Archive for October 2006
This week the Monarch Butterflies are back in New Hampshire. They have started their Southward Migration. For me this is one of the most important markers of the Recumbent Bicycling Season in New Hampshire.
The Monarchs signal that the best days of the bicycling season are here and that it will soon be time to get the Mountain Bike ready. These are beautifully clear, crisp days. These days are a special end of the season treat; in November most days I will be seeking protection from the winds on forest roads. These days are like a dessert wine that comes at the end of a fine meal, they are the sweet ending and should be sipped slowly. The best dessert wines are Ice Wines and this is the beginning of the short days and Ice Nights in New Hampshire.
jorge recommended I try the Cyclaire Pump. He said he had heard good things about it. Follow the link to the Cyclaire Web Site and you will see a very unusual bicycle pump. It is another Mini Foot Pump but you pump you tire by pulling what looks like a rope.
Following the links from their web site I found a Mountain Bike Review on the pump with lots of pictures of pumping tires in the mud. They were impressed with how easy and fast the pump is to use.
OK, I am a Gear Nut and have to try one. I did a little search and the best price I found was on eBay, $34.95 with case, $29.95 without case plus $4.95 shipping (cheaper and faster than buying direct from England).
When the pump arrives and I get a chance to use it a little bit, I will write a First Impressions Post.
See follow up at: First Impressions – Cyclaire Pump
The Patagonia Long Sleeve Silk Weight Jersey is on sale at the Patagonia Web Site for $24 (List $34). This is a great long sleeve cycling Jersey when you just need a little more protection. This jersey is light, breathes very well, and has a very nice feel. It is very well made and has no pockets in the back. The seams are flat and will not rub while riding.
Randy and Nancy have decided to keep riding the California coast instead of returning to Colorado. They started in Inuvik, Northwest Territories and are now in San Francisco, 3875 miles so far!
The Mini Foot Pump from Germany is an attractive looking little pump nicely packaged. The pump is small (5 1/2″) and light (9 oz.). It works quite well by bicycle pump standards and acceptably by human standards. The air hose is short but long enough to let you position the pump comfortably and eliminates the chance of damaging the tube stem when pumping pressure gets high.