Friday, March 30, 2007

Soma Juice...

The new Soma Juice I mentioned way back here. is finally done. Actually, it has actually been completed for a month or so. Thus far it has been mostly ridden around town and with the family 'trailer bike in tow', though it has also been on a couple Forest Park rides (Forest park is a huge urban park here in Portland. The trailhead is about 1 mile from my new office, so hitting the trails at lunch will become a sweet summer time activity). The first time in "The Park", I basically stayed on the dirt road that leads through it cause everything was pretty mucky. Today however I rode with a coworker (on a geared bike no less) and we hit the firelanes - Up firelane 1 to Skyline, down firelane 2 firelane 3 and then down lower firelane 1 to hwy 30 and back to the office. It was still pretty muddy on the firelanes, but all in all worth it as I really got to get the feel for the bike.

I love the way it rides - I'm really not seeing much in the way of rear wheel drag (some people complain about 29er bikes feeling like boat anchors when you get them going). The thing climbs like a monkey on crack! I opted for a rigid carbon fork on the bike, so that definately makes it feel different, climbing is much much nicer...

Anyway, I'm stoked on the bike. A shout out to Stan @ Soma and to the guys at Cyclepath for helping me pull together all the missing components.

The stats:
  • Soma 29er Juice Frame
  • Black Chris King Headset
  • Pace Carbon 29er fork
  • Easton Seatpost
  • IRD Seatpost clamp
  • WTB Speed V titanium rails
  • RaceFace AlloyAir bars
  • RaceFace Prodigy stem
  • ODI Lock on Grips
  • SRAM 9.0 levers
  • Avid BB.7 Mechanical Disc Brakes & Rotors
  • Avid Full Metal Jacket Brake Cable System
  • RaceFace Turbine (old school) cranks
  • RaceFace 36T Chainring
  • Time Z Atac petals
  • Shimano Square Taper Ultegra BB
  • BBG Bashguard
  • Avid 8 spd chain
  • Bontrager Race Disc wheels with ‘Gusset’ single speed converter
  • IRC Mythos F&R 2.1 29er tires


  • Zefal Bottle Cage
  • Specialized ‘Turbo’ Odometer
  • Jand Mountaineering seat wedge
  • 2 Spot Brand ‘rocket’ chain tensioners

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

See Mom, you had nothing to worry about...

Heavy metal 'a comfort for the bright child'

By Nic Fleming, Science Correspondent

Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 21/03/2007

Intelligent teenagers often listen to heavy metal music to cope with the pressures associated with being talented, according to research.

The results of a study of more than 1,000 of the brightest 5% of young people will come as relief to parents whose offspring, usually long-haired, are devotees of Iron Maiden, AC/DC and their musical descendants.

Thursday, March 08, 2007


Just got back from a week in Tahoe. We timed it right and got there in the middle of a snowstorm. Excellent week, and one of the first vacations I've had in awhile where I actually felt like I vacationed.... I made a conscious effort to not check email, voicemail etc.

Anyway: The highlights: Lots of fun in the snow. A couple days of phat snowboarding (it snowed 3 feet while we were there) and we got Kendall up on ski's for the first time. Pictures coming soon!