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  • concreteguy 6:27 pm on April 27, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Some garden shots 

    The Square Foot Garden is coming along well. Should have some stuff to eat soon.




    • Jeremy 8:10 pm on May 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the pics, I was about to start my own experiment in square foot gardening this week.

    • bibliosk8 8:14 pm on May 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      The mixture he recommends of 1/3 coarse vermiculite, 1/3 compost, and 1/3 mulch really works — that stuff will frickin grow anything. Its crazy.

  • concreteguy 3:32 am on April 21, 2008 Permalink | Reply  


    OK, the experiment in Squarefoot Gardening is going well. The stuff is growing. Here’s a pic.


  • concreteguy 3:12 am on April 16, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: giant atx 750, tange fork   

    New fork on the bike… 

    Got a new fork on my mountain bike last week, and got it put on my bike this week. It is a Tange fork — very nice CrMo fork. The whole bike is a bit lighter and more nimble now, and more efficient too.

    giant atx 750

  • concreteguy 9:35 pm on April 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cycling in traffic   

    Riding in traffic 

    Here’s a good video from Kent’s Bike blog, about riding in traffic.


    Not sure where this video was filmed. Wow — the motorists all seem so reasonable. Very lacking in aggressive assholes in massive pickups — must not be Texas.  Good riding tactics though, for sure.

  • concreteguy 12:48 am on April 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: crown race, loose headset   

    Loose headset 

    Last night a friend came over and helped me put a new, rigid fork on my mountain bike. The fork works great — and the bike is a lot lighter.

    We tried and tried, but we simply could not get all the play out of the threadless headset. There’s not much, but it’s enough to drive a perfectionist crazy.  And I mean we tried everything. My buddy is a great bike mechanice – he knows what he’s doing.

    The headset, like the bike, is about 12 years old. It was being used with a suspension fork, and I suspect some difference in the steerer tube, down right about the crown, may be causing the problem. I think the crown race and the other parts down there might be sort of permanently tweeked to the the suspension fork. So I’m thinking I may have to get a new headset. Gonna take it to the big bike store tomorrow and get their opinion. We’ll see. I know one of the mechanics down there, and he is a magician.

    EDIT: Ok, taking the bike in today. I’m an idiot. I had no idea the crown race needs to be pressed on the fork’s crown. There is too much to know. Skateboards are much simpler.

  • concreteguy 11:37 pm on April 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Tour of Dallas 

    Yesterday I rode in my first bike event — the Tour of Dallas — with my friend Matt and his daughter Zoe. We rode the short route, which was originally planned to be 8 miles, but after a no-show by the company contracted to cone-off the bike route, it was changed to a little over nine miles. Not big deal for us, but for a young girl on a single speed bike, it was a great challenge, and Zoe did a fantastic job.

    The ride benefitted the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. I’m not sure how many people rode in this event, but it was several thousand at least. My number was in the 3000s.

    It was great to get out with lots of other riders and take over the streets. The Dallas Police were there to stop traffic and even ride along. It should be like this all the time. Cars suck.

    Anyway, here I am.


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