I took my Ti commuter bike/gravel bike/almost touring bike out for a ride and boom, my derailer exploded/melted/died. It's this bike and derailer setup.
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
I've been here in Watkins Glen NY less than a month. As far as I can tell everything is uphill. Some a bit, most a lot.
The Catherine Valley trail is slightly uphill for 10 miles. It's a smooth gravel path, 5 miles of which cross no (as in zero) roads. In fact, riding from home we put a foot down only once or twice during 20 mile out and back.
But the other routes out are brutally uphill. These roads are often double-digit grades that hurt.
My plan: Get stronger or die.
Monday, June 06, 2022
Monday, April 11, 2022
Holy smokes. I rode my first 100K in quite a while. I haven't been riding enough. Between teaching, visiting New York and just being busy with moving, my time on the bike hasn't been what it's been in the past. If nothing else, I'm missing my daily bike commute to work. All this means my simple 100 K ride was completely and totally exhausting. It took a lot out of me. I feel a little silly about that but at least I got it done.
Tricia and I had signed up for the Primavera Century two years ago. But each year it was postponed due to COVID-19. Now that they finally held it they used our old registration payment so we could ride. Alas, Tricia is in New York while I'm in California. Instead of letting it go to waste, we gave it to our good friend Dan, a.k.a. Lanceoldstrong. He and I wrote it together, me riding as hard as I could and him riding at a very social chatting pace.
I was surprised that they had changed the route this year. We rode out toward Calaveras road from Fremont just as we had in the past, but rather than heading up the access road along 580 and climbing the relentless Palomaras Road to the terrifying no-room-for-bikes Niles Canyon to finish, we instead rode the route as an out-and-back. I'm not normally a fan of out-and-back back rides but getting to ride along Calaveras Road twice made it OK. Although Calaveras Road is weird. It seems like it's uphill both directions. If it wasn't so beautiful it would be downright annoying.
We had great weather, and as always, the support was perfect. But holy smokes was I hurting by the time we got done.
Friday, April 08, 2022
|I installed two panniers on the bike with a temporary rear rack just to see how it looked. Yes, the bars are rotated up too much. I'll fix that. And add water bottles.|
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
After a lovely dinner at The Graft Wine and Cider Bar in Watkins Glen we strolled down to the Seneca Lake harbor on our walk back to new home. It was a bit chilly for this newly-arrived Californian, but not too cold to appreciate the beauty and wonder of my new village on the Finger Lakes of New York. It's been in the 20s and I'm too wimpy to ride for fun in this weather. I've been Zwifting in the unheated garage, which is hard enough.
Friday, February 25, 2022
Sunday, February 06, 2022
|Tricia rides through the mystery tunnel under Ygnaico Valley Road.|
Today we rode "Mr. Steve’s Mystery Route to Danville," a route through the rich folk neighborhoods in Walnut Creek, Alamo and Danville ending up at Peets Coffee. I'd have never found it again without loading our previous ride into the Garmin.
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Saturday, January 08, 2022
No, this isn't California. It's from my last ride in New York before I came back.