Thursday, August 26, 2010

POC Receptor Flow Helmet White XL-XXL 59-62cm For Sale on ebay

another item listed on ebay...trying to clear out some old stuff I'm not using.
POC Receptor Flow Helmet White XL-XXL
auction ends Aug 31, 2010 11:28:08 PDT

For those seeking a more ventilated bike helmet, optimized for low weight and
user comfort, the Receptor Flow is an excellent choice. safety is kept at a high
level thanks to the advanced shell from the Receptor + helmet with an eps liner
optimized in density to match perfectly with the shell. The size adjustment
system provides a simple way to customize the fi t of the helmet. We have
listened to the demands of our pro riders, seeking for a more slim design that
grips snugly around the head to stay comfortably in place during the various
movements of the head that takes place while performing tricks in the BMX
park or riding a bumpy Dirt track. sizes: XS-S, M-L & XL - XXL.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Selling my Clik Elite Nature Camera Backpack

I'm selling a Clik Elite Nature Medium Camera Hydration Backpack on ebay.  Used once, figured out it was not what I needed.  
Auction runs through Aug 29, 2010  12:39:10 PDT

More information about the backpack can be found here:

On day trips into the woods, mountains, jungles, or desert, the Nature does it all. Keep your camera and lenses safe and snug between Cradle Dividers in a fully adjustable, Velcro-lined camera bay. Carry food, clothes, and personal gear in a separate compartment. Whether hiking, biking, or skiing, you’ll appreciate the compact design and comfortable, adventure-worthy harness.
• Top compartment with hydration sleeve and tube port that fits up to a 70 oz reservoir
• Padded 12” x 8” x 7” camera bay with weather-resistant zippers
• Modular organization including Velcro-ready Cradle Dividers
• Media organizer with weather-proof zippers protects data cards, hard-drives, cables, pens, and business cards
• High-tech padded shoulder straps cushion against heavy photo gear, with additional support from load-lifter straps and adjustable sternum strap
• Built-in ChestPorts™ host Clik Elite ChestPacks™ for fast camera access on the go
• Attachment points on shoulder straps and waist belt host small pouches and lens holsters
• LadderFit™ harness system adjusts to 4 different torso lengths for comfort and optimized weight transfer
• Comfort-molded back panel sheds snow and dirt, vents heat and moisture
• Padded contour waist belt with bi-directional buckle comfortably transfers weight to hips
• Stash pocket with compression buckle
• Mesh side pockets keep water bottles and other items handy
• Side compression straps will secure load and holds a tripod
• External access zippered compartment for sunglasses and other accessories
• Hide-away rain fly
• Ruggedized construction: fully lined and taped, beefy zippers, 1680D ballistic, and 420D high-tenacity nylon fabrics
• Overall dimensions: 22.5”h x 14”w x 10”d – (1500 c.i. / 25 L)
• 5.3 lbs.
• Available in Clik Gray or Black
• Product Numbers: CE401GR (Gray) CE401BK (Black)
MSRP: $250

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Harrison Hills Park

Today we hit up Harrison Hills, which is full of hills...believe it or not.  There were about 10 of us, and I tried my best to stay in the back so I could maneuver through the wet roots and rocks without running into peoples back tires.  Single speeds aren't the best thing to ride up hills, in wet conditions, on a group ride.  We had fun until Bob took us on a trail that basically bled us dry; a mile of thorns, chest high...ouch.  Good times!

Pictures from the day -

A few shots -

Jeff taking his turn
Jeff glides over some logs

more maintenance
Bob doing some trail maintenance

After the thorn trail

danger danger
Near the notorious cliffs people somehow fall over

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Moraine Ride then Kayak

Yesterday was a good day. Met Jim, Don, Spurk and Biber at the Moraine State Park mountain bike parking lot at 9AM. Spurk worked on a wheel for a bit, then we went out to put in some new signage. The ride started about 10:30 and ended up taking about 4 hours. 12 miles later we were all smiles in the lot, dripping from head to toe. After shooting the bull, I went down to Lake Arthur for a paddle. Ended up kayaking for 5 glorious miles, and came back to the car beat.

Ride photos -

Kayak photos -

Some fun shots from the day

Biber rockin' out

Don mastering the features


Wheelie master Jim

It was so freakin' nice out at Moraine

Kayaking on Lake Arthur wasn't too bad either

A beautiful day kayaking on Lake Arthur in Moraine State Park
Not bad at all!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Duff and Townsend Park, Murrysville

Mike and I rode Townsend and Duff last night.  Great weather!  I had some chain issues that kept me from really hammering, but it was good nevertheless.  The pine section in Townsend Park is awesome, and I forgot how cool Duff is.  Duff has trails that are sketchy as can be, where the price for failure is a long tumble...just the kind of ride we like!

Gallery from the night -

Some shots from the night

Pine section in Townsend
Pine section in Townsend Park

Out on the road in Murrysville

Mike on some stairs

Duff Park

Mike on the stairs

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Monday means downhill biking at Seven Springs

Ray, Sara, Dan and I went to Seven Springs Monday to do some downhill biking. Great day; cool, not too dusty, about 12 others on the mountain. The two things I didn't enjoy? No weekday discount, especially since the lifts aren't runnning...and the damn berms, they suck. Worse potholes than Pittsburgh streets. Please fix 'em. Thanks!

Gallery from the day -

Some shots

Shuttle ticket

Dan and Ray
Dan and Ray

Ray nailing the gap
Ray on Burner

Sara's first time over the Rainbow bridge on Burner

Sunday, August 15, 2010

BikeFest rides

Today is the final PTAG ride for BikeFest.  We'll be riding Boyce Park, well I will as long as the rain holds off.  Looks like it'll start around 3, so that gives me a couple hours in the saddle followed by a nice outdoor shower.  
Wednesday was a ride at Deer Lakes, Friday was an urban ride downtown, and yesterday was a ride at North Park.  All were pretty humid, especially the mountain bikes rides.  Time to pack up and do it again...

Deer Lakes ride -
Urban cruise -
North Park -

Some shots from the past couple days

Pixburgh Stillers!
Go Stillers!

Next to the casino

View from the 31st Street Bridge
The 31st Street bridge

North Park

Jim on Dr. J

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

East End Brewing @ OTB Beer Club

Last night the beer club at OTB was treated to some fine beers from East End Brewing.  Scott brought Illustration Ale, Wooden Nickel Saison, Black Strap Stout, Monkey Boy, Wood St. Kvass, and Slartibartfast with him...along with a few pint glasses for us to take home!  Thanks Scott....and Mike.
We also had Pedal Pale Ale from the tap, and some berry beer of which its name escapes me right now.
I've missed the a couple meetings, but glad I was around for this one.  Unfortunately, kind of, it wasn't colder outside and the Snow Melt wasn't available.  Snow Melt is my favorite!  Be on the lookout for another firkin at OTB...this time it's going to be Big Hop...EXTRA hoppy with the freshest of the fresh hops!!!

Thanks again to all who work to pull this off every month.

Gallery from the evening -

Some photographs -

East End Brewing's Illustration Ale
East End Brewing's Illustration Ale

Getting schooled in beer
Mike doling out the goods

My ride home