Sunday, September 20, 2009

Fallizing



This weekend has been a whirlwind of family activity and apple-related goodness. The apple hunt on Friday was pretty good. My two favorite trees were barren, but my buddy Patrick found a couple to replace them and my parents' tree had a banner year. I've had pieces from two apple pies. I made 40 pints of apple sauce. And 5 pints of apple butter. And I've still got about 20 pounds of apples to process.

Liza says we're also getting a pile o tomatoes this week too. And the plums will be ready in a week. And Joe tells me that he's got pears for the taking. Yikes.



Here's some random stuff.



My new Deep V is already dented. I'm bummed. I think if I try to fix it I may break it. I think I'll bring it to Glen of Elephant Fame and see if he can work some magic before I destroy it. I've been running the black CX'y RB-T on the high drive trails just about every morning. I've been really enjoying it and I've progressively been getting more and more comfortable bombing down a section that I used to pick through sort of carefully. I know that's where this wheel found this dent. Erg.

The good news is that the wheel is still true. These rims are tough.



I gave the daily commuter a shake down today. I really neglect this poor bike for how hard I treat it. But not today. I repacked the rear hub (even put new bearings in it. Thanks Willy). I put a new chain on it. And I put new brake pads on it. I don't know of a single bike shop in town that stocks Kool Stop Salmon brake pads for cantilever brakes (smooth posts).


I rarely order from the online price divers, but I this year, I ordered my brake pads from some online-mega-whore-shop. With shipping, I paid about $9/pack for 10 packs. If I order through an LBS, it's a pain for them and me and then they charge me around $12. So there.



Maddie took this pic.

13 comments:

Willy said...

Nice haul on the fruit, I'm getting hungry reading about it.

Ouch.....you put a ding in yer bling, and a pretty good one too. ( you know, they do make mtn. bikes for that sort of riding ;)...)

taemo said...

Wow! you've a got a tree of an apple? I love apple. But it can't live here in our country.

EvilElf said...

Hey John, Did you get the list of possible dates (chronological not of the palm tree variety)?

Travis said...

Bicycle parts/accessories manufacturers ought to send gear your way for stress testing and get the Speare stamp of approval. ;-)

John Speare said...

Willy: "put a ding in your bling" -- good stuff there.

EvilElf: Context please? Possible dates for what?

Travis: Sounds good to me, though, any uncoordinated, poor-line-picking, gorilla would do just as well to stress test stuff.

Bill Foss said...

The sporama celebration. I emailed you last week. I will send them again.

Crazy People I've Worked With said...

Congrats on being a Blog of Note....and your plethora of apples ;)

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Love the blog! can I suggest that you have a profile that explains you are into bikes? It took me a while to realise the theme. My little blog will never get to "celebrity status". I just waffle on about random nothingness. Congrats to you tho!

denparser said...

Last pic. it's a nice flower.. Is that baby's breath flower? I think as you drive your bike and you saw it and took a pic with it :-)

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Anonymous said...

John, you might destroy fewer rims bombing the bluff trails if you had a bike that could run tires fatter than 35 mm. Get a real fat tire bike and those trails will be more fun than you possibly imagined!

John Speare said...

Annie: thanks. Maybe I'll update my profile. I guess I've assumed that the title of the blog was a hint, but I guess if you don't bike, then "Cycling" has other meanings too.

Anon: I've ridden fat tires (2.3") down the bluff and it's fun; I just prefer the handling of my RB-T on those trails. And since so much of the ride is climbing, I really prefer the RB-T for coming back up! But I'm getting sick of ruining good rims, so I may end up following your advice.

mogcat said...

Nice apples..... oh, and good blog too ;)