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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Jan 11, 2013
So I ended 2012 with a warn bike traney. Had to replace my back sprocket and chain. Then thinking I need a little break to give my body a little time to repair itself. My diabetes hasn't been behaving very well.

I caught my self as I was driving through Hinsdale in my car daydreaming all the times I rode my bike through this route. I could remember epic winter rides and of course the green and spring green leaf rides. My whole being with yearning to be carelessly riding my bike.

When I stopped, I certainly entered a blue or depressed mode after a few days . My wife noticed it and she thought I was more irritable than normal. It was kinda steep for a few days. It lasted a week or more. Then it lifted. But this daydreaming of riding my bike persisted.

So anyways I got a now chain and back sprocket, all the parts are assembled nicely. Had a slow leak in my front tire for 6 months...figured out what was causing that and put a patch on it. It was the second time I pulled a thin metal rod out of my tires. It like a sewing pin but thinner...I wonder where I picked this up. It was like I think a stainless steel wire or something. Like I said of recent, it was two tire punctures with the same material maybe six months apart. So I did a tune up of sort s and readjustments, tightened a few spokes on the front wheel...now it is time to put the wheels back on and go.

I am pretty happy now....
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Jan 11, 2013
You know what i missed? I love the trail riding around here. But some of the hills can be soggy or sandy. When it is damp it take mores energy to pump the peddle, definitely going up the hills. I find it a absolute treat when the ground and sand gets frozen, before the snow. It is as hard as a rock. Woe to you if fall off your bike. The trails become so hard...it is effortless to ride the trails and going up hills. It is as easy as riding in cement or the tar road. It is so sweet bike riding.

I like riding over the frozen puddles with my bike. Sometime the ice. if it is really cold, the ice has a lot of traction. But when it is near freezing or above freezing...it is as though the ice is frictionless. I mean, bam...your tires slide out from under you and the next thing you know is you are crying because the ice is still so hard and it hurts.

Man, I love it so much...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#3 Jan 11, 2013
I am suck a little girl out there...I almost froze my nuts off in a short little ride. It is a bamly 28 degrees out there. I am out of shape...i lost my tough with the feel of the bike.

I noticed my chain was really worn...that is what finally got me to replace it. Then my chain began skipping big time...couldn't use the bike. The chain and the sprockets wear at the same time i learned. That is was got me to replace the ear sprocket. One Brattleboro shop said it's going to take $170 dollar to replace the front and back sprockets and peddle assemble. He had already put a $30 dollar chain.

Took it to another shop in Keene. They said all you need to do is replace the back sprocket ...that usually fixes it in their experience. If it doesn't fix it then we begin working on the front peddle assemble. This assemble cost $70 bucks. This morning there was great consternation if the front sprocket was gone. It works perfectly...all my gear wor perfectly.

Once you get a skipping chain gear bike it hard to regain you trust of the tranny. I am just going to take it on a epic ride here.

It is strange, I am still shivering...I can't warm up. I'll tell you what, I wasn't like this last year. I was a freaking man.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Jan 11, 2013
I am such...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Jan 11, 2013
Oops...forgot to turn on my spell checker...

I am such a little girl out there...I almost froze my nuts off in a short little ride. It is a balmy 28 degrees out there. I am out of shape...i lost my tough with the feel of the bike.

I noticed my chain was really worn...that is what finally got me to replace it. Then my chain began skipping big time...couldn't use the bike. The chain and the sprockets wear at the same time i learned. That is what got me to replace the rear sprocket. One Brattleboro shop said it's going to take $170 dollar to replace the front and back sprockets and peddle assemble. He had already put a $30 dollar chain on.

Took it to another shop in Keene. They said all you need to do is replace the back sprocket ...that usually fixes it in their experience. If it doesn't fix it then we begin working on the front peddle assemble. This assemble cost $70 bucks. This morning there was great consternation if the front sprocket was gone. It works perfectly...all my gear work perfectly.

Once you get a skipping chain gear bike it's hard to regain your trust of the tranny. I am just going to take it on an epic ride here.

It is strange, I am still shivering...I can't warm up. I'll tell you what, I wasn't like this last year. I was a freaking man.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#6 Jan 11, 2013
I got acclimatized to sitting on my ass all day long and doing nothing. I felt like I was towing a bulldozer this first ride.
Larry Smith

Bellows Falls, VT

#7 Jan 11, 2013
"I got acclimatized to sitting on my ass all day long"
-yup, that's VY fired you, that and the fact you had lost your mind and had become a flaming nut
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#8 Jan 11, 2013
Absolutely not true I am a nut case...they fired me for sleeping on shift...
JesusWasNOTaJew GoogleIt

Bellows Falls, VT

#9 Jan 11, 2013
"Absolutely not true I am a nut case..."

-we'll let the jury rule on that...
Youtube.com/watch...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#10 Jan 11, 2013
Just took a nap...

I got my bike back!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#11 Jan 21, 2013
First time out this year on my bike with my snow pants on...back and forth to Brat and around.

I still got my thing!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#12 Jan 22, 2013
I donít know, I get out there on cold days as this, I hump my butt around. Heavy breathing and all that...a beautiful little ache in the the center of my the chest. That is the cold air and not a heart attack. Now If I keep going hard at it, my hand and toes would quickly get cold, maybe five miles out. All I got to do is stop for a little while...maybe ten minutes. My hand and toes quickly heat up on their own, cause I am all jazzed up by the expertise. I can feel my hands toes getting hot, maybe start sweating a little. It really donít take that long. Then I can get back on the bike to hump it...then this coldness of my toes and my hands donít come back. I probably start sweating all over the place.

You see what I am saying, if I didnít stop, my hands, toes and all over my body would just get colder and colder, into numbness. It wouldnít be fun. It is just like hitting a reset switch. After the little rest, I am comfortable for an hour or two.

I think the initial blast of cold air must stimulate a cold response to restrict blood to my hand and legs to protect my main organs...with pretty heavy exercise...my muscle doesnít create enough heat to reset the nervous system. Once I stop putting a load on my muscles my nervous system must calm down a little, the blood flow comes back up...then all the muscles product their heat based on the excretion. That is when I feel the heat flood into me. So I am naturally producing much more heat than when I first felt the blast of cold air...this heat production keeps me comfortable or I can worry about sweating too much.

Right, this rest period isnít about going into a heated building...I am just hanging around in the cold outside.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#14 Jan 25, 2013
Much warmer out there today....20 degrees.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#15 Jan 26, 2013
All over Hinsdale on my bike today. Tried to make to the Northfield grocery store....I though I would get too cold. So decided my goal would be to the end of route 63, just entering Greenfield. Got to the parking area maybe less than two miles to the end of the road, knew I was getting too cold and turned around. It was breezy and 17 degrees out when i got home, plus my shirt was all wet.

Another epic winter's bike ride. I loved it!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#16 Jan 27, 2013
My kind of guy...

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/nyregion/co...

40 Miles to Work, on a Bike

At 4:40 on a 28-degree January morning, Christian Edstrom readied for his commute from Chappaqua, N.Y., to downtown Manhattan.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#17 Jan 27, 2013
Took a quick ride around the block today...couldn't resist the balmy 30 degree weather. There are robins who didn't fly south all around here...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#18 Jan 27, 2013
Got to keep in mind the Manhattan bike rider, he is my biking brother. But does he have to even ride a bike like a Wall Street billionaire?

Toes freaking chemical warmers I tell you!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#19 Jan 31, 2013
Been thinking of making a trip to the Northfield general store for a few weeks. Make a few attempts...got stopped because it was too cold. Couldn't free up enough time till later on this afternoon...it was bleakly clouded over and grey when I started my ride to Northfield. I was talking to myself saying I could turn home whenever I felt like it. I always take the long swing around to Monument Road, self talking in the beginning about going home is not a good sign of commitment with a goal. The sky was grey...I was expecting a blue sky...that didn't put me in a good mood. Even before hitting Northfield Road, I was unzipping and opening up my coat. I knew the cold wouldn't force me to go home. The coat stayed open till I got home...even as my tee shirt and shirt got soaked with sweat.

I got to the Northfield general store, I noticed stars above me. I watched as daylight turned to a deep dark blue sky. I got excited thinking about seeing the milky way traveling though the Northfield road boogies. I stopped the bike three times to look up at our beautiful early night sky...I wasn't tied. I started at about 41 degrees and got back at 31 degrees.

I am so glad I didn't go home early...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#20 Feb 1, 2013
Just did the 9 mile route around my house, to Monument Road, to route 119 and followed the railroad trail to the Hinsdale school site, back around Plain Road, then to my house.

I took the railroad trail to Plain Road instead of route 119. It was sweet riding, the snow mostly gone and the ice dirt as hard as a rock. Though, it was bumpy as heck. Doesnít take a lot of energy when riding on hard ground.

Ditched my bike and walked on the ice with the fishing shacks. 9 inches of ice on the setback one fishing man said. I am going to take a long walk on iced river setback north of the power lines tomorrow. Them power lines were whistling tonight...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#21 Feb 2, 2013
Had a errand early this mourning...told myself I was going to play out on the ice and within the Connecticut River set-backs days ago. I did a lot of ice skating on ponds and swamps when I was a youngster. My son-n-law just spoke about the thrill of playing out on thin ice and playing chicken in our childhood. Everyone, all boys except you stupid southerners, has the experience of falling through the ice...this is so dangerous. All boys love to play on the ice...
A set-back is a water area protected from the main river current by land or shallow water, generally it is more or less considered still water. But it is all guess work.
So 7:30 am I stepped out on the ice on the far northern power line setback. I am on the north side of the power lines, on the extreme northern end of that setback. It is 12 degrees out there. Nobody is around me for a mile or more. So I step out on the ice, bang, a huge noise of the ice cracking nearby. I walk out to the far island...there is cracking all around the area. Some distant low rumbling loud cracking. I spy a "cat tail" island with the west side totally facing the river side...goin to totally walk around baby. The cracking follow me all around this island, some nearby and the others off in the distant. Mostly I walk opaque white ice, occasionally I walk on dark black transparent ice as clear as glass window. This black ice to me is more scary than the white ice. It was a beautiful blue sky winter morning out there. The little and thunderous cracks followed me all the way back to the shore. The big guy cracks you can feel the vibrations with your feet. Thoughts kept intruding into my head, what if the ice just opened up and you know nobody is around to come get you out in time? Certainly my terror quotient kicked up and i had to tamp it down.
Son of a bitch, I still all jazz up from my walk at 10 am....
I feel "so alive" now like when I was a youngster...
You want to come play with me out in this winter? You got a bike?

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