Tool Time with Toga

One of the nagging little voices in my head has been having a red-hot go lately at making me feel like I’m going to be stuck in the middle of nowhere with a broken Precious and no idea what to do about it. “Shut up, nagging voice!” I say. Of course I can say that now, since last night I underwent a little one-on-one bike monkeying session with Will at Toga NYC. Will and I go way back. At least to, um, November last year. That’s far back in dog time. We originally met when I got my BG fit. …

It is about the bike.

A STORY OF ATTRACTION I’ve already posted a couple of pictures of the sexy, handsome and enigmatic Precious, but I’ve not yet explained how we ended up marrying our fortunes together. Precious and I are now a force to be reckoned with. This is no brief fling, no Vegas mistake with annulment looming. We are in this for the long haul. We were simply meant to be. When I first got the idea of doing the Transamerica tour, I never really thought I’d be ponying up for a bike that cost more than, I dunno, a grand maybe? So how …

One year in cycling

I made this 20×30 inch poster as a sort of celebration (actual size version to explore here). One year of my life, from November 16th, 2008 to November 15, 2009 (my birthday). One year of partnership with my road bike. It should be noted that prior to buying Baby, I rode a bike perhaps 5 to 10 times a year. If that. So this was quite a jump in mileage for me. Quite a jump in focus. Quite a change in lifestyle. I can’t tell you why I’ve become so enamored with cycling, all I can say is that is …

Meet Precious

Well, I’m now the proud owner of a modified 2010 Specialized Tricross Comp. Modified in the sense that I had the wheels switched out to more hard-wearing touring wheels for my planned trip across these great United States. I also had it converted to a triple, to tackle what I’m sure is going to be just hours of fun on the Appalachians! And the Rockies! When I add the TransAmerica section to this site (still working on it), I’ll give a rundown of everything this bike is and can be. At the moment, I’m cranking around on it in some …

A steed is purchased

I’m not going to say what it is until I pick it up, But today I ponied up for a new pony. This one will see me through the winter, and hopefully across the country in May. Sad to say that this won’t be the final cost. I’ve left it in the capable hands of Toga to build some new wheels and add a whole lotta odds and sods to it. It will be a machine! I already have a name picked out.