Monday, June 15, 2009
VIDEO MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUNG EYES.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Friday, November 7, 2008
Actually I planned to do this update much sooner and had something more creative in mind. Yet time slipped away so I decided that it would be best to let the finished bike speak for itself when making its debut at the races. Well... as we all know... best laid plans. Even though there has been a spy (Tom Dominic) or two that have seen the completed bike, I'm still not yet prepared to release photos. But to whet your appetite here are some nude shots of the frame taken by Zank before paint.
Well… Maybe one teaser can’t hurt.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Since the creation of this blog I’ve been on a quest to find a theme song that fits the spirit of Riding with the Devil. The song needed to embody the creative process and trying to make a happier place in the world. After an exhaustive process of working with some of the finest thrash, death, speed, and grindcore metal bands in the world, the official RWTD theme song has been completed. I hope you enjoy this scrumpdiddleumptious song as much as I do.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
Just like a Halloween candy bowl, this edition of RWTD is wonderful mix of sugar coated goodness. So lets dig in quickly before the neighborhood kids show up and trick or treat all the tasty tidbits away.
Since my back wasn't healing as quickly as it should have been, my physical therapist referred me to a Doctor of Orthopedics for further evaluation. From my perspective I could not have been referred to a better D.O. in Northeast Ohio. Not only was he a former team doctor for the Cleveland Indians, he is also an active cyclist that competes in duathlons and (as a plus) totally understands the discipline of cyclocross. So after being pricked, poked and prodded (lines stolen from UNBEATABLE - A Bold New Musical) the doctor said I either had a herniated disk or sciatic nerve damage. Herniated disks and sciatic nerve damage are very slow to heal so basically there's not much you can do for either situation other than taking a regimen of Prednisone and a wait and see approach. The Prednisone did its job but it came with a host of side affects like:
• Bloating/weight gain – There are times when I look like I'm 2-3 months pregnant. And thanks again Dan for noticing this week that I'm starting to get a double chin. I guess that’s what teammates are for, huh.
• Migraine headaches.
• Lack of focus.
• Nightmares – One nightmare was so overpowering that I almost leapt out of bed to tackled Laurie as she was getting ready for bed. In the nightmare I thought she was a burglar coming to do harm to us. Yeah... I guess subconsciously I'm still dealing with the hotel break in that happened this summer in Phoenix.
• Inability to sleep.
• Quick to anger – As an example I'm flipping off 80% more hypermilers than usual on the commute into work.
• And as a whole I just don't feel like my normal self.
Still it’s been worth it all because this Wednesday the doctor says I'm healed enough to get back in saddle. Just riding close to home or on the trainer is what's prescribed, but no racing. And for the record John, he was very clear on the NO racing. If things continue as they should the doctor believes that I'll be able to participate in the last one or two cross races of the season. So much for best-laid plans of a full season of cyclocross racing.
To help kill the psychological pain of missing cyclocross racing, I started down the path of pippin' out the Zanconato. Now in reality the bike didn't need one thing. You'll have to trust me on this since most of you haven't seen the bike. But as built the Zanconato was put together with some of the finest cross-parts on the market. Other than killing psychological pain I also felt it was my patriotic duty to help drive our country out of the economic recession by spending some money. Though this could be viewed as being self-serving. It's true that it’s in my best interest to spend the money that I’ve earned now before socialism (and don't be fooled... Obama and McCain are both socialists) is voted into the White House and the redistribution of wealth is enacted. So with the help of Zank putting me in contact with Molly Cameron I was able to score some sweet, hand-made, French tubular tires.
These FMB Sprints will set the bike up for dry, fast course conditions and the FBM SSC wheel set will be used for muddy, nasty courses. The Sprint wheel set hasn't been built yet but it will be very similar to the SSC's set up. Working with Molly was a pleasure too. He was very helpful and friendly. Plus he included a signed postcard with the tires! That for me was icing on the cake.
Speaking earlier of politics, it seems that every Presidential election there tends to be one candidate that gets vilified as the Anti-Christ. And this time around it appears that it’s Barack Obama's turn to hold the pitchfork. All joking aside I really hope that he is the biblical Anti-Christ that's been described in Revelations. It just means that Christ is all that much closer to coming back to earth and I'm one more step closer to going to heaven with Him in the rapture.
Have a happy and safe Halloween everybody!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
So that I don't have to respond to a ton of e-mails and phone calls about why I wasn't at the first local cross race of the year... Or at any cross races over the next month, here's what’s going on.
Over the Labor Day weekend I slipped a disk in my lower back. But like an idiot I didn’t see a doctor and kept riding the bike, which made the problem worse. Eventually the pain got the to point where I couldn’t ride any more and this past Monday my body had said ENOUGH! The good news is that after one chiropractor visit and three visits to a physical therapist that I now call “Jesus” my back is starting to feel somewhat normal. The bad news is no cross racing until the end of October.
At this point I’m not sure what hurts more… My back or the sick feeling in my stomach from training since the beginning of March, losing 14 pounds, and getting in some kind of race condition so that I wouldn’t embarrass myself in the B’s all so that I can miss a WHOLE MONTH OF CROSS!!!
Trust me on this, there’s not a swear jar big enough for how I feel right now.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
For the longest time I've felt that the worst drivers are those that get behind the wheel of any white cargo van. Whether it was a conscious or artist choice to make the van white, it still feels like validation to what I've been saying for years
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
While visiting family in Pennsylvania over the Labor Day weekend I had the opportunity to use a technology for drying clothes that is hard to come by today. This environmentally responsible technology is found in areas considered to be fly over country where the people cling to their guns and God.
Yet these people should never be so easily dismissed. They are the heart, salt, and soul of this great nation. Instead of talking, they are working hard by the sweat of their brow every day to make change happen for their families, friends, neighbors, and community regardless of who’s living in the White House.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
My wife was on the front page of the Sunday Arts section of The Plain Dealer. Laurie shared the page with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (which was one of my favorite bands from back in the day). Here's the link to Laurie's article:
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Or... You can copy and paste this into your web browser:
Also new to my blog are links to UNBEATABLE's blog, website, book, merchandise, and Journey Projects.
And for the record, The Plain Dealer did spelled my name wrong. :-(
Friday, July 25, 2008
Today I came across the above picture while doing research for a potential blog. As it did mine, I hope the photo brightens your day like Ludwig Van Beethoven's dreaded Ninth Symphony.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Thank you Ricco for renewing my belief and love with Le Tour. You made professional cycling a fun and exciting adventure. As Chazz Michael Michaels once said, "Riccardo Ricco is cycling."
Oh… And by the way, thanks for ripping out my heart like a stone cold bitch.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Now I’m not saying that my life sucks because it’s just the opposite. Just so we’re clear, the life of Donny Frey rocks harder than the 1988 Monsters of Rock Tour. It’s just there have been some potholes along the way that went beyond running out of backstage passes for groupies and Jagermeister. Rather than getting into the nitty-gritty details, like snorting ants with Ozzy Osbourne and Tom Boonen, I’ll just cover a few of the highs (pun intended) and lows.
• Some of you are probably wondering, “Don… Are you even riding your bike?” The answer is yes. Basically I wake up at 5:45 AM and ride indoors on the trainer or rollers until 7:00 AM. If I’m lucky I’ll get in another one hour, indoor ride in the evening after Andrew is in bed. In jest I’ve told Laurie that the most expensive stationary bikes in Northeast Ohio are at our house.
• Life without Dylan (Old Smeller) is not as sweet. To this day we still miss him. He wasn’t ever a dog to us but a member of the family. Even that last statement trivializes the relationship we had. In realty words can’t describe what he meant and the loss I still feel. Maybe this short Dylan story can give some insight to the loss. One of his favorite places to hang out was under my legs when my feet were on the coffee table. And though he passed away in January, to this day I’m still catching myself to make sure I don’t step on him when getting of the couch.
• After 39 years of being on this big blue marble called Earth I’d come to the conclusion that there was nothing new to learn from my father. I was wrong.
• Growing a full beard is liberating. Shaving it down into the classic Zorro porn mustache… Zabriskie-rific!
• There’s nothing better than putting 28’s on the Colnago and riding the dirt roads back home in Pennsylvania. Don’t believe me? Then let’s go on a road trip and I’ll show you a good time in PA. Dear God… What I’m I saying? Oh no! The Zorro porn mustache has taken over my brain!!
• Andrew’s observation of The Smiths while on trip to Toy’s ‘R Us: “Dad, the singer sounds like Barney. You know… the guy that’s on The Simpsons.”
• Some of you are probably wondering, “Don… Are you ever going to race this year?” The answer is yes. If (and the key word here is if) everything falls into place I’ll be racing plenty of cyclocross. The goal this year was to do some local time trials events, race the Westlake crits at least once a month, and of course race cross. As stated earlier those goals had to be adjusted around the real world and now I’m just racing against myself on the trainer.
• Being awaken before the pre-dawn trainer ritual by Andrew to the tune of “DAD! WAKE UP!! GRANDMA NEEDS HELP!!!” is not the best way to start off your day. Going upstairs to find a two-pint trail of blood from the guest bedroom to the bathroom definitely is not the best way to start off the day.
• Let’s be honest. Riding and racing are a lot like the lyrics to the song by Judas Priest, Pain and Pleasure… You give me pain, but you bring me pleasure. So when Campagnolo teamed up with Trojan Brand Condoms to redesign the rubber hoods for the 2009 shift levers I got… well, how would you say… a little aroused.
• Start saving your pennies everyone. Laurie’s book, UNBEATABLE - The Whole Story, will be published at the end of the month and will be available through all major bookstores and Amazon. If asked nicely there’s a good chance she’ll be able to arrange a signed copy of the book for you. But only for a price so start saving your pennies. :-) When more details are available I’ll post an update.
• This is classified information for Dave only. If your name isn’t Dave or your initials are not DS then the information below is not for you. I repeat…STOP READING THIS TOP SECRET, CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IF YOUR NAME IS NOT DAVE!
Hey Dave, you can get the (un)official Riding With the Devil t-shirt at velogear.com.
• Some of you are probably wondering, “Don… Is the Zanconato cyclocross bike one sweet pimped out ride?” The answer is… HELL YEAH!!!
Well this is the abridged version of the past 93 days of living the rock star lifestyle with Donny Frey. The audience is calling for the band to get on stage for an encore so I’m going jump back into the limelight. The show must go on.
Friday, March 21, 2008
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Friday, February 29, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
With the winter Apocalypse upon us there's no better time to enjoy the high life.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sheldon Brown was cycling's version of the Encyclopedia Britannica. His website was my first reference to the world of troubleshooting bicycle related problems, especially when there was frame shimmy issues happening with one of my bikes. Godspeed Sheldon Brown.
3. Timberlake's performance in this commercial is 'N Sync.
2. A magical blend of beer, basketball, and Will Farrell.
1. Audi makes an offer I couldn't refuse. Plus spending $5.4 million for a 1-minute "borrowed interest" spot has got to get you something.
Friday, February 1, 2008
Nothing warms a house better than Uncle Jesse jamming out some metalcore while teaching the younglings to be little tramps. :-)
Thursday, January 24, 2008
A few days ago I read this on the Road Bike Review cyclocross forum,
The main thing to be learned from watching any current pro video is that the best guys ride the hoods exclusively. Don't give yourself too many options during a cross race. Options=chances to waste energy while at your limit. Hoods are the best place for all parts of the course, and drops are for the final sprint. Tops are for riding to the beer store.
This weekend starts the process of dialing in my cyclocross position on the Zanconato. Though a large mount of the Indy Fab fit will transfer to the Zank, the main focus will be making sure that I’m the most comfortable on the hoods. About 5 months ago I had made this decision prior to reading the above thoughts on the subject because I too had made the same observation of how the Euro pro’s were racing. Hey… You can’t argue with their results. :-)
Keep your eyes peeled for Part 2, 3 and 4 of the Zanconato cyclocross bike build. Lots of updates are on the way!
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I've got some thoughts about the crash, but I'll save them until I hear what my cross buddies have to say first.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Rather than spending the swear jar proceeds on beer, I opted to use the money towards the 1st Annual Riding With The Devil Cyclocross Awards. The purpose of Riding With The Devil Cyclocross Awards is to honor the extraordinary achievements of those that race cyclocross on the Snakebite Racing Team.
Before starting the awards ceremony I need to take a minute to thank a few people. First and foremost an ENORMOUS thank you goes to Brian and Diane at HubBub. After getting a call 4:00 PM on Friday, Brian quickly pulled together a generous box of used parts. Without those parts there wouldn’t have been any awards. I can’t thank you enough Brian. And Laurie gets a big thank you too. She gave me the idea for the wood bases, went out in the middle of the night to get sand and make the sand bags, and she stayed up with me to 12:45 AM to give moral support. Thanks Honey!
So without further delay, let’s get this shindig dug. :-)
The Iron Maiden Award for Phenomenal Pain Tolerance (PPT): Ray Huang
Rather than pursue fame and glory in the B field, Ray chose to race among the big men of cross where the pain is long and plentiful. We’re going to miss Ray on the Snakebite team. We wish you the best of luck with the Torrelli boys.
The Aleister Crowley Award for Outstanding Photography: Gary Burkholder
What can you say? When you’ve got skills, you’ve got skills.
The Beelzebub Performance Award: John Ehrlinger
It’s not every day you have the ability to beat Paul Martin, the 2007 Elite Men's Road Race National Champion. So what if Paul’s chain broke during the race, John’s could have too.
The Anton LaVey Humanitarian Award: Dan Baraona
The Anton Lavay Humanitarian Award is given to a person most deserving of encouragement to move from one race category to next. After racing several seasons in the C’s Dan’s goal for 2008 is raise his game and race with the B’s. Godspeed Dan and welcome to Snakebite!
And last but not least…
The Eternal Damnation Award: Rick Adams
There is a special place in Hell reserved for the vilest of humanity. Of those the cyclocross sandbagger is the most contemptible of filth. This season Rick bravely raced against the cyclocross sandbagger and met the challenge head on. Never forget Rick that testing/humiliation is good for the soul. Second place is a great character builder.
That concludes the 2007 Riding With The Devil Cyclocross Awards. Remember… Every quarter you add to the swear jar will make a difference in the life of a needy, unfortunate cyclocross racer. Good night and God Bless.
Thursday, November 29, 2007
It’s good to see that Northeast Ohio isn’t the only area dealing with the dreaded cyclocross sandbagger. On Road Bike Review there’s a clever idea on how a New England cross racer is using eBay (the link to the actual auction) to expose these dregs of the cycling community.
There’s got to be a creative solution for the Cleveland race series but my energies are best spent trying to eliminate the sandbags from around my waistline. Liposuction or gastric bypass surgery are two viable options. Then I could play hours upon hours of Guitar Hero 3 and Rock Band during the recovery process. Yet surgical procedures are the ways of the sandbagger. I need to man up, be a true Belgian and get my a$$ *CLINK… A quarter falls into the swear jar* on a saddle.
On a serious note, a cyclocross Medal of Honor is to be awarded to Ray (Death Ray) Huang for laying down his opportunities for glory in the B’s and raced against the hard men of cross. With two races remaining in the “Respect my authori-tie” series Ray has shown in his first year of cross that he has what it takes to tame the feared Hydra of cyclocross.
And huge props to Tony Marut for becoming the Junior Men’s 16-18, 2007 Ohio State Cyclocross Champion!!! Tony is a great, solid kid. It couldn’t have gone better guy.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Saturday, October 20, 2007
On June 22, 2006, the Independent Fabrication Planet X took a turn for the worst. I’ll rephrase that by saying I took a turn for the worst and in the process chose one of the 50 ways to leave your bike. You’re now probably saying to yourself, “What #*?@ are you talking about?” Rather than go into a dissertation, who better than to describe through the majesty of song, the brilliant songwriter and composer… Paul Simon. Take it away Paul!
Sung to the chorus of 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon.
You just let it slip of the rack, Jack
Make a crash into a van, Stan
You need a new toy, Roy
Just get yourself free
Forget about the rust. Gus
You don’t need to discuss much
Drive under a low overhang, Cain
And get yourself free
The semi-short story:
While driving to a group ride I went under a low overhang and bent the fork on the Independent into a perfect right angle (Drive under a low overhang, Cain). Other than the fork and a SLR saddle being trashed, HubBub Custom Bicycles gave the bike a good bill of health. Though to be on the safe side we sent the frame to Indy Fab just to make sure.
A few days after sending the frame to IF for inspection I got the good news/bad news call from Lloyd Graves. The good news… The fork took the full impact of the overhang accident and there was nothing wrong with the frame in regards to the crash. The bad news… The inside of the seat tube was so rusted away that according to Lloyd “It looks like the inside of the Titanic.” From his perspective it was just a matter of time before the frame collapsed from corrosion (Forget about the rust. Gus). Lloyd went on to say that the frame was basically only good for a one to two lap pit bike, not a full time race machine.
I was the second owner of the Planet X and the previous owner had overstated the condition of the frame. He had assured me that the frame and fork were made in 2000, though raced it had been well taken care of, and had minor rust in the seat tube. As it turns out the frame was made in 1997, was in OK condition, and the rust was significant without the slightest hint of any Frame Saver being used to protect the seat tube from corrosion.
To this day I still feel that it was good deal for what I got. This was my first cross bike and it was a Planet X with a team paint job! After adding a few parts to get the bike fitted properly, I had an awesome cross bike for the fraction of what a new one would've cost. It was going to be hard giving up on a bike that had never once let me down.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Today marks the fifth anniversary of my wife Laurie being being diagnosed with Stage 3A breast cancer. Hitting the five-year mark without a recurrence is a big milestone in the cancer journey. To put it in cycling terms, Laurie is still climbing Alpe d'Huez yet she can do some soft-pedaling today.
While going through treatment Laurie came up with an idea to develop a musical based around her cancer experience. With the help of a very talented creative team* “UNBEATABLE, A Musical Journey” has become a reality. The show has been performed in Phoenix and Cleveland in a workshop/stage reading format. And just this past August, UNBEATABLE performed a showcase in Midtown Manhattan.
Yesterday Laurie and Eric Coble had the honor of speaking at Hiram College about the creative process behind UNBEATABLE. Laurie and I both feel that this is just the beginning of the many exciting things in store for UNBEATABLE and the great opportunities for her and us.
Laurie… You are beautiful, courageous, determined, and have a compassionate heart. Keep the turning the pedals over to your next milestone.
* The UNBEATABLE Creative Team
Laurie Frey - Co-Creator, Producer
Michael Barnard - Co-Creator, Director • Phoenix Theatre
Eric Coble - Book Writer • A fresh voice for the CH-UH School Board
Todd Schroeder - Composer/Lyricist • Todd's MySpace Link
Kevin Fisher - Composer/Lyricist • Kevin's MySpace Link
Journey Projects LLC - Everything about UNBEATABLE and more.
UNBEATABLE's MySpace Page
Friday, September 14, 2007
Who will rise above the North East Ohio mucky muck?
Who will be the Wonder Boy... Martin, Evans, Sroka, Ziccardi, Ehrlinger, Marenchin?
Who will be the Young Nasty Man... Marut, Adams, Davis, Domenic, Thor, Burkholder?
Who’s destiny will unfold over the brutal months of autumn to claim the crown as victor over the Hydra of cyclocross.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Over the last two days it finally got cool enough in Cleveland to justify wearing the Zank goodies. Every item has been some of my favorite things to bum around in after work or on the weekends. Yet there’s been one article of clothing that’s rose above the rest… the hoodie.
The first time I saw the Zanconato hoodie was when Mike was sporting one at 2006 Cross Nat’s. Overall the quality of the hoodie is top notch. It’s so soft, comfortable, and toasty. It’s like being wrapped in a chocolate chip cookie that’s just come out of the oven.
And for the cool factor, the back features the New Belgium flag. Nothing in the sport of cycling says cyclocross better than the Lion of Flanders.
Even though I might not place well at every cross race this year, I’ll still be in first place at looking good afterwards in the Zank hoodie while drinking Belgium beer and ringing the cowbell.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
You've just got to appreciate the loyalty between fellow dopers (See Zabel supports Valverde's worlds participation).
Hey Zabel, here’s some friendly advice… Just shut your mouth and be thankful (See Controversy over Zabel nomination) that you’re even going to World’s you EPO injecting dick.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
This is a story on VeloNews about Joe Papp's personal experience with doping products that he used during his cycling career.
Be warned that the story is very graphic of which literally made me nauseous, break into a cold sweat, and would’ve thrown-up had I not been at the office. The one thing that turns my stomach more is any athlete that uses this crap to win.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
The wheels were built by ergottWheels with DT Swiss 240 hubs, Mavic Reflex CD rims, Sapim Laser Spokes (three cross), DT Swiss alloy nipples, and DT Swiss quick releases. The tires are French, handmade, FMB’s. Everything that I’ve read about the FMB’s has been very positive and should be as good, if not better than the popular Dugast tire. This will be my first set and time ever riding on tubies. Today I feel like I’m six years old on Christmas Eve. :-)
When the frame pictures come in I’ll talk about the untimely death of the Independent Fabrication Planet X and the experience of working with Zank.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Everyone give a big round of applause to Michael Rasmussen for adding another black mark to 2007 Tour de France. How appropriate is it for Rasmussen [Chicken] to live up to his nickname by lying* to the whole world.
So let me be the first to give a toast to the Chicken, who will be sipping vodka** with Vino, in the comfort of his multi-million dollar home while watching the Tour on TV… Here's to you Chicken, you JACKASS, for giving professional cycling another kick in the balls when it’s already face down in the gutter.
* Story from Cyclingnews.com, (07/26/07). See Rabobank explains Rasmussen sacking.
** Story from Cycling news.com, (07/25/07). See Vinokourov: 'I never doped'.