Monday, June 23, 2008

Shake it like a polaroid picture

Hands downs,
it's total geek town,
was a shake down
that got totally shook down.
Shake-down Sunday with Reenie, Kerry, MTBTom and Christopher. A new build and a whole lot of geeky stuff bolted to my now geared and freshly painted Igleheart 29'er. The new paint color is called persimmon, in the root beer family, darker than the previous (known to Reenie as baby poop). I call the new build "Bring it on!"

The ability to carry loads of unnecessary gear 500 miles through the Colorado wilderness. I'll try to limit myself to the bare essentials on our Colorado Trail excursion. Yeah, right!
Riding the decked out tour bike was quite fun, she handles like a wonky mac truck with the back-heavy panniers loaded with camping gear. The equipment stayed in place through out the shake down, weaving and bobbing single track, rumbling over root bands and couldn't help but to air it out a couple times. (Photo, MtbTom)
The Stans Tubeless wheels were a big part of the shake down. I wasn't sure if the tubeless tires would burp under the added pressure, But had no problem taking the abuse.
My 70mm stem did pose an issue and needs to be swapped out for something a little longer. I spent an hour icing my knee last night after squarely smashing it into the left shifter. douh!

Thanks to Channing at Old Man Mountain for the racks, They are awesome. I spent an hour on the phone with Channing a few weeks ago. At the time, I was on the fence about going with front and rear racks and panniers, but after viewing the videos on his web site it all just looked like way too much fun to pass up. The models are Sherpa (front) and red rock (rear) and should provide a stable platform to carry and hang plenty of gear (and ample cookie stowage). Thanks Channing.

And the Panniers are Jandd, Fredrick hurricane series water proof roll top bags. The attachment system is pretty slick. Just a couple of clicks and the are attached/detached. And yes, it rained during our three hour cruiser, and yes they are indeed water proof.

As always, Thanks to Christopher Igleheart. With out you sir, none of this would be possible...or not nearly as much fun.

Friday, June 20, 2008


Started out as base miles but quickly turned into a favorite part of my day. Yesterday I surpassed 2000 commuter miles on a fixed gear. In all, two flat tires, many times getting caught in the rain, couple close calls, watched a building get built, got some strong legs and loads of fresh air. Obsessed? ... probably.

Monday, June 16, 2008


"Lumberjack 100 saw 11 inches of rain and 80 mph winds the night before the race in the worst storm the area had seen in 30 years" -Harlan Price writes for Cycling news after beating up on people all day.
Where's Floyd? How'd Eddie 'O do in Single Speed? Way to go Karen Potter! Many Questions... Harlan, we need answers!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Thanks Matt, good advice..

A man after my own heart,
speaking about the Colorado trail
and the need to soak it all in.
"no lights! "
Meaning, ride hard all day and sleep.
I like that concept.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Fight the good Fight

Meet Scott. My Cousin's oldest.
Thirteen years young and fighting to see fourteen.
Way to go.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Essex County Century

On par with Kahuna, yesterday was my first Essex County Century. North Shore riders came out in droves to form a 70+ person peloton to loop 100 miles of back roads, stopping at each of the four sponsoring bike shops for water and refreshments. Organized by the guys and gals from ECV, thanks for the ride. It was the best group road ride I've ever experienced.The A group was comprised of mainly mountain bikers, Jon "tri guy" Greeley, Skippy "long legs"Johnson, "La Ruta" Roger, ED "the linebacker", Aaron "I'm old school, but schoolin you", and who could forget the big engine of Pete "sooo pro" Smith. Some great training miles, I haven't opened it up like that in a long time.Here, a short break while Armando assesses damage done after he took a header on the corkscrew corner of Cherry Street, Gloucester. We ride 90 miles and Armando crashes five blocks from his house. Hope you are feeling well today Armando.Jon has got the ride details via his gps watch. The triathlon guys have all the toys ya know. Hoping he emails the route and way points this way. But in all ride total was 100+ miles at an average moving pace of 20+ mph, that's why my legs feel like jello today...but I cant wipe the smile from my face.My favorite part of the ride...we are on the home stretch back to the hosting shop of Seaside Cycles -Manchester, and a rouge roadie jumps into our group and whips up the pace creating a dash for the final 5 miles. precious.