Thursday, June 15, 2017

Kucharik Wool - Made in California...

Kucharik has been making affordable long lasting wool jerseys for decades and they're made in California (not just "designed in California"). Mama Wuleur made me toss out my long sleeve last year and I was told I might want to think about replacing my short sleeve from the late 90's. I took possession of a beautiful royal blue top today and they fit and feel perfectly and they're only 59 bucks! I went with the full zip and will inevitably sew on a custom patch or two. For the record, the pockets are like a hobbit bag as they seem to magically expand to hold just about everything. Let's see if this one lasts almost 20 years and over 100,000 miles.

59 dollar wool happiness

this guy has kept me warm, cool, and happy for 20 years and counting

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Jobst approved...

With some motivation and done correctly, you can vulcanize patches on top of patches. I rescued these guys from a small group ride this winter. Olive helped me successfully patch these double punctures. 


Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Naturally, I'll say it's the wine...

If Peter Sichel could gracefully embrace the next generation of wine drinkers than I should be able to embrace millennial cyclists (I think). Thank you Peter for the lesson in generational acceptance. Baby still won't find me on social media and I'm not allowed to grow a beard until March of 2023.

For the record: Peter worked for the CIA as an operative in Europe and Honk Kong post WWII.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Cycling Instagramers: responsible for the...

..systematic shutdown of our "open" roads in our amazing county. I'm the first person to encourage folks to enjoy the questionable "roads" in our beautiful backyard, but day-lighting every last one of them to Instagram is something the Johnny-Come-Lately crowd is doing and it needs to be put in check.

I understand that this is now reality and there are probably positive (I think) things that come out of all the social media other than selling swag. But enough is enough. I guess I'm just that guy now...and I'm totally ok with that (and not alone).

I bit my tongue when I read the "how to poach" Big Basin via Mr. Isaacson's property above the Buddhist Center on a very popular cycling blog. Those knuckleheads don't know what they don't know and need to understand that he is donating a ton of land to the Land Trust and folks should give him his well deserved space while he is still on this planet (after all, it's freaking private). An article like that is innocent in nature and can unfortunately jeopardize deals that will ultimately benefit the public. It's easy, just enjoy it, don't post it.

I remained silent after I was verbally eviscerated after performing some serious damage control for a bunch of familiar faces when the Locatelli's reached out to me professionally asking who are all these cyclists (Instagram photo links) sitting in the Eagle Rock Lookout trespassing through their property. I apologized and came up with some stupid ass excuses for them. Needless to say, I was hot thinking the whole thing would have never happened if folks would have just tread lightly on the land and in the cloud.

You are here by empowered to not post an amazing ride. If you are under 40, you might call it going "old school".

                  I weathered 3 decades of riding this road and Instagram has finally killed it.
                     (I can walk a bike through over the gate...that's not the point)

PS- sorry for the rant, everyone has their limit. Being an avid cyclist in Santa Cruz since 1986 has its advantages and disadvantages...I've turned into a grouchy ass (I'm working on that). For the record, social media would be a lot better if people actually posted real things we all experience every day like: couples arguing, boring jobs, mundane errands, moments of anxiety, happiness, frustration, love, hate. Wait a minuet, now that I write it out, it doesn't sound so great. Maybe that's why folks only post vacations, staged events, perpetual smiles and all the other social media vomitous that people don't give a shit about. I feel way better now.  If I had Instagram, I would snap a picture of myself smiling with a cup of artisanal coffee and a quote or tag that referenced killing it, winning it or crushing it and you would have had no idea that I was actually taking a break from a very boring 3 hour review of a fire department budget. Good night and be safe out there.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Chris Grenier Birthday Boogie...

Yosemite Ride - Day 2 from Caletti Cycles on Vimeo.

This year was a bit special due to the fact that we had the one and only Harry Gurnee with us who snagged the KOM from the jaws of California/Texan Legend-Ian Moore. Love ya Harry.

Top 5 post-retirement jobs...

On my nightly cruises with Olive in the silver bullet, we chat about school, travel, her life dreams, college, volleyball, big cities, friends, family, careers, money, Draymond Green, Salmon Lake, and my top 5 post retirement dream jobs. She thinks they are "weird" and I've been compared to a very nerdy character she references from The Gilmore Girls?

In rank order, here they are:

#5: Apprentice Baker - Aldo's Bakery
#4: Delivery Driver - Pacific Cookie Company
#3: Maintenance Worker - Holy Cross Cemetery
#2: Crossing Guard - Live Oak School Dist
#1: Greeter - La Madrona Athletic Club

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Band of Bros- Moore & Moore strength of 7 men

                3rd summit of the day for the Moore brothers on the 12 annual Yosemite Boogie

Sunday, April 23, 2017

"Jake, have you ever ridden aluminum?"

I had the pleasure to pedal some of the finest heat treated aluminum ever made.This 56 x 56 Klein quantum was hand picked from the bathroom rafters by George Slough himself at the Race Street shop in San Jose. George had a 55 and let me take it home to Santa Cruz to pedal for a week to see if I would like the feel of a rocket ship with an SR aluminum fork.

                                             photo by papa Bill

Rob Parsons, Klein quantum, Puma tennies, Ten Speed Drive, KOME and I in Bloomington Indiana National Road Race Brown County State Park.

TCBY The Country's Best Yogurt ...

..And 18 year old bicycle racer - Matt Johnson. We visited Seattle recently and I popped into a fantastic bike shop on Bainbridge Island and asked if anyone has every heard of a guy named Matt Johnson or Tim Peddie. Both shop employees stopped in their tracks and asked who wanted to know. I explained that the last time I saw Matt was on the podium in Bloomington Indiana. They said that he was living on a boat somewhere on the island. Matt caught David Bly and I on the last lap of our suicide mission breakaway at the National Road Race Championships that hot day in August 25 years ago. He was an alternate for the 92' Olympics for the TTT. Anyone know what Matt is doing these days?

"Hey Tone, Fremont Peak?"

"Oh well ya... I guess that's something I might need to do"

Tone approaching the Gabilan Range on a silky sector east of Aromaha yesterday. We ran into a very kind (and fast) dude named Stacey on the crux of the climb and after feeling pretty proud for ourselves he gently reminded us that he was on number 2 of his 3 Fremont repeats. Dude was definitely a boss. I reminded him that Paul Willerton was the only other guy known to do that, so he's got that going for him.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

searching for Peter Johnson...

We've been trying to get a hold of Sir Peter Johnson, anyone have his contact? This is a retread of one of our winter boogies with him. I believe it went something like this - "if it looks like there is a guy crushing it on a 60 year old Cinelli in Alfredo Binda toe straps and a wool chamios, that's because there is a guy crushing it on a 60 year old Cinelli in Alfredo Binda toe straps and a wool chamios". 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

AC taking a break from braking...

AC shared his new whip with us which had more clearance than a sale rack at Mattress Discounters. Being a staunch anti disk guy, he reported the VO calipers worked flawlessly (using swiss-pads). Speaking of disk brakes, when did the cycling industry become so obsessed with deceleration? Personally, I've always struggled with acceleration, slowing down has always come naturally (unfortunately). I am disk curious.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The hills are alive...and dead

Sir Caletti and company south bound hunting for dry passable tarmac in the Gabilan range.

  Better take your ruffy tuffy's next time you're pedaling in the SC mountains. This should be passable by Wednesday afternoon...with ski poles and hiking boots.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

In The Garden & The Gym...

As a newcomer to the Monday through Friday gig, I've had to carve out a consistent workout routine at La Madrona's miniature gym before work and my journey has exposed me to some of the nicest folks on the planet (who happen to be up at the crack of dawn). It took me a couple of years of memorizing names, putting in the time and lying about my age (I'm almost 50 is kinda true) to get accepted into the salty dawn patrol club. My favorite DP club member is John who has been telling me about his son and his band for quite a while. Their video hit Vimeo today and I felt as though I was there when they filmed it because John had described the filming so well to me over the last year. He was the stunt driver and owner of the sweet VW bug.

'In The Garden' - The Painted Horses on Vimeo

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Hey Jake, I have something for you...

Sounds great, I'll be super jazzed as long as it's a medium, blue, Italian world championship, wool Santini jersey just like the one Felice Gimondi wore when he won the worlds the day I was born. You know, the one that the ladies use to sew the race numbers to, fits so perfectly it feels tailor-made, soft as cashmere and straight from the motherland.

Yessiree! That one!

I rushed home to don this

pedal this

up this

I do believe that was a seated sprint with big Eddy in the wake of one very pinner Italian

For the record:
the Montjuic coarse in Barcelona was the last day Lance raced as an amateur in 1992. I had an opportunity to represent the US at the World Police and Fire Games on the Monjuic coarse in 2003. All I remember was the insane crowds cheering and the LA County Fire guys handing me up water.

Friday, January 20, 2017

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LEBRON JAMES has his safety pin, do you?

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dueling Genuflects...

they cut the tape prior to us knowing who kissed who's ring

With the 2nd storm in 8 years hitting the California Bear, I have made it my mission to roller-dope after hours in the SW lounge and it's been taking me longer and longer to get motivated. Everyone knows that once the Pope genuflects to Eddy, it's time to roll! Then I switch to the Damon Kluck 67 min suffer fest brought to you by a very boring Chris Carmichael and company. It gets the job done.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Excuse me sir, will this take me to Sunol?

Not even Doug E. Fresh and Titi were up in time for this morning's boogie. Olive's volleyball season kicked off today and I had my first 0430 start since last year. I didn't ditch the balaclava until I got to 101 and San Thomas. Thank god for my double Kucharik wool kit. The creek trails have seen better days...

the miles sure seem to tick by quicker in the dark, I did a double take when I saw this sign
when did they build this thing? do people actually go?

in case you're working on you spike