Hello. Don't mind the clutter, just tossing things up here for now. Figured I could use a place to brag about my bikes and all that riding that I don't do enough of.
I'm experimenting with different ways of keeping a riding log. The latest is a simple HTML file. I didn't do a good job of keeping it up to date in 2007 but maybe I'll do better in 2008. And now a few years have passed, such as:
You can see some statistics about these rides on this page.
In no particular order, some places I visit online when thinking about biking...
Airborne Carpe Diem road bike. 2003 model built up by Great Lakes Cycles in Ann Arbor Michigan, after I'd been working at SPRL for a year. This was my "car" for quite a while. Has newly rebuilt wheels, after I wore through the rim on the front: too much commuting in crappy weather in Philly, I think. It's a light touring/cyclocross frame, but it's pretty fast on the road. Yes, those are Time ATAC mountain bike pedals: I use Sidi Dominator shoes so that I can actually walk around a bit. Plus, the platforms are usuable without cleats. My only real problem is that the front brake has always squealed, and doesn't provide satisfactory stopping power. I'll eventually try using different brake arms (currently Avid Shorty 6 Cantis), but I've been too lazy to do anything about it. Sadly, Airborne is out of business, or I'd buy one of their more racing style frames. Around 21 pounds.
K2 Proflex 3000 mountain bike. A 1998 model, aluminum frame with carbon fiber chainstay/pivot, purchased in summer 1999 after my Univega Alpina 5.3 was stolen. First--and so far, only--fully suspended mountain bike. Went through a significant rebuild in ~2004 and ~2008, with a completely new drivetrain, and now probably weighs a few pounds less than it did originally. New air/oil Risse Racing Genesis shocks on both the front and rear, replacing the Noleen coil/oil shocks that had developed bad leaks. They're not quite as cushy, but probably more durable. Yes, that is a Debian bumper sticker, why do you ask? Around 26 pounds.
Redline 925 single speed commuter. Bought to help me get around New Haven when I was visiting Alina, I've kept it as it has served as an excellent commuter bike. Replaced the tires after 9 months or so, because I was getting flats all the time. Now I've got Continental Contacts and I haven't had a flat since. Great tires. I flipped it to be just a single speed instead of a fixie after a crash caused by a combination of inattention and instability due to bouncing over a bump and the pedals throwing me around.
Airborne W.A.S.P. women's road bike. Alina and I built this up during Airborne's "going out of business sale", when we saw they had a women's frame in about her size. We did almost all the picking out of parts and final assembly, except for dealing with the fork. She uses Speedplay X/2 pedals, which aren't very walkable, but are easy to clip. It's very light, definitely under 20 pounds, and very fast when she wants it to be.