Saturday, January 2, 2016
Friday, December 25, 2015
Sunday, December 13, 2015
According to the proverbial “Powers-That-Be,” cycling should be done either at the crack of dawn or when direct sunlight is available. You must also have the “Correct” riding apparel, and bicycle, lest thou offend the God of The Cycling Snobs. Well, I say NUTS to that!
Imagine how much better (and fun) life would be if we did not do everything we were told to? I know a lot of people that indeed do everything they are told, or are expected, to do. And, guess what? They are boring. Thus, while I may not be the “World’s Most Interesting Man” like in those beer commercials, I do refrain from comfort zones because they make humans two-dimensional and uninteresting.
Case in point: I rode to lunch with a friend, and while that may not seem Earth shattering, the ride was done on a couple of old, steel beaters, wearing blue-jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers, with nary a sight of carbon fiber, spandex, or expensive Italian shoes. It was a care-free ride, sans all of the accoutrements normally associated with “Proper” cycling. It was really quite liberating and refreshing.
From time to time, it is perfectly OK to forget the norms, and shedding any, and all, comfort zones builds character. Plus, it certainly makes life, and us humans, a whole lot more interesting.
Just get out and pedal.
Monday, November 23, 2015
November 2015. Tape still going strong!
Letters, we actually get letters. Well, emails, actually, but none-the-less, we do receive inquiries here at the plush Cycling Dynamics offices. And, the latest inquiry was from reader "Happy Camper." H.C. asked the following, very good, question: "Three years later, how is that tape? Did it last?"
First, Mr. Camper, thank you for the inquiry. It is indeed always nice to hear from the readership. And, to answer your question, the tape is doing just fine, with no signs of wear, tear or fading. Pretty cool, huh? Try that with any other bar tape! Three years, three sets of test bars, three applications of the same tape, and it looks as good as it did when first applied in September 2012. That's some seriously good tape, people! I even bought a spare box, foolishly thinking I would have to replace it when I swapped out the bars. Nope. The spare box is still sitting on the shelf in the garage.
With a retail price of $21.50 USD (per Fizik), this stuff is a bargin, as far as tape goes. Yes, it can be a bit troublesome to apply, but once on, it stays put, is non-slip, cleans up easily, and looks great for years. What's not to like about that?
Good job, Fizik. The tape may actually try to outlast my bike (maybe, even me!).
Saturday, November 21, 2015
With Schwalbe committing the unfortunate sin of killing off the incredible Durano HS399, it was time to try out that models direct replacement, the HS464. Bear in mind, I am not too happy with this. Product-wise, all-things-new are usually an improvement, however, the progression of products does not always produce a winner. Therefore, when something which works magnificently, like the HS399, is replaced, a dose of healthy skepticism is natural. Think “New” Coke or Microsoft Windows (I drink Dr. Pepper, and Windows 2000 Server was still my all-time favorite).
I have become a sworn disciple of 25C tires, as not only are the running pressures lower, air-wise, and the ride much more comfortable than 23c’s, the true crowning glory of 25’s are massively increased puncture protection due in part to the aforementioned lower tire pressures. The fact Durano’s possess a built in feature known as “RaceGuard” (a belt under the dual-compound tread made for increased puncture protection), is just the icing on the proverbial cake (I wonder if 28’s are better still???).
To date, I have a bit over 3000-miles, on two sets of HS399’s, on two sets of wheels. The only reason I am changing out the tires is due to some minor tread cracking, but the tires are truly far from being worn-out. In my opinion, if I had ridden them more, thus keeping the tires up to proper pressure, versus sitting around as often as they did, the HS399’s would definitely have gone a whole lot farther. These are some serious-good tires, folks.
I’ll put some miles on the newer Durano’s and report back with my initial, and long-term, findings. If my hunch is correct, the HS464’s will be damn good rubber. The new kid on the Schwalbe block has some seriously BIG shoes to fill.
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Whilst on a ride from Seal Beach to Newport Beach, I came across this sad sight on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).
Even if you never knew the cyclist personally, you sure do feel like you do when looking at a Ghost Bike.
Location: Corner of PCH and Seapoint, Huntington Beach, CA.
Friday, September 25, 2015
Due to recent, heavy winds, a tree branch had fallen causing a safety hazard. "Never fear, your friendly-neighborhood, Government worker is here!" So, to rectify the situation, the hazard was rightfully, and wisely, coned off.
Seen on the Santa Ana River Trail, adjacent the River View Golf Course, this beautiful display of the Bureaucrat mentality was on full display for all. Our guess is the person who coned off the area was not authorized to also remove the offending tree branch. That job must belong to another, costly Government Bureaucrat, it seems.
Two things never change. One is human irrationality. The other is the concept of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.
The Bureaucrat mentality lives on.