Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ROTD - 50 Mile Loop

Just did a almost perfect 50 mile loop. West Seattle, Downtown, Fremont, Burke-Gilman, Kirkland, Bellevue, I-90, International District, West Seattle.

2775 feet of elevation gain.
50.79 miles
30.5 mph max
4:28:02 time riding
11.4 mph average
10178 miles on the odometer

Stopped to help some big, fat guy put his rear wheel back on. He managed to change the flat but had trouble figuring out how the chain went through the derailleurs. Beautiful day to ride. Little wind, mostly cloudy with fat, low hanging, Arizona "monsoon" clouds. Warm sun breaks. Ate a little something about every 10-15 miles. Didn't bonk. Wasn't starving this time. Thinking, planning another 50 tomorrow before work. Knee - OK. We'll see tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010


I just sent a email to my friend. This is what it said -

"This week I need to two 50 mile rides back to back. I just google mapped a nearly perfect 50 mile loop from my house up to Burke-Gilman, Kirkland, Bellevue, and back along I-90. I'm calling it the 50/50, you know like the 50/50 ice cream bars. Not to be confused with Mad Dog 20/20. I'm either going to do it Wednesday/Thursday or Thursday/Friday. I'm not liking the 100% chance of showers on Friday so I'll probably go tomorrow. As always you are welcome to join. If I make it through these two rides without no knee problems then I'm signing up for STP."

More Fixie Gear Stuff

I changed the rear cog on Chromie from the stock 16 it came with to an 18. This allowed me to replace the front chain ring from that crappy BMX 44 back to the elegant 48 it came with and allow the same (actually even easier) gear ratio.

Monday, March 29, 2010

New Chain

Checked my chain for wear. Used the Park tool and ruler method. Time for replacement. So this chain lasted about 2500 miles. About 2 months short of a year.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Did the Mercer Island loop again today. I was going to ride straight home but didn't have enough time and had to ride straight to work. I have to remember these rides take a long time and they're getting longer. Thirty four miles total. 100 for the week. Goal reached. Knee feeling even better. Pushing it a little more. Lots of cyclists on Mercer and the I-90 bridge for this sunny Saturday. Saw one raccoon. Got hungry as hell!!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rode 40 miles today. 30 miles before work and 10 miles home. The knee was feeling sore at the start but seemed to work itself out. Gonna do another 36 tomorrow to complete 100 for the week.

Rode past a bike shop in Fremont, Free Range Cycles. They had a bunch of Surly's out front so I pulled over to check them out. When I walked around the other side of the shop there it was! There was my bike!! The Rivendell Sam Hillborne, in orange, with just about all the same parts that I've purchased. So I went inside and lo & behold there were like 3 more. So I asked them if they sold just the frames. They said yes but, just like me, they were waiting on Rivendell to get the next shipment in April. But it was nice to actually see the bike in person. It looks even better then in photos.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rode 24.78 miles today and completed my goal of 80 miles for the week. Did the downtown, Discovery Park, Magnolia Bluffs, return run again. Knee still good without pushing it.

Rolled the odometer over 10,000 miles.

Been stretching and using a foam roller on my IT bands for about a month now.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Rode 34 miles today. Knee good, mostly. Still taking it easy, for the most part.

The 700 x 40c tires, although they are technically the correct size for my rims, will not work. Maybe the rims are to narrow for that wide of a tire, I don't know. They look good going on. At low pressure the bead is set nicely. Even at max pressure (85psi) everything looks good but within 2 minutes the tire will slip of the rim and blow out the tube with the sound of a small caliper firearm.

Tomorrow I need to ride 22 miles to complete training for the week. This ride will roll my odometer over 10,000 miles.

Late November 2010.  These tires seem to work just fine with my new rims, Velocity Chukkers.  The rims are 24mm wide.  I suspected this was the problem with the other rims.  They are just too narrow for those wide tires to seat the bead right.  Unfortunately these tires are too wide for my hammered alumium fenders.
700 x 40c tires, retro 40's style water bottle cages, red jockey wheels all came today. That was fast!
Riding with Tim tomorrow. Going to be a beautiful day.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Rode to work twice so far this week. Knee is feeling much better. Not going to push it though. I'm taking off tomorrow (on the bus) and going to do two back to back 30's.

Also ordered the water bottle cages tires and red jockey wheels for the Sam Hillborne.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Rode to work the Bike Expo & then home for a total of 21 miles today. Took it easy. Knee still a little zingy.

93 miles for the week.

Odo - 9925.9

Friday, March 12, 2010

Rode to work this morning (cold and pouring rain) and then did a little ride up Burke-Gilman with some errands downtown (just cold) for a total of 32.91 miles. The knee isn't feeling great but it's not feeling worse. At the moment it feels better then it did 4 days ago so maybe that's a good sign. I only need one more 28 mile ride to meet this weeks training guideline. I may just ride to work, the bike expo and home tomorrow and leave it at that but if I feel really good I'll do the whole 28.

Next steps back a bit and only calls for 80 miles of riding and I think I won't do a mile more.

Odo - 9904.7

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Took today, yesterday off of the bike. Giving the knees a break. Taking tomorrow too. Rode the bus. Yuck! The bus is up to $2 plus dollars now. I read something that said you should only raise your training level like 10% a week. I raised mine 100% so I guess this break is in order. Still planning to do the recommended miles for the week with 2 longer rides Friday and Saturday.

Monday, March 08, 2010

B-17 Standard - ROTD

Ride of the day is sort of the same as Saturday. Up the waterfront, Magnolia, Discovery Park, Magnolia Bluffs but then into Fremont for coffee. Some sun and some snow flurries (very light) on the hills. Cold.

Picked up a B-17 standard, along the way, at Elliott Bay Bicycles. Hopefully this wider saddle will take care of my saddle sore but, of course, I have to break it in. Let 9840 be the starting mileage for this saddles break-in.

Also some mile knee pain in left knee. Took it REAL easy. Debating weather or not to actually take the bus to work tonight.

Distance 27.09 miles
Odo - 9859.7

Update - Rode to work but I'm thinking about taking the next 2 days off. This means the bus.
39 miles total for the day.

Sam Status

Just called Rivendell. Seems the Sam Hillborne's, in my size, won't be in until April sometime. Bummer but at least I'm not anxiously awaiting. Looks like it will be easy to get 10,000 miles on Musette now and I should be able to save up enough for the other parts that I really want to put on it.

Saturday, March 06, 2010


The ride of the day was probably the most beautiful, scenic route in Seattle. Waterfront, Magnolia, Discovery Park, Magnolia Bluffs, Alki.

Left knee seems a little tender. Maybe because of the increased mileage this week. Also ass is a little sore.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

STP (Seattle to Portland)

It's been 2 years since I last put any serious thought into riding STP but I am again. In fact, I'm pretty committed. Five factors made me decide to go for it again.
  1. My bike is set up in a more comfortable riding position/proper fit and my new frame which should be here this month should fit even better.
  2. I know how much my knee can take, I know to spin more and power less.
  3. I discovered my IT bands are tight but I'm correcting the issue with a foam roller and stretches. This could have also been part of the issue with my knee.
  4. My training focus will be more on mileage and less on performance thus reducing the risk of injury.
  5. I'm a better rider.
I downloaded a training guide line of how many miles you should be riding each week from the STP website. For the week of February 15-22 I was supposed to ride 53 miles including two 10 mile rides and Chilly Hilly. Between commuting to work, errands and Chilly Hilly I rode 107.
This week, Feb 23-28 I'm supposed to ride 80 (one 20 and two 30's). I've been working a lot so I took a long way home, today, to make a 19 mile ride. I'm going to try to get in a couple 30's or a 40 on the weekend.