Posted in CyclingDecember 3, 2013
This was a big cycling year for me. I got back on the Merckx the second it started getting warmer and went out on any good days I could find in March and April. By May I had my 3BMC Road welded and built up, and once the weather really warmed up I was riding centuries most Sundays (Century Sunday!) and Green Line Velo rides on Wednesday nights. I stayed at that cadence through the heat of the summer, riding hard, training for D2R2 in August, and having fun.
And then, on August 11th, one week before D2R2, I got hit by a motorcycle while on a ride and broke my right clavicle and my left hand. I missed D2R2 and was off the saddle for around 2 months. But, bones heal and I got back on the bike as soon as I was allowed to and made the most of the beautiful fall we had this year. It was a pretty solid year, and I can only hope that next year will see even more miles and more rides (including D2R2!). Stay tuned.
Posted in Cycling,ProjectsDecember 1, 2013
Last year I mapped out all my riding manually, and while it was a fair chunk of work, it was manageable because of the amount that I rode. This year I wanted to do the same and make use of the data I had collected with Strava, but the number of rides was far more than the year before and it would have been a massive amount of work to draw out… not to mention that there are so many better ways of doing it!
Posted in Cycling,PhotographyOctober 30, 2013
I had a few extra shots left in my last roll of film, so I thought I would bring along my A1 on my daily commute and do a bit of field documentation. Over the course of 5 miles, I ride through a fairly diverse set of fabrics and conditions, so while my view looking down is always the same, my view looking around is never tiring.
Posted in PhotographyOctober 24, 2013
Red light night hiking, three days in the woods, seven friends, and some fall foliage to keep us company. What more can you ask for?
Posted in PhotographyAugust 10, 2013
Some recent rolls from this summer, taken at Crane Beach and in the White Mountains.
Posted in Projects,TravelAugust 10, 2013
I was digging around in some boxes last weekend and stumbled across a Rand McNally Road Atlas that I had marked up along a road trip I took in 2010 with my good friends Amrita, Oliver, and Spencer. The route took us from Santa Barbara to Summer Camp Music Festival and back, with a long stay in Boulder with Oliver’s family. I couldn’t help but map it out.
Posted in Cycling,Projects,RumblingsJune 20, 2013
After a long road to completion and an eagerly anticipated arrival, her she is: the lightly ridden, heavily loved 3BMC Gravel. Handmade in Somerville, MA, by myself with the help of Paul Carson at Artisan’s Asylum, it is the culmination of six months of welding, mitering, filing, buying, selling, tinkering, troubleshooting, and lovingly gazing. I have put around 300 miles on it in the past few weeks and I have loved every second of it. The fit is perfect, the bike is responsive and snappy but still comfortable on the long road rides, and it is FAST. It was made as a road replacement for my Merckx but with this year’s D2R2 and some 33c Challenge Grifo’s in mind (hence the name 3BMC “Gravel”). All that is left now is to ride it as hard as I love it.
Posted in Cycling,Projects,RumblingsApril 30, 2013
“Rob Roy” was Tony Portera’s old ham radio handle and I have to say, it is an apt name. It is a tank compared to my aluminum beater and my Merckx, but its still a total blast to ride. I picked it up from Baumann last year and took quite a bit of time to collect the group. Its quick and sharp, but still feels strong enough to take on Boston’s potholes and traffic. I tried to balance out the all black frame and components with some flashes of silver and gumwalls, and topped it off with a little bit of PinP inspired pink in the Cadence bottles. I recently put on some fenders and some 28c road tires (Resist Nomads) to make it into a more realistic daily commuter.
The Rob Roy frame is a 58cm square steel single speed cross bike with a tall standover, cable routing on the top of the top tube, and track drops in the back. Its built with bombproof IRO HT tubing and has the iconic curved seatstays that identify its cachet to the initiated. Tony Portera called it his “bad-weather bike,” but after a few hundred miles, this is quickly turning into my “all-weather bike.”
Posted in Cycling,Projects,RumblingsFebruary 22, 2013
There are three main phases in the bike building process.
To confuse things, I think I will begin with the middle phase. Anyone who has spent more than five minutes filing down fillet brazing knows the challenge of brazing a bike frame. Filing is painful, never-ending, and unglamorous work (much like the architecture profession at times). Your hands often come away from the shop black and blistered. It rarely looks quite the way you want to and the whole time you are thinking that you are just going to cover it up with paint anyways. It is quite laborious work. Secretly, I love it.
Thankfully, there is a first phase and a last phase.
Posted in 3BMC,Projects,RumblingsFebruary 20, 2013
In May of 2012, Chris and I bottled around 150 bottles of wine. It may be a modest number for the established enologist, but it was quite the achievement for two budding amateurs like us. The process was competent at best and the results were just about drinkable. I like to think of it as a learning process and in the end I take comfort in the fact that we made a “respectable table wine.”