Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Silly extra 1/4 day. Anyway here's a joke...
So I'm at this job interview and the interviewer asks me, "Estimate the number of days in a year that you get drunk."
I think for a couple of seconds and then begin to get visibly angry. I say to the interviewer, "That's a trick question."
"Please just answer the question, sir," he firmly states.
So I answer, "It depends on whether we're talking about a regular year or a leap year."
Monday, February 27, 2012
2012 RR gps trailmap.pdf
Download this file
Pillow magnetic forces were strong this morning, but not as strong as the fear of letting down XX at the trail head.
30 degrees on the old Oregon Scientific when I hit start on the 'Droid's Garmin Fit and wheeled off to the rendezvous. XX had pulled a 3+ hour 28+ miler tour de force yesterday so he voted mellow. I had been Shameless-ly powerstreaming til 2:40AM so I was down with a zombie style mellow ride too.
Saw a light shining toward us on Renegade so we headed that way. At the lawn mower log we crossed paths with CBC's bro and kept a'rolling separate ways. Nacho rolled into new Boardwalk and I was surprised that the newly cut trail has fared nicely enough with the frost heave. Cleaned the stumpy bridge strong today;-)
Rolled Rockburn Branch ^v^ and linked up with Jay who joined our mellow train. I was maestro-ing and decided to head in the regular general direction. But whenever opportunity arose, I mixed things up a bit with paths less traveled. Headed straight up Morning Choice and thru both Belmont Fields (bros before does, bucks!). Rolled right on Old Connector and hit 2 U-turn switchbacks to come in a little higher on Ridge. Exit Jay down the doubletrack to the bathrooms/Swinging Bridge.
Up Cascade. Grazed my booboo pinky off a tree between the wooden bridges, yeeeeouch!
Finshed Cascade with a curly Q around Morning Choice near Grovemont. Lewis and Clark led past Old Track to the Morning Bamboo-less Choice. Opted not for Log (XX groaned zombie-style) and stayed on Morning Choice.
Returned at the regular time to see Elisabeth off with a kiss-and-ride at the bus stop. Ice had defrosted form the beard but was still all over cranks, frame, and rims when I hosed off the monkey at the finish line.
Great conditions for mellow zombies;-)
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Forgot to start the GPS so no map evidence.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Yes, it seems like it is, but I think it's really just the optics that focus the beam a bit spottier.
--My old Magicshine MJ-808 900 Lumen
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Mounted a set of these Ergon GP1 SE Grips last night and hit the trails with them for a 60 minute solo ride this afternoon. I've prepared a list of Ergon FAQ for anyone considering trying them out.
- Q: Do they look cool?
- Q: Is the package they come in nice?
A: Too nice. It's a pain to free the grips from the packaging. You must destroy the packaging to get the grips out which could make returns troublesome.
- Q: Are they expensive?
A: Yes, but not much more expensive than my usual ODI Lock-Ons
- Q: Do they mount easily?
A: Yes. A 4mm hex key is all you need. 4mm is nice because you can get plenty of leverage without stripping the hex interface out or breaking your allen key. But 4mm is risky because you could easily strip out whatever that bolt is threading into with all the leverage you have.
- Q: Does the fact that they only lock on the handlebar on one side of the grip concern me?
A: Yes, I wish they had lock on bolts on both sides of the grip.
- Q: Do they feel good when grabbed for the first time?
A: They feel awesome. I chose to ride them with unpadded gloves because these suckers inherently pad your palms.
- Q: Do they feel good whilst riding?
A: Yes. They feel great! You don't even have to wrap your fingers around the bar to ride along. Just resting your plams on the ergo-wings is enough to get by if you're not in the rough.
- Q: Are they good for broken pinkies?
A: Yes, just what the doctor ordered. Relatively no pain on today's ride.
- Q: Are they good for climbing?
A: Not as good as fresh legs. But yes, they are fine for climbing.
- Q: Are they good for extra credit log bashing?
A: They seemed fine.
- Q: Do they feel safe when you're flying down a stutter bumpy big ring descent?
A: Not particularly. They are a little flexy when you're roosting about. But on the other hand, some people would call this damping and that's good:-)
- Q: Did they come loose or spin while riding?
A: Not yet. They held fast. Waiting to see how they hold when soaked with rain or creek water. How about crahes?
- Q: Do I like them?
A: I am surprised to say that I really like them. It's ironic that I needed a broken pinky to motivate me into buying these grips.
- Q: Will these be the go-to grips for every future endurance race?
A: Yes, I believe so. They feel like they would combat fatigue very well.
- Q: Was it really 55 degrees today?
A: Yup, shorts and a tee shirt, you?
- Q: Is it really gonna be 50 degrees at 6 am tomorrow?
A: That's what the weather guyz are sayin'!!!
- Q: Am I secure enough with my heterosexuality to leave these grips on the Monkey after my booboo pinky heals?
Slow day at work and beautiful day not at work, so I took a half day
PM. Spent a few hours wrenching with Joe in the shed and mounted
Jen's new sexy carbon brifters, while Jen and YDT hit the trails.
Just me and the Monkey and my new Ergon grips. Ergon grips, I
theorized, are spoda be good for busted pinky rides. Put in on Boardwalk--didn't clean the stumpy bridge, it's too hard to
clean without an audience. Forgot to start the GPS til the end of
Nacho. Morning Choice>Old Track>Connector>Vallley View Alt>Ridge (ran
into AFC Justin and his GF, Shannon)>Rockburn Branch. The trails could only have been better if they were skinnier
singletrack. Conditions are truly up there with best ever.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
From http://www.sheldonbrown.com/dura-ace.html we look compatible.
|Other 6 speed Shifter||6 speed|| Any 1997 or later Shimano Rear Derailer|
Any S.I.S. Rear Derailer
Except pre-1997 Dura-Ace
and Dyna-Sys series
|Other 7 speed Shifter||7 speed|
|Other 8 speed Shifter||8 speed|
|Any 9 speed Shifter||9 speed|
| Any 10 speed Shifter|
And I remembered this nifty trick too. Looks like I could have thrown a 9 speed cassette and chain on there with 10 speed shifters?!?!?!?!
Standard Cable Routing (A)
Alternate Cable Routing (B)
This alternate cable routing will also let you use a 10-speed shifter with a 9-speed cassette. This provides a convenient upgrade path.
Met KC and XX at the usual sport. JFat slept in;-( Hit it counter
clockwise. Nacho>Rockburn Branch threepeats>Ridge>VV Alt>enter Mike
from the Sunday DC/Crofton Crew>Cascade>Lewis & Clark>Old Track>Log.
I hit about half of the extra credits and managed not too fall on my
booboo hand;-) It hurt like hell on the stuttery bumps on the
downhill from the bamboo forest to Log trail. Black and blue is
spreading across palm now.
Krazy Karl was throwing the hammer down out there. Me and XX were
mellow. Conditions were horribly good.
ANOTHER ANDROID APPZ GARMIN FIT VS STRAVA