Thursday, April 30, 2009
A Taste of Summer - Oh How Sweet
I’m not one to kick a gift horse in the mouth. If Summer wants to rear it’s beautiful head early, I’m just the person to give it a great big wet kiss on the lips.
Saturday morning, after a couple cups of coffee, I donned lycra, grabbed my bike and put in 80 pure, sun blistering, sweat drenching miles.
Turns out – I wasn’t the only one puckering my lips.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
A Pollen Storm
The ride from Yorktown to Jamestown was spectacular. I felt good - I was strong - I was blazing fast. It wasn't until I arrived at Jamestown, refilled my waterbottles and starting heading back that I realized the reason for my break-neck speeds. I had been riding the crest of a pretty substantial tailwind. Now I was faced with 22 miles of a pretty substantial headwind - with a few hills to boot. Lucky me!
Pollen!! I wasn't riding through a dust storm - I was riding through a pollen storm. Oh goodie - Spring is here! I reached the truck and felt good to have logged in 45 miles.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
The Lord Rideth With Me
I've often said, the second hardest part of a bike commute is arriving at your destination. For this morning's ride, that truth was especially poignant. I didn't want to stop, but two things caused me apply the brakes.
First - I am not financially independent. I need this job.
Second - I figured God had more pressing matters to attend to than ride with me all day long.
Building a Bike - Part 3 - Sub Assembly
The Shimano 105 cranks, I salvaged from a bike a friend of mine gave me when, after repeated crashes, he decided to give up the sport. They are 172.5 mm long (just my size) but are outfitted with double chain rings (53 and 39 tooth).
(Note: What be that in the middle of the picture? Why bless my soul - I believe it to be a pint of Legend Brown Ale.)
For the Roadster, I want a single chainring so I took both of the old chainrings off and installed a 44 tooth ring. Since I am only using one chain ring, the original chainring bolts are too long. That's why I bought single stack (shorter) ones when I bought the 44 tooth ring. Once the new chainring was firmly in place, I attached the pedals and wala the cranks are ready for final installation. (Note: I've put a bit of a dent in the Legend:-)
I am using Shimano RX100's hubs that I also salvaged from the bike my friend gave me. They have practically no miles on them, but they have been sitting around my garage for several years. During that time the grease has degraded and gummed up. So I took them apart, cleaned them, repacked them with fresh grease and reassembled. I then took the finely tuned hubs and the new Weinmann rims down to BikeBeat to have Rodney build me a set of wheels.
(Note: The color hath changed in the pint glass - Why I believe it to be a bit of good ole Bud Light.)
It was now time to turn my attention to the handlebars. To me the most important part of the bike, for they provide the window through which I gaze. I removed the stem from an old pair of drop bars and attached it to the North Road bars. I slipped on the grips, attached the brake levers and then attached the new, shiny perfectly tuned brass bell. (Note: The Legend Brown Ale kept calling me, so I went back for more.)
Now for the final bit of sub-assembly - The seat. I unpacked the new Brooks saddle and lovingly coated it top and bottom with Brooks Proofhide. I left the bottom as coated but polished the top once it dried. I then attached the seat post and now the sub-assembly phase of my bike building is complete.
Friday, April 10, 2009
A Bit Less Drag If You Please
If you want to stop pedaling - stop the wheel from turning!!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
My Kingdom for Fenders
On Thursday morning, it didn't rain on me, but there was evidence that it had rained pretty heavy the night before. The roads were soaked. I could see the water spraying up from my front wheel and imagined the rear wheel was following suit. I so wanted fenders at that moment. I imagined the water leaving a nice trail of wet, brown, grittiness up my backside. That ought to be a tricky one to explain to my co-workers. I loosened the strap on my messenger bag and lowered it in an effort to protect me from having to make such awkward explanations. It must have done the trick - cause no one commented on my backside all day.
Friday, April 3, 2009
March Recap - New Year's Resolutions
1. Drive my truck to work less than 25% of the time. (GRADE = A)
Year to Date:
Bike = 41
Bus = 14
Truck = 5
Truck driven to work only 8% of the time. That's gone up a little bit since February, for reasons I've discussed in previous posts, but I'm still on track.
2. Complete a Triathlon. (GRADE = D-)
If life got in the way of my triathlon training in February, then in March, life pretty much stomped the living tar out of it. With the cycling season cranking up, I don't think I am going to be able to devote the time to running and swimming that I need to. I'll see how April goes, but I am leaning toward dropping this resolution.
3. Ride at least 3 centuries. (GRADE = TBD)
Still waiting for warmer weather. Targeting first century in May. I start my serious training regimen on Monday.
4. Start blogging and create a web site for "cyclingaffair.com". (GRADE = A)
The blogging went very well in March. I was able to average 2 posts per week. On top of that, I got a digital camera and starting incorporating pictures. I'm becoming a blogging machine. I didn't work on the Web Page and will probably hold off on that for a while. I mainly want to focus on my blog and get it the best that it can be.