Friday, April 24, 2009

When Bikes Were Made Of Steel And Men Were Made Of Iron

Quite a different breed from todays pencil-pusher, frappuccino swigging cyclists of comfort and convenience. "I need a triple/compact to climb" "I prefer carbon for its ride dampening quality and lightness" "I tend to carbo-load the night before a long ride" "I am going to go for a five hour ride and try to maintain 180 watts" "I can't go today - tomorrow is my fast-short THEN saturday is my long-slow" STFU and ride.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Psssh, Geek

I was fortunate enough to meet Marty from Geekhouse a few weeks ago and I have to say he is a super super cool guy. Well he has gone on and produced a sweet little elapsed-time video of him building a frame from the ground up. I love a chance to see his process, his shop, tools, technique, mustache... you name it. Fun Fact: Some of you may not know this, but Geekhouse did not originally build their own frames but instead had them manufactured for them. It's cool to see how Marty has evolved and grown into the awesome builder that he is now. Thanx to Mawk for the vid.

Geekhouse Movie from Geekhouse Bikes on Vimeo.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Meh, I Guess He Can Ride

lots of badassery to behold. thanx davis and ryan

Lets Run Our Bike Company Like A Strip Club

Oh hi there. You like what you see? You want to touch me don't you? Well Guess what, you can't. You can lust for me all you want - maybe find pics of me on the internet, but you know nothing can ever come of it. Yes, we probably could be happy together but we'll never know. I'm just going to put my hotness out there, rub in your face, and make you want it until youre throwing singles at me.

Bring It

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Erfff Day

There was supposed to be an Earth Day bike ride today but apparently the organizers only care about the planet on sunny days. Nonetheless, a few of us showed up and rode anyways. Woohoo! There used to be an actual Earth Day road ride at the Mill - what ever happened to that?

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Take A First Look At Magnum!

Its hard to stay ahead in the blog world. Everyone is friends with everyone and gets the scoop of the scoop before the next guy. Rest assured you are the first to see this. My friend and legendary frame builder Koichi Yamaguchi has just released an all new frame design he calls Magnum. Seeing the prototype a few months ago and keeping it quiet was the hardest thing I have ever had to do. This thing is beautiful, sick, compact, stiff, and quick as hell. There are not a lot of people left on this planet of ours who have the frame building credentials of Koichi. He is a japanese master who has taken steel to another level and has built custom bikes for Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, and 1992 Olympic Pursuit champion Mike McCarthy. He was the master builder for 3Rensho, Proteus, and developed the infamous triple triangle track bike that GT came to be known for. Magnum is the next step in the evolution of custom steel road! Get your orders in early - these are one-offs and totally custom to each rider.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Vicious Cycle

We've been saying we want to be respected on the roads and treated as equals, well it works both ways. You have to give it to get it. I know there are a lot of sensible and responsible cyclists out there and then there are also a few that ruin it for the rest ... such as the guy I saw riding on the parkway, the wrong way, at night, and with no lights. I think that motorists have a lot further to come (our errors usually dont kill someone else) but the rest of us need to start (or continue) leading by example. I myself need to be better about certain things. Anything that happens in Portland is always of interest because they are already so far ahead of the rest of us in terms of bicycle legislation:

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Editor), April 14th, over at Bike Portland

"The Portland Police Bureau sent three motorcycle cops to SE Clinton Street this morning to observe and enforce stop sign compliance at 34th and 21st Avenues.

According to Traffic Division Lieutenant Bryan Parman, the “enforcement mission” came after his office received a complaint via email last week from a nearby resident. Parman said,

“The email was about poor compliance at the stop signs by everyone, not just bikes. The resident was specifically concerned at people not yielding to pedestrians.” (There are marked crosswalks at both intersections).

The result? In the one-hour mission, three officers issued 22 citations; five to motor vehicle operators and 17 to people on bicycles. Parman says everyone given a ticket was given the option to attend the Share the Road Safety Class so it won’t affect their driving record (that option can be given only at the discretion of the officer who issues the citation).

Parman says the officers were “focusing on blatant behavior that creates a potentially dangerous situation,” and that “given the results we found, we need to talk about a workable solution.”

What Parman is referring to is his ongoing conversation with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation about how to most effectively enforce laws for bike traffic on popular bike boulevard streets.

Parman — who said he’s already discussed this morning’s mission with the BTA’s Michelle Poyourow — wants to find a more long term solution on how to best respond to these type of complaints. He said he’ll also be discussing the issue at the Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting tonight.

“I understand that Clinton is a bike boulevard,” said Parman on the phone this morning. As such, Parman said he wants bikes to become the preferred mode of transportation on the street, but he also wants to make sure bike operators are being safe and legal."

Also, please stop pressing the issue to pass the right-hand right-turn turn signal! There are three standardized hand signals that have been in place for years. By changing the rules for cyclist, you are saying "we get special treatment" and causing more us-them mentality. Motorists can't signal a right hand turn with their right hand so why should cyclists? Maybe we can start using blue lights on the back of our bikes too?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Polo Specific Frames And Now...

Ever not think something and then a company lets you know they hear ya? You probably didnt know how bad your wheels performed in the cut throat world of bike polo until now. calm down, Velocity knows what you need whether you do or not:

"So we heard you guys were looking for something a little stronger, little beefier, little wider. How about a Velocity Deep V on steroids? We've had this extrusion in the lineup before; you might remember it as the Deep V ATB? We will be bringing it back, for the trickster crowd, as well as for the bike polo crowd, and anyone else looking for a bit wider alterative to the tried and true Velocity Deep V."

Original Gangsta Track

Um, Nice Boots

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Friendly Reminder: Paceline Etiquette

One thing that I love about the popularity of fixed gears is that it has acted as a gateway drug to get a new generation into cycling. Roadbiking appeals to many but there is also a whole world out there who may normally view roadies as spandex clad assholes. Sometimes rightly so. Fixed gears generally appeal to a different crowd. I can name a ton of guys I ride with that wouldn't have considered getting on a road bike had it not been from their exposure to the streets via a track bike. It's introducing a whole new breed of roadie to the world. One thing I also realized is that a lot of these guys havent had a lot of exposure to proper road bike technique and Paceline Etiquette.

Pacelines are a big part of cycling. By riding in a paceline, a group can "keep its speed consistently higher than any single member of the group could maintain on his or her own. This efficiency is possible because it is as much as 30% easier to ride behind someone, where the wind resistance is considerable lower."

"Here are some general rules for riding in a paceline. They are not the last word in pacelining but if you know these then you know a good bit. There is no mention of echelons etc.

•Ride at an even speed (constant effort).
•Try not to use your brakes. Sit up or move out of the draft some to catch some air to slow your speed.
•If you must brake feather your rear brake to slow you smoothly.
•Never brake when at the front of a paceline.
•Do not coast or soft pedal at the front of a paceline.
•Wiggle your arm to signal that you are moving off the front. The arm that you wiggle indicates the side that you wish the following riders to pass you on.
•Keep pedaling as you move off the front. Don't stop or slow your cadence until the following rider has begun to pull through.
•When assuming the front of a paceline, keep your speed constant. Do not accelerate rapidly!
•Don't open Gaps! Keep the paceline tight.
•If someone accelerates to open a gap, do not jump to close the gap (except when racing), close it slowly, the riders behind you will appreciate you.
•Keep about a 1 to 2 foot gap between you and the leading rider.
•Don't overlap wheels. If the rider you are following moves to hit your wheel, you will crash, not the other rider.
•If you contact wheels, turn your wheel towards the wheel of the rider in front. If you turn away you will go down quickly.
•If your handlebars or bodies touch a rider next to you, don't turn away; relax and keep your bike straight.
•Don't make any sudden moves.
•Don't ride too close to the edge of the road, Leave a ~foot to the right side when possible.
•Look at the middle of the rider's back in front of you and toward the front of the paceline. Do not stare at the wheel in front of you. If you stare at the wheel you can't react to things around you.
•When re-entering the paceline from the back, begin pedaling when about 2 or three riders from the back to increase your speed and move smoothly into the line. Don't wait until you're at the back. If you wait you'll have to jump to catch the group.
•Don't pull too hard at the front when racing or riding fast. Save enough energy to get back on the paceline.
•When standing, don't throw your bike back. You may hit the rider behind you.
•If you are too tired or weak to do your turn at the front of the paceline, don’t pull at the front. Just rotate smoothly through without disrupting the group's pace. Then sit at the back about 1 bike length and let others fill in the space.
•Learn to trust the wheel in front of you and ride that track. Too often riders will sit off to one side or another. This makes the pace line inefficient and look ragged.
•Don’t use your aerobars in a paceline. Save them for a solo ride or time trial."

Also, call out "car back!" when there's an overtaking vehicle. This is especially important on narrow roads when the group is in a double paceline (2 abreast). Riders need time to move over or ease up to let the car pass. In general, since we ride on roads with traffic it's never a good idea to ride more than 2 abreast. There's not enough room on the road and it makes drivers mad if we take too much of the road. "Car Back" is more than just a warning. It means DO SOMETHING. Move over and encourage others to do so as well.

Easter Bunny Roadkill

Today was a picture perfect day so a few of us got out for a fun Easter ride. Ridiculous headwinds, 70-degree temps, minor hangovers, a gang of killer 5-pound dogs, and a good group of guys somehow combined to make a fun day on the bike.

Giant Easter Egg

The Easter Egg car

Two Lane

Miles and miles of two-lane

one of the towns we roll through

Our view of the Castillo's for most of the ride


dogs in neon clover

Waiting For One More

waiting up for a few guys


Im not really sure what Corey is doing

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Ladies, The Ladies

Nothing is quite as enjoyable as a leisurely ride on a Summers Eve. Some local ladies are taking steps to get more and more women into cycling. In a male dominated sport (80m/20f), I wholeheartedly support their efforts and hope you all give them a hand by spreading the word. Cycling can be a great brotherhood that unites us all but sometimes it can be intimidating, daunting, challenging... and lets face it, sometimes its just nice to have a guys night or now, gals night out. So listen up ladies, go get some fresh air, get out of the kitchen, turn Oprah off, save that slap-fight for next week, and go ride! Rides will be every 2nd friday of the month. Meet at the Japanese bridge downtown ready to roll at 7:30pm. For more information, contact ride-organizer Teresa at, or ph: 520-7310

Welcome To Trackistan

I apologize for that title. Lets have some crazy good fun this weekend, no? I want to ride this Sunday, maybe 10am'ish. We'll probably do a flat 40-mile ride at a medium pace.

At A Medium Pace - Adam Sandler

See that shampoo bottle? Now shove it up...nevermind. Fun ride. Casual pace. Few hills. Unless It rains. Now get back to work!

Long Haired Freaky People Need Not Apply

Some fun & clever signage by designer Nathan Lee