I have reached the 3rd year anniversary of this instructable. (or at least when I took the before pictures).
So far I have ridden my bike for over 1000 miles, due to 6-10 miles a day just to get to classes at college. I only have one major spot of damage on the bike from when my shifters slid down my tube due to the tension and the fact that I didn't tighten the bolts enough. I have also just finished my third Tour De Trails (50k bike ride). I have the bike route posted below.
Some information about this years Tour De Trails:
This most recent year, I chose to do the 75k bike ride (around 50 miles) through the hills of Brown County. Since this ride was a different length, and not on a mostly flat route, I've decided to post my top speed so that you can imagine the kind of hills I had to climb to get to that point. My top speed was a little over 40 mph.
Last year my average speed was around 17 mph, for the 30 miles (50k) with a time of 1hr 53min
Two years ago my average speed was 18 mph, for 50K (31 miles) with a time of 1hr 48min.
Also, it was raining this year so my bike was covered with large quantities of dead worms.
Three years ago my average speed was 16 mph for the same length with a time of 1hr 58min.
Here is a more accurate map of the route (I put what I remembered into MapMyRide.com. It isn't exactly the same route, but it is close... Trail Here http://www.mapmyride.com/route/us/in/columbus/516124252954353464
The next pictures are also post race (during the rain) with all the little goodies that come with wet pavement. If you haven't ridden in the rain/post rain you wouldnt know that I am talking about the worms that crawl up onto the pavement and get flung into the air onto the person behind you. I was in a group so I was hit with the front groups worms.