Sunday, July 26, 2015

There was Utah and Colorado!

I know it's been dead around here....but a good blogger doesn't advertise when he's on vacation after listing his address publicly.  Anyway, there will be more regular posts now that I'm back Reno side.  Needless to say, there was much camping, biking, rivers, and more.  A few pics to wet your whistle!

New to me truck and my in the background is for the pic below.

Now that is a single track!  Fruita, Colorado.....been meaning  to stop here for years.  It finally happened and it was worth the wait!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Cycling tourists and Warm Showers.

If you've never heard of Warm Showers you're likely not into cycle touring.  Basically it's a list server you can sign up for and if you're on the road touring and need a place to crash you can find someone in the area who will host you.  It might just be camping in their yard and access to a bathroom....or a nice comfy bed, a warm meal, and a shower.  Just depends on what the host offers.

Anyway, I've been a member for about a year and recently had my first visitor.  A gentleman from Spain (more particularly the Basque countryside).  He's on a tour from San Francisco out to Elko, up to Boise, over to Portland, and back to San Francisco....all in search of elements of Basque heritage here in the region.  If you didn't know Nevada and Idaho have more Basque than anywhere except the homeland....and UNR has the largest Basque library in the country.

Anyway Xabi was a great guy and I got two days of culture in exchange for taking him out in Reno and giving him a place to rest up for a couple days.  Perhaps some of you might be interested in a similar experience?  If so check out!

Riding with Xabi on the way out of town.

A must have picture with the classic Reno arch.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Jurassic bicycle!?

I know the new Jurassic World movie is out...this seems the only possible way to tie it to a bike blog!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Quote of the day....

I'm taking a little time off from work this the month.  So postings will be a bit less regular.  However, I don't want you to lose motivation so here's a little quote to keep you rolling.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

People are Idiots....

Now I know there aren't many people who talk up used car salesmen as "pillars of society", but this move might just take the cake if you're a cyclist.

The saddest part is this example is right here in Reno (Carzone on Kietzke Lane).  I'm not sure if this is the worst attempt at advertising ever, a test drive ending with a customer who can't parallel park, or just the douchbagery that comes with having a truck that size.  Any way you look at it, it's an epic fail.  The only real question is why isn't there a ticket on that windshield!?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hmmm...time for the shop.

This picture is a little last week.  I was convinced to head up and ride the summer solstice ride with the Tuesday Night Ride Group on the Emigrant Trail.  However, I did notice the next day when I was getting around to cleaning the bike that I had more than a little grease / oil on the left  stanchion.  Turns out the seal wasn't totally blown but was leaking pretty good (it's been rolling for 5 years with no maintenance).  I diligently googled the replacement kit....$78.00 and the pain in the butt of doing the messy rebuild.

So the following day I found myself on the way to Great Basin Bicycles to drop it off and let them do it!  Don't get me wrong...I can do the rebuild...I'm just that lazy some days!  By the time my work day was done the repair was done too.  Have to love Great Basin's service turn around.  And perhaps the best total bill was $70.  Less than buying the kit and doing it myself.  I guess it pays to be friends with the bike shop owners in town!

So if you've got a little "project" that you're just not in the mood for, head down to Great Basin Bicycles and let them do it.  It might just be a better deal than doing it yourself!

Monday, June 29, 2015

IMBIB Brewery Grand Opening.

What can I easy excuse for bikes and beer!  The newest brewery in town is actually a collaborative effort by several Washoe Zephyr Zymurgists (WZZ) beer club members, so I also felt a bit obligated to get down there and help them make their official opening a success!

The front entrance looks great!

Live music back in the brewery.

Keg lined "stage"!

The small in house brew system (larger batches are currently done down in Carson) and a whole lot of goodness aging in barrels!

Manning the taps!

It's worth noting that they had 17 beers and a couple home brew cola's on hand.  This is a really impressive feat for a grand opening...there are several well established breweries in town that don't have a draft list half this long!  And several options were barrel aged sours....something that's still a bit lacking here in the Reno beer scene.  Based on this display and the quality of the beers I sampled I think these guys are going to be hugely popular in the rapidly growing brewery options in Reno!