What Size Bike Do I Need?

Senior finance executive Reid Hackney worked in the retail industry for more than four decades. Now retired, the Penn State graduate focuses much of his time on the outdoors. Reid Hackney enjoys hiking and biking around San Antonio, Texas.

Choosing a bicycle that is the correct height is key to enjoying an efficient and comfortable ride. There are several methods of finding the bike size you need, but the easiest is to consult a size chart. These simple charts tell you how long the bike’s seat tube should be for your height.

While simple, a size chart is not the most accurate method. Many riders prefer calculating bike size according to their inside leg measurement.

To obtain your inseam measurement, stand upright in bare feet, and measure the distance between the ground and the spot where your leg joins your torso. Once you have your inseam measurement, you can look for a bike that fits you.

Pay attention to the bike’s stand-over height, the distance between the ground and the top tube. Ideally, your inseam will be at least two centimeters greater than the bike’s stand-over height.

Historic and Natural Cycling Courses in San Antonio

San Antonio River Walk
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Reid Hackney is a Penn State graduate with a leadership background in San Antonio that includes a past position with AGACI as chief financial officer. An outdoors enthusiast, Reid Hackney enjoys exploring the region’s cycling trails in his free time.

Many areas residents don’t realize that the Alamo City offers 75 miles of multi-use cycling routes, with the Mission Reach at San Antonio River Walk being an ideal starting point. Traversing 10 miles, the route takes in a diverse watershed ecosystem, as well as many of the area’s historic missions. A highlight is the Mission San José, which offers guided tours. Missions San José and Concepción also offer abundant eateries.

For those seeking more natural environs, the Leon Creek Greenway offers 20 miles of natural and paved trails that take in rolling and moderately steep terrain. Cycling up to Military Drive provides excellent views of fields blanketed with wildflowers in season, as well as limestone bluffs.

Penn State Signs Top Junior College Wideout

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Penn State Football
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Holding an undergraduate degree from Penn State University, retired retail executive Reid Hackney most recently served as a vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney is an avid college football fan and closely follows his alma mater.

Penn State football picked up a junior college standout after a single visit in early June. The Nittany Lions brought Lackawanna College wideout Norval Black in for a workout and liked him so much they offered him a scholarship on the spot. Black didn’t take long to think about it and accepted the offer immediately. Penn State was the only FBS (Division I) school to offer the junior college wide receiver a spot.

In his freshman season with Lackawanna, the 6’1 wideout hauled in 15 catches for 445 yards and 5 touchdowns. Black played his high school football at Northwest High School in Germantown, Maryland. After his visit, he said he felt like Penn State was “home” the second he set foot on the campus.

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What to Pack for a Hike

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Hiking
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Retired CFO and SVP Reid Hackney enjoys participating in outdoor activities. Reid Hackney’s preferred outdoor pastimes include bicycling and hiking.

The art of packing for a hike requires a delicate balance between weight and necessity. Carrying too much weight leads to fatigue, but taking too few items leads to unpreparedness.

Here are some of the most essential items to pack for a hike:

– A map, a compass, and a GPS unit are essential. While you may be tempted to take a GPS unit alone, you could easily lose it, or it could lose its charge.

Extra food and water should always be a consideration. Hunger and thirst can kill. Always take a little more food and water than seem necessary.

Safety items, such as matches, a flashlight, and a first-aid kit should be mainstays in any hiking pack. Sports outfitters carry prepackaged first-aid kits for hikers. A knife can also play an important role in safety and may be useful for cutting bandages and fishing out splinters.

The 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest at Gruene Hall

 

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Gruene Music & Wine Fest
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The former vice president and CFO of A’GACI, Reid Hackney served as a leading executive the Ascena Retail Group. Now retired, Reid Hackney enjoys attending local dance halls and concert venues such as Gruene Hall.

The oldest continually-operating dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall dates back to 1878 and retains its original structure and design. The hall hosts numerous concerts and other events, playing an important role as a social and entertainment venue. Every year, Gruene Hall also hosts its annual music and wine festival.

The 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest will begin on Thursday, October 4, 2018, and run through Sunday, October 7. The festival will feature catered dinners from Gristmill River Restaurant and Le Cordon Gruene Food Alley as well as wine tasting from carefully-selected local wineries. It will also offer silent auctions and a variety of Americana and Texan music.

For more information about Gruene Hall and details about the special events at the 32nd Annual Gruene Music & Wine Fest, visit https://gruenehall.com or http://gruenemusicandwinefest.org/.

Cycling the San Antonio Missions

 

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
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Reid Hackney is a retired financial executive who recently concluded his tenure as vice president and chief financial officer at A’GACI in San Antonio, Texas. Reid Hackney continues to lead an active lifestyle, with interests ranging from sampling the city’s newest restaurants to cycling at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

The hike and bike trail at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park provides visitors an opportunity to visit all five missions, including Mission San Juan and the Alamo, while enjoying a scenic cycling route of nearly 16 miles round-trip. The trail also provides direct access to the nearby Mission Riverwalk and passes through historic neighborhoods and picturesque farmlands.

Each mission provides water, while eateries are located near Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose. On-site rangers can provide individuals additional information about the trail, while the National Parks website, nps.gov, features a detailed map of the trail and surrounding area.