Saturday, July 30, 2016

Cool shit from cool folks

If you know me at all you know that I'm a fan of Surly
I have been for what seems like forever, well not literally forever, but it has been a long time since I threw a leg over my first Surly, a Bean Green Cross Check.
So I'm a fan of Surly.
Surly makes some stuff (bikes and whatnots) I dig.
I also have had the pleasure of getting to know some of the past and present Surly employees well enough that I consider them friends (whether they feel the same way or not is a different story).
So Surly is doing some product videos (Surly Speaks)and I think this is their first one.
This one not only features one of their new products but someone I happen to actually even know.

Go Amy!



Friday, July 29, 2016

Its one of those days...

Walk - Blind Melon - Soup 1995 

 Find myself singing the same songs everyday 
Ones that make me feel good 
When things behind the smiles ain't okay

Around and over and in-between the seas I need to be on top of a mountain 
Where I can be see everything 
Cause this paranoia's getting old 

 Now as I open my eyes to start another day 
I'm in a pile of puke 
Empty bag of excuses 
My love for friends and family 
you know I need them 

 And under a sun that's seen it all before 
My feet are so cold 
And I can't believe that I have to bang my head against this wall again 
But the blows they have just a little more space in-between them 
Gonna take a breath and try again.


Friday, June 03, 2016

Run Whatcha Brung

"Why do you use that?"
I've been running front rack & panniers only on my commuter/light touring rigs for 5-6ish years.
It started to:
1) get my gear off my back during hot summer commutes
2) because my commuter was/is a fixed gear I didn't want the weight over the rear wheel.
It's become my preferred way.
I even ride single track with the set up.
Some people don't get it.
Some people don't like it.
And some people call it just a fad (I don't get that one).
But that's cool.
It's not your bike & you don't have to do it.
Run whatcha brung

Saturday, March 05, 2016

Saturday video dump

Hello again.
I'm back from a little vacation in Backbone State Park after a pretty terrible (for me) edition of CIRREM (more on both of those later).

Forty Miles in Ten Hours "The Big Loop" from Jamie Murrett on Vimeo.


Diamondback Level Link from Diamondback Bicycles on Vimeo.

OH and if you missed it in all the presidental race coverage....

The USA Cycling Women's team won GOLD at the Track World Championships in the Team Pursuit 

Hells Yeah!!
Nice work ladies!!
USA Women Take Gold at Track World Championships!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Do you like the music?

A few years ago at the suggestion of Capt'n Dave I started listening to Bob Mould.
I'm not sure why I hadn't before. He seems to be right in line with the kind of music I dig (which bounces all over the place).
The former front man of bands such as Husker Du and Sugar this solo stuff I find to be quite enjoyable. (And yes I know the u in Husker Du is missing the little dots above it, I couldn't figure out how to do it... sue me)
He has a new album coming out soon and I also recently found a few videos from ol' Bob.

First up is the video for the single I Don't Know You Anymore off the Beauty and Ruin album,
"It will change the way thinking people think about thinking..."
Well OK not really but you'll get it if you watch the video.

Note the cameo of Colin from The Decemberist which is pretty funny although I am unfamiliar with the band.


Then we have the newest effort from Bob with a video from the first single off his new album Patch the Sky called Voices in my Head

Good stuff from Bob. I'm excited to hear the new album.
Check him out on Spotify, or (even better) your local music dealer.


Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Year = New...

Happy New Year!

We made it. Its 2016 and we are all still alive. For now.

Not a lot is new really for me. Figured I would write a 2015 wrap up post but I plan to do that every year and I can say with out even looking that it rarely, if ever happens.
So not much has changed.

Whats new?
Well its finally cold enough here in Iowa to put my Bar Mitts on my commuter.
I think I've gone through every box of bike stuff I can find in my basement bike shop, more than once and cant find them.
Looks like 2016 is the year of new Bar Mitts.

I've been using Bar Mitts for a number of winters & overall been pretty happy with them.
I improved my original pair by changing the internal Velcro to a wider and longer one to make installing them easier.
I modified my new version (V2.0?) to make installing even easier.
Plus with this mod I can run different grips.

What did I do? I'll show you.

I had an idea (which I think the $130 Bar Mitts Extreme has) which is a bar plug.
I poked a hole in the side of the Mitt.
Put a bolt and washer through it, which in turn went through a beefy rubber bar plug, thru another washer, a gnarled washer and then a nut.
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And Wa-La! New and improved Bar Mitts!

Bar Mitts modifications

Pretty simple fix if you can find all the bits you need.
The added bonus (and kind of the point) is now you can run the grip of your choosing.
For example on my geared commuter (Straggler) I have ergo style grips. The way Bar Mitts come the internal strap is Velcro and short intended to wrap around the grip to secure the Mitt in place,
Plus with my bar plug mod the Mitts are super easy to swap between bikes.
Which I do often.

I made my Bar Mitt improvements on a slow Saturday at the shop.
The only issue I ran into was when I got home and went to install them on a different bike for the next day.
The Straggler runs the old Surly Torsion Bar, which is steel. The plugs I used were probably for a road bike bar internal diameter. They wouldn't fit in my aluminium bars on my other bikes.

Back to the drawing board, sorta.
I disassembled the bar plug conversion and first just rearranged the washers since the inner one was too big to fit in the bars. Thats when I realized the entire plug was too big.

Trim to fit.

A little careful sanding and trimming later and now the Version 2.0 Bar Mitts fit all my flat
bar bikes.

At this point we are 12 days into 2016 and I have used the Mitts every day for commuting and trail riding.
Happy fingers.

Wednesday AM #sycamorevibes on the Krampus Thanks for reading and Happy New Year! -z

Sunday, December 20, 2015

We're in this Together



I've become impossible
       holding on to when
when everything seemed to matter more
         the two of us
all used and beaten up
watching fate as it flows down the path
       we have chose

 you and me we're in this together now
none of them can stop us now
we will make it through somehow
you and me
if the world should break in two
until the very end of me
until the very end of you

 awake to the sound as they peel apart the skin
they pick and they pull
trying to get their fingers in
well they've got to kill what we've found
well they've got to hate what they fear
well they've got to make it go away
well they've got to make it disappear

the farther I fall I'm beside you
as lost as I get I will find you
the deeper the wound I'm inside you
for ever and ever I'm a part of

you and me we're in this together now
none of them can stop us now
we will make it through somehow
you and me if the world should break in two
until the very end of me
until the very end of you

all that we were is gone we have to hold on
when all our hope is gone we have to hold on
all that we were is gone but we can hold on

 you and me we're in this together now
none of them can stop us now
we will make it through somehow
you and me even after everything
you're the queen and I'm the king
nothing else means anything

Monday, December 14, 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015