I’ve been watching the original Point Break.. ever since it was a theatrical release..
I remember Lyle Herrington.. he was an usher at the Banff cinema.. and he “turned a blind eye” when my friend Lorraine and I decided we wanted to catch this new Keanu Reeves flick.. so we went in gratis. That was the way things worked in Banff back then.. one hand washed the other.. one minimum wage sales clerk helped another with their shopping. It apparently was common practice, as well, on Robson St. Vancouver.
Anyhow.. I remember the first time.. watching the shrimp and fries shack with amazement as I had just been there.. and then the Surfer Fight.. I had camped right there. I was watching a movie that showed me scenes of my journeys that had JUST taken place.. I had hitched down to Phoenix and bought my Rockhopper to cycle to.. Los Angeles.
I always get flashbacks of my youthful journeys when I watch Point Break and it definitely warms my heart.
Spun pretty hard for 120 minutes today and made no notes except mental ones about the seat build and positioning of the URT… and how the heck will I get a SECOND person on to that boat… in Kamloops (and Kelowna) I”ve got a few photo shoots and I’d love to pedal to a secluded spot.. ponderance of the day.
We’re heading to Kamloops and Kelowna at the end of June for Art in the Park, Kamloops.. anbd Family Visit in Kelowna and I thought it’d be a great grand and groovy idea to haul Boat #2 and do some On The Water pedalling.. something I have only been dreaming about since.. oh, say 1992!
So, Boat #2 was donated to me last fall.. it’s an Open Cockpit Tandem Kayak and when I hit the open ocean, she’ll be my “Trailer.” She’ll also be my emergency escape boat so.. she has to be prepped for recumbent pedalling AND have the “thru- hull” tunnel for the pedal drive.
So.. I cut out her platform seats and as the day wasn’t over.. I marked out and cut the hole in her hull.
Now I have two boats that don’t float 😉
But.. I’ve mapped out a clear plan for building the seat.. initially I was going to use a Hoverboard Seat and I’m not regretting getting that seat at all.. but the seat I’ll be making will actually fold down and it’ll be in two parts. And while the actual design of the seat is yet to be done.. the core concept isn’t anything new and I’ll be following along with visual ques and suggestions based off of my measurements and needs. Pretty psyched.
And mounting the URT is looking easier.. sadly, I *think* that the Joshua frame will be sacrificing a part of the tubing.. specifically the section of tubing where the URT mounts to the main frame.. it’ll get chopped a bit and then mounted in such a manner as to be super simple to mount that URT on the floor of Boat #2 (or, eventually, Boat #1).
So.. Boat #2- the Materials are here.. the T- 88, the EPOXY.. the fibreglass fabric.. and I’ll be true to form in that the flat panels I removed from the seats will be repurposed as walls for the Pedal Drive Thru Hull.. so I just need to add a few “slivers” of wood and mount the walls.. and voila- it’s almost done.
Oh- I do need to clean up the cuts.. I used my Dremel like tool to cut the seat panels.. and I couldn’t get right in so now I need to use grinder and drill with grinding stones to mellow out the remaining flanges… then I’ll build a horizontal “chimney” over the centreline stringer.. 2 pcs of 2×2 with a 1″ by 3″ top slab.. Seat and URT will mount right on to that and Boat #1 will get a similar treatment.
Thankfully.. I thought and thought and thought about what I needed to do to Boat #2 before digging in and now that parts have been ripped out.. I see clearer what to do next and the plan is getting more.. easier 😉
I’ve been spinning at 2 to 3 hrs for the last year or so.. only occasionally doing an hour and a half.. so, an hour.. 60 minutes.. seems like such a short period of time to be spinning.. I barely got in to the movie I was watching when.. I had to get off and pull some weights.
But.. it was a good, difficult spin..
There are many different “types” of riders.. myself, I consider to be a “Chunder” rider. The word “Chunder” coming from the latin To Chund (j/k).. I actually can’t remember where it came from but it predates my Triathlon life such that I inspired it’s use on the COP hill climbs. Another way to say it- I’m a “clydesdale” cyclist.. a bit heavier than those skin and bone riders and my legs rotate at a slightly slower speed.. but I push big gears. A lot. I’m the type of a rider that cracks frames by pushing them to and beyond their limits. I am, right now, overweighted but generally I’m not that bad..
Anyhow.. I spun.. but in my normal chunder gear. That means I tried to have a pedal rotation of over 90rpms but in a pretty high gear. Legs felt it after.
Then I went and did an intro triple set of free wieghts to finish things off. My upper body is showing signs of my work (I’m a handcrafter.. needle felter so I sit at my desk and.. poke wool fibre all day long.. nothing like I’m used to as a commercial painter or bike courier).
Feels pretty darned good.. now, on to web work….. yay.
Training notes have been on hiatus the past little while.. trying to be more consistent so…
If you’ve never listened to that song it’s the soundtrack to a movie of the same name by a band called The Cure. If you’ve never heard of The Cure.. you should hear the sickness;) Anyhwow.. many movies come in at just under or just over 120 minutes.. which is, right now, my max spin time (max time I can allocate to spinning.. I’d go longer but work has it’s demands I have to attend to). So, instead of having to re- start the movie or move the playhead back.. I’ve taken to listening to Carnage Visors for 20 minutes.. it’s a good warm up time frame (I’m usually warmed up by 5 mins… but I try not to stop/ pause spinning until my first water “break” at just over 20mins so.. it really works well). And if I start the song before I start spinning, I know I’ve got a cushion of about 8 minutes before I need to be on the bike and spinning.. just so things work out if you know what I mean.
But I’m kinda digging spinning with the music instead of visual distraction.. it allows me more time to think and think clearer. Who knows.. I might do some training with nothing but music.
Todays training was kinda tough.. chose a pretty hard gear- harder than I’m used to at any rate. And I was on the bike for 120 mins… at that hard gear. SO, my legs~ while not “wobbly” like I was whenI had my Vetta trainer~ are kinda soar.
But I’ve started (a few days ago.. er, week ago) mixing things up a bit. I’m trying to get to the point (with work) where I’ll be able to spin every day. My body can handle it.. my work schedule can’t. I used to commute each and every day.. sometimes as long as 45 minutes each way.. sometimes from South Granville all the way up to the top of the British Properties.. passing co- workers at Georgia and Seymour.. and arriving at work ahead of them.. well ahead of them. I loved the daily challenge.. and at the end of the day I loved blowing off steam (the descent from the British Properties, specifically, was awesome).
Anyhow- the “mixing it up” brings in some weights. I’m shooting for a 2hr spin on day one and a 60min spin with weights on day two.. weights are light right now as I’m so totally not a fan of weights but.. it’ll help my overall stature and abilities.. learned that when I was competing as a triathlete..
AND Work on The Magazine…
I thought about (for a REALLY long time) setting up a newsletter but I kept on “humming and haw-ing” as I felt something was *missing* in the concept. Finally.. I’m about to officially launch “Savage Progress” as a monthly digital magazine w/ quarterly print output! Maybe I’ve mentioned it already? Well, the Sample (I’m calling it the “Lorum Ipsum” issue as I’m using jabberqocky as text place holders.. and all the images are from my own corral as.. visual place holders.. all laid out as example, only). One page or two to go.. and it’s time to fine- tune the promo package and ad rates.. and get back in the saddle of Print Publishing!
I’m SUPER psyched.. I love publishing. So.. here we go.
The concept of the Speed-0-Thon is to be replicable… that means.. anyone can do it.
Eric Barone’s speed attempts aare done using specialized wearables and a custom one- off bike and together the investment is HUGE. So huge that if anyone other than Barone chose to do it.. they’d need to find sponsors aplenty in order to cover the costs.. or be as rich as Gingrich.
I wanted to make my attempt open.. kind of like Open Source software.. so that anyone anywhere could do it.
That meant that most, if not all, the parts had to be off the shelf
it also meant that the section of road chosen for the trial had to be general and publicly available. And as a side note- it had to be of a general grade that is common for standard roadways.
I admit- I am going to use gravity for my speed attempt but.. if I stop pedalling the deal is off.. so gravity will~ literally~ just be an “assist” and not the main or only force in speed attainment.
So, the Sturmey- Archer rear hub is a BOON to this project. And using my old Courier Rig.. that vintage Stumpjumper Steelie.. well, on a paved stretch of highway I’m hoping I won’t need rear suspension.
And the AMP fork up front? It’s one of the best forks available.. it’s~ essentially~ a “suspended rigid fork” with the way it works. I chose it mostly because of “stiction” of standard Rock Shox style forks- stiction being legs compressing at different rates on a corner. I figured that if I had to do any cornering on this thing.. I’d want the wheel to be locked and dialled in rather than all loosey goosey in the forks. Also- the AMP fork doesn’t have a TON of movement.. just enough for a highway descent (well, and an old schoolie singletrack cross country burn.. but who’s counting).
So, with 54 gears available.. and front suspension to smooth out the descent.. I’ll be strapping on my Bell Full Face Helmet soon and pedalling out to the Scott Lake Hill between Calgary and Morley and.. going for it.
My assumption is that I’ll be hitting speeds faster than the highway allows so I won’t have to, technically, close the road for the attempt.. at least- not the first one. It’ll be “guerilla” attempt and maybe I’ll spin over to the abandoned gas station that has the abandoned go cart track for some fun and games/ burn off some adrenaline 😉
The concept of a rig that could go real real fast started many years ago.
I was hanging out at a bike shop in Prince Edward county.. Bloomfield Bike Shop that is~ still to this day~ owned and operated by a good friend and her partner.
They had (probably still have) stacks and stacks of old mountain biking magazines.. and I would pour through them and get ideas aplenty.
There was a magazine article about Eric Barone who was doing gravity descents on bicycles.. they were called bike speed trials but to me~ and our discussions~ they were nothing but gravity descents. Not cycling.. just a bike frame that got pulled down the hill by.. gravity.
I would wonder, as I cycled around PEC (Prince Edward County) with them.. what kind of a bike would you need in order to see how fast a human could pedal, ultimately?!?!
Rick and I talked..
I kept thinking
He kept thinking
we talked more..
I hung out there for about a month..
would have stayed longer but winter was looming and I had no desire to “winter” in Ontario as a tenter…
We settled on a “jack shaft” configuration that consisted of two bottom brackets armed with opposing triple chain rings driving a ground breaking (back then) 8 speed casette on the back wheel.
As an aside, there was a recumbent bike builder in Hintonburg, where I lived in Ottawa, that had jury- rigged a 3spd hub with a 7 spd casette.. that really got my mind thinkering….
Anyhow.. Rick and I thought that if you had two triple chainrings mashing it out to an 8spd casette.. you could achieve some pretty amazing speeds. It works out to about 72 gears. Pretty massive. Pretty massive overlap of gear inches but the top end.. woa!
A couple years ago I found a cool product.. the Sturmey- Archer CS-RF3.. a 3speed INTERNAL hub that has a 9 spd casette body on it! The intention, from what I can deduce, is to get away from having the three chainrings up front and have it all built in to the rear wheel.
To me.. it was a GOLDMINE of inspiration!
I bought one and had a wheel built around it using my FAVE wheel size- 650c (triathlon size from the heyday of trigeekery.. skinny, sleek.. and actually great to tour on).. and I decided to use my Stumpjumpr frame as the core.. slowly it evolved..
I have some training to do.. and some mechanicing to do.. but she’s basically ready for some light- gravity assisted heavy pedalling speed trials. I’ll share some more thoughts on her and the plan in an upcoming post but she’s just about ready.. and I think I’m just about ready too.
Have you ever taken on a task that was so daunting that it caused you some sleepless nights? How about a task that looked super cool as an end result but the steps to get there were chasm- deep?
Back in the 90’s I teamed up with a couple guys on a project that would see us cycle from Northern Alberta towards Rio for the Earth Summit.. of 1992 to be exact. Oh- and we were to meet up with a fourth cyclist somewhere in Arizona.. along one of the interstates.
For some, a non- specific meeting point might be troublesome.. for me it was the way Steve and I did things. Like when I went up to San Francisco and he sat at the corner of Haight and Ashbury waiting for me with an obscure and oblique sign. My flight was late.. and I ended up coming in to a southern port.. which meant I had to cycle all the way in to the city (it was SO MUCH FUN.. seriously) and then I had to find the intersection. I knew I was on track when I was riding downhill on Clarendon (my grandmothers old street name in Ottawa). She showed me the direction.
At any rate, the two I rode with had End Goal in sight only. They didn’t see the thousands of kilometers they would have to cycle. And I didn’t realize they weren’t really cyclists. So they got dejected and wanted to turn around at about Bozeman, Montana. And so they did.
I would have pressed further forward as I knew Steve was on the horizon.. and meeting up with him would be elating.. and we would be on a route of higher populations allowing for greater fund raising efforts (Montana and Central Alberta was slim pickens)… BUT- the two I was with essentially blackmailed me in to turning around and heading back with them. I had the credit card.. so I had the money.. they needed the money to get home. So I stuck with them.. even through the retreat.
From the very beginning of that project I knew there would be insurmountable obstacles.. but I was ready to take them on.
With Ocean Cyclist.. I see the end result and yeah, it is sometimes daunting in that the task of pedalling a boat around the world is.. well, nobody would find it a simple task. It is a daunting task. And sometimes That Task overshadows.. much like the cornice hangs over the small Swiss village.. the present tense needs and tasks.
The other day I wrote down the immediate goals for this summer.
Prior to writing those goals I knew what I wanted to achieve as an end result.. and I knew that I needed AUDIENCE to make it happen so I was kinda fixated on doing things that would increase the audience.
Now.. I see two clear tasks that I have to acomplish this summer- first being cutting a hole in Boat #2 and making it water tight so I can install the pedal drive and gear system.. Task Two is similar but a bit larger in scope- finish the cockpit flooring and increase the sidewall height of Boat #1 so that I can cut a hole in her hull and make it watertight.. to install the pedal drive there, as well.
So.. not really a lot of work. But decided and important steps.
Doing The Little Steps will help to attain Goal Success. Sometimes I forget that 😉
It’s been a busy few weeks.. a lot has happened and a lot is about to take place.
I’ve been super focused on getting my support magazine ~ Savage Progress~ off the ground.. and it’s coming along wickedly.. a sample layout is almost done that’ll provide.
So, while I haven’t been training as consistently as I need/ want.. I have been on the bike a few times recently. And, this might sound odd but.. I’m setting tasks for my training..
In the past, cycling has been The Method of mobility.. so, I never really thought about it. Well, except when I was training for triathlon competition. That was decades ago.
Now, I’ve got some pretty specific goals so.. I need to make them a reality.
First goal is cutting a hole in the bottom of Boat #2 and building a “cowl” so that the water doesn’t rush in and I can install the Pedal Drive and.. pedal around on the water. The goal for this is Mid June. I want to put in at Bowness Park Pond for minor water trials.. but I really am hoping to roof- top the boat all the way to Kamloops to shoot with Phoebe at/ around Canada Day and then take the boat down to the Okanagan to see what it’s like on that kind of water.. what the gearing is like and all that.
The next goal is to get the lower half of the hull, for Boat #1, enlarged (taller) and the cockpit floor completed so the main or overall hull form is dialled in and I can cut through the floor to make the thru- hull for the Pedal Drive. While this will take more time.. I’m hoping it’ll be done by the end of the summer.. as I want to start showing off the boat and what she can do next spring.
Baby steps are important.. and so far I’ve been ambling along and mostly just “hoping” that things will come together. I think, with these two clear and not major steps, that I’ll be well on my way.. and I’m also hoping that by the end of this summer I’ll have a few other people “on board” to help out.