14 July 2016

Young riders

I was coming down Mnt Meru with Don my brother and these three kids came screaming fast past us and then rode down with us.  It was fun to ride behind them and see their extreme joy riding bikes.  The bounce all over and go airborne every chance they get.

Why not carry loads on a bicycle

My invertor for my house needs repair.  It is electronic with a transformer inside.  equals heavy.  Why not take it to work on my bicycle.

One reason I am given for not using a bicycle is because of needing to carry stuff.

riding in the clouds on Mnt meru

Apologies not edited.

Edge of Tarangire Park

A ride with daughter along border of Tarangire. Movie of masai kids trying out the Dahon collapsable bike

Lake Manyara

My brother Don and wife Debi have moved to Tanzania. His life dream to retire partly here and work in a hospital. The two families went to stay in a tented lodge near Manyara park and we went for a wee ride on the flood plain of Lake Manyara. Saw some wildebeast and thomson gazelle.

Forest Road benchmark

57min to the ring road on full suspension.  I was doing 2 minute intervals in the middle, which might of made my time slightly slower.

32 minutes down.  am surprised it is that fast.

15 March 2016

Monduli Peak ride

It was going to be a routine ride. A road beckoned that turned into a trail, that joined another trail that went to the top of Monduli Mountain. No small feat as the top of the peaks is thick with bamboo

14 March 2016

Update 2

Despite a dislocated finger i could grip enough and figured i would be recovered enough in 3 weeks.  So I went out on the next weekend.  Saturday I rode with the hotshots who were going a long around monduli mtn.  I did Lengijave plains and back.  i just took it easy in rough sections.

Next day i Joined two seniors and a bunch of novice teenagers.  great riding on the Mkulat hills.  Mostly bald steep hills.  A few have forests where they catch the mist in the trees and then buckets.

In a fast down hill i was almost the last person, taking it easy.  I slowed to ask why someone stopped and a kid came behind and locked his front brake and endoed over and smashed into my back.  I went sprawling, breaking a spoke and the screen on my phone.  I seemed shaken but okay.

A week later my ribs hurt more and more, and after treating pneumonia, then they also found two broken ribs.

So the 10 to 4 was scratched and i laid off weekend biking but continue commuting.

23 February 2016


My last post I started recording times on a set ride.

Friends helped me get a loaner full suspension bike.

On a Thursday in mid January I went on the set ride.  At the turn around I went to stop to record my record time.  as I came to a stop i couldn't get my foot out of the clips.  They had caked mud and were too tight.  I stopped and fell over in slow motion on the down hill side and tried to stop the fall with my middle finger.

For the first time in my life I dislocated a bone and it came out through the skin on my left middle finger.  I tried to relocate the finger and came close.  Then I was  freaked so I gave up.

I thought of making a phone call to the office for a car, but i figured that would take hours on these rough roads.  I tried to ride and it was possible by resting my hand on the handle bars.  There wasn't extreme pain, only when i jarred it.  so i coasted home, forgetting what my record time was.  I slowed way down on ditches.

It took over an hour to see a doctor and then things went fast.  A young doctor got advice from an older doctor.  It was a big relief to get it reset.

That is not the end of the story.  I needed to keep in shape, so on saturday went out with the fast boys.  Only ditches and rough parts were hard.  So I felt ok to keep training.

On Sunday I went with my senior aged buddies and a group of kids, figuring I could keep up.  will post tomorrow what happened.

05 January 2016

Sambasha loop times.

As I get ready for 10 to 4 race I am checking my times on a set ride.  I hope to use a full suspension bike as  I find I am not able to keep pedaling smoothly frequently as i am bouncing too much on my hardtail bike.  After last years race I vowed to return but only on a full suspension bike.

From home to tree line on Sambasha hill

26 dec 2015  63 min   ( did some intervals in the beginning)
3 Jan 2016  57min
21 Jan 2016  55min (one full suspension bike)  (then fell over and dislocated finger.)