Monday, January 26, 2015

Back At It

The Winter Short Track Series.  I was there.  This time with a giant hot dog.

We didn’t do the party thing like last year.  I really didn’t feel like dragging all that stuff out into the woods, especially since I wanted to bring Carl along.

We did some heckling though, and even though there were no piƱatas, bubbles, glitter, etc., we still had a good time. 

I got some decent photos too.

Here’s fellow Niner Ambassador Bonnie K. tearing up the Expert Women’s field:

And from The Hub, here’s Jordan:

…and Jana:

The women enjoyed the cheers for sure, but when the next group of men came out we let loose.  The party started expanding, even without us bringing all the accessories.

Here’s Big N’ Buttery in the “rock garden”:

And TomTom, who took to the single speed race despite the fact that there weren’t too many real single speeders in it.  He almost died, but had a good time hitting the “pro line” in the “rock garden.”

My man Evan from The Cycle Path probably had the best ride on the pro line though:

But after bending his derailleur a little while later he was asking for a beer handup:

It seems lately that a race photo isn’t complete without Creepy Baby Hand.

We haz:

…especially if you’re a dirt roadie:

Another fun day in the woods.  A weird one though.

Maybe I’ll race one of these.  Probably after I get back from Arizona though. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Fun Friday

More rain.  Lovely.  So much for getting outside and getting rad this weekend.

I really hate this weather.  I’d rather have snow because I could actually go out and ride in it.  Snow is fun.  Rain is not fun.

Unless you’re a Stormtrooper.

It’s Friday, which is supposed to be a fun day.  Maybe it’s not raining where you are, or maybe you don’t care.  I care.  There will be short track race watching on Sunday, but I’m pretty sure tomorrow will feature more riding indoors and a Star Wars marathon.  I’m also heading out tomorrow night to listen to my friend’s band play some METAL.

Metal and Star Wars.  Maybe the rain won’t be so bad.

Enough about me.  I’ll cut this post short so you can get to doing whatever it is you wanna do this weekend.

I wanna take the easy way out.

See y’all next week.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Making Plans

This weekend, the first “race” of the season starts. 

The 2015 Winter Short Track Series kicks off on Sunday and I plan to be there.  However, I don’t plan to race just yet.  Sure, I’ve been “training”, but not for this.  In fact, if you’re the type that trains for a race series like that, then maybe you should set you goals a little higher.  It is a great course and a great event though, and I’m so glad we have something like this around here. 

But I plan to do what we did last year, and maybe if I’m feeling a little froggy I might jump in and race one or two.  As you can tell, I’m just not that into racing it yet, even though it could be fun.  I might get out there this weekend and feel the need to mix it up, in which case I’ll show up the following week ready to “race.”  For now, we’ll just get the party in the woods going again.  Lunchbox has a whole new array of costumes, and I have some friends to heckle.  The folks out there really need someone to yell at them while they ride (I sure do) and I’m happy to provide the service.

We’ll play nice, even though some people act like they are out there going for the national championship.

Come on and hang out with us, or race if that’s your thing.  It will be fun either way.

I am considering racing soon.  Real soon.  I’m not counting my trip to Arizona in a few weeks as a race though.  I’m looking at something a little more “serious.”

The 12 Hours of Santos is coming up next month, and although I was burned out on the whole racing thing last year when I went down there, I’m thinking about giving it another shot.  I’ll be a lot more focused this time around, and I actually enjoy riding bikes again.  I had fun during the event last year for the most part, but my inner demons took over and I lost the love.  Hopefully I can get down there and get my groove back.

It’s about a week and a half after the little lady and I get back from AZ, and if I get my time off approved from work I’m in I guess.  It seems like a good way to test the waters so to speak, and maybe I can start this season off right by suffering in the woods for twelve hours. 

I like suffering.  I just didn’t feel like doing it much last year.

Fun?  I will haz it.  Just as long as I keep my head straight going forward.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Just A Few Things

Every now and then, I get the urge to get some new stuff I may or may not need.  In the case of helmets, it usually becomes a necessity.  I’ve either crashed a few times, they get worn out, or they are just plain stinky.  All three of these were the case lately, so it was time to act.

I’ve been pretty loyal to the same helmet for years, having several of the same model (albeit in different colors) the whole time.  After checking out the loaner helmets at the last two Niner demos though, I got a chance to check out a brand I'd never tried before.  I tried a few on (they were clean), and I liked the style and fit.  Sensing a chance to make a controlled change, I ordered a new helmet from Kali Protectives.

I dig it.  It looks cool (which may or may not be important), it fits well, and doggone it, I like it.  The kicker is that I haven’t actually worn it yet, since I’ve been spending a lot of time either riding indoors or out on the road.  I guess this weekend I’ll get the first crack at it when I actually go for a mountain bike ride.  The time and place have yet to be determined, but I know I’ll get rad wherever I go. 

Mountains, local, whatever…I’ll get out to ride some dirt somewhere.

Next up is a neat (to me) thing that was designed by my buddy D-Wayne.  It was a long time in the making, and even longer for me to actually get it.

Check it out.

Now I have a t-shirt with the cartoon version of myself to wear around.  It may be a little narcissistic of me to wear a shirt with my own likeness on it, but who gives a shit.

I like it.

If you like it, you can order one at this link:

B-43....or King Chris??

If you happen to like Eastwood better (and who doesn't?), then you can get his Team Glow Worm shirt instead:

Or, just take your pick from lots of other designs there that are equally rad.

Go buy stuff.  Support my number one supporter.  That way he can stock up his beer fridge in time for me to arrive for Single Speed Arizona in a few short weeks.

The “season” is starting to take shape.  There are a few more things coming up that I’ll get into later.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Three Day Weekend

For some, but not me.  Yesterday was a holiday for a lot of people, so I took a day off from here.  It’s not like you missed much anyway.

Over the weekend, I was on call for work.  No big deal, but I couldn’t really plan anything good.  Instead of trying my luck riding on a trail somewhere local, I went to TotalCyclist first thing Saturday morning.  It was a guaranteed hard ride, and it’s really close to work in case some shit goes down and I have to go in.  Luckily I didn’t, but at least I got in a ride of some sort.  That’s probably the main reason I keep going there. 

With the rest of the day in front of me, I went shopping.  I had some errand type stuff to do, which included getting a new smarter phone.  Mine was pretty old and it was acting up, but I’d been putting up with it for so long because I didn’t feel like changing everything over to a new one.  I’d been in the market for a new camera too, but it turns out that my new phone killed two birds with the proverbial one stone. 

It takes pretty good pictures I guess.

Not the best example, but it was all I could do on short notice.  Going forward, I could quite possibly have mo betta photos for this blog.

The rest of the weekend was quite dull.  I washed my truck, rearranged and cleaned the living room, and watched some sportsball.

It was a lot of stuff to do I guess, but it didn’t wear me out.  I can’t say the same for Carl.

Today’s post is much about nothing.  It’s sorta my way to ease into the week I suppose.  Tomorrow, I’ll have some stuff to talk about when I mention some new items I’ve recently acquired and maybe even some plans I’m working on for another out of town race.

See y’all tomorrow if this dog lets me get up.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Fun Friday

The weekend is here again.  Time to go out and get rad.

I’m on call for work though, so I’m not sure how rad I can get.  Most likely I’ll be riding inside tomorrow morning at TotalCyclist, and maybe later getting out on some trails close to home. 

It sucks, but that’s the way it is.

Speaking of work, I found something weird on The Internets (yes, really.)  Actually, it was a suggestion on Facetimesuck which dared me to click on it.  I was not disappoint with what I found.

Dress sweatpants?

You know, when you get all fancy for your office job yet want to be active at the same time.

I hate you, The Internets.

The real issue here? People probably actually buy that stuff.  If you make it, there will be a market for it.  Maybe I’m just jelly that I didn’t think of it first.


Fancy pants.

See y’all next week with tales of cycling, beer, and relaxing.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Things Are Happening

Just not every single day around here.  I wasn’t here yesterday, and I’m good with that.  I decided that it’s okay to take random days off during the week, especially if I don’t have much to talk about.  Besides, I’m not feeling too great still.  I didn’t sleep too well Tuesday night, so yesterday morning I decided that blogging could wait.  It’s my own fault though after spending Saturday out in the cold, waking up feeling bleh, then going outside in the cold again another day to clean some bikes.

Almost out of  ProGold Degreaser and Wash.  It works, so I’ll get more.

I scrubbed things, removed dirt and grease, and adjusted things that needed adjustment. 

A clean bike is a happy bike.

Darth Maul has never been happier.

Having a single speed is easy, maintenance wise.  Clean, lube the chain, add Stan's sealant to the tires, check random bolts for proper torque, etc.  It wasn’t much of a challenge, so I grabbed the little lady’s filthy bike, that hasn’t been cleaned in far too long even though I recently installed a drooper post.

New parts installation usually means a wash first.  Meh.

I used the last of the ProGold wash and got her bike all shiny and new looking.

With all those gears, I had to spend some time remembering how to adjust everything.  Shifty bits now shift properly and all that.  I felt like I accomplished something, especially since I also washed The Executor (my Niner ROS9.)

Sorry, no photos of that excitement.  You’ve seen enough clean bike photos.

I am pretty excited, but not about clean bikes.  I got some pretty cool news.  Since I ‘m not very good at segues (even though I did just mention Niner), I’ll show you a screen shot from an e-mail I got Tuesday night.

Yes, I am now a Niner Ambassador.  And yes, they picked me for some reason.  Over 1,300 applied, and they somehow narrowed it down to less than 75 people (worldwide.)  I’m sure there were more than a few folks that were just trying to “score some free stuff” or whatever, but I bet there were a lot of good people on that list that should have been selected but weren’t. 

So yeah, I feel pretty honored.  I met the requirements I’m sure, but I don’t feel like I’m better than the ones who didn’t make it.  I may act like a douche on here sometimes, but I know I’m not all that.  It’s just fun to pretend sometimes.

And it will be fun representing Niner this season (officially now), along with all the other great supporters you see over there on the right of this page.

I’m not exactly sure what this “season” holds, but there will definitely be more riding, some training, a little racing, and a whole lot of fun on two wheels.