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a Sunday pacelineJuly 11-12, 2009. 320 km. I’ve done this ride a few times, but not for about 12 years. Went with friends. Fantastic. Saturday was very sunny and hot but Sunday balanced things out with thunder, lightning, and hail. We all rode strong, the bikes gave us no problems, and we had amazing hosts in Napavine who fed us well. It was great seeing Karl and Tamara in Portland. That’s a city with seriously good food and beer. Must return. More photos here.

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Lions' Gate BridgePerfect weather, mass participation. Two coworkers and their friends/family joined me, also in pirate garb. And met some friends on the way, as usual. Yarrr.

Click the image to see some photos or click here for a video.

What a pain. All I wanted to do was speed up a video I shot. Apple dropped a bunch of features (including time stretching) from iMovie between ’06 and ’08. I only have ’08 and Apple no longer lets ’08 users download ’06. I tried other video apps I have. Norkross? Nope. Handbrake? Nope. FFMpeg? Nope. VLC? Nope. Much searching and experimenting didn’t turn up a solution so I resorted to the command line. Mencoder.

Here’s what I cooked up. It’s sloppy and the codec options aren’t thought out at all, but it worked and maybe someone else will find it useful.
mencoder original.mov -speed 1.4 -ovc xvid -xvidencopts vhq=1:pass=2:qpel:trellis:bitrate=1500 -oac mp3lame -lameopts abr:br=128 -srate 44100 -o new.avi

I’m sure this will work with mencoder in Linux and Windows also.

50 km into the 300 kmMy second randonneuring brevet was this weekend. The 300 km ride was harder than the 200 km. Who knew? Several ridiculous hill climbs on Promontory, Thornton, and Woodside humbled me out in the valley. The photo to the right is me happily rolling through White Rock and here’s one of me plugging up the 19% grade of Thornton in Chilliwack. Painful. Sublime. Very light sprinkles for the last few hours but otherwise comfortable weather. Including three control stops, two pee breaks, and a coffee/yogurt break, it took me 13 hours, 40 minutes to complete and I’m quite happy with how I rode, drank, ate, my prep, and how the bike performed. Plenty of nice people in the club to chat with and learn from. The rain and wind were torrential riding home afterward, but the belly full of nachos and beer took the edge off.

Robson StreetGreat weather for the ride and a big turnout. Rode with some coworkers and colleagues and, as usual, ended up bumping into several other friends along the way.

I took some photos and a couple of videos (1 & 2) with the BasketCam.

Earth Day, candlelight computingEarth Day, April 22, 2009.

One co-worker needed his lights on. We’re keeping the rest of the office dark. Yes, that’s a candle there. No heat/AC today either. (It’s nice & quiet!)

Did I ride my bike to work? Duh.

I rode the 100 km event with several friends on Sunday. Here are 1 / 2 photos someone else took. I’m in black with my back turned, friends next to me. Cool morning but warmest and sunniest day of the year yet. Actually got sun burned. We all rode hard and felt strong at the end. Great day and I’m happy with my performance. My time for the 107 km was 4:23, including a very generous control stop for food.

Answering a question on the Rivendell mailing list…

Noodle, Thumbies, & interruptors
Top-down view of the current incarnation of my Saluki controls. Nitto Noodle bar, Paul Thumbies, and interruptor levers. It all fits, even with my big paws, and it’s very convenient.

I didn’t want any black anodized parts on this bike so I removed the anodizing on the interruptor mounts and the Thumbies, polished them a little, and then clearcoated them. Clear anodizing would have been better.

Cabling is Jagwire Switch with V-type brake 90-degree brake noodles used for a neat and tight run off the Thumbies. I may do the same for the front brake and eliminate its cable completely.

fork-mounted computer
fork-mounted computer
My computer mount is fairly unique so I’ll share it here also. I don’t need to stare at my speed and distance all day right under my nose, but I did want a simple computer somewhere and I wanted a clean mount. So I put it part-way down the fork on a Paul Components Gino Light Mount. This was an experiment and I like it so far. It’s readable from the drops, hoods, or tops. More reliable than a wireless setup and just as tidy.

I cut and resoldered the sensor wire (2 conductors inside) so it just runs straight across to the sensor an inch away.

Sometimes Vancouver spring doesn’t feel like spring.  Today, it did.

Cold & windy but sunny & dry.  An all-day ride, ending up on the beach…  what’s not to like?

Images from driving and hiking around Arizona for nine days in late November, 2008.
2008-11 Arizona