Thursday, December 6, 2018

Critical Mass Video - 2008

Im not positive this is 2008 but its my best guess.

I see some familiar faces....

Lots of fond memories from this time period. Was this the peak of the single speed / hip cycling era? It feels like it. Or is that just because i'm old now and out of the loop and actually theres tons of cool stuff happening right now that i have no idea about?

(Sitting here clicking thru old photos and realizing i have enough material to keep this blog fresh for the next 17 years.)

*** Editors note: HAHA the video doesn't work! Classic. ***

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Weak sauce bike ride

Saturday mornings are typically my time to ride. 

I have a wife and a kid and a cat so free time is minimal.

Ive been on and off again sick since early July but finally i felt like riding this morning. It did not go well. A healthy dose of quality coffee got things off to a good start...

But then i remembered i still needed to repair the rear flat on my cx bike...

(btw, anyone want to buy a Ethan Allen queen size bed frame? $200)

I could have taken the road bike but its on the trainer in the basement and getting it up to the main floor sounded exhausting so i set on about fixing the flat and quickly located the issue...

I found an old tire in the basement and got it on the rim only to find out that for whatever reason it wouldn't inflate. Pump problem, tube problem, user error, whatever the case by this point i was very frustrated and opted to ride my mountain bike instead. The singletrack is all closed so it would be a road ride, but ive always enjoyed riding my mountain bike on the road...

So i set off to do the Leawood North Loop. It's a route ive been into lately and i time myself. I add a bit to the route and it takes me about 45 minutes. I've done it on the road bike and the cross bike but never the mountain bike so i was interested to see how my time would stack up...

(I did not take this pic, fyi)

However the weak sauce express was only just warming up and my rear tire developed a slow lead so i called it quits 15 minutes into the loop. In hindsight i probably could have finished because it ended up sealing itself but i lost my nerve and headed home to make a high priced fancy pants weak sauce bike ride recovery drink...

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Its pretty awesome how little i post yet the blog is still alive

Ok, alive is a stretch considering the lack of activity on said blog. I guess the blog is "alive" in the same way that guy in the movie Seven whose chained to a bed beneath 300 hanging air fresheners is "alive".

Everybody in the room thought he was dead but then that guy whose been in everything puts his face right up next to air freshener man to talk some sh*t and then all the sudden air freshener man starts coughing!


Thats me. 

Thats this blog.

We're still coughing.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Got in a ride

Saturday morning are my time to get out. Wednesday evenings are as well but i have more time on Saturdays.

It was cold this morning so i opted for the mtb, which is ss, which ive been assuming was too slow to pedal on the road but im out of shape plus the gear is harder than i thought, so it worked out.

i rode to burp and back, ok technically i parked at Second Best Coffee because time was running out, but i still got in a little over 2 hrs.

Ive got races in mind for this year, some mtb then some cx, but not for a while.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Road my bike today...

Got a ride in today.

Shortly after cross season i stopped all activity remotely resembling exercise. This lasted till mid Feb when i started riding again. If this had been a real winter i'd probably still be inside wearing sweat pants and sitting on the couch watching hbo shows but its been warm so i been riding.

The Berryman Epic mountain bike race in October is on my radar (and cross season plus a few other random races leading up to that) so i'm in no hurry to go less slow but i am trying to work up to longer rides.

So far im up to 3 hr rides. Pretty much everything has been on the mountain bike. It needs some major work but i like the fit plus the routes it opens up.

Today i rode north to the levees. I love riding down there. Had fun on the way back going thru Downtown and then some single track.

I dont know if Kansas City is considered bike friendly but i love the riding here.

Then i came home to leftover pizza and the end of "They Live" on cable.

Image result for they live movie sex scene

I call that the good life.

(F'ing Oregon).

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

And we're back

It's March 21st 2017. I'm 37. My son is two. My wife is amazing. Mostly.

I've been noticeably absent from the blog world.

Checking my blog history i see there were 6 posts in 2016. Thats down from the 16 i did in 2015 and the 23 the year before. Not surprisingly the posts per year have been shrinking since year 1. Not counting 2009 when this blog started (in November) I've averaged 54 posts a year but take out the first two years when i had nothing better to do and i've only averaged 30.

I still like blogging. I like having a record of what i was doing. I like looking back at a post in 2010, for example, and being reminded of that dude i rode by on Main St who was smoking a cigarette and we both said 'hi' as we passed each other. I like documenting things.

This new computer i'm typing on may help in that department. Or it may not. I guarantee no more than two posts a year.

As we speak i'm glancing at my 2016 posts. They are, in order...
  • Urban Dirty race at Rozarks - Hello Travis Donn on fire and primed to head to the Cape Epic.
  • Pot Pie Odyssey Ride - Hello industrial waste and mud, and a great ride.
  • Gods Country MTB race - Hello pre and post race Bourgeois Pig stops.
  • Last Years CX season - Hello the epitome of lazy blogging.
  • Tour of KC - Hello first lap up the hill at Cliff Drive, goodbye to the peloton.
  • Wyandotte MTB race/Topeka Road Race/Tour of Lawrence - Hello one good race out of 4.
I see i never blogged about Single Speed KC, which after two additions continues to be super hard and super tempting (i'm signed up for this year) and i also left out all of last years CX season of which i did 11 races and was almost good for a few of those.

If i feel like it ill revisit those in future posts. Or maybe ill leave this post and, like Robert De Niro in Heat hoped, we'll never see each other again. (That movie is seriously bad a*s).

Image result for robert de niro heat

In the meantime here is a crappy picture of my awesome son ringing a bike bell to tide you over...