Monday, August 31, 2009

Our Trip Last Month

Event Coverage: Catch Me If You Can - Chapter 1 - Los Angeles from Enjoy Human on Vimeo.

When The Weather Starts To Change...

the fat tires are soon to follow. Speaking of which, the Monte Sano Fat Tire Festival will be October 3rd and 4th. As usual, we will have a few campsites established for night time festivities.

Come One Come All


We had a great turn out last week and the weather is supposed to be even better this week so lets all make a point to be there. We are going to try an all new route this time so it should be interesting.

Friday, August 28, 2009

StarFucker Doubles

Two clips, one bike. Be the first kid on the block with obscure Japanese brand toeclips

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Tweet Tweet Tweet Muthafuckaaaa!

Armstrong's Tweet turns out more than 1,000 riders for a jaunt around Dublin
VeloNews
By Gerard Cromwell
Published: Aug. 26, 2009

"@lancearmstrong: Good morning Dublin. Who wants to ride this afternoon? I do. 5:30pm at the roundabout of Fountain Road and Chesterfield Avenue. See you there.


What started out as a simple Tweet from his mobile phone just hours earlier turned into a Lance Armstrong frenzy when over a thousand riders turned up at 5:30 in Dublin’s Phoenix Park Tuesday evening.

An army of Armstrong fans turned up from all over Ireland, and indeed from various other countries, in the hope of getting to ride with their idol, and they were not disappointed. The seven-time Tour De France winner rode for almost two hours around the popular Kyber Pass circuit in the park, used for domestic races in the summer, and spent the whole time shaking hands, speaking to fans and having his photo taken, all while on the move.

All kinds of people turned out in Europe’s biggest public park, from club cyclists and international riders to kids and families. Armstrong had fun with them all. Normally open to traffic, the Irish Gardai (police) had closed down the six-kilometer circuit we were using and crowds thronged each corner, and all the way up the hill.



“I thought maybe there would be 50, or 60 people. But this is amazing," Armstrong said mid-ride. "I did this in Glasgow last week and as soon as I arrived at the airport the police wanted to know what I was planning. I told them I didn’t know, which I didn’t. Here, the Gardai have been great, the roads are closed off. It’s a fantastic circuit.”

Even though the pace was tranquil enough, for those who couldn’t keep up with the Texan tornado, there was ample opportunity to stop and watch for a lap and rejoin the group later on.

The climb of the Kyber Pass was soon lined with fans, who cheered as if it were Alpe D’Huez each time we came around.

“This is unbelievable,” Armstrong said as fans constantly rode up to him and asked him a question or simply thanked him for being there.

“What do you think of the great Sean Kelly?” asked one.

“He was very great, he was a great rider,” came the reply.

“Are you going to win the Tour next year?” came a question from a guy on a mountain bike.

“We’re definitely going to give it our best shot,” answered Armstrong.

Dressed in his trademark black and yellow LiveStrong clothing and wearing his orange Oakley shades, Armstrong looked to be enjoying himself as much as the fans as people of all shapes, sizes and nationalities grabbed a few seconds of talk time with him as they rode around the circuit.

To cycling fans, this was as good as it gets. But for a top professional, riding alongside some of the less stable two-wheeled fans has its difficulties. Some had obviously never ridden in a bunch before and almost nobody had ever ridden in bunch over a thousand-strong. A crash could prove disastrous, so why does he do it?

“You know, people think ‘I can’t ride with Lance. He rides too fast, I wouldn’t be able to keep up, or I’d be run off the road.’” explained the Texan. “It’s not like that at all. I mean, I go ride in Central Park all the time. If five people turn up, then cool. If none turn up, then cool. If a thousand turn up, then it’s also cool.”

After a lap and a half alongside Mellow Johnny, diving into corners and dodging wayward riders, I ask the all important question. “Look Lance, I seem to be going pretty well here for the last lap or two. How about a contract with Radioshack next year? I know I’m a bit old at 40, but ...”

“Nah, you’re not too old,” smiles Armstrong. “We like old guys on our team. Like I said earlier in the week, I think we’re gonna have to sign a couple of ten year olds to lower the average age ... I think we got a couple of spots open.”

With that I pulled over and gave somebody else a chance to chat. For Irish cycling fans, the day they rode alongside Lance Armstrong in the Phoenix Park will remain with them for ever. For me, it could be the start of a glittering, if brief, career in the ProTour peloton. I wonder if RadioShack do size Large jerseys?

@lancearmstrong: Thanks Dublin!! What a great park and a cool ride w/ all of you. I heard a 1000+ came out. I'm speechless. Gotta love a good bike ride!!"

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

'Nother One

Huntsville Times

"HUNTSVILLE, AL -- A bicyclist was hit by a vehicle while riding on Little Cove Road Monday night, according to Huntsville Emergency Medical Services Inc.


Leslie Collier, 35, who lives in the 200 block of Little Cove Road, was hit by a vehicle at about 9:30 p.m. not far from her home, said Don Webster, chief of operations for HEMSI. She was treated at the scene by HEMSI and taken to Huntsville Hospital Trauma Services by MedFlight helicopter, Webster said.

Hospital officials said this morning that Collier had been discharged from the hospital."

The Three B's

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Random Guchi Sighting

Ur Special, Just Like Everybody Else

A new bike that is moderately appealing aside from how disappointingly similar it is to Globe and an uninspired handful of others. I wonder if republic sold them their extra hubs. www.focale44bikes.com











Would You Like Be Making Fuck Berserkerrrr

I'm embarrassed for them. I heard that american jorts are worth their weight in gold over there. Why are they walking their bikes so much. Someone go grab my Kalashnikov and end this.

Fixed Gear Moscow from Alex Goncharenko on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

We're Riding 2Nite



I have to run get my bike so it will be a little late but we will ride tonight around 7:45'ish from the shop. If it's pouring rain then guess what, i'm probably not coming back. Right now its clear so lets do'et!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Period Race In Boulder

Not exactly a short trip but a neat idea:


BOULDER, CO USA (October 4, 2009) L’Eroica Boulder is a “period” cycletourist rallye run over country roads North of Boulder, Colorado. Fashioned after L’Eroica Italy, an event conceived to preserve the “strade bianche” or white roads of Tuscany, L’Eroica Boulder is an energetic way to enjoy open spaces by bicycle in the ambiance of a bygone cycling era and of a simpler, gentler time.

DATE
L'Eroica Boulder is tentatively scheduled to run on Sunday, October 4, 2009, in conjunction with L'Eroica Italy. An alternate date for L'Eroica Boulder due to planning or weather is Sunday, October 11, 2009.

ROUTE
Steeped in tradition, L’Eroica Boulder is unlike any organized tour. The 30-mile route taking participants over a combination of asphalt and unpaved surfaces is the perfect balance to challenge not only the experienced rider, but to afford the non-cyclist an opportunity to display his or her “heroism”.

GASTRONOMIC FEEDS
Created by some of the nation’s most celebrated local chefs, the “feed” stations along the course of L’Eroica Boulder are gastronomic. Energy bars and gels are replaced with vintage refreshments of our ancestral hero’s of the road: aged cheeses, antipasto, craft breads, fruits, traditional hams and Italian wines that freely flow.

COSTUME / RIDING APPAREL
Although there is no official rule, L’Eroica Boulder is a “period” cycletourist ride and participants are encouraged to dress in traditional costume. L’Eroica Italy attracts big old men on big old bicycles in medium-sized old jerseys, but it is the argyle socks, cotton gloves, knicker pants, leather hairnets, sport goggles, tweed caps, wool shorts and spare tires wrapped around woolen shoulders that turn a rainbow of beige into a festival of color.

BICYCLES
Filled with bicycles from the last century (1930s-1980s), typical L’Eroica cycles feature lugged-steel frames, balloon tires and sprung saddles. But L’Eroica Boulder is a friendly cycling event were classic steel single- and 10-speeds ride along modern steeds of carbon. While L’Eroica Italy politely posts signs reading “MTB No Gratzi” or mountain bikes not welcome, L’Eroica Boulder allows participates to ride any bicycle type: city, commuter, cruiser, fixie, mountain, townie, urban and vintage; third-wheels and trailers (families) also welcome.

EXPOSITION / SWAP
Should the ambience of L’Eroica Boulder capture your passion for a piece of cycling history, participants and spectators can invest in precious metal under the tented L’Eroica Exposition and Swap. Located at the start / finish area (Boulder Reservoir), the exposition and swap is where collectors, framebuilders, manufacturers and secondhand vendors display and sell vintage, traditional and modern bicycles, clothing, parts and other relics showcasing cycling history and life.

ITALIAN FILMS
The day’s festivities conclude at the Boulder Theatre that evening for an awards ceremony and the showing of an Italian double feature: The Bicycle Thief (1948) and Il Postino (1994). L’Eroica Boulder is a must visit, must participate adventure through millennia that every bicycle enthusiast and non-cyclist should experience at least once in a lifetime, though we do hope that you come back again and again, year and year. L’Eroica Boulder – La Dolce Vita in Ciclismo!

L’EROICA USA
L’Eroica USA is a Boulder, Colorado-based production company specializing in the promotion of bicycle events from a simpler, gentler time. L’Eroica USA is planning L’Eroica Boulder, a “period” cycletourist rallye run over asphalt and unpaved surfaces north of Boulder, Colorado. Based on L'Eroica Italy, a L'Eroica offers surroundings and scenes from the "heroic" times of cycling: classic bicycles, tweed and wool riding apparel, vintage refreshments including antipasto and Italian wines, and beautiful, meandering country roads. L'Eroica Boulder is a bicycle celebration of our open spaces and of a simpler life and time. To learn more about L’Eroica USA or the L’Eroica Boulder event planned for October 2009, please contact L’Eroica USA. Blog: www.eroica-us.blogspot.com Email: info@eroica.us

CONTACTS:
L’Eroica USA
info@eroica.us
www.eroica-us.blogspot.com

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hyperize!


if it doesn't rain, come join our Tuesday NIght Fixed Gear Ride this tuesday at 7pm behind B.E. Bring lights and some beer/burrito $$

Friday, August 7, 2009

"...Detroit radio show goes on anti-bike rant"


I saw this article by Jonathan Maus (editor and awesome writer - this guy is great) on August 7th, 2009 at BikePortland.org. The talk show incident the article references is so ridiculous and inflammatory. I agree with some of the things they say about cyclists breaking laws such as running stop signs and redlights and I agree that some cyclist have no business on the road but thats about it. What I don't think they understand is that the laws they are talking about are to save or protect lives, not give cyclists "more rights" than motorists. Giving them a safe berth when passing and a right to ride without having debris thrown at them seems like a basic right anyone should have. We'd also like to not be shot or run-over in case that wasn't also clear. Maybe we should get rid of sidewalks too, damn pedestrians with their uppity leg movements and smiling. So here ya go:

"A radio station in Detroit Michigan aired very dangerous and inflammatory remarks against people who ride bikes during a morning talk show yesterday (Listen To It Here). The situation reminds me of when a similar incident occurred on a local Portland station back in July 2006.

“How many people have seen a bicyclist and you would just love to lob something at their heads…”
– WCSX radio show host


In Detroit, on the Deminski and Doyle morning show on WCSX, Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle shared their feelings about sharing the road with bike riders. The nearly eight minute segment was shockingly anti-bike. The segment aired as a response to a recent article in USA Today outlining how more and more states across the country have passed laws to protect people who are riding bikes.

During the WCSX broadcast, one of the two hosts says:

“…honest to god, how many people have seen a bicyclist and you would just love to lob something at their heads. I’m not condoning it, I’m not saying that we do it, but I’m just saying hasn’t the thought gone through your head? Because seriously how selfishly do some of these people ride their bikes?”

The host gets very angry and upset at what he perceives as “arrogance” by people on bikes (he clearly has some personal issues about his own health in relation to fit bike riders) who ride in the road:

“…It’s just flat out arrogance… they will ride as if they’re a car right in the dead center of the lane just to be a pain in the ass. I have seen this time and time again, and — ooohhh, god — you just want to go Grand Theft Auto on them when you see that, you really do.”

And that’s just the start. The segment is pretty shocking to listen to.

And of course, as proof that this type of thing emboldens dangerous behavior, the people who call in are just as bad, if not worse. Here’s what one listener who drives a big truck with a trailer says:

“… I want to do 45mph an hour but I can’t do 45mph when they’re half way in the middle of the road, because if I hit ‘em, like the guy said, that’d be manslaughter…”

As if the manslaughter charge wasn't there, he'd just go right ahead and hit them?

We all know that unfortunately these kind of attitudes exist. Reading them in hate-filled blog comments is one thing, but having a well-known radio station broadcast this type of thing is completely unacceptable.

Detroit resident Dave Fanslow (who gave us the original tip on the show) emailed BikePortland a link to the Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition’s response to the show. A complaint has been filed with the FCC (however, given that no profanity was used, it is very unlikely the FCC will be able to do anything).

When something similar (although not as egregious in my opinion) happened in Portland, the host and the station manager apologized and tried to make amends. The offending host went on a bike ride with a reporter from the Willamette Week (and the resulting article was interesting) and the station manager negotiated a donation with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (what became of that, I was never told).

If anyone in the Detroit area wants more information on how we dealt with this in Portland, read through the 14 stories we published about it.

You can listen or download the entire segment at WCSX.com"

Bicycle Mounted Coffee Holder By Paulbaut



Thursday, August 6, 2009

Rapha & Mellow Johnny's; Breaking Away

Breaking Away w/ RAPHA & Mellow Johnny's from RAPHA on Vimeo.

MNWKA

You And Your Crew Feel Like Some Abuse?



E-mail 24@fastermustache.org if you have any questions. This is coming up next month so start getting your act together. Since I just got back into town, i'm not promising anything but it's sure to be good times.

We Need A Home

These cute little guys need a home. They are pure bred Labs and are free to a good home. Note I said GOOD home. Hit me up if you have some extra love to share. This needs to happen ASAP - time is of the essence


2.5.F. LA Trip / X-Games XV / Catch Me If You Can Ride

A couple of us recently went to meet up with friends in LA for a bike-filled week of fun. I will save the tall tales for the next group ride but it's safe to say we had a ridiculously fun time. We were fortunate to meet some rockstars in the biking world and were treated like life-long friends. We've been back for a day and I already miss LA.