Friday, August 31, 2012

Bike lane vs. Road



The good news is more and more cities are catching on and starting to improve bicycle infrastructure.



 The bad news is that occasionally it just isn't complete and leaves you in a busy intersection or middle of a lane with no obvious (or safe) place to ride.  Even worse is when it is used by construction crews as a place to put signs to help guide traffic "safely" though an area.


Sometimes however, the design of bicycle lanes is compromised by some really odd things.  Just for fun someone has taken each example of poor design and done the same thing with roadways for cars.....  Suddenly it doesn't seem like something so trivial eh?










Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tuesday Night Mountain Bike Ride.

For the last couple months a group of my friends has been making the effort to get out and do some mountain biking.  For the most part the group is regular riders who used to mountain bike quite a bit....so it's not a "new" thing.  The problem is that life starts to get in the way and then suddenly you're riding less and less.

Making it a designated weekly group ride with several people means you're getting texts and phone calls that make it that much harder not to attend the ride.  In some cases your manliness may be questioned if you fail to attend....

I don't know why I've failed to bring a camera on these rides.  Especially since their have been some great falls!  Anyway last night we did a section of trail that I'd call lower Galena Creek to upper Galena Creek and I finally managed to take a few pics.

There were no "real" falls to record but it did start out in typical fashion.  Meaning we didn't park in exactly the right place and as soon as one of the guys pulled his bike out of the truck and let it touch the ground we found our first goats head.  So a 1/4 mile down the road at the trail head it was time to fix a flat!


Yeah, um....that's a goats head all right.  And now my tires flat.


I'm sure I can get the tire off the rim without a tire iron....I'm a big strong guy....do you guys have a tire iron?


And it only takes about a thousand strokes with a mini pump to inflate a 2.3 29er tire!

Finally, we managed to get on the trail.  It was nice single track with some technical sections (most of which were ridden by the group.  This "bridge" stopped everyone short however.  Not only is is a step up to the log, but there's an pretty much unridable slope at the end.  I don't know if anyone rides this but if they do my hats off to you!


My instincts told me not to try to ride this as I approached.....


 Looking back (hind sight is 20 20 they say)....instincts were correct and I probably would be laying in the creek with a broken something!


After some additional riding we still managed a few wrong turns....the proof that we were riding is Jesse's backpack silhouette.  And for the record, his camel back wasn't leaking! 


For anyone who thinks all Reno/Tahoe trails are rocky you haven't had the pleasure of riding around the Galena area trails lately!  So grab a bike and take the drive....it's a worthwhile trip and the riding was excellent!

Things you didn't know (or notice).



Just the casual ride in this morning and then at the corner of Rock and Mill...Deer!  One of them actually just stepped through the brush line so you can't see her.  Pretty cool for downtown industrial Reno.  I'm assuming they use the river corridor to get here from the Hidden Valley side but who knows.

Just out of curiosity I asked each of my coworkers (who all drive in on Mill) if they notice them.  Not a single one did.  Yet another reason to ride! 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Bicycle Warfare!


Below is an email from Scott Hall.  Scott has devoted himself to shepherding some of the RTC projects with good bicycle juju.    Fortunate for us that he has the time and devotion to track these projects, because it appears some have taken turns away from their true bicycle nature.  Below is the list and call to arms from Scott (Bold highlights for the details are mine).



Everyone,

Received word from RTC that they are presenting their proposals for road re-configurations for Plumas Street and Sutro Street at the Reno City Council meeting this Wednesday at 12 noon in the Agenda items J-2 and J-3. Unfortunately the staff proposals from Steve Bunnell, Reno Public Works, recommend a severe compromise for bicyclist and pedestrian safety. Both plans have incomplete road diets, putting bicyclists into intersections without bicycle lanes, or next to two-lane truck traffic.


Plumas would have two lanes traveling south in the proposed Alternative #2, with parking and bicycle lanes on both sides. Despite our committed efforts at the public meetings, written letters and comments, we were denied a "complete street". There is no way to see the final proposal until the meeting, and thus we can't analyze the exact specifics, but from the report it seems we will have another Frankenstein, opportunistic road conversion. In contrast the RTC, NDOT, UNR and the new guidance from the feds, AASHTO, recommended a complete road diet. I also recommended to include buffered bike lanes which separate bicyclists from traffic by another 2-3 feet, but was denied as well. These research-based improvements would allow even more riders such as children, families and inexperienced bicyclists to use Plumas Street to connect West Reno to South Reno. The AASHTO Bicycle Guide states that "latent demand" and "bicycle level of service" be measured and incorporated into the proposal. These of course were not done. The main dissent is from impatient motorists who don't want to be bothered by slow bicyclists and pedestrians in their way.


Sutro Street has a better opportunity to become the main North/South bicycle connector for North Valleys and Downtown Reno. Most of the corridor will be converted to two lanes, with bike lanes both ways. Despite explicit funding for the project from safety grants, the proposal does not include bicycle lanes from Wedekind to Oddie, the most congested section of Sutro. The plan basically tells bicyclists that they can take their chances through this intersection, which is where historically the most crashes occur. Instead of being a priority, bicyclist safety is deferred to motor traffic and engineering convenience. The upper section of Sutro by Hug High will also keep 4-lane traffic to potentially accommodate more traffic from a connection to Sun Valley. The implementation of bike lanes at the school would encourage more students to commute by bike and access Downtown Reno without needing a car. The road diet can be accomplished and is merely a choice by the City of Reno traffic engineer.


I hope our presence at the City Council meeting shows that we are still committed to making Reno a safer place to live and ride our bicycles and walk. We are already behind all the other cities in Nevada, including Las Vegas, Carson City and Sparks, in implementing improved bicycle facilities. We are challenged to continue our efforts for economic, health, and social gains through a consistently safe and inviting public infrastructure for bicyclists and pedestrians.


If you would like to support accommodations for all citizens on our public roadways, please come to the meeting, give public comments, and write a final letter to the City Council. I have created a invite if you know of someone else who is able to come.


https://www.facebook.com/events/379618015444942/?context=create

Thanks again for the support, and see you on Wednesday.


Scott Hall, Chairman


Committee for Bicyclists on 4th Street

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Always do what the signs tell you!

No words needed.....just let your jaw drop and hang there.

Click to see it in action!

Large Package Delivery (yep, I said it)!

So one of my family members (a cousin's daughter) got married recently.  Wifey and I found presents in the form of tupperware months ahead of time.  We then stored said tupperware in the spare bedroom well past when it should have been sent.  Now that the wedding has come and gone, we finally wrapped and prepped the box for shipping.  .And for those who have not tried, tupperware is impossible to wrap.  Perhaps this is the reason we have been avoiding it.


I then escorted the package to the post office via the xtracycle on the way to work this morning.  It is amazing what this thing can carry with ease.  You can see the tupperware gift, but there's also a huge messenger bag back there with cloths for work, a very nice lunch, and a ton of bike tools.  And after all that you don't even feel like your not riding a regular bike!  Well, unless your going up hill.....  So if you haven't tried carrying things....head down to the local bike shop and buy yourself a rack.  You to might then be able to deliver late wedding presents!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Cargo Bike refresher!

I posted reblogged this back in October last year.  However, I was reading Reno-Rambler's site yesterday and he had it posted. 

It really reminded me why I like riding a 50+ pound bike every day.  Not just because it can carry things.....(because usually it's pretty empty)....but because it represents the potential to change.  It doesn't mean you don't own a car, but it means if you want to you can get to the grocery store without one, or ride downtown to see a show and bring a chair, or carry work cloths without starting the day with a sweaty back.

 Anyway, it's a feel good video about the potential bicycles offer and it made me smile.  Hopefully, it will get you one your bike!
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EcoVelo posted this one today (so I'm shamelessly reblogging).



This one hits home with me.  I think I rode to work the first time just because one of my buddies was going to.  Then I did it because it was an easy way to sneak some exercise in.  As I started riding more often I found that if I wanted to do something after work I just continued on the bike.  Eventually, this meant I was carrying more and more stuff for the day and my bag got larger and larger and larger.  After a while I wanted to carry more than a bag was practical for and making the transition to a cargo bike (xtracycle) was the logical choice.

For more info:   LizCanning.com

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bad day for bicycles and pedestrians!



Two summarized posts from New 4 about a pedestrian and a bicyclist who were hit by cars early this morning. 

Reno, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)-- Washoe County North Sergeant says a pedestrian was struck by a car at the intersection of Sierra Street and Putnam Drive at about 12:30 a.m. on August 17, 2012. 
       
The 21-year-old woman was walking across the street when she was struck by a jeep. The driver of the jeep fled the scene.
       
The victim was treated on the scene with non life-threatening injuries. 
Police are investigating the accident. The vehicle is described as light colored, with no license plate and a dark colored soft top. Witnesses say the driver was male and had dark, shaggy hair, and that he did get out of his car and almost approach the victim before getting back in his car and taking off.  
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 Reno, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com)-- Reno Watch Commander says a bicyclist was struck by a car while in a crosswalk at the intersection of 6th street and Sierra Street at about 1:30 a.m. on August 17, 2012.
        
The driver fled the scene. The vehicle is described as a 1990s black Ford Explorer.
        
The bicyclist suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

Keep an eye out for vehicles matching these and give the cops a call if you think you seem them.  In both cases the stand up citizens behind the wheel fled the scene rather than try to help the person they hit!  True scum bag excuses for human beings....to bad that the punishment for such incidents is so light (if they are ever caught).  Time to step up the vulnerable road uses laws yet again.

Umm...ok, park the garbage truck on the bike path.

The morning started out pretty normal....coffee, shower, riding in to work with wifey.  Stopped by the Raley's for some bread.  Headed down through downtown.  Nice cool morning, perfect for riding.  As usual I'm always looking for something to snap a picture of so I can put it up here.  Today however, it was pretty hard to miss!


I was so stunned by the full sized garbage truck parked on the river path that I didn't even stop short for a picture.  Well, actually, I was concentrating to try to fit between the garbage truck and the railing!  Then I remembered to stop and take a picture. 

I'm not sure what's up with this.  There aren't any trash bins along the river here so he's not working.  I guess he's just trying to stay out of the way....which this does not accomplish.  How about one of the many empty parking spaces on the road.

The other part that bugs me is that it's hard enough to keep the bike trail maintenance up....the sidewalk/path isn't designed for this type of load and if they get in the habit of this it will crack the concrete and cause damage that has to be repaired.  I'm sure their not thinking about this but come on....let's use a little common sense!

Either way, it definitely made my morning unusual...anybody else see something interesting on their commute?

Thursday, August 16, 2012

How about....NO!




Rock park gets a cleanup!

As I was rolling in to work today, I made my normal departure from the river path at Rock park.  I was greeted by a nice sight....a clean up crew.


I've seen the "chain gang" cleanup crew along the river path before and it seems like a great program.  Even though it's a little weird to see someone in the classic black and white stripes of a 1950's era prison outfit. 

 Rock park definitely needed some serious attention too.  It had weeds that were 3 feet high and so dense in places you couldn't even walk up the path to the bus stop!  Hopefully, they'll get it cleaned up and make return trips periodically!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Invisible helments.....Bike Ninjas should love this!

I'm not sure if I would want one of these or not.  I guess I don't mind traditional helmets....but for those of you who do.



Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Great American cities for cycling

An article from nbcnews.com:



 City of Chicago

Chicago -- America's third largest metropolis -- has 117 miles of on-street bike lanes, more than 30 miles of marked shared lanes and dozens of miles of off-street paths.
By ShermansTravel.com

Pedaling through a major U.S. city is not just the province of daredevil bike messengers. With warmer weather and rising gas prices, there’s never been a better time to hop on a bicycle, especially while you’re on vacation. "It’s also a way to really be local,” suggests Nicole Freedman, director of bicycling programs for the City of Boston, “because when you bike you can stop wherever you want, you can talk to people.”

Urban areas across America are establishing dedicated bike lanes and trails at an unprecedented pace, and though U.S. cities may still be playing catch-up when it comes to bike-share programs (the VĂ©lib’ system in Paris, launched in 2005, already includes 20,000 bikes at 1,800 stations), it may surprise you how many of the handy hop-on-hop-off systems are already functioning on this side of the pond: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis and Washington, D.C. all have successful bike shares in place, while New York City, San Francisco and St. Petersburg are launching high-profile programs this year. Jeremy Rothschild, director of marketing for B-cycle, a bike-sharing outfit in Chicago, sums up the two-wheel appeal: “It’s magic…a bike that’s there when you need it and gone when you don’t.”

Along with established or in-the-works bike shares, our Top 10 Cities for Cycling, all with populations over 100,000, feature an abundance of great rental shops, municipal bike racks, exciting trails, and dedicated bike lanes.

Katie Adamson of Visit Denver says that the 300,000 rides logged during the two-year (and counting) lifespan of Denver’s bike-share program have translated into 13.5 million burned calories, a $990,000 savings on gas and parking, and 1.1 million pounds of greenhouse gases avoided. Yep, biking is good for our health, our pocketbooks and our planet. And as you’ll see, it actually looks like fun.

1. Austin

Home to seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Austin is a bike lover’s mecca: The city estimates that more than 6,000 people ride bikes here each day. The Lance Armstrong Bikeway will soon connect East and West Austin with a dedicated bike path for the first time (4.6 miles of the planned 6-mile path is now complete), and the Barton Creek Greenbelt offers a 7-mile mountain biking trail right in the heart of the city. These are just two of the reasons Austin is recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists. “The city has earned this prestigious spot by excelling in bicycle education, evaluation and enforcement,” says Steve Alberts, communications manager at the Texas Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Austin is the only city in Texas to earn this recognition.” Thanks to a recent partnership between the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and Armstrong’s Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop, Austin’s bike-share program will launch in 2013 with 450 bikes located at kiosks in downtown and East Austin. For now, temporary bike-share programs are available during special events like the annual SXSW festival in March. And if you don’t have a bike and have trouble hailing a cab after the bars close, hop onto one of the city’s numerous pedicabs. “Drivers work for tips, and can point out the coolest nightspots,” says Alberts.

Bikeable Miles
155 miles of bike lanes and 170 miles of off-road, multi-use trails

Rent a Bike
Austin offers a slew of savvy bike shops, including Mellow Johnny’s (rates start at $20 for four hours) or Barton Springs Bike Rental (rates start at $7.50 per hour), which also offers bike tours of Austin ($35 for two hours).

Try this Route
Take a spin around Lady Bird Lake (known to locals as Town Lake), a reservoir on the Colorado River that runs through downtown Austin, offering 10 miles of trails.

2. Boston

Not long ago, Beantown was often cited as one of the worst cities for biking. Dismayed by the unsavory title, Mayor Tom Menino started the Boston Bikes initiative in 2007 headed by former Olympic cyclist Nicole Freedman. In the past five years, Boston has created over 50 miles of bike lanes (up from just 60 yards), installed 2,500 bike parking spaces and 850 bike racks, and established numerous city-wide programs to promote cycling and bike safety. The city recently ranked number one in the country for safety for bikers and pedestrians by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and carries silver-level status as a bike-friendly community from the League of American Bicyclists. The New Balance Hubway bike-share program debuted in summer 2011, garnering 100,000 rides in the first 10 weeks. In 2012, Hubway plans to expand into neighboring Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline, and hopes to add even more stations in Boston proper.

Bikeable Miles
52.2 miles of bikeways

Rent a Bike
The Hubway bike-share system – with over 600 bikes and 61 stations – costs $5 for one day or $12 for three days. The first half-hour of your ride is free; then it’s an additional $2 for up to an hour, $6 for up to 90 minutes and $14 for up to 2 hours of riding.

Try This Route
“I think a hidden gem is Harborwalk,” says Nicole Freedman, director of bicycling programs for the City of Boston. “It’s a stunning view of the city. Absolutely stunning.”

3. Chicago

In his first year as mayor of America’s third largest metropolis, Rahm Emanuel laid out ambitious plans to “make Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the country.” To that end, “Rahmbo” has proposed a 500-mile network of bike paths, with at least one path within a half-mile of every Chicago resident. In the meantime, the city already boasts over 12,000 bike racks, more than any other U.S. city, and one of the best dedicated urban bike paths around: The 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail takes bikers through several popular parks and attractions, with sweeping skyline views around every bend. Several high-capacity bike parking areas are located throughout the city, including many of the city’s rail stations and at Millennium Park, where the state-of-the-art McDonald’s Cycle Center even offers showers and lockers. And when it comes to bike-share programs, things have never looked brighter for the Windy City: A system launched in 2010 by Chicago B-cycle consists of seven self-service bike rental stations at several popular Lakefront locations, and the city recently contracted with Alta Bicycle Share to make a whopping 3,000 bikes available at 300 solar-powered, self-service stations this year.

Bikeable Miles
117 miles of on-street bike lanes, more than 30 miles of marked shared lanes, and dozens of miles of off-street paths (including the Lakefront Trail)

Rent a Bike
Bike and Roll Chicago has been operating on Chicago's lakefront for 19 years at top Chicago destinations such as Millennium Park, Navy Pier, Wabash & Wacker (across from Trump Tower), North Avenue Beach and historic Hyde Park (President Obama's neighborhood). Rates for one of their new Trek models start at $10/hour and $35/day (save $5 on the daily rate by booking online). The same company operates Chicago B-cycle, with rates starting at $5/hour and increasing by $2.50 every half hour; after 4 hours, the $20/day rate applies.

Try this Route
“Though a bit off the standard tourist track, the Illinois Institute of Technology has world-class architecture that definitely makes a worthwhile visit…,” suggests Jeremy Rothschild, director of marketing for Chicago B-cycle. “The campus boasts several buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe, Rem Koolhaas and Helmut Jahn.” From Grant Park, travel south along the Lakefront Trail and make a right at East 31st Street, then continue a mile to the IIT campus, home of two B-cycle bike-share stations.

4. Denver

“Biking is a great way to explore Denver,” says Katie Adamson, a public relations coordinator at Visit Denver. “Visitors can take a B-cycle to almost every major attraction in the city.” The B-cycle bike-share program, one of the first of its kind in the nation, provides access to the riverfront, the Denver Botanic Gardens, City Park, downtown shopping areas and the Golden Triangle museum district. The weather is great for cycling, too, with blooming trees and flowers in the spring, community bicycle events in the summer (www.bikedenver.org; www.denvercruiserride.com), and abundant fall foliage (B-cycle stations are closed from December to March). Denver has the added bonus of being 30 miles from Boulder, another great bike-friendly city. Denver’s smaller, outdoor-loving neighbor has its own, more extensive B-cycle share program and hundreds of miles of downtown bike lanes and mountain biking trails. Even the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, a year-old professional bike race on par with Tour de France, deems both cities excellent for biking. The seven-day race begins in southwestern Colorado, travels through several Rocky Mountain towns, including Boulder, and ends dramatically with a time-trial finish in downtown Denver. Free for spectators, the 2012 challenge will be held from August 20-26.

Bikeable Miles
850 miles of off-street paved trails, plus hundreds of miles of bike lanes and dirt trails

Rent a Bike
The base day rate at Denver B-cycle bike share starts at $8, with reasonable usage fees accruing after the first 30 minutes: $1 for 30-60 minutes after checkout and $4 for each additional 30 minutes. You can pick up and drop off your B-cycle at any of the 52 stations around town (denver.bcycle.com).

Try this Route
The Cherry Creek Bike Path, which is lined with cherry blossoms in the spring and includes the Cherry Creek Shopping District as well as Castlewood Canyon State Park and the Cherry Creek State Recreation Area (www.denver.org).

5. Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.

The Twin Cities emergence as a bike-friendly superstar coincided with a general plan to make the area more livable. “Fifteen years ago almost no one lived downtown,” says Bill Dossett, executive director of the Nice Ride bike-share program. Now, downtown apartments have some of the highest occupancy rates around, a new light rail line will connect downtown Minneapolis with the University of Minnesota and downtown St. Paul, and Bicycling Magazine calls Minneapolis the best biking city in the country. Launched two years ago, Nice Ride had over 100,000 rides in 2010 and over 217,000 rides in 2011; rentals will start again for 2012 sometime in the spring. Currently there are 116 stations and 1,200 bicycles, with plans to add 30 new stations – mostly in downtown St. Paul – and 128 more bikes this year. The cities host bike-themed events “almost every weekend,” says Dossett, from scavenger hunts to organized rides to cycling races. In 2011 alone, Minneapolis added 37 miles of bikeways, installed hundreds of bike-specific street signs and created a citywide bike map for the first time. “All of these things are happening at the same time that we’ve made this great investment in the last five years,” says Dossett. “You bring all of that together and I think our future is very bright.”

Bikeable Miles
81 miles of on-street bikeways and 85 miles of off-street bikeways

Rent a Bike
A 24-hour subscription to the Nice Ride bike-share program costs $6, after which you can ride for free for the first 30 minutes. Fees are $1.50 for up to an hour, $4.50 for up to 90 minutes, and $6 for each additional half hour after that (www.niceridemn.org).

Try This Route
For visitors staying near the Convention Center, cruise down the Nicollet Mall then head over to the river and across the Stone Arch Bridge, a pedestrian- and bike-only bridge with a view of the St. Anthony Falls. “That’s just a great route to see the Old Mill District, to see the new Guthrie Theater, to see the river, and to see downtown from the Nicollet Mall,” says Dossett.

We are what we're taught.

And you wonder why more people don't know to ride bicycles as adults.....


Monday, August 13, 2012

Cargo bike for the win!





Bike to work week....planning group!




Bike to Work, School and Fun Week 2012 was so much fun that we’re already looking forward to next year’s campaign.  Please join us for a meet and greet at Craft Beer and Wine at 22 Martin Street at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, August 14 .  We’re looking for people who are interested in joining the Truckee Meadows Bicycle Alliance and helping us promote Bike to Work Week 2013, but feel free to just come by, say hi, and celebrate cycling if that’s your preference.

2012 T-shirts are on sale at www.bikenevada.org for only $5.00 – or come pick one up at the meet and greet.  All of the money goes toward next year’s event.   

Friday, August 10, 2012

Hot August Nights Bike Ride!

 

It's not all about cars folks.  The Hot August Nights Bike Ride is coming up this weekend.  So get out that show and shine bike and come on down and join the fun.  Please note....it's an official event with a police escort, so you don't have to worry about traffic.  You will literally own the road during Hot August Nights.....try that any other night!

Here's the official post from the Reno Bicycle Project:


What: it’s a GROUP RIDE!!! What’s that, you might ask? Well, it’s when a large fun group of funky people on bikes get together and take a nice cruisin’ ride around downtown Reno.
Where: Meet in front of the Reno Bike Project’s pink building 541 E. 4th Street
Time: Meet on Saturday (11th) 5:30, ride starts around 6
Will it be safe? YES! It will be SO safe because the kind and friendly Reno Police Department will be escorting this ride around downtown! If you’re usually wary to ride your bike, this is a great opportunity for you to test the waters of urban riding because the RPD will help control traffic for us during this ride. This is an extremely family friendly event so we hope to see kids on kids bikes and kids in kids trailers riding along.
I heard something about ice cream? Is it true? YES! There will be an ice cream social after this event so come and satisfy your sweet tooth!

The first US bicycle counter.


Portland just added a new bike counter (like they have in Denmark).  I'm not sure if it will make people want to ride but it sure will document how many riders Portland really has in that certain section of town.  Let's see the numbers and see if Portland really is the bikiest town in the USA.



Monday, August 6, 2012

Whirlwind tour in Bend, Or.

 
We had a quick spin through Bend this weekend.  I think we might have actually spent more time driving to and from than we did there (well almost).  It has lead up to a super busy week here at work so you might not be hearing much from me this week. 

While we were in town we managed to meet up with some good friends from Washington, run a half marathon, and drink enough quality Bend beer to just about sideline the whole trip!


I hope you had as much fun with your weekend.....but I doubt it!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Road finds.....score!

Ok, so yesterday was pretty bad (as far as quality postings go).  I guess I was running low on things to write about.  However, there aren't too many of those days when you're riding.  Today riding paid off in more than it's normal enjoyable way.  Today the ride provided me with a brand new channel lock pliers!


Now I wasn't planning to head down to Home Depot today to buy a pair of channel lock pliers but I'm sure if I was it would have cost me $20 for a good one.  This one gets added to the tool box just because I road my bike today!  I'm calling it a win (well at least it's better than the sock from two days ago).  Now I'll just have to find something to use my new pliers for! 

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Are you riding or are you training?

My riding style (and choice of bikes) is definitely geared toward just riding for everyday life.  Recently, a friend asked me if I ever did any training rides.  I told him I hadn't for quite a while (like years).  So this morning on the way to work I managed to get in a train(ing) ride.  I don't think this was what he meant though!


On the up side, my bike is really fun to ride through the corners....  I guess you could say it corners like it's on rails!  Oh, man I really have to stop.  This post is just getting farther and farther off track.  Ok, seriously I'm done.