April Fools Day, Let’s Ride

Welcome to April Fools day and the start of our Official Cycling Season here at IGotABike! Carolyn and I are both really excited about this season. Last year was awesome, as we logged just about two thousand miles. Hopefully we can do that much (or more) again this year. We are again planning to ride the entire Ohio to Erie Trail this spring (round trip). We hope to see all of our old friends and even make some new ones along the way. We will post trail updates and blogs as we pedal.
From what we have heard, there are a few improvements to the trail this year. We heard from one of our readers, djroseman, that “the detour for the Olentangy Trail as part of the Ohio to Erie Trail around the Dodridge bridge in Columbus is no longer applicable. The rebuilt bridge along with underpass is now open.”
He also said that many other small gaps in the trail have also been filled.
There are also additions to the Heart of Ohio Trail. There are many more trail extensions that will open in the summer of 2013. Stay tuned for our updated maps and pictures after we ride through them.
 Right now our main focus is getting our bikes and our butts in shape enough to make the ride. It’s still plenty chilly here in Cleveland with temps this week in the mid 30s with a constant and gusting wind ripping across Lake Erie. Even so, it was nice enough for us to get in a short ride this past Saturday.
Gear-wise this year, we are thinking about trying new tires- something a touch bigger. Carolyn wants new bar tape and padding and I want new bars- something flatter on top and more shallow of a drop, and maybe with a slight rise. Here’s a GREAT site on choosing bars: The FSA Compact is looking tempting. Or maybe the Nitto Randonneur.
It’s enough to make me lose my mind

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