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Well, as everyone knows… having a big fire is priority #1 after getting camp set up, and riding until tired. Last night, Tiffin, The Girl™, and I went out to the flats for a jaunt of night riding and camping. The night riding was fantastic! Being a little disoriented as to where you are is an interesting feeling. Without daylight, the same locations we always ride around look and feel a little bit different, but not scary different. Without being able to see as well, we ended up taking stray trails, which have not been ridden by bikes (ATV trails, dirt bike trails, etc) for months, if not years.

After riding around for about an hour and a half, we started to set up camp Just like past cyclocamping posts ere on WV Cycling, we used the same gear, same tents, so not a lot to report there. I did end up packing an abundance of leaves under my Tyvek ground cloth. This was free padding, and significantly made an improvement in comfort and happiness! I suggest everyone to do this when weight-weenie camping!

camp fire fire pit

We started setting up a fire in a nice little firepit that we dug up the night before. Fire was a-blazing for a good two hours. We roasted hot dogs, and Tiffin tried to make popcorn by breaking open a package of microwave popcorn and placing them in a espresso milk frothing mug.

espresso frothing mug coffee milk

The oils got so hot in the stainless steel mug that they ignited, he had to blow out the fire before he could eat the popcorn…  Such a bad idea…

fire popcorn

popcorn fire smoke microwave campfire jiffy pop

Our campfire was so warm that I had to move my stump bench away from the firepit. When I was scooting it away, I saw a Red Salamander. He was a very shy little reptile and attempted to hide back under something immediately. I was lucky to nab a photo:

red salamander

Sleeping was very much more comfortable, just as I said earlier. Having the leaves, a foam pad, and a light sleeping bag really made a difference. Maybe being a weightweenie camper is as fun as being a weightweenie cyclist.

 

 

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I HATE SETTING UP CYCLOCROSS BRAKES.

I hate setting them up more than installing disc brakes. The straddle cable is the worst part… Centering the pad spacing between the rim, then attaching the main brake cable to the straddle cable… Just ugh. I know I’m complaining, but it’s one of my biggest bike aversions.

I’ve recently kinda stumbled upon a bike hack in order to make it easier. I was being cranky and was trying to find a way to properly align the straddle wire between the left and right side and needed a clamp. Couldn’t find one (inside the house), so I thought I could tie them together… Too much work… I then ran into the tool room and grabbed our smallest elastic band strap (12″).

PERFECTO!

setting up cantilever cr720 brakes

I attached it to one side of the brakes, then over the seatpost for some mild tension, back to the other brake. Tadaa! The brakes were touching the rim, and I could eye things to an accurate adjustment :D

setting up cantilever cr720 brakes

I know, not the most groundbreaking hack ever, but it did save me about five minutes per set. Yes, I’m typically that terrible at it…

 

 

Do you guys have any other hacks that help set up cross brakes?

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Titus Cycles is having a contest where you submit a 30 second video link showing why you think you would be a good global brand ambassador. Here is my submission:

Check the criteria on the site if you want to read about what this contest was about:

http://dev.titusti.com/2011/10/titus-global-brand-ambassador-program/

#globalteamtitus

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Dirty MTB Route I found last year. Decided to try it on the MTB. It was rought, but refreshing, in this all-road season!

Here is the link to the route: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/52806296

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Went on a shop ride with a new guy from Morgantown. He had a sweet looking Colnago, but I for some reason didn’t take a full shot of it…

 

Anyone know what model it is? It had just about everything Colnago on it. ITM rebranded Colnago stem, Ambrosio Nemesis rebranded Colnago wheels, etc… Keeping with italian heritage, of course it had Campy Record as it’s groupset, circa ?2004? This bike was pimp.

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

Colnago Road Bike

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Who thought WV Cycling was going to last an entire year? A lot has happened in the past 365 days, and to have the year in review, I’m going to list a little bit of statistics from WordPress’ site stats page:

Top Posts of 2010:

  1. Snow Chains / Tire Chains For Your Bicycle!
  2. Essential List For Your Bike Repair Tool Kit
  3. DIY Foldable Repair Stand
  4. How to Clean Your Bike – The Definitive Guide
  5. Recipes For The Road

Top Search Terms of 2010:

  1. bicycle snow chains
  2. tour of tucker county 2010
  3. diy bike repair stand
  4. selcof stem
  5. cycling recipes

Most Clicked Links:

  1. afajarito.blogspot.com/2010/01/diy-portable-bike-repair-stand.html
  2. wenzelco.com/details.aspx?NavID=283
  3. cyclocamping.com/products.asp?cat=74
  4. fyxation.com
  5. craigbarlow.blogspot.com

Most Viewed Images:

diy bike repair stand

#1 - DIY Bike Repair Stand

Tour of tucker county 2010

#2 - Tour of Tucker County 2010

wenzel camping tent

#3 - Wenzel Lone Elk Hiker/Biker Tent

fat tire cycle gene wells bike shop

#4 - Before A Ride @ Fat Tire Cycle

Laura mae given o2 rainwear cycling raincoat

#5 - Lovely Model w/ O2 Rainwear's 3Flow Rain Jacket

My Favorite Posts of 2010:

  1. Ascension Par le Jeu: Rise by the Game
  2. A Reply and Inquiry to Pantani’s Problems:
  3. Falling… for a fellow rider
  4. WV Cycling’s Service Course
  5. The Squirrel
  6. The Hitman
  7. Un Jour Sans
  8. Cycling is a Dreamworld
  9. Top Ten Reasons to Ride Locally
  10. Cycling Changing Everyday Behaviors

Taking a look backa at my goals for 2010, I think I did a pretty good job at accomplishing most, if not all of them; I’ve gone further around the state, and have ridden with many great riders, and LBS Proprietors. I also was able to acertain a cyclocross bike, and try that around; which oddly enough has been my favorite bike since October. The cross bike is more nimble than my MTB in the snow, and a heck of a lot more stable/safer than the road bike on dirt roads. Perfect balance.

Talking about other people, I met a lot of influential riders, advocates, business owners, and spoke to several State politicians about cycling in West Virginia. 2010 will be known as the year that I learned how many people actually ride their bike. This was a very comforting thing, and has motivated me to not only ride more, but promote more cycling events in WV.

I don’t think I spoke much about any Elite or european racing this year, but I am still wanting to ride with any local group that invites me to go for a jaunt with them.

If you ever have an event and want me to promote it, feel more than free. I have a hard time keeping track of everything that is going on; so even if it is a group ride, email me and let me know in advance by at least two days…. That’s free advertising~

I have a lot of optimism for WV cycling’s second year. I have a lot of things coming down the pipeline, especially product reviews, and rider profile stories. I think you guys will like what is to come.

Wish me luck, and have a great Christmas!

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Well, first snow has fallen, so it is another round of trying the snow chains. This year, I have scrapped the external tensioning wire on both sides, saving about 120g,  and the install takes less than 20 minutes for both wheels:

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Before

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After

The only change I noticed in having the chains being held in place by zip ties alone was that the tension needed to hold them in place created unneeded stress on the sidewalls of the tires. One of the chains where the entire link was not fully aligned ended up rubbing a hole into my rear tire, ending the ride prematurely.

I stopped here for a photo op, and to let the tubeless goo seal the hole:

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One last photo really shows how cold it was outside; all of the grit and water that flew up onto my frame froze. This created an impenetrable fortress of frozen gunk on the bottom side of the downtube:

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