A random collection of thoughts associated with the sport of cycling, as relayed by one hopelessly devoid of too many competing interests. It's a one track blog I'm afraid. But hey, if you like bikes you might enjoy it. So keep reading and the worst that'll happen is it might rot your brain..

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Kona for sale + some parts

If you're looking to check out 29ers and need a frame let me know. I have some big wheel related items I'm looking to sell. Gotta keep the kids in cat food.

Kona Kula 2-9 frame 19": Comes with the stock seat collar and a Salsa Lip Lock. Scandium tubing, disc and V brake compatible and it features some really nice sliding drops (with stop screws - never slipped on me). The frame was ridden and has the usual marks to prove it. Oddly enough it was never raced, even though that was why I bought it. Anyways - $275 local and it's yours. $310 shipped in the US.

29er Wheelset: XT hubs laced to Delgado discs. Rear hub recently overhauled and sports a fresh glob of Philwood grease for smooth sailing. Black on black - good shape, been ridden ~ 70 rides. $125 for the pair.

Avid BB7: disc set (rotors + calipers) $75

Reba Race 80mm: long steerer tube - needs a rebuild as it is starting to weep a bit on the Motion Control side (figure $50-75 at your LBS). Convertible to 100mm, spacers included. $225

Race Face Evolve seat post: 27.2, black 330mm $15

That's about it for now. I may bring a bunch of this to the Prov. Bicycle Swap on 11/2 so if'n you'd like something speak up now!!

I'm having issues posting pics here in Blogger land - here's a link to some pics and a review.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I went to Interbike East and all I got was a hole in my arm..

And a tetanus shot, a weird rash, bruised ribs and a hangover. That's the long story short. Below are a few pics of the event including man about town Noah Jacobs, the Santa Cruz tent, a really yellow Schwinn Madison and some nice GT 'cross bikes.

I planned on taking a bunch of pictures of the bikes I test rode (Santa Cruz Stigmata, Haro 650b etc.) but the trip to the walk in clinic took precedence. I'm not a douche(at least I don't think so) so I have no qualms stating that I do not crash all that often. When I do it's usually a problem. Someone else also had a problem on Tuesday and they took it out on the poor decrepit chain link fence that lined the sandy trail cut by IBike staff. After walking the trail on Wednesday I realized that whoever hit it prior to me hit it pretty damn hard. From what I can discern I hit the now exposed fence post and was ejected from my On One at mach 3 to my left side. This placed me in the vicinity of the ground, and it's rash producing cover, in around 1 second. It hurt and I did not like, no sir, not at all. But being the moron I am I got up, ran up the steep hillside, and jumped on my bike and rode back toward the expo area. By the time I ran into Frate, Lynn, Mike and Noah my left hand was covered in blood, but it really didn't look so bad. I figured I was OK since I wasn't carted off in an ambulance, right?

Cut to the walk in clinic where the good doctor has his tweezers 2 inches deep in my forearm and, yeah, it's looking bad, or at least not promising. Thank you inventor of Lidocaine! I also learned that I had either bruised a rib, or two, and/or really strained my left pec muscle (yes, I do have those). A few rides later I can say with certainty it's a case of bruised ribs. I can ride just fine thanks, it's just those top end, I feel like I might puke/poop myself type of efforts that make breathing painful. Hence no Beer Cross for me today. 2.5 hours of Arcadia trail, Mt Tom and some others I don't know the names of eased my suffering. Lincoln Woods helped yesterday as well. The weather was just too damn nice to waste it paying someone else to ride around their fields like a fool, all while dodging folks who take themselves too seriously anyway. It does finally feel more like 'cross season though, Thursday's road ride was chilly! Time to break out some cheap-o toe covers for sure.

So, the pics of IBE aren't that exciting but you get the idea; lots of bikes, bike dorks and bike riding to go around. It was a really good time and hopefully Providence will host it again in the future. There's a few random shots of a small water hole/kettle pond in Arcadia as well.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Creepy hipsters on coaster brakes

Sometimes I feel a lot like, oh hell, who am I kidding?.. ALL of the time I feel like acting like these guys when I'm out on my road bike:

If you made it all the way through that, good for you! Or, I'm sorry for wasting your time. Pick whichever applies most.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Busy week

I won't bore you with all of the details, but since the last post there really hasn't been a whole lot going on save for another NBX race (felt OK, raced OK and tried fruitlessly to get some decent pics), some free beer thanks to Matt, and a bunch of bike riding. I made it out to Lincoln Woods Saturday and Sunday for ~ 1.5 hours each day, and I thoroughly enjoyed the cool air and relatively empty woods. I hadn't been out there in a month so it wasn't the usual boring slog. I hear there was much flow to be had at Highland. I may have to make the trip next time if only for the pump track alone.

I still have yet to attend a "real" 'cross race this year, but the pace at NBX is fast enough and I'm liking my chances should I jump into a honest to God 'cross racing scenario at some point. Wrentham is this weekend, as is the Beer 'Cross race in Dayville, CT. Neither race has a 3/4 category so I'll be stuck racing C class but it should be good fun regardless. I like the woodsier aspects of the Wrentham course, and it will surely be tough on the singlespeed (grass climbs). 9 AM race time though, ugh!

Tomorrow, and Wednesday, is the first ever Interbike East here in lovely Providence, RI. I'll be there both days helping out in the NEMBA tent so be sure to stop by and say hi. I'll be bringing the camera and I hope to get some pictures of some fly rides and new gear. I'm also hoping to test ride some bikes on the super rough trails in RW (ha ha). Maybe they have a trail where you dodge the prostitutes and crack dealers, and then compare veneral diseases at the other end! That would be super. It's too bad there wasn't a plan in place to utilize a local riding spot (Lincoln Woods)but that's the way it goes I guess. Whateva..

Oh yeah, Stacy and I saw the Slackers last Sunday as well.. excellence as always.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

NBX 'Cross madness and Friday night fights

A bunch of crap has transpired since the last post where G and I had an online chit chat about the Ranier.

Since then I've managed to ride as fast as I can around the super fun NBX race course in Wakefield on two separate occasions. It's been lots of fun trying to keep the faster folks in sight,(Brad,Brendan, Rick from Union, etc..). I feel like I'm doing fairly well, and I'm loving the SS more now that the BBG bashgaurd is keeping things in check. If you need a guard check out BBG! $16 shipped to my door and it arrived in under 4 days! Awesomeness. Also, bumping the gearing down one tooth up front (39x18) gave me a hair more chain wrap. More chain/freewheel contact always helps keep things running smoothly.

I also got myself sucker punched in the eye outside my house on Friday night. I'm not sure why people feel it's OK to throw rocks at our car. They apparently didn't enjoy being called out on it though, as my beautiful shiner and various body bruises can attest to that. Luckily for me my thick skull absorbed the two punches that hit me in rapid succession and I managed to get really pissed. While I wouldn't call what transpired a "fight" I did manage to fight back hard enough to avoid any more damage. I also kept myself from hitting the ground, and getting the shit further kicked out of me, so that's the upside there. By the way, don't let anything happen to you during a Providence Police shift change. Chances are no one will respond for a good 30+ minutes.

Thanks to Noah for the Newcastle at the bike swap! It hit the spot after a long ride that afternoon in Foxboro, and it helped wash the eye pain down the drain. Frate, Uncle B and myself then took over the downstairs bar at the Fez for roughly 6 hours or so. We were later joined by Uncle B's lady friend as well as my lady friend. Apparently the spectacle that is Waterfire was in full swing by the time we left. It was either that, or it was a regular installment of "Bring your parents to Providence and we'll light the nasty river on fire!!" night. They both look eerily similar.

If you have some cash burning a hole in your wallet, or you've simply squirreled some away under your mattress, click over here here and buy some chances to win some sweet bike stuff! NEMBA's annual land access raffle needs the support this year more than ever. Please, please, please consider buying a ticket or two (or 5, or 15)!! They're only ten bucks and we have yet to sell anywhere near enough. This means that the odds of winning are pretty high, and the prizes are really, really sweet (Mavic CrossMax SL wheelset, VDO computer, Fox F series OR float front - your choice, Western Spirit cycling trip, a complete Giant Trace XO, etc..). Don't make me beg, please.. Think about ponying up a couple bucks to help support the organization that has kept local trail access a reality.

That's all I have for now, I haven't taken the camera out recently so no pictures to share. I'll leave you with some great stuff for your listening pleasure.

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