Monthly Archives: February 2011

Video from the Tuesday, Feb 22nd edition of the Tuesday/Thursday-morning ride

Finally, viewable video from the Tuesday/Thursday-morning ride. Unedited and a bit long, with a few dull spots, but captures the west side of Old LaHonda quite nicely, especially the run through the forest at the top, which is a difficult spot to get pictures of.

It took a long time to figure out how to keep the camera from rattling around and giving an excessively-jumpy picture. What remains is audio; the placement of the microphone on the Contour HD1080 isn’t the greatest, and there’s a fair amount of rattling coming from my levers. Working on it. But for now, I’m excited that I will finally be able to put together some useful video after all these years!

Look for an edited, annotated version of this video in a few days. –Mike–

Would you (could you?) pick up a pedal wrench… for $1000?

The Altar of the Fit Guru

All Hail the Altar of the Bike Fit Guru! For $1000, could yours truly pick a pedal wrench off the floor? Without bending knees? Or would overly-tight hamstrings be my doom? Answer- I didn’t get the $1000. All I had to do was pick up a tool. Obviously, there’s much more to this story, but the short version is that I appear to be a bumblebee, with a body that shouldn’t be comfortable on a 120 mile bike ride, and yet I am. Amazingly so.

Yes, this is my first tale from the land of ultimate bicycle fitting, where Steve and I are learning all manner of things about human phsiology and how to bend, twist & contort customers in order to find the limits of their flexibility. “Contort” isn’t really the right word, unless you’re constructed like I am, with a back that demonstrates excessive “Kyphosis”, Hamstrings that could be used to support the new Bay Bridge, and a general lack of “core strength.” Those would be the reasons why I cannot, and never have, been able to come even close to touching my toes. And why, in theory, I would be predicted to (but don’t) have issues when riding a bike. But clearly our teacher, Michael Sylvester, knows his stuff, and his teachings will add to our expertise at fitting people properly to bikes. –Mike–