Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The 7 Deadly Sins of Bikers and Cagers, based on the original 7 Cardinal Sins.
Lust (Latin, luxuria)
My bicycle lust
Leering at things I don't have
Serious wheel drool
Gluttony (Latin, gula)
I'll have another
Garage full, getting more too!
Do I need twelve bikes?
Greed (Latin, avaritia)
I must have still more
Have to have pretty precious
Yes I do, they're MINE!
Sloth (Latin, acedia)
But now which to choose?
Slumped in chair, I just sit there
Paralyzed, nap time
Wrath (Latin, ira)
No, dammit, no nap
Get your arse out there and ride
Don't make me make you!
Envy (Latin, invidia)
She dropped me again
Wish I could ride like she can
Yes, envious now
Pride (Latin, superbia)
Look at me, I'm good
Best I've been, better than you
Pride before the fall
Sunday, February 15, 2009
24 degrees, 5 mph winds, very bright and sunny.
Merino wool tank for a base layer, Icebreaker Merino short sleeve T-shirt, Bodyfit 260 long sleeve, Ibex Climawool cycling jacket for the outer layer. This was perfect for the conditions. I also rode yesterday which had the same conditions except for more wind and wore the same except no tank base layer but did have a wool jersey instead and this was just a bit too warm.
Perl Izumi lobster ski gloves with thin wool liners. This was perfect.
Craft Windtex bib tights over medium weight merino wool tights over Ibex wool cycling shorts. This was perfect.
Medium weight wool socks, thin wool liner socks with Lake Winter boots with heater packs in the toes. This was perfect. I might have been OK without the heater packs but was planning to be out for a few hours so I just toss them in for a no worries ride.
Wore my down-hill ski helmet with thin balaclava and cycling glasses. This was perfect.
I’m guessing a 14-16 mph. Pace is hard to tell since I don’t have a computer on my commuter and a 30+ lb bike with studded tires requires lots more effort than a lightweight road bike. Yes, thanks for asking, I will be glad when the weather allows the road bike to come out again.
This ride was for getting a good workout for a few hours on a bright sunny day. I started out easy but pushed myself pretty hard
Saturday, February 14, 2009
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Friday, February 13, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Herein lies my response to the latest jolt from Fat Lad’s cattle prod. Our area is blessed by not having any MTB ride centers but rather some of the best single track to be found anywhere. I suppose there would be some value in the weather-free zone such centers create but to me the setting in which I tear up the course is nearly as important as the course itself.
I am a bike fanatic, a fact about which there can be little dispute. I ride in all kinds of weather, which is a good thing since here in Minnesota we brag about having more of it than most places. A silly claim if you ask me since weather is what’s always happening outdoors and we all have the same amount though I will grant that we may have more variety than many places.
If I were just an MTB’er then I might jump on the ride center bandwagon so that I could keep riding. As it is, when the trails are too wet to ride, I just hit the road and send my wheels over surfaces they won’t destroy as I seek my two-wheeled pleasure. If variety is the spice of life, then my cycling life is very spicy indeed.
So having no MTB ride centers in the area makes it easy for me to lambast them as the McDonalds of off-roading but I’m sure you have figured out by now that if they existed I would at least have to give them a go.
Oh and as for the existence of dedicated bike lanes to protect cyclists from cagers? The question has already been answered in Minneapolis. Here in the land of snow and cold we consistently come in near the top of cities with the highest percentage of bicycle commuters. This happens because we have the dedicated bicycling infrastructure that makes it possible including lots of dedicated bike lanes.