Wednesday, November 26, 2014

How to crash in a cyclocross race....

 Don't bunny hop the barrier completely and bounce the rear wheel into it.  Allow rear wheel to completely rebound....  Be sure to completely commit to eating shit by removing hands from handlebars!

Use now free hands to catch the rapidly approaching ground! make this look really good, do not clip out yet!

Tuck and roll....for dramatic effect don't unclip second foot yet.

Show everyone your Lycra clad ass!

Complete roll / slide through and unclip.

Begin recovery.

Ok...almost begin recovery....

Start smiling because you see someone is getting this on camera....grab bike and slam the brake levers back into place while running the next two barriers.  Continue racing for 3 more laps!
Oh...and if you're wondering.  I'm the chump eating if you were thinking I'm being a bit harsh with the comments it's ok, because I'm insulting myself!

The Holidays Begin!

I'm sure everyone is geared up for Turkey day....but I got a little reminder that the holidays are officially here on the ride home last night.  Just as I came into the city center I heard the chanting 5,4,3,2,1.....and as I yanked out a cell phone for a quick picture the City of Reno Christmas tree lit up!  Hence the fuzzy on the fly picture.  But hey, I'll call it another perk of bicycle commuting!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Epic Rap Battle....Road Biker vs. Mountain Bike.

Ok, some of the language / images aren't good for kids or if you work in a very restrictive workplace.  You've been warned....(although it's pretty mild).  If you dare give it a's pretty funny.

Happy Cranksgiving....biking for the hungry makes national news!

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Sorry about the commercial (yes, ironic that it's a car commercial)....but the story is worth it.  And bicycles in national news is always a good thing!  And it shows a bit about bicycle a "friendly" cabbie honks at the New York group ride and gives them a "you're #1" salute (around the 3:50 mark if your interested). It will also make you proud of your commuting skills, as several of the celebrity riders almost collide with one another and talk about how out of breath they are!  All in all, a nice way to see bicycles in the news!

Sagebrush Cyclocross Series Wrap Up.

Well, the Reno Sagebrush Cyclocross series came to an end on Saturday.  The weather couldn't have been better.  A total mix that no one could predict until the moment you left the starting line.  It was sunny and low 60's with high winds for the early race, and then temperatures dropped as a front moved through for the second race and it started to rain (although it didn't last)!  Then it was back to sunshine for the last race.

A sunny, beautiful start for the Men's C, Men's C+35, and Women's B and C groups.

As usual, Reno Bike Project put on a fabulous breakfast of pancakes, hash browns, and bacon along with all the orange juice, coffee, and fireball you could stomach!  I opted for a bacon / fireball shot breakfast.
Breakfast of Champions 5th place riders....

The course looked a little something like this:

A really fun version of the classic Clayton middle school location with a lot of small barriers in tight corners that "could" be ridden.  This of course translated into a bunch of over the handlebar crashes (including yours truly).  I know the Cranking Glass Photography guys got a bunch of shots of this and I'll post them as soon as they update their sight! 

The end result for me was a 5th place finish in the men's B category, which landed me in 3rd place for the years series (personal note...YES!).  This result is a little deceiving because there is a huge field of men's B +35 racers who are notably faster than me.  But hey, they chose to race against the other old guys and I threw my hat in the ring with the guys half my age, which gave me a shot at placing a bit better!

Here are the series results for the B's.

And the B +35.

Anyway, it was a good way to finish off the season.  I'll update this with a bunch of pictures as they become available.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Dirty Friday.

I found another tenth of a mile of dirt that I can add to my morning commute.  Not sure why I haven't done this before.  I walk the dog here pretty regularly, but it never occurred to me that I could add it to my daily ride.  I know what you're saying....big deal.  Well, it might not be a big deal....but it did put a smile on my face this morning!  Did your Friday commute do that!?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

River Path Evaluation (Lake St. to Wells Ave.)

Here's another portion of the river path, from the Automobile Museum to Wells Ave. reviewed with comments from one of our newer local bicycle advocates (David).  All the photos and observations are his (with a few edits from me for clarity).  A big thanks to David for doing this section of the path.

Location Map for comments and photos.  Working from East to West.
#1 Below is what once was a stop sign @ lower wells and the river path westbound. 
The path width at this location is 14'. Remove or replace device? 

 #2  Slightly further west at Brodhead Memorial Park there is a medium (<3") root protrusion on the south side of the path just before the Kuenzli Street access point. Path width is still 14'.

#3  Adjacent to the Kuenzli street access point there appears to be a tree stump and 2"x2" sign post base painted in high visibility paint on the north side of the path that likely should be remedied for safety. 

The path narrows here due to downhill (slope) creep. 
Usable width is now 8' and distance to the protrusions is 10'. Below are three examples.

#4  Next up for review is the Kuenzli Street overpass. 
Usable path width is now 10'. 
Guard rail present. 
Please note in the following photos the condition of the installed lighting fixtures as currently vandalized and non-functional. I can attest to these two fixtures having been in this state for over five years now (Three photos).

#5  Second Street overpass. 
Usable path with 10'. 
Unlike its pretentious Kuenzli Street counterpart there is no guard rail present. 
Again note the condition of the lighting fixtures, vandalized and non-functional (three photos).

#6  Past the Second Street overpass a "S" curve exists just prior to the auto museum. 
Usable path width varies and is at a minimum of 8'. 
Please note that the lamp in the picture is likely in a failed condition. I noted on my return after dark (but did not photograph), conservatively 80% of the lamps in the reviewed section are non-functional.

#7  Just east of the auto museum exists an outcropping of one gated structure and what appears to be a control or power mechanism is contained within the gated structure. Protrusions of metal lids at ground level (multiple).
Steep decline towards the river, without barrier.
Control/power device obstruction without barrier. Not clearly visible in dark conditions.
Very narrow usable path width @ 6' to 7'.

#8  Approaching Lake Street, adjacent to the auto museum.
Path width is 8'
One or more root protrusions of the smaller variety (<1") on the north side of the path. 
The irrigation system (Automobile Museum maintained) frequently leaks, flooding sections of the path, leading to rapid degradation of the newly repaved path.  How about some desert landscaping!