Did the polar bear plunge. Blizzard. Turned forty (my “permanent record” didn’t come back to haunt me, though it occasionally taunts me). Finished knitting my scarf. Pleased that Woodstock has joined and is enjoying 43things.
Traveled to: Pendleton and Portland.
Rides: Century Ride of the Centuries, Wenatchee Apple Century
Finally bought a new bike. My KitchenAid broke, was fixed, then was tricked out. Assisted in a science project. Enjoyed an afternoon with Kiri. Met Scout and Jarrett.
Traveled to: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston, Atlanta, Tucson and Phoenix.
Rides: RAPSODY, Tour de Whidbey
Saw a bunch of great Shakespeare in the Park. Met Leo Stone. Also saw Rod and Molly on RAPSODY. Entrepreneurship seminar. Saw the beginning of the Mariners’ slide into defeat. Camped twice at Deception Pass.
Traveled to: Chicago, San Francisco
Learned Factoria’s walkability index is nearly 3x my neighborhood’s. Attended the American Geophysical Union fall meeting. (It was awesome.) Achieved my cycling goal in the nick of time. Built a TV-zapper. Shipped two products before Christmas. (wohoo!)
Inspired by John, I present lots of geeky cycling stats follow below the fold.
Cycling: 175 days biked, 5,059 miles (1,259 on the Friday, 3,800 on the Cannondale), 51.8 miles ascent, 25 flats.
Damage: one broken wheel, eight tires (the Continental Grand Prix 4000s are shard magnets. Half of my flats were on those tires.), two sets of brake pads, one chain, dozens of zip ties, one cyclecomputer. I didn’t track tubes or patch kits. With the new bike, I tossed tubes before the fourth patch. (The ‘Friday tubes were harder to get, so I’d toss them before the sixth.)
|# of rides|
Wet roads: 21
Light rain: 39
Heavy rain: 22
|# of rides< 30: 930 – 40: 2040 – 50: 5250 – 60: 3760 – 70: 2570 – 80: 20|
80 – 90: 10
> 90: 2
Percentage of rides and miles based on day of week. Conclusion: I do a heck of a lot of commuting. When I do have an opportunity to ride on weekends, I ride well.
Distribution of weather, temperature, and flats by month:
From this, it appears I’d average 202 miles between flats. Subtracting the Continental Grand Prix tires, it’s closer to 460 miles. My flats are nearly always glass or wire and (except for this year) occur more in the rainy months.