Saturday, December 28, 2013

Betty Lou gets Retired

Jimio on his new Mountain Bike, Loretta
Well after 7 years of faithful service to old Jimio, Betty Lou has finally wore out. With only 1 gear working well and no rear brake, I decided to send her to the Old Bikes Home. Actually the Bicycle Union on Mechanic Street where they will fix her up and donate her to a needy family. My new mountain bike was given to me by my nephew Phillip who must have known the abysmal shape of Betty Lou through my conversations with his Mom, my sister, Missy. This new bike is a Schwinn Acension 29. It has 29' wheels which help soften the bumps in the road. So far it has been very responsive and easy to ride and with the full knobby tires, gets me through the snow just fine and dandy. Only problem was the handbrakes at too high an angle. That was easily corrected by rotating the handlebar forward to get just the right comfortable grip. I'm looking forward to taking more photos of people, places, animals and things with the sure smooth wheels of Loretta. This is Jimio saying *Ride for fun* *Ride Safe* and have a *Happy New Year 2014*

Friday, August 16, 2013

This Meeting is Called to Order

bikes having their Annual Reunion
Every year at this time these bikes gather under these Elms to discuss the past years wear n tear on their frames and to find ways to encourage their owners to keep themselves well maintained. The biggest concern is oil and grease and spare inner-tubes. The next order of business is making sure their bolts are snug and brakes are tight. The last detail is to remind their owners to ride in the safest way possible and to stay off busy, bumpy and trash n glass filled roads n sidewalks. his is Jimio saying: * Be Good to your Bike* and *Your Bike will be Good to You*

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bicycle Mower

Keep riding muscles in shape and do a chore too!
I wonder how really practical this 1/2 Mower - 1/2 Bicycle contraption is? Well if it doesn't work that efficiently, it still makes a nice lawn ornament! This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* and *Ride Safe*

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Out for a Sunday Afternoon Ride

Father and his kids enjoying the nice weather
Lately I have been seeing a lot of families out pedaling and having a great time. Riding together is good for your health cause it tones the muscles and strengthens the heart and lungs. It also makes one feel invigorated and refreshed plus while you are all together it gives them a time to discuss whatever ideas that come to one's mind. Its also a way to see your town or neighborhood up close and to view the positive things out there as well as to avoid any negative things. Also the parents when riding with children can teach them safe bicycling skills that should keep them safe. While I was talking to them we discussed some of the attractions Jackson had to offer like where one could go to see concerts and bands. Places that have closed and new venues that have opened. This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* *Ride Safe* and *Ride for Health*

Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring is in the air!

What a great day for a ride!
Looks like this family is enjoying the warm Good Friday weather we had today. It was Sunny and 50F.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Winter Pedalling

Betty Lou resting at a Stop Sign
I enjoy riding my mountain bike in the winter. I have to be more careful than during the other seasons due to the slippery snow and the ice that cant be seen underneath it. I don't recommend this activity for the faint of heart but those of you who like a little extra excitement may enjoy this. Also don't ride in unfamiliar terrain as many potholes could be lurking under that snow. Please ride slower than usual and brake farther away than you normally would. Plus don't use the front brake too much or very long. If you must, apply the front brake in small short bursts as to keep the front tire in motion as a sliding front tire will send you down. Also when you see those plow drifts across the road , if possible speed up a little and "glide" through them. going too slow will get you stuck in them and then you must "walk" your way out with your shoes. I have fallen 3 or 4 times a season. It is inevitable and will happen. I just shrug it off as part of my winter experience. Also dress appropriately and try to have wide knobby tires to help grab the snow and give you traction and stability on turns. This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* *Ride Extra Safe in Snow*

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Short Trip

Entrance to the New North Trail at Exit to Old Jackson State Prison
Well I finally pedaled down the New North Bike Trail. It was wide and smooth. The only problem , it's only 1/4 mile long which means I have to ride it 20 times to get 5 miles in. I don't think I want to see the same things 20 times. :-] There is a sign put up by our local energy company that says "Please avoid contact with towers, poles, guy wires or other utility equipment you may encounter along the way. Report any downed lines, motorized vehicle use or other issues of concern to your local law enforcement authorities immediately. Thank You and enjoy the Trail" -- I didn't know I was suppose to do the work of the utility linesmen or the police department and wonder if I can get a nice reward for reporting all this stuff that could possibly happen within 1/4 mile that's just on the north edge of town. I would probably report any dangerous downed lines so as to protect our furry and feathers friends along the trail. My main concern is a longer trail :-] Well, hopefully they will add on to it in the years to come. This is Jimio saying: "Ride Safe" - "Ride for Fun" "Ride on the Trail as to not hit a Tower or Utility Pole"