Tuesday, January 27, 2009

New gear♦

Yesterday I got some new gear in.

Recently I read how many skin products have shit called parabens. Supposedly some sketchy chemical. So after running out of the stuff I've been using, I ordered paraben-free sunscreen, chap stick, and chamois cream.

I went with Kinesys sunscreen and lip stuff. Both are spf 30, fragrance free, and funky chemical free. I also like that it is a non-aerosol spray.

DZ Nuts is going to be my junk protector. This chamois cream is made for and by Dave Zabriskie of all natural plant derived stuff. Dave seems to be a level headed and funny mofo, I can support that.

I also had to replace the Salsa gloves I lost a week or so ago.

I was happy with how warm the Salsa were, but I had issue with their fit and bulk. I'm giving Spenco Cold snap gloves a try. We should be in the 30s again tomorrow, so I'll find out what they are all about soon.

A few weeks ago I did an alleycross race and had a ball. I did it on my 29er single speed. I felt my fat ass tires were dragging me down, so I'm gonna slap on some real-deal cross tires the next time around. Of course, I went with Kenda. I'll take this opportunity to say I really like Kenda tires. They make quality tires for all disiplines from 15$ commuter tires to race tires that stay at or below the 50$ mark. I use Kalientes on the road and small block 8s on my 29er.

Ride on.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Arts and Crafts

Did a little crafting this weekend. I love my Panasonic and the 6 speed XT shifters it has. From the get go, one of the top caps was missing the label. About 3 months ago I had a pretty gnarly and completely avoidable fall and the other label went flying into space. They still work fine. They are only about 20 years old. So after a strike of creativity, I decided to glue on some Chimay tops in place. Bikes and beer. Love it.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Belated MLK post

It was on MLK day that I decided to start this thang. Because I'm a procrastinator and I didn't (and still don't) know how the hell to blog, I'm posting about it now.

After gettin' my pre-ride espresso on at Joe's, I headed north on congress towards the capitol and UT.

When I got to the capitol I ran into a protest or something.

Wanting to see just how many people were involved, I went to the front of the action. For a second, I figured it was some huge party at the moon tower.
It wasn't. The moto cop informed me it was the annual MLK day march. Every cause imaginable seemed to be represented.

Rolling on to campus, I cruised by the MLK statue and said yo.

And although it was not his day, I said que onda to my man Cesar Chavez

Heading back north, I cross the mighty Colorado via the mopac pedestrian bridge.

Ahhhhhhh. Highway 360. The place to put the skinny tire down.

360 Bridge

Whoa!!!! Theres people up there! Man i need to find out how to get up there. I better wait till I am without steel cleats and carbon soles.

After a good ride should follow a good beer. That night it turned out to be New Belgium 1554. And since it was pint night and ye olde Gingerman Pub, i finnally got the globe glass I've wanted for a while.

So it begins......

Well I'm gonna give this blog thing the old post-college try. My inspiration is drunkcyclist, bikesnobnyc and howtoavoidthebummerlife. I will cover what it is to live a life of fun, exploration and discovery in the bike culture/lifestyle here in good old Austin Texas.