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In Bicycle Quotes and Passages on December 6, 2009 at 9:27 pm

Elvis would have needed to cycle 160.74 miles at 17 mph to burn off his 65,000-calorie daily intake. Conclusion: What killed Elvis was his chronic lack of cycling.”

from “Number Freaking” by Gary Rimmer

(sourced from “Pedaling Revolution” by Jeff Mapes)


In Bicycle Quotes and Passages on December 6, 2009 at 9:17 pm

Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today
So look out for those beauties, oh yeah!
On your marks get set go

Bicycle race, bicycle race, bicycle race
Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle,
I want to ride my bicycle

“Bicycle Race”  Queen

An Austin Snow Day…

In Local, Mixed Terrain, Photo Essays on December 4, 2009 at 3:25 pm

Well, Austin was all a titter last night as we prepared for our first snow forecast of the year. Half inch to and inch predicted… The stores were crowded with folks stocking up with necessities…

This morning I found some time to get out in the cold and hit the dirt. I think I may have seen a snowflake… or two. I did see an osprey and a red tailed hawk below Lady Bird Lake though. That was cool.

Shoal Creek Hike and Bike.

50 psi.

Yes, I'm trying.

Don't slip.

Two way.

Corner mirror.

Serenade me.

Ol' Greybeard.

Great minds think alike.

Watch your head.

Nod hello.


Pirate head tube.

Colorado River trail to Montopolis.


Lower Colorado River

Constructor’s Challenge Gallery

In Gear, Internets, Utilitarian Cycling on December 1, 2009 at 9:49 pm

Found this most excellent gallery of black and white shots of the Oregon Manifest Constuctor’s Challenge over at the PDX Cross website.

Matter of fact, if you have some time check out any of the  galleries at the website for some very nice b&w cycling pics.

The Constructor’s Challenge took place outside of Portland back in early October and was an effort to revive the technical trials from 1930’s France with an urban prejudice. The idea was to take the constructor’s bikes and put them to the test on a 77 mile course in an attempt to find the best urban bicycle of the bunch. Ride, pick up a 6 pack, ride some more, pick up some party snacks, hope your bike doesn’t come apart, ride some more to the finish. Great idea. It’s always cool to see what builders come up with and putting them to the test in a real world environment can only be a good thing for urban cyclists and the industry.

Websites of Note: Men of Steel

In Gear, Internets on November 30, 2009 at 12:15 pm

And now I’d like to bring your attention to the Men of Steel website celebrating the “steel is real” ethic with steel bike race info, the Men of Steel racing club, news, videos, photos, and the 2010 All Steel Racing Team.

From their mission statement:

The mission of Men of Steel Racing is to get as many steel frame bikes of the walls, out of the attics and basements and back on the race course. We’re also a sanctioned USA Cyling Club with the goal of getting more riders of all abilities and ages on the road, and a special emphasis on developing junior racers.
We offer a friendly team environment to gain race experience and benefit from the knowledge
of our members.  We strive to promote great cycling events and lend our support and expertise
to other clubs.  We hope you’ll join us for the ride!


Tales of the Tag a Long

In Mixed Terrain, Musings, Single Speed on November 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

My number one cycling partner, Henry, and I have been rocking the tag a long bike as of late. Now that’s a fun way to spend an afternoon. We spun it around Austin for the first time a few weeks back and the quote of the day was, “Dad, how come everybody’s smiling at us?” Nice.

Alison dolled us up for the Hyde Park Fire Station’s Halloween Parade and Festival and Henry took home first prize in the Best Wheels category. Sweet.

Last week we were up in the Texas Cross Timbers and hit the Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway for a sixteen mile day of mellow crushed gravel. We sighted a number of deer and a flock of turkeys along the way and Henry had his first bout of saddle soreness. Just a tinge but it made his father smile just the same. Get used to it boy. Arriving back at the ranch we spotted a bald eagle sitting in the top of an old cottonwood tree above the lower lake. A first for us in this area. Yes.

As Seen On The Internets: Velo Cult Gallery.

In Gear, Internets, Mixed Terrain on November 30, 2009 at 10:38 am

While killing some time checking out the Rough Riders website I found this link to a gallery of camping photos from San Diego’s Velo Cult bike shop. These guys look like they know how to have fun. Black and white pics of killer gravel roads, steel bikes, wool jerseys, old school cleats, ect.  Such nice goggles too!

The store site has a peck of sweet looking vintage rides for sale also including a Mercian, a couple of Nobilettes, Gitanes, an old Masi and more. Dear Santa…

Click the pic and check it out.

The Heavy Metal Fitness Ride. Version 22.0.

In Beer, Local, Local Rides, Training on November 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Anyone up for a cold, wet Heavy Metal Fitness Ride in the dark hills of west Austin?

Uhhhh, anyone?


Well, regardless, the Metal Ride must rock on. This Monday we’ll forgo our newly established ritual of breaking up into groups. That’d just be too damn lonely. Expect a B to C pace with “no drop” this week. Thus, despite the likelihood of inclement weather, the ride will be a bit more mellow.

The temperatures are predicted to be in the low 50’s, high 40’s with a 50% chance of rain. Think rain gear.

We’ll depart from the Plfuger Pedestrian Bridge at 7:30 pm sharp.

Here’s the route map:

The usual lowdown follows with a special emphasis on helmets, lights and the large west Austin rodents we know as deer.

It’ll be slick as a whistle out there so helmets are VERY STRONGLY recommended. We had a rider crack his helmet in dry weather three weeks ago so this week’s wetness could make it even more important to protect yourself. I’d rather not attend to any head injuries in the rain and cold. Ok?

With the potential of reduced visibility comes the increased importance of good front and rear lights. You know how Austin motorists get when the weather turns…

Watch out for deer! I try to ride the west route a couple of time a week and I don’t think there’s been a ride in the last couple of years without seeing at least one, two or ten. Please slow down for the deer. It’s much quicker than hitting one.

Ride what brung ya. Road, mountain, bmx, cruzer, fixie, whatever. Metal Fitness is an equal opportunity ride and not limited to roadies.

You’ll need to bring water, LIGHTS, tube changing necessities, a lock, your id and TIP MONEY if you’re into quaffing free beer post ride.

See you there!

Gravel Rides of Note. The Almanzo 100.

In Mixed Terrain, Rides on November 29, 2009 at 7:49 pm

Another installment in the series “Gravel Rides of Note” or “Why Doesn’t Texas Have More Shit Like This?”.

The Almanzo 100. Southern Minnesota, middle of May, 100 miles of gravel.

I’ll let Almanzo tell you the rest:

Look for more info on the Almanzo 100 blog where you can also find such promotional gems as the following video.