Ride Updates

Long Time, No Ride.

posted Nov 7, 2016, 4:51 PM by PJ Im   [ updated Nov 7, 2016, 5:02 PM ]

First ride since August of this year. Prior to today, I had ridden dozen times in 2016. In spite of my best intentions, day-to-day obligations came first. The ride today reminded me why I ride. It's the pure unfettered joy of rolling up and down the hills with wind in my face. Pushing one meditative pedal stroke after another, I find myself on top of a hill enjoying a view of the surrounding area. Of course, the riding has the added benefit of keeping my fit. 
It was a slow ride easing back into the routine of things. The ride was fun, but not quite exhausting. With updated schedule, I can ride more! Time for Erick to join in.

Riding A Roller

posted Jun 17, 2015, 1:50 PM by PJ Im   [ updated Jun 17, 2015, 2:02 PM ]

While visiting San Diego area, I did couple of sessions on a roller about half an hour each. Within 15 minutes, I was dripping sweats. Riding a roller is mildly more interesting than riding a stationary bike, but it does involve hand-eye coordination. Working up a sweat is much easier. Riding roller is a good alternative when weather turns sour or if you're on a time crunch.

You may have noticed that I made a slight modification to my Kreitler Alloy Roller by adding an inline skating wheel that prevents the rider from falling off of the roller. One of the safety wheels is missing because a wing-nut came off. To prevent the wing-nut from coming loose in the future, I will apply blue medium strength LOCTITE.

mtbr.com and other bicycle web-site are a good resource if you wish to learn how to install a safety wheels yourself.

Funny enough, after the modification I never come close to even touching the safety wheels. You can see in the below YouTube video that I'm actually trying the touch the safety wheels while looking very bad at it. 

Rained in Seven Springs -- first "Group" ride

posted May 15, 2015, 10:09 AM by PJ Im   [ updated May 15, 2015, 10:14 AM ]

I guess this can be the first mountain bike group ride from Saratoga HS: two teachers and one student! Hopefully we can start a mountain bike club/team.
First loop around Seven Springs Trail (in Fremont Older OSP) was good.  Trail was slightly damp and perfect for riding. Coming out of first loop and into the second loop, rain started falling.  Not hard bit of drizzle. Trail got wet enough to become muddy and slippery. I don't mind riding in the rain, but we left before the trail damage can be done by riding in a wet trail. 

Typical ride in Fremont Older

posted May 12, 2015, 9:23 PM by PJ Im   [ updated May 13, 2015, 6:27 PM ]

I'd love to go to Santa Cruz and other amazing trails in the Bay Area, but I'm limited by time and obligations. But, I am grateful for whatever local ride I squeezed in whenever an opportunity arises.  This is a just such a ride. 

My first attempt at editing two different takes.  The video for chest mount cam was recorded riding Lynskey 650b Ridgeline: Stan's Arch EX Rims, Schwalbe Nobby Nic 2.35 (front tire), Schwalbe Racing Ralph Race 2.25 (rear tire).  The video for helmet mount facing rear was recorded riding Giant Anthem with Stan's Flow Rims, WTB Bronson Race 2.3 (front tire), WTB Weirwolf Race 2.1 (rear tire)

Seven Springs Trail (Fremont Older OSP) in Cupertino, CA.  The video show only the downhill section on the north side of the trail going clockwise.

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posted Jan 5, 2015, 11:33 AM by PJ Im   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 11:33 AM ]

just checking to see if the this web function is working correctly...

Here's a picture of my Lynskey 650B Ridgeline resting by the tree near the Masie's Peak in Fremont Older.

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