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Fighting the crud

I’m at home this morning.  The cold that started coming on last week has really socked me.  My head feels like a round piece of cement and any deep breath brings on a wheezing cough.  Sometimes I feel pretty good and then I swing back to feeling like I have vertigo.

Friday was the last day on the bike.  That is not good because I do hope to be over this in time to make it to this weekend’s Upstate Winter Bicycle League.  The only question then would be will I have the legs and stamina to stay with the group?

Here are some odds and ends things for you since I don’t have a lot to write about with my own riding.

Columbia Kit: I don’t like it.  Is that a skeleton or abdominal muscles outlined on the front of their jersey?  The yellow isn’t too bad — it does help it match the colors of the Scott bicycles (we won’t go there).  The white… I know its European, but I’m not a big fan of white.

Someone mentioned that it looks like they picked up the old Saunier Duvall kits.  That could be… perhaps the skeletor look is supposed to remind us of Rock Racing or something.  Me?  I was starting to like the blue.

Rock Racing: Speaking of Rock Racing… the soap opera continues.  I swung over to Cyclingnews.com in my present stupor and saw the new design of the site and a picture of the $230 jean stitcher on the front page.  I guess the bottom line is they will be around for another six months for sure.  After that?  Stay tuned for As the Crank Turns…

VHoldR: I have appreciated the many comments I have gotten on my videos.  It is a lot of fun to have a record of the rides I participate in.  However, I have to admit it doesn’t help with my enjoyment of the ride.  I have to spend too much time concentrating on getting the shots and riding around with only one hand firmly on the bars.

What is most frustrating is when I do all that and find that my video is corrupted.  I use a camera with a different approach.  It is a helmet mounted camera made by Twenty20.  The VHoldR is very compact.  There are no moving parts and it writes the video to a MicroSD card.

For the most part I have not had trouble with the device until I started trying to record footage while mountain biking.  I would get about a minute of video and then the video would freeze.  The error I got when trying to view it was that the headers were corrupted.

I mentioned it on Twitter and before I knew it, I was contacted by the VHoldR guys asking me what was up.  I explained and they said that I needed a faster MicroSD card.  I went online and found a ScanDisk Premier card that is supposed to give me what I need.  Now, I just have to get better so I can get back out to the trail and give it a test.