The great Snowmageddonpocalypse Tsunami of death has come and gone here in North Carolina. Where I live, in the Triad, I didn’t get it as bad as some folks. I think at most, maybe four to six inches. Folks a bit north of me got somewhere in the neighborhood of a foot. Being from New England originally, for me, it wasn’t really that bad. I do pretty well at driving in snow and ice and I know how to prepare for a few days being snowed in.
I don’t currently own a Diamondback bicycle. As a matter of fact, the last two I did own, they provided me with a fair bit of troubles. Mind you, this was all back in April, before I went under the knife for a bum ankle. The first one, the derailleur exploded after about 10 miles. The second, which they sent me as a replacement (I’ll get into that in a minute), it ended up having a small crack in the frame by the bottom bracket shell, right next to the drive side crank arm.
With my birthday being tomorrow, I got a little bit of unexpected cash from a family member and decided to treat myself to a birthday present. Obviously, given the nature of this blog, it’s fair to say that I rather enjoy bicycles…so I bought a new one.
Maybe this is a midlife crisis, or I’m trying to recapture some bygone era of my youth….but I bought a BMX. I’ll go into the specs later. I may even make it my first vlog, and do an unboxing.
I am a firm believer that a good multi tool is king. This is mostly because I hate pushing my bike. I’d much rather be pedaling it. Anything that can let me fix a (minor) mechanical on the side of the trail and get me back to rolling, I’m a pretty firm proponent of keeping around.
I’ve actually got a few multi tools floating around. A Spin Doctor, which is Performance’s in house brand. I think I’ve got a generic ebay one or two floating around here somewhere as well.
The Topeak is the one I keep in my bag for a few reasons:
When I decided I wanted to try racing come the Summer, I realized a couple of things:
One, being laid up from surgery has left me horribly out of shape. Horribly.
Second, I really needed to fix that.
I figured, since a lot of my hope in writing this blog is for it to be a learning experience, that maybe by putting this out there, some folks that stumble across it might offer some tips, I figured I’d share what my “workout week” looks like. Granted, people may just tell me I’m a loser, I should probably kill myself, or try and sell me “Male enhancement products and/or pumps”. Or no one will ever see this and it will get lost in the massive void of cyberspace. This is the internet, after all.
There’s sort of an unwritten rule about cycling and coffee. To say they go hand in hand would be, well, a bit of an understatement. A ride, punctuated by a good cup of Joe, is somewhere between a wonderfully delicious carnal sin and godliness. Continue reading →