Monday, February 18, 2008

Let Levi Ride

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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sun, Feb 17

Today I took my new bike out for its first ride. Just after starting, I looked at the display and said too myself "Damn, this bike is FAST !!!" ..... Then I changed the units from km/h to mph.
In the first few miles, I didn't really feel a significant difference between the old and new bike, but after two days of falling for too much beer and wine, what do you expect.
The ride went to Los Altos and from there to the Stanford campus for the Prologue of the 2008 Tour of California. Unfortunately I wasn't able to figure out where TBV and GMR were located (maybe I should've gotten the Garmin Edge 705 instead of the Polar S725x ;-)), but I ran into Rich L plus company, and we hung out for a bit, before I decided to head back home.
The Prologue was won by Fabian Cancellara; last year's winner, Levi Leipheimer, finished 4th.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sat, Feb 16

Today's mission is accomplished:

Friday, February 15, 2008

Fri, Feb 15

The Polar S725x is finally here, cadence sensor included.

Installation on Saturday, and on to attend the Prologue of the 2008 Tour of California on Sunday.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Mon, Feb 11

Fellow bicyclist GMR is keeping track of my mileage .... interesting; feels like I'm in a competition with him now ;-). Well, after a weather-related break of three weeks, as of yesterday, it's 156.2 for the year, but I'm already 190 miles behind in my pace to ride 3000 miles in 2008. Last year on this day, I had already cycled 360 miles for the year.

With temperatures having cracked the 70F mark for the second day in a row, it was real delightful going out for a ride. While the new bike rested in the garage, waiting for its bike computer and for next Sunday, me and the old bike enjoyed the 46 miles from Belmont to Los Altos and back. Cheers to the guy with whom I rode for a while, who declared to get lunch at Robert's Market in Woodside, and who came out of the store with just a can of Sapporo beer.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

There's a new bike on the block

Veni, Vedi, Vici ... I came, saw it, and just got it.

2007 Madone 6.5 SSL

The bike is complete and ready to ride except for the bike computer, which I still have to order, and some accessories for the saddle bag. The bike weighs in at about 15.7 pounds without pedals, and at about 16.5 with the pedals I used for the test ride. First order was to get rid of the white handlebar tape and replace it with a nice dark blue color one. Next, two bottle cages, weighing 50g, then the Dura-Ace pedals at 280g. Nothing compared to the rider with a whopping 200 pounds *cough cough*. Maiden ride will happen after I have installed the bike computer.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 3

Yes, it's that time of year now, when this nation enjoys sitting in front of the TV for six straight hours, watching a bunch of padded wusses playing a one-hour game stretched out over like three hours and viewing admittedly funny commercials for watery substances. Right, I still don't like football and never will, but who doesn't remember those two commercials:

Last year to this day, it was NOT raining and about 15 degrees warmer. As much as I'd like to go out for a ride, the view towards the north-west tells me to stay put to avoid getting wet and cold; luckily someone invented indoor trainers.

Quote of the day goes to Dick Pound, who was nominated for the presidency of CAS. Pound claims to be "well-suited" for the job, and then says

“Listen, it would be the first time in 30 years that the IOC has given me a job that I actually understand.”

If I interpret this correctly, he hasn't understood his job as head of WADA. Ah ok, he IS qualified for the CAS position.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Fri, Feb 1

The year is one month old, 110 miles for the year. Too little, but it's just been too cold and rainy lately; and, no cycling, no posting. I'm waiting for spring. Meanwhile I'm window-shopping for maybe a Polar S725x or Edge 705. Man has to have gadgets, right ?