Saturday, February 25, 2012
Monday, February 13, 2012
I fell into a hell-sized hole full of work and responsibility for a while there.
Fact is, when time is slim, I'd rather ride than write.
My whip-crackin', deck-shellacin' friend E was on the island for a few weeks and left the proud new owner of my cyclocross bike. I'm chuffed that he has taken up cycling and elated to see him on the Cannondale. We got in a few great rides along the backroads of Bali and soaked up the swaying palm tree vibe prior to his return to the Lone Star state.
The past week has seen me trying desperately to hold the descending wheel of Mr.S as we fly down from Kintamani. Thank God I can out-climb him, or my fragile weight-weenie ego would be shattered.
Anyways, he turned me on the a cool site called tracks4bikers where one can plot a course using Google maps which is then expressed as a route profile with distance, ascent and gradient info displayed.
I have put up some Bali routes which can be found by entering the term "Bali" into the filter. Check them out. LOTS of climbing!
Other cool stuff... Well, CKUA radio is ALWAYS cool, but when you get dar.fm to record your favourite show then download it as a podcast to be enjoyed at leisure... does it get any better? The strains of Redneck Alberta drifting across the rice fields of Bali is a start! YEEE HAWWWW! I take back everything...well OK, two of the many nasty things I've said about iTunes.
More cool crap... did you know Cervelo made cruisers? I know, I was shocked too! But there it is-
Even MORE cool stuff? Did you know that Herrera is Jesus is Herrera? Phenomenal/freaky post HERE. Kind of makes a yellow wrist band seem superficial (I Know, whodathunkit?).
Finally, the reason I Started This Blog In The First Place...OCD shit.
I have found a great deal of very useful information regarding bike fit on Steve Hogg's site. One particular nugget regarding cleat placement has been exceptionally helpful in ridding me of knee pain.
Recently I got some new shoes that, while comfortable, didn't allow for optimal cleat positioning. Setback plates are available, but I was only looking for a slight advantage and, well, basically I'm a cheap bugger. If I was looking for a huge setback, I would just order the plates and be done with it. A few millimeters? Where did I put that grinder?
Position of upper mounting hole does not allow for full setback of plate...
Meet my little friend Pepe...
Don't forget to remove captive nuts before cutting. Replace them before remounting cleat plates...
Now THAT's better. Come On, does it really make a difference? It certainly seems to, but maybe I'm just being OCD about the whole thing...
Thanks for coming over,