02 May 2016

It rained...

The alarm goes off Sunday morning, and it was cloudy...rain on the radar. Then it turned flying-monkey-dark.
It stormed for about 30 minutes.
I said "F it", and took a shower, thinking it would be crap all day.
No sooner did I get toweled off, El Sol came out...and stayed out until the late afternoon. Day pretty much wasted...
Yes, we DID get 2+ inches of rain yesterday, but it came in bursts.
Should have gotten on the CX bike, and ridden...

I DID get good rides in on Thursday and Saturday though. Actually rode HARD on Saturday. Felt good to blow the carbon out of the pipes after being sort of sick all week. And by carbon, I mean snot...
Thankfully, this is the last week of futbol, so I get my Saturday mornings back. Need to start stacking up some miles...

Los photos...
 C60
 Or C60
Quit messing around Mike!!
So Thursday morning, my mom calls...flipping about about her car. Needs $2500 worth of engine work. It's a 12 year old Chevrolet Equinox. As you can guess, it's KBB value isn't much more than the money that needed to be dumped in it.
We met at Love Chevrolet, and got her a NEW 2016 Equinox. Easy deal. Super nice guys. Worked with us to get the numbers right.
While we were there, I had a moment ...
Z06 Corvette w/the Z07 package. $101k BEAST.

I like big butts, and I cannot lie!
It's probably better that I don't have great piles of money laying about.

No ridey today. Had work and house stuff to do this morning. Supposed to rain again tomorrow. IDGAF.
As long as there's no lightning, I'm on the bike. Still some carbon to be blown out...


25 April 2016

A little late...

Yeah...I usually post first thing Monday morning. Sorry...I was sleeping, then finishing my...er...#1's school project.
When did 5th grade get so labor intensive?
I have more hours in this thing than it takes to build a pro bike...

Nice ride Saturday with Statler and Waldorf. Easy peasy 70km. One little effort at the end. Seems there MIGHT be some form lurking underneath.
Of course, as it usually happens, I come back from injury/surgery...and I work...alone...to get some fitness back in my old body, I get a cold.
Thankfully, it's just a head cold, and seems to be on it's way out of town. The Neti Pot, though being a close cousin to waterboarding, works to get the bad stuff out of one's skull.
It IS a bit irritating though, as the weather has been PERFECT over the last few days. Sunday was sublime, and The Heathens looked like they had a good ride.
I thought about riding tomorrow, but as I didn't sleep A WINK Saturday night, I'm gonna drop The Duke at school, and come back to the house and see if I can sleep the morning away.

Be back at it Thursday. Rumor has it that I jumped on the 11v bandwagon too...

Liege was last weekend. The weather was abysmal. They even shortened the race!
Watching the whole thing, or even the last 10km would be a test...
Here's Cosmo's take...


Style.
 Don't know these guys? Shhhhhhhh....

Bike racers dream setup? I posed the question to JBrstl. He may have gotten light-headed from the rush of blood to his groin area...
Speaking of rushes of blood to the doo-dads...
 Change nothing...take my money...
 Class move by Chevrolet...
Brilliant ad...

Ok...I need to go waterboard myself, and hit the Tempurpedic...
P&PWG

22 April 2016

Rest in purple


Prince died yesterday. He was 57. This is believed to be one of the last photos of him. He liked to ride his bike. 
I know this is a stupid, little, ranty, bicycle page, but his passing affects me, and probably a lot of you.
The TV news people keep saying that he 'crossed genres'.
I respectfully disagree.
Prince's music is a purple thread, woven into the very fabric of who we are. It did not cross genre. It is it's OWN genre.





When asked what it was like to be the best guitar player alive, Eric Clapton responded, "I don't know...ask Prince..."

Rest In Purple, Prince Nelson Rogers.
And thank you...

18 April 2016

Monday Quickie

No futbol Saturday, so sleeping late was the correct call. Well, when one considers sleeping late equates to 7:30 instead of 6:30, it means little.
Got up, watched a little BPL, kitted up, and headed out.
CX bike.
2 hours. Felt good. Big sunshine.

The PowerStation was still a bit damp in a few spots. The far end of Old State is rideable, but barely. If you lack skill in the sand, turn around at the K-Rail.
Wildlife spotted : Barred Owl, redtail hawk, and a good sized black snake who was enjoying the sun.
The rest of the day was spent pursuing educational interests with Junior Management.


Woke up Sunday and met The Professor for a lazy spin thru LexCo. If you can call 85km a "spin".
Twas breezy yesterday too.
Again though, Big sun, so it's all good.
3 hours fell away pretty easily.
Figured out one fit issue on the Ridley. Still chasing the last one.
If you think a surgery on a knee doesn't affect fit, you're deluded.
Strong shoe/sock game too...

Came home, fully expecting to get a solid nap, but NOOOOOOO!
The Boss was supposed to take #3 to a birthday party, but "twisted her ankle". Yeah...nothing says 'quiet Sunday afternoon' like making small talk with people you don't know/like, and twenty 5 year olds running around.
I was happy...

Amstel Gold was Sunday. Sort of a yawner...


Cosmo did a HTRWW, but to be honest, it's a waste of 5 minutes.

Remember the little moto I posted? Good to just buzz around town on?
Well, this Triumph is the opposite.
It looks like it's ready to punch someone in the neck.

Speaking of neck punches...
Let the Big Dog eat...

And with that...



14 April 2016

Hidey ho

As the mornings are relatively free around here, that's when I ride...at least until school is out.
Tuesday was a rainy, gray, wet mess. yeah...I rode.
The Salsa got the call, and I did a modified PowerStation loop. 65 and light rain. Perfect.

2 hours later, I was wet, dirty, and back at Service Course.
Here's where the story gets amusing...
I don't know how YOU do it, but after a rain ride, I go in the back door of the house, which leads directly into the mud room. The laundry is there.
I was soaked and filthy, so I stripped down, and just tossed everything in the washing machine.
Ahhhh...hot shower, here I come.
Nope...
DENIED!
The door that leads into the house was locked.
FUUUUUUU....
There I stood...
Not putting the kit back on, so I wrapped myself in a Star Wars sheet (shut up...I have kids!), I walked around to the front of house.
Hello neighbors!
Thankfully, no one saw me, and I got into the front door with no drama.
At least I didn't need to go through a window. It's happened before.

So this morning, before rolling out, the back doors were both unlocked...just in case.
90 minutes on the Ridley. It was windy. You guys have fun in that shit tonight. The words "Headwind home" should tell you what you need to know.
Also put the new Schwalbes on the carbon wheels, and rode them today.
Holy stiff bike. I'd forgotten. The Salsa with worn out wheels and 33c Clements @ 60psi is considerably less so.
And special thanks to the frat douche from NJ in his dad's Suburban for making an illegal move across Gervais, and almost hitting me. He yelled and screamed, as a NJ frat boy is wont to do. I invited him to pull over and chat.
He didn't...go figure.
I'm seriously considering riding w/the camera on EVERY ride, and investing in a Cycliq rear blinky/camera.
Drivers aren't getting any better. At least we'll get downtown/campus back in 6 weeks, when the college kids go home.

The "lesser" races are going on in Europe right now. I say "lesser" in quotations b/c the racing is anything but...

Brabantse Pijls


That last kicker at the finish is just insult piled on injury...

GP Denain


How about the sprint? WTF?
"Excuse me...pardon me...pardon me...excuse me...(victory salute)

 Don't mean to toot my own horn here, but the shoe/sock game was STRONG this morning.
I could tell you where I got them, but considering how people in town bite my style...
Let's just say there are more that will make appearances soon...

Two wheels good...
Just about perfect to bang around town on...

Okay...enough for today...

11 April 2016

Roubaix

Roubaix Sunday is a day, traditionally, that I either don't ride, or wait until the race is over.
After yesterday's race, a ride was NEEDED!
Dog Almighty! It was nuts.





And thinking MAYBE the UCI needs to do something about the motos in the races....



Poor Viviani. Fortunately, he's not hurt too badly.

After Roubaix ended, I threw a leg over the Salsa, and headed out. It was quite nice @ 11. About 55 degrees, but still windy. And the wind didn't seem to have any sort of plan. There was NO tailwind...ever. Head/cross for two hours...
No matter. I still got out and got 2 hours. Felt okay too.
The PowerStation is in decent shape, except for the giant waterhole that is, once again, hike a bike.

Pretty Pictures:
 When Fabi crashed, Sagan rode up, and over, his bike. How he pulled THAT out will be discussed for a while...
 Nice. Thanks Fabi!
And Jered Gruber was up to his tricks again. The guy takes brilliant photos...

 I'm no genius, but I know that putting the Di2 junction box on the BB is a bad idea. ANYWHERE else on the bike is better placement.
Yes please...

And with that, I bid you happy Monday.

08 April 2016

It's a bit breezy...


The wind started Sunday...and hasn't abated...
Even in the woods on Wednesday, the wind was HOWLING. Headwind out? Sure. Tailwind home? Nope.
Same thing this morning. Crosswind. Headwind. Crosswind.
At NO point on the ride was the wind at my back.
Positive note? I think I'm pretty close to having the cleat position on my right shoe correct. Felt better today than it has since I got back on the road bike.
Anywho, two good rides this week. Being outside in the mornings is pretty nice...

 So yeah...as it always happens, companies are creating things that just aren't needed. A leafspring fork, on a CX/gravel bike?
Yeah, because when you're racing, or riding a dirt road out in the middle of BFE, you want something that's MORE complicated.
Stupids...
Sagan's bike for Roubaix.
"Yes, I'll take 'Slammed 150mm Stems' for $1000 please Alex..."
NBCSN will be showing the entire race LIVE on their web app. It's called "Extra Time", and works very well.
If you don't want to listen to Phil/Paul/Bobke, I'm sure people will be streaming it live. Check YouTube first. Search for "Paris Roubaix 2016. It'll be on there...likely in HD, so you can stream it on your TV...if you know how to do such things.

Scheldeprijs was mid-week...
Seems a blind squirrel CAN find a nut. EQS got their leadout right for Kittel...


Then again, he HAS won the the race 4 freaking times. He knows how to get to the line...

No ridey tomorrow...AFAIK...
We have futbol @ noon. Maybe I'll try to sneak out @ 9 for 90 minutes or so. Sleeping in around here in a fool's errand. Might as well get up and ride...

Enjoy your weekend...