Saturday, April 22, 2017

Jersey unveiling and March for Science

I'd been waiting for a chance for Tricia and I to wear our new East Bay Regional Parks jerseys together. I didn't want to go solo with it.

 Our Saturday ride to Walnut Creek for the March for Science (OK, we took BART part way) was that chance. It was also Tricia's longest post-broken wrist outing, 38 miles.

We walked, and rode, in support of facts and scientific method. We enjoyed getting to wear the EBRP jerseys our son Eddie managed to get for us. They're really nice! A good day indeed.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

She's back a little more

Look! An actual bike ride. Her wrist still hurts when she rides, but she's out there anyway. Yea!
The world is so happy it offered a rainbow on my bike commute the other day.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

She's back. Kind of.

Tricia took a wrist-test spin on her road bike today. She said she can still feel pain up the back of her wrist, but, hey, still she persists. It's her first road bike appearance in months. YEA!

Friday, April 07, 2017

She persists

Tricia says she's not ready for the road yet. She wants her wrist to be strong enough to handle the bumps as well as squeeze the brakes. But she's back on the trainer. She read that even trainers count for #30daysofbiking, so that's what she does. She persists.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Sidi replacement parts! Yea!

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I bought my shoes in 2009 and fell in love with them. Sidi apparently had me in mind when they created their Ergo Carbon magic cycling slippers. They've been good to me.

In 2015 I broke a strap and was pleased to find I could replace it. I did, but went with on-sale white straps.

I broke a buckle this week and was again happy to find it was replaceable. It's a bit different, and I think I like the old style better. But it may well be a gram or two lighter, and came it white, so what the heck. All hail Sidi, best bike shoe ever. I hope they last another eight years or more.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

30 Days of Biking with wrist recovery

In honor of the first day of 30 Days of Biking, Tricia mounted her trainer for the first time in ages and ages. She's been off the bike (and rather grumpy about it) since breaking her wrist in a skating tragedy in early January. She's tough, but hasn't been a happy camper. She's been forced to drive a car to work for months. Here's hoping the swelling goes down, mobility and flexibility go up and she's back doing what she loves really soon.

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I started #30daysofbiking with a short ride on the American River Bike Trail in Sacramento. I had to wake up early to slip away from Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference I was attending but I managed. I even had time to stop to make a photo for a Facebook group, "Look at my bike leaning on stuff."

Monday, February 20, 2017

New titanium parts plus healing

If you haven't seen much cycling news on the blog lately, there's a reason. I'm still a daily bike commuter, but my favorite riding partner, Tricia, is busy recovering from a badly broken wrist.

Nope, it wasn't the bicycle that did her in. It was roller skating. After having a great time on the rink at her grandson's birthday party she left the floor only to be done in by the carpet outside the rink.

She had hoped to avoid surgery, but after wearing a wrap for two weeks she had an X-ray and  discovered it hadn't improved. The medical team operated and installed an impressively large titanium plate.

After two weeks in a pretty pink cast her arm is now free, but isn't fully functional yet. She misses her daily bike commute and hopes to at least get on the trainer soon.

As for me, solo fun rides just aren't as much.... fun. That, and all the rain, has made the start of 2017 a sub-optimal cycling year thus far.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Which bike camera should I get?

My Rideye camera started only focusing very close. Too close to be useful. I tried to contact the company, but to luck. Word on the web is that they are having issues...

Here;s the video of my problem. I tried to take the camera apart. I removed every screw, but no matter how hard I pull I can't slide the circuit board out.

 What should I replace it with? Not another Rideye. The Fly12 costs too much and I don't need its light, or the other features.

I'd like a small, simple camera with a GoPro mount that cycles like a security cam, overwriting old footage. I'd like reasonable battery life. I'd like it to be affordable (I mean cheap,if possible.)


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Partial band reunion tour

Lancd Oldstrong gathered Steve, Tricia and my own bad self together for a reunion tour. We haven't ridden together in ages, and it sure was about time.

We got in 75 miles, from Concord up to an obscure wine region in Suisun Valley.

The most dramatic thing all day was the amazing California November weather. It was prefect. I did get a bottle of wine and managed to fit it in my water bottle holder.  Tricia and I may have to go back with our trailer and do some more serious wine shopping.

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Giro di Vino 2016

We had another fun year riding the 2016 Giro di Vino on Lodi. We pedaled fro
m winery to winery, tasted a little and bought a lot. It was all delivered to the ride start so we didn't need to carry it.

In years part the ride has been windy or foggy or raining. This year was perfect.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bike names and tilting at windmills

Giant photo on Adventure Cycling van

We thought we were going to the Marin Headlands Hostel to meet up with a tour heading from Canada to Mexico and see the Adventure Cycling trailer with Tricia on it, but it turns out we got a van. I guess we're still on the lookout for the trailer. Still, pretty darn cool. Maybe we should do the same thing to our Subaru.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Bicycle birthday present, part 1

My wonderfully colleague, Jaime, designed a poster of a bicycle made entirely with type. That's right, everything in that bike is from the keyboard. It's too hard to read in my photo, but she also added a key, explaining each bike part, typeface and letter she used. 

Then, for my birthday, she had a shirt made. 

Talk about niche design. It's the perfect tee shirt for a type-loving bicycle junkie. Be jealous, all my designer biking friends.

Hey! It's available for everyone now! You can buy one right here!

Monday, September 12, 2016

My killer weekend

Maybe this post needs more bike content, but I had such a great weekend I'm posting the while thing.

It started Friday night at Los Medanos College where Tricia and I saw "the Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged" I laughed so hard my face hurt.

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We followed that up with a local bike ride and then headed to Auburn where we had a beer at "Crooked Lane" brewery.

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We followed that fine beer with a "Crooked House" concert featuring Walter Salas-Humara. What a blast!

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This folks are so cool they even have a wind up record player and a 78 Hank Williams record.

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Then the next morning we rode a wonder route around Auburns back but hilly roads that we found on

Life is good. We finished the ride in time to hit a local pub and see the Raiders win their game. I even got home in time to do the laundry.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Look At My Bike Leaning Against Stuff

I'm a member of a Facebook group called "Look At My Bike Leaning Against Stuff" so of course I made a lot of leaning photos on out South Lake Tahoe to Portland ride. I don't know when, or if, I'll have time to blog the whole 19 day trip, so here are a few "lean" photos.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Alps Chaos tent set up in 18 seconds

Why no posts lately? I've been out riding my bike, specifically from South Lake Tahoe to Portland! That's 990 miles including our Tahoe warm up days, along with 58,341 feet of climbing over 23 days that included a train ride home.

Tricia and I got a new tent for the trip, and we like it a lot. We can set up the Alps Chaos in 18 seconds, if we have a little help from iMovie.

Endless photos and posts to follow.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mountain bike ride proves I'm a roadie

I've flirted with mountain bike-ism before. My first, a Specialized Hard Rock, lost its life to an out-of-control car, my second was stolen from my garage. I purchased this Cannondale F500 around 1997. I've taken it on the stunningly beautiful Flume Trail in Tahoe, and used it as a commuter bike with slicks. But mostly it waits for some action while I'm out on the road bike.

After our recent overnight at Black Diamond Mines and the difficulty I had with the gravel on my commuter bike, I thought I heard the Cannondale calling me again.

It was all a trick. I'd pumped the tires the night before, but when I went out the front was flat. When I took the tube out the aging rubber rim tape strip came out with it, torn in two. Oddly enough I had some rim tape, so installed that and ended up leaving for Black Diamond Mines half an hour later than I'd planned.

I like climbing on a road bike, but mountain bikes are a different story. I like to stand, but standing on loose ground means the rear wheel loses traction. Usually I can cope, but when the gradient hits double digits it's hard. The steepest section of this ride is a 19.5 % bump at the top of a hill. I can't stand, and sitting is tough as the front wheel wants to lift. And lift it did, so down I went. I like to joke that mountain bike riders like to show off their blood and scars. I didn't get a scar, but I did bleed a little. But, no scar, so I think I'm still a roadie.
Of course, all that climbing means there's a descent. I like the climbing more. I'm just not willing to "just let the bike go" down 12% rutted trails. Maybe I'm a wimp, or maybe I need newer suspension, but whatever the reason, just no. NO.

There is a payoff. The view is grand. I complain about Antioch, but Black Diamond Mine Park is a jewel, and the views are wonderful.

But all in all, I'm a roadie. When I got home I cleaned my titanium road bike and took on on a test ride. What a delight.