What is this blog about?
09.02.2016 - 19.02.2016
I'm a fairly active 70-year old man, and my doctors are trying to classify me as Type 2 Diabetes. I walk fast and bike a lot, and I like to drink beer. My main form of exercise is riding a road bike; I ride every other day in good months, but some months I ride only about 8 times. My normal route is 20 miles at 16+ MPH.
Last winter, 2015, was tough in New Hampshire. We got a lot of snow and I did not ride for months. Soooo, my idea for 2016 is to fight the Diabetes by riding 10 days each month. I hate riding on the stand in front of the TV, so I am going to travel to places where I can ride outside. January 13-23 I road in Cancun Mexico. You can read about it here:
February 9-19 I road in Claremont CA. Claremont is a college town about an hour east of LA. The 5 Claremont colleges are there. My daughter is teaching at one so I was able to save my airbnb money and stay in a room in her house.
My daughter and her fiance:
I was afraid that after my wonderful January days riding in Cancun, anything might be a let down. Such was not the case! My daughter had found the Claremont Senior Bicycle Group. Their tag line is Not your average seniors! and you will read how true that is.
Here is the link to get in touch with them:
As you will learn there, one has to fill out a waiver form and submit it to the Joslyn center. I was able to print out the form in NH, sign it and send it by snail mail to the center. I then called the center and did a little poking of members on line. The result is that you are given access to the meetup.com group that they use to organize themselves.
I better put in a couple of pictures. These are again the only ones of me actually with a riding group!
The other piece of the puzzle always is the bike. Again, I searched for bike shops online, tried to see if any offered rentals, and called to make a reservation. The one I chose was Coates Cyclery
They were wonderful. The staff provided me with a Giant 54" road bike with high pressure tires. They loaned me a helmet, bike lock, levers, air canister, tube, tool, all for $220 for 10 days. The understanding is that if you need to use the spare tire, then you need to pay for that on top. I never had any trouble and did not have to use it. The owner, Corey McCroskey and all the staff made me feel very supported. I even went on a Sunday shop ride, as you can read later and another night ran into a group from the shop at a local brewery.
What was the cost? As I have said, the bike was 220. The airfare was 450. I put about 1500 on the credit card. So, 2200 is a good talking total, about in line with the other 2 biking trips I took in the winter of 2016.
In this trip report there are also a lot of stories and pictures of beer bars. Can't imagine how that happened. Maybe my daughter took my phone camera when I was not paying attention?