I have finally purchased what I hope will be an indestructible chain ring made by White Industries. They now are making this beautiful piece of cnc machined-art with the ring and bash-gaurd combined, all milled from one piece of aluminum. The ring itself seems to be a good bit thicker than the ones I've had in the past, and with the bash-gaurd combo, this sucker might actually make it through more than one season of riding. Dead-sexy!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
A-freaking-men! The sun FINALLY came out. The gloomy gray weather has ended...at least for now. I made it through the a week of the flu and am now ready to get back in the saddle. Today was the day (Sunday) so I met Travis (a.k.a. the trail a$$hole) at at his trail. The tread was dry, leaf covered and scary-good. The rocks were slicker than a greased-possum, making the techie section a real bear, sending me into the earth more than once. I guess I was not fully recovered from the flu because I could barely ride. I bet ol' Travis waited for me at least six times in as many miles. At one point I just wanted to walk my bike, but I trudged-onward. We checked out some of the new trails being cut in Swope Park after our ride. Man, this area is going to be a destination for sure. The terrain is just too wicked-cool not to attract more than the locals. So here is too the divine sunshine, thank you for showing your face and bringing me out of the gloom...
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Man, the rain was headed to our neck-of-the-woods at a fast pace – according to the radar. Shoffner and I had plans to ride…somewhere, preferably DIRT. I was dying, just waiting for him to get out of class so we could beat the weather and have a good time tearing around...as the sprinkles started coming down. At this point any mere mortal would have put his tail between his legs and called it a night, headed to the local bar and told fishing stories all night long; but not me. Shoffner finally called and was headed to my place for an adventure ride. The rain was not coming down enough to make the ground wet under the canopy of trees in my yard, so we figured the trails would be golden. We were right! We headed out from my place at 7:30 with lights. Down the Lawrence hill and into the Mill Creek trail system just long enough to cross the creek into SMP. Once in the park we hit some good single track and gravel to get us to the mountain bike trails. We blazed the purple loop, the red spur and finally the orange. I’ll say it again; the trails were in perfect shape! YAHOO! We then head out on a mission to continue our dirt single track endeavors and had great success in adding about 6 more miles to our ride. What a freaking awesome time followed by what else but a nice cool beverage. The rain barely hit the area and it was bone dry on the trails as well as the pavement by the time we arrived back at my place around 9:45. I guess you suckas that stayed home because you were scared of melting are wishing you would have sacked-up and made it out for Hump Day. It’s raining today and I have no regrets…
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The Swayze Memorial Cross Extravaganza started off with a bang on Wednesday night. A hand full of mental cyclists showed face for what ended up being a grand time in one of midtowns hidden parks. Britton mixed it up for us with a three stage event.
First we all lined up for a time trial. All I am going to say is this; I must have been watching way too much television, because you just can't pull a Tokyo Slide on a Cross Check in grass going ludacris speed and live to tell about it, unless of course you are me, and I did not fair all that well. I don't seem to know how to jump those barrier thingy's either; I manged to knock that puppy right over with my failed bunny-hop attempt. I must have been a hoot to watch! My boy Garet busted out the TT in good form (even though he was totally sober) and went on to finish the overall event tied for a money spot
Second we did a 9ish minute cross race with many trees and steep but short hills. I think Cameron passed me on his fixie like twelve times in 9 minutes...at least that's how I remember it. The new training plan that Quannum has me on; beers before and during races for a quick pre-hydration and carbo-load, did not treat me well. Maybe it was the Power bar I added to the mix...but I thought that would dial me in...wrong-o, sucka! Oh Well, It was all for fun anyway!
Third we did a similar but longer cross race with an added 40' of sand. The sand was hell on all but Cam, who once again lapped us with his hovercraft riding abilities. He'd float the entire sand pit on his 2.4's as we all ran through like girls.
The whole event for me, was all about having a low-stress good time with no plan of even getting close to a good finish. I have to get the hot-dog cross guys totally psyched-out thinking that I am indeed, a tard.
I'll be there next week with my game face on, ready for action and post-race urban madness!
On a side note I was able to get in a quick ride at SMP with Andre. This was a good thing because I had been home with a sick boy for many days and needed some fresh air before I turned into a fat p.o.s.
Andre and I did a lap plus* and had a good, yet fairly relaxing time on what I'd have to say was the best weather day we've had all year. Perfect day actually. I do have to comment on the trail alteration that we came upon. Someone has dumbed-down the step-up on red by breaking it off. Yes, someone has broken the rock ledge step-up so that every tard on the block can send the obstacle now. Bummer! I thought this was the 'advanced' trail...