This little piece of tech comes from a few years back at Interbike: Tire Balls.
Tire balls in action
The idea comes from ATV use and is supposed to help against pinch flats as well as lose less air over the life of the tire. You fill them with a needs like a basketball. On some forums you can read about guys putting tennis balls in dirt bike front tires before the balls were purpose built.
Couple outstanding questions:
How does the tire pressure relate to a regular tube (is 20psi in all balls the same as 20psi in a tube?)
Are they heavier than a regular tube?
When one goes flat, do the rest move around?
It seems like an application for enduro or downhill riders who are experiencing harder impacts. I guess it's a sign that the article os from 2007 and they haven't taken over the industry.
Been a while since we had a house project! With the addition of our new hot tub (we got a hot tub), it was also time for some privacy. Can't have all the neighbors looking in on our bubbly fun. Here's the privacy fence I built:
Step 1 - Select your your lattice. I went with the more closely spaced lattice (left), for more privacy.
Wide - narrow
Step 2 - Setting up the posts. I buried pressure treated 4"x4" posts 18" in the ground at 8' apart. I also bought a post hole digger for this project so if you need one let me know.
1/2 way done
Step 3 - Hang the lattice. I stuck some 1"x1" onto the 4"x4" posts to make a place to hold the lattice and look nice, like this:
This way it was firmly attached and didn't look like lattice screwed to a board. Here's the final product:
The lattice provides a nice bit of privacy from the neighbors, and as you can see, we have quite a growing collection of lattice in our yard.
When you look around the world of cycling, it's hard to look far without seeing the familiar 5 stripes of the world championship.
UCI World Champion colors
But what do these colors mean? The UCI World Championships are cycling events held in most cycling events:
Mountain Bike (cross country)
Mountain Bike Marathon (37 mile min)
Indoor Cycling (indoor track)
When a rider wins the world championship in a discipline, they get to wear the World Champion Jersey, which is the above colors (same as the olympic rings) on a white jersey:
2012 Swiss National Champion Nino Schurter
Believe it or not, a rider is required to wear the rainbow on white throughout their reign as world champion, which lasts 1 year. And get this - not sporting your world championship jersey in a race carries a $3000 - $5000 fine!
After a year of being champion is up, a rider is eligible to wear the world champion striping as an accent on their regular team jersey:
World champion piping
There are all kinds of apparel and accessories that capitalizes on the popularity of the World Champion jersey colors:
Affinity Bicycle Co. Kissina
LEGO key rings
And what write up would be complete without some superstitious conspiracy theories! Behold the CURSE OF THE RAINBOW JERSEY! Outlined in the book 'The Curse of the Rainbow Jersey: Cycling's Most Infamous Superstition', the curse is the suspicion that bad luck befalls the cyclist awarded the world championship jersey. There are instances of riders getting injured, having health problems, getting busted for doping, even season ending saddle sores. All this in addition to being forced to wear a big, green, yellow, black, red, and white target all season.
So beware! The rainbow jersey is a coveted victory banner, but comes at a heavy price.
It's Valentines day, what better way to say you love your sweetie than get her some gold components? Check out this 18-carat gold saddle with diamonds around the edge from Selle Italia:
Bling shot #1
Bling shot #2
This saddle is worth just under $50,000 and weighs in at 1,250g (2.75 pounds). Who said looking good was going to be cheap? or light? Perfect for this bike, which has everything BUT the seat in gold already.
Until we fill the extra bedroom with kids, I have been using it as a big closet. If only it had more hanging space. I have a simple set up in the garage that holds all my biking stuff and helps it dry easily:
Clothes, tubes, helmets, etc
It's just a bunch of dowel pieces stuck in a 2 x 2. It's quite efficient, and so I thought I'd stick one in my big closet. First, I chopped up a long dowel into 6" pieces and sanded them smooth.
After - Before
Next I set up a little jig on my drill press so that they would all be at the same angle. This was with some paint stir sticks.
Ready for drilling
After that I just found a couple studs and screwed it to the wall:
It was simple, cheap, not too invasive and really helps with hanging up pants and jackets. I think in the future we'll all have hanging racks on every wall in the house.