Under the Bridge Sometime

Under the Bridge

Spokane street, heading to West Seattle

Monkey light lit up Spokane Street, under the West Seattle Bridge. Hadn’t notice the scene pop like that before and ridden there hundreds of times…got the shot with the Sony A7R.

We’re off today and hope you’re enjoying the holiday as well. Get a good ride in.

Mark Finds His Idaho with Broken Cleats and Di2

mark v

Pacing and wondering how Mark V was doing at Reba’s ride, my phone buzzed just with these texts…

Apparently some Di2 shifters are temperature sensitive, or at least my front derailer won’t shift in anything over 60deg.

It was fuck all cold, 39deg this morning

And then!

Fuck broken cleats and electronic shifting, ol’ Gunsmoke here don’t need carbon fiber neither.

As I learned, you quickly find an Idaho you didn’t know on forest service roads. For me it was a smokey-haze, that had me running like my motor was plate restricted. For Mark, cleats and Di2 failed, and his ride ended early.

This after he got his required Chinese food!

Chinese food

Mark V Chinaloads before a race

Now he’s recuperating somewhere with a story to follow…

Stretching Tubulars

Hutch stretched

Hutchison Mamba being stretched

Spent a rainy, holiday weekend morning stretching tubulars. It was like wax on and wax off. First the stretched Hutch tire was moved to a new set of ENVEs we’re demoing, and another tire put on the stretching rim. It’s these routines, that lead to September, when kids go back to school, road season ends, and CX begins.

It’s a return to what we know, which is a return to things we have grown to love and trust.

Hutch CX

Mamba on an ENVE rim

Like the barrier drills practiced in a school yard, stretching a tubular is a return to a structure that gives room to practice, and learn and grow.

Back to bike school is the theme of Issue 16 of our magazine and we’re working on that now.

ENVE XC 29

Getting glued next

If Bikes Are Transportation, Protect Us

Ours is a click-based economy, that values the comment and traffic, no matter the content or context. I asked and they responded and hoping other media does too. I was told once by a journalist that there’s not enough staff to moderate, so hey turn the comments off on topics like this…

That active thread isn’t going to save an old-media business model.

This time is for family, friends, and colleagues to grieve over the loss of life on a Seattle street that seemed built by Seattle’s traffic-engineering experiment committee. It ran a bike lane where cars turn left onto i5.

When advocates and lobbyists tell us, “bikes are transportation,” I encourage you like me to ask them to put money where their mouths are, and build infrastructure that’ll better protect vulnerable users.

For more discussion about 2nd avenue, follow SeaBikeBlog and be careful out there. Seattle isn’t the ‘bike town,’ politicians say it is.

Mark V to Meet the Queen of Pain

Hazy brown moonscape

Idaho-type gravel

And if you read Mark’s last gravel report from Issue 13, if you doesn’t find proper Chinese food, it’s gonna be a long day. Before accepting the challenge to ride in an Idaho you don’t know, we checked!

I have this thing for eating Chinese food the night before big cycling events. Not crap Chinese food that you find at Panda Express-wannabees in mall food courts, but also not totally authentic Chinese either. I know both well, having been a mall rat until I left small town Florida for school and having traveled Asia extensively as an adult. What in America typically passes as Chinese is just so much deep-fried chicken nuggets in disgusting sweet n’ sour sauce, while true Chinese cuisine never has the right balance of meat and vegetables unless you order enough items to fill a banquet table. I just want some tender beef or chicken in brown sauce over a bunch of stir-fried veggies and a side of steamed rice.

Mark will be out of cell range for most of Reba’s ride and I’ll be wondering how he did, if anyone saw him on the climb

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