Thursday, September 30, 2010
10SH fan and friend Lucho sent me this photo of an amazing frothing from this year's Vuelta. This Francais de Jeux rider, Yauheni Hutarovich, a Belorussian with a marvelous grip, showers the podium girl with a heaping amount of froth and foam. I must say, she seems exceedingly pleased to accept the champagne. Normally, such frothing is usually heaped upon one's podium mates or teammates, but here, this, this is a rarity among podium rituals. We should be glad and grateful to have this decisive moment immortalized forever.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
After quickly exchanging parts from one Merckx to another I gave the Motorola Merckx the customary test drive. It shifted pretty well, I thought, but suddenly stopped shifting at all. As mentioned in a previous post, the cable housing broke. This afternoon I rode over to G Fit Studio to shoot the breeze with my friend Jason. Jason is to sick bicycles what Golden retrievers are to cancer patients. I had barely spoken a word before Jason had the patient on the stand and started to operate. Step one was a cable housing-ectomy. I proudly showed him the nice bit of cable housing that I had brought with me (just in case). Jason took a cursory glance at the short piece of black plastic and said, “That is brake cable housing.” I felt like someone who brought a heart to a lung transplant operation. Being the awesome mechanic/teacher that he is (even though he is not officially a teacher), he proceeded to tell me the differences between brake and derailleur cable housing. You probably already know this, but beside the obvious size differences, brake cable housing is coiled and more robust and flexible.
Soon Jason noticed that my handle bar tape was touching the ratcheting system under the brake hoods. So I re-wrapped my tape while he helped a customer. Then Jason re-re-wrapped my tape. Then he decided he should check the front derailleur. I wont go into every adjustment that he made, partly because it will embarrass me and partly because we would have to upgrade to Blogger-Pro to use that much bandwidth. Thanks to Jason my bike looks better and functions better.
And Congratulations to Jason and Laci on your recent marriage!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
I would be curious to see your bike-related RSS feeds or bookmark links.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Cyclocross is an ugly sport with too much jarring, shaking, and grunting. Where road cyclists float up mountains on clouds made from dreams of podium girls and or race headlong toward Roubaix fueled with cans of flat cokes, cyclocross racers are brutes, redolent of minty embro and gasping of bad breath. It's a perversion, like giving your girlfriend of six years Larry Clark's "Tulsa" for her birthday (which I did).
Road cyclists who try CX gasp and wheeze about how tough it is. It's OK, because the toughest thing in cycling is the moment in a road race or crit when you fall off the back and everyone goes up the road without you. Cyclocross is forgiving in that regard -- you may show up to a gun fight with a toothpick, but hey, unless you're in the P/1/2 race, you get to do your full time.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
Another thing I found in a box recently. A book my sister-in-law Janice made for me when I was 17. The yellow blotch on the left, I think, represents the yellow cycling cap that advertised the Tour of Nevada City Bicycle Shop and Campagnola that I wore everyday. I did not have a bike at the time. Somehow Janice knew the color my eventual bike would be.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Special Thanks to Todd Hero for doing an awesome job on the build.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
View The Double Loop in a larger map
Batteries were low on the Garmin so we plotted this one out manually on Google. Do some satellite recon before Sunday.
Que sheet on Google Docs here.
**map not perfect and subject to weird google glitches - que sheets will be at the race
Anytime I would try to talk to someone all I would get was a grunt or a wheez. I went up to Dave Zabriskie to say hey and he straight up told me, "It's good to see you man, but I can't breathe right now so you're gonna have to shut up."