Hold my beer and watch this!

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27 Responses to “Hold my beer and watch this!”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    You folks have goatheads down that way? Kept expecting you to flat.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      They’re here. Everyone says so. But I’ve been remarkably fortunate as regards flats. Maybe it’s their dormant period. Do goatheads hibernate? Or fly south for the winter?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Worse time down here for the damn things is October and November. That’s when they dry up and fall off the plant and have maximum puncture power. You will learn where the worst patches are, especially where the road crews cut them on the side of the road and spray then into the bike lane.

  2. Steve O Says:

    So … now that you’ve checked the block next to “move to NM” … any update on new OGWGFITW jerseys?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Not yet, Steve. Things keep happening. Blew up a 5-month-old Samsung clothes washer here and a much older unit in our Bibleburg rental at the same time, BRAIN’s back to twice a month, cyclo-cross worlds are this weekend, and I have a bike review due at Adventure Cyclist on Monday. It’ll be February before I’m able to stick my snoot out of the shit soup and catch a breath of air.

  3. GJ_John Says:

    Continuity error: while swinging a leg over the bike the lead “actor” has leg warmers on, then once he’s riding he’s just wearing knee warmers.

    Oh, and hairy legs too.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Yeah, that’s what happens when some stick-ass dumb, hairy-legged sumbitch starts fiddling around with two cameras at two different times on an insanely warm January day. it was 40s when I started and 60s when I finished.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    First talk about how you will do anything to avoid a 9 to 5 gig. Then a rougher than normal trail. Big rocks. Sirens? Talk about health insurance? Evil socks? I just kept waiting for the low speed crash. Nah, no joy here.
    But nice video. I will be looking forward to the review.
    Went to the bike shop today and met a nice young fellow who won the shops’s 2015 contest already. Yep, 2015 miles in January. And the month isn’t over yet. Damn, I hope I get 2015 this year!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      It's the ChainstayCam®!
      It’s the ChainstayCam®!

      Pat, I have to get back on the video horse now that we’re settled in. I have three reviews due for Adventure Cyclist — bing, bang, boom! — so I need to figure out which room will be my “video studio” here at Rancho Pendejo.

      Since I was stuck in the house waiting on a washer repairman, I decided to slap this shorty together out of extraneous footage and use you guys for my focus group/test audience. How was the sound on your end? That’s always the big hassle in these things.

      I’ll try harder for a spectacular crash next time. But I try to be gentle with other people’s bikes.

      Incidentally, that trail is two blocks from the house. Fat city.

      • GJ_John Says:

        Sound seemed fine to me. I could hear ya, and I think that was the whole idea.

      • khal spencer Says:

        Sound was fine on my end. I had to turn it down lest someone figure out I was goofing off and eating a late lunch rather than designing weapons of mass destruction.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Music on both ends louder than the rest. Plus a little case rattle on the chain stay camera audio. I had that problem with my helmet mount. I put a strip of electrical tape on both sides of the center bar on the mount that the camera clips into. Fixed it on my helmet mount. I’ll send a picture.

      • Larry T. Says:

        For some reason Vimeo stuff doesn’t often work on my ancient Dell boat anchor….er….laptop …but this one was just fine video and audio-wise. Can’t say I much care for the view from less than a foot above the trail and back near the rear hub, but I guess the gizmo’s gotta go someplace? Cold and drizzly here in Rome so you had me jealous of the sunshine at least!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Larry, I may need to shift my feeble video offerings over to YouTube. Seems cleaner, more universal. More experimentation is indicated.

      I should really have the GoPro on a follow bike, I suppose, or mounted facing rearward on a bike just ahead of me. But my one-lung operation doesn’t have the budget for assistance, so I just wing it.

      • Larry T. Says:

        Since I’m here in Rome where everywhere there might be a tourist there’s also a guy hawking “selfie sticks” maybe you could mount the camera on something that gives a better view? The helmet viewpoint is overdone these days with the view-from-the-headtube close behind…so maybe the selfie stick is next? Or you could get a drone and fly it above you. Is there tech out there to have the thing hover just above you at all times without you paying attention to controlling it? Dick Cheney probably has one!!

  5. GJ_John Says:

    Yea, and another thing. We saw your doormat. It says “Welcome” on it. We all know you. That’s false advertising.

  6. Sharon Says:

    Loved the video. I’m not much of a trail rider – give me some smooth pavement that goes on forever. And after hearing the alarms go off, I’m thinking it’s not all that serene, calm and quiet out out in nature anyway. lol

    • JD Dallager Says:

      Sharon: My view, for what it’s worth:

      Actually, it’s much more serene and relaxing out in nature. No cars to worry about; no road rage; captivating views; challenging terrain (aerobically and bike-handling skills-wise); fewer, although by no means none, wannabe racers; etc.

      That said, I loved/love my time as a roadie….Ride the Rockies et al…. but my focus in my dotage years is more on getting out in nature and truly recreating.

      Ride, relax, and enjoy!! 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I like both road and trail, and happily, we found a place where both are nearby. The singletrack is two blocks east of Rancho Pendejo, and the road starts right at the driveway.

      Even better, the off-street bike path is just three blocks west. Duke City has more than 400 miles of paths and trails. Some days I ride a blend of quiet neighborhood streets, 55-mph highway, designated bike lane, separated bike path, and singletrack. A smorgasbord!

      There are downsides to all courses, naturally. You can get croaked by a texting eejit in an Escalade on the road, or chow down on a mouthful of cactus on the trail. But if you survive, it’s all good.

  7. Sharon Says:

    It was a bit of tongue-in-cheek about the serene and quiet when the alarm went on. I’m sure it is really beautiful and it sounds like access is great. We just don’t have trails like that around here. But we do have hundreds of miles of beautiful roads with hills and trees and few cars – lots of really nice routes. I guess it’s a matter of, “When in Rome…” I bet I would ride the trails if I lived there and I would enjoy it too!

  8. Libby Says:

    Couldn’t that pass for a summer video? Will the scenery look very different?
    I enjoyed that!

  9. brokenlinkjournalism Says:

    Dang! The Ol’ Dog Rides Again. Nice video and the audio was fine at this end.

    I did get a start when you rolled off the driveway though as it sounded like a a major flat. Thankfully the rest of the video made up for it.

    Is that supposed to be a “trail” bike? Not for hucking off the roof, rock walls or what-have-yous, but more as a light cross/touring bike.

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