24 February 2012

Rosalia loop

I took the day off today and decided to go for a long ride. #3 and I have ridden most of this route before but we missed a turn so I decided to try it again while actually paying attention to the map. It was a great route. I saw the road that I was supposed to take and it looked like it was going straight up. The road to the right is the one I took. Of course I couldn't take the easy way out!
After this climb I was on a pasture road in the middle of nowhere. There was one way in and one way out. I had to cross 4 streams on this course but was able to keep my feet dry, which was good since it was about 30-40 degrees.

I had a blast riding with the wind for a stretch but then I had to turn into the wind. At least I had a great view.

I went past this road and it actually had a road sign! I will have to come back and explore this later.

I was having problems with my right leg going numb, so the end of the ride was not very enjoyable but it was still a fun ride.

A Different Look at Chili Bike

Reading the previous post you know that the three of us went and did Chili Bike. What I remember is a team know as Team Off Camber. They were really fast and really well equipped. So I took a chance and e-mailed them yesterday, specifically to find out what gearing they were using. Now granted they know the terrain better and have some serious riders on their team but I wanted the info just for future reference. Well Cristian e-mailed me this morning and I crunched it all down to gear inches. Kinda suprising.

First the DooDah Cycling crew:
#1: 58 gear inches (32x16)
#3: 56.29 gear inches (33x17)
B: 51.55 gear inches (32x18)

Team Off Camber broke down like this:
Rider #1 "The fast guy": 58 gear inches (34x17)
Rider #2 "The second fastest guy": 48.84 gear inches (32x19)
The rest of the team: 51.55 gear inches (32x18)

Looks like #1 and I were a bit over geared. However none of us climb worth a shit so factor that in too!

22 February 2012

Chili Ride Recap

#3, Brent, and I made a trip down to Lake McMurtry for the annual Chili Bike ride. It's our first time doing this ride. 

The challenge is to ride all four trails in 6 hours.  An additional challenge is riding the 7 miles between the trails.  We skipped this so we wouldn't be home too late Sunday evening. Each trail is about 7 miles long with a variety of trail types.  The trails were muddy which made riding them a bitch and the fact we all were on single speeds made the day particularly enjoyable for our knees.  But all was fun, the weather was beautiful.

No significant injuries to report.  #3 bitched about bruising his ribs, but neither Brent or I saw him wreck, so he might just be a wuss.  No equipment failures either! 

Brent downshifts on a climb on the NW trail

#3 pissed off again. Nice socks. 
#3 on SW trail.  These trails feature out and backs, which I think is UnAmerican. 
Brent on SW trail.
Seen on NW Trail
Brent hated seeing markers every .25 miles.  This about sums up his thoughts.
This isn't bike related, but an awesome shot of Toure Murray blocking a shot from behind during WSU's crushing win over Creighton last week. This appeared on Sports Illustrated's homepage and needed a spot somewhere on this blog.

21 February 2012


Everyone is gone today. What to do? Why play whatever the fuck I want! It's hair metal tuesday, dig it suckas!