26 November 2014

Hellloooo Portland...

Looks like the rain of the last three days is blowing out. Finally...
Yeah, I know it was only a few days, but this is South Carolina FFS!

No ridey outside last night. I'll do wet. I'll do night. I don;t do night...in the wet. It's a recipe for seeing your collarbone protruding through your skin. Water-filled holes and wet leaves will reach up and drag you to the ground...
Instead, I rode the trainer...again...
I know... twice in a week.
This is what the floor looks like after 75 minutes, including 3x10 at 85-90%. May as well channel the hate into something productive...
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And thanks to Fabi for driving me on towards the end. I was struggling...
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I'm riding outside each of the next four days. I don't care if it's raining blood!

Svenness 3.6
SVENNESS 3.6 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

And sometimes, four wheels VERY good...


Who do I need to kill? And when do they need killin'?

And there's some sad news to pass along today.

Steve Hed died this morning. If you don't know who he is, you really should. He's the reason we all ride the wheel/aero technology we're on today. He figured it out first...and I mean FIRST.
I don't care to whom you pray, but take a moment today to say a word for Steve.
He was a leader, a genius, and an all around mensch.
Cycling has lost a son today.

24 November 2014

OK...break's over....

The last week was one of utter lack of motivation. I just didn't want to ride. I felt tired, and a little dinged up. So, I rode when I wanted to, which amounted to exactly three hours on the bike.
This week will be a little different...
The time to ride is there, and the want to ride is returning. These Holiday weeks are always good to get outside and ride a bit.

No ridey on Saturday, as nice as it was. The Boss had a funeral service to go to @ 11, and seeing as I'm lazy, I didn't get up before the rooster. I slept in, had brekkie, and watched the CX races from Koksijde.
After the races ended, Junior Management and I got dressed, and went outside to clear leaves.
That was my workout. Go hard clearing leaves for 2 hours.
And really, there's not much better than watching kids jump into a leaf pile the size of a VW Beetle.
I even got a nap. What the wha....

The plan Sunday was to get up, and get on the bike before the rain started. Unfortunately, the rain started about 5am.
Again, I watched some Euro CX, and then did the unthinkable. I went down to Service Course, and rode the trainer. As much as the trainer just absolutely sucks, I had limited time, and it was reasonably effective. A solid hour passed pretty quickly. I credit the fact I was watching the '03 edition of Flanders.
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VdV beaten by PvP. Don't know those guys? #shhhhhhh

After the turbo, I went to an 8 year old's birthday party. If someone had stopped by the house and falcon-punched me, the trifecta would have been complete.

 FDJ introduced their new kits. I feel like I've seen the design somewhere before...
 And I sort of eschew watching ball and stick sports, but Sunday evening TV is lacking, so I watched the American Throwball game.
I watched this infernal sport for most of my life, and I can say, without equivocation, that Odell Beckham Jr. may have made the greatest catch EVER. That was some next-level, caught in The Matrix, I forgot about physics stuff right there...
As an aside, the allowed use of PEDs in football is a joke. Tony Romo has a bad back. He rarely practices, and before games, gets painkiller AND cortisone shots IN HIS BACK. The NFL is cool with this. The American people are cool with this. He's "tough" for gutting it out.
Yet cyclists are dopers...
Mmmmkaaaayyyyy...
Thibaut Nys riding a fat bike? Things are upside down.

Time to get my day going. Places to go...people to see...

21 November 2014

Close enough

 Like the new Canyon? Only $2500 retail...
 Or you can get an oddly similar frame from Hong Fu...for $ <$600
Or an aero version from VeloBuild....for $499

Hmmm...curious...

Odd Urban Ride last night. No one seemed to want to be there. I wanted to ride, but just spin. My trip to Renick sort of snapped my back and legs for a couple of days, so there would be no shenanigans.
And I'm still a little dumbfounded why the ride is fracturing into several groups. What's the point of having a group ride?
The point is to be together. I can go ride by myself in the dark. Everyone has their own agenda. Just another example of the dysfunction that IS the Columbia scene.

I'm gonna need a moment...
Just put some white look Keos on it, and ship it South.
And if you're into such pornographic things, head over to Firefly's Tumblr page. All the photos are large format, and will eat time out of your day.

Oh my....

Doesn't look like a ride is going to happen for me tomorrow, as The Boss "forgot" that she has something to do @ 11am. Funny that she "forgets", then always recollects on Friday.
If anyone wants to see what Rule 9 actually looks like, I'll be out Sunday...in the rain...







19 November 2014

My name is Inigo Montoya...

There seems to be some confusion around here about "The Rules". Please read them again, and then use them. If you have questions about certain Rules, contact Velominati. They will be glad to guide you on the path to the V.
Pssst...Rule 9 doesn't apply when it's 37 degrees, clear, and dry. Just sayin'...

Rule 9
Not Rule 9
I refer you to Inigo...
You will be reminded of these transgressions in the near future, when it's cold, gray, and pissing rain.
Instead of riding last night, as I just didn't have the want to get dressed, and leave the house, I built this...
...then sat in front of it for a few hours. It was quite pleasant, thank you!

 I'm largely ambivalent about fat bikes, as I live in SC, but if you're gonna be a bear...be a grizzly...
 Emily Batty knows...
 Know this guy? (his name is on his bike...)
 Know this guy? (he won Roubaix twice)
And you'd BETTER know this guy!

And after 20+ years of doing this cycling thing, these pedals look like :
A) An answer to a question not asked...
B) An injury-inducing pedal failure waiting to happen...
C) A pedal-related back/hip/knee/ankle/foot injury waiting to happen...
D) All of the above



Enjoy your Wednesday. It's cold, but the sky is blue. You could be in Buffalo.






17 November 2014

Monday

And look outside your window...
If Monday had an assigned weather pattern, this would be it...
Foggy...rainy...thunder...a bit cold...it sure is Monday out there today...

Good CX from Gavere yesterday...


If you have a child/friend/acquaintance that wants to go to Europe to be a pro CXer...have them watch that race.  18kmh avg. That's 11mph in old money! Sounds like a ripping good time, eh?

A few of us met on a cold Saturday morning for a little spin out through LR. Even though it was about 35, the sun was big and bright, and felt quite warm. Now, in the canopy of trees on some sections, it was nippley. No matter. It was a good 2:30 on the bike. Gotta get on the road bike a bit more, as it felt weird. Too much time spent on the CX bike these days...

Sunday was a cold, gray, dreary start. The Heathen Ride was canceled. Instead, I watched Gavere, and then went out on the CX bike. Felt oddly good, so I decided to make a little effort. 45 minutes later, I really didn't feel all that good anymore. Funny how that works, huh?
Today's moisture is much needed out on The PowerStation. Parts are pretty soft and loose. But then, that sort of thing DOES breed handling skills.
I also got to see the big buck that roams the woods out there. Easily 12 points and 250+ pounds. Big boy...

 Parts of rural SC almost look Euro when shot in B&W. Searching for a name for this section. So far "Black Forest" is the clear leader...
 The only color yesterday was the trees.
All in all, it was a pretty fair day to ride. 45 and cloudy. All things considered, not bad. You could be in Wisconsin...
 Ah...being a pro in the 80s was so glorious...
 A different take on the single speed I suppose...
And I know I've said my next bike would be metal, but the 2015 Fuji Transonic is kinda doing it for me...

Stay inside today...get some work done. That's my plan...except for the whole "work" thing...
Oh, and watch this...you have a spare 12 minutes...



14 November 2014

Not helping...

So we've discussed the new LeMond Washoe on here previously. O/S 853. 44mm headtube. Breezer drops. LeMond/Euro geos. Enve fork. $1799 for the frameset. Sweet deal, right?
Well, these hit the inbox, and just are not helping lessen my want...

The full bike shown, with Ultegra Di2...minus the carbon wheels...is $3999! One could likely build it for considerably less. The third colorway is black with Carolina blue and white accents. That's probably the way I'd go...
Oh, and if anyone is feeling giving here prior to the upcoming holidays, I ride a 55cm in LeMond geo.

I can't...it's just that...how does the...I mean who thought of...
Nevermind...this says it all...

Two wheels good...
 Started life as a 90s Ducati 750. Looks better now, eh?
And this is a full custom job Scrambler. (photo courtesy of Marc Seeh) Doesn't look fun...at all! Again...not helping...

Fun ride last night. I got a late start from #2's last Futbol match, so I rode the loop backwards, figuring I'd meet the group up near the Botanical Gardens. Worked out perfectly.
I will say though...
There a couple of sketchy parts of the 'hood back there. They go wholly unnoticed when one is riding with 15-20 other folks. When traversing them alone...in the quiet darkness, one tends to find a bit bigger gear, and push the pedals a bit harder.
And I switched out the 23 for a 27. Amazing how much easier it makes the two big ass hills that come towards the end of the Thursday night ride.
And it actually rained on us...just for a few minutes. Ricky said he didn't think it would last. My mind immediately went here...



Fortunately, Ricky was right. I hit Service Course with a solid 2 hours, a little effort, and some laughs. Got back as the temps were starting to drop as well. Thanks Mad Alchemy for keeping the guns warm.

Time to get the day started. The Target list isn't going to shop for itself...


13 November 2014