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Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Years Eve Eve Nooner

Stole a ride before the trails thawed out on this penultimate day of
2010. I'd swapped the fixed wheel off of the 1X1 so I was
freewheeling for the first time in a while. Felt good to have the
650b back on the rear but I realized quickly that I'd forgotten to
take my 20T North Carolina cog off and put the 19T back on. Oh well,
I was solo anyway so I didn't have to worry about slowing anybody
behind me down.



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Belmont Woods>Rockburn Branch up the right>Ridge>Valley View
Alternate>Ridge>Valley View>Swimming Prohibited>Vineyard>CCBC (new
tree down right on the rockpile-log on the climb before the
Maintenance Sheds--challenging line around it was a nice
surprise)>Pigs Run (cleaned it all except for the little rocky rise
near the very bottom--I seldom if ever clean that f'er)>Swinging
Bridge>Cascade>Morning Choice>Log>Renegade>Nacho Mama's


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Can't think of a better way to spend what will probably be the last
opportunity to ride the trails for a while. Warm rainy days in the
forecast and overnight lows too high to freeze up the trails;-(


http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/61165685

$8 for 2 liters of Spring Water at the Petco


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Deathstar Composter on Woot Today


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Search your feelings.  Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to composting.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Man and Wife Boxing Day Ride


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With Nana in town for the holidaze, Jen and I got the rare opportunity
to ride together. We saddled up in our single speeds and hit a
clockwise loop. Trails had a nice dusting in most places and were
windblown clean in others. Mostly still frozen trails except for a
few muddy patches that had full sun. Twas windy out there too, but
not too scary.

Nacho>Rengade>Log>Lewis & Clark>Cascade>Ridge (nice tail wind on the
hard switchbacks)>Valley View Alternate (freshies!!!)>Ridge>Rockburn
Branch v^v>Belmont Woods

Upon our return I noticed the dinged rim, ripped sidewall, and
bubbling tube on the rear wheel;-( Rim is an easy fix but the tire
looks unrepairable. Too bad! It had lots of tread left.
http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/60803249

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry cactus


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Twas the Dawn Before Christmas

Twas the dawn before Christmas, and all through the wood
eleven bikers went pedaling with Snoop Dog in the hood.
The cars were all parked at the Landing trailhead.
Wheels rolling at 7 is what the posts said.

The log trail was first with Jim out in front.
Conditions were perfect.  What else could we want?
Most bikes were one-speeds and four of them fixed.
With a couple of geared pigs thrown into the mix.

We looped around Old Track then hit Lewis and Clark.
By that time the sunrise had conquered the dark.
A brief stop to regroup atop Norris Lane,
then descending Cascade was next for our train.

A turn to the left to climb the stream bed.
Frozen dirt made it easier than we'd expected.
We talked at the four way at the top of the rise,
and opted for Bike Buster to some folk's surprise.

"Now Baler, now Seibold, MC, Jelly, and Timmy.
On Piper, on Trevor,  Bill, Kid, Cabana, and Jimmy.
To the depths of the valley..Chase that cattle dog!
Now dash away!  Dash away!  Pedal that cog!"

A bit of play skidding thru snow in this sector,
was followed by climbing up Ridge to Connector.
The Ridge bar was not really up to the task,
as Baler was solo in toting a flask.


A dropped chain by Siebold on Morning's Choice descent,
was recycled forthwith, then down Rockburn we went.
The quick middle option proved just fast enough,
then we stopped at the branch and sessioned the bluff.

As we rode up through Belmont we were feeling so macho
that we finished things off with Renegade and Nacho.
At Landing, by all, the skinny was tried
Seasons Greetings exchanged and to all a good ride!


http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/60510591

Toosday TTB Night Ride

http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/60510600

Friday, December 17, 2010

Real Off Road Rollers

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKEHoA_xl-U?wmode=transparent]

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Fixie Freshies

First snow ride of the season was a solo effort.  Bagged outta work early and left the house on the fixie 96ie with snow still falling.  There were some faint hours-old tracks at Belmont when I turned into the trail.  Stopped and let lots of air outta the tires.  ~20psi F and ~25psi rear.



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Farm Field, Log, MC, Old Track, MC, RBB v^v, Belmont.


Most trails had faint tracks from an early rider.  Rock Burn Branch left and right sisters had seen recent action before my arrival, but I got some fresh snow on the Rock Burn Branch middle sister descent and saw a giant buck.  In addition, I took every extra credit option the trails offered and had freshies on every one;-)


Conditions were perfect.  About 2 inches of powdery snow that packed and gave good traction on the climbs.  Riding fixed my goal was not to touch the brake or the ground for the whole ride.  I only grabbed for brake once on the really steep eroded drop down the closed part of RBB by the creek.  Feet only touched the ground for 2 dabs and 3 dismounts for photos.  Still, the Shimano pedals gave expected shitty performance and filled up with packed ice by the end of the ride.


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That's lemon Gatorade this time;-)



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Back in the stable.



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http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/59891435

Jen's Single Speed Gets a Disc Up Front


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She took the new setup on a maiden voyage this morning in 17 degree weather.  Had a much easier time than the old rim brakes that were icing over after the first creek crossings.  Tomorrow dawn she should be hitting snow covered trails on it.


It's a mullet braking setup---front disc/rear V.  Replace the stock Monoclog fork with an old Bianchi SISS fork.  BB5 160mm brake and a SunDitchWitch wheel on a Cannondade house brand hub.  Forgot to weigh before and after.  I suspect the Bianchi fork is a tad lighter than the Redline, but the wheel is considerably heavier than the Paul/WTB wheel that was on there before.  And disc and rotor outwiegh the Tekro V's by a bit too.


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Freshies:-) WYWH


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Yellow trail
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Unofficial Trail Map - Pataspco Valley State Park Avalon Area


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Enjoy

Garmin Connect Update - Bing + Terrain View and More


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From http://garmin.blogs.com/my_weblog/2010/12/the-latest-on-garmin-connect-terrain-view-compare-activities-like-buttons.html
Will be interesting to check out the changes later today.

First Bootie Ride of the Season

Coldest ride of the season so far.  Kept it short cuz many were planning on riding Wed night too.  Me, Baler, W, Jelly, and McNeely all on freeze proof SSs. Surprisingly, the Farm Field, Renegade, and Log stream crossings had very little ice.  But the Belmont Woods stream crossing was thick-skinned with Jelly on ice-breaker duty and me riding his wheel hoping we weren't gonna go for a dip. 


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Broke my cleat clean outta my right shoe on Nacho....grrrrrrr!  Seems like it's a common problem with this POS DiraDora Nashbar deal.  It's too bad.  Aside from smelling like cat piss when wet, I loved those shoes til today;-(



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http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/59833351

Phallic-shaped rock discovered in Maryland


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Are they sure it's a prehistoric d1ld0?  Looks kinda like a schist to me;-)
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40641337/ns/technology_and_science-science/

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Two Fixings and One Fisting - Off Road PVSP

Past week's rides.  All at dawnish time of day


Sunday 12/5 - Fixed


Stole a ride before the Rockburn Park MORE Trail Maintenanceness.  Nagy broke a carbon bar end off.  Can't recall the other attendees.  Big stoopid silly steep trail from Ridge down to Swingin Bridge was in order.


http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/59039478


Tuesday 12/7 - Fixed


Stole a ride before workIn attendance:


Snoop (with SuperDog cape).  CBC, ebae, XX, YDT, nagy, Baler, BB, Trevor, W. 


Saturday 12/11 - Fisted


Big group.  Lots of meetups and peel offs.  At one point we had BB, Baler, Trev, Seibold, other Jonathan, Mike, Mike, Fran, JK, Fabs, Kid, Timmy, McNeely, and W.  Nachoes, Ridges, Valleys, Vineyards, Comm Colleges, Nuns, Cascades, and such.
Good timez.  One flat.
Cold enough to turn the 8 speed into a 3 speed thru the first creek Xing.  I rode the Fisticuff with new crank setup.  Felt schweet.


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http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/59430606

Perfect For Sleepwalking Campers


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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Deja Vu


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Humf!  Maybe they're "downgrading" back to Google Maps;-)

Hack to Get Google Maps Back in Garmin Connect

Someone did an extension for Chrome that changes maps back to Google
while in GC. https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/fbeiifjiimghhaijicmdphhpockpbldc
It works, but not in the Player Mode or in maps that you embed in
other websites.
I'm hoping someone will make one a Firefox extension that replaces
Bing Map with Google Map in any open page on any site.

Disappointed with Garmin Connect update

I wondered why the maps looked browner all of a sudden.  I also hate that the track is red--just like all the other roads around the track.  Most of all I miss the "Terrain View".  See the other Garmin Bing Map Haters comments here.
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=667350
Go back to Google Maps, Garmin, please!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Friday Dawn Patrol 3/6 Fixed

6 of us riding in the dark in the park.  3 of us Fixed.  Finished up with some Nachoes.





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http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/58801629

Black Saturday Fixie Morning


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Met Baler at 8:20 in order to get to the CCBC tennis courts by 9 for a
fixie off road morning ride. Made it there on time but had to bail
around 9:10 cuz ride organizer wasn't there yet and dudes were still
wrenching and getting dressed anyway. Ahhhh, to be young and put the
"single" in Single Speed.

Me?? I had to be home at 10:15 to make it to church with the family.

Cleaned the triple log on the Santee Branch Nun's Trail on the fixie,
but no one was with me to see it;-( Felt good to fix
around in the woods again.

http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/58801635

Oscar


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Black Friday Night Lights Road Ride

Tambos hosted another FNL (Friday Night Lights)



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Highlights...



  • Hikers smoking pot on trolley path

  • Riding thru the park in the dark

  • Top of Bonnie Branch. Me, Baler, and Matt pushing even with each other. No one attacking though. Just when there coulda been an attack for the summit there's a sound from behind. "On your left, on your left" over public address system. Expected it to be a cop, but it was a pickup truck full of twigs.

  • Bevvies and snax


 


http://connect.garmin.com:80/activity/embed/58801643

Mike's B-Masters # at Rockburn Cross


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That's worth a call up!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

New old crank for the Fisticuff


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old school xt 175 arms. salsa 34t ring and race face bash guard. just in time to be late for cx season:-)
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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Crouching Mongoose Hidden PK Ripper

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eg6lGoRQQ8?wmode=transparent]
 
 
 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How-To: Delete/Edit Unwanted T9 Texting Words - Hacksar

Worked great for my phone.

From http://www.hacksar.com/blog/2009/05/06/how-to-deleteedit-unwanted-t9-texting-words/

If you have a cell phone and find yourself texting often, you may have picked up on the phone’s special typing mode called “T9 Predictive Text”, where you basically hit each key once for each letter and it will automatically figure out what word you are trying to spell. It is also convenient in the fact that if a word that you are trying to spell isn’t found in the dictionary, you can switch to regular text input and type it in yourself, and it will automatically be added to the T9 word database.

However, this benefit is a double-edged sword. If you enter a mistyped word by mistake, or even if you type in some number by mistake, phones often set that number combination as the first entry in your T9 dictionary, and so it shows up every time you try to type anything with that key combination. Examples of this include having “86″ showing up instead of “to” or “47″ for “is”. This can become extremely annoying as you have to scroll through the other options to switch the word to the right one, as it can confuse your receiving party tremendously. You may have tried to find a way to delete your custom T9 dictionary, or even to edit the words found in it, but 99.9% of phones out there on the market today have no such capability. However, if you have this problem, there is a solution that works for ALL phones (even though it can be very tedious). Keep reading for the guide.

  1. Create a new blank text message with your phone, and switch to regular text input.
  2. Type in the word you want as it should appear, and then press the space button.
  3. Switch back to T9, and type in the word again; press the Next button until the correct word shows up. DO NOT PRESS SPACE AFTER TYPING IT IN VIA T9 UNLESS THE CORRECT WORD IS SHOWING.
  4. Once the right word is there, press space and do it again.
  5. Repeat typing the word over and over and hitting “next” until the right word shows up first. This can take a very long time, depending on how many times you’ve misused it. (It personally took me 342 times to fix “86″ to “to”.) It can all be done in one text message, and the text can just be discarded (and not sent) when completed.
  6. Type the word a few more times after it is correct just so that it sticks a little more.

What’s happening is that the phone remembers how many times you’ve used each word, and it puts the most frequently used words at the top of the “next” T9 predictive text list. By typing the corrected word over and over, you are moving it up in the list, and eventually above the erroneous word. You may be wondering why the wrong word got pushed up so high in the list in the first place, when you can only remember typing it once; that’s because T9 automatically puts new words that don’t exist in its dictionary automatically to the top, and once it is at the top, you probably mistyped it once, and then it just snowballed from there. You can’t actually delete any words from the T9 dictionary, but this is the only way to fix the problem on almost all the phones.

Jen's Hardtail Resurrected - Repairing a Bent Derailleur Hanger

Rear Derailleur went into the spokes a few weeks ago.




Take a look at the old derailleur and the removed twisted link.



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Time to go to http://derailleurhanger.com, right?  Looks like Hanger #31 to me



Wrong.  Let's bend her back to normal.  Heat her up first.


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Hammer away.


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Twist.


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Not too shabby.  I like the burned-paint look.



New derailleur.



Good as new!  Shifting perfect again;-)


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