Saturday, July 31, 2010

Well...that view certainly doesn't suck.

Michael Cody

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Worth a mention...

On my ride home last night I saw a PiƱata hanging from a tree across the street from Tahona. There were ten drunks taking swings at it with a while baseball bat. 

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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy Birthday to @angrybovine !! "40 is the black, bitch!"

My Outside Comfort Level Goal for the Fall, Castleton Tower

Up the Castle Valley 10 miles outside of Moad, UT Castleton Tower is
visible from the fabled Porcupine Rim Trail.

It is a 4 pitches of 5.8-5.10 crack/chimney climbing and it is on the
tick list for this year. Or next. I think its healthy to do things
outside your comfort zone which are still safe. Climbing is one of
those things for me. I just want to know what it looks like from the
top of that tower.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Fair Weather Fan Hat. #redsox #yankees

Considering my suburban childhood home and catholic upbringing I am not a fighter. Combine that with residence in Ohio & Michigan from age 6-18 and you'll find I am neither a die hard Yankees or Red Sox fan.

I was born in NYC actually but my peers throughout college in New England and beyond are all Red Sox fans. So I tend to root for the Red Sox lest my New England friends disown me.

So what are you going to do when rabid fans start heckling? Or you might need to impress that cute guy/girl who's wearing a Sox or Yanks hat? Either way I'd just adjust my hat when no one was looking.

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Friday, July 16, 2010

My three favorite townie bikes and why...

These are three of my favorite bike platforms out there right now, Republic, Swobo, and Globe.

I know Republic doesn't run through Independent Bicycle Dealers so they tend to catch some heat. But at $400 it is a great platform to get people onto bikes. Riding the the coat tails of the fixed gear hipster scene to gain popularity and offering customizable color schemes, engaging the consumer and giving them control over their bike is a great offering.

Swobo and Globe both run through traditional bike dealers offering simple and well designed bikes with the ability to personalize them. They look rad and their useful.

Aesthetically I think what I like the best is the lack of billboard logos. Its says anonymous, but ask me about my bike anyway.

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Monday, July 5, 2010

More Needle Bearings Please.

Mmmmm, needle bearings. Love them. They are only effective in taking load from one direction so they aren't used often but when they are its like butter. That is why I'm so excited to see Crank Brothers spec'ing them on the Eggbeater and Candy pedals as well as KCNC spec'ing some on their new bottom bracket. It'll be interesting to see how they are received and what the affect on product life cycle will be on bottom brackets. 

The addition of these bearings to Cranks Brothers pedals should move them up to Shimano level smoothness. Having been through, Crank Bros., Shimano, and Time pedal systems I can say all three have flaws that prevent an outright winner to be named. 

Time has the best progressive release tension with a super smooth feel. The bearing and bushing leave something to be desired. The Crank Brothers Eggbeater has the lightest platform, easiest engagement and by far the best looks. Their major flaw was the bushing-bearing setup that Time suffers from as well as some rocking due to tread height variations. The former has been fixed. The later has not. Shimano is bringing it home in the bearing quality and lack of energy lost to friction (which is not to be taken lightly) and has the highest quality manufacturing standards resulting in some top notch product.

No holy grail. And its better that way. We suffer small inconveniences and constantly strive forward in the name of the perfect design.

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