Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thoughts on the Chili Wiener

After I posted about the Chili Wiener I realized I forgot to mention a few things.

The chili I made was much hotter than I normally make.  The night befosony_as200v_1109327re I tried a bowl and my teeth went numb and all I could say was, “Wowsa!”  The wife couldn’t eat more than a spoonful.  Now that I’ve had a few bowls I think it is my best.

I took the video using my new Sony AS200V action cam.  It is a nifty little camera that
allows ten hours or more of video.  The quality of the video is superb.  Much better than YouTube shows.  Best of all it has built-in anti-vibration so that the videos have a smoother feel.  It has tons of options and
does far more than I will ever need. I attached it to the bike via the K-Edge Go Big Camera Mount.  The camera mount is rock solid.  I haven’t tested it out but supposedly you get two and a half hours on a battery charge.  I bought two extra batteries with an extra charger.  When I got home, edited the video down to ten minutes or so I told the wife about it.  The conversation went like this:

Me: I finalized the vidKedgeeo of my bike ride.  Do you want to see it?

Wife: It’s just you riding your bike. right?

Me: Yeah

Wife: Any deer or interesting wildlife?

Me: No

Wife: So it’s just you riding your bike?

Me: Yeah

Wife: Oh boy, put it on.

The wife being a non-cyclist was underwhelmed whereas I was excited.  It works just like it is supposed to.  The software that came with it overlays the speed, distance and other info on the screen.  Then I put it into Adobe Premiere Elements and added a title and edited it down to it’s final state.


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Posted by on March 8, 2016 in Uncategorized


I Rode the Chili Wiener Bike Ride 2016

Yesterday was the Chili Wiener Ride.

I got up to a bad weather forecast.  It said the roads were icy and it was cold.  Then I checked my email and there was one from Long Distance Cycling Cleveland group.  These guy ride all of the time in all kinds of weather.  They posted this, “The roads are not safe today. Let’s try it again tomorrow.” 

I put the chili and bike in the car and got dressed.  With my tights and insulated jersey the cold shouldn’t be a problem.  Icy roads were a concern but it didn’t look bad.  I would decide when I got there.

I dropped off my chili about a half-hour before the ride was to begin.  Not many people were there.  Most seemed to be put off by the weather reports.  I was sure I was going to ride as the roads didn’t look too bad and I was itching to try my new Sony AS200 ActionCam.

We had only four show to ride and one had a flat tire.  I gave her my extra tube but it was presta and her bike was setup for schrader so we had to wait as it was patched.

We got on the road and it was cold.  Luckily I had some nice insulated cycling gloves.  They made all the difference.  We decided to take a shorter route and stay on the MUP (Multi-User Path).  We went to Kipton and back.  Easy first ride with no one going too fast.  Too cold and too early in the season for that.  When we got to Kipton I found that they extended the path.  Unfortunately it is gravel.  I’m hoping they pave it before too long.

I got a new Sony Actioncam and took video of the ride.  Here it is:

After the ride we had an assortment of chili’s and hot dogs.  Everyone settled in and games popped out.  Of course I pulled out my chess set and won a few games.  All and all it was a very nice way to spend a good part of a Saturday.

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Posted by on March 6, 2016 in Uncategorized


Tomorrow The Chili Wiener

Tomorrow is officially the start of the cycling season for me.  The Silver Wheels Cycling Club is putting on a ride with good food after.

I spent the afternoon creating some great chili.  Normally I don’t make it that hot but I decided to go for it.  This one is so hot that my small test bowl made my teeth numb.  It is going to be even better tomorrow.

Supposed to be a high of forty with snow.  That is better than the last time I rode with them two years ago.   Then it was 30°F.  You can read about that ride HERE.

I won’t be going far but I will be on the bike.  This week is supposed to warm up considerably so I should be able to get on the bike a lot.


I have a lot to talk about and now that the season is starting I will be on here a lot.  I’m excited.

Here are a few pictures from the last Chili Wiener ride I was on.



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Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Uncategorized