Monday, February 25, 2013

Chilly Hilly - 2013

Did the Chilly Hilly again yesterday. Didn't sign up. I just paid my ferry fee and rode it. The weather wasn't that bad. No rain. A lot of people like my bike. Many comments and questions. My left knee really didn't like the last 5 miles. I had Christine come with the bike rack and pick me up at the bottom of the hill in West Seattle. I gave the knee a day off today with the bus to work.

Last week I found a big hole in my rear tire. About 1 inch round. The rubber was gone but the inner casing was still there keeping me from a blow out. I picked up a pair of Schwalbe Marathon Plus. So far they've been the longest lasting tire I've ever had. The size in 700x32 but it measures 700x30 on my 24mm wide Velocity Dyad rims. Next time I think I'll go for the 35's.

I just rolled over 8000 miles on the Hillborne.

Sunday, February 17, 2013


Rode out through Myrtle Edwards park, lower Magnolia, ship canal to Fremont. Met Traci for coffee then the two of us rode Burke-Gilman out to Redhook. We arrived just as it started raining. Ate a late lunch and drank two pints of beer then rode back to Fremont in the dark. It was still raining when we left but it turned to just a sprinkling after about 5 minutes. Christine drove out to Traci's with the bike rack and we had drinks with friends at El Camino.

My wheel dish measurement tool and spoke tension meter came in the mail today.


Out to Alki for coffee and then up to Fremont for lunch/beers with Jeff.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

In the virtual I-10 challenge I've made it to Phoenix. Almost there.

2013 Wheel Build

Here's the new wheel build. Velocity Dyad's, made in the USA. Deore rear hub. Apparently it's the last silver Deore mountain (135mm spacing) hub in the United States. Reused the Schmidt hub up front. DT Champion 14 gauge, straight gauge spokes. I'm gonna call 7820 on my odometer as the starting mileage for these wheels with no problems on the first 50 miles. I do like the way the silver rims look as opposed to the black Chukkers I had before.

 7,869 (19201) on the Odometer.

STP 2013 - Post 2

Traci and Tim are now in for this year's STP. STP sold out today, by the way.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Out for lunch at Palisade restaurant in Magnolia. 22 miles there and back.

Saturday, February 02, 2013


Did a 22 mile ride out to Mercer island and back with Traci. She was sick and I was cold so we didn't do the Mercer island loop, just out and back.