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Hickory Run Cycling Route (30+ miles)
Posted by Kevin - 02/20/11 03:08PM - 0 Comments - Cycling - 1/52/53/54/55/5

On Thursday, the 17th I was lucky enough to get together with the owner of Superior Lite Bikes, an up and coming quality competitive road bike company, for my first real training ride of the year.  As I asked him to meet up for the ride, Tom allowed me to choose the route.  Figuring somewhere in the middle would be a good meet up spot.  After doing a little research, I chose one of my favorite hiking locations for the start point, Hickory Run State Park.

The route was a 30+ mile road ride with fairly moderate hills collecting just shy of 8000 feet in total climbing according to my trusty Google Phone GPS RideTrack App.  Starting near the Forest Ranger station on 534, we headed west for a very hilly to start 3 or 4 miles before having a little bit of rest and then some more climbing for 2.5 miles after the turn right to stay on 534 West.

Our next turn was a right on Route 940 which is a fairly busy road for the way it is built.  However, there seemed to be plenty of room to ride with our only obstacles being random road-kill and some miscellaneous garbage thrown from the vehicles in passing.  We continued on 940 Eastbound for close to 9 miles of rolling minimal to moderate inclines which did not last very long but also did not offer too much of a payoff.

Once turning right onto 115 S, after passing Jack Frost/Big Boulder Ski Resort on route 940, we stopped so I could grab a Gatorade from the corner gas station, and then went into the bike shop (Peterson's Ski and Cycle) across the street which I frequented when residing in nearby Longpond, Pa a few years prior.  We then continued on our way down 115 S passing route 80 overpass and continuing until we hit Route 903 S about 4 miles down the road.

903 S was probably the most compromising road of the route in regards to safety, offering little to no shoulder room and fairly narrow road lanes with changing altitudes and windy roads. We were only on 903 S for just over 3 miles before turning back onto 534 W which started off with a couple of climbs but also shared some very enjoyable payoff descents. Due to the cold winds coming down from the mountains above and periods of pure shaded regions, this portion of 534 created a series of temperature drops and rises which could be considered rather nice in the late spring and early fall, but was more chilly than anticipated being it was still mid February.

I started the ride off strong, but soon realized how much practice and training I need before expecting to do any real damage on the race scene.  Tom, proved to be a much stronger rider and that would have been true if we even switched bikes, however after test riding his SL Pro Elite in the parking lot after our return, I can see why he enjoyed the ride a little more than I did this time.  All in all, the ride was great and it was superb to be outside and pushing myself to the limit of feeling terrible at times.  These moments only make the completion of the ride more enjoyable and rewarding, while at the same time feeling more accomplished than prior to having some rough moments. Enjoy the Ride.



P90X: My Current Love/Hate Relationship
Posted by Lindsey - 02/02/11 04:16PM - 1 Comments - Fitness Fanatic with Lindz, General Fitness - 1/52/53/54/55/5

Since I am always looking for new challenges and different ways to up my fitness game, I decided to try the new fitness fad: P90X.  I was curious whether the program delivered the promised results and provided the structured regiment that it boasts in its infomercials.  In my experience, so far, YES!  I have to say I am quite impressed so far (in addition to very, very sore) with the overall program, the amount of explanation and descriptive nature of the material.  What I really like about P90X is that it equates for everyone.  While you need to be somewhat athletic or have a basic fitness level to complete the program successfully, it can help ALL types of fit individuals.  It doesn't matter what sport or activity you prescribe to, this program will up your game.  Not only does it build strength, it also works your agility and flexibility, which is extremely important to activities like climbing, cycling and skiing, for example.  

It offers three tracks: classic, double and lean.  The classic track is for most people.  It will take an individual and completely transform them to being physically fit in all aspects in 90 days.  I recommend this for the newcomers.  Then there is the doubles track, which is designed for the "beefy" individuals.  Basically this track is for people that are looking to "get big," instead of just fit.  I have yet to meet someone who has utilized this track but nonetheless, it exists.  And lastly, the lean track, this is for people that are looking to slim down and utilize the program to gain lean muscle.  Tony Horton (the main man of P90X, who is quite entertaining in the videos) recommends this track for women and any athletes that need to follow weight requirements (wrestling, MMA, etc.).  

The bottom line is this: if you are looking to up your game, try something new or want to sharpen any athletic skills so you can perform better in your activities, definitely try P90X.  It is not for the feeble-hearted, but for those of you that are looking for a challenge, I highly recommend it.  And most of all, don't forget to BRING IT! 



Cycling Project - 1994 Trek 920
Posted by Kevin - 01/29/11 12:45PM - 0 Comments - Cycling - 1/52/53/54/55/5

Over the past couple of years, I have take on a variety of bicycle rebuild/restoration projects, from road bikes to mountain and touring bikes.  Recently we acquired a 1994 Trek 920 in a Medium(18"/46cm) frame in neglected but overall excellent condition.  There was the few standard things that should ALWAYS be done when restoring or maintaining a bike that has not been ridden in a while and then there was the few other odds and ends that this particular project required.

 

First and most importantly was a complete cleaning, which includes washing, degreasing and lubrication of all moving parts on the bicycle and completely washing the frame.  Paying special attention to the cassette, chain-rings, crankset, derailleurs and brake components, it is important to removed any grime and look for rust spots.  Once all of the parts have been wiped down, washed, and hand dried, it is important to remember to lubricate all of these parts immediately to ensure that they will not just seize as a result from degreasing mechanical parts.

After the initial maintenance is completed, this project required two 26" presta valve tubes and 2 - 26" tires. I purchased these things for well under thirty dollars at my local chain bike shop.  For the tires, I chose a 26" x 1.75" tire with a commuting type of tread.  This choice was made based on the use of the bike being for around town riding and towpath use.  Once the tires are chosen, buying the correct tube size was easy as long as you can remember which valve is required.

Along with the tubes and tires, a new chain and a seat collar were also needed for this neglected ride.  The bike is equipped with Shimano STX 3x7 grip shifting which means I needed to purchase an 8 speed chain and remove a few of the links.  The seatpost collar was a total gamble as I forgot to measure the dimensions of the tubing before I left, but with amazing luck, I picked out the correct collar on the first attempt.

After the installation of these items, I had to make sure everything was tuned properly for clean gear shifting and safe braking.  The seat is adjustable with a common bike tool.  (I like the non quick release seat collars better due to it not getting caught on your clothing while riding)  All of this took a total of about 2 hours plus a little bit of time for degreasing, not including going to the store to purchase needed items.

The final result is a great, hard to find bike that can be used for almost any purpose whether riding on the road, a path, sidewalk, or even some light trails.  The total weight of this bike is right around 25 lbs without any water bottles or bags attached.  All of this for less than $50.00 and a couple hours of time with the needed experience and it is one great value of a bike.



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