Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Name the spot

I know not many tune into this soliloquy, but here goes nothing. Photos will mostly be taken from my phone. Name the location or better yet trail or road name. Prize - 1 bottle of Home brew or other home baked good.


Tuesday, February 17, 2009



I have a going on 4 year old Surly 1x1. Today it died. I purchased the frame online for $379.00, about three and some years ago. I used the bike on many many XC rides. It has been a good frame. About six months ago I noticed a small crack along the seatube/bottom bracket weld. I wasn’t sure if the crack was a break or just the paint. I commission the bike to a commuter/drop bar cross and have riden many more miles.
This cold winter morning the crack spread. I heard and felt a problem. I inspected the frame to find a big crack spreading around the down tube. I rode with my weight centered up on the front wheel in to work 2-3 more miles. I feel I got good use out of the bike. I am wondering If you could offer me some type of replacement, possibly on a different model. Let me know if there is anything you can do. Hopefully the left side will hold me on my way home. I am getting picked up before the last hill. I can send a photo of the break.


Monday, February 16, 2009

Lack there of

the motivation to get fit is a losing battle. With the strings of parenthood pulling me in many directions, I would rather drink and relax than dedicate any time towards fitness. Sunday was a trip to Franklin Institute for a Imax fim with the kids and laws. We joined last year in April and with our membership alomst up we have not been there. We did get our moneys worth yesterday, with the Grand Canyon Imax and the Narnia exibit all free tickets. Driving kelly drive, by the art musuem and logan circle makes me appreciate the great city of philadelphia. We came back thru gladwyne and other off streets of the Main lin. What superior stone architecture was about. The qualtiy of buildings, masonary homes, walls, aquaducts ,and other designs will never be match as such ever agian. The lost art pre-industrial design and stone building. Now everything is prefabricated as cheaply and as quickly as possible. Oh the ides of March are marching right along.

psa lifted

Heavy wind had the mud to a thicker the PB state on friday, during my crossesk-commute. Late Night freeze has it frozen, problem is mostly fair weather people wait until the worst time to ride, but what the heck do I care. A few rain storms and a drought or two and things are back to solid ground.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Public Service Annoucement

Trails are muddy an sloppy at this time. It will make you really messy, and will be very slow going. If you know where there are "sun Spots" or dry areas let us know( st. petes would be one). I would Say Marsh Creek, French Creek (except red white), d -twn harmony hill area are too soft. Create a crit of some sort or ride some tarmac this weekend. Just my advice, Spinning thru mud is only fun for so long and it leaves a mess of a track. Do yourself a favor!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Cycling tip #7

Wear your Helmet! Safety is a measure of chance over necessity. Sure you may feel safe without it, but I would hate to learn this lesson the hard way. When you weigh the pros(safety) vs the cons(comfort) well let's say I would hate to forget it when I need it.
Relative to this topic is skiing\boarding. I grew up safety free when it came to helmets, but a couple of close calls following, shall I say creative trails has me wondering. So back to the tip. I guess the moral only have one brain.

Monday, February 2, 2009

board agian

Dinner for saturday $45 , All day lift ticket $57, Teaching your kids to pound you legs priceless!