My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

My Route, More or Less (Red line, but starting in NY)

Make a Difference

I'm pedaling for many reasons, the most important of which is to raise awareness and funds for Pedals For Progress. P4P is a non-profit that collects used bicycles and sewing machines in the US and donates them to poor people overseas. P4P combines my love of bicycling with my growing concern for those deprived of life's most basic necessities - sparked by a visit to the slums of Kibera in June '09 (pictures). P4P improves mobility and economic options for destitute people, opening pathways to greater dignity and opportunity.

Please make a donation, if you can (please write "TSQ2USQ" in the '...honor of' field). Remember, a bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. :)

My Game Plan

I'm following portions or all of three routes mapped out by the Adventure Cycling Association: the Atlantic, TransAm, & Western Express. I'll cycle through thirteen states: NY, NJ, PA, MD, VA, KY, IL, MO, KS, CO, UT, NV & CA! I'm leaving on 4/17/10, and expect to return to New Jersey by mid June - back to my family, friends, & neighbors. I plan on cycling 5 - 6 hours per day, 6 days/week, usually starting in the early AM. My laptop and phone will allow me to work remotely most days, but I won't pass up opportunities to smell the roses along the way!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Day 22

Today's Route: GPS Details 97 miles from Farmington to Eminence, 91 degrees, 6,900 feet of climbing...on a 3 speed bike!

My rear derailleur shifter cable snapped early in the ride. This is the second time it's snapped this year. There's no bike shop for at least another 150 miles. I tried to have a replacement cable FedExed - thanks for the assist, Jim! - but it would not have arrived until late afternoon Fri. I want to ride tomorrow AM. My work around for tomorrow: disengage chain from rear derailleur, shorten chain, and leave it in a large ring in the rear cassette. That'll make it easier to climb the Ozark hills. Hopefully it can all be put back together properly when I get to a bike shop.

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Anonymous said...

Steve: by the time you finish your cross-country ride you'll be ready to go into the bicycle repair business with Jim.
Love, MOM

Daniel said...

Steve another fix would be to play with the limit screws to limit the travel of the derailleur. Hope it worked out for you, call me if you need some advice/help on it...

Anonymous said...

Hi Steven!
Happy to be perusing your blog again! I had your blog link info written on my desk blotter (how's that for modernism?), but left out the "s" after blog. What was I thinking blogPOT, instead of blogSPOT, anyway, my friend and I went to the state fair on granpa's 100th bd (I dismissed the party since no one knew my dad here). I met a kooky bike inventor named Peter Wm Wagner. His website is: if you are interested. He also created an amphibious bike. He was standing under his bike on display at the fair. I thought of you when I viewed the exhibit. I have photos, but unsure if I can attach on this blog for you to view. If I can't, anyway you can talk me thru it to post for you? If not, you can check them out when you stop off in Sacramento. Chris got a cruiser and he and his gf are doing some riding at night when it's cool. My excitement is with you and your journey. You are remarkable!!! Proud to call you my nephew.

Love ya - JA

Steve Fahmie said...

Hey Dan. I did end up messin' w/ the rear derailleur limits & it worked like a charm. It got me over the Ozarks. I had to stand on every hill, but was glad not be walking 'em. I pedaled like mad yesterday & nearly dropped of heat exhaustion (literally), but managed to make it to the only bike shop in hundreds of miles before it closed 'till Tues. My ride now shifts better than ever. I think the biggest reason is because Roger, who worked on my bike, determined my derailleur hanger was not quite parallel w/ my wheel. He used a tool even you don't have - well, at least one you don't carry in your Camelbak - to determine how much bending was needed to true it up. Maybe Kasia's having a similar problem?? Hopefully my bike holds up 'till Pueblo. I won't hesitate to call for help if needed. Cheers!

Steve Fahmie said...

Joyce & Mom: Thanks for your support. I am learning a lot - the hard way - about bicycle repair / maintenance. Joyce I'll see u in Sacramento!!

Steve Fahmie said...

Dan, BTW: The mechanic here in Pittsburg, KS said it's common for cables to break on 10 speed Shimano road shifters. I can vouch for this; this is my second broken shifter cable this year.