Baby Powder your tires as well as your tubes

I may not be the last person to figure this out; however, I feel like it. I apply talc (baby powder) to my tubes to restrict pinch flats and ease all sorts of issues. And to speed finding objects in my tires I always mount the same way, the label on the tire is bisected by the nipple, which always leaves the last section of the tire to pull over the wheel at the same place. Today I applied a fine coat of baby powder just to the inside of that one section and pow! the whole tire simply glides on with no effort, and this one is rigid. Try this trick if you have ever had any issues at all with your tire, skip this if you really like to wince and grunt and have sore palms after the last bit of the tire goes on. Time saved is time to ride, and this will pay off on the road for your buddies who wait as well.

Dixie Mountain

Did this ride Memorial Day, 2009 for the first time.

I tried to input it via MapMyRide.com which put out a nice map, but was miserable to work with as I was using the free version and not the paid version so every point you edit it scrolls off the screen. So far, that leaves me with Google Maps and that became as time consuming as anything else. So far, 30 minutes wasted and no maps. Great tools out there, but is it any wonder they are robustly used.

Report Collisions

My wife observed the results, the car did stop and assist, a collision outside Movie Madness on Belmont.  I reminded her to post on BikePortland.org and specifically could not remember the link to the reporting database:

B-SMaRT ~ Bike Safety Monitoring and Reporting Tool
community based data to improve bike safety

http://bikeportland.org/closecall/home.php

A reminder to post when you see an incident so the community can keep aware of the statistics and that some can follow up when and where further attention as well as care are needed.

Ride safe!

Find the Gnomes Ride

From the book Rubber To The Road a web site Rubber to the Road is produced by Dave Guettler. Ride information for this website is compiled and written by Jacob Erker. Rides from the print series by Peter Marsh and Otis Rubottom.

I did the Find the Gnomes ride which has a detailed map at GPSies.com http://www.gpsies.com/map.do?fileId=jrprsomieuxgofth.

Megan went with me and we did not see one Gnome AND I missed the left hand turn on Skyline after Germantown Rd and so cut the ride short.