22 October 2015

Back in the Saddle Again (reprise)

Yes, I know I've used that post title before, in fact I'm sure that if I wasn't too lazy to check this morning, I've used it more than once. Still, it stands as the title today. 

Several days ago, I was walking (still limping, but it's getting better) up the street to feed the addiction with large quantities of ice cold Dr. Pepper. As per usual, I was longingly looking at all the passing cyclists, and feeling the need to feed another addiction - the type that riding on a trainer indoors isn't satisfying. 

Recently when I've felt this pull, my body responds back "Not yet, buddy, you still need some more healing." This time, the response was, "Why not give it a shot, what's the worst that could happen? You have to return the bike to the docking station and walk (limp) back."

Emboldened by my body's laissez-faire attitude, I decided to give it a shot. 

The addiction also likes salty snacks, specifically 7-Eleven's Maple Bacon chips.

And it felt... surprisingly normal!

I don't know what I was expecting, maybe to get on the bike, discover that all of my balancing skills had evaporated over the past 4 months, and fall over. Or, learn that I don't remember how to steer a bicycle, and suddenly dart into traffic. Thankfully, neither of those scenarios played out, and I successfully rode the city bike back to the docking station near the day job's office. 

Success can be addictive, and just like my craving for caffeine, I soon found myself wanting more outdoor riding. The next day, I rode to and from the 7-Eleven! I'm still slow, and I can feel that the strength isn't completely back in the right leg, but it feels good to ride! 

After a couple days of caffeine runs, I decided to up the ante - multi-modal commuting. I could take the train by my house into the city, and ride a city bike the 1.4 miles from the central hub to my office. I don't feel strong enough to do the full 9 mile commute yet, but I know I could handle the shorter ride. 

Every day this week, I've ridden to and from the train station. It feels good to be a commuter again!

07 October 2015

Product Review: Bolle The One

Yes, I did make it to Interbike this year. Yes, I did slowly limp around the show floor for two days, and yes, I did see some friends and some cool things at the show.

And yes, this is an actual product review post!

One of the friends I saw was Jim Katz with Bolle. Jim told me that he had something really cool - and unexpected - to show me. I was assuming it was a new sunglass line.

Instead he showed me Bolle's entry into the performance cycling helmet field - The One.

What sets this helmet apart from all the rest is how modular they have made it. The One is an apt name for the helmet because Bolle has created it to be "the one" helmet for every situation.
The One comes with detachable air foils to block its 31 vent holes if a more aerodynamic profile is needed, a visor for those days where you want to venture off the asphalt on a knobby tired bike, a detatchable integrated rear LED light for commuting when the sun is not in an optimal position, and interchangeable liners for all season riding.
It also has a "sunglass garage" to securely hold your sunglasses when you don't want them on your face.
Has anyone seen my sunglasses?
The One, and its scaled-down sibling, the Messenger, will be available to the public in Early 2016, I will post another review once I am able to get a model for a hands-on test. The price for The One will range from $129.99 to $169.99 depending on if you choose the standard or premium trim.
I have to say that Jim's email telling me about something unexpected and cool turned out to be correct. It is a good looking helmet with tons of functionality. Right now, I switch between 3 helmets depending on the season, and type of riding that I am doing. I can see this helmet taking the place of all of them.

Look for The One on the noggins of the SmartStop Pro Cycling team this year and next.

07 September 2015

Interbike Bound!

I probably should seek help from someone in the psychiatric field, but instead I've decided to go to Interbike next week.
But only for a couple of days. I'm skipping the Outdoor Demo days, because what would be more fun than limping around in blistering heat, in the dirt and not being able to ride any of the bikes.
If you're going, look me up. I'll be the one limping with the cane.

26 August 2015

T-Shirt of the Day

I can ride a bike again!

We'll sort of... 

By "ride a bike", I mean that the leg which I mangled in a horrible fashion almost 3 months ago now bends enough that I can make a full rotation on my pedals.
Very slowly.
With very low resistance.
On an exercise bike, or a trainer.

Which leads into today's TSotD.

Another shirt from the very awesome duo of Brett and Ashley Richard, also known as Handlebar Mustache. This sums up exactly my (and almost every cyclist's) feelings of the trainer. 

However, the trainer is a necessary evil for me right now.

You can find this, and the rest of their clothing line at www.hbstache.com

25 August 2015

T-Shirt of the Day

Since I am recovering and still unable to ride a bike, it's difficult to review products. It is real easy, however, to surf the web and look for t-shirts to feature.

Today's offering comes from the land down under, Australia. Cycology has been offering casual and technical wear featuring hand drawn or painted graphics since 2011. One of their latest offerings features an awesome drawing of a Mini, draped in the Union Jack, with a full rack of bikes on the roof.

This shirt retails for approximately £19*, and can be found at www.cycologygear.com
*It seemed only appropriate to list the price in British pounds, given the subject matter.

05 June 2015

Another T-Shirt of the Day

As you may or may not know your favorite blogger has seriously injured himself. Many of you, including myself, would be surprised to know this injury did not take place on the bike. I was actually helping my ex-wife move.

The Cliff's Notes version of what happened is I shattered my right tibia and broke my right wrist in a couple places when I slipped on the moving van ramp.

Yeah, not pretty.

Fortunately I have a great group of family and friends who I can turn to for support during this time of extremely limited mobility. 

...a group that has a twisted sense of humor.

About a week ago I recieved an anonymous package in the mail. In it was this t-shirt.

Nothing sexier than an invalid model who can't even give a proper thumbs up on his right hand.

I have my suspicions as to who sent it, but I'm not going to get all sleuthy and try to figure it out. I'm just going to say thanks, the shirt definitely lifted my mood.

Another drawback to my injuries is the delay in additional blogging, and doubt on wether I will be attending Outdoor Retailer and Interbike this year. Stay tuned, dear reader. There will probably be even less posted over the next few months, but this blog is not going dark.