Welcome The Wrob to the blogroll. Please make suitable noises of pleasant surprise.
Running fixed gear or single speed this winter, and trying to figure out what your gearing is, what it would be with different combos of tires, cogs and chainrings? Trying to figure out what your cadence is at given speeds without dropping another $40 for a bike computer with cadence for the rat fixie? Check out the Human Powered Vehicle gear calculator, a handy utility website, now also added to the blogroll. Oh yeah, and if you were wondering, I'm running about 67 gear inches, which allows a nice combination of zone 2 training (about 17.5 / 18 MPH at 90 RPM) and big ring drills on the uphills.
We're picking up a dog tomorrow with a little luck, a "smooth" or short haired collie named Bandit. I can't wait. He's a rescued dog. We've met him before, he's a lovely, smart dog. I'm thrilled to death, I've been dog-less for three or four years. That's too long. Here's what he looks like:
We had been looking at German Shepherds and similar breeds, and only came across collies thanks to a visit to the Scottish Games a month or so ago. It turns out they have a lot of characteristics that make them really good family dogs. I never really liked the long haired collies, but the short haired ones are just gorgeous. Both variations are smart, very trainable, generally easy going, good with kids and usually with cats, and very companionable. I'll give you updates, of course. Meanwhile, if you're interested in finding out more about collies, here's our local collie rescue organization, SaveCollies.org.