Thursday, January 13, 2011

Gearing Up in the New Year

It's been a bit quiet around here lately, on the Team Terpening blog that is.  I suppose the weather and time of year is mostly at fault as people switch from moving on wheels to moving on sticks strapped to their feet.  I suppose I'm at fault, too; I haven't posted since Christmas - been a bit busy lately.  With the new year upon us, I've been concentrating on the new season of cycling and getting things together for a great year on the bike (had my first ride of 2011 on 1/4).

Sick's New Bike Route:  May Be 10 Miles Out Of The Way, But He's Committed To It

Although I plan to continue making blog posts here, I have started writing on my own blog once again, The Resurgence of Sarge.  I deleted all of the old material and started out with a clean slate as part of the 2011 program.  Please feel free to check out the new layout and content.  This time I'm trying my best to keep it completely cycling related with an emphasis on my 2011 program for riding, fitness, diet, and health.  I'm also making a conscious effort to post on a regular basis.  Check it out.  Speaking of blogs, I've added some links on my site to other blogs that I enjoy reading.  Since he's a member of Team Terpening, I added Action Chuck's blog to my list...  and I'm still waiting to read the first post, Chuck (hint, hint).

As most of you may know, we welcomed our first child into the world shortly after Christmas.  We're so excited to introduce the newest member of our family, Chas Anthony...

We'll Put Him On A Bike As Soon As Possible, Can't Wait To Teach Him To Ride
In other cycling related news, I've decided it's time to treat myself to a new ride.  After thinking about it for a while, I realized that I've only purchased two new bikes in the past 8-10 years (?).  Notice the key word there - purchased.  I have had several different bikes based off of one purchase thanks to Gary Fisher's stellar warranty policy.  It all started with a Gary Fisher Kaitai.  A stripped out bottom bracket shell led to a warranty Big Sur which was eventually replaced after I broke the frame.  After a second broken frame, I upgraded to a Sugar 2+.  I broke one or two front triangles, then a rear triangle; and, at that point, after warranty parts arrived, I retired the Sugar in lieu of a Surly 1x1 which has been my trusty steed for the past three or four years.  As much as I love singlespeeding, I feel like I might enjoy some gears and suspension from time to time.  So, I'm in the market for a geared bike with at least a suspension fork.  Not sure what it might be, but I'm currently looking at Specialized StumpJumpers and a Redline D660.  I'm really stoked to have gears and suspension, but I'm trying to be patient in order to find a good deal on a new bike.  I kind of hope something comes along soon.
I'm not sure if anyone has really noticed, but the 500th post on the Team Terpening blog is approaching quickly.  It'll be interesting to see what our team leader has in mind for this monumental event.  I'm already looking forward to it.

Well, I wish you all a happy new year. Ride on.

1 comment:

WPG said...

Gears are a nice option to have from time to time. I was without mine from about the middle of August through the end of the season, and I missed them. Enjoy the new ride and I'll look forward to reading your blog. Congratulations again on the kid.