Monday, November 29, 2010

I have commited to enter Fatty's lose 10 lbs in 4 weeks and win great stuff contest! FatCyclist Contest !

This is Fatty's contest. His rules. He describes it below:

visit to enter his contest.

Which of these many, many prizes might you win? That’s the beauty of it — you don’t know. I’ll choose randomly (though if possible, I’ll be happy to send you the correct size of shirt).

And even better, it costs nothing for you to enter this contest, or to win something. All you have to do is leave a comment either today (Monday) or tomorrow (Tuesday) in today’s post , indicating that you’re in. If you’re brave, you should also post your current weight.

When you leave a comment, be sure to include your email address in the email field (don’t worry, that address isn’t public, it’s just so I can contact you and get your address if you win something).

Then, on each weigh-in day, in the comments section, tell me how much you’ve lost so far. Weigh-in days are:

November 29/30: Initial weigh-in
December 6: First week weigh-in
December 13: Second week weigh-in
December 20: Third week weigh-in
December 23: Final weigh-in
Note that there are only 3 days between the third week weigh-in and the final weigh in, so don’t plan on losing a ton of weight then.

Out of everyone who successfully loses at least 10 pounds by December 23, I’ll choose random winners for each of the prizes listed above.

To me, it seems pretty likely that if you lose the 10 pounds, you’ll get some prize or other. Considering the entry fee (none), that’s not bad at all.

My Eating Plan

I am not a dietician. I am not a nutritionist. But I know quite about about what works, at least for myself (and I’ve got a pretty ordinary body). If you don’t already have a diet worked out, why don’t you follow my plan? It’s simple, it is usable for busy people in the real world, and if you stay on the wagon, I am almost certain that you will lose more than the ten pounds I’m setting as our communal by-Christmas goal.

Breakfast: I like eggs for breakfast. Here are the two ways I like to prepare them.

Fried: either 4 egg whites — fried — with a quarter avocado sliced on top, or a 3 egg whites and 1 yolk. Either way, it goes on a slice of wheat toast.
Scrambled: Saute a quarter onion, a handful of mushrooms, a handful of spinach leaves, and a couple spoonsful of salsa, then scramble in 3 whites and a yolk.
Snack: A grapefruit, or a tomato. Or an apple. Or a banana. Or if I craving something sweet, pears. Basically, any raw fruit or vegetable

Lunch: Tuna, egg whites, or chopped chicken, with fat free mayo, dill relish, celery, tomato, and mustard chopped in. On a slice of wheat bread or a couple of rice cakes.

Snack: Same as previous snack, but only one grapefruit per day. Not because they’re heavy or anything like that. I’ve just noticed my stomach starts to feel too acidic when I go too heavy on the grapefruit (wonderful though it is)

Dinner: Same thing everyone else in the family is having, but with portion control. No more carbs than two slices of bread would be, no more meat than the size of my fist. Keep fats to about a tablespoon.


Throughout the day: Drink half gallon of water.
When to stop eating: After dinner, I’m done eating for the night. This makes for very difficult sleeping the first couple nights, after which things are fine. And I’m done drinking, too. Because I hate having to get up to pee four times per night.
How I Hope to Not Hate My New Eating Habits: Once per week, usually on a Friday or Saturday, I get a non-diet meal. So it’s still possible to go out to eat and indulge in the things I like most. It’s just that doing so will be more of a special occasion, instead of the default.
My non-dairy-ness isn’t about diet. You’ll notice there’s hardly any dairy in my diet. That’s not because I don’t think dairy can work in a diet. It’s because dairy makes me fart. And I don’t like soy milk, for those of you who were about to suggest it.
My Exercise Plan

This is actually the hardest part of the plan for me, because it’s winter, and I just don’t love riding my bike in the cold (I know, some people thrive on it; I don’t).

So, I plan to ride the rollers for an hour every day. That’s as much as I can stand. I will then supplement that with a rotating schedule of a short run or swim and an upper body day. Upper body days consist of doing the Hundred Pushups plan and pull-ups.

The Runner, by the way, will be doing essentially the same thing as me, but will be doing P90X for her upper-body stuff.

How Fast I’ll Lose Weight

I expect to lose four pounds this first week, then three pounds in the second week, then two pounds in the third week. In the final three days, I’ll lose one more pound. Ten pounds by Christmas. Easy.

Now, I gotta figure out what I’m going to give myself for a prize when I succeed.

Let’s Get Started

OK, we’ve got a timeframe, we’ve got prizes, we’ve got solidarity. Let’s see how much, collectively, we can lose by Christmas. Go weigh yourself, and then leave a comment saying that you are committed.

visit: for details and prizes.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I've got my eye on a new frame. Check the Salsa Spearfish !

Spearfish Complete

Spearfish is our endurance-racing, long XC riding, full-suspension 29’er mountain bike.

Designed for 24-hour and other ultra-endurance XXC efforts, Spearfish targets efficiency. The frame offers 80mm of rear wheel travel, paired with 100mm of front suspension.

The EV6 aluminum frame is low weight and uses a pivot-minimizing suspension design. Removing the rear pivot helps keep chassis weight down, while also reducing complexity and maintenance.

The rear suspension is designed for efficient pedaling. As a result, Spearfish climbs extremely well and exhibits very little suspension bob. The tapered 1-1/8 to 1-1/2” headtube provides a stiffer front end and more precise steering. Likewise, the press-fit BB30 bottom bracket also transmits pedaling power more efficiently than other designs.

The Spearfish frame geometry results in neutral handling that does not steer overly quickly. The bike is designed to perform well for someone in his or her 6th or 12th or even 18th hour of racing (or just riding), and perhaps a tad slower than a bike that aims at winning 2-hour XC races.

We named this frame after the town of Spearfish in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Spearfish (the city) is home to the Ridge Riders Mountain Bike Club, the Dakota Five-O mountain bike race, and hundreds of miles of killer singletrack trails that this bike will excel on. With this frame we pay homage to their fair city and the mountain bikers there.

Spearfish. Charge your lights because tonight’s ride will be a long one.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Apple Patents The "iBike"

Apple just filed a patent application for technology that would integrate your iPod or iPhone with a smart bike.
Call it the iBike?
Patently Apple, which is great at tracking this stuff, picked up the story first.
The bicycle patent is similar to the Nike + iPod system, which tracks your workouts.
There's plenty of companies making little sensors to track information on bicycles, but we imagine Apple will offer the cleanest, most comprehensive software solution.
For serious bike riders, this will probably be pretty attractive.
The "iBike" is just the latest Apple patent in a long line of cool, futuristic gadgets.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Norwalk River Valley Trail

The Norwalk River Valley Trail (NRVT) is planned to be a Multi-Use Trail; where the trail can be used by different users which include walkers, bikers, runners, joggers, those on roller blades, those wheeling strollers, and people in wheelchairs. The NRVT will enhance both the wellness and quality of life of Norwalk residents and visitors. Bicycling is an enjoyable, inexpensive, efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation. It can be enjoyed by all, regardless of gender, age, and social, economic, or ethnic background.

The District 95/7 development project will be accessible from the NRVT. Hotel guests at 95/7 will have recreational access to the trail. Ultimately, commuters may bicycle to work, from north Norwalk or from Wilton. There will be access to the Norwalk River for canoers or kayakers. The immediate plan is for the NRVT to begin at Calf Pasture Beach and extend northward the entire length of Norwalk and into Wilton. When complete to Wilton High School the length will be about 12.8 miles. Eventually, the trail may be extended as far north as Danbury. 
The length of the trail from Calf Pasture Beach to the Norwalk-Wilton line is approximately 8.1 miles.
The trail currently has a section in Norwalk from Matthews Park to Union Park which has been completed. Another short section from New Canaan Avenue to Broad Street is completed. . The next trail section which is scheduled for construction will extend from Union Park, north along Riverside Avenue to Route 123. It is presently necessary to design this section, obtain the necessary permits, obtain funding, and then select a contractor for construction. In this 4600 foot section of the NRVT, it is necessary to cross the Norwalk River, which will be on the new Route 123 bridge which is currently being reconstructed by CONNDOT. When this trail section is completed, it will be possible to go from the Maritime Center to Broad Street on the NRVT. This section may be completed in 2011

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Surly Cross Check with Mavic Wheels and Kenda 700 x 42c Tires.

I picked up the finished Surly at lunch today. It is actually only 98% complete as the BB is a bit wide so the large chainring will not engage. I will ride it and decide if a Bash ring or a new small BB is in order. The triple cranks and BB came off the CAAD5 Cannondale r2000si  Ultegra Tiple. I will get in a ride early Thursday morning and report back.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Surly Cross Check with Mavic Wheels and Kenda 700 x 42c Tires.

Looks like its gonna be a 9 speed Triple With Avid Shorty 6 canti brakes.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

New Project : Surly Cross Check 2006 56cm

Well I took a long break between builds and I am considering my options. I bought for cash and parts trades a older Surly Cross Check. It needs a cleaning and front and rear canti brake hangers. Ordered them along with with Avid Shorty 6 2009 Canti brakes. Now do I build this SS/ Fixed or use my Full Ultegra Triple group. I want to run 700x 40 or 42 tires and would love gears on this..... If I could sell the Vintage Trek Frame then it would make my decision easier. Pics to come.Cable Hanger

We couldn’t find a cable hanger we liked which also fit our Constrictor seat post clamp’s oversized bolt. So we made one. Long enough to eliminate kinked rear brake cables, large enough to fit over thick post clamp bolts, versatile enough to work with most other post clamps, and it’s even got an adjusting barrel. Stainless steel.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

bike and walking trails, including the proposal to develop a trail linking Norwalk and Danbury

Transportation heads want to hear from you

Every year, the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission tours the state to listen to residents and public officials discuss how they get from place to place or, often, how they wish they could. The commission holds a series of public hearings both in the spring and in the fall, and there is usually one within easy reach of Wilton. This spring, it’s at Danbury City Hall, on April 20 at 7:30 p.m. Everyone who is interested in mass transit and related subjects is invited to come and raise issues, express concerns or contribute new ideas.
If public transportation is important to you, this is an opportunity to raise awareness of our region’s issues and to influence policy. Drawing on input from its hearings, the Public Transportation Commission presents a set of recommendations on transportation priorities in its annual report, which it circulates to the Department of Transportation, the governor, and the Transportation Committee of the General Assembly. For matters it considers more urgent, the commission can also pass resolutions at its monthly meetings and communicate them immediately.
How do these recommendations and resolutions influence decisions about transportation on the state and regional levels? Last May’s hearing in Norwalk is a good recent example. Testimony by Wilton residents and public officials led the commission to pass a resolution the following month urging the DOT to open the Wilton station as soon as possible. This provided valuable support for First Selectman Bill Brennan’s persistent and successful efforts to convey the importance of the situation for our community to the DOT and to obtain its commitment for opening the station this fall. Earlier this year, another recommendation in the commission’s annual report led the City of Waterbury to rethink plans for its bus system and intermodal transit center.
Although the commission does not set an agenda for its hearings, it does provide guidance by identifying issues that are especially relevant for specific regions. At our Danbury hearing, we invite you particularly to share your thoughts about electronic highway tolls at the state’s borders; further improvements to the Danbury branch line, including electrification and extending the line to New Milford; bike and walking trails, including the proposal to develop a trail linking Norwalk and Danbury; rail station parking; existing and potential area bus service; and transit-oriented development.
The April 20 public hearing in Danbury is your chance to be an advocate for Wilton’s and Fairfield County’s mass transit needs. Your ideas can help the DOT and our elected representatives develop transportation solutions that can alleviate congestion on our roads, reduce fuel emissions, improve the commuting experience, and make Wilton and our surrounding towns even better places to work and live.
Even if you can’t attend the hearing, the commission would be very pleased to hear from you. You may submit your comments and ideas in writing to Dennis J. King, CPTC Liaison, P.O. Box 317546, Newington, CT 06131-7546. Or send me an e-mail at .
Ms. Lavielle is a member of the Connecticut Public Transportation Commission.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

On Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a trail improvement party along the Norwalk River on the south side of Rt. 123.

On Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a trail improvement party along the Norwalk River on the south side of Rt. 123.
Help the Norwalk River Watershed Association and its partners prepare a section of proposed trail along Riverside Avenue and the Norwalk River that will connect existing trails at Union Park (just west of Norwalk Public Library) to existing trails on the north side of Rt. 123.
The focus of this event will be trash cleanup as well as invasive vine removal along the riverbank to prepare the trail for fall plantings and signage. On-site training on how to identify the invasive plants will be provided. There are jobs for a variety of age levels. Meet at the north side of Casatelli Marble & Tile (34 Riverside Ave.). Bring your own tools if possible. Through the generosity of a grant from Recreational Equipment Inc. to NRWA for trail improvements, some tools will be available and lunch will be provided for volunteers.
Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) has donated $5,000 to the Norwalk River Watershed Association to help implement this section of the Norwalk River Valley Trail System, as well as to develop a comprehensive trail map of the entire watershed area from Norwalk to Ridgefield. This section of trail is being planned as a collaborative effort between the Norwalk River Watershed Association, Norwalk River Valley Trail Committee, Norwalk League of Women Voters, City of Norwalk and ConnDOT to develop a significant multi-use trail that would extend approximately 8 miles from Calf Pasture Beach to the Norwalk-Wilton line. The existing section of trail in Norwalk links together a number of attractions, including the Maritime Aquarium, the Lockwood-Matthews Museum, the new Heritage Park, and Union Park. Another short section of completed trail extends from New Canaan Avenue (Route 123) to Broad Street. The next proposed section will extend from Union Park, north along Riverside Avenue to Route 123. When this section of trail is completed, it will be possible to go from theMaritime Center to Broad Street via the Norwalk River Valley Trail.
Anyone interested in helping should e-mail us at or call NRWA at 1-877-NRWA-INFO (877-679-2463),) to sign up or for further directions.
The Norwalk River Watershed Association, Inc. [NRWA], is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the water quality and quality of life in the region. Through fostering education, cooperation, and action on the part of individuals, businesses, community groups, and government agencies, NRWA is a catalyst for positive environmental change that benefits fresh water supplies, Long Island Sound, and the residents of the watershed, which includes the municipalities of New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Wilton, and Lewisboro, N.Y. For information on free programs, research, volunteer opportunities and membership visit

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Newstimes Article on Route 7 Bike Path

Linking a network of pedestrian and bike trails from Norwalk north to Danbury would not only improve access to the Norwalk River Valley's wooded shores, but also serve residents by allowing them to ride bikes to rail stations, stores and other destinations, said Patricia Sesto, director of environmental affairs for the town of Wilton.
The network, called the Norwalk River Valley Trail, would extend about 17 miles from its start in South Norwalk, linking with other existing and future trails in Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding into Danbury, though a routing study is needed to determine the specific location of the path, Sesto said.
"This is a long-running desire of the community that has been long-standing, but we need to know what this trail could look like," Sesto said. "It could serve to get people better connected to the natural environment or change the way they commute."
A coalition led by the towns of Wilton, Ridgefield and Redding, with assistance from officials and activists in Norwalk and Danbury, recently received approval from the state Department of Environmental Protection for its application seeking a grant of $180,000 in federal funds to conduct a feasibility and route study for the trail.
The request, made this fall, is now being considered by the Federal Highway Administration and state Historical Commission alongside requests from other towns seeking some of the more than $1.4 million in highway funds expected to be awarded this year by the DEP to various trail construction and maintenance projects in Connecticut.

Friday, February 26, 2010 Raillink !

Don’t See the Trail You’re Looking for? Submit a New Trail here.

MapRail-trailTrail NameStateCountiesLength (miles)Activities
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Airline North State Park Trail
CTWindham27Walk, Horseback, Snowmobile, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Airline State Park Trail - South
CTHartford, Middlesex, New London, Windham22.40Walk, Horseback, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Branford Trolley Trail
CTNew Haven1Walk, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Charter Oak Greenway
CTHartford9.80Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Derby Greenway
CTNew Haven1.70Walk, Bicycle, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Farmington Canal Heritage Trail
CTHartford, New Haven40Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Farmington River Trail
CTHartford8.50Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Inline Skates, Mountain Bicycle, Fishing, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Hop River State Park Trail
CTHartford, Tolland15.60Walk, Horseback, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Housatonic Rail-Trail - Trumbull (Pequannock Valley Greenway)
CTFairfield3.40Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Housatonic Valley Rail-Trail - Monroe
CTFairfield3.80Walk, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Larkin State Park Trail
CTNew Haven10.40Walk, Horseback, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Middlebury Greenway
CTNew Haven4.40Walk, Bicycle, Inline Skates, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Moosup Valley State Park Trail
CTWindham5.80Walk, Horseback, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle, Fishing
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Putnam River Trail
CTWindham2Walk, Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Quinebaug River Trail
CTWindham4Walk, Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Railroad Ramble
CTLitchfield1.70Walk, Horseback, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Ridgefield Rail Trail
CTFairfield2.30Walk, Cross Country Ski, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Stratton Brook State Park Trail
CTHartford2Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle, Wheelchair
Trail has spatial data
Trail is a rail-trail
Vernon Rails-to-Trails
CTTolland4Walk, Bicycle, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
No spatial data available
Trail is not a rail-trail
Wilton Trail
CTFairfield2.70Walk, Cross Country Ski, Mountain Bicycle
Trail has spatial data
Trail is not a rail-trail
Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail (WIndsor Locks Canal Towpath)
CTHartford4.50Walk, Bicycle, Fishing