It's a new year and time once again to give a new look to this blog. New graphics and colors. Same bike writer!

This blog is created not only to track my own progress on my biking journey but it is intended to also assist others who have either osteo or rheumatoid arthritis or both like I do. I hope as you read about the progress I have made that it gives you inspiration and hope that you can overcome the dibilitating effects of these conditions.

If your doctor agrees that you should be capable of expanding your limits read on and don't be afraid, just listen to your body and give it challenges. Biking is a great non-impact form of exercise and greatly enhances flexibility and range of motion.

It's not a substitute for Doctor visits, taking your meds or otherwise getting off your health plan but it auguments what your Doctor does for you and can give you a better quality of life. Go for it!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

New Bike Riding Season Day One March 17, 2011


Big accomplishment. I've never attempted to remove a wheel or tire or tube from a bike before. I had a trainer tire installed on my bike for the winter training season and spring is coming on fast so I needed to remove the rear wheel from the bike, disengage the brakes, derailleur and chain, followed by deflating the inner tube, removing the tire and tube and replacing the trainer tire and tube with my normal tire and tube. Then the whole works was put together in reverse, mount the tire/tube, mount the wheel to the bike, engage the derailleur and chain, put the brakes back on and ensure all works, rolls, shifts and stops.
I took a quick nighttime spin and it shifted, rolled, stopped and most importantly the wheel stayed on the bike.


I have such a sense of accomplishment I feel like I can tackle the world! Here I am in my middle years and this is the first time I have ever tried this and I did it. Of course attending Bike repairs 101 and 102 over the winter helped.


  1. Great job! The rear one is very intimidating!!! Love you, Aunt Deb!


  2. Thank you Matt, Love ya too!