Saturday, November 28, 2015

2015 SMR 40

Short one to Juntion this morning because DiabloWife and I are having an anniversary.
Yeah... cold weather gear all around... not quite frozen enough for booties and face masks, but pretty close.

I did a guest Product Review of the Cycliq Fly6 on TheDiabloCyclist check it out!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

2015 WNR 24

Day before Thanksgiving.  Me and Kevin actualized our plan to skip out of work early and ride The Mountain before it got dark.

Lots of other folks seemed to have the same idea - quite a few riders.

This guy had a vintage Gios Torino -
we swapped some good stories,
I forgot to ask his name.

Wildlife Enounter:  like FIVE deer down by the Loading Dock.  It looked like one young buck with a whole harem of does.

Pretty cold descending, and the sun was setting and right in our eyes so it was a careful ending to a nice ride.

After the ride, Kevin couldn't get one of his shoes off - the buckle thing that you're supposed to push to loosen the ratchet strap wouldn't push - seemed broken.  Finally he just really ham-fisted it and it opened up, but that was weird.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

2015 SMR 39

Really cold this morning - warmed up quickly though.

Tarantula Tally:  ONE... figured I'd seen the last of them this year.

Here's where my front tire punctured...
the last of my 3-pack of Yellow Jersey tubulars.
No complaints, it lasted years, but I won't be getting any more cheap sew-ups.

Here's where I stopped to change my tire.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

2015 SMR 38

Just another beautiful day on Mount Diablo.  JB and I were kind of hoping there would be some green bits after Monday's rain... but nope.

I will NEVER be able to take this turn at speed.

Look at that SKY!

This guy liked my bell.
First time anyone's ever told me that.

I told him it kind of rattled on bumpy roads,
but other than that it's pretty nice. 
Lightened up a pint before climbing up THE WALL.

New bike rack at the Upper Lot.

Look at that SKY!

More SKY!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

2015 SMR 37

Last ride of Daylight Saving Time.

Wildlife Encounter:  Deer at Little Pine Creek

Wildlife Encounter:  Turkeys at Dumpster Gate - they were doing some kind of dance or maybe playing duck-duck-goose.

Kind of quiet today... where is everybody?

 Emptying my cell phone photo folder:

Every year about this time, I fall in love with my sew-ups.
The love usually fades after couple months.

Hari's bike shopping.
He likes this Cannondale, is he a 54?  or a 56?

So many freewheel remover tools, so few freewheels.

Accidentally put my flash drive through the clothes washer

Saturday, October 24, 2015

2015 SMR 36

Put the sew ups on Eddy - let's ride him today.
Maybe I should put a new saddle on my Amazon wish list..

The engineer in me wants to design the perfect wheelchair bike -
somebody beat me to it.
Bon jour Michelin et Jean!

Hurricane in Mexico... a few clouds on Diablo

Blog reader Keith decided my blog contained too
few photos of the blogger himself.

Nice one Keith

Thank you for driving safely, folks.

Dude, take a class.

Made use of Bay Area Bike Share on Thursday...
mixed feelings but fun.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

2015 Cycling 4 Veterans

It's the one-year anniversary of my broken ribs crash at Foxy's Fall Century. Haven't done a full century since then.  Wasn't planning on this ride either but my neighbor Laura said her son wanted to do another organized ride with me so we signed up for this one.  Also, Racer Rick was one of the organizers so it was nice to help him out for a good show on the inaugural event.

AND - just glued on my sew-ups so I figured it would be a fun ride on my vintage Eddy Merckx.

Nice organization, nice route, nice cause.  It was a little windy but not at all bad for the Livermore area.  We did feel a few raindrops.

We got a little bit of a late start due to a registration issue, so for a while, we were the last riders on the course.  We met support rider Mike who was kind of sweeping the course along with the SAG vehicle.  Mike had a custom Steve Rex; he and I swapped stories about riding in the good old days when steel bikes and sew-ups were the norm.


Vladi did great - I coached him a little on pacing, and straightened out some misconceptions he had about gearing, and he put out a good effort.

 No veggie options for the post-ride lunch, but I got some chips and salsa.  There was a band and some other festival-type activities going on but we didn't stick around.

I talked to the guy who owns this business - he had a pretty cool setup.

Cycling 4 Veterans (Enhanced) from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.