Caveman Fail – Random updates – Sleep-deprived ramblings


So, it’s just about the end of the 1st quarter of the year, and My New Year’s resolutions are falling to pieces.

I had some pretty gruesome dental surgery done early last month, which gave me a ready-made excuse to live entirely off Shamrock Shakes and mashed potatoes for the past six weeks. I’m no paleontologist, but I’m pretty sure Shamrock shakes were not available to cavemen.

My weight loss has pretty much stalled out at around 20 pounds for the year, and I need to get back on the wagon with the whole Paleo thing.

According to ISO 8601, this is the 12th week of the year, and I’m down 20 pounds, so I’m still ahead of my one-pound-per-week plan, but just barely.

In bicycling news, I’m still getting my new Cross-Check put together, but I’m having some trouble fendering the massive 700×47 Schwalbe marathons, which has me pulling my hair out. I really don’t want to buy a smaller pair of tires, so I may just end up having to live with a skunk stripe on wet days.

Surly says the CC frame will take 700×45 with fenders, and the 700x47s I have only really measure 41.5mm wide on the rims I’m using. I thought everything would work, but maybe Surly meant it would take things labeled as 45, which are actually much smaller than that in real life, I don’t know.

In any event, I want the bike together for the PA Walks and Bikes Summit on May 4th (mark your calendars!)

We’re also having our Bike-The-Burg local advocacy meeting this Wednesday (March 30th) at the Midtown Scholar Bookstore from 7-9PM. If you like bikes, and want to talk about bike advocacy and whatnot, come to the Bookstore at 7.

4 thoughts on “Caveman Fail – Random updates – Sleep-deprived ramblings

  1. Sorry to hear about the dental work, that sounds awful. Sounds like you’re on the mend now though.

    As for the fenders, I imagine it depends on the specific tires and fenders you’re attempting to use. Hope you figure it out!

  2. George McNally

    What fenders do you run? I run these on my Specialized 29er…..

    I currently have a set of Shwalbe Big Apple 29er tires (they are HUGE) and the fenders totally cover the tires no problem. You *might* have to trim the fenders a bit where they run through the seat stays but other then that-they should be fit and forget.

  3. I was trying to use the Velo Orange 48mm Fluted Fenders. I just ordered a pair of the 52mm ones. Hopefully those will fit. I think the 48mm ones will work on my Trek 520, so I’ll have high-zoot fenders all around.

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