24 February 2010

MTBO America ?

I have been rolling since my last post and I got out this past weekend for a road ride with "G" and his wife. It was nice to get back out on the bike after two weeks.Sorry for not posting sooner... More snow is in the forcast!!

Since my last orienteering event I have been studying up on my navigation and GPS skills. I think that navigation is one of the most important outdoor skills that you can have. For the most part you would not think that this skill would be needed on your local singletrack, but how my times have you had another rider ask you how to get back to the parking lot.

So for some reason I Googled MTB Orienteering and I got a hit. This is a big sport in Europe and other far off places with Championships and World Cups. So with a little more searching I found this site and the site is based out of you know it Virgina.

Seems to be one stop shopping for MTB Orienteering. I hope that this sport starts to grow here in the US. Remember back when cyclocross was a odd-ball sport here in the states and now look how that has grown over the last ten years. Maybe I am on the forefront of something here. We can revisit this post in ten years to find out.

14 February 2010

So, what are you doing to maintain some level of fitness?

So, what are you doing to maintain some level of fitness during all the bad weather? I am sure that this question is flying around on most of the Mid-Atlantic mountain bike forums. I know that a question like this is on the CCVA site.

Yesterday I went out and did another orienteering event. This was listed as a Learn-O (novice) course. I think I found it to be a little harder than that. First off there was about 4" of snow in the woods and ice on the trails. This did make running a lot harder! You would think that showing up later in the day that all you would have to do is follow the foot prints in the snow and pick-up the controls with a fast time. That didn't happen for me. I think it made it worst.

Here is a picture of one of the controls that I am making my way to.



I got to the first control okay but I got mess-up on the second control. Matter a fact, I was mess-up on controls 2-5. I was given two different maps at two different scales. One had the trails and the other had the contour lines on it. With the network of trails and most of them half covered with snow I had gone to far the the right of the controls.




The results from the event was 17 people came out two teams of two people each finished in front of me so I got a 3rd. I think this is a sport that I am going to do more of this year and for a fee of $5 you can not beat that.

On another note, I love the snow but it is the aftermath that I do not like. I am talking about the sand they put down on the road.



As you can see here there is about 1-2 feet of sand that covers the side of the road. I do not like to road ride this time of year because of it. Sand and 23mm tires do not mix!

Monday is calling for rain which I hope washes most of the stuff away.

05 February 2010

UNIVEGA Alpina Sport - Project

It has been a few days since my last post and part of the title came true. The part about fever! Yes, I have been sick since last Sunday and I am back to about 60%.Funny thing is that you have two choices, 1) see a doctor or 2)not see a doctor and the bottom line is you can take meds and you will be better in 14 days or take nothing and be better in two weeks. On to the Vega, that is Univega!

A couple of weeks ago one of our local riders aka Dirt had posted on the local forum that he had some parts that he was selling. A couple of days later he posted that he also had a free Univega frame. I was lucky enough to get my hands on it.

I had a friend that I use to ride with back in the mid to late 90's named Mark Winbourne. He had a Univega and he could ride like butter. So I was looking forward with doing something with this frame. What it was I was not sure but with my adult ADD I will figure it out.

About a week later, one of the guys in my unit said he wanted to start commuting to work but needed a better bike. I told him that I had the frame for him. So this is going to be a commuter bike project.

Looking around the bikewright Command Center aka garage I found that I had a lot of old parts that would work well for this project.


Univega Alpina Sport


I did a little research on the bike and found that I think it is a 1993 and sold for around $525. There is not a lot on the retro/vintage bike sites on Univegas other than "we need to see more Univegas".



Looks as if this bike will sport some type of LX package on it. The wheels I have are an old set of Specialized Z-21 26X 1.50 rims with Deore LX HB-M563 hubs. I hope a little truing is all it will take to keep them rolling for many more miles. I also have a NOS LX crank, a Ritchey ProLite bar, 800 X-Ray Grip Shifters.

The frame is in great shape with the normal paint wear and just will need a good cleaning and wax. I have been thinking about treating the inside of the frame but I don't think this is going to be a all-weather commuter.

So let's see how far I get with this thing over the weekend.