Metric Century

Conditions were ideal for bicycling. Therefore, I decided to go for a metric century, that is 100 kilometers or 62.1371 miles. The ride was along the Schuylkill River Trail and then the Perkiomen trail, which included this hill.

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Of course, going down was fun. Coming up was quite a bit of work. Got to use that granny gear on my bike. Wow! What a workout. In the end, I managed to go 67 miles, including about 30 on gravel, which was a good test of my new Jamis Renegade. Bike did fine. Now I need a rest.

Published in: on August 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Selle Italia Saddle

As I’ve been posting lately, the Jamis Renegade is running very well. I’ve logged more than 350 miles on it. One thing I wanted to change was the saddle. I decided to go with the Selle Italia gel saddle that you see here:

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The is the “TRK” model. I find it much more comfortable than the saddle it replaces. Also, it sits on standard rails, which means I can mount a small seat bag underneath to keep a few essentials. Looking forward to many miles ahead on this saddle. If things go right, I’ll log about 1,500 more this year.

Published in: on August 12, 2016 at 12:48 am  Leave a Comment  
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Disc Brakes, bicycle

My new Jamis Renegade Elite is my first bicycle with disc brakes. What an improvement! In various conditions, these brakes are smooth and powerful.

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The response is reliable, even when things get wet. And, it only takes a little pressure to apply them. Given that my rides are getting progressively longer and with more inclines, it’ll be a nice feature, one that improves safety.

Published in: on July 29, 2016 at 7:44 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Renegade Elite, update

Went for my longest ride so far this year, a little more than 50 miles, on the Jamis Renegade Elite. Some of this riding was along the river, with very little climbing. The rest was rolling terrain. In other words, a longer ride but not terribly difficult.

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The Jamis Renegade Elite is performing well. I took it onto some short gravel stretches to get the feel, which is confident and snappy. The Shimano gearset seems to be a fit for me, although some cable adjustments need to be made. This is to be expected as cables stretch a bit in the early days. Of course, the saddle requires some breaking in. I do prefer this hydraulic disc breaks. As some of my riding is on streets, one needs to grab the brakes for less than courteous drivers. These stop the bike quickly. All in all, things are working out great. I’ll be making a video soon. Stay tuned.

Published in: on July 24, 2016 at 8:38 pm  Leave a Comment  
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