New Rubber

Tom Slick w/Fortress Casing Flats are the bane of commuters. I hate them - they can totally ruin a day. More than one on a ride is usually grounds for a good spell of screaming. After far too many of late (3), I stepped up to some new rubber: Ritchey Tom Slick w/Fortress Casing. They are SO thick. I could barely bend them into shape to get them to stay seated on the rim. I’m not so worried about weight or even “road feel”, but if they keep me flat free for a while - I’ll be a happy man.

Graham Watson visiting Boulder

VeloNews | Graham Watson to Visit Boulder for Exhibit Opening

Pro racing’s top photographer, Graham Watson, will kick off a 3-week exhibit of his photos in Boulder next week.

Watson, who has been photographing the Euro pros since 1977, will autograph posters and books at Boulder Cycle Sport from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, February 15th, leading up to the exhibit opening at 7:30 next door at Amante Coffee.

It’s both free and open to the public, and Amante and Twisted Pine Brewery will be providing refreshments.

Atlanta co-op raises money by building parking

Sopo Bicycle Co-op in East Atlanta is building sweat equity alongside better bike parking.

They’re distributing a flier volunteering to install bike racks at local restaurants, coffee shops and other destinations for the cost of the hardware plus a $25 donation to the co-op, or $140 per location.

Three new locations, including legendary Atlanta watering hole Manuel’s Tavern, went up over the weekend, with more to follow.

They’re tracking responses from the merchants and location requests from riders. It looks like a great way to simultaneously improve the cycling climate and raise some money for the organization, which provides free and inexpensive maintenance and repair training.

Sopo is a registered 501(c)3, so if you’re looking for a tax deduction and want to promote better bike parking in Atlanta, consider donating cash or old parts and tools from their wish list. They’re also looking for volunteers.

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Rode ‘till it froze

frozen wheels I rode till it froze yesterday – starting in the cold rain and finishing in freezing rain, I kept going until I couldn’t shift, or brake, and my tires made disconcerting snap crackle pop sounds as I rolled over the icy roads. Besides mountain bikers, I guess I was the only one out riding the roads yesterday in the Tri-Cities.

As I’ve posted before, icy or not, that area has the best roads in the state and I’ll ride them again next weekend.

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