23 May 2016

If you're gonna be a bear...

So, as has been documented on this inane little site, I had knee surgery. Blah, blah, blah...
The knee is getting back to normal. Still won't run, do any hard lateral movements, nor kick a soccer ball. All by choice.
Riding though, is no problem. No pain. The veal-like right leg seems to be coming around, and shockingly, the majority of the fat that found me during my injury and convalescence is falling off.
The issue?
I've been out doing rides alone. Just me. Juan Solo. And not much over two hours. Granted, most have been on the CX bike, and most have been at tempo, or above.
Last weekend was a little different.
Saturday, we met @ 0800. Early. Getting up before 6am on a weekend day should be left for those getting paid to do it, but I digress.
We met at the spot, and rolled out into LR. It was still wet from the deluge of the previous night. Meh...not made of sugar.
Funny part? The Tour de Cure was going on out there Saturday morning. We were seemingly ahead of the ride, so every time we passed an organized rest stop, the volunteers cheered.
Slightly embarrassed parade waves were returned.
And here's EXACTLY why riding in LR is so great...
Mike flatted on his brand new Boras. Pinched and destroyed the first tube. Second tube was faulty out of the plastic. Tube number three worked. The great part, you ask?
As we stood in the mouth of a driveway, the homeowner came out. Not to yell, or harass, but pushing a 40 gallon compressor, with what appeared to be an 80 c.i. Harley motor on top. I am not embellishing.
This guy didn't have to get of his couch, yet he threw on shoes, and schlepped his compressor out to the road to help us. We didn't need it, but the effort was MUCH appreciated.
AND he threw away our old tubes!!! Nice folks out there.
The remainder of the ride was drama-free, and it always happens, by the time we rolled in the door, the sky was blue, and the sun was out.
3:30 and 100km.
I figured I'd be wrecked on Sunday, but after two climbs in the first hour, things came around. We did a back door Swansea loop. The people aren't as nice out that way, but the terrain and scenery make up for it.
Across the country, we hit a couple of roads that go untraveled unless committed to a LONG ride.

As you can clearly see, it was terrible.
A quick stop, then a loop across the ridgeline, in a vain effort to stay out of the wind. A decision was also made to venture out that way on the fat tired bikes, and explore the myriad dirt roads. All are welcome. Can't promise anything other than a good time.
Once in Sandy Run, we turned into the dead headwind for the WHOLE ride home. It was not what one would consider "fun".
Gotta say though. It was a bluebird day. 70-ish degrees. Blue sky. Good little ride group.
3:45 and 111k.
211k in two days. That's been my weekly total for the past 8 weeks or so. Sweet.
Legs? Tired, but good. Knees? Fine. Back? OK. Taint? REALLY not happy with me.
This is why I keep Boudreux's Butt Paste in the house.

The Tour of Cali ended yesterday. How about this for a picture of the final sprint?
Cav, Sagan, and Kristoff...
Cav is LOOOOW!

 When comfort rules, but you gotta be aero sometimes...
Hey Mike...quit fooling around with those Giro shoes!!
When do we leave?
And as it is Monday, I leave you with this affirmation from Pooh and Piglet...
As I have received a bit a stick for only posting one day a week, I'll do better with sharing even more silliness...whether you like it or not...

16 May 2016

Monday...a day of rest...

Everyone whinges about Monday.
Mondays are the best days around here. The Boss goes back to work, and Junior Management goes back to school.
I used to be a person who thrived on noise and chaos. Now, the silence of Monday morning is a gift.
What am I doing today? Nada. Nada a damn thing...

 I rolled out of the rack Saturday, to an empty house. #s 2 & 3 were at the Lexington County office, and The Boss took #1 to a work event, if one wants to call the Poultry Festival in Batesburg an "event". He likes going with her to these things. Who am I to argue...?
A small brekkie, then on the CX bike. Felt like hot garbage, still rode okay. I guess that's fitness coming back around.
Two big laps of the Powerstation, then home. 2.5 hours. A quick lunch, then the power tools came out.
The rest of the afternoon was spent cutting, and laying bricks on the new patio project. I tried to hold fast to my "It wasn't my idea, ergo, I'm not helping" plan, but the idea of The Boss running the chop saw with a masonry blade gave me a little shiver...
My legs and back gave up after about 3 hours of standing, walking back and forth, and bending over to place bricks.
Big fun...
Sunday brought much of the same. Another couple of hours in the dirt. Left with REALLY crunchy legs and back, but once the crap got spun out, I felt pretty good. Special thanks to SCE&G for grading the big waterhole out at the end of The PowerStation. Here's to hoping the juvenile frogs got out before their waterhole was summarily destroyed.

Got home, ate a sammich, made a trip to Lowe's to get a new light for Service Course, then back to the bricks.
Gotta say though, Sunday morning was perfect. Light wind. Big Blue sky. 60 degrees. If you didn't ride, well...
After taking in what can only be considered a BlueBird day, I cut and laid brick for another 2 hours. That far off noise you hear? Yeah...those are my hamstrings barking at me...
The result seems to be worth it though....
Thus, Monday is a day of rest.

The Tour of Cali started yesterday. The stage itself was largely a yawner...until the finish...


If you want to learn how to surf the group, and use other teams, to get you to the finish, just watch Sagan in the last 2km of this clip. Watch it over, and over, and over, and over...
And learn how to handle your bike...
Be like Sagan.

Rest day in Italy today. Honestly, this year's Giro has been much like a normal GT. Hope it livens up...

Okay...I'ma go lay down...




09 May 2016

Back to normal programming

Futbol ended Saturday...
I enjoyed coaching the kids, and most of them improved greatly. It was also nice to actually WIN.
Yeah, I know they're 9/10 y.o. kids, but there's no reason not to play to win. Fuck all that "everyone gets a trophy" crap. That's what has created 'special snowflake' children, who become millennials...but that's another discussion for another day.
And #2 son was pursued, again, to play on the traveling team. We took the pass though, for several reasons.
Now I can get back to riding long on Saturdays, instead on being limited to early morning, full power dashes.

That being said, I DID get a full week on the bike this past week.
3 CX rides, including early Saturday morning, and a longer than usual mid-week road ride to shake down the 11v stuff on the Ridley. We'll get to that in a moment...

Did a LONG, solo, CX ride yesterday, and summarily got my ass kicked by the wind, and one of the dirt roads that I frequent. Seems the County thought it necessary to put crush and run over the entire length. The stretch just was NOT fun. I'll skip it next time out.

Twas quite green out on the dirt though...
 The not-yet-amber-waves-of-grain...

Upon returning back to Service Course, I realized that I've ridden the tread off the rear Clement LAS on the CX bike since I got back outside after surgery. A new one is on the way. If you have a CX bike, and haven't ridden these tires, you should. Trust me on this one.

There's a LOT of style going on in this photo. A LOT!
If you cannot figure out the style, or the rider, well....

Now, back to the shakedown of the 11v Ultegra. First, it's dead easy to set up. Easy peasy.
It shifts great...better than 10V 7900 D/A. There's been a LOT of trickle down from D/A in the 11v Ultegra. Lots o' carbon bits...
The levers are WAY different than the 10v D/A I've ridden for years. That took a minute to get accustomed to. They're longer (more reach) and smaller in diameter, thus, they feel slightly smaller in the hand.
Everything was copacetic...except something that I changed, and shouldn't have...
I installed aftermarket, ceramic, aluminum pulleys. While they spin like no one's business, they just didn't work with the R/D and chain.
The new 11v chains are directional, thus the inner and outer plates are different. The stock lower pulley is shaped to deal with this.
The ceramic units were not, thus, when shifting in the upper end of the cassette, the chain jumped the pulleys, and wedged itself between the pulley and the R/D cage. Not good...
Actually a good way to shear off a R/D.
Once back, I swapped the stock units back in, and everything SEEMS to be in order. We'll see...
FYI, the stock units are sealed bearing. No more bushings.
I pulled the seals, and both were a little lacking in the lube department. I smashed in a bit of FSA ceramic grease, and put the seals back on. They spin similarly to the ceramic units.
Sometimes (most times), it's better not to overthink things...

Happy Monday! It's nice outside (here). I'm doing nada today, other than watching The Boss finish laying the 1400 pavers she had delivered for her patio rehab. You have fun with that dear...

#RideDon'tPose




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...