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Jinxed

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When it comes to fixing bikes, Dug may not be a handyman.  On the other hand,  I like fixing things and luckily I haven’t had to do much to my bike.   In the last year I have pumped up the tires, occasionally lubed the chain and I’m good to go.  But reading his post made me think of all the things I could do to make my bike roll smoother.   So I tore my bike apart and the thought crossed my mind, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”  I ignored those thoughts and continued to take apart and clean my bike.  The bike was ready for a long ride the next day.

Feeling confident with my clean bike, I headed up Clarks Trail.  Within a few pedal strokes, one of the most aggravating things happened- the chain slipped off and my knee slammed the stem.  Just as I was about to turn into the Incredible Hulk, I tried to pedal out of it without realizing the bike broke down and I crashed into a tree.  I fixed the problem and caught up to the group.  It happened two more times within minutes of the each other and at this point I was done riding for the day.  I tucked in my tail and cut the ride short.   From now on I will carry the tools and hope that someone in the group can fix my bike.  I should have known that I would jinx myself by thinking I had mechanical prowess.

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July 23, 2009 at 10:26 pm

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Tour Of California

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I grew up in Merced, Ca and the Tour of California made a stop there this week. Jaynann and I  put it on our list of things to do while we were home being family. We convinced my brother and his fiance to join LanceMania with us and they were kind enough to drive us around so we could see the riders.  I was not sure how many people would show up to a cycling event in Merced, but I was pleasantly surprised at the turnout. Seems like all 70,000 residents came out to cheer on Lance Armstrong. Lance was the last racer to sign in and he stayed a few moments at the desk and spoke to the crowd. He has a good thing going with the Lance Armstrong Foundation. I highly recommend checking out all the good things they are doing to fight cancer. Jaynann and I wore our Pink Fatty Jerseys and brought along a Sharpie just in case Lance was signing jerseys.

Here are a few pics from the race. We were just a few feet from the racers during the race. I was amazed at the speed these guys were at on flat roads. There was a huge dust cloud following the pack as they cruised through town.

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Jaynann got a great shot of Lance Armstrong…

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February 19, 2009 at 9:39 pm

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Cool Jerseys

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Is anyone looking for a cool jersey?  My brother in law Rick is designing and selling some pretty sweet biking gear.  I got my first one back in November for Fall Moab and it has become my favorite.  Here I am sporting the new look:

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Check out his site and pick up a couple before they are gone. I can’t wait to see the t-shirts and socks they will putting out soon too.  

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January 19, 2009 at 8:44 pm

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