Blog updated: January 24th., 2017!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Finally a ride with the wife!

The weekends have been cruddy lately so the wife and I haven't been able to ride together but we finally got in a ride on Sunday! She hasn't been able to ride since Nov. so I let her set the pace and we had a good day, sunny and 40F at the start. We rode mostly local rail-trails and enjoyed the company! She's to slow a rider to ride with the local club so I divide my rides between her and the club during the month. She can ride all day but she's just not up the "club pace". We stopped for a carved turkey sandwich and then the clouds came in the temps dropped what seemed 10 degrees so we headed home. There's actually a lot of FUN riding at a slower pace, more time to talk and take in the sights so I don't mind, kick'in back with the wife! :)

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CSCC Frozen Water Bottle Ride, January 1st. 2017

It was semi-decent on the 1st. so I went on the Colorado Springs Cycling Club's "Frozen Water Bottle Ride"! I was a partly cloudy day, high 30 F's with some sunshine. A good group showed up, close to 30 riders, LOL, mostly "road bikes" and "MTB's. Found there was two rides, one road, one mtb, My comfort bike is "road going" MTB so I stayed with the road ride, it was 18 miles, with some steep grades so as usual, I volunteered to be the Sweep rider.

We headed south, then west, then north a mix of street and paved trail, I was riding with to riders who just got new "recumbent trikes" so I asked a lot of questions about them as maybe someday we might go that way. LOL, as we were riding, one rider on the trike, took off, quickly, I thought WOW, what a sprint she has!!  Came to find out, she has an, "electric motor" to boost her pace when she needs it, it's cheating but hey, it's cool! ;)  As we headed up Centennial Blvd. I was getting whipped and hit a bonk, lucky, we turned on Vindicator with a great "downhill section" so I was able to hang in with the group to the end of the ride. We stopped at BJ's Restaurant and Brewery for lunch, then I had a colder ride under gray skies back home. Was glad to be able to start 2017 with a ride! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Just an update

We've closed the group we started for Rail Trail Riders here in Colorado Springs, I've gone back to being a member of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club and just doing the more, "mellow" rides! Jo won't ride with the club, they just ride too fast for her so I ride with her, 2 weekend out of the month and with the Club the other two weeks of the month! :)  I've got 800 miles on the Del Sol Lxi 6.1 comfort bike and it's been a very good machine. I'm looking at getting Jo on come Spring 2017! It's not easy getting older and having arthritis but having a bicycle that let's me sit straight up, really makes riding more FUN!
The top photo is my current machine and the bottom is the one my wife Jo likes, she's very short legged so the "step-thru" frame is a great match for her!  We are having really great weather here in November so we've gotten in several rides, hope it last's for a bit longer! :) Jo and I did get in a nice ride over to Manitou Springs, via the bike trails, here's a few photos!


The creek that flows thru this park in Manitou Springs, CO.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Ride to the Labor Day Lift Off

We rode the bicycles to the yearly, Labor Day Lift Off Balloon Fest, here in Colorado Springs, CO. over Labor Day Weekend. We had to leave at 6 AM. in the dark to make the 7 AM. launch time! We arrived and the day broke sunny and a bit windy so it took awhile for the Balloons to get a "ok" to launch but they did and it was quite a site!

Jo and the bikes awaiting the Sunrise!







Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Just an update!

We've been putting on rides over the last 2 months for our newly founded: Rail Trail Riders of Colorado Springs, CO. casual bicycle riding group! LOL, just forgot to take a camera so no pictures. We still don't have any new members but Me and the Mrs., hopefully we can get at least 2 more couples or singles before the end of the year! We plan on riding the bicycles over to the Labor Day Balloon Lift Off at Memorial Park here in Colorado Springs so maybe a couple of photos from that adventure will be forthcoming! :) The summer season is coming to an end, RATS but there's some good and cooler Fall riding for the next couple of months!

Monday, July 25, 2016

The Templeton Gap Trai Ridel

Our Second ride for the The Rail Trail Riders of Colorado Springs, CO. was held on July 23rd., we started at Nancy Lewis Park, (which is a beautiful local park), and then headed out to ride the Templeton Gap Trail, we rode the trail from Union Blvd. to the Pikes Peak Greenway Trail, our original idea was to turn around and ride back to the park but since it's still just "Jo and I" on the rides, we headed down the PPGWT and headed over to an old fashion ice cream, burger joint, called the Tasty Freeze for some ice cream! BUMMER it wasn't open yet so we instead headed out for lunch and rode to Taco Bell for a yummy combo burrito!! 

LOL, yes I know that's not healthy but that's one of the many reason we RIDE so we can eat a bit of junk food and it won't just go to our waist's! ;) Then we headed home. We can't wait till we get our first new members, but we don't mind as we were going to RIDE anyway! :)


Start of T-Gap Trails


Friday, July 15, 2016

We've started the Rail Trail Riders of Colorado Springs, CO.

We've been members of the Colorado Springs Cycling Club off and on since 2005, resigned up in 2016 BUT, as of July, 2016 we have decided to "leave" the CSCC for good and try to start our own "Casual Bicycling" Group, called the: Rail Trail Riders of Colorado Springs, CO.  We will be mostly riding the local area "Rail Trails, bike paths, lanes, etc. around the City of Colorado Springs, CO.

We've noticed that most of the rides the CSCC was doing were just "Too Fast" for my wife JoLynn and we wanted a more, FUN, relaxed riding group. Were not into "distance", etc., just want to ENJOY a ride with other like riders. We will be using a VERY mellow, easy pace, that even families and kids should be able to ride! We have a website, (see link below), facebook page, we use as a "BLOG" and are set up as a "club" on bikejournal.com So we have our "ride/event" schedule listed in at least "2" places on the internet.

We know it will take YEARS to grow but we decided, it's TIME, for a Casual Riding Group, this is NOT for Racers, Long Distance Riders or Competitive type riders. We will have stops and usually find a place for lunch or a snack during the rides. We had our first "official" ride on "Saturday, July 9th." LOL, yes, it was just Jo and I but we now feel like it's started! Join us! :)