Sunday, March 9, 2014

Two Nights of Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

Enjoyed two nights of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. My favorite out of the two nights was North of the Sun.

Seeing the World Tour must be on your "To Do" list!

Sunday, March 2, 2014

2014 Monster Cross Race- Post Race Report

Last Sunday was the 2014 Monster Cross Race put on by Mark Junkermann at Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield, Va. This was the 3rd year for the event and each year the field of racers gets bigger.

This post race report is going to be a little different than I have done in the past. I have waited a week for other racers to post their race reports, pictures and videos on their sites and I am going to do my best to put them all here. So here we go

Fit Chick aka Selene Yeager has a great write-uphere

Suzie Snyder has two posts one here at Orbea and the other here. Riding Fat to a third place finish.

Local women made it to the podium from River City Women's Racing

I know you need a picture about now. How about a a birds eye view from Joe

The guy's over at Bon Secours Cycling had a great finish.

Dan's Video Love the music!

Yep! Unicyles in a monster cross race!

Looks like Ty had a great time doing 50

Johnthan trying to keep up with the cross bikes on his Superfly

A member of SBR Cycling gets his picture taken with overall winner Jeremiah Bishop.

The Dirt Diva takes on the mini monster as her first official race.

Air Force Veteran Dflat is flying high with a in the top 10 finish.

The finish area

Yours truly signed up for the mini monster this year. Because of all the crazy winter weather I had not been riding like I wanted to. I wanted to have a fun race and not be in a lot of pain later on. I did have a few issues on the bike like losing my rear brakes and could not shift off the big ring without having to stop. These were just small details. I had a great time and I had a good race finish.

Out of all the bicycles I saw, my favorite was a old school Merlin. If you don't know they are back. I did not get a picture of the bike because I never saw the dude after passing him.

Another thing we do not see at all on the East Coast is a

a big orange van! Yes it's a Sportsmoble 4x4, very cool!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Bicycling Infrastructure

This week I had to take a trip to Arlington VA aka NOVA for work. Since I drove the 120 miles there I was able to drive back home before this weeks snow storm hit. I am sure the others that were at the meeting got to fly out by Friday or today.

I use to drive for a living but I hate driving in NOVA or D.C. and once I get to my hotel I am all about walking to where I need to go. Since I got there mid-afternoon the day before I was able to visit some of my personnel that work about for or five blocks from the hotel.

Leaving to hotel I notice that a Capitol Bikeshare Station had been put in. I had seen Capitol Bikeshare in D.C. but this was new seeing it in Arlington.

IMG_20140212_130300_225 by Bikewright
IMG_20140212_130300_225, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

After making my visit with my personnel, I started to leave the building and a women asked me how to get to another location.I pointed to her where she needed to go and she said she would use the Bikeshare. Since I live in the area of the country where you take your car to get to places and not public transportation much less a bike I had to ask her some questions about the Bikeshare.

After she got on her bike I came-up on a small park just outside to the trailhead of the Mt. Vernon Trail. There I saw this Fixtation or Bike Repair Station.

IMG_20140211_153652_948 by Bikewright
IMG_20140211_153652_948, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

This was cool! A QR sticker that would take you to a site on how to make repairs.

IMG_20140211_153706_087 by Bikewright
IMG_20140211_153706_087, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

You would think that Since Richmond is hosting the 2015 UCI World Championship we would start to see more bike Infrastructure in the Metro Richmond Area.. Maybe one day, but until then you can checkout the Bike Arlington website

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

You Scream, I Scream, We All Want Snow Cream!

Made some snow cream today since we got a couple of inches of fresh snow. I don't think I have had any since I was a kid. Glad to share the memories of my grandmother making snow cream for me with my daughter.

1 Cup Milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
4-6 cups of clean snow. I was always to never use the first snow of the season.

Combine the milk, vanilla extract, and sugar. Mix until dissolved, which is about 2 mins.

Stir in snow about a cup or so at a time.

eat or freeze for several mins


Monday, January 27, 2014

Learn Something New Everytime I ride

Weekend before last, we had a little break from the cold weather and it was time to get some riding in. With all the rain, snow and cold temps it has been hard to be able to get out an enjoy the trails.

The water is rolling over the Swift Creek Lake Dam

Not getting across here! I hope we get a bridge here with the new I.M.B.A. Ride Center..

Love how the pine needle cover Bright Hope Trail

One of the orienteering points. Pocahontas State Park was the site of the 1975 Orienteering Championship.

Sunday I happen to see a lot of people out on the trail. I did notice a day hiker about 50 feet up in the woods and thought is was a odd spot for him to be at. There's nothing around there... Not so! On Monday I rode the same area and figured I would see why that guy was off the trail in that area.

The first thing I notice when I got off the bike was a couple of wild grape vines were cut. Then I saw a couple of more things cut...Then I saw what it was.

It might be hard to tell from the picture but this is a home or cabin site.

This doesn't grow in the woods

I cannot tell you how many times I have ridden past this area over the last 7 years. But I guess it would be in the hundreds. Sometimes you just have to slow down to see what is around you. You might learn something.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Camillus- "Demo Knife"

The name lives on but the knife does not. Camillus closed it's doors a few years ago and a another company purchased the intellectual properties of Camillus. For years Camillus furnished knives to the Armed Forces. If you want to to read a little history of the knife go here. The author of the site did a good job!

Below is what is known as the Camillus Model 1760 (which is the Army version) "Demo Knife". The two I have are a 1981 and 1991 model. Nothing changed over the years.

Here I show the knives open and you can see that the stamped U.S. on one side.

I think for a camping knife they are perfect.

It is a all stainless steel knife and I would say it is a bit over built. I believe you could use the bale as snatch block. It's not loaded to bear with a lot of tools, but I think you will find that you do not need anymore. You have a knife,can opener,flat head screw driver, awl,and a bottle opener.

The "Demo Knife" was not a refined knife in its craftsmanship. If you are looking for something nicer that would have been the Victorinox Soldier or Pioneer. I had a Pioneer (that I lost) and that would have been my go-to knife over the "Demo Knife".

If you are looking for a knife for camping, backpacking, bikepacking I believe this might be the bomb proof knife that you are looking for. You can still find them at gun shows and online auction site. You might look at paying $35 for a used Camillus knife. If you find it for less jump on it. Or a new one Which is called 2205 Military Scout

There will be no follow-up post on how the knife is doing. I have had the 1981 knife since 1985 and it is doing well!

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Opinel No 8 Carbone, Sometimes Simple is All You Need

Opinel No 8 Carbone by Bikewright
Opinel No 8 Carbone, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

Opinel knives have been making their way in French farmers pockets since 1890. The Opinel No8 caught my eye a few months ago with its classic and timeless look simple design and cheap price. I was able to purchase the knife online and with shipping ran me $13.00.

No 8 Made in France by Bikewright
No 8 Made in France, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

Simple in design. A knife is a tool with a job to do, cutting that is. Looking for a knife to take on a bikepacking, touring or backpacking trip this might be your knife.

Opinel Carbone by Bikewright
Opinel Carbone, a photo by Bikewright on Flickr.

My Opinel No8 has a beech wood handle and a carbon blade. The No8 comes either in carbon or stainless steel. You ask what's the difference in the to different types of steel. The carbon blade is easy to sharpen. As you can see I had a couple of nicks in the blade. With a DMT sharpener and about 5 minutes I was able to get the nicks out of the blade and get shaving sharp. The blade will also rust or patina with use. The stainless steel is harder to sharpen but will not rust.

Is it a knife to take on a weekend bikepacking, touring or backpacking trip? Time will tell, but right now I would say it would be a great knife to take on that outing to cut cheese and summer sausage with and wash it off with a beer. Since I like to use it on food items and it has a carbon blade that will rust I use Ballistol to oil the knife with. So far this has worked on keeping the knife like you see in the first picture of this post.

I will do a follow-up post later in the year to see how well the knife is doing.