Friday, February 27, 2009

Lead or follow

Bought a couple of magnetic sings so as we follow the group hopefully we'll be more visiable on the foggy mornings.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Trip Scheduling

Sunday 8 AM - Depart VA Hospital Dallas.
Lunch - On-route lunch in Milford, or Mertens.
Sunday Night - Czech Inn (
NOTE: On-Line registration is not working, call 254-826-0900

Monday AM - Depart West
Lunch - In/Near Southern Waco - PR?
Night - Temple/Belton - La Quinta Belton
229 West Loop 121, Belton, TX 76513

Tuesday AM - Depart Temple/Belton
Lunch - in/near Granger
Night - Pflugerville/Austin
-La Quinta Round Rock South $89 for 2 beds

Wednesday AM - Depart for Mellow Johnny's to Link up with WWP party.
Noon - Join/assist at WWP bike-fitting. Present Handcycle(s)to BAMC.
Night – Holiday Inn South
4892 W US Highway 290, Austin, Texas 78735

Thursday AM - Austin LSS Challenge, leave WWP party at most advantageous point to move toward San Antonio.
Lunch in San Marcos or New Braunfels, depending.
Night - 3855 IH-35 North, San Antonio, TX 78219, phone 210-226-4361

Friday AM - Present Handcycle(s) to BAMC reps
Friday AM - Begin ride with WWP party, splitting off toward Corpus at best opportunity- probably the Alamo.
Friday PM -Late lunch around Floresville
Friday PM - Wave at Priscilla.
Night - Best Western Portland
608 E Broadway St Portland, TX 78374

Saturday AM - take vehicles over bridge for LSCC Registered ride.
Saturday PM - Depart Corpus for DFW(?)

Steve Barlow
Paul Hakes, Sr. Paul Hakes, Jr.
Clifton Montgomery, Daniel Montgomery, Myra Montgomery
Marcelo Nobrega, Samantha Nobrega
Robert Powell
David Hill

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Room Reservations for the Ride

Folks, I've done a little searching along the route. Wednesday and Thursday we will be able to stay at the same hotel with the WWP I think. Dave will probably be able to firm that up with Woody once we get our final headcount. Here's what I found for the other nights:

Sun Mar 8 - West
- Czech Inn ( $89 for 2 beds
- NOTE: On-Line registration is not working, call 254-826-0900

Mon Mar 9 - Temple/Belton
- La Quinta Belton $79 for 2 beds

Tue Mar 10 - Pflugerville/Austin
- La Quinta Round Rock South $89 for 2 beds

Wed Mar 11 - Austin w/ WWP Group
- HIExpress South

Thu Mar 12 - San Antone w/ WWP Group
- HI San Antonio

Fri Mar 13 - Portland
- Best Western $89 for 2 beds (1-800-780-7234)


Friday, February 20, 2009

Wrench Night results.

Wrench night went - okay. The cranks and bottom bracket came with a lot of extra spacers and shims for different-sized shells, and no labels or instructions, so it took awhile, but we got those sorted and the cranks eventually installed just fine.

The LBS I ordered the new brake levers from last week apparently decided that when, (after some research), I specifically ordered a pair of "Dia-Compe Tech 77 Straight BMX levers with a 7/8" hinged clamp" that what I REALLY wanted was a set of "Dia Compe Model X Aero Road levers". Doom on me, I didn't check to make sure, hence I didn't have the levers to install last night. I did get to spend a significant amount of time trying to figure out the best way to install them when they DO get here next Thursday, so I'll be ready and get them on when they're in and the job will be done.

To the credit of the local bike shop in question, they did send one of their better wrenches out to help with the work. He knocked a good bit of cussing and head-scratching out of the bottom bracket installation, and they're donating the levers when they come in, to RollAid, so there's no bad feelings there - They're still an awesome shop.

We tried installing a single brake lever on the vertical tube under the bottom bracket shell. I've seen some handbikes set up like that, and it would be an ambidextrous way to mount the brake.

The complication with that is that (1) I decided not to put the shifters on the handpedals and leave them on the downtube so there's not much room for the brake lever and (2) that tube is a 25.4mm tube and I can't find a good lever with a clamp that'll fit. What I'm gonna do is put the brake levers on the sidebars like on this bike. Since the bike in the picture has two brake calipers and mine has one, I'll have to use a cable doubler to run cables from both brake levers to the single caliper.

I decided not to mount the shifters on the handpedals and leave them on the downtube so that the rider can shift either derailleur with either hand, the cables won't get wound around the handpedals, and downtube shifters are vastly more durable and forgiving of error than the STI or trigger shifters I'd planned to put on. Hand-mounted controls would be cooler, but ultimately less useful on a bike with multiple riders. Pics as soon as I get my paws on them.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Handbike upgrade parts are in!

Thanks to Doug Exum, I picked up the goodies needed to make the handbikes easier to shift and brake.

Thursday night, some friends and I will do the install, and get things ready to present down in Austin. Pics will be forthcoming.

Tate, can I lay hands on the push bumper sometime this week, too?

Monday, February 16, 2009

RollAid Roll Call! Who's really 'IN'?

If you're riding with us in the Coast to the Coast this year, I need your full, legal name to provide to the WWP ride director. Please email these to me at

Even, if you KNOW that I know that you're going, email me anyway to make sure I have your name correct.