Things I Learned or Just Figured Out

Interesting tidbit on city or urban bike riding : If you have a quick adjust seat clamp, take your seat off and carry it with you if you leave your bike locked or unattended for any period of time. I have a pretty nice seat and I was told that seat theft is a common thing. I also made a mark on the seat post with a sharpie pen for easy height alignment on reinstall of seat. Another tip I figured out is that 700c x 38 tires at 75 psi are not particularly good in sand !  Although at the time I had no choice but to ride through sand on a detour because a gate to a bridge crossing a river bed was locked. It was on one of my morning rides to work, and I had to backtrack to a maintenance road and then it was 1/4 mile down the sand path to the river bed. Next I faced the 30 foot concrete waterfall which had 3 foot tall steps made to cascade the river when it was in flow. I made it over that and then another 1/4 mile of sand and rock up the other side of the riverbed. So I learned to carry my key to the bridge gate with me instead of leaving it on my desk at work.

Locked bridge and dry waterfall.

That is the google earth image of the New River Trail in Peoria AZ. Still even with the detour it was an enjoyable ride in the morning. I also learned that if you are on your own in the desert you are really up to your own devises to procede or turn back. I posted another less eventful ride to work on “youtube” .Viewable  at this link:


6-16-17 Weekend

Driveway Sunday morning 6-17-12

Bike in Driveway

Sunday morning before a little jaunt around the neighborhoods on 91st Ave.Finally a nice morning. Yesterday started that way, until I had a dead battery at the “Quicktrip” where I filled my gas tank.Roadside Assistance “ROCKS !!”. They showed up in 20 minutes and towed me home. A  trip to “OReilly’s Auto Parts” and I was back in business.Grilled some chicken with  Honey BBQ sauce, some cole slaw, and a dab of mustard potato salad made for a nice dinner. My afternoon/evening bike ride got scrubbed because of a small dust storm, first one of the year. It did turn the sky an eerie orange/ochre color and the humidity shot up. So  the evening was spent running scales and recording a little vamp on guitar. May post it later if time permits.

My Bike

My bike is a Schwinn Solitaire City Series Hybrid. A very comfortable upright cruiser, aluminum frame, 21 speed, fenders, rear rack, alloy wheels, and linear pull brakes. I put some M-Wave panniers on it for storage, and a Bell f12 computer, along with some head and tail lights. I am really impressed at the ride and smoothnes of the bike. I spent the first Saturday morning after I assembled it adjusting the fit and shifting. I should be increasing my rides to work from 2 days a week to 3 this coming week, we will see how it goes.

News from Mobiletown


I am writing here in  Peoria AZ. There is no schedule or reason , just a place to post whatever I wish. Mobiletown is immediately south of the 91st Ave and Grand Ave  intersection . It is basically a nondescript neightborhood of a couple of auto and RV repair shops and about 17 homes, a few of which are mobile. A park is in the process of being built, but its been in that process for 2 years now. I have been riding my new bike to work 2 days a week now for the last 3 weeks and am really enjoying it.


The J Blog

New and first post. Just got back from a New River Trail bike ride. 6 miles of leisurely river bottom paved trail in 40 minutes. Busy trail on a sunday morning, at least 20 other bikes out today.