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Who thought WV Cycling was going to last an entire year? A lot has happened in the past 365 days, and to have the year in review, I’m going to list a little bit of statistics from WordPress’ site stats page:

Top Posts of 2010:

  1. Snow Chains / Tire Chains For Your Bicycle!
  2. Essential List For Your Bike Repair Tool Kit
  3. DIY Foldable Repair Stand
  4. How to Clean Your Bike – The Definitive Guide
  5. Recipes For The Road

Top Search Terms of 2010:

  1. bicycle snow chains
  2. tour of tucker county 2010
  3. diy bike repair stand
  4. selcof stem
  5. cycling recipes

Most Clicked Links:

  1. afajarito.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-portable-bike-repair-stand.html
  2. wenzelco.com/details.aspx?NavID=283
  3. cyclocamping.com/products.asp?cat=74
  4. fyxation.com
  5. craigbarlow.blogspot.com

Most Viewed Images:

diy bike repair stand

#1 - DIY Bike Repair Stand

Tour of tucker county 2010

#2 - Tour of Tucker County 2010

wenzel camping tent

#3 - Wenzel Lone Elk Hiker/Biker Tent

fat tire cycle gene wells bike shop

#4 - Before A Ride @ Fat Tire Cycle

Laura mae given o2 rainwear cycling raincoat

#5 - Lovely Model w/ O2 Rainwear's 3Flow Rain Jacket

My Favorite Posts of 2010:

  1. Ascension Par le Jeu: Rise by the Game
  2. A Reply and Inquiry to Pantani’s Problems:
  3. Falling… for a fellow rider
  4. WV Cycling’s Service Course
  5. The Squirrel
  6. The Hitman
  7. Un Jour Sans
  8. Cycling is a Dreamworld
  9. Top Ten Reasons to Ride Locally
  10. Cycling Changing Everyday Behaviors

Taking a look backa at my goals for 2010, I think I did a pretty good job at accomplishing most, if not all of them; I’ve gone further around the state, and have ridden with many great riders, and LBS Proprietors. I also was able to acertain a cyclocross bike, and try that around; which oddly enough has been my favorite bike since October. The cross bike is more nimble than my MTB in the snow, and a heck of a lot more stable/safer than the road bike on dirt roads. Perfect balance.

Talking about other people, I met a lot of influential riders, advocates, business owners, and spoke to several State politicians about cycling in West Virginia. 2010 will be known as the year that I learned how many people actually ride their bike. This was a very comforting thing, and has motivated me to not only ride more, but promote more cycling events in WV.

I don’t think I spoke much about any Elite or european racing this year, but I am still wanting to ride with any local group that invites me to go for a jaunt with them.

If you ever have an event and want me to promote it, feel more than free. I have a hard time keeping track of everything that is going on; so even if it is a group ride, email me and let me know in advance by at least two days…. That’s free advertising~

I have a lot of optimism for WV cycling’s second year. I have a lot of things coming down the pipeline, especially product reviews, and rider profile stories. I think you guys will like what is to come.

Wish me luck, and have a great Christmas!

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Well, first snow has fallen, so it is another round of trying the snow chains. This year, I have scrapped the external tensioning wire on both sides, saving about 120g,  and the install takes less than 20 minutes for both wheels:

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Before

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After

The only change I noticed in having the chains being held in place by zip ties alone was that the tension needed to hold them in place created unneeded stress on the sidewalls of the tires. One of the chains where the entire link was not fully aligned ended up rubbing a hole into my rear tire, ending the ride prematurely.

I stopped here for a photo op, and to let the tubeless goo seal the hole:

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One last photo really shows how cold it was outside; all of the grit and water that flew up onto my frame froze. This created an impenetrable fortress of frozen gunk on the bottom side of the downtube:

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Schwinn stingray, wacky bike, chopper, modded, modifications, redneck, hillbilly bicycle

Was crusing down the road to go pick up some perscriptions when I saw this thing in someone’s yard. I couldn’t help but stare at the contraption. We all know that Schwinn‘s parent company Pacific Cycles created a hoop-dee version of the classic Schwinn Stingray into a hacked up O.C.C. style to appeal to modern kids. What was created in 2004 was this:

schwinn stingray 2004 new classic old

The bicycle weighed a ton, the replacement tires were hard to find, and was cumbersome for anything but riding around the cul-de-sac. I’m pretty sure manufacturing was canceled after a few years.

Luckily we have neighbors who are willing to customize and modify their little cruiser bikes in an attempt to make them cool…

Take a look:

schwinn stingray 2004

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Now that the cross season is winding down, what are most of you guys doing to keep fit with snow right around the corner?

We all know about weight training and indoor trainers/spin classes, wbut what else is out there? Is running even an option? What about rowing machines? I hear those are intense, but pretty expensive

It would be nice to have something like a Surly Pugsley, and just be able to float on top of the snow and still pedal.

surly puglsey

Big Wheels 😮

As much fun as this would be, being on the bike year round can possibly be a deal breaker, and potentially lower your interest for riding midway through your next season.

Who has time to start a new off season hobby though? Cycling is expensive enough, what is it like trying to pick up a second sport that helps with the cardio aspect during the winter? I’m tempted to get a pair of skis, and while I’m hoping it isn’t that expensive, I still know it is going to cost more than a pair of running shoes.

Hiking! Even Chris Carmichael believes that this one is a winner. In his book, Time Crunched Cyclist, he states:

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But, you say, you’re a cyclist, and you’ve made the choice to focus on the sport you love. That’s great, but more well-rounded fitness gives you more options for activities and adventures and won’t take anything away from your abilities on the bike. I live at the foot of Pikes Peak, and I know cyclists who have lived here for a decade yet have not experienced the sense of accomplishment and wonder that comes from hiking to the summit. It’s not a particularly difficult climb; in fact, it is conquered every year by thousands of out-of-shape tourists. But it’s a nearly impossible challenge for highly specialized cyclists because the 13-mile trail is too hard on their feet and hips, and they struggle under the weight of packs if they choose to turn the adventure into a 2-day camping trip. I’m all for maximizing sport-specific performance, but unless you’re making a living as a cyclist, I also believe that the benefits of nonspecific fitness are worth pursuing.

Okay readers, tell me what you are going to do this off-season, and for what duration/intensity?

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While I do not follow my own rules to an exact science, I do tend to follow them as a general sense of rule.

For example, once the weather becomes inhospitable enough for me (when shorts are becoming less of an option for daily wearing), I tend to bring all of my bicycles indoors like you would a cat or dog for the winter months. This is never a specific day marked on my calendar, but usually within a two-week grace period. I doubt leaving the bikes in the garage vs. home all winter does a significant amount of benefit to them, but at least they are safe indoors~

Anyone else bring their bikes from the garage to indoors during the winter months?

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