Sunday, July 10, 2016

Bombadil Delivery Vehicle

Well not just the Bombadil but any of the bikes now have a stylish ride to and from the trail head... new-to-me 2006 Honda Ridgeline with a DIY bed fork rack works pretty darn good.  The Bombadil and Saluki are to long to go straight back w/ the tailgate up but can either angle or hang out on the tailgate.

The Ridgeline has almost identical diameter tires to 650b x 2.25"... :)

Wakefield was awesome as usual, this slalom is probably my favorite part though I'm sure I'm not setting any speed records.  The woods path's along the Accotink Creek are amazing as well just not as easy to photograph.

I stripped off the 48mm Compass SBH EL tires, fenders, front rack and basket to turn my commuter-bombadil back into it's fun-loving, fat-knobby, dare-devil alter ego.  

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Five Riv Morning

Anyone remember that tshirt/viral youtube video about the Three Wolf Moon?!?  That was running through my head this morning for some reason and I happened to have the distinct pleasure of seeing 4 Riv's (in addition to the one I was riding) on my commute this morning.  Even more pleasurable I recognized two of them - Howard on his 2TT Sage Hillborn and of course I was meeting Erl and his newly built up Romulus for coffee.  The extra Atlantis on Jefferson Dr and then an additional Atlantis tied up at my work bike racks rounded out the five total Rivs.

Gorgeous morning, good company, good coffee... recipe for a good day.

Sunrise from the Key Bridge... like my trip over the bridge in Feb this is a sight worth pedaling extra for.

Saluki and Erl's newly powdercoated and built up Romulus

Outside Baked and Wired in Georgetown

Erl painted his own head tube and lug details in the ivory/white on top of blue powdercoat and I think he did an awesome job.

The 'before' shot, this Romulus turned up at my neighborhood Velocity Bike Coop and it worked out that Erl had room for it, I think the 'Ford Blue' paint looks great!

Erl and his Romulus

Me lolly-gagging along the Reflecting Pool

I've always loved this gnarly old tree on the Monument grounds. Seems like a good spot for a Coffee Outdoors brew-up..?!?

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Spring Morning = Extra Mileage

Photo's are in reverse order.. and straight out of the camera - er - phone... but you get the point.  Gorgeous this morning, straight up gorgeous. Glad I got in a couple extra miles, sunrise on the Potomac, new bridge crossing and great coffee at Baked and Wired in G-town.  Every day should start like this.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Jones Point Morning

Nice quick 8 mile loop to Jones Point Park before the scheduled rain comes in - as of about noon it still hasn't really started though!  The Bob Jackson is riding great especially after I finally made some headset repairs/adjustments last week, the fork crown headset base is now properlly seated and I re-attached the expanding wedge to the stem bolt... good to go.

In other news I'm dabbling with Strava and think it may stick. I like that I'll be able to track mileage on a per bike basis and even components w/in each bike if I enter that info.  We'll see.

Jones Point Lighthouse

Monday, February 8, 2016

Fatty Slick Bombadil

Sometimes patience, laziness and luck all comes together at the same time...  and in honor of that I give you the Fatty Slick Bombadil!

Since you've seen her last we have a new set of LX/Synergy wheels to replace the set I cracked, front and rear racks, upcycled planet bike fenders and the piece de resistance... Compass Switchback Hill 650B/48mm Extralight tires.  First reaction;  a circumspect and somewhat reluctant - 'eh...nice'. Second reaction (bit longer neighborhood ride and some drivetrain maintenance later; 'pretty sweet, but not life changing'.

Bottom line is I'm spoiled by 3+ years of riding Jack Browns, Hetre's, Parimoto's and Stampede Pass.  So for me, the first time I road Jack Brown 33.333's was an a ha moment, then the first time I rode Hetre 42 EL's was an Oh My God moment.  Since those tires really only the Stampede Pass have lived up to that cushy elation I felt on Hetres.  The Parimoto's are very nice but whether it's the slight size reduction from the 42's or something in the tread/construction they don't capture the magic.

So does the Switchback Hill super-fat capture the magic? Not on the first night anyway.  I need to get them on some rougher pavement and then offroad to get a good feel, that after all is what they are made for.  I'm optomistic though, especially as I figure w/ that much volume I really need to play around with the inflation.  Tonight I was running roughly 40 psi front, 50 psi rear.  I usually run my Parimoto's 40/60.

Pictures are all smartphone w/ no decent lighting so I'll have to do a nice outdoor session soon.  The big question is whether or not I'll take the Bomba out in the snow/slush tomorrow or if the XO-3/Studded will get the call.

Saturday, November 14, 2015


Well pretty much anyway, dyno light cabling and a couple other finishing touches not withstanding Erika's Clementine is ready to roll.  The build is so similar to my Saluki I decided to do a side by side.  Enjoy!

Hers and His Rivendells!