Sunday, June 28, 2009
The RCS team is training for the Livestrong ride but mostof them are only signed up for the 50 mile option... odd that they're doing 40 mile training rides and not aiming for a full century event... oh well.
Saturday morning I took my daughter to see Rick race in Benicia. She didn't want to do the kiddie race but we brouht her bike hoping I could convince her; it was the racer girls from the women's event that talked her into it though, they were really talking her up and then she decided to go for it.
Here's the video of Rick's race:
2009 Benicia Town Criterium M35+ 4,5 from Diablo Scott on Vimeo
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
We got there about 4pm and saw most of the masters category race before the P12's got started. It wasn't exactly crowded but it was very cramped because the sidewalks are so narrow - you couldn't really walk the course like other criteriums or circuit races so we just picked out a good spot and stayed there.
It was 2-1/2 hours up but 4 hours to get home because of highway construction (brilliant CalTrans!) and we didn't pull into the driveway until almost 12:30... photos and a video soon... check back later.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
- Don't know that guy in front but we caught him and he rode at our pace for a while before backing off.
- Above Junction the fog was really wet, and by Juniper it was pretty cold too.
- On the way down we saw two sherrif cars coming up - they were a couple minutes apart and looked like they were on their way to some kind of police action but didn't have their sirens on... they also weren't much better than the genpop at passing around blind corners.
Product Review: Detours Metro Handlebar Bag
Detours is a neat little company in Oregon that makes all kinds of bike bags and accessories.
- knee warmers
- arm warmers
- wind breaker
- Cytomax and Perpetuem
I considered oversized saddle bags, frame bags, fanny packs, and handlebar bags and I liked this one the best.
You can see here another zippered pocket inside the main area for ID or money or something.
Several slots in the front, covered by the flap.
The underside of the flap holds a map.
It's really not bulky at all. It's advertised as "STI-friendly" and it surely is, but it does push your cables around a little. Next time I do a recabling I'll give myself a little more housing for a better line when the bag's installed.
Repositioned my computer from straight forward to straight up for some extra space. You might have to move yours outside of the bracket too. Also, you have to make sure your brake cables don't go through the clamp or your brake won't work... needed to untape my bars a little to move them on my rig.
Plenty of room on the tops for your hands and a heart rate monitor or GPS.
The zipper is waterproof so it's a little hard to open.
There's a little safety cable that wraps around your stem so the bag doesn't fall into your front wheel if the mount fails.
It actually doesn't look too bad at all, hardly into dork territory... and the thing is in STP they make you mount your rider number on the front of your bike so mounting it on the front of the bag instead of just hanging on my handlebars will actually be a pretty good upgrade.
Photo courtesy of blog reader Curtis.
So it's not too bulky, it's plenty stable, and minimum dork factor. I've taken it up Diablo twice now, partially loaded and it has been rock-solid and unintrusive... I think I've made a really good choice on this one, and I think it's going to be a really nice asset on STP.
I give this one a 9 on the DiabloScott handlebar bag rating scale.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Saturday, June 06, 2009
- Met JB at the Gate and we went. I've had a stiff neck all week (kind of a recurring problem) but felt pretty good this morning.
- Clouds over the top of the Mountain looked a little like rain.
- A bunch of old men bike riders at the Junction and I said "it must be old man on the Mountain day" and JB said "Hey, that's not too far from us" and I said "I was including us!" Lots of talk about the threat of closing state parks for budget reasons... we all decided it was BS and we'd ride even if they did close it; can't afford cops to arrest us anyway.
- JB went home and I went up solo. It got cooler and windier and cloudy but never rained.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Jeff and I went on ahead after about a mile.
Wildlife Enounter: lizard
I pulled ahead of Jeff at the Bump. Unbelievably, it started to rain on me! I kept going. Saw most of the Diablo Cyclists coming back down.