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Monday, May 12, 2014

Jekyll Lefty, the Green Thumper Bike Lights

I had a request to show how I attached the Hotshot to my helmet. I am riding with my Nite Rider Pro 1800 Race mounted on my helmet. I clip the hotshot on the headlight cable that goes to the battery in my back pack.

I also included pictures of all of my other lights, four total. I have a white flasher on my front shock, two small flashers left and right on my rear rack. I also have a Hotshot on my seat post. I have one Cateye on the rear of my rack.

When I have a bag on my rack I can easily unclip the Hotshot on my seat post and put it on my helmet, back pack or cycling jersey pocket.

Oh, and I found out that Burley in Eugene, OR is no longer a coop. The duckbill was made by Burley along with my rain coat. The raincoat was a casualty of the "incident" on March 17 at the. I am currently looking for another cycling jacket that I can use in the rain as there is no replacement for the Burley rain coat. Glad I still have the Duckbill.




The Video


The photos:
Small LED lights mounted on the main bar of the rack

Trying out a hands free bike pose.

Trying out a hands free bike pose.

Front LED flasher mounted on the Lefty shock

Rear bike light mounted with 1/4 inch pipe nipple and zip ties.

Rear bike light mounted with 1/4 inch pipe nipple and zip ties.

Rear bike light mounted with 1/4 inch pipe nipple and zip ties.

Rear bike light mounted with 1/4 inch pipe nipple and zip ties.

Rear bike light mounted with 1/4 inch pipe nipple and zip ties.

Hotshot LED light on the rear of my helmet

Hotshot is mount using the clip on the light just above the
Velcro holding my light cable to my helmet.

Side view of Nite Rider Pro Race 1800 with helmet mount.

rear post mounted Hotshot.

Cateye mounted on Blackburn rack with 1/4 inch pipe nipple.

What the heck, Garmin 810 with a red protector.  I am using the Road bike mounting bracket because my
brake levers are too close to mount it on the bar using the small mount with the two bands.

For those of you who may be wondering about why this bike only has one front shock, well I will give you the reason.

The Cannondale Lefty has been around for a long time. The Lefty offers these advantages. Chassis stiffness, plushness, lack of bushing bind during braking, best stiffness to weight ratio for forks of the same class, and yes, you don't have to take the wheel off to change a flat!

Here is a video that will show you why I love the Green Thumper.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My Next Bike

I always said that my next bike would have disc brakes.   When I am going down a mountain road approaching 60 MPH and I am on an outside turn and I drop my inside leg out to gently lean my bike into the turn, I want to have the confidence that as I tap by brakes to limit my speed that I will not be heating up my rim.  When a cycling tire gets over heated from the heat transferred from the brake pad contacting with the rim it can cause a tire failure and that is not pretty.

I have always wanted to ride the Death Ride in the county of Alpine California.  I knew my old Serotta was not up to this ride, but my next bike will be purchased with this event as a goal.  I will not make it to the ride this year, but I will train for it in 2015.

Here is my short list so far.

Endurance bike frames

Trek Domane 6.9 not shown with disc brakes. Bike Radar has a nice review of the bike.
Orbeca Avant M10D In Atlanta Podium MS sells this bike
Felt Z2 In Atlanta Podium MS sells this bike
Focus Izalco Ergoride 2.0 In Atlanta Podium MS sells this bike
Parlee Z5 SLi In Atlanta Podium MS sells this bike
Roubaix SL4

Wheels

I hope these can be hand built with the Ultegra 6870 disc hub.

Group Set

Not much to say here except that my preferred group set is Shimano Ultegra 6870 disc

Commuter bikes

Focus Planet/Urban Podium MS sells this bike

Violagi

Robert Choi of Volagi Stops by with a Liscio2 Disc Road Bike

I am falling in love with this bike.  The more I read about it the more I feel that it will serve me well as a long distance bicycle.

What is Volagi?

I would have to be nuts not to buy this bike.

Liscio, ride impressions

This is what I remember about cycling in the northwest. I really have to thank +RonNog for turning me on to this bike.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Flint River Troll roll

 I took a nice slow cycling trip along the Flint River trail this evening. Sometimes I just do not want to deal with traffic. I am glad that I have a big tire bike that can ride on any terrain with ease.

East side construction of Broad Street Bridge over Flint River.

East side construction of Broad Street Bridge over Flint River.

Looking north on the Oglethorpe Bridge at Broad Street Bridge construction

Looking north on the Oglethorpe Bridge at Broad Street Bridge construction

Looking east from west bank of Flint River at Broad Street Bridge construction

Looking east from west bank of Flint River at Broad Street Bridge construction

Looking east from west bank of Flint River at Broad Street Bridge construction

Looking east from west bank of Flint River at Broad Street Bridge construction

Looking east from west bank of Flint River at Broad Street Bridge construction


Bike on a fence next to bridge construction


Lake Chehaw Dam

Lake Chehaw Dam

Lake Chehaw Dam

Lake Chehaw Dam

Holistic Strength Training For Triathlon

I had a bike fit at Podium MS in Atlanta, GA. My fitter, Andy gave me a copy of the book "Holistic Strength Training For Triathlon" and I am reading it today. Wow is all I can say.

The book is written by Andrew Johnston.

I have never competed in a Triathlon, but I can run swim and cycle. The future is so exciting and full of possibilities.

Sunday, May 4, 2014