Showing the colors

Turkish working on his tan

The Turk’ suns himself in the living room.

You know what’s even better than not watching Ol’ Whatsisface gnaw through his lower lip while pretending to be sorry for what he did instead of for getting caught at it?

Riding your own damn’ bike for the first time in two weeks on a sunny, 55-degree afternoon, that’s what.

My pipes felt a tad rusty after the flu, and I wished for a big hit of albuterol, but that would’ve been doping. So I made do with a cough drop and a hefty dose of moral superiority.

Before getting back in the saddle I mounted fenders to the Kona Rove, which is next up in the Adventure Cyclist review queue.

Ever fit fenders to a disc-brake-equipped bike? Me neither. What it takes — for the front wheel, anyway — is a pretty abrupt bend in the left-side fender stay, a long-ass bolt and a spacer of some sort. I used about an inch of the plastic housing from a cheap pen liberated from a motel, which saved me a trip to the hardware store.

After two weeks on the disabled list I resembled a cyclist about as much as Ol’ Whatsisface resembles a penitent, but like him I didn’t care. It was enough to be out there.

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26 Responses to “Showing the colors”

  1. John Hodge Says:

    In fact, just a couple weeks ago I built up a 50cm ti Salsa Vaya with fenders and Avid BB7s for my FBH (Far Better Half). Lucky for me, the lower front fender strut routed nicely just below the caliper; the upper front fender strut, though, will have to route to the front rack when the time comes. Meanwhile the rear caliper is positioned in such a way that the frame even takes a regular rack and the fender struts can be cleanly routed. Very nicely designed on Salsa’s part, too bad the frame was discontinued after 2012. I guess just because something is smartly designed and well made doesn’t mean it’ll sell.

    The bike, by the way, came out super-sweet, but since two consecutive 20 degree days around here qualifies as a heat wave, it has yet to get any real miles on it.

    Nice to be back to talking about bikes instead of ol’ what’s-his-face.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      John, I should’ve snapped a pic. I’ll try to do that tomorrow.

      It is a shame that Salsa dropped the ti’ Vaya. Voodoo has dropped two bikes that I really liked — the first being a ti’ Loa ‘cross bike designed around a one-off Marzocchi suspension fork, and the second the drop-bar 29er Nakisi.

      I sold the Loa some years back, like a dumbass, but still have the Nakisi, which is generally the first bike I think of come ride time. It’ll pretty much go anywhere and do anything.

  2. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Wow, reviews in Adventure Cyclists. Cool. I was toying with the idea of joining, even sent off for a free issue. We have a friend who has been a member for years and spent a night at the Cookie Ladies house, Ms. Jean Curry. Guess I should get off the dime and join up.

    • John Hodge Says:

      Hey Patrick O. (both of ya): if you’re thinking of touring on a budget, or like to meet other bike tourists (and learn from their mistakes!), then you might like Warm Showers: Sort of like couch surfing but they can’t steal much of your stuff.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Patrick, you should join up. It’s a good bunch, and I like the magazine a lot, though they obviously have low standards, what with employing the Irish and all.

      John, I’ve heard about Warm Showers but haven’t paid them a look-see yet. We have a spare house; I should list the joint.

      • John Hodge Says:

        PO’G, for Warm Showers you can specify what you feel like offering: you can offer a room, floor space, or just a patch of yard clear of goat heads. Offering a spare house? That’s going way above and beyond.

        We hosted a 18 year old kid last summer who graduated high school in St. Paul then hopped on his bike heading west all by himself. He stayed with us a couple days then took a temp job picking peaches for a while before continuing on. Great guy, far more mature than I was at his age (and probably more mature than I am now). We still keep in touch.

        We’ve hosted a couple people who turned out to be jerks, but you’ll find them in every crowd. The jerks tend to be those who are just going from one Warm Showers host to the next, leaching off hosts rather than using the service as a break from camping. My criteria now is that anyone I host has to be also tent camping on their trip.

  3. Jeff Cozad Says:

    Yeah… On my rig, I’m using a couple of very long stainless bolts and some of the nylon standoffs. It works pretty well and it was way cheap. I’ll take a picture of it and email it to you. The folks at one of the LBS’s I frequent, went to school on it.

    • Opus the Poet Says:

      Mine is similar except I used two (extra) nuts to maintain the spacing, one against the stays at the head of the bolt, and the other against the fork. And I used the same setup on both sides so as to maintain a symmetrical appearance (why waste a good OCD chance?).

  4. Jon Paulos Says:

    Life takes a swing back to the sane side with pics of the Turk and talk of riding. I appreciate it. I hit my saturation point with the Uniballer today.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, Jon, I think we’re all pretty much over it. Tonight Herself and I went to Pueblo for dinner with our old friends Hal and Mary (he of Hardscrabble Times fame), and being athletes they wanted to talk about Ol’ Whatsisface, but it had been so long since we last saw them that we forgave them their trespasses.

  5. weaksides (@weaksides) Says:

    A bike ride? I remember those…

    Actually it was only last Saturday that I managed to crash some more times(4 or 5) and lay myself up for a while. Only this time I just cracked some ribs and made my lower back and left hip VERY sore.

    And you’ve got your hands on a Rove. My friend that owns a shop- Kona dealer and all- hasn’t been able to get one yet. Granted, I don’t know how I was gonna pay for it.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Man, you have to quit that premature unclipulation. It’s bad for you.

      I wonder what kind of numbers Kona is doing with the Rove. It’s an interesting bike, one of the few that fit me like a glove right out of the box. SRAM out the wazoo but Hayes discs. Go figure.

      • Patrick O'Brien Says:

        My second recumbent, a Bike E NX had Hayes hydraulic disc brakes and hubs. Just got done being one with the Niner for the last two hours. Sweet, and warm!!!!

  6. Libby Says:

    Glad you’re feeling up to a ride and the weather cooperated. Nice photo.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Oh, jeez, Libby, me too. My friend Hal caught this bug in late December and he’s still coughing, so I guess I have a ways to go before I’m back to full power. Still, it was nice to be out in the sunshine. I had begun feeling like I belonged under a bridge somewhere, awaiting the arrival of some billy goats.

  7. Khal Spencer Says:

    These fenders work too, with some cussing. I have them on the LaCruz.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      K, I’m trying to make one set of SKS Thermoplastics work on all these review bikes. It takes a bit of doing, lemme tell ya, especially now that everything has gone disco.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        One would think that by now the fender and rack folks would have adapted to disk brakes, wouldn’t you? Instead, we get kludged systems with rubber grippers like the EZs or finding spacers that move stuff out away from the eyelets. I’m a believer in disks, at least in winter and grimy weather, versus using rim brakes to grind away all those excess grams on my rims, as I used to do with the Redline cross bike. That bike was a nice, fast, sporty commuter, but it offered me the benefits of struggling with fenders and racks wrapped around disk tabs while I was still using cantilever rim brakes.

  8. Larry T. Says:

    Waiting to see if I need to slap on the CRUD roadracer fenders on myTorelli over here as I did last year. Not so much rain but the roads drain poorly so you face muddy puddles for quite awhile post-rainstorm. The Gran Sasso is another fine machine that got axed because well….you know what my wife says. An excellent bike but the market was confused by recycled beer cans and plastic bikes with parts from the big S. I’ll NEVER sell mine.
    Just pulled the bikes outta the bags and slapped on the wheels, plus retrieved the shopping bikes we left with the local “mobility manager” guy – they’re now chained up seaside so the rusting can continue. The “good” bikes are inside the apartment complex where they have 1/2 a chance to stay unrusted as they did last year. BigTex made the front page of La Gazzetta dello Sport, pushing football (soccer) out for a day. Tex seemed to say the old grade-school line “but everyone else did TOO!!”…which oughta piss off the ones who didn’t. Maybe they should all line up and swat Tex with wet towels as he stumbles past them? Greg LeMond should be the first one to whack him a good one!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Enough bike talk, Lorenzo … what’s on the menu? You know we live vicariously through you in matters culinary.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Ciao from culinary heaven. Didn’t get down here in time for the local market though I walked past yesterday as they were cleaning things up, our regular fishmongers recognized me from afar and extended warm welcomes back. Ran the gamut of the local sellers of some good stuff though our favorite boxed wine will not be available until next month. Enjoyed a REAL cannolo the other day….leading the other prof here with us to say “now I understand why these things are popular”. She’s said pretty much the same thing as each dish was put before her. Our apartment kitchen will go together more next week – broth simmering on the stove, soup being made, etc. Tomorrow morning I’ll be at the market first-thing. Meanwhile we’ve made do with some snackage including some pretty good arancini and a better than average pasta alla Norma last night in one of the better eateries. Enjoyed a very nice pasta with fresh ricotta and pistacchio the other day, I need to find a recipe for that one. Our espresso machine croaked so a new one had to be obtained before we turned the van in to the rental agency – the boss likes her cappuccino served to her in bed, so running down to the local bar for take-out is unacceptable! We can afford it – the school’s paying our rent down here this time WOOHOO!

  9. Steve O Says:

    Someone talk to me about Loo-uh-vuhl 2013. Strongest team we’ve fielded in ages, yeah? Home field advantage and all. Predictions?

  10. Patrick O'Brien Says:

    Patrick, is it food your interested in? We had this for lunch today over couscous. Cooked it in our solar over. Washed it down with a Peroni. I will be riding with the power of a rat tomorrow.

  11. Khal Spencer Says:

    Hi, Larry. Just read your posts (over on CycleItalia) on that seemingly harrowing trip to Ortigia. Glad you got there in one piece! Have a glass of wine and a bike ride, in no particular order.

    Hey, Patrick. Still no idea what happened to me a couple weeks ago, but I’ve been back on the bike since Thursday. It feels good to have the heart pounding and the cranks ticking over.

    Maybe I’ll be doing that Durango to Silverton ride after all. Any takers?

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