Monday, April 27, 2009

Dive Dive!

Went for a tandem ride to celebrate my 50th birthday.

A tandem parachute.

Diablo Scott Skydives from Diablo Scott on Vimeo.

If the video player above doesn't work, check out the video HERE

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Quickie Junc Run

Started out early hoping to fine tune my shifting. Despite earlier indications to the contrary the situation's not been resolved and I've been getting some skipping and ghost shifts. Seems like I'll get it perfect in the workstand and then after about 10 minutes it starts to bugger up.

Met Peter at the Gate and soon JB showed up... he must have had a rough night though.

Had so many drive train problems I determined to go to the bike store after the ride so I turned around at Junction. Before I left though I got these shots of a really cool butterfly at the Ranger Station.

Love those armadillo ears.

"Whoa - is that a Nike SWOOSH?

Coolest insect EVAH.
So the Klein's in the shop and I asked for their top guy so hopefully they get it figured out soon. Just in case though, I put some new bar tape on my beater Merckx for next weekend.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

2009 WNR 02

Nobody from work except me tonight, got started a little late too. First day of the end of the heat wave.

Wildlife Encounter: black-eared jack rabbit near the loading dock

Roadkill observation: big lizard at Penny Lane

Wildlife Encounter: RATTLESNAKE! Between Penny Lane and the Bump. This was worth stopping for a photo. I think he understood I wasn't going to hurt him but he did a little posturing anyway.

Wildlife Encounter: a tiny little lizard by Chainbuster

Lots of creatures out enjoying the beautiful April day on the Mountain.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Bump di Bump

Great weather this morning. On Wednesday my cleats squeaked a lot so I vowed to lube them with my silicon spray before this morning's ride and I felt really proud of myself for remembering so I grabbed the can and started to squirt when I noticed it didn't smell right.

The good news is, Goof Off apparently is safe for plastic cleats; at least mine haven't melted or anything yet.
JB called to say he'd be late but then I met Peter at the Gate and we rode together. There were a lot of Devil Mountain Double guys still coming down.

It got really windy up above the Bump. There were a lot of people at the Junction too - a bunch of small groups that just all decided to ride today.
Then JB came and we went down to the Tire Poppers and came back up.
Wildlife Encounter: A lizard sunning him/herself on SGR.

No more parking here - they put big rocks in here where there was room for about three cars... they look nicer than a sign.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

2009 WNR 01

Pretty nice tonight. A little cool. Amanda keeps trying to get the once a year riders up but it doesn't work. JB was late and I didn't see him until the way down.

I followed a rabbit until he turned around just past Upper Washout. Forgot my HRM so couldn't do my interval idea again.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Gate -Junction - Blackhawk

Valve tore out of my front tube while I was prepping this morning so I had to do a quick change before I left.

Me, Rick, JB, and Peter at the Gate.

Saw Chris Horner guy coming down before we even started - he turned around somewhere and went back up because he passed us on NGR.

Really nice weather, no wind, just a little too cold for shorts but good for knee and arm wamers.

After the Bump, Rick announced he was going to do intervals the rest of the way up. I tried doing intervals based on heart rate instead of time... I'd go hard until my pulse hit 170, then I'd recover until it got to 155... this probably had no actually training benefit but I got it done nine times before the Junction.

Poppies and other wild flowers are all over the Mountain. Creeks are full of water too.

At the Junction JB turned back. Rick and I were doing Blackhawk and Peter wanted to go down to the Kiosk and then back. Chris Horner guy came down from the Summit and went down the South Side while we were waiting.
Then Rick and I practiced our two-man paceline technique and a couple hill sprints on the way back to WC.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

This weekend I had the rhinovirus from HELL and could barely get off the couch let alone go for a ride. Speaking of cold, here's a couple videos I found while recovering the hard drive from my old computer...

If it weren't for Flanders today, the weekend would have been a total bust.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Governor Schwartzenegger Rides Diablo

Went for an early ride before work this morning and happened upon Arnold - in the flesh.

He dropped his security team at the Dips and we didn't see them again! Dude was throwin' down.

Apparently he was talking smack with Fabian Cancellara at the Tour of California - you know, some Austria vs Swiss rival monarchy kind of stuff... and Fabian called him a poser who couldn't make it up a Category 1 climb without bottled oxygen. So he's been training for a couple months on the exersize bike at the Capital Gym and today was his assault on The Mountain.

So we got to the bottom of the Bump and I decide to show the Terminator what a clean pair of heals looks like. I hammered up to the Upper Washout and max out my heart rate and when I look back - HE'S RIGHT ON MY WHEEL!!!

The Gov had a super high-tech, interesting bike that looked custom for his super powers, I asked him a few questions about it to get him talking so I could get a few breaths and recover.

Whoa... your derailleur doesn't have any cable... how does it shift - electronics, radio frequency remote control?

The derailleur changes gears automatically. As the wheel turns and begins to speed up, the two weights on the derailleur spin faster moving the chain to a higher gear. As you slow down or brake, the wheel slows down and the derailleur weights slow down moving the chain to a lower gear.

What about the front, OMG is that a 73t chainring?

The AutoMax High/Low Function is like a high/low option on a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV). It gives you 7 high and 7 low gears. There are two gear sprockets on the front crank where the pedals are and a high/low shifter on the left hand grip of the handlebar.

So you can really spin out a 183-inch high gear on a 12% grade?

The general perception is that 21 gears are better than 10 or 15 - and now you can even find bikes with 24 or 28 speeds! The fact is that many of these gears are duplicates. A typical 21 speed bike has 7 gears in the back and 3 in the front to give you 21 in all. The problem is that when you change gears in the front you will usually be in the wrong gear in the back - it's why people are usually riding in the wrong gear. It's confusing. With AutoShift and AutoMax, you'll have 7 high and 7 low gears. A simple twist of the left hand will allow you to select High or Low and AutoShift does the rest! You'll always be in the right gear!

Ever thought about turning it into a fixie?

Many people think it's faster because you aren't wasting time shifting. Since AutoShift is always in the correct gear, your pedaling cadence is maximized. In addition, when you stop or slow down, AutoShift automatically comes back to first gear. With a 21 speed, you'll have to manually shift down and you may not be in the proper gear when you start again or speed up.

Looks like you can really carve the single track with that suspension fork and everything, huh?.

Well, it's not a mountain bike meant for aggressive off-road biking, it performs very well on trails. It comes equipped with 2-inch wide all-terrain tires that have a center ridge for low friction road travel and side tread for off-road trails.

You don't wear a helmet, whyzz dat?

Well with AutoShift, since you are not constantly focusing on finding the proper gear, you'll be able to concentrate on the road and enjoy the experience. With hands-free shifting, you can keep both hands on the handlebar at all times and use the brakes faster. Also, this unique upright frame design keeps you looking straight ahead and not down at the ground. I don't need a stinking helmet.

So about then we were coming past the Ranger House and he sees me shaking loose my legs for the sprint ... but he pulled ahead a little bit... gave me "the look", and said "Hasta la vista, BABY!" and that was the last I saw of him. Nobody's going to believe this.