Saturday, November 18, 2017

2017 SMR 38

Last week I promised myself I wouldn't over-dress this week.  So I planned on being cold and it turned out just right. Knee warmers, arm warmers, sleeveless vest.

It was pretty windy in some spots, but otherwise good riding.

Looks like the park is planning on some kind of more robust barrier at the washout.

Hawk flew right in front of me and landed in the tree.

JB turned around before Juniper... he must've not had what I didn't have last week.

Monday, November 13, 2017

HiBird Cycles SUCKS!

HA HA HA HA HA  Buy this bike only if you don't have any friends to laugh at you.
  1. Ridiculous products, 
  2. Suck-Ass Web Page
  3. Blog comment spammers

These guys posted spam in my comment section - unforgivable.  I don't know why places do this, but the ones that do are all awful - I guess they're trying to piggy-back on my fame and integrity.  So I feel obligated to associate them with clever Google search keywords.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2017 SMR 37

Here's a legit petition to get more bike turnout lanes on The Mountain for safer road-sharing.  After you sign, they'll ask for money and Facebook sharing - not required.


OK, three weeks in a row of over-dressing and I was too hot.  Next week I'm going to plan to not be warm enough, and that should be about right.

Tarantella Tally:  one - boy I thought I'd seen the last of them this year.

JB and I decided to go down South - he went around and I turned around and came back up.

Something's going on with my rear wheel - rubs against the brake when I'm out of the saddle... I'm going to tighten up the spokes and maybe open up the calipers some.

Lots more people coming up at 10 than there were at 8... maybe they know something I don't.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

2017 SMR 36

I have been waiting patiently for the first rainy ride of the season... and today it WAS.  JB texted me that he wasn't coming, so it was a solo first rainy ride of the season.

Passed'em-Passed-me ratio:  0:0  
 I did see a few folks coming down on my way up, and coming up on my way down.

Yeah... not high fire danger today.

Look,  I randomly struck the perfect pose!

These cracks at the mud-slide are getting scary-big.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

2017 SMR 35

Over-dressed again today... started off cold but got real warm well before Junction.

Broken Gate is broken

One more Saturday Morning Ride before Daylight Wasting Time.

After last week's ride, I determined it was time for new tires.  The whole tread wasn't this bad, but when you can see casing threads anywhere, you don't have much safety factor.

I bought these really nice ones a couple years ago by mistake - thinking they were tubulars - but they're "open tubulars"... I hate that term.  I wasn't sure about putting 27mm width on the Klein but they fit fine and they ride real nice.  

Also, my favorite Vittoria Corsa 320tpi tires were discontinued this year, but I found a site that was selling some left-overs for half price - so I got four of them and I won't need to buy new tires for several years!

This youngster with a touring bike and panniers took a little too much pleasure in passing us on The Bump.  We mocked him after he was out of earshot.

I totally pooped out below Juniper so turned around there.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

2017 SMR 34

The Mountain is open and it's a beautiful morning!

A little cool at 9°C... first ride of the season with tights and full-finger gloves.

Lots of deer today.

 Turkeys too.

Somebody smashed the locking exit gate at the North Gate Kiosk - ranger said they don't know when or why or how, but there was no motor oil or radiator fluid on the ground.  I think maybe it was when the Park was closed for fire danger and somebody got stuck inside?

Two more Saturday Morning Rides before Daylight Wasting Time begins.

Did I say how beautiful the sky was?

Captain Diablo - not so fast that I didn't get a good photo of him though.

Motor-assist hand-cycle guy rode The Mountain again today - didn't even have any trouble getting up The Wall