Yesterday and today

From powdery to pouring.

From powdery to pouring.

So yesterday, I’m out for a bike ride, pulling off the arm warmers and glad of the sunscreen on my snoot … and today we got this whole other thing going on.

Hey, I’m not complaining. The trees like it, and I don’t have to to shovel it. It’s a Zappadan miracle!


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11 Responses to “Yesterday and today”

  1. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    We had that storm in Santa Barbara yesterday? Nice and sunny today, but rain again tomorrow is in the forecast. They need it of course but I’d rather it come ’round after we’re back in frozen Iowa!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Twas a fine soft day here, Larry, Rained throughout, took a short break around the time Herself got home, and it’s started up again. The cacti will be looking perky tomorrow.

      Here’s hoping you get some better weather for the old vacay.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Rain off and on all day. Mostly on. Cloudy too. Duffy is not amused.

    Specialized? Aluminum? Is nothing sacred?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      The Boo likes cold, but is less enamored of wet. Though I notice he’ll wander around in it like it wasn’t there while finding a proper place to do his business. We keep a towel by the door.

      Specialized da, aluminum nyet. That’s a steel bike, one of their adventure models, name of Sequoia, which used to be their touring model back in the … Eighties?

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I should have known it was steel from those skinny seat stays. I guessed aluminum because of the big welds on the head tube. Specialized? It was like you did reviews of some of the best microbrews. Then, here comes a Bud Light. I know, it’s work.

        Trek and Specialized have been off my radar for a long time because of their business practices. Sandy’s 520 is the last of the Trek bikes in our garage. I have been trying to talk her into a Soma Saga with discs, but her interest in riding is waning.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Sandy has a 520? How old is it? And have I mentioned that the next review bike in the pipeline is a Trek 520? Trek’s been doing that sucker for 34 consecutive years.

        Herself isn’t cycling at all lately. Mostly she runs, and lifts, and lately she’s been taking various yoga/fitness classes at a nearby studio.

        The good news? I get to review another Co-Motion, this time the Deschutes, their new affordable, Oregon-built alternative to bikes from across the water.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Sandy’s 520 is eight years old. Nine speed LX drive train. She did not like her Terry Classic, after 6 years of riding it, because of the 24 inch front wheel. Not as stable as she wanted, limited tire choices, and she got tired of carrying 2 different tubes. I think it was the first year they made a 48 CM frame size, which fit her as well as the Terry.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The 520 is still a nine-speed, but the spec has stepped down a tad, to Deore/Alivio.

        I’m trying to remember the last time I had a Trek in the house. I think it was back when I lived in Española. Brought a 1200 and an 830 down with me from Colorado; broke the right rear dropout on the 1200 and got upgraded to a 1500.

        Ironically, not long afterward I started riding (wait for it) Specialized bikes. So this has been something of a trip down memory lane for me.

  3. Pat O'Brien Says:

    When I started riding, it was to explore dirt roads and scout for the upcoming archery hunting seasons. Cycling slowly (it took 10 years) moved the archery out of the garage and magazine rack. I too started with Specialized with an easily forgotten Stumpjumper and a sweet 1993 Allez Comp that I should have kept. Then Cannondale captured my heart until that shop started going down hill when the owner got bike burnout. I even had a brief affair with two different BikeE recumbents. Then back to Trek and Gary Fisher at a new, and my current, LBS. Finally Niner and Soma. Sandy has an 26 inch Salsa Ala Carte that she likes a lot. My SOMA ES was an attempt to re-create the Allez Comp except that the ES really fits me and has gentler handling.

  4. Mike Frye Says:

    Is that a 38 on your freehub ? Reminds me of the old Suntour set up I had on my old cross bike (1981) 36 front 38 rear. in the old pre index days.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      That’s a 36, Mike, with a 32 little ring up front. Sora-Alivio derailleurs and shifters. It all works pretty well for low-end stuff … but then I even like the Claris eight-speed bits.

      I used to rock 36×28 or 34×26 on my ‘cross bikes, except for the Voodoo Loa, which (I think) had a low end of 34×34 (more eight-speed stuff, 105 and XT, if memory serves). I could climb trees on that bike.

      The Co-Motion Deschutes I get to review in 2017 has an ultracompact 46/30 crankset and 11-40 (!) cassette. That should be fun.

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