‘Cross purposes

Miss Mia Sopaipilla inspects the weather outside and pronounces it frightful.

Miss Mia Sopaipilla inspects the weather outside and pronounces it frightful.

Looking a little cyclo-crossy out there today. Ordinarily I’d be right out in it, but Friday is the day I always braid my nose hair.

You should have heard the wind that blew this stuff in last night. It sounded like Sarah Palin farting through a bugle in a tin washtub full of nitroglycerin and live ferrets. I had to use some cardboard wedges to stop the bedroom kiva screen from rattling like a GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Velcro’d to a chainstay on a Duke City trail.

Speaking of cyclo-cross, the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships are coming up this weekend in the Czech Republic.

The video studio at the Rancho Pendejo Center for the Deforming Arts.

The video studio at the Rancho Pendejo Center for the Deforming Arts.

Those of you who have cable TV may be able to watch the race via Universal Sports Network, but the rest of us will have to dance around our computers in bear skins and feathers, shaking rattles and sprinkling chicken blood around and about as we try to make various pirate feeds and VPN dodges work as well as watching the fucker through opera glasses from a Land O’ the Free rooftop.

In the meantime, I’ve filed my print review of the Novara Mazama with the fine folks at Adventure Cyclist and am hard at work pushing pixels around for the video review, a chore that has been complicated more than somewhat by the weather.

Oh, well. I have my nose hair to keep me warm.

• Preview of coming attractions: I have the new Soma Saga Disc touring bike in-house and ready for review. It’s a beaut’, isn’t it?

The latest iteration of the Soma Saga touring bike, this one with disc brakes and a dynamo headlight.

The latest iteration of the Soma Saga touring bike, this one with disc brakes and a dynamo headlight.

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5 Responses to “‘Cross purposes”

  1. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Starting raining last night about 0100 and has not stopped. One inch so far in the back yard gauge and the arroyos are running strong. Not supposed to end until tomorrow.

    That Saga is a sweetheart all right. But the disc brakes addition is not enough to make me sell mine. Plus that BRG paint job on my Saga is some real eye candy.

    Have you formed a preliminary opinion on the TRP Spyre brakes? The last pad change I did on tow sets of BB7 brakes make me think a new set of TRP Spyke brakes for my Niner is coming soon.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    Wet and chilly here in Rome, no cycling since Wednesday…but I’m compensating by helping in the Academy kitchen
    http://cycleitalia.blogspot.it/2014/12/angels-of-kitchen.html
    where they let me (under supervision of course) actually prepare, cook and dress the cavolo nero http://www.discoverkale.co.uk/what-is-cavolo-nero/ and doing my share of “mangia bene” elsewhere while the kitchen is closed. Good Sunday (Buona Domenica) to all!

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      Watch out Larry. They might offer you a job as sous chef. I think I would have to ride a lot of miles to keep from gaining weight while staying at the Academy.

      • Larry T. Says:

        No chance of that as it’s either real guys who know what they’re doing and get paid or unpaid interns + the volunteers. One of the front gatekeepers likes to wind up one of the “real guys” by claiming the food is so much better when I volunteer that the real guy should be canned and yours truly put in-charge…but it’s all a joke! So far we’ve been able to ride a lot more than if we were in frozen Iowa, though the recent rainy period has been problematic.

  3. Randy Weselmann Says:

    After 2 days I’m still cracking up after the braiding nose hair line.
    Careful or you’ll end up like the Monty Python sketch “The funniest joke in the world”!

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