Friday, January 30, 2015

S24O bike configurations....some thoughts.

I've been tinkering with different bag and rack configurations lately in preparation for our little s24o trip down to Davis Creek park.  Right now I'm running a frame bag, handlebar bag, and seat bag (all from Revelate designs).

This is my "minimalist" setup...meaning the configuration should limit me from bringing too much gear because the bags can only hold so much.  This is a good thing for me because I'm an over packer.  And I seriously am...for instance if I'm bringing a stove for a brain've got two stoves....and they only weigh a few ounces each....bring a backup.  The reality being I probably won't even fire up one stove, let alone need a backup. 

With that in'll notice I still didn't take off the rear rack (which weights more than 2 pounds) even though I'm not using it.  You know...because if I leave it on and have stuff I have to bring at the last minute...I can throw in the two large rear panniers that go there!  Or, I could help someone out if they are over packed and struggle on the hill climbs...I'd have room to take some stuff from them.  Arghhhh!!!  See, my brain wants me to carry a lot of gear and just suffer!

So if you're planning on joining in on this little ride.  Start thinking about how you want to roll.  Fully packed or light weight!  If you're like me, it might take a while to beat your over packing instincts into line!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New bike lanes vs. new parking spots....

Ok, I'm actually not opposed to this (Mid-town doesn't have a lot of parking)....but I think we need to call out the double standard that the City of Reno is working with.

Basically, in less than a few months time we saw the idea proposed to eliminate a traffic lane from Center St. (behind Junkie) and put in about 15 parking spaces to serve Mid-town go from an idea to "we're doing it". My problem is with the process. If we want to remove a lane for a complete street process (California, Mayberry, Keystone), it takes a minimum of a year....and often longer.  There are proposals, design work (multiple options), multiple public meetings, design changes, and finally the idea is presented to the Reno city council for approval.

Even when all the proper procedures have been followed, a council member like Naoma Jardon can take a completed project like the Keystone street design, and scuttle it with a comment stating simply that she's worried about reducing lanes because it will impede people from getting to work.  Interesting that she's on board with reducing traffic lanes on Center St.....since it's a direct line for people coming from central/south Reno to get to the business district downtown. the way, bicycle lanes were nixed for Mid-town just last year....lanes that would have allowed hundreds of people to easily arrive and spend money.  This "solution" will allow 15 people (assuming single occupancy vehicles) to arrive in Mid-town to spend money. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Slow Roll Round Two!

The inaugural slow / snow roll had almost 75 people.  If you'd like to join us for some bikey fun put the date for next month on your calendar!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mambo No. 5... by bike horn . read the title correctly.  You can listen in by clicking the picture below to go to their page.

And yes...some people may just have too much time on their hands!  And....I just played it like 5 times in a row.  So apparently, I have too much time on my hands.  I'm offically filing this under cheesy but good!

S24O to configure your bike.

Ok, if the S24O post a few days ago got your blood pumping and your googling under the topic of bikepacking to a frenzied pace....then this post is for you.  I'm planning a group ride from Wingfield Park down to Davis Creek Park....stay overnight (camping)....and ride back to Reno the following day.  You are invited!  And to be totally clear...I will be providing the route and the start time/meeting place, beyond this you are technically on your own.

Anyway, this post is basically going to be pictures I've found on the internet (mostly from the Oregon Outback ride) that will show bikes in various states of "camping mode".  So depending on your interest, budget, and commitment.  Find a bike that has a configuration you like....or one you think you can get your bike looking like.  If you can accomplish're probably 90 percent of the way to joining us on the ride!

On to bike configurations!

A classic bikepacking configuration....handle bar bag, frame bag (bag custom made to fit the large triangle of your bike), and a seat bag.  Also....girls bikepack.  This is not just a boys club!

A nice mountain bike setup....small no frame bag.  Note the fairly small carrying capacity.  Keeping in mind bikepacking is often a minimalist pursuit.

Minimalist doesn't mean no coffee, hot food, or even what appears to be freshly butchered steak!

Here's a bike set up with a large (porter style) front rack and a seat bag.

Lots of configurations here....traditional rear rack and panniers with handle bar bags.  Front and rear pannier combos.  Mountain bikes...road bikes....they'll all get the job done!

How about just a front rack with a wire basket and a rear rack / large seat bag?

More examples that show almost any configuration and bike will do!

It takes all types!

Somewhere in what ever bag / bike combination you devise....there should be a celebration.  For these guys it was one bottle of beer.  Pick your reward for the campground!
Now...for the record, many of these are highly customized setups (and can cost $$$).  You can certainly get by with a simple rear rack (from your local bike shop or REI) and a well organized duffle bag strapped down to it.  Add a small back pack if you need additional room.  It might not be the pimped out setup you envision for your future trips...but this all about getting out the door in the near future and getting started with you bikepacking adventure.  So get the setup started and I'll get back to you in the near future with a post on exactly what to put in whatever bike/bag configuration you've got set up!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Midtown has a logo.... and it's a bicycle!

Yep, midtown is definitely bicycle territory!  Now if only Virginia St. had bike lanes or sharrows!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Aces Baseball Steps up to the Plate...with an Apology!

Earlier this week I posted about the Reno Bike Project Snow / Slow Roll.  Part of my post criticized Aces baseball as their security asked our group to leave the property because we were blocking traffic to the venue.

Imagine my surprise when I received an email from a founding father of the Reno Bike Project letting me know that the blog post had found it's way to the President of Aces, Erik Edelstein.  It seems that Erik contacted the RBP directly to apologize for the misunderstanding and with a desire to make things right.

So, I will retract my earlier call to stay away from Aces Baseball if you enjoy arriving by bike. Instead, let's give it another go and see if we can't all "play ball" (sorry couldn't help myself).  I know I'll definitely be back after this....after all it is a great venue to have right in downtown Reno!  So if this little blog happens to find it's way up the ladder again...Thanks Erik, the personal touch makes a difference and we'll be back to Aces Ballpark again!