Rider tip #3 – Be nice to your gloves

Gear ReviewGloves are one of those things we become intimately familiar with, and something you will love or hate after just a few rides.  Most other pieces of equipment you can tolerate their shortcoming, but gloves can make or break ride comfort.

Gloves aren’t cheap either, so stop ruining them when you’re taking them off.  Instead of pulling them off by the fingers, try this method.

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Memorial Day GMR

rideIconI took a couple vacation days over Memorial Day weekend and ended it by hitting GMR, aka Glendora Mountain Road.  I’ve been up there many times, and lately been going more due to its proximity to home.  It’s a darn good road that’s not usually busy off-peak.  Jon had never been, surprisingly, so that sealed the deal.  I’m by no means an expert at GMR, far from it, but I know enough to take someone who has never been.

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Cycleport Racing Gloves

Gear ReviewI’ve been wearing the same gloves for several years now and they’re starting to show their age.  I stopped by the Yellow Devil Gear Exchange closing-sale and found some Cycleport gloves left over.  The price was right and they fit pretty well so I scooped them up.  I’d known about Motoport/Cycleport for a couple years, but only from their jackets.  A couple of the local guys had gotten full suits and jackets from them and were very happy.  I’m really picky about my gloves, but based on the price of these I felt OK giving them a shot.  Now that I’ve worn them for a couple months it’s time to make some observations.

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Two steps forward

Interesting observation yesterday afternoon, commuting home:

I was doing my normal thing, lane sharing in the carpool lane.  I happened to pass a red Jeep Wrangler which was only remarkable because it had something with feathers in the back seat.  I don’t know if it was a bird or a piece of art or whatever, I didn’t pay much attention other than seeing some feathers sticking up over the seat.

Ten miles and ~15 minutes later, I’m exiting the freeway to get home and for whatever reason the left turn lane is backed up.  I don’t like lane sharing on off ramps so I’m waiting my turn like everyone else.  Finally get up to the front, stopped at the red, and what pulls up beside me?

A red Jeep Wrangler with some feathery thing in the back seat.  Two steps forward, two steps back.

2015 Birthday Ride – Crystal Lake

rideIconIf you pay any attention to the Two Slow OC Instagram account, you have hopefully figured out that it was my birthday this week.  I was lucky enough to get a couple days off work to celebrate and just chill.  It was great being able to hang out with family and friends a little bit and live the life of a Gentleman Adventurer.  The adventures weren’t very grand, but fun nonetheless.  What started out as a wet ride ended up being a cold foggy adventure and a cold pint at a new-to-me spot.  More below…

Trying a new place #craftbeerlife

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Ducati Monster chain and sprockets

techIconReplacing a chain and sprockets isn’t really hard, even when you’re like me and don’t have all the right tools.  You can get it done.  There’s nothing magical about doing it on a dual swingarm Ducati.  Process for a single-sided swingarm is different, but relatively the same.  I replaced mine the other day and took some pictures of the process, hopefully this will help you feel confident enough to do it yourself.

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Rider tip #6 – Change your grips

Gear ReviewLately my bike had been acting a little tired. Slow to spool up, hesitant at low speed, running choppy at small throttle openings.  I figured it was just a 10 year old 75,000 mile bike showing its age.

But then the other day I noticed when I was twisting the throttle, the grip was moving but the throttle tube wasn’t. I tried solving it with some light adhesive but that didn’t work. Continue reading