Sunday, March 29, 2015

First Ride of 2015

I was supposed to play a round with a friend this morning to teach him disc golf (his first ever round) but I was sick as hell and bailed.

After a few hours and a bottle of Pepto the skies were sunny and it warmed up enough to do some riding around town.

I ended up doing a 50 mile circuit and ended up at the Central Park Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch and watched some NASCAR. Made it home just in time to get a text that I need to work tonight for a coworker that's not feeling well so I just strapped my helmet back on and rode in to work.

Was a great first day ride....

Monday, March 16, 2015

Time to Ride....

The weather has finally started to warm up. This year I'm going to do more riding than I did last year.

Disc golf is still fun but I'm so discouraged playing tournaments. I play so badly now I can't even pretend to compete in advanced grandmasters. Hell, I can't even compete playing Rec division. When the new season comes around I believe that this is the year I can turn it around. But then I play and suck so bad it just about crushes any will to want to play. It wouldn't be so bad finishing last but by the time you pay entry fees, gas for the road trip, lunch and other stuff you could drop $100 which is too much money to spend just to come in last. I can do that at home for free.

I really have to come to terms that I will never be good at disc golf and just need to stop playing tournaments. When something isn't fun you should not do it. I love the camaraderie of seeing by DG buddies but the frustration of bad play just sucks all the fun out of it.

I get started on preparing my bike and right off the bat the electrical needs to be worked on.  hate working on electrical because it takes me a while to find the problem. But I get that fixed. Then hook the battery up to the charger to boost it back up to full power.

Now comes the fun of polishing the bike that has gotten covered by a coating of dust sitting in my room all winter. (Yes I keep my Sporty in my room right next to my bed)

Have you ever hand polished an 80 spoke wire wheel? If not I highly recommend it. It takes about 2-3 hours of knuckle busting cleaning. Especially the stuck on brake dust. But if you put your bike on a lift being able to spin the wheel freely makes it much easier. Next year I'll take the front wheel off and really polish it.

I take the bike outside to start it up and it cranked right up on the first try...


Monday, February 16, 2015

BQO Trophy Discs

If you are looking to start hosting disc golf tournaments and are wondering what trophies I can afford. This is a great way to go.

My friend John is hosting the Betty Queen Open II. The most economical trophies are custom dyed discs.

I designed the art for John last year. This year he gave me 10 discs from his extra disc stash that every long time player collects. Golf discs that you will never use or will ever trade because no on throws these molds anymore.

Why not use those discs as custom trophies?

Last year I hand cut the masks but this year I used my Sihloette plotter and was able to cut all 10 masks in about 30 minutes.

 Another hour or so to weed them and put them on the discs. That cut the process down to what it seemed like nothing at all.

Set up my dye and while one was cooking in the pot I was getting the other one ready. Then using hot water to help remove the masks as others were in the dye. It took about 5 hours to get them all dyed.

Even if all the dyes were the same it didn't take me long at all to get 10 trophies done and they turned out great.

I highly recommend learning how to do this if you are looking for an alternative to tournament trophies.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Trophy Time...

The 2015 disc golf season is coming up. I have about 15 trophy discs to do for club events.

I decided to dye my new 150 Star-lite Boss with the Greendale Community College. I've always been a Human being at heart.

Six Seasons and a Movie....

Friday, January 16, 2015

Let's Get This Shit Started...

Like every self destructive habit disc golf has that going for me. I really love playing it ever since I first started playing way back in good ol' 1986. It's one of the games I hate because I will never be any good at it.

I have never really been a good player. I'm ok and every now and then I have a great round but that's a rare event.

Surprisingly I was on track to play my best disc golf ever and then November 8, 2013 I had a heart attack walking up the hill on #4 Loriella. I finished the round before I ended up in the emergency room 3 days later. That summer I had to drop out of a couple of events because of being exhausted after the morning round. My clogged arteries were the culprit.

I really thought 2014 was going to be better. I was feeling good not getting tired and my stamina was up. But last year was a disappointing one at best. The more I practiced the more I sucked. I wasn't looking to become the next big thing. All I wanted was to just be competitive with my peers.

As usual I was on the brink of giving up all together. 

But it's 2015 and all I want to do is play Disc Golf....

What the Fuck is wrong with me?

Anyway I have the back yard set up and ready for daily practice sessions of 100 putts a day.

Lets get this shit started....

Friday, December 19, 2014

Latest Project.... iPhone app

My latest project is an attempt to create a Spotsy Disc Golf iPhone app. It would be a simple app that would have directions to Loriella and Pratt. Course maps and hole descriptions.

I downloaded X-Code and began to teach myself what I'm doing. It's going slow but slowly I'm pretty confident I can get it done. So far the overwhelming aspect is all the custom art files I need to create. Like app buttons, park maps and hole descriptions.

I did get the hole descriptions  for Loriella done....

The course map took me a while but it turned out pretty good....

Now all I have to do is figure out how to create the app pages so everything works. Stay tuned....

Monday, December 08, 2014

Santa's Little Helper....

I normally don't take commissions to dye custom art on discs. But I was contacted by someone who wanted to get 2 discs dyed for Christmas presents for her brother & father. One wasn't too complicated, a UNC Tarheel logo. The second one was inspired by my Calvin & Hobbes putter I did a while back. This one would be the pair under a starlit sky.

I decided to add some edge design shaving cream elements to surround the logo to kick it up a little.

It turned out Pretty good. The logo could have been centered a little better but overall it was a good 4 stage dye.

The Calvin & Hobbes dye would be much more difficult. The mask took a lot of time cutting all the star shapes that would be in the sky. The unknown was how to get a gradual fade from dark blue on the bottom to the black of the top.

What I ended up doing was holding the disc with the bottom edged in for the blue and rolling the disc along the bottom edge to get the dye darker on the bottom edge but also arch the top so it would just reach over Hobbes.

I reversed the process for black dye.

I finished up with the Calvin & Hobbes colors. It turned out very good considering I had never done any fades before this attempt. I forgot to take a pic of the bottom but what I did was take some Orcal vinyl and cut a solid mask along the bottom of the leading edge of the disc. The bottom is a clean white with a crisp separation line around the disc.

This will probably be the only time I take commissions to dye plastic. It's too nerve racking. The pressure to get it right because any mistakes or fuck ups and the disc is ruined. There is always some pressure on issues like that but when someone drops money for a service it bumps it up more than usual.