Friday, October 31, 2008

Lemond Litespeed Titanium Frame set 56 - eBay (item 120326663438 end time Nov-09-08 18:47:36 PST)

Lemond Litespeed Titanium Frame set 56 - eBay (item 120326663438 end time Nov-09-08 18:47:36 PST): "Circa 1991 Greg LeMond Titanium frame w/ Kestrel Fork

This LeMond, made by Litespeed, was one of the Team Z colored frame sets, originally Blue and Grey. I had it repainted and have decided that I have no use for it. Frame set is in good condition."

Ok , here is the chance to own a Titanium Fixed Gear Conversion Frame. Look at those Long dropouts. This Frame has SS / Fixed written all over it. In fact I do not remember finding any Ti Frames with these long drops. If the bidding stays low enough I may jump in, but I still have 3 more bikes to sell before I can start a new project.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Fat Cyclist » Blog Archive » Getting the Ending Right

Wow talk about sadness. I have been following Fatcyclist for at least a year and have tried to be a supporter. Fatty and Susan and their family have been through so much. I hope many people will read this and appreciate what we all have and take a moment to think.........

Fat Cyclist » Blog Archive » Getting the Ending Right: "Yesterday’s trip to the oncologist taught me exactly how easy it is to hear what you want to hear. Specifically, when last week I heard “dramatic improvement,” what I didn’t hear was the context: Susan’s brain is filled with too many lesions to count, and the ongoing inflammation can only be moderated — not eliminated — by steroids."

Yes, the size of the lesions had dramatically improved. But the truth is, the brain is delicate. When you throw a handful of gravel into it, the size of the individual pebbles is only one of the things that matters.

So while I’ve been pinning the blame of these episodes on Decadron, the fact is they would be happening regardless. The timing would just be different.

So: we’re up to twice as much Decadron now as we used to be.

But the truth is, it doesn’t matter much. Things are changing fast now.

Here’s what I mean.

As we got back from the doctor yesterday — around noon or so — and I had gotten Susan into the wheelchair to go into the house, the weather was so perfect I suggested we go for a walk instead of going into the house.

That sounded good to Susan.

So I pushed her around the neighborhood, loving the feel of Autumn: warm sun, cool breeze. The trees in the valley are changing colors, and the sound of a wheelchair rolling over crunchy leaves is incredibly soothing.

We talked, and Susan seemed — for the first time that day — to be happy and herself again.

After an hour or so she was tired, so I wheeled her home and got us lunch.

By the time lunch was over, she could no longer remember that we had been on the walk. She couldn’t remember the trip to the doctor. And for a while, she was certain that she was not at her home at all.

And she got worse as the day progressed. She’s now confused, lost, and afraid most of the time. It is unbearable for me to watch. Not so much that her reality is slipping; I expected that to happen eventually. What I hate is that it’s slipped into such an awful place.

So I spent the afternoon trying to answer the question: how can I be kind? Kind to Susan, and kind to the children, who can’t understand what’s going on and find themselves frustrated and scared when they try to answer Susan’s impossible questions (”Is that me walking around upstairs?” “Have I died?”).

The answer I’ve come up with is something like this:

I know how this will end now; the last chapter of Susan’s cancer is already written. I can’t control that. I can however try to exert some control over how Susan experiences this last chapter. And equally important to me: I can control how my kids experience it.

So we’re switching to hospice now, and the emphasis of the medication Susan takes will be on blocking the fear and confusion she’s feeling. I can try to make her time with the family pleasant for her, even if I can’t hope to have her understand it.

And meanwhile, I’m explaining as best as I can to the kids that mom has spent her whole life taking care of us, and now it’s our turn to take care of her.

There’s one big piece of this puzzle I haven’t figured out yet, though: I am clearly pretty messed up right now, but I’m dealing with it by staying extremely busy. I feel OK whenever I’m making myself useful. So far, that’s working, because I have a lot to do. But I know it’s not a permanent solution. I’ll get to that later.

For now I need to focus on my wife and kids.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Day 1 at OutDoor Demo East : Interbike Times

Day 1 at OutDoor Demo East : Interbike Times: "What a day here in Providence. Great weather, riding and energy for a perfect opening to our inaugural East Coast edition of the OutDoor Demo. We had great turnout at the event and a constant stream of riders heading out to the trails on new bikes. The NBDA Seminars and tech clinics were standing room only. We ended the day with a fun industry networking party where we served New England clam chowder, corn on the cob, corn bread, pizza, beer and refreshments. Met a ton of dealers from all over the East Coast. A few shops from New York City had rented vans to bring all their employees up for the event. Saw a few retailers from places as far away as Tennessee and Virginia, too. Heard that some shops had employees coming up on different days so that they could keep the shop covered and still experience the Demo."

Hindsight - Like eyes in the back of your head

The Nike Hindsight cyclist's glasses from designer Billy May (we loved his Torn lights before) are designed to do one simple thing: stop cyclists from getting hurt on the roads. At the extended side of each lens is a carefully arranged high-power Fresnel lens that captures the view to the sides of the wearer's head, and sends it into the peripheral vision.

charitybuzz | The Young Survival Coalition

charitybuzz | The Young Survival Coalition

The Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier international, nonprofit network of breast cancer survivors and supporters dedicated to the concerns and issues that are unique to young women and breast cancer. Through action, advocacy and awareness, the YSC seeks to educate the medical, research, breast cancer and legislative communities and to persuade them to address breast cancer in women 40 and under. The YSC also serves as a point of contact for young women living with breast cancer.

The organization was founded by three young breast cancer survivors in 1998. All under the age of 35 at diagnosis, they were discouraged by the lack of information and resources available to young women, and concerned about the under-representation of young women in breast cancer studies.

Unlike their post-menopausal counterparts, young women diagnosed with breast cancer face higher mortality rates, fertility issues and the possibility and ramifications of early menopause. The YSC seeks to change the face of breast cancer by: advocating to increase the number of studies about young women and breast cancer; educating young women about the importance of breast self-examination and early detection; and being a point of contact for other young women with breast cancer.

"Young women don't get breast cancer' is a refrain we hear frequently," says Randi Rosenberg, past president of the YSC. "Yet, here we are, right in front of the medical and research communities representing the global voice of all young women living with breast cancer. If they begin studying breast cancer in young women, they may unlock the key to why all women are diagnosed with this deadly disease."

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Wilton Woods Ride

This morning was incredible. Cool, dry and sunny. Wilton Woods is in great shape although the trails are covered with leaves which proved a problem on some of the newer runs. I ended up dong just a bit over 7 miles and had a blast. The new Black Diamond trail is really great. Did that run 3 times. Clearing everything with ease now even the big dip shown in the video below. The trees turning are incredible as well. Really enjoyed the experience today.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Smaller Tires for the Trek. 700x38c Tioga cityslicker

This bike seems to be getting most of my road attention. Between las weekend and yesterday I have had 3 great road rides.
Tonight a road ride to break in the Tioga 700x38c cityslicker tires.
The Niterider Trail Rat is ready to go.
Now If I can sell the Lemond and Shadow I may be get a 29er Frame to start my next project. Working an a few deals

Monday, October 13, 2008

theft proof singlespeed 61cm

I can't think of a better description for this bike.

theft proof singlespeed 61cm

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

CLIFF rode the NYC MS tour 1speederblog » Bike MS-100 Century

Great coverage of this event. Cliff does a great job of capturing the feel of the ride. Thanks Cliff.

1speederblog » Bike MS-100 Century: "Yesterday was the Bike MS-100 ride. Johan got sick a couple of days ago, so it was just Rogelio and me. On Saturday, I looked at the course map for the first time and saw that most of the ride, 70 miles of it, was along the Palisades and up in Rockland County, both of which are very hilly,"
so I ditched my plan of riding the fixie and decided to tune up my road bike. I hadn’t ridden my road bike in two years. Only the first 30 miles of the ride was around Manhattan and hill-free. My plan for these three century rides these past five weeks (the NYC Century, the Pumpkin Patch Pedal, and the Bike MS-100) was to do all three on my fixedgear bike. I knew immediately, after looking at the course map, that riding fixie on this ride would be way too hard for me at this point, being on high dose prednisone for the past five months. I’m from southern Westchester and I’m familiar the terrain through the Palisades and Rockland County. Had I ridden the fixie, I wouldn’t have been able to climb most of the hills. There was one fixer I saw doing the 100-mile course. He always came in after us to the rest stops and about 40 minutes after we arrived the finish line. Still, major kudos to that guy. That was a tough course to ride on a fixie.

Garmin Edge 705

Shortcut: I have an issue with getting the back light to come automatically. No way to change settings as it defaults to off when you power it up. So I found out all you do is tap the power button lightly 1 time after it boots up and the backlight settings appear. Enjoy. If you knew this already sorry for the obvious.......

Friday, October 3, 2008

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

How to stop a FIXED GEAR Bike

Bike couriers might've popularized fixed gear (or "fixie") riding, but the last place you want to practice is a traffic-heavy setting. New riders should find an area with lots of room to maneuver (and fall).

Abandoned parking lots and indoor cycling tracks are some of the best locations. Most importantly, make sure to always wear the appropriate safety gear (helmet and possibly pads) before hopping on a brakeless bike.

Step 2: Anticipate Your Stops

Since fixie braking is more involved, you'll need to remain extremely aware of your surroundings. Constantly scanning the road for hazards is ideal while riding through traffic, but you'll have it a little easier while practicing. Try to define an ideal stopping point in your practice area by setting up goal markers like traffic cones. With a definitive "red zone" to work with, you'll be able to practice stopping short of (or even skidding around) obstacles.

Step 3: Choose Your Braking Method

Despite all the inherent danger, there is some good news. When it comes to slowing down, fixed gear riders have a few different choices. Each comes with its own set of pluses and minuses (as well as ideal riding conditions), so it's wise to learn at least a couple. The two most common are:

Pace Pedaling

Decreasing the speed of your pedaling is the easiest ways to slow down a fixie. Since the rotation of the rear wheel and the movement of the pedals are directly connected, slowing down your strokes will put a damper on forward motion. In non-emergency situations this should bring you to a smooth, natural stop -- time/distance permitting of course.

Skid Stopping

Is "danger" (or "speed") your middle name? Then the skid stop is probably more up your alley. The process is started by leaning forward on the bike and relieving the weight on the rear wheel. If you have the balance to lift the rear wheel ever-so-slightly off the ground, even better.

Once the traction of the rear wheel has been taken out of the equation, use your feet to lock the pedals in a horizontal position. This should slow the suspended rear wheel to a stop. Shifting weight back onto the rear wheel should cause the rear tire to skid, causing the bike to slow to a stop.ods for enthusiasts.