Working on African American Program project.
Wishing I could ride my newly re-built mountain Fixie...More on this later.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
So I get to Ronsta's house before most for the Sunday stroll through Sha. On his kitchen table lies two of the latest COG issues just dying to meet my eyes. I ohh and ahh three times over before I even read a word. This mag has some true underground flair that is just bubbling at the seams with style.
Amazing photos. Local feel. Niche filler. Void cover. Bathroom reader.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Got to try out the new Answer Winter MTB shoes today. Super nice! I'll pic and write them up in the nearest of futures.
Half Training in the EXPO long sleeve this AM. I was finally able to get a day ahead of my homework(how about that?!?!).
I was able to sneak a shower in between and change all of the clothes.
I want someone to create a flannel specific to riding. How cool would THAT be. Longer sleeves. THick flannel material. Something durable for the long haul. Great stitching. I would pay big bucks for a custom job, I really would. I want! I want! I want!
However, I'm not too sure a bike clothing company would go through the trouble of a flannel...Where could they put their logo?
Anywho. Dar is spending a few days at the crib, which is nice. I start a little student teaching tomorrow at a new school which equals some new faces, which is nice.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Great luck to Mark about to embark on his first 12hr race next weekend. Keep those cranks a turnin'!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Aris "I'm Faster Than You" Peters earned some nice mid-season press. Now all he has to do is get over to my place this weekend so we can have some fun with Ronsta. Make sure you carry some candy hearts with you on tomorrow's ride. I will.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Who would have guessed that the first two times I get truly rained on in 2009 would come in the month of February?!?!?
All I can say is I am glad to have Endura on my side:
What you are looking at is 2 year old Endura eVent pants and jacket. The Jacket is my daily winter jacket and is still acting like-new. 20 degrees? Just wear a base layer underneath. Pants get pulled out for the super wet and the super cold days. By super cold, I mean minus degree temps.
Just look how waterproof this eVent fabric is(did I say these are two years old?). I must say, it would kick gore-tex out of the park. Keeps the wind out, keeps me warm when I want to layer, and keeps me twice dry(truly a breathable-waterproof product)
I must give them props. I stayed dry all day.
On my daily Scott Cole check I came across this. Then I read this on the Snob. After, I am left with weird feelings. I want to do all three, but I won't unless Granny Gear gives me a Single Speed Category. Without it, I won't feel 'Pro'.
Honestly, what would 24hrs of 9 Mile be without the long standing Solo Single Speed class?
Ok, Ok. Pickyness aside. Moab is Moab and a 24 Solo is a 24 Solo. I will race it Single Speed with or without the category. It's what I dew.
Now let's find some money...
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Also now up on Vimeo
Hmmm. If only there were two of me...I could have enjoyed Ronsta's Sunday 40 twice as much. The peeps were 9 strong and the bike collection was as diverse as you will see for a group ride. Photos today come from Ronsta's Cam. Weather this weekend was 'Let's act like its Spring for the rest of Winter'. Bike rode like a dream all weekend.
Nothing high intensity. Just Spin'n.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
While hanging and chatting with some of the local fixie flair prior to the alleycat, I quickly became motivated. I had tossed and turned the idea of racing all day. The night prior I was up way beyond my bed time, and my eyes actually hurt at 4 in the afternoon. I know, I know - "BooHoo, WaaWaa" you say. I say, it's all relative.
Whine all I may, I'm still going to give it a go. I mean, $5 is all it takes. Aside from thee Trans-Iowa, you can't race for any less coin. Plus there remains a few perks that I may not necessarily always take advantage of as well - No helmet (we all know how "cool" it is to NOT wear a helmet when riding you fixie), No bike rules, No rules period. hm. Pretty nice.
Got the manifest just 5min prior to start. I was looking at like a 3year old trying to make sense of the language. 8 stops ordered by number, but not in the given numbered order. Addresses were giving me a headache. What does one do when they don't know what to do? Tail Mr. Eric Von Munz.
This man single handedly got me into the fixed gear scene years and years ago.
Friday, February 6, 2009
I'll get to the Swinging Door Downtown Milwaukee at around 7pm for the First Friday Alleycat. Race starts at 7:30. $5 gets you in on the fun.
You wanna hook-up and ride it with me - 414.232.0052
Snooze, you loose. Tonight should have nice group of peeps lovin' the great weather.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
School work comes first. EXPO Work comes second. It sucks, but it has to be on a day like today. Turning in part 1's, reading articles to prepare for class, and writing proposals for the EXPO world - It all seems equally important. It really does. Short post so I can treat them that way.
Really neat to see this - Ronsta
I may have to bring a sleeping bag...
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
All the above will mate with a Jeff Jones H bar (xc version).
No rusty pics are available at the moment. Search "Bianchi" in the upper left to see past versions of the ride. My goal is to get a trail ready fixie back in business. I am going with a front brake because I feel like being a wuss. I mean, I have already done the Chequamegon 40 brakeless (w/on-board fart machine). What else is there to do brakeless?
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Brandon has been doing a little wrestling as of late. He assures me that it is a perfect off-season form of training(I won't argue). This past Saturday he moved up a weight class in order to move into the "starting line-up" for team points.
The move proved well with a 2nd place in the 175 class. he's 158.
Saturday class was a pleasant surprise. Instructor is on top of her game. Roads were nice and quiet in the AM. Ride home was a very warm headwind workout. I enjoyed myself very much.
The late movie night with Trixie had me up in time for a Ronsta ride, but too lazy for one. So I crawled on my hands and knees to the basement for 1.5hours of trainer work while watching top chef on hulu.
The rest of the Sunday must be the mandated Super Bowl with some halftime tackle football with Buckwheat.
This week's Project - Bianchi SASS Resurrection (parted that thing out to go rigid on the Trek 9.9. Updates to come.