Sunday's training ride.
Riding the Orange County Pendelton 200k brevet.
It’s begun! The Rapha Festive 500 is on and people are already logging the miles, or the kms depending on where you are. I wasn’t planning to ride today, but as the holidays near I get more stressed out. I was getting on her nerves so I just decided to get out on the bike. Yeah, it was late. Yeah, it was cold. But I wasn’t doing anybody any good at home, and these miles aren’t going to pedal themselves. Dave inspired me with his late night ride. So I pulled out the Kogswell and pointed her east. I put my head down and let my frustrations out on the pedals. I rode out to Santa Fe Dam and stopped to take a picture.
I was planning to ride around the dam and then through it, but in the moon light I could see that the water level was really high. Since I was alone I decided better of it and started to head home. I didn’t get any many miles as I’d originally planned, but I got more miles than I would’ve gotten just sitting at home. So 42kms down, only 458kms to go.
After cleaning and washing the Kogswell P/R yesterday I mounted up the headbadge. My frame didn’t come with a headbadge so I had Laura from Pathlesspedaled.com make me a custom one. I sent her the logo from the Kogswell Wikipedia page as reference. I wasn’t really sure what I’d get back, but when it arrived I was blown away.
I had a choice of copper or silver. I knew the silver was going to match the bike better, but I still can’t get over how good it looks. The bike looks finished now. It’s just a shame that it sits behind the rando bag.
Today was a great day for a commute, sunny skies, warm temps and a a shiny clean bike. I hadn’t ridden the Kogger for almost a month so I was really enjoying it. It was going well until the rear tube exploded. Oh well, good thing I’m always prepared. Be safe out there.
Riding the Malibu Coastal Cruise 200k Brevet
My pops took some pics at the PCH 600k too. I just got a chance to get a hold of them. Here’s a few.
I’ve been riding the Kogger as my commuter lately. I hate to say it, but the Surly Long Haul Trucker has been staying parked. It’s just too much of a bike! The Kogger is so quick and nimble that it’s been the go to ride. The Acorn bag carries my clothes perfectly and the dynamo? Well, it’s really nice to not have to charge your batteries. Damn, I’m really loving this bike.
Last week, before the 600k, I needed some new friction shifters. Josef from Flying Pigeon LA had some in stock and was able to install them. Monday was a rainy day, so I got to enjoy a nice damp ride to the shop. Luckily I had my fenders on!
My PCH600k in pictures.