Tuesday, November 17, 2009

When the weather's nice!

Allright, I haven't posted in way too long. I just been lazy.......really, I wish I could give a better excuse but I just can't! It's all my fault I haven't taken the time to. But this morning as I was commuting to work I suddently realize I was totally "in the zone". You know when it seems like you're just floating to your destination, when suddently you don't feel, and couldn't care less about your cadence or the speed you're going.

Then it struck me. I don't know where you're from but right now in Montreal it's probably the best time of the year to ride. Sunny, around 0°C (32°F), not much wind, it's just perfect. You're not all sweaty as you get to work, but you're not freezing either. You don't need to haul around an extra everything you're wearing beacouse it's gonna be soaking wet when you get there, but you don't need to be dressed so you can't even flex your arms 'cause it's minus 100°! But, you also need to consider that when you make it back home at night you need to be well dressed because as the sunsets it becomes alot colder, but hey, it's Montreal; and if you know how to stack layers properly you're all good!

Let's enjoy it while the fingers aren't freezing yet and the cold dosen't bite the face too bad.

Happy riding!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Handle bars.

A couple of weeks ago, my flatmate lent me his Nitto bullhorn for me to try on one of my bikes that I had a hard time with. Bike's a Rocky Mountain Borough (that I love btw) and that, I'll be honnest, I bought mostly because it came with Deda Pista bars. I had been wanting a set of those for a while and we all know that the best way to get your hands on a new pair of bars is to buy a whole new bike!

There's something I just love about the look of track drop bars, I can't quite figure out what but there is. I guess it's just the classic clean look of old school track bikes. As those were my first set it took some getting used to, and although I can now say I can ride them just as I ride pretty much anything else I still prefer the feel of bullhorns. I don't know, I just feel more confortable and in control with bulls. I guess it as something to do with reach and my weight being further upfront almost where the front hub is.

Not too long ago he told me he wanted them back. So I just got myself a brand new pair of Pazzaz one. Quite honnestly they're no Nitto, but for someone on a budget man are they worth it!!! Lightweight, confortable, stiff, pretty much anything you'd want.

Now I guess I just need to buy myself a new bike to fit those Deda somewhere!!!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Where as if you reduce somthing you pick something else up.

Funny how I haven't really tought about it but suddently realize that my cigarette consumption fell from 1/2 to sometimes a full pack a day to somewhere between 3 and 6 cigarettes a day. I don't know it just happened like that without me doing nothing really special. On the other hand my changing of working environement as brought something new in the equation: a coffee machine that dosen't charge you 2$ everytime. Let me just say that I may be smoking alot less but I'm also drinking alot more coffee!!!

Is it good, is it bad? don't really know. Coffee's probably not that good for your body anyway, but I must admit I'm feeling alot more the benefits of less cigarettes than I am the down sides of more coffee!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Note to self.

The week-end being what it's been - Halloween night on friday, recording on Saturday and Sunday, pool night yesterday with long time haven't seen friends - I haven't had time to pick up proper running shoes. Well, it's more like I haven't took the time really, and being the lazy person I am, I'm sure I could've manage to squeez it in there but just didn't.

One thing I did took the time to do though is make a mental note to go buy at least one pair of cycling shorts! Now you can clearly see that I'm not that much of a real cyclist not owning any real cycling gear what so ever besides gloves and a helmet (actually 3 helmets, wich isn't too bad a thing if you consider that the only place I've put my money on is safety!) Wich led me to think about the fact that toe clips are ok for now, but that eventualy a pair of clipless pedals and a pair of shoes won't be a luxury....and a cycling jersey, and a rain cover, and a computer, and, and, and......

There's always a piece of equipement that we don't really need, but we'd like to have. Or we don't really need but then how are we gonna look?! That's just marketing and at the end of the day, we're all too happy to fall for it every now and then! Come to think about it, don't we suddently feel the urge to ride when we just got a new piece of equiupement to try out. Anyway.

Should I get to kick my self hard enough in the butt, maybe you'll get to see my rides. Now I'd just need to take a couple of snaps and figure out the proper way to post them up. Chances are, I'll take alot more time to try and figure out how to post them up!!!

For those of you living south.....lucky you! For those of you living up north like me, go out and enjoy the wheather for it's awesome (at least here in Montreal), and it may be some of the last really nice days before it gets really cold, starts raining and/or snow starts falling!