hoping this is not a wisconsin death trip ....
dallas, cam, luc, colin, mrs. dr, and i are off to wisconsin today for the 24 hours of 9 mile (there is still time to join us). if you are under house arrest or quarantined because of suspected avian influenza and you have some time to kill you can follow the progress of the race here (apparently there are live updates with their new timing system).
have a good weekend - we sure will
mock-up of the back of the house. the hardie board siding will be cut into 3' X 8' sheets with the cut offs being used for the gable end. we hope to put a metal roof on - maybe in spring.
there was an interesting article in the new york times on the celebration of the slow food movement in the US. some time ago i bought the book by carlo petrini which is a collection of essays about the importance and need to slow down and enjoy food and relish in the social interaction, culture, and pleasure that food provides. if anyone wants to borrow this book...
also from the new york times, a link to and interesting post on food subsidies and other agricultural truths (or not) from the freakonomics blog.
finally, like the shedworking blog there is this one on cake disasters. blogs can be really cool.
a quick search did not reveal what it cost to buy one of his works, but he does make a living off of it by selling books and his work on commercial projects
thanks go to tom and luc for getting me wheels to race on as i am currently without because of hub changing project (hmmmm, maybe it would be a good idea to do something like that after a race and not the night before).
read about this guy in the new york times magazine some time ago. i have always admired people who enjoy craft and mathematics (which is really weird because i am so bad in this discipline). robert lang is one of the leading practitioners in art of origami. originally a published physicist and engineer, lang became a full time origami artist - go to his site and you see why (i particularly like the inscets).
on another note, our friend gianni has garnered some well deserved attention from this cool blog site.
any ways, the lawn finally died after a year (my neighbour thought that roundup would work pretty well too - tarps get better attention) and after rototilling i replaced the tarp with woodchips
well, we are into the final phase of this project and we started planting native plants, grasses, bushes, and trees in place of grass. i anticipate this final phase should take 5-7 years before everything is mature.
while in squamish i was lucky to stay with mike truelove, the builder of my 29er frame. while i was there i put down a deposit for a cross frame, the final (well - nothing is really ever final, but definitely final for the next few years) bike in my collection. after some research and discussion with tom, i sent mike an email with details of how i would like the frame built, here are some of the particulars:
1) Seat tube - 600 mm
2) Top tube - 595 mm
3) Chain stay - 425 mm
4) Head tube - 220 mm* (11/8"dia)
5) Rear spacing - 130 mm
6) Bottom bracket drop - 70 mm** (68mm shell)
7) Head tube angle - 72.5
8) Seat tube angle - 72.5
9) Stand over height - 850 mm
* I would like the head tube to be a little higher coming up from the top tube - sort of sticking up a bit if that make sense.
** I will be using 180mm cranks (most likely SRAM Rival). My Surly travel bike has a drop of 66mm - plenty of pedal clearance with the 180's I have on there, would this be too much?
1) Paul dropouts with a hanger added
2) Canti brake bosses - circular guide stop coming from the seat stays if possible
3) Brake guides on top of top tube
4) Rear derailleur stops on top of top tube. Just two stops on the top tube and two guides on the seat stay - I plan on using a full housing from the top tube to the drop out.
5) Front derailleur, regular number - but fairly high on the seat tube.
6) Water bottle bosses on the seat and down tube
I was thinking of all True Temper tubing if possible, but if there is some good Reynolds kicking around I would not be opposed.
i decided to give myself the option of gears, but will initially set it up as a singie speed.
on another note: tinker tim, kev b, jane and i spent an evening out in the sadilands with some of the body driven riders trying some of the other trails in the area. the trails were good and there were some excellent flow to some sections. they are hoping to be able to create a new race course since they lost 70% of the old course to fire earlier this spring (damn atv riders).
i am also trying a new method of removing the effects of poison ivy from my leg - the jury is out on this method.
the falafel place is now open. still some work to be done and pictures to be hung, but they are open for business. in case you don't know their new location you can find them here. mrs. dr. and i are now back into our saturday morning rut.
so on wednesday i headed off to the bur oak trail for a ride. the round trip was 92km and it was a great evening for cycling. since i was going to leave from work i had to pack everything that i would need for the ride in a backpack.
anyone who races at bur oak likes to ride the trails fast, it improves bikes skills and teaches you the importance of a smooth even riding style. the first couple of laps went well, not blistering, but nice and smooth. after all, this was a ride to work on some skills i would need at 24-9, which is all about riding quickly and evenly which ends up yielding you the most laps at a 24-hour event. on lap 3 i entered the "root cellar", and was enjoying the great lines i was picking through the forest. i was actually enjoying them too much when i caught my right hip on a tree i was cornering. now, most of us, when we ride bur oak, usually come out of there with a few scrapes and bruises, its the way it is on those trails. when we do this we usually ride through it and only notice the damage later when we get home. but this was different, this one i could not continue riding after the contact, this time when i caught the tree as i went by i almost came to a complete stop. for the first time in a long time i actually had to catch my breath - this one hurt.
lovely - the camera was f*#ked. nothing like pushing the envelope a little while riding. ces't la vie, i now have a new camera and will be a little more cautious in where i keep it when i ride. lesson learned.
alberto - confirmed
dr. mr. - possible
cam - strong possibility
luc - strong possibility
john m - strong possibility
colin a - support possibility
dallas - possibility
also, there is no time like the present to get ready for the race, so frequent postings about rides in prep of the race will be posted.
this is nutty. if you did not see this on how to avoid a bummer life you should watch this. to destroy the field by that much time in a world championship is nuts; easily on par with what floyd did in mountain climb in the tour two years ago, if not more insane. remember, video makes it look three times flatter and tamer than it is in real life.