itburns Memorial Cogal at West Point 2013

itburns Memorial Cogal at West Point 2013

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@itburns on left

Alcon:  I had the below write up set for the Second West Point Cogal and was ready to send it to Gianni when I heard the news.  It really drives home how “Not Invisible & Imaginary” that we all are.  We will be riding this Cogal with itburns memory in our hearts and his spirit in our peloton.  Please join us if possible in body and if not, in spirit.  RIP, Brother, we said that we would ride another Cogal together and this will have to do until we ride together again in the sky.

I’ll leave the original write up untouched as knowing itburns, he’d appreciate the joke.

West Point Invisible Friends Cogal Part Deux

With respect for my VMH who insists all of you are actually invisible/imaginary friends and questions your true existence, I am hosting another Falling Leaves Cogal at West Point this fall.  It will take place on, Sunday the 20th of October to try to hit the Fall Colours perfectly and will start at my house at V past X.  It will encompass the same route as last year minus the long stretch out to Bull Pond on Rt 293 and adding in a little more on the West Point Campus and in the Town of Cornwall where we will be stopping for lunch.  The Cogal will still finish with the Bear Mountain climb and back through the West Point campus.  The ride will be Casually Deliberate as we will regroup at the top of each climb but beware; there is the proverbial “Shit-ton” of climbing on this route so bring your climbing legs!

This Cogal will give my VMH and me a chance to share our lovely espresso machine that we bought last year for Christmas with everyone.  So bring your own espresso beans if you want to as we have a grinder as well or just show up and share the ones we have.  Also, if you need to, you can crash at our house on Saturday night.  We will provide dinner the night before and breakfast the day off.

Speaking of “Invisible Friends” that reminds me of a joke:  Superman is flying around the world really high in the sky one day and looks down and sees Wonder Woman lying completely naked on her back with her legs spread in a field.  Superman says to himself, “You know, I can fly down there, sneak a super fast one with her and be out of there before she even knows what happens.”  So Superman speeds down, does the deed and heads out in a flash.

Wonder Woman goes, “Holy shit!!!  What the hell was that?!?!?!” and the Invisible Man goes, “I don’t know but my ass sure hurts!!!”

See you on Sunday!

Event Details

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Date/Time
Date - October 20, 2013
10:05 AM - 5:00 PM

Location
Buck's Office

Cogal Details
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// Casually Deliberate (No Drop) // Cogal // Rule VV (Climbing)

  1. @Deakus They are 27/28mm Vittoria Pavé EVO CG Tubulars and I love them. 

    They are all I ride year round, even indoor on the rollers. 

    I have not ridden much at all this year but last year I rode quite a bit on them without any trouble and no flats.  Currently my rear tub has a slow leak and, with the k’s from last year, many thousand k’s in it so I am going to change it out. 

    I just LOVE them and the smooth ride. Might be a bit heavier with the 27/28 mm width but for me and what I am doing, so worth it.

  2. Anyone know where the V pint Cogal ordering link/page is?

    I am getting senile b/c I cannot remember where it is and I looked on the Gear Link and the Overall Cogal’s Home link and I cannot find it in either place.

    It’s probably super easy to find and I am just missing it.  Maybe it is the post-Cogal Blues clouding my vision (or the episode of acute liver failure from Saturday night?)

  3. @roger

    storm castle king trooper highway. closed on sundays to vehicles.

    to the right is the hudson river. to the left is a wall of awesome.

    ours truly, host buck and canuckchuck taking it all in…a truly tranquilo cogal

    V kit and EPMS WTF?

  4. @piwakawaka Mine is a spare tub.  Cannuck’s was a light (I saw it blinking ahead of me on the road all day). 

    Not sure if it was a small satchel as well but I didn’t ask as somethings are just impolite to inquire about, no?

  5. @Buck Rogers quite clearly yours is a tub, the green stripe is a giveaway, if that is just a light on your wing mans bike then I’m not too fat to climb!

  6. @piwakawaka You are correct–I love my Lezyne EPMS and I don’t care who knows it!

    And not only that but if you look very closely, above my left leg (rule 33 compliant I might add) you can see the top of my frame mounted mini pump.

  7. @Buck Rogers What wheels you running those on?

  8. @Nate

    @Buck Rogers What wheels you running those on?

    HED C2 Belgium tubulars with Chris King r45 hubs.

    Built them for Paris Roubaix in the winter of 2012 and then ended up renting a bike from the Pave’ Boys as the deal was too good to pass up and lugging my bike to a two week France trip with the VMH and five kiddos for one day of riding just was not worth it.

    Truly LOVE this wheelset, esp with 28 mm Vit Pave’ tubs..

  9. Opinions on the R45s?

  10. @CanuckChuck

    @piwakawaka You are correct-I love my Lezyne EPMS and I don’t care who knows it!

    And not only that but if you look very closely, above my left leg (rule 33 compliant I might add) you can see the top of my frame mounted mini pump.

    Sigh, alright then, your socks are blue, your skewers are in the wrong position, and hard to tell but is there three?!? spacers under your stem? To go along with the mini pump. Oh, and put it in the big ring Fucktard!! Way to represent.

    BTW thanks for shaving.

  11. @Weldertron

    Opinions on the R45s?

    Best hubs ever? I don’t even own a pair and I assume that. How could they not? And bitchin’ colors too. I will own some before I’m too old to spin. WIll they make me faster, no, happier, yes.

  12. Maybe i should re-phrase.

    Are they worth $700? The 1**$ tool to service them also seems crazy. But that “Mango” is quite nice.

  13. @Weldertron Oh, that question, if they last forever and every time you look down and see that mango color spinning away. There are worse ways to spend $700. washing machine/car/tooth repair.

    And you could end up with this sort of porn…

  14. @Buck Rogers Yeah I seem to recall that’s what they were, but I thought you taco’d them at some point?  I recently came into a similar wheelset; silver spokes and black hubs.  I’ll be mounting some Veloflex 25s on them this week.

  15. @Gianni

    @Weldertron

    Opinions on the R45s?

    Best hubs ever. How could they not? And bitchin’ colors too. I will own some before I’m too old to spin. WIll they make me faster, no, happier, yes.

    This. Worth it if you can get your hands on some, in my old, no longer racing, finally have a little bit of money to buy shit with, opinion.

  16. @Nate

    @Buck Rogers Yeah I seem to recall that’s what they were, but I thought you taco’d them at some point? I recently came into a similar wheelset; silver spokes and black hubs. I’ll be mounting some Veloflex 25s on them this week.

    Yes, the rear wheel was crushed by a little woman in a HUGE FUCK’IN black SUV in Texas with me on the bike.  CrazyAss.  Rebuilt the same exact wheel when the insurance came through.  Best wheelset that I have ever owned.

  17. @Buck Rogers That’s a very neatly folded tub strapped  to your seat post. Nice.

    I love my Vitoria Pavé tubulars, I’ve got a mix of the 27/28mm and the older skinnier version, all good but the fatter ones do give a little more cushioning. Mine are on Nemesis rims and old Dura Ace hubs. They get used all year round as well.

    I used to ride mine on the rollers as well (the combination of tubulars and the DA hubs is so much nicer than the Alex crap that came with the bike) but the rollers seem to be good at pushing through anything stuck in the carcass (possibly due to the high pressures used on the rollers to prevent bobbing about). It’s a bit expensive repairing tubs after training sessions.

  18. @Buck Rogers If he wasn’t stopping down to take pictures, we wouldn’t have seen Roger all day! I’ve still got a retinal image of his fluorescent yellow socks floating away off the front up Bear Mountain.

    MJ summed up the hospitality & all the Velots extended great camaraderie as well – an unbeatable combination. Thanks to all involved.

    Have to pass along one thing that’s really got me down, though. Came home to news that a car accident Sunday claimed a local Weston (CT) cycling veteran I’ve ridden occasionally over the years. Knowing he was one of the best prepared cyclists I’ve ever met is especially sobering.

    Stay safe guys!

  19. @damonhart

    @Buck Rogers If he wasn’t stopping down to take pictures, we wouldn’t have seen Roger all day! I’ve still got a retinal image of his fluorescent yellow socks floating away off the front up Bear Mountain.

    This.

    And sorry to hear about your fellow cyclist, Damon.  That is sad news.

  20. @damonhart

    Have to pass along one thing that’s really got me down, though. Came home to news that a car accident Sunday claimed a local Weston (CT) cycling veteran I’ve ridden occasionally over the years. Knowing he was one of the best prepared cyclists I’ve ever met is especially sobering.

    Stay safe guys!

    I saw that online this morning, hope the police find the second driver who fled and charges are filed. Sorry for the loss of your friend.

  21. @damonhart

    @Buck Rogers If he wasn’t stopping down to take pictures, we wouldn’t have seen Roger all day! I’ve still got a retinal image of his fluorescent yellow socks floating away off the front up Bear Mountain.

    MJ summed up the hospitality & all the Velots extended great camaraderie as well – an unbeatable combination. Thanks to all involved.

    Have to pass along one thing that’s really got me down, though. Came home to news that a car accident Sunday claimed a local Weston (CT) cycling veteran I’ve ridden occasionally over the years. Knowing he was one of the best prepared cyclists I’ve ever met is especially sobering.

    Stay safe guys!

    Just awful, awful, awful.  So sorry to hear about that.  Seems like I am hearing more and more about these types of “accidents”.  Maybe I am just more aware of the news but I fear that it is happening more and more commonly. 

    Again, so awful, so sorry.

  22. @damonhart I’m saddened to hear that news. I was with a dear friend who was involved in a senseless accident this summer and it made me realize the only bad ride is the one I don’t come home from.  Thoughts and prayers to his family and friends

  23. @Buck Rogers

    Anyone know where The V pint Cogal ordering link/page is?

    I am getting senile b/c I cannot remember where it is and I looked on the Gear Link and the Overall Cogal’s Home link and I cannot find it in either place.

    It’s probably super easy to find and I am just missing it. Maybe it is the post-Cogal Blues clouding my vision (or the episode of acute liver failure from Saturday night?)

    Keepers:  How do we order the Cogal V pints?  I must be getting really old because I do not remember.  On the Gear page they have V pints but nothing about the special Cogal ones.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!!!

  24. @Buck Rogers

    Nice photo Buck.

    You know you can fold that tubular under the saddle to become half the size of what you have now.

  25. Listen up West Point Cogal-ettes!  If you want a V pint you need to email me at kbaldwin00@hotmail.com for details on how to get it.  They usually run about $32 dollars not including shipping.  If I do not hear from you by next Friday, you will most probably NOT be able to get one.  All three of us in the heading photo for this Cogal page have one in hand if you are wondering what they look like.  Get back to me in less than a week or you’ll still be drinking your swill from a plastic cup!!!

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