Quick After Work Ride in South Park. 8/3/2010

Just a quick ride, so just a quick post.  Kept a very good pace, but my average MPH didn’t seem to go up…  Oh well.

Also, I noticed that my GPS tracks have been collectively viewed about 4000 times, and downloaded dozens of times.  Which is a surprise, I was pretty sure no one cared about them but me.  Hopefully people find good use for them!

1800 calories, about 9 miles, 0 otb


GPSies - South Park Ride 08/03/2010Click here to download the whole GPS track

And here’s the evidence that MUD was encountered.  Not too bad, eh?

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Yeah baby


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Mechanical Woes – Front Crank

Swapping out a (junk) from crankset off of the Hardrock.  Was originally a Shimano FC-M191 (24/34/42).   Suprisingly difficult to get a hold of .  Ordered it off of bikeparts.com, and it turned out they were sold out.  So they (no charge) upgraded me to a better front crank (click for link).

But the geometry doesn’t seem to line up, or I’m doing something wrong.  Specifically the front derailleur doesn’t seem to have enough travel to shift to the outermost ring, even if I crank its limit all the way out.  Does the front derailleur have to match the “parts group” of the front crank?  Anyone know?

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Shimano FCM-191, polished

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July 4, 2010 — South Park FAIL

Safety culture ruins something good, again…

So can someone tell me why South Park would erect a guard rail along McConkey Road, that cuts off part of a trail?  Not just part of a trail, but 1500 to 2000 feet of the funnest most technical trail in South Park?  One that people have improved with wooden walking bridges?  It’s impossible to say that it’s a section of trail that’s abandoned.  It’s in heavy use.  The decision making seems inconceivable to me.  I’ve seen guard rails that leave space for crosswalks, and whatnot.  I wonder why the decision was made to bisect the trail and cause hikers and bikers and horses to go around.

Also, in the interest of literature, I will repost the magnum opus to teenage emo pain that was left trail side.  Clearly author is penning the emo Odyssey of our generation.  So emo Blink 182 cried.  It’s still out there if someone wants to claim it.

Stats: 7 miles, 1500 calories, 0 OTB, 20# of air in the tires (too low!)

GPSies - South Park Ride 07/04/2010Click here to download the GPS track

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Nice guard rail South Park

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Found Roadside, next James Joyce masterpiece

“wow, what a great conversation
your [sic] silent
I’m bored & we’ve been here before.
What does it take to get thru [sic] to you.
What does it take
for me to listen
I can’t be okay
until you make it that way
So I want longer
than expected.
It was expected.
I guess I should stop
expecting anything
from you.
But just when I do.
you prove me wrong
I HATE YOU.”


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Handbook: Pai Lum

Pai Lum Rules

Pai Lum Patch Final

Pai Lum

1. Respect for Master and Instructor at all times
2. Strict obedience to all rules and upper ranks
3. Bow to higher ranks whenever you see them; also whenever entering the kwoon
4. Serve and obey without question
5. Stand and give chair whenever a black belt or higher rank enter the room
6. Never argue with an Instructor, he is always right
7. Do not move when in break position
8. Never leave the kwoon while class is in session

1. Respect for Master and Instructor at all times

2. Strict obedience to all rules and upper ranks

3. Bow to higher ranks whenever you see them; also whenever entering the kwoon

4. Serve and obey without question

5. Stand and give chair whenever a black belt or higher rank enter the room

6. Never argue with an Instructor, he is always right

7. Do not move when in break position

8. Never leave the kwoon while class is in session


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