Teams Location: Rockport, Texas
Sightseer, my bicycle, looked like it could lose some weight. After careful thought it occurred to me that the front fender that was so lovingly installed long ago has not had any work to do since it was installed. The fender does catch the wind noticeably. When experience shows that it is not needed, off it comes. It was definitely on there to stay but a big enough hammer did the removal trick.
Hmmmm Now what else is not needed any more. AH HA the rear rack could lose some weight also. The rack was purchased about thirty years ago when some very heavy weight was carried on the rack as well as some well stuffed panniers on the sides. That does not happen anymore and is not likely to happen again the rest of my life. Some research on the internet led me to believe that two of the three stays on the rack are no longer needed. The one least needed is shown in this picture.
Being a cautious person, my decision was to remove only one stay for now. We will see how it goes on this change before cutting any more support off the rack. The cutting was relatively easy since the rack is aluminum. The weight loss was very small and there is no real wind resistance on the struts. What is enhanced is the ability to get mud or other debris out of the wheels and brakes. That alone is good enough reason to not have the unneeded strut on the rack.
With all that heavy duty work out of the way it was time for fishing. At least today the OFM Fishing Team caught a fish. It was a worthless fish but still a fish. The ladyfish was about eighteen inches long and put up a really good fight with lots of aerial displays. It was tossed back into the water to maintain the natural balance of the area.Later Pop came on out to the pier to show me how to catch trout again.
These two nice fat ones were in his ice chest when the OFM Team left due to darkness.Updating Sightseer and fishing with Pop are both good ways of trying to have tooooo much fun. TheOFM.