You know you’ve been in Phoenix for the summer when you see 96 degrees on the thermometer and say to yourself, oh, it cooling off today, I’ll go for a ride.
In case you’re wondering (and I’m sure that you are) it topped out at 115 yesterday and the day before. Super fun good times. Thank
god I gots a pool in the yard, kid.
I took the Fondriest fixed gear of the hook and pumped up the tires. She’s got heavy steel beading clinchers with tr tubes stuffed in there too, system style. I don’t ever bring a pump or repair kit with me when I ride her. What could happen? Those wheels behave equally abysmally with 30 psi or 100. It’s like riding in mud. The gear is a 42×19, low by today’s fixies standards. But, whatever. Spin your tits off.
I like riding a fixy when it’s hot. There is none of that “should I shift” nonsense going on. You can’t go any slower or faster. You can pedal less, or pedal more. But you’re pretty much going how you’re going for the duration of the ride.
In other news, B. Wiggen’s continues to impress the hell outta me:
“A lot has changed now and the obvious path for me is to try and win the Tour de France within the next three years,” he said.
“It’s the biggest bike race in the world and finishing fourth has opened up a whole new set of doors for me. What a challenge winning it is and I want a go at it.
Wiggins was encouraged by his mental toughness throughout the Tour, an area he feared could undermine his pre-race ambition of finishing inside the top 20.
“Usually I find the mental side of it consuming, it really takes it out of you,” he said.
“I always thought that I might collapse mentally after two weeks because I wouldn’t be able to concentrate or would suffer lapses in concentration through fatigue, losing contact on a climb.
“But mentally I held it together very well and I feel like I’ve taken it to
another level now.
“It’s made me think about what I can achieve and has shown what I’m capable
of. My success this year has fed my hunger.”
That’s what I’m talking about.
Oh, happy happy joy joy: Lab official still wary of Tour.
It seems some people don’t want to believe that the 2009 Tour de France was as pure as spring water.
Pierre Bordry, the head of the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD), is telling the French daily Le Monde that he thinks as many as two new doping products as well as auto-blood transfusions could have been used during the 96th edition.
“There’s a likelihood of blood transfusions and two new products that have been used during the Tour, but are not yet on the market,” Bordry told Le Monde in its Tuesday edition.
Hows about a little joke? Yeah, I thought you might like that.
A woman arrived at a party and while scanning the guests, spotted an attractive man standing alone. She approached him, smiled and said, Hello. My name is Carmen.
”That’s a beautiful name,’ he replied. ‘Is it a family name?”
No,’ she replied. ‘Actually I gave it to myself. It represents the things that I enjoy the most – cars and men. Therefore, I chose ‘Carmen’.
What’s your name?
‘He answered ‘B.J. Titsengolf
A timeless classic.
Busting chops: berzin.blogspot.com
William Shatner Makes Palin’s Speech Into Poetry (VIDEO): huffingtonpost.com
Contador to Lance: Hey Bud, How That Ass Taste?: sportsbybrooks.com
Armstrong hits back at Contador criticism: cnn.com
Powell weights in on Gates: cnn.com
Beer with the President: newyorker.com
I’m going to round it out with this little gem. I heard this jam on an itunes “play it all random” shuffle this morning, and I laughed out loud thinking about the vid. I’ll be damned if this isn’t one of the funniest videos I’ve ever seen.
Call On Me – Eric Prydzby