Thursday, July 26, 2007
Who can guess where this shot was taken?
The year was 2000. This was also the last year that I was "sort of" fast.
The bike was a Giant Cadex (carbon fiber) rigid single speed.
Beginner Class and the placing was 3rd.
The winner gets a free water bottle from your shop of choice. Just don't let them see you take it.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Can you guess who this fine looking man is? This is the guy you don't want to let your daughter date. No, his name is not Earl.
You guessed it. It's me. It was right after I competed in my first mtb race. It was 1996 (I think) and it was at, the hat gives it away. Volga. I was riding a fancy Pacific from Toys R Us. It even had a suspension fork. Yikes! So glad it didn't break on me. I finished dead last too. There were a few that didn't finish. My greatest memory was this old guy in a poncho cheering me on about a 1/4 mile from the finish. One of my old buddies & I called him the Mountain Man. The mountain man was from the Specialized bike helmet. I think this guy even raced that day but finished way ahead of me and had time to cheer us slow folk on. Can you guess who that was? You're right! The one and only John Adamson.
It is a fond memory indeed. Thanks again for the cheer John....
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Well! My Monday was very busy. Too busy to post until today. Woke up around 5:30. Got the girls ready for daycare. Are breakfast & headed to town to give something back to the community. I am a member of the Tripoli Park & Recreation Board. We installed a new playground yesterday. It went up easy & we all had a great time. Some great teamwork was had.
I even had time to make it to my favorite playground before the rain. Well, mostly before the rain. It's all good.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
8 miles of this was enough for me. Single speed with the wind we had today made for a low cadence strength training session. The middle bike wobbles left & right which makes out of the saddle climbing impossible. The buggy catches more wind than a minivan.
It's all good though as I am in need of strength. TT biking this spring helped high cadence but did nothing for my strength.
Have a nice weekend ya'll.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wow! Amazing how fast time flies. Sorry for the lack of posting. I don't know what's wrong with me.
I competed in the Team Time Trial. What a blast. New found territory for me having never done a real road race. Also, never ridden 60 miles in one shot either. I know, never done 60 miles......now I have. It was great. Never had that much fun on a road bike.
Also enjoyed the Big Wheeled Ballyhoo. What a hoot. Spent some time riding some pretty nice bikes. You should all put this on your calendar next year. Great riding and fellowship with tons of folks that love to ride their bikes.
Did a couple camp rides since my last post. Even a George Wyth to Greenbelt ride with G-Ted and Striker. Good times.
Still loving the Salsa Mamasita. Finally put on a Salsa Shaft seatpost. That baby is rock solid and has some pretty cool features. Works well so gotta love that.
Also been spending a lot of time focusing on the ergonmics of the Ergon GE1 enduro grip. I just love the sweet spot. It fits the palm of my hand perfectly. They make out of the saddle climbing extra comfy. I need a single speed for these grips now.
Finished my Schwinn single speed cross bike. I know, it has riser bars. Its fun and makes for a great gravel beater. Right now it has two cogs in the rear but spacing wise I can make it a 3 geared. Obviously, you have to move the rear wheel to shift. I think a 14t, 16t, & 18t mated to the 36t front is perfect for my needs. It also might be for sale soon after I get some miles on it. Pretty light too as I'm guessing it to be around 20lbs (maybe 19lbs). Just need to swap out the wheels for the silver ones that will stay on her (pink nipples on those black rims don't cut it with the red stripes) and add the bar-end plugs & she will be finished. Oh yeah, I re-attach the head badge.
Now I will leave you with a photo dump of recent weeks.