Sunday, December 27, 2009

1st snow commute this winter a success!

Ho ho ho! Snow & ice didn't stop me from commuting to work. The xtracycle with Schwalbe winter marathon studded tires worked great. Tulsa lacks in snow plowing, I saw at least 50 motor vehicles abandoned along the way, but ZERO abandoned bicycles.

I arrived at Sta.5 safe and sound, the ride didn't take any longer than normal, however I must admit it was a more intense work out, with allot more concentration necessary. I am pumped that this winter riding can be done.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

...but what can you do with it?

Since I became interested in bicycle commuting , my interest has morphed into cargo/work bikes as well. This is only natural for me as a big part of commuting by bicycle is carrying gear.

From time to time in my world, I run across other souls that are using bicycles to commute to work, to shop, to deliver. It always interests me how they do it.

This bike is very cool in function and form, but most important is its being used regularly.

Friday, December 18, 2009

"Load em up & move em out!"

Hey all, I just had to show you what Moab (MotherOfAllBikes) can do with the Xtracycle kit. The bike is loaded down with gear on its way from Sta.5 to Sta.6, for an Xtra 24hr. shift on Ladder 1.

The ride went well, opting for a combo of nieghborhood and major streets, a few nice hills along the way gave Cap a work out, but he needs a good workout to keep him fit for duty.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Wet & cold is here!

Mid way into December means wet and cold in Oklahoma. The worst ice storm in state history was in December of 2007, it destroyed lives and property (I know as a city firefighter).

This season has been some what mild in my opinion, but today brought the cold, and the wet together for the commute home. My dressing strategy was a success, as the photo 's posted will show the weather and the dress .

The basics for this time of year are: Donegal Wool Flat cap (Hanna Hats online store), with ear muffs;
outer shell= Zero restriction Goretex jacket and pants(ebay);
mid layer= Croft&barrow fleece shirt (on sale @Kohl's);
base layer shirt= Walmart sports tee with Cold lizard polartek 300 pants;
Feet= RedHead waterproof 600gm insulated boots(Bass pro) with RBH designs insulated vaporbarier socks.
I always feel connected with the season, and enjoy it more, because of bicycle commuting. Also, I have experienced fewer colds as a result(go figure).

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Bridge over Troubled Waters

Often times while ridng my bike Moab, this trail bridge brings the song Bridge over Troubled waters to mind.

This reminds me of another attribute of bicycle commuting, that is peace and tranqulity. When I am troubled, restless, or blue. One of the quickist remedies is to saddle up Moab, and hit the trail.
This post reminds of a good read that I most recommend to you,
"Riding with the Blue Moth" by Hancock.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

bicycle blogging install!!

This will be my first post for my blog, I really plan it to be a journal for friends and others interested to read , with hopes that it will inspire others to become more active out of doors, and enjoy life at a slower , more simple pace.

The emphysis will be on bicycle commuting and things I learned and have seen along the way. So as this blog grows with me, it will expand in content and hopefuly will be filled with many wonderful photos that example the topics posted.

Please bear with me and visit from time to time.