Easter Sunday Mountain Biking…

24 04 2011

Sharon checking her rig at the Hartland MTB Park parking lot...

My Santa Cruz Nomad waiting for me to get my gear on...

My trusty Porcelain Rocket frame bag for tools and tube...

Sharon shredding the trail...

Lovely bikes...

Sharon rocks a log obstacle...

Kurt being flashy...

Rumbling down the rocks...

Yes I was there too!

Another climb...

Kurt and Sharon waiting for me to catch up...

BC MTB porn...

Close up Kurt...

Staying focused...

More Kurt action...

The 24" gear...

Crashing through the trees...

Mud puddle hopping...

Rolling and rocking...

Blue beauty...

De-dirtifying the Nomad fleet...





Bike Friday Tandem Bar Tweaks…

24 04 2011

The Raspberry Rocket!

Both sets of drop bars needed adjusting on our Bike Friday Traveller XL tandem. I wasn’t stoked about unwrapping the bar tape to move the brake levers around a bit, but small changes to the rotation of drops and the position of the levers make a big difference in how comfortable your hands are on a ride.

Difference between old position and new position...

I cracked a cold beer and started unwrapping the bar tape. I like the top of my drops flat then curving a bit down to the hoods of the brake levers. You see from the photo above the difference between the old position and new position is quite dramatic. The bars were rotated up significantly and so the levers had to be moved down a lot to put them into the proper position.

Do you feel the power?

Sharon chose the bar tape. She figured it would enhance the lusciousness of the Power Raspberry finish on the tandem. I don’t argue about stuff like this. Well right up until she hands me my one piece pink lycra tandem speed suit!….=-)

Ready to rumble!

I adjusted the stoker’s bars as well and double wrapped both bars for more hand comfort.

One last glamour shot...=-)

Now we have to test ride her and see how we like the changes. You gotta love a 4 day weekend for time to ride and mess with your bikes and ride some more!…=-)





Thanks Mike!

24 04 2011

Mike on his Soma ES...

It turns out I have a rando neighbour. Mike is a member of the BC Randonneur Club and lives about 4 blocks away from me. He was nice enough to show me around some local roads recently which was a lot of fun. The Victoria area has some great riding, but I am only just scratching the surface and haven’t really explored many of the good routes. He took me on a 60km ride out to Metchosin. Since he is faster/fitter than me I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to keep up, but Mike was considerate and found a pace that was a nice relaxing spin for him and kept it below my puke/cry threshold….=-)

Cruising the backroads of Metchosin...

I had a chance to admire his sweet Soma ES rando rig. The paint is really pretty in the sunshine and of course I am a fan of the hammered metal fenders…=-) This was dangerously close to being a “training ride”. I might have my team slacker membership revoked if I am caught doing any training!

Mike and his lovely wife Brynne have a Cannondale tandem so who knows – maybe we’ll get some double tandem trouble riding in this summer?