The Dilemma

So I have a curiosity question to pose to y’all today.  Did I do the right thing?  “The right thing about what?”, you may ask.  Well I’ll tell you.  The title of this blog is 10,000 Miles of Experiences, Adventures and Thoughts.  I named it that as it represented the number of miles I had traveled on my bike since since the day I bought it.


However, at the end of July that bike was stolen.  Gone. Poof!  (I still hope he got hit by a truck, but I’m not bitter!) So, I replaced the bike.  

Here was the dilemma.  It’s a brand new bike.  I had miles on it…  At the time the bike was stolen, I was pushing 13000 on the old one.  What do I set the odometer on the new bike too?

OK, OK, is this a big deal?  It’s not world peace, it’s not hungry children, it’s not even “What should I get for my wife for her birthday?” important.  But I honestly had to do some personal searching on this one.

On one hand, it was brand new.  There will be many many memories made (some already are) riding the countryside on it.  There will be accomplishments, disappointments, crashes and near misses. When you get a new car, you start from (or so) and you get to watch the miles tick by.  Problem is, a guy writing a blog titled 25  Miles of…..   just doesn’t sound near as credible (well at least in my mind) as 10000 miles.

On the other hand, one of my goals is cycle the same number of miles as the circumference of the Equator (24,901.55 miles).  Why?  Just because! (The same reason I do lots of what I do.) Now I am a reasonably smart person, so I could have done the math, and just added the current bike to the previous one.  But I want to see that many miles on the odometer.  If I started from scratch, it would take years to get me back to where I was, and it wasn’t my idea to have the bike stolen.

So I chose to set the odometer at the point of the old bike.  This meant that during the Crater Lake Century I hit 13000 miles (it also so happens thats the exact point the back brake seized?  Cycling karma????)



But there is still a part of me that thinks I am cheating….  So I ask you, cyclist and non cyclists alike, which would you have chosen?

Now let’s add a second question.  When do I change the name of the blog?  I am sorta leaning toward waiting till I hit 15,000, which will be next year.  What do you think?

Once again, In the grand scheme of things, this is NOT all thatimportant….  But I have become pretty attached to this site and I want it to be enjoyable, meaningful, and entertaining to y’all.  It just seems silly to change it every thousand miles, but maybe yall think differently.  I welcome any and all opinions!


6 thoughts on “The Dilemma

  1. It’s okay to set it at the previous point, as to the blog … I don’t know that I would change it at all. There’s something about the starting point and the birth of the blog. When your son grows up and gets married, he’s not going to change his name. Even though he’ll be a more mature (hopefully), aged and wiser person, he still has the same name.

    You’re blog is like that. You birthed it, Even though it matures, it’s still your baby. Feel free to give it a subtitle though!

  2. I think that setting the mileage to where you were when the bike was stolen is fine. You have ridden then many miles. It’s not like you added miles to get closer to your goal. Different bike yes, same goal. I wouldn’t lose any sleep over it.

    1. Oh I haven’t lost sleep, just didn’t want to feel,like I was cheating. I had another friend tell me it was my legs that did the miles, not the bike. So I chose correctly! Thanks for the comment!

  3. I’ve now passed the circumference of the Equator twice (over 50,000 miles). Go ahead and set the computer at “0” — it is a lot easier to remember routine maintenance schedules that way (you do perform routine maintenance on your bike, don’t you?).

  4. It’s definitely not cheating, no way! You pumped through those miles, you earned them! Whether you keep that number on the GPS, track it online, print out a certificate and hang it on the wall…you deserve to remember it however you want!

    I don’t care what your blog title is. Ultimately, the content is what matters. However, I also don’t think change is a bad idea (in general). So, if you think of a title you would rather have one day, then go for it. Hey, if you ever decide to do it, for whatever reason, I’ll make a comic or something to help you announce it. How’s that 😛

    In sum: Do what the f*** you want! =)

    …ps…some men do change their name when they get married. And I personally think it’s awesome when they do. I’m NOT a fan of Jay Z & Beyonce (like, at all — given that I’m into heavy metal), but I love that they BOTH changed their names.

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