Fully Loaded Test Ride

50% FAILURE. 100% OVERALL SUCCESS Welcome to the hinky math ride report, alternate title “A comedy of awesome errors”. This past weekend, I decided to do a fully-loaded trial run out to Beaver Pond Campsite near Lake Welch. I chose this location for two reasons. 1. To get to it, I would get to take Precious (the bike) and Zimmerman (the trailer) up Seven Lakes Drive. 2. It would give me the opportunity to try out all my camping gear. 3. Beavers! (I knew there wouldn’t be any, but I just like saying it) What follows is a comedy or …

SUFFERFESTIVUS TIME

In August 2009 I layered up for a chilly winter’s ride in Melbourne, Australia. After fueling up on coffee, I trudged downstairs to the garage to inspect my friend’s loaner bike. Amelia’s bike was what a second-hand store would call Vintage with a capital V. If they’d ever ridden it, they would perhaps consider changing it to “death trap” and like me, yearn to throw it in the river with a mighty heave-ho. But I’m skipping ahead. At that moment standing there in that cold garage, it was perfect. The only thing that really stood out to me was the …