Saturday, January 24, 2015

Tour Worthy?

If I'm going to undertake a long distance cross country tour I'm going to need a bike. A Surly Disc Trucker or Ogre would be ideal but I'd like to avoid spending $1500 if possible. I've got two possible candidates available, an 80's Diamondback Ascent mountain bike and a 1995 Trek 930. The Trek is currently loaned out to a friend so I'll talk about it later. I bought the Diamondback about a year ago for around $80. It wasn't very well cared for. The paint is really faded leading me to believe it was stored in the elements for some time. It's got rack and fender eyelets at the fork tips as well as mid-fork eyelets. For some reason there is only one set of eyelets on the rear dropouts.

 The bike looks terrible but the frame seems straight and sound. If I use this bike I'll need a new wheelset, The wheels in this photo are donors from a high end 80's mountain bike (that bike has a stuck seatpost that won't come loose no matter what I do). The hubs are nice looking Suntour's marked "sealed bearing hubs". I'm going to remove the hubs replace the bearings and build them into a nice strong wheelset.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Hello...Anybody Out There?

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome myself back to the blogosphere (I hate the word blogosphere). It's been a little over three years since my last post. In my "goodbye" post dated January 4th, 2012, I was whining about lacking the time to keep up with my blog. So what's changed? I'm retiring! One week from today I'll be retiring from the Texas Department of Public Safety where I have worked the last twenty five years, approximately six years as a Highway Patrol Trooper then the last nineteen as a plain clothes Criminal Investigator. This means that I'll have time, craploads of it, for blogging and most everything else I enjoy. Looking at my Blogger feed I notice that quite a few of the folks who were blogging back in the day are still at it (back in day being 2012). Great! I'm going to spend some time visiting these blogs and getting reacquainted with everyone and everything.

My new Blogger profile pic.


With my new found freedom I'm looking to do something I've never had the opportunity to do before. I've got a couple of ideas but alot depends on how much money I get paid for my unused vacation. I should be receiving a check March 1st. I'll be able to make serious plans at that point.

What's been occupying my mind lately is the thought of doing a cross country bike tour. I think it would be cool to ride out of my garage, head west across Texas and jump on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route near Silver City, New Mexico. I also wouldn't mind connecting to the ACA Southern Tier route in El Paso and head out to San Diego. I've never seen the Pacific Ocean and I hear that San Diego is a nice place to visit. If I felt up to it I could then follow the ACA Pacific Coast route north to Seattle. Like I said, it's just an idea right now.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

RTP Signing Off

I started this blog on January 4th 2008. Four years and 399 posts later I have decided to put this blog out to pasture. I haven't had time to keep up with it and it doesn't look like things will change anytime in the near future. All the content will remain, I may even update the links as they seem to be very popular, but I will not be posting anything new. I appreciate everybody's comments, suggestions, and assistance over the years. I have enjoyed getting to know you guys. I will still be following your blogs and commenting. I'll still be riding although I may actually leave home without my camera (weird). It's been fun.

Take care


P.S.-I will not be changing my email address or anything like that so contact me if any of you guys are going to be in town.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

More Hobby Integration

There hasn't been much time for riding lately. The first series of photos is from a short ride I did about a week ago. The last couple of photos are from yesterdays ride.

For some reason every time I try to get out and fish this river, somebody cuts off the water flow. There's some construction taking place somewhere upstream.

I brought along a heavier two piece fishing rod this ride as opposed to the little telescoping rod I used last time.

I worked my way up and down the river but didn't catch anything.

Yesterday's ride

With evening approaching the cormorants returned to their homes in the trees on the south side of the river.

I did manage to catch this guy yesterday. I caught another one just like it a couple of weeks ago. I'm pretty sure it's some kind of bass but it doesn't look too much like the large mouth bass I caught in an Arlington pond this weekend. The colors are really pale. BTW-I released him just after snapping this photo.

This is one of the large mouth bass I caught in Arlington. The colors are much darker and the jagged line marking is easily seen. Photographed and released.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hobby Integration

Hey guys, it's been a while. I've complained before about work taking up too much of my personal time, so I'll skip most of that. Lately, when I have had free time, I've been packing up my two youngest kids and hauling them to the closest body of water to partake in our newest family hobby-fishing. I'm a complete novice when it comes to fishing but with some internet research we've had overwhelming success with the minuscule panfish at a nearby pond and the slightly larger bluegills in Trinity River. Bluegills are about the only fish I can identify at this point. I have integrated my newest hobby, fishing, with my bike rides along the Trinity River.

Some little pond fish my son caught recently. I have no idea what it is.

We've caught about a million of these little guys. I've been crushing the barbs down on our hooks and releasing everything we catch.

I picked up this telescoping rod and reel combo at Bass Pro in Grapevine.

This easily fits in my pannier.

I had the day off yesterday and headed off down the Trinity Trails looking for a decent spot to fish.

My Trek 930 do-everything bike laying on the riverbank. All of my fishing gear was packed into the right side pannier.

The water level was really low in certain areas due to ongoing construction along the river. I fished a couple of areas today but didn't have much luck. No big deal.

I've made some changes to the Trek. I replaced the knobbie tires with a cheap pair of commuter tires from Performance and I swapped the flat bars for a set of back and neck friendly North Road bars.

I ditched the Grip Shift stuff for a set of inexpensive but highly effective thumb shifters. As of this evening I've replaced the cork grips for a more utilitarian set of black rubber lock-on grips. I plan to add one of those Wald Giant Delivery Baskets sometime in the near future.

The ride home. It looks like the leaves are finally changing color.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sunday Afternoon Ride 10-30-11

I've been busy so this post is a little late. I managed to get out and ride on an absolutely perfect Sunday afternoon. I love the fall.


I don't know if Colonel's is moving or opening a second location. I suspect that they're moving.

I think this is an excellent location, it's on Foch Street just north of Lancaster. It's just south of La Familia restaurant and only a couple of blocks from Fred's and the new So. 7th development. To reach the Trinity Trails you just ride up this road approx 1/4 of a mile.

I ran across a Halloween party on Crockett Street.

The ride home down some nice tree lined neighborhoods streets.