Taking a last ride before I fly out of LA back to Brooklyn tonight. If you follow Mulholland Dr, it eventually turns into a dirt and gravel fire road that's a pretty awesome dirt ride in the middle of LA. We only had two hours to ride out and back, but according to the Epicurean Cyclist, you can camp if you ride far enough.
My girlfriend and I braved a terrible day for travel on Thursday, arriving at Laguardia at 5am only to find out that our flight and hundreds of others had been cancelled across the country. About 14 to 17 hours later we finally arrived in LA, lucky us.
The real bonus out of the whole debacle is that the wonderful ticket agents only charged my girlfriend $35 to check her bike instead of the standard $100, a rare exception I'm sure.
My Travelers Check breaks down just small enough so that I don't have to pay extra for my bike on pretty much any airline.
The Red Hook Criterium enters it’s 3rd year in 2010.
As my birthday tradition this race is “fixed” and brakeless only. The format remains the same. 20 fast laps around a tight, twisty, and dangerous circuit through the desolate Red Hook neighborhood in Brooklyn.
The racing circuit follows last year’s route including the now infamous “Otsego Chicane” and the “Beard Street Cobbles”.
Primes: 1. End of the first lap 2. End of the halfway point lap.
Last year's winner Neil Bezdek is now Cat 1, so take that as an indicator of the level of competition - come correct if you want to make an appearance on the podium! Check out those sponsors!! This race has been getting bigger every year and is fast becoming an annual Brooklyn tradition. Wish I could be there, but I'll have to watch from Vancouver...
From the wonderful hub geeks over at Hubstripping.com:
"Shimano announces a 11 gear hub. The range will be 409% (Alfine 8 gear 307%). The hub runs in a oil bath like the Rohloff Speddhub. This should result a higher efficiency and longer lifetime. The price will be 300,- Euro release data is September 2010."
Can't afford a Rohloff? This is as close as you're gonna get.
I've had the Alfine 8 speed since July and I love it. Hopefully the 11 will be another step in the right direction.
Fingers crossed that it will be beefy enough for mountain biking.