A Bicycle

After a few months of planning and shopping, followed by about a month of assembly, I’ve finally completed it.



Comprised of both new and used parts. I’ve put together a solid Soma Double Cross light touring frame, capable of any all out race I chose to engage in.

[Used Portion: frame, pedals, clips & shoes, wheels, tubes, tires, rear derailleur, water bottle cage, pump, rear light, brakes, shifters, & seat post.

New Portion: saddle, front fork, handlebar tape, cables & housing, brake levers, crank, chain, sprocket, front derailleur, front light, brake pads, & bottom bracket. ]

And all of this for the low low price of … much more than a new bicycle.  DOHith!  Oh well, I got exactly what I wanted, and now I’m ready for my next installment of cash so I can make changes.

Until then.. here’s to riding up the hill in style!

My Bicycle Pedal Question – Answered

I suppose I know the answer to the question, if I’ve kept all my documentation. However, if memory serves me right, my documentation of what pedal type I own is sitting in Tucson, in a box, labeled bicycle parts.. or maybe in the Mojave with all my tools. I suppose that’s the problem with being in pieces. And since I am in pieces, I’m asking you. What kind of pedal is this?

Above: Shoe Cleat, Below: Pedal.

These are twist in/twist out cleats.  Someone in Berkeley once suggested, “Track Pedal.”

Tired of waiting for an answer from no one, I felt like a more active attempt at getting this problem solved was to post it to craigslist, Bay Area. You can Follow Along if you’d like (EXPLICIT) – then, about 20 minutes later I got a reply and just like that my question was answered. The pedal was a Coombe, made by Bill Coombe in Colorado.  Unfortunately, for what ever reason, Bill Coombe closed his shop in 2006 and left the world out of luck.  Bummer, eh?  So I got onto wikipedia and righted a wrong and added Bill Coombe to the list of clipless pedal manufactures.  I even added it’s very own Coombe Clipless Pedal page. Hopefully, the page gains more information and grows into something a bit more useful to the world.  We’ll see.

And just for fun here is a cool pedal picture museum to check out: Speedplay’s Pedal History Museum

Berkeley to Palo Alto

The basic plan for the day:
Berkeley to Palo Alto, California

Post ride evaluation:

This is not the Best route one could have taken to get from SF to PA, however, it wasn’t bad.  At one point the bike lane vanished and the road was essentially a freeway on/off ramp and it was necessary to keep my wits about me.  Also the short route through the Burlingame area, roads were narrow and unkept, full of potholes and debris.  For the most part, the ride was easy.  For a total of 33 miles (per maps.google) I was able to ride south to north in 2:15.  That includes stopping for just about every signal in suburbia, riding with a loaded day pack on the back of the bicycle, two bicycle malfunctions, and stopping at a signal to give a brief talk on bicycle safety and sharing the road with a passing motorist.

Good Times

We’re off!

And we’re off!  Out of Hohhot.  It’s been a good stay, but it’s time to see something else of China.  So put on your glasses and get out your map, because you’re going to need to keep up with us this time around.  Access to the internet will also help out a bit.  We’ve posted the Details of our trip online so now you know what I know and as we all learned in December, people knowing is a Good thing.  As our trip progresses, I’ll do my best to keep this site updated at stops along the way with all the good details, but don’t sit too close to your computer waiting, as we won’t be carrying computers with us.  Perhaps we’ll pick up a GPS in Shanghai tomorrow and then you’ll really get the skinny.  I’m excited.  I’m ready.  This is going to be GREAT!

First Days Back in the Saddle

It’s been a long time since I’ve sat, studied, cared. It’s good to be back. It’s good to see people who are excited to do well, to interact with people who are intelectual, to ride my bike to campus with purpose instead of just because that’s all I know.