Thursday, July 06, 2017

MINI USA | MINI Clubman | Up To Something Big

DGMW I love my 2016 Countryman, but when the time comes to get another MINI, this model has grown on me in a good way.



Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hickory Run State Park Waterfall | stickboybike





Who knew PA has a waterfall this rad? I shot this with my iPhone 6 Plus while hiking with the family.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Whitechapel @thechamp

Here's a few pix from last month's Whitechapel show at The Champ in Lemoyne, PA.

They played a great set. I'm assuming it was a tune up show for their soon-to-be tour in support of Metal Blade Records 30th anniversary. They'll be out with GoatWhore.

Friday, January 06, 2017

I'm 19 years old. Again.



Despite being a professed numbers nerd, I bombed at most things math related in grade school. This doesn't mean I gamble or play the lottery. Numbers or a series of numbers can trip off something in me, snap me to attention. In this recent case, moments of frequency, that makes me think-- Okay, how does this relate to my life.

Hell, let's blame all this on the hours in my life I burned away playing Dungeons & Dragons, rolling those multi-sided dice, hoping that my third level Cleric spell takes off enough Hit Points on the opposing beast so the campaign can proceed. RIP Gary Gygax.

The number is 1991.
This week, an old friend of mine posted on +Facebook something that tripped the numbers thing. 
It was 1991 and he was skateboarding on a vert ramp in an old barn- Buster's Ramp as it was affectionately known by the crew I biked with back then. This led me to comment on the photo, then before you know it got me thinking about this dude I rode another barn ramp in '91 and where is he now...? Good memories, and I was able to connect with that guy I worked with in '91 and rode Sterling Ruby's mini ramp.

This morning's mileage on my new car.
Not so new anymore, the mileage is at 19918. 

What's my age again?
In 1991 I was 19. 

1991 Glen Rock, PA, a small basketball court on private property. The owners were nice enough to let us build ramps there. 

1991 felt like a transition year to me. 
Too old to hang with kids from high school, too young to drink legally at the bar. That sums up my 18-20 yr bracket. I burned through relationships solely out of my lack of understanding the female population. My hair was long (at least my bangs were) and my patience was short. I'm glad things have swung the other way for me. 

1991 I could vote.
I was a young American making car payments, attending tech school during the day, cooking about 25hrs/wk at the local family restaurant in the evenings. I was cramming in as much time street riding my BMX bike in town and at the skatepark in Landsdowne, MD, and spending Saturday nights getting mentally engrossed in the music and lights at Big City/Fenix in York, PA. I was out of high school for a year and in a serious relationship with a gal with whom I worked with at the local restaurant. I was starting to snowboard more and my musical tastes were going deeper into college radio and Industrial music, less into metal. I do believe I blew almost every dollar I earned on the above-mentioned activities. 

Music back then was and still is today, a huge part of my life. It's been the soundtrack for those bike sessions, Big City/Fenix, driving around with friends, and break-ups with old GFs. One song can bring back a flood of memories for me. 

In no particular order, some albums that were in heavy rotation for me in 1991.
Depeche Mode- Violator; A Broken Frame
U2- Rattle and Hum
Morrissey- Kill Uncle
The Cure- Disintegration
13 Engines- A Blur To Me Now
Neds Atomic Dustbin- God Fodder
Nitzer Ebb- As Is; Ebbhead
Sisters of Mercy- Vision Thing
Front 242- Tyranny (For You)
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult- Confessions of a Knife
Fugazi- Repeater
Nirvana- Nevermind
Suicidal Tendencies- Lights...Camera...Revolution!
Nine Inch Nails- Pretty Hate Machine
Anything Box- Peace
De La Soul- 3 Feet High and Rising
Van Halen- For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Queensryche- Operation Mindcrime
Metallica- Metallica 
Dangerous Toys- Hellacious Acres
Anthrax- Attack of the Killer B's
Scorpions- Crazy World
Ministry- The Mind Is a Terrible Thing To Taste
Peter Murphy- Deep
David J- Songs For Another Season
Lords of Acid- Lust
Erasure- Chorus


What were you listening to in 1991?






Monday, October 24, 2016

Product Spotlight: 2017 Bianchi All Road

2017 Bianchi All Road Tiagra | $1599.99 


Photo courtesy of bianchiusa.com

The All Road best suits the needs of riders looking to enjoy endless miles off the grid - whether their excursions take them up fire roads, down gravel roads, over mountain bike trails or all of the above.

Bianchi closely studied the needs for mixed surface and all road cycling. By borrowing successful bits of frame geometry, tubing profiles, and tubing construction methods; they are able to provide you a bike like nothing ever made before in their 130 years of bicycle design.


Photo Courtesy of bikeradar.com | VDCM Impulso Spring Classics
One of Bianchi's best selling road bikes is the Impulso. From reputable gran fondo events to the brutally rough, cobblestone raced roads at Paris – Roubaix, the Impulso has done it all. With an accolade like that, Bianchi designed the rear end of the All Road to that of the Impulso. Taking things a bit further for the All Road, they added disc brakes and larger tire fitment. The chainstays have been stretched over their original length. At the drop outs you will find rack/fender bosses and at the other end, a lower-than-cyclocross bottom bracket drop. Lower and longer equates to faster and more stability over rough terrain.


Bianchi All Road in Louisville, KY. On site of the 2013 Cyclocross World Championships
Retaining the hallmark Bianchi ride quality isn’t easy. This benchmark is met by utilizing the tubing profiles of the light weight euro-only criterium race bike- the Freccia Celeste. Triple butted aluminum tubing provides the rider an efficient pedaling platform when grinding out against the headwinds during your next bikepacking adventure. The All Road’s stiff downtube and bottom bracket region make quick work of each pedal stroke. The tall chainstay profiles keep the rear end tracking straight and resist pedal induced twisting as you out sprint others to the next brevet checkpoint. The tapered steer tube of the carbon fiber fork allows you to fit a 40mm tire. The frame’s rear end accepts a 38mm tire. The All Road’s tapered steer tube keeps the steering precise and reduces the amount of downtube twisting when you’re out of the saddle, stomping on the pedals.


Bianchi All Road Bar in Mableton, GA
The compact bend handlebar on the All Road has a distinct flare at the bottom of the drops. This allows you to stay comfortable as you hold the handlebar and open up your chest for better breathing and steering leverage. On your next overnight bike trip, this flare lets you mount under the bar up to a 20-inch stuff sack. That’s more than enough space to carry your sleeping pad, single person tent, and a compressible jacket.


Bianchi All Road Reparto Corse Tubeless Wheels
Traction and pinch flat protection are paramount. For this, when it comes to off-road riding, mountain bikers unanimously use tubeless tires. The All Road gives you that convenience with its Reparto Corse tubeless-ready wheelset. The All Road rims are 40gr less than the rims on the Volpe Disc and are laced to sealed bearing hubs of Shimano SLX-level weight specifications. The rim profile features an Off Center shape. An OC rim allows for more even/ balanced spoke tension between the drive and non-drive side of the wheel. Better balance means less lateral wheel flex and more rider control. With approved tubeless rim tape, stems, sealant, and tires, you can travel worry free on the All Road. There are many dirt, gravel, and all-road tire profiles to choose from. Pick your tread style and tire size according to the terrain you most frequently ride.

A reliable parts package from Shimano anchors the All Road for your riding needs. Compact gearing and a wide range cassette make quick work of the flattest or steeply pitched roads that come your way. 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

BIANCHI XR.4 CV



I'm super excited to finally see this bike in person next week at #interbike

Finally, an aero road platform that won't make you pee blood like the other brands aero bikes.

Having previously owned 2 Oltre bikes, my thirst for carbon has returned!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

FSA K-Force WE: high-tech electronic groupset

I have to say I've been impressed by the Shimano Di2 wired system as well as SRAM's eTap.



This to me takes the best of both groupsets; offering up the battery life of the Di2 kit with the wireless system of eTap.



Let's get this on some CX bikes! It's waterproof and offers ANT+ BT integration for smartphone access-- no need to drag the laptop out to the garage to do updates and adjustments.



This will be my stoke for next month's Interbike.