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I enjoy many different physical activities but of all them, bicycling is probably what I do worst. Still, I enjoy it very much. It allows me to explore and do a kayak or hiking shuttle when I don't want or can't do a car shuttle.
I'm not a mountain biker. I suppose most of the bicycling I do now is suited best for a hybrid. Eventually, I'd love to get into serious road bicycling...maybe someday.
Click on one of the below links to see trip reports of previous adventures.
Bicycling Adventures 2017
Bicycling Adventures 2016
Bicycling Adventures 2015
Bicycling Adventures 2014
Bicycling Adventures 2013
Bicycling Adventures 2012
Bicycling Adventures 2011
Bicycling Adventures 2010
Bicycling Adventures 2009
Bicycling Adventures 2008
Bicycling Adventures 2007 and prior
Prior to May 8, 2008, I rode a dark purple paint splattered 1990 Yukon Giant mountain bike. Though I didn't do any mountain biking, I found it rugged and reliable. Certainly not fast or lightweight but certainly good enough for the kind of biking I did. I rode it to college every day.
On May 8, 2008, the bottom bracket of my Yukon Giant snapped. Now that I use my bike to commute to work twice a week, I figured it was time to retire old reliable. I salvaged the parts I could, using them on other bikes or just giving them away.
At the Crofton Bike Doctor, I bought a new Trek 7200 15 inch hybrid bike. I got lots of accessories too, including fenders, parallel handlebar end grips (not sure what they're really called), front and rear lights, rear rack, saddlebags (left and right), front basket, pedals to accommodate riding shoes with clips, cleaning gear, extra tubes, and a new helmet. Hopefully, this bike will last me another 17 years.
Garmin GPSMAP 76S: A bicycle mount allows you to keep it attached to your handlebar while riding.
Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Fold Down Bicycle Hitch Rack: My previous bike rack was a hitch mounted Yakima. It was sturdy but not well suited for my low Subaru Impreza. It stuck out too far and hung too low so that I had to inch my way down the driveway or over speed bumps for fear of it bottoming out. A roof rack or a rear window mounted rack was not suitable since I wanted to be able to also carry two kayaks. First, I tried to modify my rack by shortening the part that sticks out of the hitch. I tried to saw off about 6 inches so it wouldn't stick out so far but the steel was much too hard. I ended up ruining several metal-cutting blades on my power saw before I gave up. I looked for other rack options. There weren't many out there. But eventually, I found something that met my needs. I purchased the "Swagman Trailhead 3 Bike Fold Down Bicycle Hitch Rack" in 2013 from eTrailer.com for $153 after shipping. The part that enters the hitch curves up to increase clearance from the ground. It is sturdy and sticks out far enough so I can still open my trunk hatch without having to lower the main vertical bar on the hitch (though I could if I wanted to). It isn't often I am really excited about a piece of gear but this hitch rack has made me worry-free when I transport my bicycle(s) via car. The only thing I don't like is that it is advertised as being a 3 bike carrier but it only fits 2 hybrid bikes. Maybe it will fit 3 skinny racing bikes but for the average rider, don't expect to fit on more than 2. But my experience is that is the case for all bicycle racks.