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From now on, February 17th will now be known as International Tube Patching Day. This is the one day a year that you take all those punctured tubes you collected over the year, and patch the ones that are able to be repaired. This year, I had 13 tubes, 15 punctures (damned thorns during MTB rides always got me before I went tubeless)

The largest portion of tubes this year was Road, with eight tubes. Surprisingly, I didn’t have a flat since July… so I’m thinking I used several of these tubes on the cross bike too. There were three cross tubes, and two MTB tubes to count them all up.

Bicycle tube patching inner tube

inner tube repair patch

Instead of buying like ten of the little Park Tool patch kits, I ended up finding this, and it has lasted 2.5 years. http://www.dealextreme.com/p/bicycle-tire-tube-repairing-patches-with-glue-26263 Can’t beat it for $3.37 shipped.

 

Oh, also in international tube repair day, it is a good idea to perform some maintenance on your pumps, whether it be frame pump, floor pump, or mini pump.

At Trek’s price of $6.99 a piece, I theoretically saved myself $96.32. That’s a set of tires! See? It’s worth patching!

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My Buddy Dave Burns had this to say about the subject of birthday rides:

Isn’t it mandatory to go for a ride on your birthday? Something like a mile for every year?

Well, I took his advice!

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All in all, 28 miles, eventhough it’s my 26th. Good times. Do you guys go on Birthday Rides?
P.S. It’s November and still warm enough for road bikes!

 

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I’ve been posting things at least once a day on WV Cycling’s Facebook page. If you are the kind of person who wants to vicariously indulge in everything wvcycling, then this will be for you! I’ve also been doing a bumpersticker contest where people can win one of my new bumperstickers by correctly naming the location of which I took a photo of. So far, Michael Martin and Jared Yates have won one!

Link? http://www.facebook.com/WestVirginiaCycling

 

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Found this Team Card set at the Goodwill for $0.25 and had to buy it. Trading cards of an American cycling team, with all of the legends on it!

Tags (add a tag)      * motorola[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * cycling[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * team[x]     * lance[x]     * armstrong[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * frankie[x]     * andreu[x]     * andy[x]     * hampstein[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * eddy[x]     * merckx[x]     * phil[x]     * anderson[x]     * norm[x]     * alvis[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * thomas[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * bay[x]     * bishop[x]     * michel[x]     * dernies[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * ken[x]     * hashikawa[x]     * kai[x]     * hundertmarcksteve[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * larsen[x]     * christophe[x]     * mann[x]     * greg[x]     * moens[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * jan[x]     * schur[x]     * maximillan[x]     * sciandri[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * bjorn[x]     * stenersen[x]       View photos from you or from everyone     * sean[x]     * yates

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motorola, cycling, team, lance, armstrong, frankie, andreu, andy, hampstein, eddy, merckx, phil, anderson, norm, alvis, thomas, bay, bishop, michel, dernies, ken, hashikawa, kai, hundertmarck, steve, larsen, christophe, mann, greg, moens, jan, schur, maximillan, sciandri, bjorn, stenersen, sean, yates

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Look what just came in the mail!

$2.00 Shipped ($1.50 if you see me in person)

9cm x 25.5cm (3.5″x10″)

Highly detailed, printed on 5yr glossy vinyl.

Looks great on your beater bike, local bike rack, your tool box, car, etc.

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If you are a bike shop in WV that would proudly display my sticker somewhere, I’ll be happy to send you one free of charge, as long as you send me a photo of it applied in-store!

 

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Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring the WV RAVE (Ridge and Valley Excursion Bike Tour) on Saturday, June 4, beginning at 8:00 a.m. at Camp Caesar, near Cowen. Habitat for Humanity of Nicholas and Webster Counties will host this bike tour along the scenic Williams River and through the Monongahela National Forest with astounding views and breathtaking climbs! Three routes are offered, so everyone from beginners to avid cyclists will want to participate. This is the third annual edition of the tour, with the previous two being significantly helpful in bringing help to local families.

Ride Date:

June 4, 2011 at 8am.  All cyclists start from Camp Caesar parking lot.

Starting location: Camp Caesar – 4868 Webster Road – Cowen, WV 26206 ( MAP )

Take I-79 to Exit 57 (Summersville, Beckley) and follow Rt. 19 South for 10.5 miles. Turn left onto Rt. 82 at Brich River. At the end of Rt. 82, turn left onto Rt. 20. Camp Caesar is 5 miles on the left. All cyclists begin and end at the camp.

Rides to Choose From:

  • Family Fun Ride (10 miles) This relatively flat route runs part way up Williams River Road and back. Scenic Williams River Valley
  • Endurance Ride (50 miles) A mostly flat route that runs to Tea Creek Campground and back.
  • Ridge Riders (75 miles) Includes a 4 mile climb and 8 mile descent on the Highland Scenic Highway (Rt. 150).
  • Top of the World Century Ride (100 miles) Route includes a 5-mile climb and 5 or 6 other challenging, but shorter, climbs on the Highland Scenic Highway. Will go into Marlinton and return on Williams River Road.

Courses will be well marked for directions and hazards!

Lodging Special at Camp Caesar

$50 – Price includes 2 nights (Fri. and Sat.) lodging at Camp Caesar 4-H Camp, Friday evening meal, and light breakfast Saturday morning in the Camp Cafeteria. For lodging package, call Betsy Morris, Camp Caesar Director at (304) 226-3888 or e-mail campcaesar@frontiernet.net. Bike clubs or groups may choose to rent a cabin for their entire group. Late registrations (after 5/14) will pay $9 for dinner and $7 for breakfast.

camp caesar 4h camp

Hotels, Motels, Camping

Mineral Springs Motel-Webster Springs (304) 847-5305, plus more motels and hotels are available in Summersville, approximately 45 min. away. For information on campsites available in area and cost per night contact the Forest Service of Richwood (304)653-4825 and Marlinton (304)799-7364.

Registration:

June 3, 2011: 5-7 pm registration and packet pickup at Camp Caesar, Burton Hall.  Cost of ride is $50.  Will take registrations day of ride, but cannot guarantee you will make the starting time.

Packet Pickup:

Packets can be picked up Friday evening from 5-7pm at Burton Hall at Camp Caesar and will include map of chosen course.  Ride packets will not be mailed.

Rave Dinner

Cookout-style dinner upon returning to Camp Caesar after ride.  The cost of the Saturday dinner is included in the $50 registration fee.

More Info:

Contact Sam Barger at 304-619-3552 or email: sambwebcomish@yahoo.com

Contact Audrey Flanagan at 304-742-6276 or email: audreywvmts@yahoo.com

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I’ve been wanting to do this ride for quite a while, but things always tend to pop up in the way of me. Luckily I have been well prepared, and registered way early. We have a gang of people from Buckhannon going, and William Given is meeting up with me for the ride.

Pretty pumped. I haven’t done a 100 mile ride since June of last year, so I’m also a touch bit nervous. I hope to see some of you guys there!

Route Maps:

75 Mile ride: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/397333

100 Mile ride: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/394698

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shimano downtube shifter derailleur keychain keyring

With an ornament such as this on your keychain, people will know they are in the presence of a cyclist, even when you’re not on your main steed.

Inspiration from Velominati

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