Thursday, January 31, 2008

wilton villager - Rte. 7 rock wall to be blasted next week


wilton villager - Rte. 7 rock wall to be blasted next week: "NORWALK — The rock wall at the end of the Route 7 expressway and Grist Mill Road will soon be reduced to rubble.

Department of Transportation spokesman Kevin Nursick said blasting may begin Feb. 5 or Feb. 6. The department signed a $671,550 contract with M. Rondano, Inc. of Norwalk to remove both the rock wall and a rock pile along the Merritt Parkway."

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

I have a few options on the Kona SS Rebuild



Mark made a suggestion that sounds like a great idea. Trek Bikes is selling a 69er SS
so why not try it.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

My favorite ALL TIME fixed gear . Randy on FGG



Randy Describes:

And if I could, could I give a brief shout out to my trusty old Trek 400, may it Rest In Pieces (S/N 622, if you happen to see it around). I put it together last winter from the frame up with spare parts and deals off ebay. I used it to commute to downtown Spokane, WA from Idaho along the Centennial Trail (28 miles one way)(nearly 1500 miles on the odometer) three times a week from mid-April until it was stolen in July. Nothing special about it, just an old reliable, heavy (27 pounds as pictured) piece of utilitarian transportation, so why do I feel so bad now that it's gone?

Now look at those Drops Outs ;^) Nice Ishiwatta 022

Trek - Ishiwata 022 56cm FIXED project 1981 serial # 006082

Trek 510 1982 I- 022 -- My New Fixed Gear Project Frame




I am going to build this up with Fat off road tires and try both a Fixed and Free combo. I need to source a 20 or 22 tooth COG ( Rockwerks and Surly both make them I think) and ACS 22 Freewheel. . I also wish to fit 700x42 Cross tires but the rear
may not have clearance.

Kona Unit 18"

Jenson USA has these Zion Forks on Sale $39.00

26" -29" in Matte Black or Gloss White www.jensonusa.com Disc only .
Great Deal. I ordered a set of Handbuilt WTB SpeedDisc / Rockwerks Fixed gear hub
Wheelset. I will post pics when this is built

Zion 26" Disc specific Fork for my Kona Unit

Friday, January 25, 2008

8 Satellite Radio Merger Points - Seeking Alpha

8 Satellite Radio Merger Points - Seeking Alpha: "The argument of the cost of getting into the satellite radio business being cost prohibitive steps away from the varietal that the article is based on. The method of delivery in the initial phase of the article is not the issue. The cost of getting into the satellite radio business would equate to how Gallo, or any cabernet sauvignon company, chooses to deliver their product, not the product being delivered. In the case of audio entertainment, if I were to sit Mr. Schaeffler into a new Ford with SYNC, and play him Rush’s “YYZ”, he likely could not tell me whether it was delivered via AM, FM, HD, cell, CD, MP3, Slacker, XM or Sirius. Mr. Schaeffler could in fact hear YYZ on all of those mediums."

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Gain Ratios--A New Way to Designate Bicycle Gears

Gain Ratios--A New Way to Designate Bicycle Gears: "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;
the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
-- George Bernard Shaw"

26" vrs 700c & Gearing Ratio

"Much been said about the durability and versatility of 26' wheels, but they do have their shortcomings. We have found that many new tandem riders buy inexpensive first tandems with 26' wheels, hoping to enjoy some of versatility that they offer. Very often however, they become disenchanted. They find it difficult to keep up with others riding 700C tandems on group tandem rides. I have noticed the same effect on tandems that are otherwise virtually identical. It just seems more difficult to maintain high speeds on a 26'-wheeled tandem."

Merger News - Sirius Satellite - SiriusBuzz

Merger News - Sirius Satellite - SiriusBuzz: "Rumors are swirling once again regarding the proposed merger of Sirius and XM. While this does add some excitement into the trading day, I would recommend that sector watchers exercise caution with regard to any merger speculation. Remember, we are dealing with government agencies here, and things in government tend to move slow. If you have ever been next in line at the Registry of Motor Vehicles, and still waited an hour only to find out you need to wait in another line, you already know what I am speaking of."

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Last.fm's Stand Against Satellite Radio

Last.fm's Stand Against Satellite Radio: "The good news is that it may get a whole lot easier to get the merger between the two companies approved, after this morning's announcement that online radio service Last.fm will offer free streaming music from all four major labels and countless indies. A program is also in place to monetize uploads from unsigned artists.

The bad news? I just told you. Last.fm, bought by CBS (NYSE: CBS) in a $280 million deal last year, is providing on-demand delivery of its growing digital library for free."

Thursday, January 17, 2008

OpenID � What is OpenID?

OpenID � What is OpenID?: "What is OpenID?

OpenID eliminates the need for multiple usernames across different websites, simplifying your online experience.

You get to choose the OpenID Provider that best meets your needs and most importantly that you trust. At the same time, your OpenID can stay with you, no matter which Provider you move to. And best of all, the OpenID technology is not proprietary and is completely free.

For businesses, this means a lower cost of password and account management, while drawing new web traffic. OpenID lowers user frustration by letting users have control of their login."

Yahoo! No More Password Profusion!

Yahoo! No More Password Profusion!: "Are you sick of keeping track of separate user names and passwords for every site on the Internet? You're not alone.

We might not have to stand for that nonsense much longer. Single sign-on is coming soon to some of the biggest names in the online world."

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Microsoft speculation has Yahoo, Logitech shares up - MarketWatch

Microsoft speculation has Yahoo, Logitech shares up - MarketWatch: "Bruce Jaffe, who oversees the company's acquisitions strategy, will leave at the end of February, Microsoft said Wednesday. Some media reports about his departure touched on the enduring speculation about Microsoft's appetite for buying online-media rival Yahoo.
The New York Post went further, reporting that a potential deal is still being discussed"

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

wilton villager - Alliance against FAA flight plan launches Web site

wilton villager - Alliance against FAA flight plan launches Web site: "REGION — Area municipalities fighting an air traffic redesign plan by the Federal Aviation Administration will spend at least $240,000 for an advocacy group to get residents on their side, and last week some of that money went to work.

A Web site for the Alliance for Sensible Airspace Planning — a coalition of chief elected officials in 13 Connecticut communities including Norwalk, plus Pound Ridge, N.Y. — went live on Jan 2 at www.sensibleairspace.org. It was designed by OnPoint Advocacy, based in Alexandria, Va.

'There's going to be the court of law and the court of public opinion,' said Judith Neville, chief operating officer of the alliance and a former first selectman of New Canaan. 'This is the court of public opinion that we're trying to mobilize.'"

wilton villager - Alliance against FAA flight plan launches Web site

wilton villager - Alliance against FAA flight plan launches Web site: "REGION — Area municipalities fighting an air traffic redesign plan by the Federal Aviation Administration will spend at least $240,000 for an advocacy group to get residents on their side, and last week some of that money went to work.

A Web site for the Alliance for Sensible Airspace Planning — a coalition of chief elected officials in 13 Connecticut communities including Norwalk, plus Pound Ridge, N.Y. — went live on Jan 2 at www.sensibleairspace.org. It was designed by OnPoint Advocacy, based in Alexandria, Va.

'There's going to be the court of law and the court of public opinion,' said Judith Neville, chief operating officer of the alliance and a former first selectman of New Canaan. 'This is the court of public opinion that we're trying to mobilize.'"

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Did Sirius Reach 8,000,000 Subscribers Goal? - Seeking Alpha

Did Sirius Reach 8,000,000 Subscribers Goal? - Seeking Alpha: "While there has been no official announcement from Sirius Satellite Radio (SIRI) regarding subscribers, one of the on air talents revealed twice Wednesday afternoon that Sirius has indeed passed the 8,000,000 subscriber milestone. Jay Thomas on Sirius Stars (channel 102) stated twice in the three o’clock hour that Sirius satellite radio has indeed passed the 8,000,000 subscriber mark.

Sirius has guided that they will finish the year with over 8,000,000 subscribers, and most analysts expect that they will reach the mark. According to Jay Thomas, they did just that. Again, the words of Jay Thomas are not official, but it would appear that the word around Sirius is that the goal was reached. Official word on subscribers has typically been announced during the CES show in Las Vegas."

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Great Single Speed Video

Gotta Love riding in NYC.

This guy is good

Upper Paugussett State Forest :: Trail Info :: Connecticut Mountain Biking Community :: Crankfire.com

Upper Paugussett State Forest :: Trail Info :: Connecticut Mountain Biking Community :: Crankfire.com: "State Forest in Northern Newtown. You can park at Echo Valley Road and the Pond Brook boat ramp.

There is an access road that goes through the center of the forest that is a gradual climb from the parking lot off Echo Valley Road and then turns into a great DH ride all the way to Hanover Road.
Notes

There are other trails in the forest, some marked with various colors of engineer tape and they appear to more like trails hunters have layed out to get to various blinds and treetop perches. These trails offer some very good virgin trail riding."