Monday, August 13, 2012

College Park Couple Conducts Move via Bikes

It's been a while, since I've posted, but other than regular rides and trail work, there hasn't been much is going on...  (Well there is the new skills park at Rockburn, so I suppose that can be another topic for a future post.)

... Until now --  I just found out that a local couple moved from an apartment in College Park to a house about a mile away.  They moved everything via BIKE!

Ricky and I have met them at Proteus Bikes, where Anthony works as a mechanic.  He and his wife are recent transplants to the area.  Check out their story.

How cool is that?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crystal City Diamond Derby

My bro-in-law gave me the heads up on this event:
http://dandiesandquaintrelles.com/2012/02/the-crystal-city-diamond-derby-lets-go-to-the-races/

Not sure how it's gonna turn out or if I'll make it, but it's interesting to say the least.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

2012: Bike 180

It's back, and I'm back to doing it again after taking a break last year. Yup, Bike 180 Version 2012: http://www.flickr.com/groups/bike180-2012/

So if you don't know what it's about, it's a pictorial log for every day in 2012 that you rode your bike. Here's how it works:
  1. Snap a pic during your ride of you, your riding buds, or your bike/part, as long as there is something bike-related in it,
  2. Add it to the 2012 Bike 180 group,
  3. Tag it with "2012bike 180" or "bike180",
  4. Add a title or description that includes what ride # it is, e.g., if it's your 11th ride of the year, you can do something like "Bike 180: Day 11"

To keep the number of entries and volume manageable, just add one picture for each day you ride, no matter how many rides you did that day. This forces you to pick your best picture.


One of my favorite things of doing these is being able to look at the pictures and more easily remember the ride. Another is that it eventually makes it necessary for you to be more creative when taking pictures during rides, unless you don't mind that they start to all look the same or care what the pictures look like. That said, there is no mandate to be creative or fancy. It's your legacy ;)


Picture 1 of Day 1 of 2009's Bike 180


Previous years' Bike 180s if you want to see how it's done or want some excellent examples:

  • 2009 (Year 1)
  • 2010
  • 2011 (I took a hiatus this year, but others still played)

Oh yeah, why's it called "Bike 180"? When I started them in 2009, I was always getting asked how much I biked. I had no clue because I didn't keep any logs and I figured that taking a pic on each ride would be easy. The "180" part came into play because it was a nice round number and a goal that represented (almost) half the year.

Anyways, I've rambled too much. You ramble on the bike instead, join the 2012: Bike 180 group, snap a pic, submit it, and have some fun!

-rickyd

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

I just need a little something to take the pain away.





19 miles in and I start my first walk of the day. Wow, this is steep, the sidis barely finding enough grip. There was not much much hope of cleaning this on the fix with 36x15 and with nearly 100 miles still to go it is probably best not to go too into the red.

Yeah. Once a year a stupid challenge comes a calling. I guess i have to take the new Single Speed Outlaw Factory Team jersey for a spin. Two years ago it was a 12 hour solo mtb race, fixed. Last year it was the un-named epic, fixed. Both times I was the only fixie that I saw or heard of. Yesterdays crazy challenge was no exception. D2R2, Deerfield dirt road randonee, 113 miles and 15,000 feet or so of climbing.

The talk on the bike forums was that it would be stupid or impossible to fixie it. With the gear chat centering around, would a 1:1 gearing be small enough? As I pondered the first of many walks I wondered if it was possible, for me, at least. But I kept moving. Walking, crawling, slithering, along the edge of the straight razor. Food stops were just a splash and go. I think my longest rest was to make sure a rider who had crashed was ok. The dirt road descents were so much fun, but loose gravel and stutter bumps are not a good combination. Looked like a broken collar bone for him.

It was actually a lot of fun fixed, yo-yo'ing with some other riders for almost the whole day. The reaction from others was outstanding. I got lots of cheers, you are my hero.... All this by mile 18. Damn. I better finish this and I did. Took me nearly 12 hours. I am feeling a little tender today.

Would I do it fix again? Ask me in 11 months time.





Wednesday, August 17, 2011

C O L O R A D O !

It's official, I will be starting the new gig next month... don't feel bad for me, someone has to do it, and I'll step up and take one for the team. Shorts & Flip Flops tomorrow... think they'll mind?



So if you find yourself in the Denver area, look me up. On the upshot for my faithful blog fans, I'll be posting up a bit more often and I'm certain that the picture quality will suck just as bad as it did here in Texas.

Yes, I'm a post whore... so sue me!

Monday, July 18, 2011

My bike tattoo is better than your bike tattoo!

Be sure to hit the link for the full text translation.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/93537824@N00/5950401843


Friday, July 15, 2011

Pinoy Pride Jersey

So a few weeks ago, I entered a jersey design into Voler.com's You're The Artist contest. It sounded simple enough. Once they posted it, if it got 150 Facebook "Likes" they'd do a run of them.

About 10 hours after I noticed them posting my design and I got the word out, it passed the minimum threshold!

I'm stoked. Check the details here and snag one for yourself if it suits ya.

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

I look to celebrities for sartorial splendor.

Attractive people on bikes:

http://fashion.telegraph.co.uk/galleries/TMG8564205/Stylish-celebrity-cyclists.html

Yay!

Oh and more Yay! I just moved to Marlborough MA.



It is about 40 minutes from Boston... The Mid-West feels like a distant memory of some vaguely recollected nightmare. It is only now moving back to civilization that I realize quite how shit it was.

The trails here are awesome, rocky, rooty loveliness. Most everyone is riding some full suspension wonder bike and I seem to get some funny looks turning up on the rigid fixie. "Dude that thing has no rear brake". No shit. I think maybe I will get something a bit less punishing, but looking at those bikes with all the cables and gears, lockouts and seat-droppers makes me think that I would rather be pedaling than dealing with all that crap. Then again I hear that the Outlaw is betraying the SS brotherhood, perhaps I should reconsider? I guess I need to find one of those pictures of the blue-eyed devil giving the two handed single finger salute...

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Aaron Ryan Memorial Ride


On June 18th we will be having a memorial ride at in honor of our friend Aaron Ryan.
 
"He was a great friend, dedicated teammate, fellow WUSS and most importantly an amazing husband and father. June 17th would have been Aaron's 40th Birthday and June 19th he would have celebrated Father's Day with his daughter Natalie and expecting wife Pavi.
 

We will miss Aaron tremendously and want to use this day to ride with him in our hearts and minds and remember the great times we had, particularly on the bike whether in group rides or in competition.

We will also use this ride to help raise money for the Ryan Children's Scholarship Fund that has been set up to help his family. Since it would have been Aaron's 40th birthday, $40 a person would be great to raise, but feel free to give more! I will take a collection and cut a check to the Scholarship fund after the event." -Jim Casey


Ride Details:
Location:
Wakefield Park (meet in the parking lot by the tennis courts)
Date: June 18th, 2011
Time: Wheels roll at 10:30AM
Level: Ride will be self paced group ride (but please limit any mechanical as it always drove Aaron nuts waiting on someone to fix their bike when he could be riding!)
Route: Will hit Wakefield and Accotink (expect 2-3 hours on the bike)
Donation: $40



Thanks to Jim for organizing the ride.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Wednesday OP Ride

Untitled by fatbob29r at Garmin Connect - Details

Finally remembered to bring the GPS with me on the OP ride. Of course, had a double mechanical. First my chain kep dropping, N-Gear had gotten loose and my chain kept dropping to the inside. After fixing that, found that my rear hub was super loose, so decided to call it quits. Lost about 10 miles due to mechanicals, worst Wed. ride for me yet.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Airbike

I don't care how much nerd-cred your lab-grown nylon Airbike has, it still looks like crap.

Friday, February 11, 2011

For the well-funded hipster: a $27,000 fixie

I think even Lance finds this absurd.

The whole thing is upholstered in hand-stitched water buffalo leather.



The. *Whole*. Thing.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Nice Rack...

Courtesy of the Frederick Bicycle Coaliton comes the shiny, new, beautifully designed bicycle rack depicted at left.  Classy!

According to an article on FrederickNewspost.com, it's Frederick's first (though by first, I think they mean first of its kind).

It comes as absolutely no surprise that the FBC chose the sidewalk outside of Brewer's Alley as the destination for this watershed installation. Well done, folks. Keep 'em coming.

[Above pic pilfered without apology or permission from Bill Green.]

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Redneck Advertising...


The Outlaw turned me on to this over the New Year's weekend. Just passing' it on. Enjoy.