Pedal Harder

I really really love riding a bike. Here is a post to tell you a little about the bikes I have owned and in turn cover some of my cycling journey.

My first bicycle was a black BMX that my parents bought when I was young.  I rode that bike everywhere through my neighborhood. I think it made my mom nervous. I still remember riding up Carann St. I was pretty proud of myself for riding up that steep of a hill on my BMX bike. It is a 10.1% grade hill.

I sold it to buy a 26″ mountain bike. I bought the mountain bike from Wal-mart or somewhere like that. It dropped all the ball bearings out of the rear cassette while I was finishing up my 50 mile bike ride for Boy Scout of America’s Bicycling merit badge. My dad gave me the hybrid that he had borrowed and told me to try to catch the other people we were riding with. I rode much further than he expected me to. They provided SAG support as I finished it up. I am most proud of Bicycling merit badge. I liked the hybrid and thought that was what I needed to get next. It was a good combination of tough and street speed. The next bike was a Haro Hybrid bike. It was bright, I mean BRIGHT yellow. It was so much lighter than the mountain bike even with its steel frame. I enjoyed riding that bike around. My dad still owns it.

While in college I found my 1997 Cannondale SuperV700i it was my “rebound girlfriend” from a relationship that had tanked. I did a lot of mountain biking my junior and senior year. Money and time well spent.  Here is a couple pictures.

Even though I loved my mountain bike, I tended to live in areas that could use a road bike. I was finally able to get a road bike after moving from NC. I have enjoyed riding my road bike. It has been a great purchase.

Then on the way home from speaking at a fall retreat for my buddy I was able to get my new mountain bike with the promise to sell my Cannondale. (I did eventually) I bought a 2010 Jamis 650B1. It is a pretty cool bike because it has 650b or 27.5 inch wheels. It is said that this will be the future of mountain biking but right now this wheel size is playing second fiddle to the 29″ inch wheel. I like the 650b for me. It rides fast and handles well.

W. Scott Kerr Reservoir- Wilkesboro, NC

And the next bike in my stable was this one. I bought this one for camping trips and bike riding with my daughter. I even used it to commute to work. I did the Tour de Triad on this bike. I rode 38 miles on this bike in the rain. It had a nice long wheelbase and rode very smoothly. I averaged 14 mph to and from work.

The most recent bike is a mail order bike. I ordered it from and have been very pleased with the bike. I know that I have more bike than I would have if I had bought a comparable bike from a bike shop at my price point. I have added new tires and a rack to use it for commuting.  [1604.7 commuting miles in 2013]

my current commuter bike

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