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Bike Racks

Bike Racks

I completed (for now) work on the garage bike rack last night. The design was almost as simple as possible:

  1. Attach an 8' x 3' sheet of plywood to the wall of my garage.
  2. Attach two hooks to the plywood.
  3. Put a shelf above the hooks for stuff like shoes, helmet, etc.

In completing this project, I learned a few things.

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Odds and Ends, Regrouping

Odds and Ends, Regrouping

The State of Things

It's been a very busy few weeks. Zero structured riding. Just getting out when I can. And that's enough. I push as hard as I feel like, switching up the efforts.

Bulldog

After a six-month layoff, I headed up Bulldog a while back to see where I stand. Final time: 46:01. But if you cut out the 5:30 or so I spent answering email, that puts me at about 40:30. I'm happy with that, considering I haven't done a climb that big in months.

Combine that with a matching my PR on Johnson, and I really think I'm as strong as ever. So it's time to get back to fundamentals and rebuild from there.

Recovery

I really feel like it's time to get back to barbell work. It'll help with my shoulder rehab, and help make me more durable generally, and help me build the legs I need if I'm going to hit my goals for the next couple of years.

Gear

The Ikons (2.2'') tires I'm using are just a hair wider than the Continental X-Kings (2.1'') I had before, and now I remember why I picked the 2.1'' tires: in high-torque situations, my frame distorts juuuust enough that my front derailleur rubs against the side of my rear tire.

I tightened the lower limit screw on my front derailleur just a hair, and squeezed out another 2-3mm of clearance, but it's not enough.

I'm not sure whether to be pleased that I'm outgrowing my current frame, or pissed off that a (then) top-of-the-line Giant hardtail frame is floppy enough that little ol' me can make the tail wag.

There are solutions, all tiresome and expensive.

Still Stuck: 30:43

After more than two years, my Johnson Fire Rd. PR is still stuck at just under 31:00.

One day...

Johnson Loop

North American Cutoff

North American Cutoff

I was planning on doing a weird loop up Stagecoach and around N. American Cutoff. But Stagecoach was totally overgrown, and some lunatic built a wall across N. Amercan Cutoff.

I dug up something years ago indicating that the local parks district owned an easement guaranteeing trail access between Rocky Peak Park and Sage Ranch Park. Oh well. I guess nobody told the guy who put up the wall.

My new tires felt a little stiff on my last ride, so I set them a bit lower this time: 23r/20f. Perfect. I might find that 25/22 rolls slightly faster, but last night felt smooth and grippy. Just awesome.

And especially if I'm going to take a stab at Johnson in 30, I'll want a little more cush.

Sandstone Hills, Hidden Meadows

Sandstone Hills, Hidden Meadows

I started this ride three times. The first time, I went back for a jacket. The second time, I got up the switchbacks before realizing I'd left my phone in the car. I finally had my act together the third time.

The sun was setting, and on my way up Hidden Meadows I pulled over to let some hikers pass. They were friendly, and when they heard I was headed for Lang Ranch, one said, "I hope it stays light!" I answered, "Me too!" and headed off chuckling: I guessed it would only take me 20 minutes to get back to my car, so I had plenty of daylight. One of my favorite things about mountain biking is how much territory you can cover.

Hidden Meadows Loop

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