Wednesday, September 28, 2011

2011 WNR 13

Took new guy Seppi up for his virgin Diablo ride.  He did fine.

Probably only one or two more Wednsday Night Rides of 2011.

Wildlife Encounter:  tarantula above the Bump

Saturday, September 24, 2011

2011 SMR 28

Late to the Gate.  This month I celebrate the 20th anniversary of my first Diablo ride.

First ride of autumn.  Lots of stuff falling off of trees.  Some kind of seeds or something that make a noise like popcorn popping when you run over them.

Way too many cars this morning... did a lot of riding near the edge of the road hoping they wouldn't pass around blind corners.  

Roadkill Report:  Squirrel.  I usually don't bother with these guys but this one appeared to be very recently defunct... no maggots or raptors had yet found the cadaver.

Lots of riders at the Junction... mostly complaining about all the cars.

Thanks to blog reader PumkinCycle for this notice which appeared in the CoCo Times.

By Gary Richards (9/11/2011 CCT)

Brian Fong, David Brower, Jim Clark and more

A        I'm sure you're right, but after years of complaints like this, now there is hope. Residents along this private road and county officials could reach an agreement by the end of the year to pave this road. It is a private road belonging to all the landowners between Diablo/Blackhawk Road and the park entrance gate on South Gate, and they must come up with money to do this needed work.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

2011 SMR 27

First ride of the season in tights!  We've been having cold nights but warm afternoons... wasn't a bad choice but maybe a little overkill.

Went for a long one after the Upper Ranch but JB caught and passed me after Chainbuster... then I almost caught back up before the Junction.

Some kind of ultra marathon running event happening on the trails but we didn't see much.


Product Review:  Kenda Kwik Track tires - 700x32c

These tires came on my Masi fixed gear commuter.  The rear one suffered a casing tear sometime this week.  My commute takes me over some gravel and road debris as well as goat head territory. I like having this bike because of the urban warrior kind of toughness and I don't lightfoot over curb hops and potholes so these tires get a fair amount of punishment.  Front one's fine and I'm keeping it on.  I'd definitely consider buying them again depending on price and availability.

Glass cut?  Curb jumping damage? Under pressurized?
Doesn't appear to be the tire's fault.
923 miles... no complaints.
I think I had two rear flats in that time.
Still plenty of tread though.

They always rode well and I liked the reflective strip.

Suggested max:  85 psig
Some reviewers complained about the weight - pfffft -
It's a commute tire, durability is pretty much the whole game.
So I went to Sports Basement not sure what I'd find but they actually had a decent selection of 32mm tires.  I settled on these Vittoria Rando's...  $28.  No stickers or other schwagg at this price point.

The "pro" version is a folding model; these are wire bead.

One thing I noticed though, was that they were a little thinner than the 32mm on the label.  I checked and found the Kendas were 31mm and the Vittorias were 29mm.  I guess this is a common trick to make one vendor's tires seem lighter by comparison (because the comparison is not really valid).

32mm Kenda:  31mm

32mm Vittoria:  29mm

Anyway they look nice and mounted easily.
And they have a reflective strip too!

I'll probably write a review when this one fails.
Suggested max 75 psig.

Not obviously a different size, but if the 35mm version is actually 32mm 
I probably would have bought that one instead.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

2011 SMR 26

Me and JB.
Bugs were really bad.
Roadkill Report:  A really huge opossum.
It was warm and humid and a little smoggy.
There were some fires on The Mountain last night from lightning strikes but we didn't find any burned areas.

We thought maybe this tree had been struck by lightning... probably not.

2011 WNR 12

Warm, buggy afternoon.

Wildlife Encounter:  Black Eared Jack

Creepy how their eyes sort of bug out.

Sunday, September 04, 2011

2011 SMR 25

Mornings are coming later and later.  School's started, weather's cooler.  Still not sure why the Mountain was packed with cyclists this morning though.  There were a bunch of guys in USO jerseys but they weren't the only group.  Bonus - I was faster than most of them.

Wildlife Encounter:  deer near the Arroyo del Cerro.

I was planning on a Diablo Spy Cam from this location, but the bugs were just too  viscious.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

2011 WNR 11

Little windy

Long Shadows

Sunset's gittin earlier
Adam blew by us with his high-zoot carbo-wheels.