19 December 2014

Again?

Two fun night/urban rides in a row? Who knew? And no one poached trail...
The decision was made to out on The Powerstation again, and to keep everyone together...you know...like a group ride should be. Shocking...I know...
The dirt is in excellent condition. Smooth, pretty well packed, and pretty fast. Everyone made it through the holes, and the washout, safely. Shocking...I know...
Ricky went full Man-Beast, and moved the log out of the way. I was a little disappointed, as I was looking forward to riding out there tomorrow with my broadheaded axe in my backpack.
My excitement was more for riding with the axe than it's actual use. Imagine drivers cruising by...
"Look at this crazy dude on the bike...riding with an axe..."
We came back in, hit all of the new trails, and the decision was made to do the entirety of the river trail.
It was a good idea until Kevin lost his front tire, and low-sided on the boardwalk.
We all stopped. I stayed to help. The rest of the group went full Top Gear on us, and left.
They went on through the hood, back to Farm Bureau, and I turned around, headed up through the Vista/Campus/Shandon to get home.
Another quality, and fun, two hours in the dark.
There's something very freeing about at night. Heightened senses and all that...

And rumor has it that riding singletrack on CX bikes is coming into vogue around here...


When was it out? A few of us have been knocking it down for the better part of 10 years. No #Columbusing
for us...

Whatchu know about old school? What a pretty bike...

Scramblers are getting really popular, so why not turn a 1200 Harley into one? Hey...people call a lot of forward thinkers crazy...

DPS Skis have made a series of movies about skiing...
This one is a better movie about a dog...

The Shadow Campaign // Sun Dog from DPS SKIS on Vimeo.

We should all strive to be that dog...

The weather tomorrow looks iffy, at best. The Graduate and I are planning to go out on CX bikes. All are welcome to join.
Normal Heathen Ride on Sunday.

Only 5 shopping days left...

17 December 2014

Well...that was fun...

The night ride was a damn good time last night. All the way out to Eastman and back on The Powerstation.
FYI for you folks who like to Columbus...
The outer section, beyond the K-Rail, is really soft and loose.
Then we hit the new section of trail that leads from the dirt all the way to the boat landing. It's pretty freaking nice. Be aware though, as we discussed last night, if you crash just right (or just wrong) on part of the trail, you may very well end up IN the river. It's that close...
A quick cruise through town, and up into the 'wood, and I was back at Service Course. 2 solid hours.
And I rode in shorts last night...on the 16th of December.
Tell me again how nice the riding is where you live...

And a little PSA :
As we discussed last night, don't trepass, and poach trail. If there's a big, custom-fabbed, brightly-painted gate across a road/driveway, it means SOMEONE doesn't want you in there. I know some folks think they have the "right" to ride wherever, but you don't. It makes us all look bad. And as someone who rides the LEGAL part of that parcel of land at least twice a week, I'm going to be pissed off if I catch a ration of shit from the landowners, or the Law. And as plumbers are wont to say, "shit runs downhill..."
Just sayin'...

Thinking it's time to change pedals too. Either some new Crank Brothers, or some SPDs. The old CBs are way too sloppy, even with old cleats...
Of course, a new pair of shoes probably wouldn't hurt either...(hint hint)

Speaking of things to buy me for Christmas...if you're out on the intarweb, I'll gladly accept THIS...

OH DEER!!!


The guy is fine. He went over the bars, and landed on his back. A concussion and some scuffs. He's lucky. And take this video to heart. It can happen around here, and has...a few times. Looking at you Tipper...

Cipo is best...(broken English)


Cool on bike, and mic'ed up, video of a Scratch Race


And speaking of track bikes...
If you're gonna be a bear...be a grizzly.

In the days before Lawyers, and health insurance deductibles, this sort of thing went on...
Seems like a monumentally poor idea...

The Boss and I are going to her company holiday party tonight. If you know me, you know that I so enjoy these sorts of things....
I've already stated that I wasn't wearing a shirt and tie, which was not met with pushback. Shocked...I know...
The Head of the LexCo Office is coming over to watch Junior Management. I guess I should maybe clean up the house a bit, so it appears Eastern European peasants DON'T live here....

Enjoy your Wednesday...



15 December 2014

That was better...

Two good rides this weekend.
Nice easy stroll through LR on Saturday. It was cold at the start, but ended up being a pretty nice day. I wish I had worn a hat for the first 30 minutes or so though. An ice cream headache while riding really sucks.
3 hours fell easily, including the little effort made at the end.
As Junior Management went to the LexCo Branch Office, my plan was to go home, eat, and then sleep the afternoon away.
The Boss had other designs on my free time. The remainder of my afternoon was spent Christmas shopping. There is little in this World that will suck the Christmas spirit out of one more quickly. After the third stop, I made her bring me home. My legs and back were screaming...
This evening was filled with present wrapping, which is always good for a laugh. I outwrap The Boss 4 to 1. Sure, hers look better, what with the bows and jingle bells on them, but Martha Stewart isn't coming to the house on Christmas morning.
Sleep came easy...
The normal bunch met for the Heathen Ride on Sunday. And if there was a "Chamber of Commerce" day, Sunday was it. By the time we got an hour into the ride, people were stripping clothes.
And big thanks to Ricky for showing us the outer loop into Swansea so many months go. It's out-farking-standing.
And this place intrigues me to no end...
I want to walk through, and see what's in there. I REALLY want the signs...
And yes, the sky was THAT blue!
A quick run over the ridgeline, and we were home. 100km in the big blue was okay with me...

Junior Management got home, I cleaned the Ridley, the Eriksen came back for an overhaul, and I went to Whole Foods. It was a good afternoon.

Euro CX action...
Soudal Classics from Antwerp



Zilvermeer isn't up yet...here are the highlights from Vier...

And Big John...you wanted argy bargy sprint video? How's this?


Columbia becoming more bicycle/pedestrian friendly? WHAT? We'll see if the execution matches the plans. We ARE talking about Columbia after all...

Enjoy your Monday. It's going to be 70 degrees today. Yeah, I know it's the beginning of the week, but you could spending Monday somewhere in the snow...




12 December 2014

Puny

Hey...Mother Nature...I know you're busy destroying parts of California, but if you get a chance, can you do something about the 30+ degree temperature swings here in the Southeast?
I know it's a bit akin to bitching about the weight of a brick of gold, as it's going to be well into the 60s this weekend, but huge swings are doing my head in.
No ridey last night, as my head felt like a football....


Better today. Now it's only my right eye that feels like it's going to pop out of my skull...

As mentioned, it's going to be pretty nice this weekend. I'm riding come Hell, or high water...
Ooohhhh...sorry California...too soon...

Baum nailed this color. The issue is the name of the bike...the Extensa...
Maybe it's me, but that sounds like some sort of erectile dysfunction pill...

Not much else today. Every post can't be a winner...sorry...


10 December 2014

Whaaaaat?

 So, this is a new Pegoretti Responsium. The article that accompanied this photo was obviously written by someone who has never spent time on anything other than a plastic bike. Pegorettis were called "an acquired taste"...
What? Sure, they are an acquired taste, as much as bacon or chocolate is an acquired taste.
 She thought it was funny too...
This is Baum's 2015 TdU bike. It is nearly perfect. Change the saddle, and add some deep drop Dedas, and were gold. And if they made me...I'd even ride the SRAM stuff.

Fun ride last night. The group was small though. No idea why. It was a really pleasant evening.
The lights on the new sections of trail are now operational as well. It really messes with the vision, and the mind. I was just starting to learn the turns in the dark, now there's light on them. It's weird...
Got a decent two hours in the dark, and was told my lights were too bright by some numpty in a car.
Too bad Chief! I'm worried about me, not about you...

And I've come to the conclusion that it may be time to wash the CX bike. It's a bit of an embarrassment. It hasn't had soap and water on it since it was completed...in July.

Four wheels good...



The sound! Oh. God. The. Sound.

OK...time to go. Gotta go get cracked and stretched, then go buy some food.
14 shopping days left....


08 December 2014

Yes, I'm ready to order...

I'll have the shit sandwich please...

That was my Friday...
The Boss took the day off, as she'd been out of town all week for work, so I decided to ride a bit.
I went to let the furry beast outside, and was met with labored breathing, and she just didn't want to get up. I carried her outside, and she went about her business.
Once back in, she laid down in her bed, and went right back to sleep.
I clicked on the laptop, and got CHKDSK three times, then the blue screen of death. It was 8am, and my day was going swimmingly.
I got on the bike, but it sucked. I couldn't quiet my mind. Dead laptop with THOUSANDS of photos on it, and my little dog was probably dying. I couldn't get my head in the game...
Back to Service Course, and Bella needed to go to the Vet. She passed quietly shortly thereafter. I was glad to be with her. I owed her that much.
She was 16-1/2. I buried her in the sunny spot she liked to lay in. The house seems a little empty...

I went out solo Saturday, head still a little cloudy, and was met with obstacles at every turn.
A stopped train at the end of 12th. Turn around. The Christmas Parade on Gervais. Turn. High School football Championships at Williams-Brice. Fight traffic.
Once clear of each issue, I got a little better on the bike. By the end, I was flying. A good ride is one that gets faster, and easier, as it goes on. It was a good ride.
The effort pushed down some of the demons. Catharsis...
Back at SC, I raked the yard...again...fucking leaves...
After I was done, I went to BestBuy. Thankfully, the Geek Squad dudes saved the pictures from my dead laptop, and transferred them to an external drive. I also did some retail therapy, and bought myself a Chromebook.
Gotta say, for 95% of human beings, a Chromebook is all one needs at home. It's light, simple, and super fast. Ease of use is off the charts. Yeah, the memory is small, but coupled with the external drive, it suddenly becomes a machine with a 500gb+ hard drive...for $250.
Sunday was sunny, yet windy. A good group showed, and rolled out together. It went sideways after that. Different turns were taken. A couple of us went one way, while others did not. I killed it to Swansea in the hopes that I'd catch the group, and we'd gather back up.
I sat in Swansea, by myself, for 15 minutes. No one showed.
The 20+ headwind was a JOY on the ride back in. Even more so, as there was nowhere to hide. I was in a fistfight for 90 minutes.
No matter. Shit happens. I got a good ride. 100km in 3:30. And considering the wind, that was killing it.
Once home, and a quick turnaround was completed, The Beast was loaded up, and Corpo went to Congaree National Park for some fresh air.
It was good. Even seeing an entire family of feral pigs was cool. It was momma pig, poppa pig, and a couple of generations of offspring. Probably 8 total. We were maybe 20 yards apart. We stood dead still and quiet. They looked and watched us too. After a few sort-of-tense moments, they moved on.
Next time, I'm taking a firearm. Park Service policy be damned. Hogs are no joke.
It was a good end to a weekend that I can take or leave.

Euro CX

Hasselt


Druivencross


The weather is looking a bit more, well...Belgian. Kind of looks that way outside here today too.
I took some good photos Saturday and Sunday, but the new machine and the camera aren't talking. Gotta get that one figured out...

Have a good Monday...




03 December 2014

No ridey

Not until tomorrow at least...
The Boss is out of town on business...if one considers Myrtle Beach "out of town", so I'm single-parenting until Thursday.
I'll definitely be out Thursday night...with the new 6000 lumen light. Whether it's really 6000 lumens is a matter of conjecture, but I can say that it's easily brighter than the 2000-ish lumens I've been pushing.
I figure I'll run it in tandem with the 1000 lumen spot beam. 7k should be enough...

 Why do I suddenly have the urge to buy some Giordana kit?
 Cool Nibbles graphic. Too bad his team is full of Eastern European dopers...
 I normally eschew the wearing of Euro team kits, but the new Saxo kit is pretty cool. How many local teams are stealing this design RIGHT NOW?
And I know this may not be popular with some folks, but the new Campag crank is ugly. It looks unfinished. For $1000 (not a typo!), it should appear as if some care went into it. It just looks a bit cobbled together.

Svenness 3.7
SVENNESS 3.7 from In The Crosshairs on Vimeo.

Onboard with Sven


Speaking of onboard, remember this?


Gotta jet...more point and click Christmas shopping to do...