Saturday, December 31, 2011
The end of a very successful year, one that would be very hard to beat. It is by far the most miles I have done in one year and also the most alive I felt in one year. Yes it was very time consuming to spend all that time cycling but the accomplishment was well worth it. The funny thing is the more you ride this vehicle, the better and faster it gets. I doubt I will be able to match those miles in 2012 which would be unfortunate, but the focus would be to get more Pterovelo's on the road.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
For the ride there is only two days left and I am right now busy climbing a nice long long hill.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tree weeks into the trip and now I am starting to feel strong and fit. The only problem, my throat and stomach is acting up a bit. Just maybe I've had a little to much chocolate milk and not enough vegetables.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
I was the first to be out of camp this morning. The raccoons got into my bread and peanut butter and helped themselves to some nice sandwiches. So I got out early to find some breakfast. Went through some very nice country roads in the morning. Daniel caught up with me again and they meant my speed went also went up. That put us at the lunch stop very early so we missed out on a catered Amish meal
that was organized by Cyber. We made it to camp early and had a very nice relaxed afternoon.
The left tube blew out today so I replace the BigApples with Kojak's. Later the day I also had a flat. That now puts it at 9 flats.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It was real good to sleep in a bed last night. We had Chicago style pizza last night and again this afternoon. I am pizza'd up. It was so exciting to see Chicago again. There is nothing to report on the cycling because it was only 60 miles and was in city traffic for the most. We only have 7 days left and part of it will be nice and flat and the other part might be very hard. We will just have to see and hope for the best.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
And again my GPS did not want to load the track for the day so I had to stick with people that had a working GPS. It made for a slower longer day but it was a lot of fun to stay with Hasse and help each other with drafting. Nick and Wes also joined us for parts of the ride. We stopped at a little town and had the best sandwich ever with fried cheese! Four cups of coffee and lots of water. We stayed there for quite a long time and watched all the others passed. So tonight we are treaded with a very nice hotel stay in Evanston.
And again the GPS wants to make a turn in Africa for some reason.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Started of very slow with three big hills to cross. Grade 7&8! Avg 12mph for the first half of the day and it brought the moral down a bit. Lucky for me Daniel caught up with
me with his electric Quest and it helped a bunch. He stayed in front of me so I had someone to chase. The last 40 miles we stayed between 25-32mph. It make time goes by pretty quick then. We got to the pub in Madison and enjoyed a nice Guiness. Stayed there way to late and only got to camp at 8:30 in the dark after a couple of wrong turns. It started of hard and boring and ended in a blast!
According to the GPS I made a stop in Asia but don't believe everything a computer tell you.
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
One long day! One of the hardest so far. Mentally and physically I was a little tired. I am trying to go as slow as I can but maybe I am pushing still to much. Tomorrow I will make sure I am first to leave and last to arrive.
The road surface was also bumpy today and without suspension it is hard on the already hurt feet.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
The day started off with a moderate climb. I felt good and fresh so I did as much as the achilles would allow. I caught up with Josef Janning in his blue car on Quest and we stayed together for the most part of the day. He is a very strong rider and thanks to him I was pushing a little more on the climbs. There were construction on hw12 so we had to take a detour that ended up on a 5 mile gravel road. The quest was able to manage the rough road but I opted to get out and push. No fun! By the end of the gravel road the rest was starting to caught up with me. Once on the Tarmac the lunch stop was not to far away. I bought a bag of ice and I iced my feet while I was enjoying a Subway sandwich. With nice fresh feet the last stretch of 28 miles was a lot of fun. I was able to keep it up to 30mph for a good part of that 28 miles.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Today was the biggest millage day of the whole trip. We did 166miles today. Unfortunately for me I had to take it slow because of the Achilles. So all the uphills were super slow but I was still able to speed up on the downhills. When I scoot fwd in the seat it is a bit better on the achilles but worse on the knees so I had to play around with my seat position all day. With bad feet and all I still made good time. To to
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Monday, August 8, 2011
The rest day helped with stamina today. It started of with a fairly big hill this morning. I was able to push fairly hard up the hill and made a good start. The rest of the day was more rolling hills and the tail wind picked up and just got stronger through the day. The rest of the day was nice and fast. Once we entered ND the road turned super smooth, what a pleasure. Until the road stopped and turned into dirt. There were about 6miles of construction going on and I decided to push the velo most of the way. Martin and Machiel caught up with me just when I got back on the asphalt and we pushed pretty hard on the last 12 miles. I could feel my right ankle complain a little. Tonight I iced the feet, soaked them in some Epsom salt and rubbed some Voltaren on them. Right now they are much better.
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Saturday, August 6, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Blood, sweat and tears today. Crossed one more mountain today. The good thing is it was real pretty.
It felt like I had flat tires all day long! The legs just did not want to perform. I did not do very good today.
Was running on a 53 teeth all day and really missed the 72 on the down hills.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
We left Missoula today fairly slow. Just had some written direction to follow. Once we got to the interstate it picked up a bit. Mark came up with a brilliant idea to paint arrows on the road where we should turn and once I got to those it was smooth sailing until I missed one arrow and came to a dead end. Had to turn around but my luck it was not to far off.
At last we got to our big climb. It was a little shorter and about the same grade of 5% just like the last one but I made a point to take it as slow as I could. I swapped the 73 tooth chain ring for a 49 tooth the night before and that allowed me to spin easy at 4mph but still I found it a little harder than before. Got to the top at last. The Rockies was concord! Going down was good but I did not have the 73t to push so gravity was the only option.
So we got to the bottom and reached Helena and I thought game over but the gps said still 20mi to go. So it turned out that the 20mi had 2 big climbs of grade 7.5% !!!!! Very tough and I was very glad I swapped those chain rings.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
We started the day at Three Rivers Resort. Followed the river again but it was a slightly higher grade than yesterday. I stayed with the Quests for a while. They were going up the steep hills a little faster than I was comfortable with and had one or two lower gears than me. But I could out run them on the down hills and they did not catch back up. Half way up the hill I found Daniel with his electric Quest. We played touch and go for a bit and then I tugged in behind him and we made very good time going up. The last 9 miles going up the pass was between 4% to 6% all the way and I could keep a steady 5.5mph up the hill. We got to the top just in time! Feet got real hot. We hanged out for while before we took on the down hill. The road down was a little bit twisty at first so I did not pick up to much speed, but it was long and steady. I managed to keep it around 40mph all the way down to a gas station just before Lolo. We stopped again and for a while. Went down another 3miles to Lolo and found a place to eat. Then it was a nice fast pace through Missoula to the KOA.
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Started of with nice flat ground and then it was a steady climb with three big climbs and 3 very nice down hills. First one was very scary because I had now idea how the brakes would do. Second one was not that fast but the third one was super. All the way from 2300ft down to 780ft between 45 - 64mph. Got into camp after sunset. I think the rest stops were maybe a little to long. To sum it up it was very good, the first climbs are now out of the way and they were not bad at all.
My left MS Plus tire blew out today, so I had to wait on top of the hill for quite some time for a replacement. I had to switch to Kojacks in the front for I did not think of bringing extra tires! So it might be a little faster but we will see about the punctures still.
Friday, July 29, 2011
Started of great today. There were some construction on part of the roads that made navigating a little difficult and a lot of people got lost. At one junction in the road I had to wait a hour for someone to show up and confirm to go left or right. Did not mind to much, the legs needed the rest. The last thirty miles I had so bad hot spots on my feet I had to take the shoes of and cycled bare foot. That helped. Will also make sure that tomorrow I eat better. All and all it was not to bad.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Sunday, July 17, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The brakes got replaced today. New rotors and pads. It is now working much smoother again. The second set of pads got worn out so quickly I figured the rotors must have got damaged somewhere down the line.They did have a lot of grooves in them.
The improvements on the door is working great. New latches, door stop, rail, handle and lock. There is no more rattles and the ride is much quieter. Very nice improvement.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
I had the Big Apples on all three wheels today and enjoyed the soft ride a lot.
The gps missed the loop that went around lake Hefner today.( forgot to turn it on)
Sunday, May 29, 2011
This is the best avg to date. Almost the whole trip was uphill but with a tail wind.
Monday morning we loaded the velo on the trailer for the first time and head home in a 30-40mph head wind. The trailer did very well and pulled easy. I do need to change the wheels though and repack the bearings. But still we got a 35mpg avg all the way into that strong wind.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Got to the campground after 21:00 and rigged a quick tent with a space blanket.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Some of the great people I met:
Thank you Grace for the photo.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
The trip back was supper fun with the wind from the back. There were long stretches where I could hold 29mph.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Three lake tour. Nice and relaxing ride. Was long though and i did get a little worn out at the end.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The am and pm ride is combined. I had to stop way to many times this morning. It made for a pretty slow ride to work. This afternoon was very good though. Felt so good by the time I got to the lake I decided to make a quick loop around, adding an extra 10 miles to the trip. Got stopped again by the police, but the girl laughed so hard when she saw that it is acutaly a bicycle... I made her day.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Was a super ride back home tonight. There was a strong WSW wind, wich normaly on a regular bike would absolutly kill you. The Pterovelo in a cross wind like that acts like a wing and you could feel the aerodinamic force pulling you allong. Even slight uphils then become flat. How amazing is that. I had a smile on my face the whole way home, loving it.
Very easy ride to work this morning. Light tail wind.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
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Saturday, March 19, 2011
I used the 39 chainring today. Spin out at about 34mph. I swaped the chain tubes with Teflon tubes and it made the world of difference in drive train noise. Very nice and quite inside now. Went to say hi to Alex at Bike One and he joined me for a lap around the lake. Fun fun fun!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
The ride felt faster than what it was. I had a bunch of stops though. Went to the chiropractor, then stopped at the bicycle shop. Saw James in the hospital. Met another trike rider at lake Hefner, email@example.com. Had to stop and pie to many times. Don't know if I drank to much water or not enough. 3.5L
Was a nice easy ride to work today. South wind pushed me very gently all the way.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Going home tonight was a little better but still the heart rate does not want to go up. The right wheel is also out of round due to the massive pothole on Tue night. It start to bounce a lot when I go over 30mph.
My body did not want to work this morning. Could not get the legs to move or the heartrate to go up. Every hill was a mountain.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Had a couple of incidences this evening. First the seat pipe broke. Luckily it was close to work so I was able to cycle back to work and replaced the pipe. Set off again and not to long had a flat. Got that fixed and decided I should just stop at Brahms and get something to eat. Set off again and 15min from home I hit a pothole the size of Jupiter!@#$%#$@ Flat again and broke a spoke. Got that fixed and made it home without any further delays. Stepped in the door at 20:30, what a night.
It rained the whole trip. Visibility was not to bad considering the widow was not cleaned and treated for a week.