What is this site all about?
In the last decade have I put 15000 miles on my Trek 2120 bicycle and I would like to share some of the lessons I learned from those miles. I have been on the road in many different weather conditions such as driving rain with 50 mile an hour winds, when it was below freezing, and when temperature was over 100 degf. I have been on the road when it was so hot the asphalt was literally sticking to my tires. I have ridden the Great Plains and over mountain ranges. But I have also been on the road when the temperature was just right and the miles just flowed by. This gives me a wide range of biking experiences that I hope will be beneficial to everyone.
One of the things I love about riding a bike is the feeling of being alive and in tune with the world when out on the open road. I get a great sense of satisfaction and accomplishment from moving from here, to there, under my own power.
The other reason I ride is for my health. Over my biking career I have lost 70 pounds and dramatically increased my overall health. It does not take special equipment to bike, just a bike, a regular riding schedule, and the determination to do it. One of the other great things about biking is the whole family can enjoy the sport and everyone has a good time. I have seen many children and seniors ride in and complete Bike Across Kansas and Free Wheel. It is fun to pass a large family on the road with little kids riding out front, mom and dad in the middle, and grandpa and grandma taking up the rear.
I love long distance tours and encourage everyone who likes to be outside to try one. Many people ask me if it takes a lot of training to ride on long tours. The answer is yes it does. But you do not have to be a professional athlete to do one ether. (Please see my Training schedule for those just starting out) On a long tour the miles and days just sort of blend together. You sleep, eat, ride, eat, sleep ride. 500 miles can fly under your wheels and the passage of time is only marked by the stops for the night. The mornings are beautiful and the sun sets stunning. Long distance touring is very addictive and a Grand Time for all!Send Comments to Klent Come and join me sometime. I love to ride with others and any skill level is welcome. There are many nice roads just waiting for us to explore!!!!!
My all time favorite quote:
Taken from a speech by President Theodore Roosevelt April 23, 1910; delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris.
" It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worse, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat."
Hope this inspires you as it does me. k
All pictures and material on this site © Klent Harkness, All Rights Reserved. All information offered on this site is advice only. I am not a Physician and I am only relating personal experience and my own opinions on this site. Please seek the opinion of your personal Physician before starting any exercise or diet program. I get an annual physical and my doctor monitors both my exercise and diet programs. Yours should to. .....Klent