Moving On

The original purpose behind The Fourteen Percent Ride has long since been fulfilled. So, I've decided that Mighty Proud will be the last posting. It just seems right.

But, don't worry. Or maybe you should. In any event, I plan to continue. I'll keep riding. And writing. Click here to come along in my new blog ~ The Long White Line. <-- check it out!


As I've ridden for the last two years, I've picked up on the fact that Shirley, my darling wife, has been more worried about my safety than impressed with my "accomplishments." How do I know this? Well, when I'd come back and tell her, for example, that I'd hit 53.6 mph going down FO, she'd reply, "I don't want to hear it." Being the sensitive sort I figured out, after many such comments, that just maybe we were not on the same page here. But last week, she told me that she would "greatly reduce her focus on the 'fear for my safety' issue." We talked about the tour, looked at some maps, researched nutrition suggestions on the internet, and so on, just enjoying the idea of the ride. How nice is that? Thank you, Shirley!

Friday, May 25, 2007

Lifted Up

Bill sent an email this morning. Said I could get adaptors to fit the aerobars to my handlebars. That seemed a good idea to me, so I did a little research. Saw some at an online outlet and thought, "Now those things look very familiar." What I was looking at were the parts that came with my aerobars that were identified in the packaging as "lifters," to use to raise the bars a bit compared to the direct-mount height. There was no mention of the fact that they were also sized for 31.8 mm. That explained the shims that came in the box. If you wanted to use the lifters to lift on a 25.8 mm handlebar, you'd need to adapt down. I don't know if the lifted position will matter much to me, but since I won't be able to try both un-lifted and up-lifted, I'll just pretend the latter is normal. And, I think I'll be able to mount the bars just outside of the computer mount and still be OK.

Speaking of lifting, I rode up to the ridge tops at various places 5 times. Two times up Bliss Road at midday, then Bliss, County II and County FO this evening. Total of 61.7 miles on a really nice Fall day in Wisconsin.

Total ~ 1475.9 miles

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But do you really need lifters to have an uplifting day?*