Thursday, August 28, 2008

FAC time!

A few of us (or just me if nobody shows) are going to wet our whistles at Duggans Pub around 5-ish Friday afternoon (of course, we can go elsewhere if the group so decides). ALL invited -- so bike, walk, run, drive, hop, skip, crawl there to have a toast with us (bonus points if you bike -- triple bonus points if you skip).

Hope to see ya there!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Nacho Ride Article

Nice article in the LJS about the local Nacho Ride. They also include a link to the ride web site.

Anybody been out on that ride?


Friday, August 22, 2008

I feel like I resemble this viral post...

So Roberta... where's the picture of C-rad blowing by us at 50mph?

Typical Ride Conversation

Typical conversation heard after a hill climb at the end of a ride:

Gravy - "Hurry up, Bob, I'm thirsty and we're almost to Las Margaritas."

Me - "Gasp, wheeze, splutter (or some other unintelligible sound)".

That is all.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Most quotable, eh?

Not withstanding:
"A cococut?"
"I'm not dead yet!"
"It's got teeth..."
"And me! And me! Oh, and me!"
"Burn her!"
"I #art in your general direction."
"What... is your favourite colour?"
"or I shall taunt you a second time!"

Solving Cultural Deprivation

Last night's ride was a short but fun trek through Roca with a stop at Las Margaritas at the end of the ride.  However, there was a shocking revelation as I discovered that two of my teammates have never seen the movie Young Frankenstein.  To help bring these culturally deprived folks up to speed on one of the most quotable movies ever, here is a sample:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Who's riding tonight?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Those were the days

A friend of mine popped over to say hi and to show off his new bike yesterday -- A Raleigh Chopper.

Got me to thinking of my old bike as a kid -- a Schwinn Stingray Fastback, complete with the ball shifter. The bike looked identical to the one shown in this pic, right down to the campus green color and silver metallic banana seat. I remember feeling like I was on cloud 9 riding that thing around during my grade school years. That stick shift rocked!!

The thing is, I'll bet it's sitting back home somewhere as my mom tends to be a pack rat. I gotta check to see if it's still around. Be great to revive that bike for my little boy in a few years if he isn't too appalled riding "Dad's old bike."

Friday, August 15, 2008

Silo (or Kew), the famous advocate?

Ok, things are definitely spiraling out of control here.  This blog has recently been quoted and linked to in a post in the Advocacy & Safety sub-forum on Bike Forums.  They are referencing our discussion of the recent letter to the editor in the LJS.  Check out post #22.

photo bombing...

The art of ruining other people's photos :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Murphy's Law and Cyclists

So, Tuesday afternoon I went for a nice ride out 14th to Saltillo, then SW 12th and north to Pioneers Park. On the way home I took the path, and then had to merge with traffic to cross highway 2 because of the new traffic configuration at Van Dorn and highway 2 (the sidewalk on the south side of the intersection running east and west is no longer there).

As I head down Van Dorn and then up the hill towards the light at 13th street, it occurred to me that there are certain laws that govern our actions and behaviors as cyclists, some of which happened to take effect that day. To wit:

1) If you are going uphill, and approaching a light, the light will turn red most of the time.

2) The heavier the traffic around you, and the steeper the hill, the more probable it is that the light will turn red.

3) The light will not turn red until you have almost reached the intersection, causing you to stop suddenly with no chance to shift down to an easier gear.

4) Your ability to clip in on the first attempt after a red light is inversely related to the amount of traffic, the steepness of the hill, and the ridiculously high gear you were forced to stop in.

There are others unrelated to my situation yesterday, such as:

1) A slow motion fall when you are learning to ride in clipless pedals will happen when the most people are around to see you.


Can you guys come up with some other good ones?

Monday, August 11, 2008

Share the road...spread the discontent

Another week, another cycling vs. driving bashing in the LJS.
Nothing like advancing the cyclist/motorist distain for each other like a scathing letter to the editor calling out all motorist with insults that references gas-guzzling SUV's and frequent trips to Mickey D's. Top it off with tagging any and all motorists with ruining the planet by selling their souls to the Middle East and chances are you irked nearly everyone who read the editorial and got behind the wheel to drive into work today.

It's the never-ending battle between cyclists and motorists -- the Ying and the Yang -- only the "Ying" outweighs the "Yang" by a few thousand pounds and is much more deadly of a weapon.

I'm not anti-car/SUV/truck, whatever. I just believe bikes are underutilized. Few people even think of using a bike to get around for certain things. A perfect example: we used a babysitter over the weekend -- he lives less than a mile away. Instead of hopping on a bike to come over and get back home, a member of his family drove him over and picked him up.

People don't think of using the bike -- it's not a part of our culture like it seems to be in Europe. Maybe when gas reaches $5 or even $6 per gallon we'll start to see the cultural shift.

There will always be contention between two-wheeled folk and four-wheeled folk. I know one thing: insults and general negative stereotypes is not the way to bring the two camps closer.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Wednesday Night No-Crash Ride

In light of Nicol's post on the teamFIRE blog, the crash on last week's hammerfest ride, and with the numbers who have been showing up lately on the Wed. night ride (many new people as well), I decided to give a little speech before this week's ride. I just asked people to call out anything that might cause them to swerve or brake, and mentioned that last week signals were not getting to the back of the group - it seemed well received and I would say that everybody was very conscious of calling out road debris on the ride.

It was necessary, because we went out to Bennett and then through the Roca rollers, and the shoulder on highway 2 is a mess. It was a good ride, with lots of people there (not the 30+ that were there last week, but maybe about 20) - couldn't convince anybody to stop for margaritas afterwards, though. I thought I had Jace, Adrian, and Katie C. talked into it, but they bailed at the last second. Bummed me out, 'cause that was the last Wednesday ride for me before school starts. Oh, well.

Anybody riding the 8 am Saturday ride this week?

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Saturday Ride to Cortland

Windy. Hot. Humid.

We took off at 8:30 (because Nicol wanted to leave a little later so she could sleep in). Kevin, Gravy, and Katie (who came because Nicol asked her to on the Wednesday night ride) were all there, and we headed out to Cortland.

Wait a second, if you pull back on the perspective, is that Nicol over there to the right riding the giant wheel bike? I think it is! She did make the ride!!

(Click on the pic to see Nicol riding the giant bike)

Don't forget to wear your helmet at all times, Nicol :)

Sorry for the awful photochopping job, but I was tired.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Branched Oak Ride

Friday morning I went on a ride out to Branched Oak with Scott, one of my musician friends who has recently taken up riding bikes and wants to learn about riding on the road.

He is used to mostly riding on the Mopac trail, so wind and hills (and although not too windy, there were plenty of hills), are a little new to him, as is going for longer rides. We started out at Pawnee Lake and rode out to Branched Oak, taking a lap around the lake before heading back. The hills were tough for him, but he did a good job staying within himself.

For a midmorning ride, I was surprised at the amount of wildlife we saw - a fawn and a doe early in the ride, then a big buck on the west side of Branched Oak. We also came across this family of turkeys - one of them had crossed the road in front of us - the rest of them stayed on the other side. The lone turkey made her displeasure known (loudly) at being separated from the rest of the family.

It was a nice morning, and a good 27 mile recovery ride for me. I tend to push myself pretty hard on most of the rides I go on, and this was a fun way to force myself to go a little easier.

Saturday ride -- be there.

When? Saturday 8:30 a.m.
What? road bike (duh)
Where? Wilderness Perk -- then to Cortland/Hallam (40 miles)
Who? you
Why? because we like you -- yes, you.