Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
When the meeting was over I made break for http://www.singlespeeds.com/ Mathews style to replace my way past worn chain that I had just got done sarcastically referring to as having more TIS than the two rookies that had just retired combined. It is always nice to see the guys at the shop, they have put up with me for long enough and are somehow always willing to give me behind the counter help. Before I opened a new chain package to throw away not only my wasted chain but the packing material for the new I spied the coolest thing ever, those guys have two CHAIN BINS OF DEATH(CBOD), that's right a chain bin of death times 2. These chain bins of death are created from years of installing new chains for customers and having a tail left over that gets tossed into the bin. I took out the 2 CBOD's and set them up on the counter with a crazy grin. I went through the first few chain pieces and set aside a 4 inch section of a new Cool chain tail, as I dug a little deeper I found a little section of new PC-1. Useless pieces to the right, oh there is another piece of PC-1, perfect, place it to the left. Within a few minutes of going through the top half of the first chain bin of death I had one link more than I needed to connect these lovely 4 pieces of brand new PC-1 for my work bike drive train. I christened the brand new shop grade Pedros chain tool(neat tool, holds more chain on each side of the mechanism than the park so no slippage, hands free) that came in earlier in the week and linked the sections together. Now with clean bearings, new grease in both hubs and the recycled PC-1 my bike feels really, really smooth. After thanking my support team of Mike, Matt and Sol I rode home from the shop by traversing the McAlpine Park Greenway and some if it's more woodsy trails which were fun on the Filmore.
Friday, January 25, 2008
I wound up repacking both front and rear Dura Ace hubs, wheels are as good as almost new.
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
This one is great, always like seeing ole glory and the cross together just like it was when Jesus was crucified.
I dunno, I have seen this monkey before at this same event and it never gets dull.
This looks how I feel when I am watching this type of agro civic gathering.
Do you think her former ex child agrees?
Another guy doing his part for the well being of America and the Cross.
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So yesterday at Catawba I asked Nathan to take my picture doing the log ride at the top of the ending single track. I approached the transition front tire up onto the log then as the back wheel came around I snapped off to the left hard. Somehow the bike wound up way above my head, as I was falling down I remember seeing the bike go up and realizing it prolly will come down tried to get in a position to protect myself from the falling machine. While that was happening Nate was able to snap the above image of the fall, thanks Nate for one of the coolest crashing pictures ever.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Monday, January 14, 2008
After getting to the end of the Keowee we decided to push back up what we just descended and ride backwards towards where we came from. We ran into a group ride coming towards us and I told Jordan if we hurry we can see then back at the camp. We did run in to them but it was as they came back around figure 8 style up the road after Keowee to the juncture where we were about to get back on SuperTree. The leader of their tribe asked us if we wanted to see a new something off Supertree that they said was an even cut that stays inside and is really fun. One fellow spoke up and said that we should know that it was not a built trail but a fire road. Ha ha, it was a fun new thing out there, really fast and flowy with a few rocky sections and little bridges. That new hooked back up at the end of the Supertree and then we said our goodbyes and headed out.
On the way home we stopped in Badin for a swim, it was cold and quite something. My kid swam on New Year's day for over 20 minutes in the same spot, I do not know how she did it. I was in for less than 4minutes and I felt the cold in my hands until I ate dinner later that night.
Here is a film of Nate attempting a cyclo cross crossing of a little creek. Earlier off film he cleaned it which gave us the inspiration to make this little film....
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
three cycling travellers straddling their steads
in the bend on Pecan.
In front of them I came to a stop.
I observed not one of us appeared alike
each of our individuality
as different as our bike.
Together we stood in a round
with feet placed firmly on the ground.
A laugh, a grin setting sun clearly
showing the light within and in
our eye lit by clear light
we rode away separately
into the night.
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
The Header image will change often and at some point before it does I will always try to explain what I was doing when I made it.
This weekend on Saturday I cut, split and delivered a Montero load of mixed Hickory, Oak, Maple and Cherry wood to V in need down in Ballentoon. There is nothing like a fire in the hearth during those darker slightly colder months of winter. Yesterday I went on a local ride at Catawba, one lap with friends and another lap alone with myself. The below little clip I shot on the first friend lap from the top of the GOAT HILL CLIMB. First coming to you is Dicky http://www.teamdicky.blog.com/ , then Johnny Tic Tac and then one with all the sound effects is Leanne. For whatever reason I think this vignette is really funny, TURN IT UP LOUD CAPTAIN!
Sunday, January 6, 2008
Wow - it's been a couple of rainy and busy days here at SSWC08 headquarters and we've been swamped with all the emails that came in on New Year's Eve. The response was overwhelming and the event filled up as soon as it opened. That being said we are sending you this email to congratulate you cuz you are IN! In order to complete your registration, you now need to pay $35 U.S. to our account by January 15th. If we do not receive your entry fee by January 15th, you will be dropped from the registration list and one of the 500 or so people who did not make the cut will be given your spot. There will be no refunds. We will be uploading tons of stuff on Napa and the upcoming race to our website http://www.sswc08.com/ and blog http://www.sswc08.blogspot.com/ very soon, so check it out. We look forward to seeing you all in August when the trails will be fast and the poison oak will be in full bloom. SSWC08 Team
Here is a little movie clip that I took within a few beers of the finish of the SSWC06 on our ride back to Race Central av Stockholm along the river. Staring in this movie are Jordy Moore the only rider on a monster cross along with a cameo and unsolicited commentary by Dejay Birch, winner of the 24hr Solo Single Speed World Championship the year before Rich earned it. Turn it up loud Captain. I don't think I will spend as much time training to win as I will going for a great beard prize and or trophy.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
I first saw this display of energy while I was locking up in front of 129 W. Trade on Friday early afternoon. As I rolled up to the bench right next to the ATM these 2 humongous Wake athletic monsters came running from the valet area of their hotel, across Trade right in front of me. They were wearing dark team sweat bottoms, white sneaks and white WF polly long sleeve team shirts. The whole way across the street the bigger and darker headed of the two was throwing elbows at his friend and yelling, " Yea, Mother F$%&#@, money, I'm gonna be to the money first!" His quiet slightly smaller and light headed friend countered with some low shoulder blocking to deflect the elbows coming on the race to the ATM. When they hit the side walk right in front of me dark head wrapped his arms around the others shoulders and through him backwards but the friend was not having it, he spun right out and then the 2 of them were side by side shoulder checking each other and yelling profanities about the money GOD giving them what they need. It was crazy and funny at the same time, it was crunny.
The real insight came as I sat on the bench watching this crunny event end with the sound of the rollers kicking off the 20$'s. It was a thought that I could see these people now, these athletes brought to you by Meineke goofing off bringing attention to themselves for whatever that is. At the same time I could see them 10 years from now after they go for their 4million$(which they need)wearing ties, driving nice clean shiny cars, living in their McMansions and running in to each other at a nice Chinese restaurant. The next thing you know someone like me will witness full contact Chinese fooding....that's right fooding.