Return of the blog

Maybe this year will be the one where I get back on the path to regular blogging. Between 2002 and 2004 I was a fairly frequent blogger and then things got sub­stan­tial­ly busier when I moved to the US. The obligatory first post these days seems to be some background in­for­ma­tion on the blogger, but I'm leaving that for my about page.

Instead I'll just talk a little about some highlights of 2008. By far the biggest highlight of the year was my wedding in October - Sarah really is the greatest thing that ever happened to me. I find it hard to believe that in a couple of weeks we will be cel­e­brat­ing our fourth year together, as they say 'time flies when you are having fun!'.

The other main highlight of 2008 was my cycling progress and I completed 3 big rides: the 5 Boro Bike Tour, a metric centrury in Lancaster, and the Lance Armstrong ride in Philadel­phia. Cycling was something that Sarah got me interested in, and I am looking forward to lots more in 2009!

Tagged with bicycling, blogging, brian, cycling, philadelphia, philly and sarah.

My new wheels

Testing the disc brakesSince everyone around here seems to be biking these days I decided to pony up some cash and get myself a new bike. In September, I was able to try out Sarah's cyclocross bike at the Jersey shore. It was comfy compared to 'Donkey'. However, the problem with that style of bike, for me anyway, is having my weight on my arms for hours on end. I needed something a little more upright with just as much style.

After a peek in the Trek and Cannondale catalogues it was lust at first sight when I saw the Cannondale Bad Boy Disc. This is a hybrid based off mountain bike technology, with fantastic styling. It's quite flexible so it can take road and offroad wheels (for a little extra). With a little help from the folks at Human Zoom in Ardmore, PA I parted with my cash.

It took them a little while to get the bike from Cannondale, but it arrived last Wednesday. Quite an impressive beast it is - the catalogue photos don't do it justice. After a few days riding I'm really impressed. I'll post an update when I have some proper mileage on it.

Tagged with bike, cannondale and cycling.