Saturday, August 29, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I found out on a training ride the Continental Contact tires that come with the LHT (yeah you know me) spew out a ton of dust on dry dirt trails like the C&O Tow Path. After a 55 mile ride I was covered in dust and annoyance. After consulting with the LHT&CC google group I decided that a mudflap was just what I needed. However, for something so simple they can be pretty expensive, and I thought I could make one ten different ways out of stuff lying around the house. One way rose to the top, making one out of old mountain bike tubes and glue.
It was pretty simple, I cut open a tube and lay it flat cutting out two sections of similar length and gluing them together. I used one of those dual compound super glues and it seems to work fine. Once it was fully dry I cut the jagged messy edges off and it looked pretty good. Another option might be to use tire patch glue.
Friday, August 21, 2009
This creates some very cool effects but often just makes people look like their humping.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
A little while ago I put SKS P45 fenders on my new LHT (yeah you know me) and was happy about it. After some time has passed and I've put a few hundred miles on them I realize that the P45s are just too narrow. My bike and legs still get filthy after a wet ride. Don't get me wrong I love the fenders, I just wish I had gotten the next size wider. Another problem on that front is that when riding on dirt, the stock Continental Contact tires spew dirt and dust everywhere. By the end of a 55 mile ride I looked like a character out of Mad Max and my fenderless buddy riding a mountain bike was all clean. The only explanation I can come up with is that the tires pinch up dirt in the grooves as the contact the ground and toss it back against the bike. Has anyone else come across these issues?
Monday, August 17, 2009
First off I think everyone should know that we are in the second day of the Inaugural DC Beer Week. That means we're already a day behind and have some catching up to do. This sounds like a pretty sweet event with tons of participating local bars and breweries. Any excuse is a good one people.
Happy Monday everyone... Happy Monday Tori Spelling.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
So everyone has been freaking out in anticipation for today's scorcher but I think it's pretty nice out. It doesn't seem that humid today and there is a nice breeze without which it would be hot for sure. This morning I put a second water bottle cage on the LHT (yeah you know me) and pounded the fluids the whole way in. It was nice. I didn't push it too hard and tried to stay in the shade at stop lights. There is something about temperature extremes that pose a nice little challenge for the bike commuter. I was looking forward to some plus 100 agony and it just didn't happen. There's always the ride home. :)
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Greatest inspiration of the day: Jill Up In Alaska...
Best Weber grill upgrade: