Wednesday, April 12, 2006

its back

Finally got the blog fixed, still waiting on the resized header but at least everything is working again. I think that Mr. Kerkove has a secret agenda against me by suggesting that I use the K1 Black template. Damn thing was riddled with problems. Next time that you need a house designed that will fall down Jeff, you let me know, I’d be happy to help. ( Thankfully my brother is a computer geek and was able to help me get things sorted out, I feel like a monkey banging two rocks together when it comes to this stuff.

Managed to get in a couple of great rides in the past 24 hours, rode the Dos home yesterday, hitting most of the available single track on the way. Everything seems to be coming together as far as fit goes so I should be ready to rock when the SRAM stuff comes in next week (hopefully).

This morning, I rode the road steed in and took a very nice alternate route. With my new work location, I now have some great road options to select when time allows and when time is short, I can still get in a quick 12 miles. I did underestimate mother nature this morning though, it turns out it was a bit cooler than I anticipated and I almost lost a couple of digits because my hands were so damn cold. Weird because nothing else was cold and I was fairly lightly dressed, the junk didn’t even get cold. Guess I’ll have to pay more attention to the temps when I leave in the mornings. I totally can’t wait until I can wear just shorts and a long sleeve jersey every morning and not have to think about it.

While I’m on the topic of cool weather clothes, what the frig is up with undershirts? I love them for cool to cold weather rides because they can make a hug difference in comfort but I don’t see how they can help keep you cool in warm weather. Does anybody buy into this? Considering the body’s primary cooling mechanism is sweat evaporation, it seems that these undershirts would only make you hotter by wicking the sweat away before the evaporative action can take place. I know that I’ve tried my undershirt on warm-ish weather rides and it makes me way hotter. Am I just a freak here or do other people feel the same? Seems like a bunch of marketing nonsense to me.

4 comments:

Jason said...

Yo,

I used to think the same thing about the undershirts. I did get a couple of the Bikeman ones that Alan was offering and they do make a difference, here's what I've noticed: With just the jersey the sweat gets wicked away from skin and allows it just to sit on the outside of the jersey, air hits makes warm sweat feel like cool water. The wicking shirt adds a layer that resists sweat and keeps you dryer. Now will I wear them when it's 98*? Probably not, but for my races (the shortest being 6 hours) I'm sure they will help with varrying temps. Try one. I think you'll dig it.

rick said...

ahhh, but thats my point. If the inner layer keeps you drier in warm weather it doesn't allow the sweat to evaporate and cool you...

Jason said...

BUT it does, it never gets wet. Trust me it does. Takes the sweat away from the skin to the outer layer, dries and keeps you fresh as a daisy :)

rick said...

I declare shinanigans! Everybody get their brooms!