I think I’m as disillusioned as anyone about the sport of cycling and professional racing, but when Pam found Versus on cable here in Maui and we watched Stage One of the Tour of California, that was still entertaining and made for a good ending to a day of riding. It also reminded me that
With full props to Roll, I wish he we would just do featurettes and it was all Phil and Paul narrating.
The TOC obviously doesn’t bring the prime time camera crew, the angles were so far out, I couldn’t tell who was who at all – and the circuit camera was dizzying.
Are ultimate fighting men (or rather men in a cage, locked together on the mat, until one says, “Uncle”) really more popular the cycling? And Rodeo? That just makes me sad.
I’ve mentioned them before, but when ever I wear them I get questions and comments so it’s time for a bit more coverage.
Glo gloves are simple, reflective over-gloves which will help you survive your night time rides. Here’s a good review by the Gadgeteer, but you won’t need too much convincing once you understand the value of the gloves.
These are the same gloves you see police officers directing traffic with, although there are 3 models, only one of which has the ‘stop sign’ on the palm. You can get this model online or at uniform stores here in Seattle and elsewhere.
The gloves will help you stay visible during one of the riskiest road maneuvers for a cyclist – turning. Signalling is a great way to improve your safety, but if drivers can’t see your signals they don’t count for much. Glo Gloves increase your odds of being seen. At around $20 they’re incredibly cheap insurance.
Lots of riding gloves come with their own reflective piping, but none bear as much as Glo Gloves. Plus, Glo Gloves are compatible with your favorite glove because they’re simple lycra finger-less ‘liners’. They go right over my cheap goretex winter gloves or any other gloves I have. I don’t ride at night without mine.
Some models also come with a palm reflector, which is helpful in signalling to oncoming traffic as well as those behind you. The version with a directional triangle reflector is probably best, although the stop-sign version is useful as well.
Tip: reflectors only work when they reflect light back towards they eye of the observer. Make sure to keep your glo-glove reflectors pointing towards what you want to see you. For cyclists this means keeping your hand vertical, facing backwards. A bit awkward at first, but well worth it in the long run.
We’re back in Maui for Winter Break, training, and riding the last batch of big miles before racing season starts. We rode yesterday and unlike the last trip, it didn’t rain on us – woohoo. We also discovered a new bike path!
I’m riding a new set of Hed wheels while here and will report on those later.
Getting ready for SXSW and the rest of the blogging this year, we’re updating the blogosphere with Hugga Minutia on Twitter …
While Tim reminds us that racing is coming up, and ghelf advises on what day is better to shower, I’m thinking of tracking the debut of the Brooks basket to all the baskets seen at the Handmade Bike Show.
Despite a threatening weather report we got a very reasonable turnout for last night’s RideCivil – 5 growing to 7 as we recruited a few more riders along the way. We managed to overcome the persistent drizzle around 5:30, and by the time we hit the road around 6:15 the rain dried right up. Our route meandered about 9 miles (props to Kat for the map!) through downtown on several big loops, and ultimately headed south to the Elysian Fields pub for a bit of food and beer before I had to head out. It was great to see folks from many different cycling communities coming together (Cascade, .83, Seattle Likes Bikes, and various commuters) all representing. Next time the Big Boom Box will definitely work.
Next up we’ll have a couple strategy and planning discussions, as well as announcement of next month’s ride. Check back here for future updates.
Some dude singing the lines to “Bicycle Race” by Queen to us from a cross walk. (Will be on the playlist for next time).
Nice Old Lady asking us if we were cops (I blame my ‘Stop’ gloves)
Cheers from the side walks
Self governing, self directing cycling crew
Great conversations about cycling and various other sundries
Good drinking and meal at the end
Looking forward to the next ride!
A couple improvements for next time: Music that works, and my trusty camera.
Back in the days of Jan Ullrich, about this time of year, he’d show up to races a bit overweight and the sausage and pastry jokes would start. This sausage rug would make a good “got fat in the winter” gag gift and reminded me of simpler times, when the cycling headlines were about Jan’s belly and not el dope.
A 1986 Buick Regal designed by artist Michel de Broin who removed the engine, suspension, transmission and electrical system and replaced them with pedals and gears … later the driver was ticketed for operating an unsafe vehicle.
Showers and a locker room will allow commuters who don’t have facilities at their offices to ride downtown, store their bikes at the shop, bathe and catch a ride on a pedicab or walk the rest of the way to work.
Lance said in the Austin360 article that he wants Mellow Johnny’s to be, “the coolest bike shop in the world … it’s all about bike culture and he wants to see Austin evolve into a place like Portland, Ore.”
Word. I didn’t expect a commuter shop, when I posted about his new shop earlier this week. And when we’re in town for SXSW and our BBQ, I’ll try to get more details.