Portable Electrical Power Source

On the touring bike I have a Shimano dynamo hub and a B&M Luxos U Headlight with an USB output port. These are the devices needing power;

  • Garmin Vista HCx which is powered by 2 X AA batteries. It also the bike computer.
  • Black Diamond headlamp using 3XAAA
  • Canon camera using 2 X AA.
  • Cell phone
  • Rear bicycle light 2 X AAA

So what I need is a device that can charge AA/AAA eneLoop batteries and  in turn charge my cell phone. What I found was

I chose the PortaPow 3XAAA using  AA to AAA adapters as it is a new device this year and looks to have a better packaging and electronics than the older 4 X AA/AAA device. Additional it has a LED flashlight built in to it.

The Goal Zero appears to have superior packaging along with its superior price. But it needs to charge 4 batteries at a time.

So during the day I will run the Garmin Vista off of batteries and charge the PortaPow battery pack off of the hub dynamo. If A/C power is available I can use an USB charger to fill up the batteries and cell phone.

March Summary

17 rides for 520 miles. Alternated riding all three bikes. Longest ride 45 miles X 2

1 Birthday party at Hiro Sushi. Great meal.

Drove Rubicon to South Rim and dined at El Tovar and visited air museum in Valle.

Drove Rubicon to Tucson stayed at the El Conquistador for dinner. Tried to get a “bone yard” tour. Maybe next year. Marana should be open too.

First 90 degree day

Monday March 16 we had our first 90 degree day. Summer is coming on fast.

Sunday we started the ride at 6:30 am with plenty of light and less traffic than later in the day on Sundays. The MUPS are insane with Snowbirds, Spring Training, and fair weather people all out and about. April things will get better tourist wise and the Snowbirds fly home.

Tuesday rode 45 miles doing the Hidden Valley climb on the Bruce Gordon. Had put on the Da Brim on the helmet and was happy to have it.

I have laid out a 50 mile route that includes the Hidden Valley climb and another 6-7% hill. Will try it out later in the week.

UPDATE Friday March 20

Rode just 45 miles again today. I’m breaking in a new bike rider and it was stretching things to go 40 miles so cut the 50 mile route short today.

50 Mile Ride

Turning the heat up

Weather is turning hot fast now. Next week in the 80’s. Probably a bit windy too.

I started the year out doing a 24 mile ride 2-4 times a week but recently have stepped it up to a 34 mile circuit. Next month I’ll step it to 40 miles and by June will be pressing a 50 mile circuit, all urban riding on the street. Will keep it at 2- 4 times a week.

Down the road in a month or two I’ll start throwing a 65 miler into the mix at least once a month.

By fall I should be ready to do a series of sponsored centuries. May take a shot at the Cochise County Cycling Classic ride too.

Stanyan reconfiguration to a Century machine

The SOMA Stanyan was set up for the Adventure Cycling van supported Atlantic Coast tour. I have canceled that tour and have now shifted my focus towards doing century rides locally. Reconfiguring the Stanyan means focusing more on weight reduction and speed.

  • Start weight 29.5 lbs. Reconfiguration weight 25 lbs.
  • Fenders are more or less irrelevant in Arizona.
  • Change out the wheels as there is no need for a hub generator and the 28mm tires.  Will move to Mavic Aksiums and 25mm GatorSkins.
  • Rack is not needed as won’t be hauling any gear or other touring essentials.
  • For now the Brooks Professional (not to be confused with a Brooks Team Professional) saddle stays with the  possibility or moving back to the Terry Fly.

The other option is using the Scattante CFR (~ 17 lbs)  which is a dream bike to ride but lacks the triple that the Stanyan has and there are some monster hills (for me) on the local centuries.

The Stanyan had a 11-30 IRD rear cassette and that has stayed with the wheelset. It now sports a  new 12-30 Ultegra rear cassette.

The Bruce Gordon remains the same,, setup for loaded touring or some possible local canal riding.

Canceling 2015 Tour

I have decided that my bicycle touring days have come to a close and have canceled the Adventure Cycling Atlantic Coast tour. The reasoning is that I don’t feel like physically I could enjoy a 63 day tour riding on the average of 50 some miles a day. Nor could I look positively at sleeping in a tent that long either. I will keep my riding local from here on out.

I’ll be shooting for two or three centuries later in 2015.

IBS Plugins

WordPress plugin development has moved to https://indianbendsolutions.net.

[copied from https://indianbendsolutions.net]

The plugins have been reworked to use the same base code and UI for a cohesive package of calendar related functionality.

IBS Calendar, using Full Calendar and Moment.js, displays any number of Google Calendar feeds on any number of calendars in of a WordPress post or page. In addition the plugin implements a standard sidebar widget. The plugin also supports displaying IBS Events.

IBS Events implements a custom post-type that schedules an event or series of events that will display on an IBS Calendar or IBS Calendar widget. In addition the plugin also implements a shortcode for listing IBS Events on a page or post and widget for displaying events in a sidebar.

IBS GCAL Events is a plugin that implements a shortcode for listing a Google Calendar events on a page or post and widget for displaying events in a sidebar.

Each of the plugins have a standalone capability.

2015 Tour

Been kicking around another “epic” bicycle tour. First thought was flying to Oregon and riding back to Pueblo Colorado finishing the Transamerica route. But that has little appeal as I have almost always vacationed in the west. And I don’t know if I am up to a fully loaded tour, psychologically, for 2000 miles.

This past 12 months has been a bit hellish healthwise and finally have everything resolved it seems for now. Been riding stronger than ever and it just seems right to do another longish tour. Adventure Cycling has an Atlantic Coast van supported tour that seems very appealing. 61 days starting in Key West and riding to the Canadian border, some 2,800 miles. 13 riders, if they fill, and two “leaders.” Still kicking the tires on this one.

I have never been to the Keys but have been to most states and lived in a couple, North Carolina and New York. Have not been to Maine though. Lots of interesting history to travel though.