I'm glad you enjoy the postings.bill3388 said:I really enjoy these yearly biking updates, and I sure admire your determination and commitment! Thanks for posting.
For me, biking is a lot like R/C flying. Once you get a healthy taste of it, it is very enjoyable. It allows me to be outside in the clean air and burn off stress and calories. I can ride slowly and deliberate. Or, I can try (emphasis on try) to be a speed demon. With flying, there is the challenge of flying a new maneuver or flying closer to the ground. With biking there are challenges of distance, elevation, and speed....individually or combined.
Just like flying, there is the technical side, where you can do your own maintenance, and then there is the connection you have with the machine. When you're flying, and the plane is acting funny...you can feel it in the sticks. The bike is the same way. When it's trimmed and in tune, it is a littoral well oiled machine. You can feel it. Carbon rides different than aluminum, which rides differently than titanium or steel. Some guys have as many bikes as we have airplanes. Some guys 'scratch' build a custom bike by buying all his end components, or by restoring an old classic bike. Different wheel bases, frame geometries, fixed gear bikes, gravel bikes, super light weight bikes, etc....
I hate having to work on my car. I love working on my bike.