beyond a hill. I never felt afraid, but I always felt uneasy as I was blocking their progress. But I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I didn’t go back to the Tatsch House, though, but turned left on Kerr Road and rode my bike to the Metzger Sunday House where we – my wife and me – were staying for the weekend.

The routes were the same as last year, 29, 50 and 62 miles of lovely rolling hills – and sometimes not so “lovely rolling” but quite steep – of the Texas Hill Country. Especially the stretches on Morris Ranch Road, White Oak Road and Friedrich Road were great riding with beutiful vistas opening everywhere. Well, sometimes the ascents could be a tad steep, but mercifully they were never long. Check out my ride on Ride with GPS.

Here’s a collage of some of the pics I took. Clockwise, from top left:

  • Early morning before the start at the Tatsch House in Ladybird Johnson Municipal Park
  • Riders chatting, warming themselves up in the sunshine and having refreshments at the 1st rest stop
  • Mando Campos directing the traffic at the 1st rest stop
  • Yvonne, Diana and an unknown rider chatting
  • The helpful guy from Rideaway Bicycles tuning up a participant’s bicycle
Frolic

2010 Fredericksburg Fall Foliage Frolic

For a nice account of the Frolic and more and better pictures than mine, check out the Pedal Pushers blog.

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