Monday, March 31, 2014
Today I noticed the rear tire nearly bald and, in some spots, wearing through to the puncture resistant layer. That one only lasted about 4000 miles. It's hard to believe the wheels I built just over a year ago have 4000 miles on them already. So, anyway I switched the tire out for a new Schwalbe Marathon Plus. This one in the size of 700 x 35. Still fits nicely under the fender.
The brake pads are almost completely worn down. They wear so fast in the winter rainy season here.
Also wanted to re-route the shifter cables from the bar end shifters up under the bar tape to come out by the stem as opposed to the traditional method where they come out of the tape under the drops. I think this looks cleaner and the cables aren't as in the way if I want to put something on the front rack. I still love the braided steel cable housings that I bought from Velo Orange so I ordered some new kits. The kits are pre cut. Only problem is the way I want to route them the pre cut cable housings weren't long enough. I was able to make due by using some of the old housing and joining them with an inline barrel tensioner. One more thing. The shifter cable for the rear derailleur wasn't even long enough. I had to pick up a tandem length cable to make it work.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The rear cassette is now a 11-32 vs. the 11-34 that I had before. However the small front chain ring is now a 28 as opposed to the 30 so climbing walls should still be no problem.
It's been so long over due for the chain that I am completely amazed by how much the shifting improved. I had no idea a worn chain made such a difference.
The VO Orange chain rings and that Shimano rear cassette made it nearly 10,000 miles.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014
Signed up for Courage Classic and RSVP1 recently. Both in August.
Tanager now has more miles (11,408) on it then Musette did at the time of her decommission. That's 22,740 miles of riding since 2006.
Friday, October 11, 2013
"August 29, 2013
And late we were. The hosted biergarten lasted until 10. We heard some people were heading out to a place called the Ally bar but we opted for sleep at the hotel instead. At least that was the plan until we got to the hotel. (Oh yeah I crashed on the floor in the guys room this night because of the impending storm and the fact that the hotel, biergarten were on one side of town and the campground was on the other.) We kept debating weather we should sleep or go out. Going out won and we were off in search of the Ally bar, on a quiet Sunday night, asking and receiving crazy directions from the locals. Eventually we found the place. There were a handful of people in there, 90% from the Courage Classic, both staff and riders. Highlight of the night was when Jason accidentally programed Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" into the digital juke box about 5 times in a row. We never fessed up to that and joined in the angry screams as it came up again, and again ... and again. I think we hit the sack about 1am.
Yes, unlike Blewitt pass, Stevens for the second year in a row, scares the hell out of me. I ride the brakes nearly all the way. The rest of the team leaves me in the dust but I found them waiting for me at the start of the Iron Goat Trail. Of course, shortly into that trail dust flew in my eye and then a bee flew into my open jersey. I had to pinch the bee within the jersey with one hand and brake with the other. In the end neither myself or the bee took to much damage. But the team was, once again, gone. Tom and Leigh Ann rode up behind me and we stopped for a few pictures. A lot of great people on this ride.
Thanks again for your support; you rode with me in spirit every mile – 3 days, 160 miles and 14 hours on my bike!! I participate in Courage Classic each year so that every victim of abuse can obtain services in our community. By riding the Courage Classic, we hope to end the cycle of abuse. See you next year!
From the bike computer I got an average speed of 12.94 mph, a maximum speed of 39.4 mph and a trip distance of 164.92 miles. The few extra miles must be from a short ride into Roslyn from the campground on the first day. I became REAL hungry before dinner and needed a snack.
Day three - 3490 calories and 4600 feet of climbing - http://www.strava.com/activities/72479844
That's over 10,000 feet of climbing over all and nearly 10,000 calories burned. Whew!
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Thursday, July 25, 2013
The first day went relatively quick and the last 5-10 miles I broke into haul ass mode. I do got hungry early in the morning and we were a little late getting to the first free food stop. The REI stop. They didn't have much left and I found myself hungry over and over again before the lunch stop. I was a little angry about that. I paid my fee. They should have food for ALL the riders. My salvation until lunch was bananas from Tim and some energy chews from Traci. Here I was giving Tim a hard time for carrying all those bananas. Determined not to have that problem again I loaded up my jersey with plenty of the free snacks. Cliff bars, bananas, crackers etc.
This year we spent the first night in Centralia. Eleven of us in a rented classroom, camped on the floor. I didn't sleep to well but it was nice to have an indoor bathroom near by. The rental of the room provided us with shower tickets at the gym. Yes, this year the shower wasn't ice cold. Beer garden on campus and some food vendors, however nothing here was free like on Courage Classic.
While I only drank a few beers, maybe 3 (ok maybe 4), I was a little hung over the next morning. I blame this on dehydration. I'm pretty sure I didn't drink enough water that first day. I watched the crew pump up their tires and lube their chains again, noshing on a Cliff bar and chuckling to myself. Then the group of us rode out seeking the donation accepting/all you can eat pancake breakfast in Chehalis, where Tim and I camped in 2010, hitting up an espresso stand along the way. The pancake breakfast was officially closed. Late start again but they had a few leftovers they gave us. Pancakes and patty sausage of the same size. I love those sausage. I believe this was a Rotary club breakfast and the donations went to the same Children's hospital that the Courage Classic raises money for but I could be wrong. Anyway a few bucks in the bin. Thanks for the grub!
The "rollers" I hated so much in 2010 weren't so bad this time. Many times I was actually amazed that I was cranking up the hills in such a high gear. I credit this to a pretty strong tail wind. I sure am glad we didn't have to ride against that wind. That morning, riding on those country back roads, was probably my fondest part of the entire ride.
Late in the morning we all stopped at the turn near Vader, WA where I again watched the crew pump up their tires after their morning flats and pondered the cold beer sign on the side of the building. To early. We crested another hill and I started this beautiful long sweeping downhill, only to receive a phone call at the bottom from Traci. I missed a turn back at the top. Guess I'll be climbing that hill twice.
No flats this year, of course, however I did have a slight mechanical problem. I noticed a slight clicking as my right pedal traveled passed it's lowest point. At the next stop I had Tim hold the frame. Suspecting my bottom bracket, I grabbed the pedals, put them in the 6 and 12 o'clock position and tried to rock them side to side. Yep, a little play there just barely noticeable. I rolled over to the mechanic tent and sure enough, my bottom bracket was slightly loose. I'm not sure how long this would have gone on before I noticed it just doing my daily commuting. Volunteer mechanic, you get a nice tip.
Day 1 -
Time - 06:50:35
Elapsed Time - 09:48:53
Max Speed - 35mph
Average Speed - 14.5mph
Average Heart Rate - 124
Max Heart Rate - 161
Calories ~ 4870
Day 2 -
Time - 07:03:00
Elapsed Time - ?
Max Speed - 38mph
Average Speed - 15mph
Average Heart Rate - 121
Max Heart Rate - 163
Calories ~ 5000
Side note - I reached my goal of fundraising for the Courage Classic. It's just next weekend. My friends I met last year have inducted me into their team and we are doing a training ride this Saturday on Vashon Island.