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  • Peter Nikolaidis 7:50 am on September 25, 2009 Permalink  

    Sinister Retrograde Chain Suck 

    I’ve been trying to decide on my next mountain bike. I really like my old Tomac Six Shooter – a versatile, light, nimble all-mountain bike. However, for some of the trails I tackle, something a little heavier-duty is called for. (More …)

    • PeterM 8:56 am on September 28, 2009 Permalink

      A. I do not like impromptu math tests this early in the morning.
      B. I think you should ask Doon to replace any parts of the drive train that he has not yet replaced. Since there is enough wear on the chain and front rings to cause the level of chain suck you are experiencing, I would be concerned about the level of wear on the rear gears as well. If, after everything is replaced, the bike rides well (which it should) buy it. It is a sweet bike.
      C. Despite my advise above, I hate the fact that each time I upgrade to a new bike you one–up me and get an even better bike.

  • Peter Nikolaidis 7:52 am on September 24, 2009 Permalink  

    Koshinage and Sensei Flashbacks 

    Last night, fighting a cold, I led our weekly Wednesday night Aikido basics class at the dojo here. For the second week in a row, we covered basics of koshinage (hip throw), and did drills to help build leg strength, as well as to build the kinesthetic memory and response which enables one to perform a koshinage without having to stop and think about it. Koshinage has also always been one of my weakest techniques, as the transition to my weak knee has usually been an iffy proposition at best, so I can always use the practice. (More …)

  • Peter Nikolaidis 10:06 am on September 11, 2009 Permalink  

    Book Review: The Power of Full Enagement 

    I recently finished reading The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. As the subtitle indicates, “Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal.” (More …)

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