Things have been good. Not a lot to report since the FHR. A couple rides with .83, some miscellaneous riding with the chainwhip boys and Smashed Up Sunday. Speaking of – rumor has it theres a new ride called Squarepeg that Nova ran into on Sunday. Might have to check it out. Weather keeps trying to get nice but winter doesn’t seem to want to give up this year, so it’s all a bit hectic. Today started out dreary, was beautiful in the day, and in the afternoon started dumping cold rain again. Rough. Last week it snowed 3 inches again. I bolted my knobby tires back on and I’m not taking them off till May. Screw it.
Speaking of – the Bicycle Eater underwent some maintenance tonight finally. The long and short of it is I’ve got about a thousand miles on it and the headset went to hell, which is saying something about that headset – what a POS. I haven’t really ridden it that hard or that long. and frankly a headset should last a LONG time. Bah. Not only was it hard to turn left or right, but it was hard to ride in a straight line because the bars would pull left and right as the headset would stick and unstick. I dropped the fork to inspect it and the bottom bearing assembly just came apart in my hands in this mess. I guess that was why. Was really uncomfortable to ride. After much himming and hawing and talking to folks I talked myself into buying a very unassuming silver Chris King headset. Fuggit – it has a 10 year warranty and is presumably bombproof. That POS Richie didn’t even last 1000 miles. I might send it back to them and see what they say.
Now it’s installed…? I mean, it’s a headset. What do I say? It feels good – smooth, tight, errorless – is that a word? And more importantly it fixed the problem 100%. Good job Chris King. Honestly it doesn’t feel any better or worse than my Cane Creek 110 I have on the Pacer – but on the other hand I guess that’s Cane Creeks equivalent, so theoretically it wouldn’t. Nygaard did the headset installation – faced and reamed the headtube with the Park tool first, de burred the inner bevel and then installed it, easy as you please.
And actually I lied, it feels fucking awesome to get it back on the road again. Having the Bicycle Eater be out of commission I’ve learned makes me irrationally agitated. Everything else – meh. But this bike must run at all times no matter what. Evidently.
I’m planning on doing some minor bike camping come mid-late March me thinks – back out to Bainbridge Island – there’s a camp ground at the north end that should work just fine. Need to get my camp legs underneath me again, work out my camp cook setup, that sort of thing – don’t want a lot of miles. Just want to do a couple small trips early in the season and work the kinks out. There’s much to get reacquainted with.
Lastly, though it’s not specifically bike related – I’ve been evaluating an Eee Pc 1000HE netbook from Asus.
It’s reeeally tiny. 10 inches, weighs 3lbs, has a battery life of 9+ hours (yeah not kidding on that either, holy crap), 2Gb memory, 160Gb hard drive, bluetooth, b/g/n wireless, GigE Ethernet, 3x USB 2.0 ports, a VGA video out, 1080×600 resolution, integrated 1.3Mp web camera and microphone to use skype with, hyperthreaded 1.66Ghz Atom CPU, integrated 4-in-1 SD card reader, and best of all, runs Windows XP, OSX, or (my personal favorite) Ubuntu Linux. In fact, I’m writing this post on it and I have to say, I like it. Oh, and I like the price too. $374 from AMAZON – can’t beat that!. For a traveling/biking/blogging/photography/repository bush-laptop you know what – this thing might just be the shit. Besides the form factor and the enormous battery life, it’s got enough storage to hold a lot of photos, and does full video skype (VOIP). It’s pretty badass. Click the photo to take you to Engaget for more pics, and a couple links to good reviews for full details. My thoughts so far? I’m very very impressed with it.
Okay, it’s time for bed kiddies.
PS – almost forgot. Installed mud flaps on both the Bicycle Eater and the Pacer. Thanks to Andy for the leather front one on my LHT – was a birthday present. Boy do they help.