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I Just Can't Get Enough

by Bryn — last modified Sep 22, 2007 12:30 PM

And they turn turn turn, those rings of rubber, those rings of rubber...

Well, another week has been and gone, and while there's been some pretty darn nasty weather there's also been some good times mixed in there!!

The week started off busy for me - beer to bottle at my favorite U-Brew, a couple little home computer house calls (which I NEVER do anymore, don't even ask!) but I still found time to get some riding in... Too bad I haven't had time yet to get my forgotten debit card back... Sigh...

So Wednesday I ended up having to start work early... I'd previously planned to take care of someone's Mac after work, figuring I'd be getting off at the 'normal' time.  But since I'd started so early I didn't really wanna hang around the office till I was supposed to go over and perform my magic, so I figured "Hey, why not ride out?!"...

Bombed home and picked up my now-favorite Kustom Kruiser and then I was off back to Burnaby... Took me about an hour to get from my place to Royal Oak SkyTrain station, not too shabby for a single speed!  Rolled in right on time and took care of all that jazz.  It was Amy's birthday on Wed (Happy Birthday!) so once I was done I wanted to hook up with the party... Ripped from Burnaby to the West End in about 45 minutes - wicked...

Ended up missing out on a "Storm the SeaWall" ride by a few of our other regulars but ended up going out for Kendal's first post-trauma ride!  Yay!!  Working hands are good...  Anyhow, finally rolled back home after a pretty substantial trek around the city... Eeeexcellent...

Thursday was a no-go for me - and I really wasn't sure what it was going to do last night until 6:00 or so rolled around.  I'd been watching the weather forecasts all day, they seemed to be spot-on so when it called for a break around 8:00 I figured I'd better take advantage of it.  Got ourselves a decent fall-sized crew together - Michael, Danu, Big John, Jonathan and myself were there for the beginning.  Had a rip over to Michael's house for a quick indoor break and then we were off again...

First plan was to head out towards New West - I haven't done that ride for a while and I'm eager to get back at it but it just wasn't in the cards for the night.  Got to a point where we realized we would double our numbers if we headed in to town or end up with just 3 of us if we continued on our way, so what choice did we have?  Rolled down Powel towards the Princeton to pick up a friend of Jonathan's - that's a wicked downhill trek if the traffic isn't too bad - TOTALLY smooth...

Rolled through the east side into Strathcona and then ripped West along False Creek south... Stopped at the point which is rocky, but not named Rocky Point (gotta come up with something for that) and chilled for a while - Dylan was about ready to get out and rolling so we timed everything to meet him at the Burrard Bridge.  Once we had him in our ranks we headed on towards Kits and hit up Troll Beach (also known as "The Log")...

Jonathan and friend were heading out from there so the rest of us headed up towards 10th Avenue with the intent of going east... Initially I was just going to roll up the hill home, but you know me, I can't ever get enough... Next thing I know we're all the way back over at Commercial, hitting up a great little pizza place down the drive.  Mmmmm.... Midnight Pizza....

Now fully fed our remaining troops were ready to roll out... Trout Lake here we come!  Lost Michael on the way since he was pretty close to home, but Dylan, John and I kept the ride going.  Got up to the lake and had our last beer break... About 1:30 in the morning by that point and the clouds were starting to look a little ominous.  Wind starting to blow up, everything getting bunched up against the mountains, ok, time to start heading for indoors.

Up and over in the 20somethings to avoid the valley between Main and Fraser, then 18th across and out... Said goodbye to John and Dylan then finally rolled back home, about 2:00 in the morning.  Now THAT'S a good ride!  The last leg of things towards Main was starting to get a little hairy - the wind blew up good, leaves blowing everywhere and just a touch of rain in the air - not enough to actually get wet - it could even have just been water blowing out of the trees from earlier in the day but yeah, it's DEFINITELY Fall... Yesterday was actually the equinox so it makes sense that it'd give us a good show!

Sometimes it's fun to just have a small group, especially when everyone's a good strong rider.  Opens up lots of possibilities for adventure!  It would have been nice to do the New West thing but I always say, we gotta do what the group wants to do.  Regardless that was an AWESOME Friday ride... And now I'm sitting here at home, barely awake from yesterday, already planning on getting right back out there for a 1:30 afternoon ride.  Did I mention I'm hooked?  No, seriously, I need help... Hello?  Please?  ;)

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On the Kustom Kruiser

Avatar Posted by Bryn at Sep 22, 2007 12:35 PM
Just wanted to add - the Sachs Torpedo rear hub I put on the KK rocks big time!!! That's a bunch of miles on it now, so everything's had a chance to settle in nicely. The brake is SUPER smooth, and I can't believe how silky the whole drivetrain is. That bike just WANTS to roll now, no two ways about it. Anyhow, I've got another one of those hubs now that's probably going to find its way on to my Hampton. Good times!