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Old 07-21-05, 10:55 PM   #1
Wind 'N Snow
What icy wind?
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Flat out in Regina

Greetings from the near centre of North America. Where the wind blows, the cold sucks, the rain pours and, when the sun comes out it is quite lovely, actually.

Yes, the place name rhymes with angina and that's what it feels like pushing home against the wind.

On good days I ride an old, steel Columbus SLX Pinarello Montello with Ultegra "stuff". Great ride, never, ever lets me down especially around the carbon fibre jet set.

On other days and with family I take out my equally old and interesting Myata alumicross. It's fun to challenge the mountain bikers off road on what looks like a tired touring bike!

I'm back to cycling this year after carpel tunnel hassles, surgery, and self-pity kept me "indoors" for a couple of years. Good start so far --2,000+ KMs since late May.

What else? I've recently lost about 50 lbs worth of that self-pity (equal to two Schwinn 10-speeds and a Bianchi frameset, I reckon) so I'm still trying to get reaquainted to the body I had when I was in my twenties--now that I'm peeking into my forties. Strangely, my wife just giggles a lot about this change.

That's about it, lots more truly fascinating stuff, but I'm sure you can wait for the movie.
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Old 07-22-05, 08:43 AM   #2
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Hello Regina and welcome. I remember the days of snow and wind very well. I left Saskatchewan too long ago to remember. I'm still a prairie boy at heart.I keep telling that to my fellow riders out here that I'm a flat lands type of rider and I hate hills. The fact is I still do not do hills well. However I find that hills do build character among other things.
Keep up your riding. It is the most enjoyable way to improve your physical and mental well being.
PS Do they still call prairie people "stubble jumpers"?
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Old 07-22-05, 09:56 AM   #3
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Hey! Not only do they call themselves stubblejumpers - they even have beer called that. Thanks for your greetings. I just got back from my usual early morning ride. I'm a highway rider, so I'm trying to figure out how to maintain that pace when the snow and cold starts to swirl. I'm sure you know of what I speak. I will do some winter riding, like I used to in Toronto, but I might have to dust off my rollers or get some other gizmos. For now, I'm looking ahead to at least three months of wind, bugs, tarmac, pickup trucks and a whole lotta fun!

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Old 07-22-05, 02:41 PM   #4
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Even in beautiful B.C. I move indoors in the winter. I simply put the bike on a trainer and listen to my MP3 or watch T.V. Life is good .
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