Mar 252016
 

So after losing a tire on my second run out this season, I decided to change out my stock Bontrager tires for some slicks.  Since I’m usually riding on local roads or the rail trail anyway, I figured why not.  I picked up a pair of thorn resistant inner tubes, and a pair of Continental City Ride II tires.  The tires were much easier to mount than I expected.  At first I was put off by the whitewall strip on the side of the tires – I think black tires look so much better!  However, the strip on these tires is highly reflective, and since I do the bulk of my “get less fat” riding at night, these are well suited for making sure all the local drunks and tourists can see me at night.  Have a look here:

BRIGHTNESS

The reflective strip illuminated by the flash on my iPhone.

The first thing I noticed on my first ride with these tires was just how quiet they were.  Some of the Amazon reviewers complained that the tires didn’t roll quite so nice as some other tires and that you might notice reduced speed, but I’m too far out of shape to make that determination at this point. (Like REAL bad..LOL)  I figure a few months down the road, I’ll be better able to compare the performance of these tires against the stock tires on longer rides.  This time out, I was off my usual time by 50%…yikes!

RIDEFATBOYRIDE

And you know the 20.8mi/h was downhill, right?

Sep 062015
 

So after a few trips down the rail trail and back I decided that I didn’t really want to trust A-GPS from my iPhone 5S to deliver accurate speed and distance information to Cyclemeter.   After all, if I’m going to ride forty-odd miles and then analyze the ride data later, shouldn’t it be accurate?  So I needed a speed sensor.

Cyclemeter is compatible with a wide range of devices.  Given my application, I decided to pick up a Blue SC from Wahoo Fitness.  This tracker will not only do speed, but also cadence.  Initially cadence wasn’t important to me, but after reviewing ride data for a few short runs, I’ve found it to be useful in improving my pace in a few spots that have rough asphalt or hills. 

The Wahoo Blue SC includes the main unit, a magnet to attach to a spoke for the speed sensor, and a magnet that slips onto the crank to measure cadence. 

Wahoo Fitness Blue SC

 The devices look something like this when installed: 

Lower red arrow is cadence magnet

 Here it is on my bike: 

 Unfortunately the magnet on the crank is pretty easy to kick off the bike apparently.  Mine seems to have gone missing at about the 12 mile mark: 

Lost the crank magnet!

 I’ll have to contact Wahoo Fitness for a replacement, but in the meanwhile, I’ve got a magnet pulled out of an old hard disk affixed to the back side of the crank.  In a very brief test, it seemed to deliver the desired result.  This is a lot less bulky than the magnet that came with it, so if I’m lucky, it won’t go flying off at speed. 

Hope it stays on!

 I’ll have to let you know!

Jul 182015
 

Congratulations, ISIS.

You wanted attention, and yesterday, you got it. Only, you chose the wrong people to seek that attention from.

You did not get the attention of our weak President. He tweeted his support for your medieval holiday following your cowardly attack. You did not get the attention of our useless and corrupt Congress. They were too busy lining their pockets.

When you attacked those four Marines, you got the attention of every one of our 186,800 active duty Marines, along with every Marine who ever served.

You just stirred up hate, discontent, and malice within a group of people who relish the idea of engaging the enemy.

There is something you obviously don’t yet know about Marines…

The brotherhood we share is stronger than the challenges we face, the weapons we master, or the enemies we destroy.

You will learn that soon though.

You attacked a group of men who bond over the smell of gunpowder and misery—and enjoy it. You didn’t attack America’s leaders, you attacked America’s Marines, and that is a battle you are not prepared for.

You see, we won’t play by the rules you’re accustomed to seeing. When you play in our backyard, we don’t have to answer to any chain of command. We will not follow ridiculous ROEs crafted by a spineless bureaucrat to appease some goat herding tribal leader. And we won’t be wearing uniforms so that you can easily ambush us.

Nope. None of that shit.

When you think you’re walking into a target-rich environment, you’re really walking into an ambush.

That pudgy, middle-aged guy wearing khakis in the mall, who unbeknownst to you, is a former 0311 and armed, will dump your sorry ass before you have a chance to scream “allah snackbar.” And that soccer mom pushing a stroller, she’s got a Glock and will happily leave you gasping in a pool of your own blood before she lets you hurt her children.

We are here and we still have the training and experience to wage war, whether here or abroad. And wage war we will. Every one of us are willing to fight and die to protect our Marine Corps brothers and sisters, our families and friends, and our way of life.

And we will win, because while you fight to destroy what you hate, we fight to protect what we love.

Semper Fi!

‪#‎repost‬ from Jeremy L. Knauff

 

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