Monday, January 26, 2009

1965 canadian road race

Thanks to Jon Williams in Grants Pass, OR for the heads up!

"have a nice ride"

Sunday, January 25, 2009

honjos on the pro

Too cold and windy today for a ride so decided to install the Honjo smooth 36mm fenders on the '74 Raleigh Pro commuter bike. I'd done this before on the '78 Raleigh Comp and it gets easier every time. The only snag on this job was the far away chain stay bridge which I needed to drill & tap to accept a 10-32 x 1.5" screw to make sure the fender had the right relationship to the tire along it's entire length. I hate it when fenders are installed directly to the chain stay bridge "inappropriately" - just my OCD surfacing I guess... Oh yeah, this frame was never meant to have fenders (no eyelets on dropouts) so used the little padded p-clamps. I think they turned out OK, let me know what you think.

more pics here:

"have a nice ride"

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Paradise Loop ride

What a bee-you-tee-full mid January day even by California standards. Arrived at the Mill Valley heliport about 9:40am. This was one of the smallest showings I have seen on a CR called ride: one person - me. At least I know the route by now so started out 10:05am for a pleasant ride through paradise. There were many, many cyclists out today but nobody I knew. Many egrets in the salt ponds by the bike trail near the freeway. The Gitane SC is not known as my favorite hill climber but it seemed to take Camino Alto easy today - no huffin' 'n puffin' - well not much anyway. The rest of the ride was beautiful as usual and uneventful. Rolled into Tiburon for lunch at the normal spot for a ham 'n cheese croissant heated panini style and a Sierra Nevada - yum! Very enjoyable ride after that and beautiful ride home along the coast at Ocean Beach - man there were hundreds of people at that beach! Almost hit 70 degrees today... More pics:

fixed round 2 ½

The Stronglight 47 tooth chain ring arrived and is installed. Also put on wacky handlebars with VO Dia-compe reverse brake levers, VO leather covered half toe clips, bottle cage and elk hide bar covers. I was pretty leary about installing the leather handlebar covers but the elk hide makes it fairly easy. It is super stretchy and not hard to work with. The only mistakes I made were at the tight radius bends when the holes in the leather didn't line up well so I made some bad stitches but found them a couple stitches later and re-stitched it correctly and all was well. I remember lacing a pair of moccasins in scouts and this really reminded me of it.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

1st ride in 3 weeks

Yup, it's been 3 weeks - I was having withdrawals. Finally got out yesterday on the commuter bike for the usual ride out to Woodside and back. Was going to wuss out and just drive a bike down & do the flats only but decided at the last minute to include the hills. Was glad I did and it sure felt good to ride again. Next fall I'm gettin' a flu shot. Some pix at the Pulgas water temple:

"Have a Nice Ride"

Sunday, January 4, 2009

William Robbins, Robbie Williams

It's not about 10 speeds but this is just too funny not to post. I'll have some phone pix of today's ride for you tomorrow...