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.
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:
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!
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.
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.
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...
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
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.