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    Sticky: Another year, another Gainesville Cycling...

    Another year, another Gainesville Cycling Festival. Did my usual 55. Of course, despite telling myself over and over, "pace yourself, don't hammer it early" I latched onto a paceline rolling along...
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    Sticky: Another Saturday, another club ride, this time a...

    Another Saturday, another club ride, this time a shortened loop through Monteocha and LaCrosse. 35 miles, most of it in the rain. Had a lot of fun but got soaked - socks wringing wet, shoes and...
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    Sticky: Did the Tour de Tow... 63 @ 15.5. Usual...

    Did the Tour de Tow... 63 @ 15.5. Usual headwinds over a good bit of the course. I still am mildly amazed that somehow there's a 2-1/2 mile stretch that's pretty much all uphill. :) Flatted at 38...
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    Sticky: Only got one commute in this week 'cause of...

    Only got one commute in this week 'cause of errands requiring the car, and a two day road trip for work. Did the club ride this morning out to Worthington Springs. Felt pretty good, but misjudged...
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    Sticky: Phew. HUUUUUUUUUMID!!!! :( Did the club ride...

    Phew. HUUUUUUUUUMID!!!! :( Did the club ride this morning - 48 miles @ 15.5. Feels like I'm getting back into something approximating decent condition. :thumb: Good thing, too. The Tour de Tow...
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    Sticky: Well, the dork in the mirror actually commuted by...

    Well, the dork in the mirror actually commuted by bicycle this morning, probably the first of several such outings. Mind you, there's a lot of making a virtue of necessity here, as I had to stop...
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    Sticky: Wow, three rides in less than a week. I'm onto...

    Wow, three rides in less than a week. I'm onto something here. :thumb: Went out Millhopper Road and back in 39th Ave and up The Wall. 20 miles at an average 15.7. And only a little bit of leg...
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    Sticky: Down at the inlaws' for the weekend with a dozen...

    Down at the inlaws' for the weekend with a dozen teenagers from the youth group. FUN! Got two rides in. Saturday I went up the Trail and across to Clearwater Beach and back. It wasn't Alpe...
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    I read somewhere a long time ago that a good way...

    I read somewhere a long time ago that a good way to deal with aggresive canines is to squirt 'em with your water bottle. The mutt thinks he's being peed on, and some kind of internal doggy pecking...
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    Sticky: So the other week my 16yo daughter had a Close...

    So the other week my 16yo daughter had a Close Encounter with an automobile, the driver of which had a somewhat inadequate operational comprehension of those red and white octagon shaped signs. My...
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    Sticky: Been a while since I spun the two wheels, thanks...

    Been a while since I spun the two wheels, thanks to holidays, travel, work, more work, several bouts of the creeping crud with wailing and gnashing of teeth and antibiotics... let my firstborn talk...
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    Well, I didn't ride Saturday 'cause the Rotary...

    Well, I didn't ride Saturday 'cause the Rotary Club in Bartow cancelled the Rotary Ride to Read at the last minute, citing not enough preregistrations to cover the cost of actually going through with...
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    Sticky: Keep forgetting to update this. Last week I was...

    Keep forgetting to update this. Last week I was up in Maryland. Hit the Mount Vernon Trail; I was wearing the Ben & Jerry's jersey, and the B & J's in Old Town Alexandria gave me a free scoop of...
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    Sticky: Yeah, keeping those bike lanes and shoulders...

    Yeah, keeping those bike lanes and shoulders swept would be nice. Got out and put another 44 on the clock, and doggone it I flatted AGAIN, this time in downtown Clearwater. Grr. I'm gonna write a...
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    Sticky: Spent the morning on a Segway tour of downtown...

    Spent the morning on a Segway tour of downtown Tampa with the family. My many years' experience crashing bicycles came in handy when my daughter collided with me and knocked me and my Segway to the...
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    Looking to piece together a 40-50 mile route...

    Looking to piece together a 40-50 mile route starting/ending at Taylor Lake in Largo, likely including some or all of Gulf Blvd. for Saturday late morning. Doubtless the end of the ride will include...
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    Sticky: Made the Vetmed Tuesday loop three weeks out of...

    Made the Vetmed Tuesday loop three weeks out of four (missed a couple weeks ago due to my GI tract running in reverse - blech!). Managed this week to beat last week's time by ten minutes. Felt...
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    Sticky: Did the 37 mile route on the Tour de Tow on...

    Did the 37 mile route on the Tour de Tow on Saturday. Brutal easterly winds made the first half of the out-and-back route memorably painful, but having that breeze on the backside made for a tearing...
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    Sticky: Made it out last Saturday and this past Tuesday...

    Made it out last Saturday and this past Tuesday for club rides - 38 and 22 miles respectively. Feeling fairly good. It rained Saturday and I hosed all the mud off the bike and then forgot to lube...
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    Sticky: Well, after about a month and a half of excuses,...

    Well, after about a month and a half of excuses, laziness and really hot/humid weather, I finally man-upped and stuck the sitzbones to the Selle Italia. Managed about 10-1/2 miles is all, though...
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    Sticky: Got up all bound and determined to go forth...

    Got up all bound and determined to go forth conquering and to conquer on Saturday, but couldn't hack the nominal-17 (but-actually-20-plus-this-time :) ) pace. I ended up bailing on the club ride 20...
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    Sticky: We have our church picnic out at Fanning Springs....

    We have our church picnic out at Fanning Springs. My 18yo and I rode out from Gainesville - 36 miles exactly at about 15.5MPH. Not bad, not bad. Only got sprinkled on once just east of Trenton. ...
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    Sticky: Went out with the Gainesville club's Bee-17 group...

    Went out with the Gainesville club's Bee-17 group (target rate 17mph) on a loop from a park east of Gainesville down through Cross Creek, Citra, McIntosh, and Micanopy. As has usually been the case...
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    Why no ride this morning? Well, this ought to...

    Why no ride this morning? Well, this ought to explain it nicely...

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    All the club rides got scrubbed this morning owing to a really suboptimal weather forecast. It's already raining off...
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    After losing most of the tread off my cheap...

    After losing most of the tread off my cheap mail-order rear tire, I hit Ye Locale Bike Shoppe and picked up some new rubber-on-the-road:

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    One of the kids has had these tires on her road...
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