It was 20 years ago today…

bicycling, photography, Sacramento

Cyclocross
Well no quite, maybe more like ten. The last time I swung my leg over a bike for an actual race. This Sunday I plan on running with the bulls in Sacramento. It’s Cyclocross season again and I’ve got that itch again to race. The series here in Sacramento begins this Sunday at Del Paso Park. I’m really looking forward to the pain and suffering… Here’s a few pictures of my old faithful bike.

How have you been?

Scattante, user interface design

For a while there I bet you all thought I’d stopped writing. Yes and no. I had stopped for a bit, but I’m baaaack…

I’ve been really busy with my new position at Pearson. What can I say…I love my job. It’s busy, I work with great people, I’m challenged daily to come up with unique solutions and really pushed to resolve our customers needs to have software that gets out of their way and let them do their jobs. It’s been great working on PowerTeacher Gradebook, PowerSchool and a new product that I’m not sure I can mention at this point. Anyway it’s great work and a lot of fun too.

In follow -up to previous entries, my Truvativ cranks continue to loosen on each ride. I carry an 8mm wrench with me at all times. I’m taking them to Performance tomorrow to talk to them about what they can do for me. It’s a total pain in my heiny.

IMG_9187 On another note I watched the Blue Angels do flybys last weekend and here are some pictures from the event. It was the Capital Airshow at Mather Field in Rancho Cordova.

How to buy a bicycle

bad design, bicycling, consumerism, good design, Industrial Design, reliability

As a follow up to the article on cheap carbon frames I wanted to make a few additional points about bicycle quality that are less specific than one frame material. To begin, I think that everyone should ride bicycles. Bicycles provide low impact healthy exercise that is fun for all ages, and even more fun to do as a group. To get started you need to have a bicycle. If you already have one, or need to get one, here are some simple rules to follow when looking for a good bike.

“Cheap” Carbon Frames

bicycling, good design, Industrial Design, Scattante

carbon_fillerWhile I was working in the industry many customers asked, “Is X a good brand”. Most people don’t realize that the average $500 mountain bike is made in one of three factories. Giant, in Taiwan, is the largest manufacturer of bikes in the world, and make many of the bicycles you find under other companies names. Remember that these are bicycle shop bicycles, not department store bikes! With that in mind consider that only a few really exotic bikes (expensive), hand built steel, and custom frames being made in Europe and the United States, everything else is made in China (low end) and Taiwan (everything else).

Motorcycle Safety Gear

bicycling, commuting, education, google, Motorcycle, Road Rash

I am constantly surprised by the attire that I see fellow motorcyclists riding around in. Early on I had a very strong opinion that more protection is better than less. As a longtime bicyclist I was well aware of the results of laying down a bicycle on the road, and these crashes didn’t even involve cars, 350lbs motorcycles, or speeds over 50 MPH. Let me illustrate why I think protection for motorcyclists is highly underrated.

I’m Famous…in Roseville

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andrew nixon/THE PRESS-TRIBUNE Brett Williams, Oludare Oyedele, Jeanette Carey and Nathan Harmon, left to right, regularly ride bicycles to their jobs at Hewlett-Packard in Roseville in an effort to conserve energy and stay fit.

andrew nixon/THE PRESS-TRIBUNE Brett Williams, Oludare Oyedele, Jeanette Carey and Nathan Harmon, left to right, regularly ride bicycles to their jobs at Hewlett-Packard in Roseville in an effort to conserve energy and stay fit.

I was interviewed along with several other bicycle commuters at HP in Roseville. We rode around for a bit having our pictures taken. It doesn’t look like my picture made the story, but I was quoted. Now that everyone knows I was riding three days a week I need to get back on my schedule.

Heres a link to the article in the Roseville Press Tribune.

U.S. Grand Tour

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I just read that there is a company planning a grand tour of America. Much like the Tour de France, Giro D’Italia, and the Vuelta d’Espagne. This race would go coast to coast for ~4,000 miles over 30 days. Why not, the United States has some of the most majestic, and challenging terrain in the world. In addition to the usual jerseys they are introducing two additional competitions, and a really large prize purse. Here’s hoping it takes off, and America can join the rest of the world in celebrating our fantastic sport.

Here is the link to the temporary official site, http://waninggibbous.com.

Loose Cranks

bicycling, Scattante

On two occasions my non-drive side crank arm has started coming loose. The Truvative I disassembled the crank from the bottom bracket spindle and cleaned the grease off the spindle and put it all back together. The second time it came loose it used degreaser, and blew all the grease out of the crank bolt assembly, scrubbed the spindle, and removed the bearing seal to wipe it down and remove the grease from the surfaces of the seal and the outside of the cartridge bearing. Let’s see if this holds up.

Doing a search on the SRAM/Truvative site I found this manual (PDF) which states that the splines, and threads need to be greased. Well, I guess I need to call their warranty group to see what they have to say.

UPDATE:
After striping the grease off the crank bolt, spindle, and bearing seal, the crank did not come loose. In light of the SRAM tech specs though I decided to try another solution…

Upon further research several sites have posted threads discussing Truvative cranks coming loose. It appears that the solution to the problem lies in greasing the head of the bolt, the splines, the floating seal, and using loctite on the threads on the bolt. I only had blue loctite and will try this first. Many posts seemed to indicate that the heavier-duty green loctite was the solution. Time will tell.