What a wonderful thing to do on a sabbatical! I remember marveling at
getting up, going to Home Depot, coming back to work on my condo (paint,
tile, paneling) and still getting paid! The second one, I used in
conjunction with maternity leave, so that one just flew by. Ah, Silicon
Valley.... I thought sabbaticals had all but disappeared (except of course
in academia). And now that you have a number of people following your
adventures, perhaps a bit vicariously, your commitment has passengers.
On Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:46:26 PM UTC-7, Bill Lindsay wrote:
> I get a six week sabbatical from work from late August to early October.
> I had a bike tour plan, but it was going to be solo, so my family nixed
> that. My wife and kids are all quite busy, and I'm trying to really savor
> where I live and the blessings I have, so I'm doing a six week stay-cation.
> The two main activities will be riding a bunch and handyman projects. I'm
> a numbers guy and I like measurable goals. I'm also really happy with my
> fleet and how every bike in my fleet is dialed. One of the reasons I keep
> the entire fleet dialed is for 'wear-leveling'. I use them all so each of
> them lasts a REALLY long time. So, the measurable goal I've set for myself
> is to ride 200 miles on each of 10 different bikes during the 92 days of
> August+September+October 2017. I started out with my oldest bike: my
> late-father's 1973 Windsor Carrera Sport, which I restored shortly after
> his passing.
> Riv content: Albatross bars, Wald Basket, Sackville Shopsack Medium,
> Saddle triangle, Sneaker pedals, Sugino XD2 crankset, Newbaums tape, Atus
> Rear Der, Twin Hollow rims, Nitto bag protector, Hammer bell, hub shiners.
> On this bike I'm doing simple bike/Bart commuting to my office, but I take
> 'the long way'. Instead of 2-3 mile legs between home-Bart or office-Bart,
> I'm taking 6-7 mile legs, which gets you up to 25-30 miles per day on a
> work day. I'm about 80 miles into my 200 mile goal for bike #1.
> Today I did my first 'long ride' on Bike #2, my most contemporary bike,
> which I call my Niner-Seven-Fiver.
> Riv content: hoo-boy, not much....Newbaums tape, Edelux Lamp, reflective
> triangle, King cages, Water Bottles designed for Lucky Duck Bike Cafe by
> Sean Hipkin, Dutch taillight. That ride featured some solid underbiking to
> get around this road closure on local trails. The ride is ~40 miles with
> ~3000ft of climbing through the East Bay Hills.
> The challenge will feature four Rivendells: R05C0 8U883 road, Rosco
> Medium Mountain Mixte, Sam Hillborne, and HubbuHubbuH. The plan only
> includes one REALLY long ride, and that's the San Francisco Randonneurs
> Marin Mountains 200k in the middle of October. Only if I'm on-schedule or
> ahead of it will I be ready for a 130 mile ride, 25% off road, with 13,000
> feet of climbing.
> I will post progress from time to time. I'm posting photos on Instagram
> just about every day, so the kids on my mountain bike team can keep up.
> Bill Lindsay
> El Cerrito, Ca
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