Gone Fishin'


I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!


The Winter Bike in Pictures

The complete winter rig. It's my old mountain bike from college, with extensive modifications for winter riding.  This thing weighs well over 40 pounds and is a total pig compared to the usual bikes I ride. It makes winter riding tolerable and even a little bit enjoyable, though.  Details in the following shots:
Bar Mitts. These things are horrible in a crosswind, but they mean warm hands in light gloves on sub-freezing days. Hope you like riding up on the hoods, because the drops are useless. Note, I have medium hands and bought medium mitts. I'd probably go for large if I had it to do again. 
Cockpit. Shimano bar-end shifters, all cables under the tape, El Cheapo LED flashlights, and a view into the warm caverns of the Bar Mitts. Local Motion "Pedal Harder" stickers as finishing tape for motivation. 
In addition to the normal front and rear lights, I have a strand each of white and red battery powered  Christmas lights on the milk crate cargo box. Red only in the back, white only on the front, and a mix on the sides. Say you didn't see me there in the dark, just try and say it. You can't. Also zip ties. 
A little hacksaw time rendered these cable guides full-housing-run compatible.  Yes, that's another zip-tie.
I am the zip-tie king, I can do anything. That's a 9-speed 11-34 back there. Full cable run all the way from the shifter to the rear derailer. 
Studded Rubber. These Innovas are about the junkiest studded tires you can buy, but they are fairly cheap. Just plain steel, no carbide, half of the studs are gone after a couple of seasons. Surly steel fork replaces the bombed-out Rockshox that originally came on the bike.  
The super-high straddle cable means lots of modulation but not a whole lot of braking power. At least it clears the fender. See also the plastic clamp holding one side of the rack stay because the bolt on the frame was frozen in and I gave up even trying to drill it out. 
I inexplicably had these really nice Salsa rings in my parts bin(s) amongst all the usual garbage I hold on to. A 36-46 double up front is just fine for what I need. That's the original crank and front derailer for the bike on there.