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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Week in Review 

Not much to talk about from the past week. The weather has been shifting, and I've gotten wet a few days. My route is all flat or uphill in the morning, so I usually have a gentler and easier ride downhill when I am tired at the end of the day (though I often kick it just as hard when I am keeping up in traffic or racing the next light if trying to beat the worse weather home, but often I take it chill). Anyway today when I got to the bottom of 'the hill' I hit my flatland portion of the ride only to be confronted with a total head wind, so much for a casual pace home. I was pumping through those gusts like I was on an uphill it felt.

I contacted my grad student association president about trying to arrange better changing facilities on campus for bike riders. Right now my only option is to change in a bathroom stall which I am thankful for at least, though it is cramped and often dirty. I can go next door to the SU campus, but that is not so convenient when it is 8:00 in the morning, I'm wet, and needing to get into 'nicer' clothes and be on time for my 8:25 teaching assistant gig. Two men's room stalls have been 'out of order' since the semester started and I don't think anyone would miss one if the toilet was removed, and a bench, a shelf, some extra hooks, and a raised mat were installed. Does that sound reasonable?

Cool Post,

I'm actually kind of new to "competitive cycling" so to speak. I've known how to ride a bike for years, but I always rode for recreational purposes. But not too long ago I made some new friends who race competitively, and they have convinced me to try it out. Before I do though, I want to get the right kind of bike. I don't think the one I have now is appropriate for racing or cycle tourneys. You seem to know a lot about bikes, so I was wondering if you could tell me what type of bike I should get, and what to look for when I'm comparing models. I don't want to spend TOO much money, but I don't mind spending a little if I know I'm getting a good product in return. I did some looking around online and I found some good guides, like this one but that one seems more geared towards Mountain Bikes. I think what I need is a racing bike. Do you know of any similar guides or articles that focus exclusively on racing cycles? If you I would greatly appreciate it if you could point me in the right direction. I want to be as informed as possible before making my purchase. If you have any other tips or advice to share, I would greatly appreciate that as well. Thanks in advance for any help you might be able to give.
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