Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Daily Deal: Contour Roam $114.68

Here is a good price on the Contour Roam HD camera at Amazon.

Edit: It looks like the price changed a few times today.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Monday, November 14, 2011

Casparis/Creek Falls Ride

Sunday morning Pathos, Sailah, and I met at the CoGo's at the intersection of 51 and 70 and headed to Connellsville. Photobucket We got to Casparis Rd and took a short detour to see the bat sanctuary and then "insurance fraud overlook" (I think that's what Pathos called it) :). Photobucket Photobucket Quite a few cars down there! Photobucket We got back on Casparis Rd and followed it to where I wanted to check out some trails. We spent a while exploring and finding dead ends. Sailah smacked his leg off of a tree or something and broke his rear brake lever in the process. Shortly thereafter Pathos and Sailah dumped their bikes in the mud at the same time (it's in the vid) Photobucket We had to backtrack a bit and while taking a break a couple of locals rode up on a quad. They told us that most of the land out there is in the process of being transferred to the game commission and that they are already handing out fines. They said the whole area is going to end up off limits. I hope that is not the case.

Once we made it back into Connellsville we decided to go check out Creek Falls. I hadn't been out there in many years, since I was just getting into Jeeps. It is pretty much the same as it was then, lots of big mud holes. One swallowed Sailahs bike and it took all three of us to push it out. We made it to the stream crossing and I drew the short straw to cross first. It was just deep enough to make me nervous, but was easy enough to get across. Pathos and I rode down to the falls, stopped long enough for a pic, and then went back to meet Sailah. I guess he didn't want to have to pick his 500lb beast up out of a river so he cleaned the mud off his bike while we were gone. Photobucket It was a fun day. I am REALLY liking the MT43 rear. I was running 15psi and it was grippy on absolutely everything, including the mud. It felt like I was riding a different bike. I can't wait to get the Tubliss setup for my rims so I can try some low pressures.

Video of Casparis:

Video of Creek Falls:

Friday, September 30, 2011

Google Maps Helicopter View

The new 3D animated view could be really useful for route planning.

Read the story on Mashable.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Laurel Highlands Ride 9/25/2011

I met up with RCR member JeffB in the South Hills area and we headed down 51S towards Ohiopyle. We took our first short break at Linden Hall.

From there we snaked our way on some fun back roads to Mt. Davis, the highest point in Pa.

After a few pictures from the observation tower we headed towards Meyersdale for some lunch. We stopped at a morgue-turned-restaurant called The Morgeun Toole Company.

After lunch we rode up to check out the windmills. I hadn't been close to one before, even though I've driven by them dozens of times on the turnpike. They are pretty impressive.

After that we did some exploring and eventually ended up in Laurel Mountain State Park and then through Linn Run State Park. We took another break in Ligonier for some cheesecake and a tasty beverage.

The route to Ligonier:


Jeff put together a really great route. We hit a lot of nice fast gravel and dirt roads and even found a bit of mud. The pavement we road was smooth and twisty. The awesome scenery, along with some pretty nice weather, made the 300 miles easy.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

9/18/2011 Ride

The No Destination Ride.

I met up with some of the RCR guys for breakfast and after some procrastination in choosing a direction we headed north to Goddard State Park.

After a short break, we rode over to Pymatuning to feed the fish.

A few of the guys went home at that point, and the rest of us headed for the original Quaker Steak and Lube in Sharon, Pa for lunch.

A beautiful day for riding.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

New! Follow by Email

You can now get updates to this blog by email. Look for the "Follow by Email" box in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

Contour Releases a Waterproof Camera, the ContourRoam

I'll be looking forward to reading some reviews on this unit. 

Read the story on Engadget

Finally! Google Releases it's Blogger iPhone App

On my TAT ride I used the Wordpress iPhone app to update that blog and it was handy when there was no wi-fi. I want to get to the point where I don't need to bring a netbook on long rides. This app will be a big help in that endeavor.

Read the full story on The iPhone Blog (TiPb)

App Store Link 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

RCR City Ride 9/1/2011

The biggest turn out yet, 19 bikes tearing around Pittsburgh!

Friday, August 19, 2011

RCR City Run 8/18/2011

A great night ride through and around Pittsburgh, Pa.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Mines & Meadows 8/12/2011

My parents came to visit this weekend. My dad brought his ATV and we used a 1/2 off deal from M&M to go check out the mine and the trails.

We did mostly the green and blue trails, as we are both very inexperienced on ATVs (this was pretty much my first time trail riding on it other than messing around behind my house and my parents house). The black trails we were on seemed pretty tame though, I won't hesitate to check them out more if/when I go back. My dad scared me a bit when he tried one of the hill climbs in too high of a gear and stopped 3/4 of the way up and proceeded to back down. I thought he was going over backwards for a second. We also did the mine tour. It was pretty neat and I loved the cool air after being out in the sun.


Good Deal on a Contour HD

Follow the link below for a daily deal on a Contour HD ($139.95, reg $249.99) This looks like a great deal for someone looking for a helmet cam. I've never used this vendor before so I can't comment on their reliability.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Trans West Virginia Trail Loop Day 4

After breakfast Norm led us down the road a few miles to see the Green Bank Telescope (the world's largest fully steerable single aperture antenna).




We then headed back north to continue our route. Day four brought us through more dirt than I anticipated. We started out with some great roads through the Monongahela forest, and then went up and down mountain after mountain on some pretty rocky and rough roads. A few muddy sections and one fairly deep water crossing kept us cool.


Lunch was at the Purple Fiddle. They had good food and live music and it was a nice break.


We continued up and down the mountains until about 4 pm, when we decided it was time to head back to Pa. It was a good decision, as some nasty thunderstorms moved in soon after. We took a direct north then west path back while intermittently getting rained on.

955 miles!


It was a great four days of riding. I really enjoyed the route and the roads. Russ and Norm were great to ride with and kept me entertained with amazing stories when we weren't on the bikes. I'm definitely going to run this loop again. I've got 40GB of video to go through now. I'll get it up on YouTube as soon as I can get it all edited.

Trans West Virginia Trail Loop Day 3

We rode some really nice off-road sections today.



There were also many, many nice paved roads as well. I didn't have the camera mount sorted out completely so I probably didn't get a lot of usable footage, which is too bad. I did catch myself coming into a downhill gravel switchback a little too hot and ending up in a ditch. We hit some really deep and slick mud. One mud hole had a hidden rock that almost resulted in a very wet DRZ, but somehow I managed to keep it up and moving. The motel in Bartow was closed, but luckily Norm knew of a restaurant/motel just down the road so we headed there. The motel we are staying in doesn't have wi-fi, and there is no cell service (or landlines) so this post is late as a result. We lucked out on the weather, not a drop of rain so far. There are some dark clouds moving in though...hopefully it blows over by morning.


Saturday, July 2, 2011

Trans West Virginia Trail Loop Day 2

We ran lots of good roads today. Unfortunately I didn't get a lot of video, as on the very first hero section of the day I dumped my bike and broke the camera mount. I'll have to watch the video to see what happened for sure, but I think I stalled the bike trying to get up the back side of a washout, and when I tried to put a foot down there was nothing there and down I went. My leg was briefly pinned under the bike and I smacked my head off the ground pretty good, but only the camera was injured. On the bright side, Russ had his GoPro running and I have some of his footage to use. We didn't quite make it as far as I wanted to, and it was getting late, so we back tracked a bit to Beckley, WV to find a room. Steaks and beer for dinner and now its lights out.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Trans West Virginia Trail Loop Day 1

Norm, Russ and I were on the road this morning a little after 8:30 am, heading for the WV panhandle. We worked our way south west until we left Pa and started seeing more gravel and less pavement.

Most of the day was back and forth between dirt/gravel and pavement. We had a few off-road sections when we took the alt routes. One took us down a stream bed for a few hundred yards. The shale was covered with that super slick algae that I love and Russ had the good luck to have his front tire wash out on him. His XR didn't want to start up after being on its side but he was able to get it fired up after many kicks.

We made it to our destination of Glenville, WV this afternoon. We got a room at the Conrad Motel and headed over to a BBQ spot for some beers, bluegrass, and good grub. We also checked out one of the area bars for a few before heading back to our rooms.


208 miles for the day.