For me, this has been the most frustrating summer I can remember in terms of bike riding. As you likely know, I am a fan of recumbent bikes, but the bad part is they are expensive with specialized parts, and when they fail, they are expensive to repair and replace. And this summer my funds are low for various reasons. My Gatorskin tires that were on my bike when I bought it served me well, with about 3000 miles on them, but I replaced with with extremely inadequate Kenda tires which go flat fairly regularly. It's great to live in a small town and patronize local merchants, but in this case I got screwed. New Gatorskins are $54 each, and I just can't justify that kind of expenditure at this time, and I have to either get them over the internet or go to St. Cloud. So I've been riding my 30-year-old backup ten speed, which I am starting to like more and more. I had to pull the plug on my Habitat for Humanity bike ride, and it makes me feel like I haven't accomplished anything this summer, and I won't get my 1000 miles in. On a positive note, I did collect $1495 in donations and I thank everyone who contributed.