Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Saskatoon Tuesday Nighter

Video Courtesy of peter Steckhan.


Cuylar Conly

Thursday, September 8, 2011

cool morning breeze

It ain't summer anymore.  In the last week I have had a fast transition back to the life of a student.  It's like running full on into waste deep water. School is full on and all structured training has screeched to a halt   It's hard not to notice, and it feels significant.  My non cycling friends even comment that I have become "more human".

   Instead of squeezing in academia, I am now trying to squeeze in some physical activity. More than half my saddle time right now is just riding to and from the University campus.  Speaking of which, I just had a refreshingly crisp ride to school this morning.  Just one more reminder that summer is closing fast.  It makes me wonder; Does school begin because summer ends? Or, does summer end because school begins?

That's just way too deep for me.

Now that I am "commuting", I also think about bicycles in a different way.  For instance.  What if bicycles where like cars?  As a societal institution.  What if everyione rode every day?  I imagine there would be regulations and conventions, much like cars.  In particular I am thinking of the controlled infrastructure commonly reffered to as roads.

If everyone rode every day, there would be considerable bicycle traffic.  With so many people on the roads it would be necissary, from a safety perspective, to regulate the rate of locomotion.  AKA speedl-limits.  Just like with cars, this would be accomplished by posting maximum and minimum speed limits in different areas.  Imagine the bicycle version of residentials, freeways, highways and schoolzones.  Unlike with cars the minimum speed would need to be enforced with greater regularity.  It would be very dangerouse and inconvenient for someone to be traveling less than half the speed on the "freeway".

On the freeway I expect it would not be possible to ride much longer than 2 minutes by yourself.  For extended highspeed travel it would be necissary to band together with a group of mates and "carpool".  Or in this reality, economize your metabolisms.  Imagine a group of one-hundred comuters roaring down the freeway at >50km/hr...      BLISS.

Training shall be based solely on feel,

while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.

Cuylar Conly

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Text Books

Bellow I have posted my text book list.  I guess I have a little shopping to do.  Does anyone have any of these books?  I would like to buy used and save some bones.

University of Saskatchewan - Online Shopping ListPrinted on: September 1, 2011 4:22 pm

BIOC 310 (01) - BiochemistrySep 6th, 2011 to Dec 2nd, 2011
Proteins & Enzymes (Lee, Jeremy S.)
1.Guide To Writing In The Sciences (Recommended)
978-0-8020-8366-1 / 40000029461
Gilpin (Paperback -  Ed. 01)
Price: $20.95+GST

2.Lehninger Principles Of Biochemistry (Recommended)
978-0-7167-7108-1 / 40000123666
Nelson (Hardcover - 2008 Ed. 05)
Price: $140.95+GST

3.Lehninger Principles Of Biochemistry Absolute Ultimate Guide (Recommended)
978-1-4292-1241-0 / 40000123667
Nelson (Paperback - 2008 Ed. 05)
Price: $66.95+GST

4.Lehninger Principles Of Biochemistry Loose Leaf Version (Recommended)
978-1-4292-2263-1 / 40000146727
Nelson (Paperback -  Ed. 05)
Price: $80.95+GST

PHYS 252 (01) - PhysicsSep 6th, 2011 to Dec 2nd, 2011
Foundations Of Modern Physics (Steele, Thomas G.)
5.Modern Physics (Required)
978-0-534-49339-4 / 40000073157
Serway (Hardcover - 2004 Ed. 03)
Price: $209.95+GST

RLST 314 (61) - Religion & CultureSep 6th, 2011 to Dec 2nd, 2011
Contemporary Catholic Thought (Hrynkow, Christopher)
6.Amazing Church (Required)
978-2-89507-570-7 / 40000159380
Baum (Paperback - )
No Price Available

7.Evening Thoughts (Required)
978-1-57805-130-4 / 40000159387
Berry (Paperback - )
Price: $25.95+GST

8.Models Of Contextual Theology (Required)
978-1-57075-438-8 / 40000159386
Bevans (Paperback - )
No Price Available

9.Put Down Your Sword: Answering The Gospel Call To Creative Non-Violence (Required)
978-0-8028-6357-7 / 40000159415
Dear (Paperback - )
No Price Available

10.What Happened At The Vatican Ii (Required)
978-0-674-04749-5 / 40000159385
O'Malley (Paperback - )
No Price Available

*All prices are subject to change

Brain Training

Cuylar Conly

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Home a Few Days Now

You think a cross country move would be a complicated and taxing endeavour, but it almost felt like flicking a switch.  I had almost no change in routine before the move.  I packed all my things in less than 3 days, totalling two duffle bags and a bike box that was over filled.  According to Google Maps, for a cost of $0 I could walk the ~2800km to Saskatoon in 24 days.  I elected to buy a plane ticket and was back in Saskatoon in little more than 4 hours.  Now how's that for perspective.

Since coming back to Saskatoon I have observed that the week preceding September 1st  has the highest turnover of 20 somethings of the entire year.  There is a simultaneous rush of students retuning to town and a mass exodus of those leaving for schooling elsewhere.  Thank goodness I am unemployed, so that I can attend all the homecomings and sendoffs three times a day.  I have some very good friends who I only get to see a couple times a year, and it feels good to just drop whatever I am doing and go catch up.

To facilitate my transition back to school I feel like I have become a professional pencil pusher.  There seems to be a whole lot of administrative papers involved in your final year of school.  And "they" said computers would be the death of paper.  At least this is conditioning me for the mental work that will come come this winter.  Sometimes I feel like my brain has become really lazy, nay I know it has.

On the sporting side of life.  I spent a couple days cobbling together a cyclocross bike.  Seems to be the only bike I have right now. (My Time Trial Bike is on it's way to Saskatoon, and is still for sale).  Even though I am riding on a cross bike I am not ready to hit the mud.  Right now I am running slick road tires and yesterday went for a great tour around the north end of Saskatoon.  I forgot how flat it is here,  I also forgot how windy it can get.  It's a completely different way of riding, even to the point of changing your equipment selection and altering your riding position.  Yesterday was my first "real" ride in some time, and it was great.  I think I will have another good ride today.  This is the "not training time" when you just go ride around until you think it's time to go home.

Training shall be based solely on feel,
while racing shall be guided by sensations and instinct.

Cuylar Conly 

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bikes for Sale !!!!

2011 Marinoni Rewind Time Trial & Triathlon Bike
Ideal for Triathlon or other timed solo events.   This bike has been used for two months.  This is your chance for fall pricing in the middle of summer.  On display at Fresh Air Experience (1291 Wellington).

Handmade Carbon Fiber Frame, Size Small (53cm, fits 5'8"-6'0")
Ultegra deraleures
Dura-ace shift levers
FSA Gossamer TT crankset
Deda Elementi cockpit
Fulcrum Racing 5 wheels

Mechanic Owned

Retails for $4200
Used for $2300

Giant TCR Advance SL
Giants top end ultra light frameset, with affordable ultegra groupo.  Stiff and agile this is a real racing machine. 
-High modulous hand made carbon fibre frame
-Complete Ultegra 6700 groupo
-- DT Swiss Tricon R1700, Giant LTD-edition wheelset
-mechanic owned

Size Medium

Retail price $4200
Used for $2400

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Summer is coming to a close.  I have no races remaining on my calender.  This is okay, I have had a long season and my mind has begun to loose pace with my body.  My appetite for riding hard has hit rock bottom but that's okay too.  Normally I place allot of pressure on myself, so right now I am allowing myself to ignore these demands.  I have plans to move back to Saskatoon at the end of the month, so the next couple of weeks will be more about collecting a couple paychecks than stacking kilometers.

The big question is where to from here?  I have plans to go to school full time this winter.  I will continue my undergraduate degree in Biomolecular Structure Studies, and I plan to graduate in April 2012.  I wont lie, I have my work cut out for me.  I have stacked allot of classes into my final year as well as a research project.  I have a daunting 8 months ahead of me.  So much in fact, that I find myself incapable of planning beyond April.  There is a defined finish line, but instead of a ribbon it is marked with a curtain.  I know a few directions that I would like to take on the other side. But, I have never been good at multiple directions.  I have a Goal until April, and some time to realize what comes next.

Cuylar Conly

Monday, August 8, 2011

About those Shoes


Diadora Speed Racer Road shoes (size 9.5)
Brand New!  In the BOX!
These shoes where used for three days.  They are not right for me, and I am selling them at a big Discount.

Retail $120
Asking  $90