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I need to setup something to distribute maps, ideas, tips and other things better than this blog. Planning to set that up soon, but not sure when.

 

Dry Hydrant near Detrick VA

 
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Posted by on May 8, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

New UCI rule allows customers to spend more money

Cycling in the South Bay

The UCI Rules Committee announced that professional teams will be allowed to use disc brakes in all races for 2016. “We think this will help cyclists at all levels spend more money,” said committee chairman Snookie van der Sluit in a press release.

“There is a significant need for disc brakes among manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers in every market segment,” said van der Sluit. “And disc brakes allow them to meet the need for more customer expenditures, which is a key component in making cycling even less affordable as a sport or recreational activity while simultaneously accelerating the twin trends of planned obsolescence and product incompatibility.”

Reactions in the cycling world were generally positive. “I don’t give two fucks what we ride, all my shit’s free,” said Fabian Cancellara when asked about the rule change.

Mike Sinyard, president of Specialized, was equally enthusiastic. “I’d definitely give two fucks, probably even ten,”…

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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

What does soil health have to do with my health?

Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!

The nutrients you get from eating vegetables comes from soil! Credit: Mary Beth Adams The nutrients you get from eating vegetables comes from soil! Credit: Mary Beth Adams

Healthy humans indeed need healthy soils!

  1. Healthy soils grow healthy, nutrient-rich foods. The calcium in your broccoli comes directly from soil. Wheat kernels contain protein that the wheat plant made with nitrogen present in soils. If the soil is deficient in any of these nutrients, the crops grown won’t be as nutritious as crops grown in healthy soil. If you have a home garden, consider having your soil tested by a local extension service. They can tell you if your home garden soil needs amendments. Another good habit is to rotate the location of your vegetables. Don’t grow tomatoes in the same location each year. Instead, rotate where you put your tomatoes and your peas or carrots. Each of these plants uses nutrients differently, so you’ll be giving your soil a “breather.” You could improve the…

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Posted by on August 9, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Salsa Delgado, Delgado Disc, Delgado Disc Race 8 year review

I purchased and used two examples of each of the Salsa Delgado 700C/29ers rims: the typical rim brake CX version still sold, the retired Disc and retired Disc Race. The Disc versions were sold off or retired years ago. The rim brake versions are still going strong, even with the cracks next to the eyelets.

Delgado CX

Salsa Delgado CX rim showing cracks after 5+ years

Many people seem to trash the reputation of these rims on-line, but just like everything on-line, the crabby people are the most visible. All six of these rims have failed, however, I am satisfied with them. They all lasted a long time, did not cost much, and performed as expected.

First the Disc 29er ones. I bought them built with XT disc hubs for like $125 around 2006. The rims developed an annoying rattle. Salsa recalled them and I got brand new rims and Salsa covered the labor and new spokes to rebuild them. I then ran those rims for years until I gave them away to Mt. Rainer Bike Co-Op

The Disc Race 29ers were built up by a skillful builder with XTR disc hubs. They were great! Light and caused me no troubles until, my lame ass technique taco’ed the front in the 2009 SM100. It may have happened with any wheel, but probably not with a heavier & tougher rim. The rear then broke at the weld about a month later, regardless, I got three years out of those racey rims. Totally ok with me.

Lastly the two CX versions. They have been beat and beat on a series of CX and commuter bikes. The front one’s brake track is so worn that I need to retire it. The rear (pictured) developed the cracks between the eyelets. This is reported by many, but after 8 years and how it was used it is totally ok with me.

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2014 in Bike, Bike Racing

 

2014 MoCo Epic Map

This is the MoCo Epic map showing all the courses. It does not show the location of the aid stations, start finish, etc. Those were not needed for this version for the folks assembling the documents. I am making other versions with the aid stations locations, direction arrows and a separate map for each course.

MoCoEpic 2014

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2014 in Bike, MoCo Epic

 

2014 MoCo Epic Maps are coming

The new maps for the 2014 MoCo Epic are currently being proofed. They should be available from the organization shortly.

Just a taste of the MoCo Epic maps

Just a taste of the MoCo Epic maps

 

Open Street Map, Garmin Units and Ride with GPS

Ride with GPS is offering map updates for Garmin units for $25. That is much cheaper than Garmin charges, however, the map data is using Open Street Maps (OSM) data which you can download to Garmin units for free. This website offers info on how to do download OSM data and put it on your GPS unit. At home, I have links to a very concise webpage with very easy to follow directions. I will update this posting with that info soon. Thew data on my Garmin Oregon 300 (from about 2005) works fine with it and can even follow the roads and trails for driving/riding directions.

Garmin Oregon Stlyed

Garmin Oregon