Monday, July 26, 2010

Sunday Wrap-up

Tour is over,
But it's not Schlek,
Contador again, what the heck!?

In the yard,
Mulch not spread,
Two bushes removed instead.

Cracked the shovel,
Trip to the store,
Spending money, not less but more.

Open the truck,
But the lock is broken,
More than a few choice words spoken.

Ton of rain,
Yard of mud,
Can't cut grass, may as well pound the p*d.

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Alterra cancelled today. Some of the course is still under water. Not surprising as the hill in our backyard is still wet. Can't even think about cutting the grass.

Now have a month to get ready for this race. May even attempt it on the ss.

But for now I guess I'll try to finish spreading the mulch.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Two pyramids of cucumbers. The inside height of the fence is 36". Lettuce, spinach and carrots in foreground look a bit wilted. Amazing how watering can make things look bad for a bit.
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The mess of squash. And this is after yanking a few because they were taking over the area.
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Julie behind our wall of tomatoes.
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Evening watering
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Washing the evening's harvest for dinner.
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Meant to get this up awhile ago. Sam's first night in a tent during the 4th of July. Did quite well. Hope to make a couple of camping trips with him.
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Monday, July 19, 2010


The spinach is nearing an end. The lettuce is still great. We may even be able to get a 2nd planting in before cover-cropping.

Salsa tomatoes are starting. Cayenne peppers are getting close. Green peppers are close. Plucked a Pinot Noir pepper last night. It was outstanding.

Tomato plants are 5' tall. Had to yank 2 squash plants because they were out of control. Cukes, peas, beans, carrots, watermelon and onions are coming along nicely.

Seems we did well on our first attempt.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

First Ride

Went out to Beechwood last night for the first ride on the new niner.

This is the build:

niner SIR9 frame
Vassago ODIS fork
crank bros Iodine headset
crank bros eggbeater sl pedals
Stan's ZTR Arch rims on Phil Wood SS Disc hubs
Sapim bladed spokes
Race Face Deus stem and bars
Avid bb7 brakes
Avid speed dial 7 levers
ergon grips
Race Face evolve SS crankset/bb
Thomson seatpost
WTB Laser V saddle
Alligator Fortress brake cables
Schwalbe Doc Blue sealant
Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires 2.25 rear, 2.4 front

There are a couple of changes that I'd like to make, but overall it's very close to exactly what I want. Current gearing is 34x19.

Did the parade lap just to feel the roll. Rolls very easy. A couple of brake and saddle tweaks and I was back on to head out for my lap. First two bridges felt good and I noticed that the bike when uphill far better than my old SS. I attribute that to the huge weight difference... especially in the wheelset and tires. I got into the first singletrack and tried to get a flow going. The bike responded well and went wherever I pointed it. That can be both good and bad in my case. It was also quite apparent that I chose wide bars. Tagged a couple of the trees.

As I got into the more rocky parts of the trail, I noticed that the front felt twitchy. Thoughts are I'm no longer used to a rigid fork, the contact patch on the 2.4 was just grabbing more or tire pressure was too high and I was bouncing off the rocks. I'm going with pressure at this point. I don't quite have this tubeless thing figured out yet. Heck, I'm still nervous about not having tubes. I get plenty of input from others about pressure from others, but I'm also nearly twice the size of some of the others.

I was able to roll the rock gardens better than ever. Got up some climbs that I didn't think I'd make my first time out. The tighter sections where aim and go. Steering didn't require much input. The bike is quick and even more comfortable than I thought it would be.

It all added up to the best first lap I've ever had.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Latest Build... This One's for Me

Finally finished this... seems like I was waiting forever and a day for some of the parts. First ride report to come shortly.

Monday, July 12, 2010

A Build

A few months back I arrived in AZ days before my bike frame did. I did my miles on the NM course on a borrowed trusty old steed. I enjoyed the ride of that brand so much, I had to build one.

Who knew that you could find these frames for $95?