Monday, July 27, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Patrick and I took a leisurely ride to Badger Lake yesterday. I had this overnighter on my calendar for a couple months, so I was sort of conflicted when Jeff announced a one-off FBC ride for tomorrow. According to Liza (who represented the Speare-Mattana family), Jeff broke all records with last night's ride, so I don't feel so bad for missing it, but it would've been nice to see friends.
The were taken at the same spot.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The t-shirts are hanging in Object Space, they are part of a show that Bruce Hormann has put together a show, "Punk Art Retrospective 197?-2009". I lease a space in the Object Space building from Bruce for my day job so I've been watching this show come together. I wasn't into punk when I grew up here in the 80's, but this collection is still really fascinating to me. Spokane had (and still has) a rich sort of underground culture. I don't know how else to classify it, "underground," "punk," "non-mainstream?" I don't know, but looking at the zines and band fliers that span the last 20+ years I am sort of regretful that I didn't explore more of the edges of the music scene in Spokane as I grew up. This show captures a local piece of historical perspective that I think is important. The care that Bruce takes in cataloging the hundreds of pieces that have been dug out of attics and basements and back rooms by his friends is impressive. You should go and you should donate a few bucks to the donation jar so Bruce can continue to do shows that no one else in town would or could do. Opening reception is tomorrow night and the show runs through the end of the month. Hours are 4pm till late-ish. It's at 1818 1/2 E Sprague.
This is Jens. He's German. He's 23 and he's travelled more miles on his bike since he was 16 than I'll probably ever travel. He rolled through town on July 18th, which was fortunate for him since it was my birthday and we were having a backyard movie and cake. It was also fortunate since July 18th was also his birthday.
- His first tour was across Europe when he was 16
- When he was 19 he rode from Turkey to Vietnam, via Iran, Pakistan, over the Himalayas, through China, and Laos. I needled him for a couple hours on this trip. Amazing stories. His way into China and how he had to work the visa system is impressive and took some serious guts.
- Zoom in on his bike pic there and you'll see a little box taped to his head tube. It's a recharging unit his buddy made for him. It contains a couple cell phone batteries. During the day he charges the batteries with his dynohub, then at night he has a bit of juice for charging his phone or other small devices.
- His bike is hearty. Tried and true stuff there.
some people still don't understand triangulation of racks - this one is a perfect parallelogram with slanted sides. Put a heavy load on it, and it'll try to flatten out, going down and toward the back. And since it's not supported at the top, it'll tend to swing sideways, too.
Monday, July 20, 2009
- Ride report: the 96 degree death pre-ride of the midnight century course and the oasis on top of the hill
- P2P free bike tune up at Perry St fair where the mobile shops rolled into action.
- Jen's the 23 year-old German bike world tourist, in which John once again regrets his hedonistic 20's
- Punk retrospective at Object Space and why it's important to check it out. Even if you don't care about punk/underground music.
- This week's upcoming FBC ride: help Jeff get some sleep. Promise him you'll be there!
- One of the big three has produced a bonified low-trail porter. Really.
- Why you and every cyclist you know should mobilize for Jon Snyder's city council campaign
Thursday, July 16, 2009
(Btw: the link there to the OTM column has the ride details)
Now that it's hit me, I'm kind of obsessing about it. I stayed awake staring into the darkness last night thinking about my handlebar height and if I should rotate the bars back just a touch.
I'm thinking about the water issue. There will be no water drop this year. But I didn't need as much water as I thought I would've last year. It's cool in the early morning hours. I think I'll run with a full Camelpack + two waterbottles. My CamelPack is pretty small.
I'm thinking about lighting: should I just put my new Cyo hub-generator-driven-super LED on the bike and be done with it? Or stick with the same light I used last year. I'm leaning towards staying with the MiNewt.
I'm thinking about food. Jake and I chatted briefly on this and I'm thinking 5 small rice and bean burritos and some kind of candy. Either Boston baked beans (thanks for that idea RJ, those are good riding candies) or maybe Gummy Bears. Oh yeah, and I'll work on sunflower seeds for much of the ride.
I'm thinking about gearing. I'm taking my Resurrecto with the Hetres. That bike has a 12-26 cassette on it and a 48-36-26 triple. Should I swap the cassette out for one with 30 teeth? I might. I can use the cassette from my cyclocross bike.
I'm thinking about my weight. I've gained a few pounds this summer. I'm taking it easy on the beer and food front for the next couple weeks to see if I can drop 5 or so pounds.
I'm thinking about my legs. I just haven't done the long rides that I was doing last summer. I know I'm good for the mileage, but I may be a bit slower this year. Which is fine, but it would feel a bit like a step back for me to really loose a lot of time.
I'm going to ride about 1/2 the route tomorrow and will end up with around 70 miles. I plan on pushing it a bit to see how I feel. But it's supposed to be 92 degrees tomorrow, so that could slow me down quite a bit.
I've got a S24O planned for the following week. I'll be sure to make it far away... I've not done the Hunters run for a couple years, that would be a great S24O destination.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
#1. New LBS going into the South Perry area. Next to Lorian Health Food. That's a tiny space. But a great location. No info on who owns it or what brands (if any) they'll carry. I plan on snooping around on my way home today.
#2. Sprague and Pines. This one isn't new to most people. But I can't really have a list with only one item. I've heard that the owner defected from WS East and is going solo. And he scored a Trek account.