Friday, April 30, 2010

25.7 @ 15.3

rays Winds still high and time to burn I rallied a buddy for a churn and surf ride to the south with promises that I’d pull the whole way out. He’s been lackadaisical at best about riding the fast bike so I was just the incentive he needed to get out for some decent miles.

draft rockon clouded grind, grind, grind at 10 – 11 mph:

ouch turn around and surf home at 28 – 30:windy On a mission to finish the wall bike, I visited Baker’s again today.

Isorry He was busy rescuing landfill or recycling center destined bikes, turning them into someone’s next worthy steed:

pile frame Front wheel laced radial, trued:truing true

tension Installed the grips and wheel and wall bike is walled.

Spent some time learning the black art of frozen bicycle component movements without structural damages. Baker is a wise, wise man.

bb Onward….

headtube

She & Him - Thieves

Hot and heavy pumpkin pie, chocolate candy, Jesus christ, ain’t nothin' please me more than you.

breathe out so I can breathe you in

yums:

Fuel chamber prepped for AM mileage with Papa Del's sausage pie waiting for arrivals:
Life is good.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Moments of Synchronicity

Lots of cyclists out on the roads even with the high winds as we prepare to enter National Bike Month. How about National Car Month where cyclists are the norm and we need some month to remind people to drive their cars. I guess a bike to work/school day is a good place to start.

Wind was still low-ish on the way in. Experienced my first left lane rider on a one way road. I don’t have the guts to do it. As you can see I’m hugging the right side of the right lane or in the parking lane as a traffic calming measure. In my experience people get aggressive when forced to navigate around me riding next to an open parking lane like in the second pic down. This guy was pretty fast and seemed like a strong rider. I reduced speed so I didn’t cause a cyclist clog of traffic by travelling next to him in the right lane.

leftlane Garbage truck stopped in the left lane causing a merge event that I felt most comfortable witnessing from the clear parking area. According to the law I’m supposed to be riding in the right-hand portion of the lane causing the line of cars behind me to wait.

merge I was inspired by the contrast of vehicular cyclists and cars and felt pretty lucky for my position in this matrix.takinthelane

Stopped by Baker’s to visit and mess around with my next conversion project. A Raleigh Record likely built around the time I was conceived and in response to the bike boom of the 70’s.

Currently under guard:

precious raleigh Ireland I got a chuckle out of finding this pic on the innertubes:

A few of the 5,000 rip-roaring bike commuters who visit campus on any given day:commuters

30 mph sustained winds with gusts to 50. Most all the drivers I encountered were patient and passed with plenty of room but it seems like there's always bad apples in the bunch. Nothing crazy but certainly a few close passes that could have been avoided by some patience, a blinker and the use of the left lane on a two lane in one direction road. It's not that tough and cyclists pay with their lives everyday from motorists misjudging passing distances.

Pretty sure yelling at drivers doing squirrelly road maneuvers and confronting them as result them would earn you some jail time here, in California you're bike commuter of the year. Car culture motors on and people in Florida can smell oil in the air.

I’ve always loved overloaded working bike pics:

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

43.2 @ 20.7

group Smallish group for how nice the weather is, low 60’s winds from the S at 10.. Pace was a tad more casual until it wasn’t. Not feeling in the greatest of shape I tried to take it easy and enjoy the ride.

thefasts Farmers are outstanding in their field, planting time!:planting This was the view of the beginning of the end for me, approximately mile 38. Jay in the yellow is tapering for Calvin’s and still nearly induced tears trying to hold his wheel as he bridged a gap. I was content to sit in the draft and tempo:

seeyah After popping out the back, Thomas and John were my ride mates for the last portion before I turned off.

Full tilt boogie:

fulltitlboogie Coming to terms with the realization that bike commuting on a Wednesday is probably not going to be a make or break factor in me staying in contact with the fast pack, I decided to ride in today and enjoy life a little more on two wheels.

Chilly start for the morning commute, 33° :rearview Clementine powered:clementinepowered Lunch hour bike rack sightings:protect fendered and some internets hot wheels:

The Appleseed Cast - Fight Song

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

10.85 – 28:14 – 22.95 avg

caution 1st TT of the season saw headwinds for the return trip in the mid to upper teens. Times were a bit low as a result but everyone seemed satisfied with their efforts. Many of the local big motors were present with Luke taking the top spot. Martin passed John and I and was looking very strong.

I started in my little/big combo, right foot clipped and worked my way quickly up to the big ring. Once I reached cruising speed I paused and clipped my left foot in. Not sure if this is a good technique but it felt smooth and I rationalized it would be easier to carry speed vs pausing under acceleration to try and clip in.

Speeds going out were 28 – 30 and was struggling to hold 18 – 19 after the turnaround. I lose at least a mph going back in the saddle, I have to stay way on the tip of the saddle, over the pedals and keep my cadence up and a bit punchy to keep the power and speed flowing.

I remember thinking on the way back it would never end and the guy in the green pickup passing really close (as I hugged the white line) and scaring the crap out of me. I looked around after he passed and no one was around us, must of been something wrong with the left lane. Classy.

Thanks to the volunteers for their much appreciated work !

In all her glory:naked litespeed Serious bzns:blur Luke’s disk cover is good for at least 5 watts of graphical power:swirl

Distilling to an Essence

2010.4.27 Sharing divisions by bike, I think it’s a first for me:sharing 

woah Schedule eased up a tad allowing me to soak up some rays on lunch break. I also made the pilgrimage for more beans:

reflection This bike caught my eye for a number of reasons, he certainly knows how to go in style:

unlocking Spontaneous aheadset adjustment lesson:

aheadsetadjustmentlesson Garage door opener easily reached in flight so as to hit it early enough that you ride right in the garage without pause? 

garagedooropener

Bicycle Portraits project and a sample.


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