Nov 07, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
With the money pledged to me today for the 165-mile SMART Ride bicycle fundraiser to Key West, Florida, I go over my $1250 threshold to qualify to ride. Our single top fundraising rider is at nearly $23,000! WOW!
But it's not too late to make a donation, either general or on my behalf. I'm rider # 242/Bob at this website, look for the word "Pledge" right under the header banner. Any amount is appreciated, and 100% goes directly to 6 HIV/AIDS non-profit agencies in Florida, not a penny to me or to any rider or staffer.
Since this is posted in the Cycling Forum, for the curious here's a pic of the bike I'm riding, a 2008 Cannondale t1 touring model.
I've removed the factory luggage rack for the ride, all our personal stuff being carried in support vehicles to Key West. I use Shimano SPD clipless pedals and Bontrager shoes. For the ride I've mounted 3 bottle cages in the factory lugs, and a large Topeak underseat bag.
I like a touring bike because it can not only go long distances, but it's sturdy enough for city commuting, with a stable long wheelbase. Note the 36-spoke DT Swiss rims, that stand up to city sidewalks and curbs really well, while the 700x35 tires ride softly. I added an air shock seatpost for additional protection of my bad back.
It's strong aluminum frame and rims are regrettably heavy, of course, the bike with clipless pedals, rack and shock seat post weighing 25 pounds/11.4 kilograms. But fortunately the SMART Ride isn't a race, the kind of leisurely pace where a comfortable touring bike is right at home.