April 13, 2003

Boy, what a relaxing weekend. On Saturday I went to a congrats-you're-going-to-have-a-baby party for two people in the Berger lab (the one I want to join). While there I talked a few people into starting an MCB homebrewing label (sort of like the brewing I did while I was in Phi Sigma at UPS). One person wants to call the label "MCBrewing". But since we've got access to all sorts of crazy yeast strains, I want us to actually use them and call ourselves "Mad Cow Beer". We could have "[PSI+] Stout" and "Prion Porter" and "Hsp70-defect Hefeweizen".

On a less geeky note, I stretched my conches up to 6ga today (Sunday). The right ear hurt a bit, but I barely even noticed the left. I don't really have an end goal in mind, so I guess I'll just stop whenever I see a size I like.

I think I mentioned putting some upgrades on my bike a few weekends ago (just before a ride). Next on the list is a new front cog, cranks, and bottom bracket. So I thought I'd post a sort of before/after picture. On the top are the old front cogs that are still on my bike. In the middle are the new rear cogs (and derailleur) that I just bought. And on the bottom is something to make you say, "Awwwwwwwww."




Thank you, and goodnight.

Posted on April 13, 2003 07:28 PM


Posted by: dianna on April 14, 2003 10:02 AM

MMMMM XT goodness. I remember the day when I made that upgrade. It was a happy day. So, did you get a new chain too? My advice for you: if you didn't get a new chain, get one, as well as new cranks or chainrings because drivetrains like to be all new, or all old. If you run a nice new cassette with an old chain, the chain will eat the precious pretty teeth on the cassette like a cock-whore eating tacos on a Saturday night. The last time I got a new chain/cassette, I had to replace a chainring on my crankset as well because it was doing horrible things in combination with the new chain. After I put on the new chainring though, all was well.

Posted by: Doug on April 14, 2003 05:13 PM

Yup, there's a new chain on there, too. I have noticed some badness running the old crankset with new everything-else. But it'll cost over $100 for new crankset and bottom bracket, so I'm going to have to grin and bear it for a little bit.
Or maybe I should just shell out the $$, anyway. It would be a shame to get new rear parts and then drastically shorten their lifespan by being stubborn and using them with a really old crankset.

Posted by: Jacob on April 15, 2003 11:29 AM