Thursday, October 7, 2010
With life being as busy as it has been, between work and the family, it seems like I never have any time to pause and scatter out a small blog post. But I have been riding into work every day, about 15 miles total daily. This here is interesting; it's the summary from my log:
Total Distance: 979.07
Total Time: 65:40:31
Moving Time: 59:53:29
Number of Tracks: 138
Average Speed: 14.91
Average Moving Speed: 16.35
Elevation Gain: 30,546
Min Elevation: -190
Max Elevation: 819
Average Track Distance: 7.09
Longest Track Distance: 25.05
Average Max Speed: 25.79
Highest Max Speed: 43.84
Time Spent Stopped: 5:47:02
% of Time Stopped: 8.81%
Of course these numbers only include the days that I was able to have a good GPS signal, which was most days. But it is nice to no longer be "a slave to the numbers" and just judge my speed on my own and not be that concerned with logging the data because I can always upload it to the log later, because the phone saves the record automatically. One hell of a run-on sentence I know, but it gets the point across I think.
That's all for now, I've been typing this intermittently while at work so my train of thought is incredibly broken.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Here's the short of it: I was leaving my office and saw that my tire was flat, sucks but no big deal. I found a very small thorn had made a pin-hole, so pull the thorn, but in the spare tube, CO2 blast and I'm on my way right? Well the rubber at the base of the stem on my spare ripped through, don't know how it happened, but I wasted a CO2 thing on it.
So alright, it was just a pin-hole, put on a stick-on patch and fix it right when you get home; this time I figured to just take the time and pump it up with my hand pump that I keep in my backpack for for really bad days (like this one). I had gotten the tire up to about 100 psi (7 bar) when something happened. That something is what you see in the photo above. The stem snapped, inside and out!
Arg... I'm now waiting for Kassy to come pick me up so we can go shopping.....
Friday, August 20, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
this first picture you really can't see what I'm trying to get the picture of, but for the second shot I was able to be at a stop sign and could zoom in a bit (4x digital zoom) and get a much better picture of what was flying around, a MV-22 Osprey.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
First off, let me say that I will never be taking this way again. The road surface was horrible and there wasn't even anything nice to look at. Well, maybe there could have been some nice things along the way, but the traffic was taking most of my attention, even though almost all of the drivers we considerate and really did share the road with me.
But moving on, as you may know I have an Android phone and use it for everything. In the car I like using Google Navigation over the Garmin because of it's constant updates and live traffic info, plus I like the user interface better. Another GPS application I love and use everyday is My Tracks. The app records and displays statistics such as speed, distance, elevation, and several others.
When I thought about taking a new route, I wondered how it would work out using both of these programs together so that I could record my route and have the turns navigated for me. Well as it turns out, these two fight each other when used at the same time. Now I don't think that they fight each other for the GPS signal because there were times that both applications were working together, as you can see below. The blue line represents the route I traveled, and the red line is where My Tracks was able to record my position.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
It has been one busy work week that just doesn't end. This weekend was the drill weekend for July and we led the reserves through both swim qual and a CFT. It made for some pretty long days and I can't wait until our comp days (compensation) this Thursday and Friday to get some much needed time off. Seems that my body is finally starting to get used to the idea of riding everyday again, my speed has gone down a bit recently because of the PT (physical training) program we have going here at work, but it's comming back.
Anyway, I just wanted to make a short entry today because it feels like it's been a really long time.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Anyway, Kassy had gone out on a small shopping trip with Callum and some friends so Maddock and I were left to spend some time together and I thought it would be a great idea to go to the lake. I loaded up the van with our bikes and the trailer. First thing when we got out to the lake, Maddock to ride his bike.
Maddock really enjoyed the 5 mile loop around the lake and even wanted to do another lap, so I turned around and went back the other way. Well, as expected, about half way back around the lake I look back and there he is.
Friday, July 9, 2010
It's so dirty!
Should I clean it or take it to a place and get it cleaned?
I wouldn't have to pay me to clean it, now that I think about it, I need to wash the van too.
Still planning to write about Maddock and me at the lake, just need to sit down with my computer, I tend to forget about it sometimes because of the capabilities of this phone.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Okay, so here's a picture of the top of my front fork. See that Sergeant chevron right there? Well I put it there to be funny and add a tiny touch of motto to the bike. Seems though that the gate guards can't see them, nor can they see the E5 and SGT on my ID card that I have to show them. Thursday I had a Gunny salute me, third time this has happened to me. I have plans to write a big artilce about my trip to Miramar Lake with my 2 year old son, Maddock. I'll need to do that on a computer though.
Saturday, July 3, 2010
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
I thought I could just make a really short and quick post regarding some updates/changes to this blog. First, it has been a little since the new layout has been applied and I am very happy with it. The last layout was cool and fancy, but a bit too fancy. This new layout is more simple, loads faster, and is easier to follow, plus I thing the title area is fun.
In another direction, I have added a new 'page' to this blog. For now you can find the link (My Tracks) to the right, under my profile information. Eventually these links will be moved up under the title, once there are a few more pages to link to. That may take a little while though, new pages are just a pain to create on the phone and I just started the process of backing stuff up on my laptop to prepare it for a switch from Windows to Ubuntu (Linux). And I would love to use the desktop computer, but with our move, we can't seem to find our surge protector to plug everything into.
Until then, I will continue to post updates in my standard no-schedual way.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Jun 21, 2010
This city has yet to memorialize 9/11 yet capitulates to these jackasses who think that the streets exist for bicyclists over motor vehicle drivers. Friggin madness.
Jun 22, 2010
the day ghost bikes should be taken down is the day when drivers would share the road and not scream obscenities as they zoom by cyclists with inches to spare...When they pay attention to the road instead of to their text messages... When they stop drinking and driving... When cyclists stop being salmons going upstream (biking against traffic)...
Jun 22, 2010
The day ghost bikes should be tolerated is the day that bicyclists pay a registration fee for the bicycles like they do in Honolulu in order to shoulder some of the costs for road upkeep like drivers do through the various fees and taxes associated with operating a motor vehicle. Until then, go *****, bike riders!
Eugene in Brook...
Jun 23, 2010
Congrats to the city on making a common sense decision to let these modest memorials remain. In addition to remembering the dead, these memorials serve another, perhaps more important, function. They remind cyclists to be careful of cars, and they remind drivers to calm down and slow down. Let's tone down the rhetoric and learn to share the road.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
The city is redo-ing the bike lanes along Kearny Villa road, riding home today was kind of funny with these dashed lines on both sides of me. My route to work is really great, very flat and most of it on the same road, unless I stray from that path. the only sad thing: even these new paved lanes aren't as smooth as the roads were in Okinawa.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Sometime I need to get onto an actual computer and fix up this blog of mine. I plan to remove the Facebook commenting because it doesn't work they way that I want/need it to, and I'll be removing the Facebook Share and Google Buzz buttons as well because the folks that run Blogger have added a share link in the top NavBar that gives you many social networking options to choose from.
Another thing that I plan to look into doing is adding a 'Mobile' version of the site. This may not mean anything to most of you but as I have been using my new smart phone for almost all of my computing needs recently, I thought it would be a good challenge for myself to see if I could set it up (though it will probably be mostly self-serving).
In other news, today is my 26th birthday and Tuxedo Tuesday. I am celebrating by being at work...
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Started and finished the new storage system for the bikes. I took the bike 'tree' that I built in Okinawa and modified it to fit in a corner and hold Maddock's little bike too, the old hanger that we used when we lived out in town on Oki now holds the road bike on the wall. I really like this set-up so far and I can't wait to see how the rest of the garage turns out once everything gets put in its place.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
The trip was long and hard at times, but the senery was awesome (once we got into the mountains). This entry is really just here to post this picture of the old bike shop sign, I don't have too much to say about our trip because it was a little while ago and it would be pretty difficult to recall it all in proper order.
Friday, June 18, 2010
I can now post short blogs from my phone (my wife actually figured it out first), so now after such a long break during our move from Japan to California I can start posting new things easier and quicker. In a day or two I should be posting some things about the trip and my first rides back in America.
Friday, May 28, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I have 48 hours to help LIVESTRONG raise $75,000 for the global fight against cancer. I need your help – RIGHT NOW!
LIVESTRONG Action just launched I RIDE FOR LIVESTRONG, a virtual version of the Tour of California. The Tour is the biggest cycling event in the United States, and Lance Armstrong and Team RadioShack will be riding in it later this week. They're dedicating their ride to survivors and caregivers and raising awareness about the worldwide fight against cancer. You can do the same by creating your own virtual bike and dedicating it to someone in your life--a survivor or caregiver who has inspired you.
I just dedicated my ride, but I need your help – cheer me on! The more cheers I get, the faster I ride:
Now, more than ever, we need to talk about the global cancer crisis – this year, cancer has become the leading cause of death worldwide. And if something doesn't change, one in two people will be fighting cancer by 2030.
We have to fight back, push our leaders to act and dedicate resources to realize a world without cancer. Every single story and rider strengthens our cause and helps to make our voices heard. That's why I RIDE FOR LIVESTRONG – will you cheer me on?
Saturday, May 8, 2010
But this is it, let me know what you think.
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
*Update: It seems that I have most of the new bits in order. On the list is still creating an embedded custom Google search, and having the comment system use your Facebook login in order to comment (this should make it much easier for most everyone to comment).
**2nd Update (Approx. 8:30pm Tokyo Time [GMT+9] April 28th, 2010): The Facebook comment box is now up and operational to my liking, I still have to add details to the application page (on Facebook) for it, but you can now feel free to post comments using it.
***3rd Update (Approx. 9:00pm Tokyo Time [GMT+9] April 28th, 2010): Google search and Facebook comment box complete, now I need to design a new header logo sometime.
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Free Patents Online and came across a few club carrying variants while looking at bicycle trailer patents. Most of the designs were with using a one-off rear rack design that greatly restricted any sort of multipurpose capabilities of the bike.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Just now thinking about how I'll be writing this I realize that I should have tracked the mileage per each photo, but oh well. Anyway, even with the master plan to not plan any real 'training' into this ride, I still went 62.57 miles (100.7 km) and a max speed of 41.3 mph (66.5 kph) - I couldn't resist doing at least one sprint. But, it did take me almost 5.5 hours to do, so at least I stayed relaxed with the overall speed.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
- We need to get him little clip-in pedals because he (mentally) learned how to ride by watching me. I have clip in pedals on both my bikes, this allows me to push forward when the pedal is at the top of the rotation without dropping my heel to maintain contact with the pedal. That's why the poor little guy's feet keep coming off the pedals. (I find it really really cute!)
- Stupid left pedal fell off because it has a right hand thread. The right side is supposed to be right hand thread and the left be left hand thread. This was, as you spin the cranks the pedals constantly tighten themselves to the crank arms. Well this one constantly loosens itself, until it falls off... maybe Gampa can put a tack weld on it so it stays there forever.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010
I got back to Okinawa yesterday to find that my friend that had borrowed my van wile I was gone, is now in Korea; and left his bike in the back of my van. Of course I can't just leave it in there the whole time that he's gone, so I brought it up to my room. Now I have three bicycles (one road, two mountain) in my room. It also gives me some time to work on his bike; there have been so many little things with it that have bothered the both of us and he could just never find the time to bring it by for me to tinker with it.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
"At my college we have a bulletin board inspired by PostSecret. One day a photograph of a sunset was posted. Written across the photo in white ink it said "sometimes I wonder if anyone would care if I didn't wake up in the morning".
A few weeks later another photograph was posted. This was a photo of a sunrise. In white ink it said "yes, I would". . . I wish I could tell the person "thank-you" because the sunset was mine."