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