2012 Jamis Product Catalog Released!

7 08 2011

2012 Jamis Product Catalog


Oakley Jawbone

20 03 2011

I finally pulled the trigger and bought this pair of Oakley Jawbone sunglasses!  Since I sold my Specialized Arc-X glasses I’ve needed another pair of riding glasses and these should be great!  The fit is so much better for me and I have the option to add prescription lenses to the frames so I can use them for driving!  When they arrive I’ll be sure to write up a quick review and put some photos up on the site.  Anyone else have any experience with the Jawbone?

Gixen eBay Sniper

27 02 2011

I’ve been using Gixen eBay Sniper for quite some time now and for me it is the only way to bid and win on eBay. I’ll be updating my drivetrain before the springtime so I’ll give the site quite the workout! Check it out at the link below!

eBay Sniper

First Ride of 2011

26 02 2011

It has been a long time since I’ve been able to write about my riding, but I’m glad to be back! I just got back from my first ride of 2011 and it was really nice. The weather was in the mid to upper 30’s and completely sunny. The roads were mostly clear and I got to see how bad the snowplows have treated them. Some of the roads I rode on were more potholes than smooth asphalt!


I’ll be updating this site more regularly as the season progresses, but it was nice to get things underway this weekend!

Reservoir/Sundown Loop

26 06 2010
Taking a breather out on the dam

Taking a breather out on the dam

Today I decided to take a decent ride starting in Granby and winding my way up around the Barkhampstead Reservoir.  What I didn’t really think about when I planned the route was the fact that some of the roads out in that part of the state are very hairy (read: unimproved dirt roads) and they created quite a challenge for me.  The picture on this post is from when I stopped for a breather out on the dam. Below is the link to the route.  Next time I’ll plan to start a bit earlier to beat the heat!

Reservoir/Sundown Loop
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2010 Cycling Update

6 06 2010
Kerensa Sanding

Kerensa deep in sanding duty!

Well, it has been over a month since my last update to the blog and quite a few happenings have gone on.  I raced in the Massasoit XC race and had marginal success.  The month between Root 66 races from Massasoit to Winsted was a nice breather that really let me settle down and decide what I wanted to do for the summer.  Justin and I spent plenty of ti

me just going out to Penwood, Robinson, and Case to just ride and enjoy ourselves.  I have been averaging about three days riding per week with a combination of road and mountain.

During National Ride Your Bike to Work Week I took my ‘cross bike all the way to New Britain.  It is so nice to be able to take the rail trail for 18 miles!  The ride out in the morning was beautiful; cool, quiet.  I met my friend Marc in Farmington and we rode the final miles

together.  Each way was pretty much 30 miles for me and getting into work felt really good.  After working eight hours and then having to ride home the same 30 miles was a bit less enjoyable.  New Britain at rush hour on a Friday in 85* weather isn’t totally advisable!  The final ten miles were pretty tough as I just wanted to get home, but my legs wouldn’t let me get there quickly.

The following day, Kerensa dragged me for 18 miles headed North on the rail trail up to Southwick where the trail is still under construction.  I couldn’t

believe it, but my legs were so trashed from the day prior that I was having a tough time keeping up!  Any acceleration from my ride leader just put distance between us.  Racing at Winsted was a serious maybe at this point.  I decided to wait until the morning and decide then how my legs were feeling.

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etermined over the month off that I didn’t want to pay good money to ride around the back of the pack with no chance of winning.  If I’m not feeling 100% I won’t race.  That reasoning was exactly what made the decision for me in regards to Winsted; my legs were roasted from Friday so I called the race off.  It worked out for the best as I got to complete some home projects that I’ve been meaning to do.

That brings me to really what has consumed most of my training time recently; making the condo ours!  From simple things like fixing the doors so they close completely to more complex projects like replacing the in-ceiling bathroom fans.  As I’m writing this we are on day #7 of a re-painting of our half bath.  Why wallpaper glue has to be so strong that it could hold a race car together is a question that I asked many times.  After the demon wallpaper was removed, we had the toilet flood, causing 1.6 gallons of water to pour onto the floor and into the ceiling of the finished basement, ruing a couple of tiles.  As with most projects, I’m starting to learn that if something can go wrong it most definitely will!  We have a hard deadline of next Saturday so this week will be more project completion than biking.

Pre-Chili Case

1 05 2010

This morning Justin and I met at the Line St lot for Case mountain in Manchester and proceeded to check out what the park had to offer. This was actually my first time riding here so Justin got to play tour guide. We started up the fireroad then branched off into some technical doubletrack. Before long we were at the summit and enjoyed the nice view! We pointe the bikes downhill and rode some pretty tricky stuff before winding our way back to the summit. This time we went down the back side of the mountain and stayed back there. I have a horrible memory so the trails we rode on will remain lost in the woods! We did find some stunts out in the woods and on the red trail we ran into the bridge you see in the picture. After we rode for a couple hours we had to get back to town because we were going to the New England Regional Chili Cook-Off in Somers for noon. Case was full of technical terrain that I’ll surely have to come back to ride again!