More Geocaching

I’ve been using my bike to get to and from geocaches over the last few weeks. It’s been a blast! On road, off road, gravel roads and hike-a-bike excursions have all added a new dimension to riding for me.

I’ve added a Garmin handlebar mount for my GPSr so I can use it for navigation while on the bike. It’s a “so-so” item as it attaches with zip ties. I’d much prefer something that uses a different mount like the Planet Bike battery lights, but there wasn’t much choice. For $10 it will do the job.

I found that the bicycle was the perfect vehicle for a “power trail” that was set up in my area. The caches are placed at regular intervals at something like the minimum distance of 161 m. This particular trail is located along a country road, so cycling is way better than having to pull the car over. I did one segment (just one concession) of the trail, and I’m not sure this kind of thing is for me as the hides are all pretty similar. Still, it was a fun morning out on the bike!

Geocache

Geocache & GPSr

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Geocaching!

Having recently “discovered” this sport/game, our family is hooked!  We’ve had lots of fun over the last few weeks hunting for geocaches in our neighbourhood.  Right now we’re using the Geocaching iPhone app.  It works pretty well, and it’s great to be able to use it on the fly for impromptu geocaching outings.  However, the battery drain is pretty severe.  We’re now looking for a handheld GPSr unit.

I think geocaching is going to add a lot to bicycling and hiking outings.  Our kids hate to “go for a hike” but even in the cold weather the’ll quickly don their boots and mitts to go treasure hunting!

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Fun with maps

I like messing around with maps.  I’m one of the few in my family that “gets” them. Recently, I’ve been putting the MapMyRide app on the iPhone through it’s paces.  It works pretty well most of the time and it’s fun to replay your ride afterwards.  I do like to keep track of the distance I put on equipment like chains, so it’s a good tool to use when you don’t have a cyclocomputer.  There are also lots of maps you can pick that other uses have uploaded.  I’ve used some routes in my neighbourhood that are great rides.  Fun stuff!

Map

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Not a bad way to spend a lunch hour

Lunchtime Oak Ridges Corridor Trail loop.

rSogn at the ruins

rSogn at the ruins

Oak Ridges Corridor Trail

Oak Ridges Corridor Trail

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Elbow Beach, Bermuda

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Rocket fuel

My “performance enhancing drug” of choice.  This rig should do the trick.  Baratza Preciso grinder, Rocket Giotto Premium Plus espresso machine and fresh, locally(!) roasted People’s Daily Espresso beans from the Social Coffee & Tea Company.

Rocket fuel

Rocket fuel

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Wrapped, twined & shellacked

Wrapped and twined

Wrapped and twined

I used the Fizik microtex bar wrap.  I’m certainly no handlebar wrapping wiz, but I had a heckuva time getting this stuff on the bars.  I think the larger size of the brifters also gave me trouble. I’m used to either cork stuff or cotton.  The bar isn’t evenly wrapped, and the twine is a bit wabi-sabi but whatevs.  The bike is for riding!

I still need fenders.

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It’s rolling!

Rawland rSogn first incarnation.  This is my initial build of the the frame. I still need to fine tune the saddle & cockpit, wrap the bars, get & install some fenders and figure out what to use for a handlebar bag.

It was -16 C today, but I couldn’t resist a 10 min ride around the ‘hood.  The wide 42mm Hetres seemed to soak up the bumps nicely.

Rawland rSogn 1st incarnation

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Just about there

Grand Bois Hetre 650B

Grand Bois Hetre 650 beautiful!

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Getting closer

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  • VO Grand Cru touring hubs and 650B Diagonale rims, built by Hoopdriver in Toronto with an 11-32 SRAM cassette
  • SRAM Rival drivetrain and shifting
  • Paul Neo-retro stoppers
  • Nitto Noodle handlebars
  • King Iris cages
  • Fizik micro-tex bar tape.
  • Shimano M520 SPD pedals
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