Friday, March 28, 2008
Sugino Compact Cranks, INTERNAL BEARINGS
Dura Ace 9 spd Downtubies
Deore XT reverse pull Short Cage Derailleur
I finally made the push to get this beast done. Frame and fork made in Waterford Wisconsin. I love the work those guys do. Their bikes are meant to be ridden. I had a bit of problems to spec this machine out. I wanted it to be durable with no crappy parts that would let me down. I wanted to stay away from external bearings since I have been replacing a lot of them on customers bikes. The sugino compacts were hard to come by. I am running a sealed cartridge shimano. Chainrings are 50x34. Rear Derailleur is XT reverse pull and with the downtube shifters it works great. Hubs are xt with Mavic touring rims covered in Schwalbe Marathon Racers in 700x35c. Brakes are TRP Eurox and they feel like my old mafacs. Headset is a better quality Cane Creek. Nitto threadless stem that is NOT black. Bars are Nitto Noodles with Dura ACe brake levers. This bike is built tough and will be my Trans Iowa bike. It weighs 23 something with no light parts on it.
Hope you likes,
Thursday, March 27, 2008
My Showers Pass jacket was excellent but I could have used another insulating layer. I regretted not having a hat with a bill since the snow has burned my eyes. I am bloodshot. The slush and snow penetrated the Lake boots and I went 25 miles with wet feet. The drama of the day was getting my hands soaked to were they were burning. I cried and could not find a way to make them stop hurting. I scoured the ditches for help. I eventually found some dirty plastic that I wiped on my tights and cut in half. I wrapped my hands in it and rode home. Jamie had to peel the plastic and the gloves off to reveal white tipped digits.
All these years of riding and this is the first time EVER that I have suffered so much. I should have had my Pogies and my OR snow mitts today. Live and learn. Hello????? This is March 27th, 2008 and I have burny fingers.
I was so relieved to not have had any mechanicals. Now I must get showered and go serve at the Restaurant.
Free Tibet and stop buying Chinese Crap at Wal*Mart.
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Gurler and Woodlawn.
Did a completely different ride today and it worked. Headed in towards De Kalb and then found Gurler road which took me out to the fields. Some gentle rollers and plenty of soft gravel. Ended up in Holcomb, IL and then started heading home. Ride total was a mere 50 miles. Felt cold the whole ride since it was only 38 degrees with strong winds from the North. Rode the Salsa Scandium. Came home, showered and went to work at the restaurant. I be tired now.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
I know it looks like another point and shooter. The special part about this camera is the Carl Zeiss lens that came on it. Yashica had also produced some awesome and really desirable cameras under the Contax name. I will go over a couple of models that I own in the near future.
The Yashica T4 was a wonder. It has a superscope which allows you to take photos without looking through the camera. This was specially important when I took all the homeless people in Chicago. I would stand next to them and pretend to fiddle with my camera and take the photo. This made for some great candid shots and I really don't think I hurt anyone.
The camera was no longer made because Carl Zeiss was not able to provide the lens and keep the camera under a certain pricepoint. I purchased mine from a Pawn shop for 50 bucks. Currently on ebay they sell over 300 bucks. Photos are very sharp with some vignetting when there is blue sky. Another classic camera that has become a collectible.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
A while ago I spotted Xman. It was early morning and the sun was just starting to come out. I was armed with my trusty Fed-5 camera and the shutter was cocked and ready to go. I would take the early train and try to capture some early shadows and soft colors against the buildings in the city. X-man appeared out of nowhere. He was dressed in full gear with his white Air Jordans and White pants. He was aboard a super-fast Giant with barend shifters on the ends of bullhorns. He was ready for another day of battle.
I asked permission to take his Photo and I knew I only had one shot. I guessed the aperture and speed since I had no meter. I took the shot and hoped for the best. The result is a blessing. If you ever spot X-man you know you have seen the best there is.
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I opted not to ride on Sunday because it was warm (50 degrees) and sunny. I have had the experience of getting really sick when that first day of warmth finally arrived. One time I rode 135 miles on a day like that and it later transformed into chronic Bronchitis for a period of 4 months. No thanks.
Today I went to recover my car from the Restaurant which was a 27 mile ride. I knew it was siberian cold all over again. Dressed superwarm, Lake boots, toe warmers and went at it. I rode 27 miles into the headwind of 20 mph and completely exhausted myself. The only motivating factor was the warmth of my little Nissan and a good dosage of NPR radio. Almost two hours later I arrived and drove off to work.
The Trans Iowa is fast approaching and so far the weather has been horrific. I suppose a lot of participants are on the same boat.
I hope so,