Monday, April 30, 2007


I took the retro rocket out both days this weekend. It is superb. I must admit that I am a hell of wrench. :) Does it climb well? Let's not get carried away.

Saturday was a gorgeous day in the Hill Country. This picture was taken heading West on Fitzhugh Road. I love riding the quiet country roads near my house.

A cock pit view of the ROCKET.

"Look at me when I talk to you MOTHERFU..." This cow refused to look at me regardless of how annoying I tried to be.

The rain we have had recently has made all of the creeks run nicely.

I am in the office all week and will race again on Thursday night hoping to improve over last week. Next week I have to attend a 3 day meeting up in Washington near the Columbia River Gorge. Should be incredibly boring, but the scenery should be spectacular.


Blogger bluecolnago said...

great pics!

the rr is one sweet looking ride!

be safe, brother.

peace out, yo!

4/30/07, 7:15 PM  
Blogger chatterbox said...

chris - great job in the crit this week. improvement is all you can ask for. It's great.

when you're near the columbia river gorge, you have to hit the Oregon side for some cycling along all the waterfalls. it's great!

4/30/07, 7:35 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

I need a bike like that ... very very cool.

That's a steer, by the way. Cows are lady-cattle. Yes, I'm from Iowa.

4/30/07, 8:45 PM  
Blogger Pete Basso said...

Chris, good luck this week at the crit. At 220lbs my secret to the crits is to stay in the first 1/3 of the group and never drop back any further. The back of the pack at the level is too sketchy, (especially in the 5's). The accordian effect at the back of a group that size is fatal. Once you get your confidence through training and racing you'll subconsciously move your way up there because you deserve to be there. Keep building the intensity and shedding the weight. Your hard work WILL PAYOFF, just keep grinding away. Don't get down on yourself, we all started there!! You're doing great and we're all rooting for you across the country!!

5/1/07, 1:35 AM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

a scrawny steer at that, wouldn't you agree, bryan? :)

peace out, yo!

5/1/07, 4:50 AM  
Blogger oldmanandhisbike said...

Awesome pics; looks like a great place to ride.
I noticed that your bar covers the front hub in that photo, so you must have the right stem length.
If your going to the Gorge, you have got to wind surf, Dude! It is the coolest place on earth for that. Don't pass it up.
Good luck on Thursday!

5/1/07, 5:04 AM  
Blogger CyclistRick said...

Last summer we had to do a week in Portland. Ms. Chatterbox and I took the retro touring rigs and one of the rides we did was the Oregon side of the Gorge. We attempted the Washington side, too, but started from Vancouver and after some real exciting moments on Washington Hwy 14 getting to Washougal decided to try some more peaceful riding spots. Enjoy the trip, consider taking a bike if you can fit in riding time, and if you will cross into Portland we can give some restaurant recommendations.

5/1/07, 12:41 PM  
Blogger bryan said...

agreed, Blue. a very wussy steer. I thought things were big and awesome in Texas ...

5/1/07, 3:16 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Thanks for the tips on the Gorge. I look forward to checking it out.

Pete - thanks for the encouragement.

Bryan and Blue - why can I see tits on that thing? Or is that an deflated nut sack?

5/1/07, 6:12 PM  
Blogger bluecolnago said...

perhaps it's a hermaphrodite steer with anorexia and mastitis and a small set of tools to go along with it's other "abnormalities"?


5/1/07, 6:42 PM  
Blogger Anne said...

Your retro rocket is superb! Nicely done. If you want to broom those sweet riding Veloflex Paves I'll take em off your hands ; )
Those tires rule, closest thing going to tubie handling but yes, they are a bit delicate.

Check out the Panaracer Pasella for gumwalls. The roll well, much harder to puncture and are very high volume. Should easily fit on the retro. They come as narrow as a 23 or 25 in folding
or check out Rivendell's Roly Poly (odd name but a fine rolling tire too)

5/1/07, 8:32 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Anne - thanks for the info on the Panaracers.

To be honest, the Veloflex tires really do roll very very well and handle great. I think I will keep hold of them for a bit longer :)

5/2/07, 5:23 AM  
Blogger Eclectchick said...

Beeyooteeful pictures. I love Texas hill country. (sigh)

5/2/07, 12:22 PM  

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