Café Upgrade

Today I installed a new chainring on the Café Century.
It originally came with an FSA VERO TRIPLE 50x39x30T, so I picked up a new old stock FSA VISION 53T chainring. This thing is a carbon clad aluminum ring. I just came in from a quick 10 minute ride to set the shift and tab. It seems to work pretty, pretty good.

Café with new gear
Café with new gear

Vision 53T
Vision 53T

So I will take it out tomorrow for a proper spin, cheers!

” Every time that wheel turns ’round, you’re bound to cover just a little more ground.” -Jerry Garcia

Dave’s Visit Part’s II & III

Part II
Five months later I am adding some more pictures of my brother Dave’s trip to AZ in December 2015.
We visited the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale and it was a cool place to spend a day. We could have spent 2 days as it closed on us before we saw everything.

The accordion display

The accordion display

Accordians

Accordians


Dave doing his best sneer and the Evis suit.

Dave doing his best sneer and the Evis suit.


Dave rockin the see me feel me room

Dave rockin the see me feel me room


Dave standing in for the tour guide

Dave standing in for the tour guide


Part III
The white Tank mountains and the waterfall pool
BEWARE!

BEWARE!


Scenic Information

Scenic Information


Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs


Dave and the suguaro

Dave and the saguaro


Close to the waterfall

Close to the waterfall

Bird bath

Bird bath

At the pool

At the pool

Waterfall pool II

Waterfall pool II

Dave and I

Dave and I

Fun days on Dave’s vacation

Café Century Hybrid Bike

In the search for a all purpose city, trail, path, and commuter bike I sprung for a 2016 Motobecane Café Century bike. This thing is about the most affordable carbon frame bike I could find. I opted for the 58cm V-brake version over the disc simply because I have wheelsets that are compatible, plus the frame itself accommodates up to 40c tire width. It has an adjustable stem, FSA 175mm cranks, 50-39-30 chainring, 9 speed 11-32 Tooth SRAM cassette, Shimano 441 shifters, RD-M591-L rear and FD-R453 front mechs. So of course I had to add my own touches. Relatively lightweight platform/clip pedals, these things work great so far. A Selle Italia saddle, very comfy on a 10 mile ride so its a keeper. Jagwire cables, silver housing for shift with inline adjusters, red housing for brakes. Locking ergo soft rubber grips. Koolstop rear brake pads on a Shimano M422 brake. Vuelta 37mm deep wheels with blade spokes, capped with 32c urban tires.

Cafe Century

Broadside Cafe


Saddle

Selle Italia XT


Pedal

Platform/clip pedal


Cockpit

Cockpit


Marker

Trail marker


On the trail

On the trail 4/24/2016


Trails end

End of the road

Dave & Castle Hot Springs Road

My Brother Dave visited from Michigan and it was a blast to hang out with him for a week.
We took a day trip up to Lake Pleasant and drove the Castle Hot Springs Road.

Primitive Road Warning

Primitive Road Warning

It was a nice sunny day around 54°F. We did some sight seeing and hiking near the lake.

Riverbed West of Lake

Riverbed West of Lake

Lake Pleasant Culvert

Lake Pleasant Culvert

Dave and the secret rocks

Dave and the secret rocks

Riverbed bend

Riverbed bend

Hiking out

Hiking out

We drove the road 1/2 way to Morristown.

Dave on the trail

Dave on the trail

The Jeep and me

The Jeep and me

With half our gas gone, we decided to head back. We stopped at a steep mountain wash to dig up and sample some dirt for panning back at home. A herd of wild burros crossed our path.

Burros

Burros

Digging samples

Digging samples

Screening the bigger rocks

Screening the bigger rocks

With a Jeep full of paydirt, we headed back. We made a stop at the “Wild Horse Bar & Grill” for a couple of their tasty burgers. We made it home and relaxed the rest of the evening.
The next day I set up the panning station and we went through our digs.

Me at the pan

Me at the pan

A couple of tips and Dave was a panning pro.

1st pan

1st pan

Getting better

Getting better

All smiles from Dave

All smiles from Dave

That was a fun day for us and only 1 of them, more to come of the Waterfall hike and the Musical Instrument Museum. Stay tuned.

Turkey & Tie Rods

Thursday I cooked my 24th annual Thanksgiving turkey on the grill. Delicious. I am contemplating one more next year to make it an even quarter century and then letting someone else do the cooking.

1/2 hour into it.

Grillin da bird.

Today after recuperating from stuffing myself I tackled my tie rod and drag link on the jeep. A total pain but seems well worth it.

tie rod

tie rod

drag link

drag link

That’s it for now, gonna go make a plate of leftovers for a late lunch.

Mongoose Wheels

I broke off the back half of my front fender on the Mongoose Hatchet this morning.
I put on a new wheelset and cassette on the Hatchet yesterday. WTB Freeride 29 Dual Duty’s with Shimano hubs. Shimano 7 speed cassette and spacer, 13-34 T. I took it out last night for a ride after the temp got down to 103 or so and dropped the chain 3 times. Adjusted the RD and went out this morning, nice and crisp shifts except for indexing the #4 sprocket on an upshift. It hits 4 fine on the downshift. I don’t know if its just a sticky cable or what, but no dropped chains and all other gears are right on. So I snapped the fender off hopping over the stupid landscape rails in my front yard, dang it.

Mongoose wheel

Mongoose wheel

Mongoose wheel

Mongoose wheel

Mongoose wheel

Mongoose wheel

I put some low tread tires on the old wheels too.

Mongoose wheel

And some fenders on the Network , I am really liking this bike around the neighborhood and paved trails.

Mongoose wheel

More Biking

So I have been riding this bike now for a month, it is a great city hybrid bike with 38cm tires. They do not blink turning in wet sidewalks or get caught in expansion cracks. It is a Schwinn Network 3.0

Schwinn Network 3.0

But today I felt the need for speed. I took out the Talon. What a blast. It is so light and the acceleration blows me away.

Talon

And here is a close-up of my frame decal.

Betty

2″ Higher

WOOOOOOOOOO! I finally got the lift pucks on the jeep. It is a subtle lift but makes it look so much better. It also gives the radiator and gas tank 2″ more clearance. The stance is awesome and I really like the fact that my tires still look proportional, instead of like little donuts.
I’ve got about 90 more miles to drive to set in the pucks and springs and then I will have an alignment done.
Check it out.

After2" vs. Stock

After2″ vs. Stock


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Gotta love the rain in Arizona.

Mining Lynx Creek in Prescott National Forest

I took a ride with my friend Carlos and his uncle up to Lynx Creek north of Prescott Saturday,11-29.
It was pretty chilly when we arrived about 9 AM. It was a beautiful sunny day with the rays streaming through the pines lining the creek valley. The creek itself was littered with previous man made pot holes of various sizes. Many people had been looking for gold before us. There was plenty of water trickling down the stream and pools upon pools of iced over digs. A few people had made rock dams, I saw perhaps 5 or so in the mile I covered that day.

First look.

First look.


Sunlight filters in.

Sunlight filters in.

Using my “Garrett AT-Pro” I spent about an hour doing some metal detecting. I uncovered a few shell casings and a couple of rusty cans, and 1 bottle cap. So much for the big nuggets! We headed back to the truck and had a quick bite to eat and loaded up with pans and picks and shovels. It was a trek to get passed the many pot holes close to the parking area but soon the smaller holes thinned out.

Small frozen pot hole.

Small frozen pot hole.


The 1st hole I dug yielded nothing in 3 pans except very cold fingers. The second hole perked me up as it had 2 really nice tiny glittery golden pieces in the 1st pan. The next 3-4 pans had some flour gold in them but not much. I moved on upstream. Carlos was having about the same luck. We hit upon a previously dug hole and he took a sample and panned out a nice little gold piece in the layer just at the red clay line.
Carlos and his uncle try the clay layer.

Carlos and his uncle try the clay layer.


I found the same depth on the creek wall about 10 feet away and started my own hole.
My dig.

My dig.

The first sample pan was not bad, a couple of glints of color. A few more pans added some glitter to my snuffer bottle. This digging and ice cold panning is hard work.
Water is freezing cold.

Water is freezing cold.


We finally moved on to a different spot. We found a granite rock face on the bank that was crumbling and took some samples. We ended up picking and chipping the granite and getting gold out of the veins.
Carlos' uncle.

Carlos’ uncle.

It was not a lot but its still a ton of fun seeing shiny flecks in the last bit of black sand at the bottom of a pan.
Flecks!

Flecks!


All in all it was a fun day. The weather was beautiful. I would say that Lynx Creek is definitely worth the trip. I think I would spend a couple of days though and seriously do a dig I could concentrate on.