2009 Christmas Lights (burned out)

Here's the sign we stuck outside this year. The lights are so weak they don't even need a photo.

How low can you go?

Seriously, this thing was prob close to an inch or less from dragging.

Thanksgiving Day

This was pretty much our agenda for the day thanks to Makenna. Good times.


Wheel bumpers?

What are these things? Saw them installed on both front wheels of an Acura TSX this morn. Rear wheels were normal.



CrankBrothers cleats

Am I the only one who wears out a set of cleats in just 6 months? Seems like they should last longer. I installed these before our Moab trip this spring and they're a goner now. These are actually the upgraded "premium" cleats too which are made from tougher brass. I do know that these last a lot longer than the standard ones they provide though, something like 1month vs 6months from my experience.

The pedals are still hard to beat... just keep spare cleats in your toolbox for the inevitable replacement when your shoes start slopping around and popping out at inconvenient times!

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Well this is no fun... Can't log in from a computer, blackberry or mobile web. Other accounts I've tried work fine though... what's up? Cool part is I can't get to the company facebook account either since it's linked to mine. Hope they take care of it sooner than later since it's already been 6hrs of broken. :)

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Carving Pumpkins

Power tools are a must.


Our new rides

I think Jamie and I should each get one of these.


Giant Nest

So we found this thing hanging out in our front yard. The question is what the heck is it though. BIL suggested bald face hornets. The hole into that thing could house a small bird though... A bit scary what might be inside, especially since it's so big.


Eagle Island Cyclocross Races

Great racing this weekend opened up the season in the valley. I had my mechanic thoroughly go over my ride before departure and I'm sure it helped.



So I've got 5yrs of velonews here... Think its time to trash em or are they worth keeping for some great reason I can't think of?

Cyclocross Time!

I've been riding the 'cross bike for a couple weeks and just noticed my chainring from last season while prepping things to race on Sat... Whoops, guess I better start paying attention.


Team Reel

Couple shots from a great club ride we had a few weeks ago.


The Riding Mower / Burner

Ok, riddle me this. For some reason our mower creates these spots if you stop moving for very long. Two of those spot I completely stopped the engine and restarted... The other I just stopped moving for a few seconds to let the deep grass catch up. What the heck is causing this. There are no obvious leaking fluids... But I haven't actually crawled up under the thing yet either. There are no puddles where it sits parked all week. I'm not sure if its always done it or not, but I always forget until a few days after I mow when the "stop spots" show up. A few more days of watering and they blend their way back in. What the weird? I'm going to do some more tests next mow job if I remember and track down the exact position the dead is created under.

Here's the mower we're talkin 'bout.


Crop Dusted

Cool sight out on a ride the other evening. Cool until I had to ride thru the cloud of poison anyway...


Dog Walkers

The best flier that has ever been left on our door.



For some reason every bottle is always dirty when I head out for a ride. Here's the line of them after gathering from around the house and garage... whoops.


Double Rainbow

Perfect double rainbow spotted on drive down from McCall a few weeks back.

Check out this great post about how rainbows work too.


Disc Brakes

Wow... Now that's a big brake rotor.


Cambridge, ID

Camp for the night on Ride Idaho.



He came out of the fam room just repeating "ears" today. Turns out only one earring would stay put and he needed help stuffing his other ear was the prob...


El Tiburon

This one's for Bean.



So should compressing a Parallels disk image take 4 days? I don't have a good feeling about this... Better not lose my data!


Sprinkler Repairs

All fixed dad!


The Goonies

We searched out Goonies Mecca today in Astoria. Found their house, Data's house, the museum and the jail. Jackpot.



Cheese and planes...

Haystack Rock

Took a nice walk out to Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach. The sun even came out in full force by the time we made it out there.


Cycling the Oregon Coast

Had a great ride down hwy 101. Very pretty but I did get a bit wet.