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Newly Wed

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I got married on Saturday to a bright and beautiful woman and will be away for a few weeks. Pictures are at Jeanne & Roland’s Wedding.


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July 27, 2007 at 8:29 am

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The Bicycling Paradox: Fit Doesn’t Have to Mean Thin

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Roland - Columbia River 2006

Here’s nice article from the New York Times that explains why Industrially Sized riders like me don’t see the pounds fall away like I did when I was a runner. The article is “The Bicycling Paradox: Fit Doesn’t Have to Mean Thin“. This link requires log in at NY Times site, it is free but an inconvenience. If you do sign in, you might also want to sign up for their Daily News Email and Podcasts both are excellent.

What this article says is particularly true for recumbent riders, who tend to ride more, but are often less fit looking than the average Diamond Frame rider. Recumbents are more aerodynamic and typically require 20% to 30% less effort to ride at speeds above 12 MPH than diamond frames. So we can often surprise more fit looking riders, “The Recumbent Paradox?”

It also explains why bicycling, particularly Recumbent bicycling , works so well for older and heavier riders.

Written by Roland

July 18, 2007 at 6:37 am

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Patagonia July Sale

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Here’s the latest Sale at the Patagonia Freeport Outlet. I have gotten some great buys on previous year gear at these sales. Two year ago, I got 2 R0.5 Jeseys for $15 each. They are normally $70 and would have been marked down to $35 but since they were from the previous year, the price was $15 each.  

Patagonia Freeport Outlet July Sale
30% Off Current Outlet Prices Storewide*
Friday, July 20 – Sunday, July 29
Sale Hours: Sunday & Monday 10-7, Tuesday – Saturday 10-8

The Patagonia Outlet
#9 Bow St., Freeport

Click here for directions to the store:

*Sale prices apply to Patagonia(R) clothing only on days specified.
Surfboards and wetsuits are not included. Sale limited to stock on
hand. No fax or phone orders.

Written by Roland

July 17, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Wear the Yellow Jersey for $7.99 – Hot Buy

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Here’s a nice buy on a simple Yellow Poly Jersey from Sierra Trading Post, the Columbia Sportswear Omni-Dry Top – Highland, Short Sleeve (For Men) at $7.99 each. This is an excellent warm weather Recumbent Cycling Jersey and a great first layer when the weather gets cooler.

Columbia makes nice clothing, with flat seams that don’t rub and sturdy construction. These make very comfortable cycling jerseys that really breath and don’t get soggy with sweat. No pocket in the back that just gets uncomfortable on a recumbent seat and at $7.99 if you get some grese on it, Oh Well!

Written by Roland

July 13, 2007 at 4:44 am

Recumbent Rain Pants

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The same folks from Sweden, Craft, who make the shorts I recommended also make some nice Recumbent Cycling Pants, Craft Storm Tights. They are 100% poly with a very nice finish and much nicer that anything you will see on the normal cycling sites.

The Craft Storm Tights are just the thing for that cold morning start or the day you have to ride in the rain. They are also nice off the bike at night or to wear into town. Plus they pack well. These are fairly heavy pants, heavier than the tights I would warm for summer ridinng. But they are perfect for fall and winter riding and in the rain when the temps get down to 60 or lower

The Craft Storm Tights are on sale now at Sierra Trading Post for $53.95. These pants are a very nice buy at that price.

Also see, Rain Gear for Recumbent Cycling

Written by Roland

July 5, 2007 at 5:40 am