Monday, May 24, 2010

Friendly Reminder

The alleycat is just twelve days away. I think we're going to have a good turnout with kids from Nashville, Bham, Florence, and ATL making the drive. Out of town guys that need a place to crash,drop me a line so I can make arrangements at one of the houses. Also, please check back for directions and race specifics in a few days. We have nailed down the categories as follows:

*1st overall winner

*1st place mens
*2nd place mens
*3rd place mens

*1st place womens
*2nd place womens
*3rd place womens

*1st place Out-of-towner
*2nd place Out-of-towner
*3rd place Out-of-towner

*DFL
*and probably a sprint, maybe, most likely

Lucky Cat Alleycat Race

If you have any questions, please contact Chris at spongey1@att.net

Man, Champ Said My Bike Look Sloppy

Scrapertown from California is a place. on Vimeo.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Florence Road Runner Alleycat

A few of us went to Florence this weekend to do the Road Runner alleycat. It was a fun, well organized event and we met a lot of great people. They had some really unique challenges and Florence seemed like a cool little town. Maybe it's just me but It seems to have a pretty good music scene especially for a town its size. I know some pretty good bands have come out of there so there must be something to it. If you find yourself in Flo-town, definitely make a point to swing by Pegasus Records and Rivertown Coffee Company - both were awesome and more than hospitable to us.












Friday, May 21, 2010

Wait What


Sorry about the huge pic, saw this over at SWIPELIFE and was amazed at what passes for a designer bike. I thought FGG had the market covered on conversions with colored chains and ridiculous bars. Actually, it may just be the no-offset stem that makes the bars seem weird. Either way, here's the article with more pics from SWIPELIFE.
"Design house Norman-Copenhagen has been around now for more than a decade giving the world a mix of traditional and non-traditional products for everyday use. Their latest venture leads into the fascinating world of bicycles which is designed by Anne Lehmanne. As mentioned by the company, it is a classic man’s bike with an urbane style. It has a 50’s inspired lightness and comes in two colors: antrhacite grey and green. Limited to 50, each bike has been hand built by professional cycle builders. They will be sold from October 2010 through the Norman Copenhagen Flagship Store, through their online shop, and selected stores worldwide." ...and only a mere 1600 euro

Thursday, May 20, 2010

P.O.T.D.

This Is Weird

It's a weird 80's BMX and flatland style done on a single speed road bike with a potts front brake.

Far Eastside




dont forget thursday night ride. unless it rains.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

THURSDAY NIGHT RIDE

thursdaynightride0520

Bordeaux Style

Let's Pour One Out


Join us tomorrow night May 19th at 7pm in front of Bicycles Etc. for the Ride of Silence and "join cyclists worldwide in a silent slow-paced ride (max. 12 mph/20 kph) in honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways." The more you ride and the more cyclists you befriend, the more likely your life will be touched by someone who has been tragically injured or killed on the road. Pay homage to your fallen friends and take the time to honor them with this humble gesture.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Cool & Gray

yet perfect for a ride... rolling out in a few; hit me up if you're coming.

and brief blurb by Kyle von Hoetzendorff over at Embrocation

"I do not consider my self an athlete; rather I prefer to think of myself as more of a fitness hobbyist or an exercise layman. An athlete in my mind is akin to an ascetic, roaming the forest primeval finding sustenance in hope, constantly searching for the answer to their ultimate question. In the case of a true athlete, and this is only an assumption, the ultimate question has to be how far can I push myself, what are my furthest limits, when I find them will I by able to surpass them, repeat? Ego, over-bearing parents, and self-esteem issues can help to get one started, even work to sustain ambition but in the end the athlete’s purity is his or her own curiosity as to what is possible. To those out there that follow this path, my hat is off too you, fortunate or not I do not consider myself to be one of your ilk.

Why wax philosophical about the tenants of athleticism? The other morning I found myself not wanting to go for a bike ride; not wanting to get out and pedal, face the wind, the traffic, and the hurt. I realized that for athletes, true athletes, this must happen with horrible frequency. I am out on my bike, pedaling, musing and yet each moment hurt, even the downhill hurt.

The wind felt like it was tacking against me, my tires felt low, children seemed to be running out of their houses to point and laugh, adults seemed to be walking out of their houses to point and laugh, (note that they didn’t even care enough to run), underage girls paid no attention; underage boys felt no threat.

On top of all of this I got lost in the land of a couple acres, tin storage shacks, and hobbyist chainsaw artists. I should point out that I use the term lost here loosely. I wasn’t transported into the middle of the Taiga amongst the slender pines and the white snow. I had my little computer phone and I was still nominally inside the Portland metro area. I am not talking about being physically lost, I didn’t really know what I was doing and why I was out there. While Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich bantered about the physical realities of sound, the bone to water to hair connection that lets us listen, I was zoning out. Their radio show just another hum on top of hum on top of hum. I was instead thinking about the next hill, the next light, the next turn. I was at the point where you begin to hope for red lights, when you are ready to quit after each pedal stroke. I was just shy of defeated.

When I got home I didn’t feel like Conan the Barbarian wielding his death-bringer, a solitary warrior brooding atop a throne, depressed at the thought that all foes have been defeated. Nor did I feel like the worlds treadmill, to be walked over time and time again wholly destroyed. I felt satisfied and inspired knowing that I would go ride against my better judgment again, athlete or not."


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Mark Your Calendars

On your way back from the Bicycle Film Festival, swing through Flo-town and join in on the Road Runner Alleycat race which benefits the Art Hive. Support alabama cycling culture by jumping in feet first. I am pretty sure a couple of us are going to make this so let us know if you wanna tag along.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Coming Up

New Sticker
The Thursday ride will be back this week. We are going to do the same ride and finish at Bandito Burrito south for the premiere or the new brewery in town, Straight To Ale. The ride starts from behind Bicycles Etc shortly after 7pm. Also coming up is the 2010 Tour of California. Four-peat?