Old School Racer Girl

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by Byron on Jun 28, 2006 at 7:54 AM

elizabeth We met Elizabeth racing monday nights in Portland. She graduated from college in the 80s, worked for Bill Davidson, got the 2nd Impulse ever made and after racing her ass off, hung the bike up for 20 years. She recently rediscovered the bike and is racing it today!

She noted that the wheels are new but everything else is just as it was. Old school.

Davidson Impulses are legendary. Google and find them being sold as collectables, people riding them 20 years later, racing and loving them.

Bill is building today. I ride a custom ti rain bike built by Bill and Pam’s custom racing bike is ti. Last year Bill built ti/carbon frames and expect to see more advanced frames from him later this year.

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Indisputable proof that second-hand smoke kills

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2006 at 6:11 PM

The Surgeon General affirmed today what many already knew about smoking. Second-hand smoke kills and there’s no debate. The Surgeon General also testified that smoking sections do no good and said that, “Smoke-free environments are the only approach that protects nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.”

I hope this means that some day soon, all states will ban smoking in public and the world will be a better place for cyclists and everybody.

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Carrying the Minicard

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by Byron on Jun 27, 2006 at 9:11 AM

card pouch I was dismissive of the minicard when it came with my new credit card. Like, “huh, what’s this lame thing.” But then I started carrying it in my Timbuk2 pouch and it’s very useful. I attached to my key ring, can get water and snacks on the go, have it for an emergency, and it’s my ID.

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Saluting Jeannie Longo

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by Frank Steele on Jun 26, 2006 at 8:43 AM

Jeannie Longo, 1996 Olympic time trial

France’s Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli, the winningest female bicycle racer of all time, extended her legend over the weekend, taking both the French elite women’s road championship and women’s time trial championship, at 47!

They’re her 50th and 51st national titles. Can’t find any stories about it in English, but the French blogosphere took notice: La Flamme Rouge: Absolument incroyable. Le Blog de Sohra: …au fait, bravo à Jeannie Longo qui a 47 ans a signé le doublé (course - contre la montre) au championnat de France de Cyclisme. Belle preuve de longévité!

Above is Longo taking time trial gold at the Atlanta Olympics, where she also took silver in the women’s road race.

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Portland Bike Trails

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by Byron on Jun 26, 2006 at 7:18 AM

We rode the nearly complete Sweetwater bike trail in Portland on Sunday. We were almost lost until we met a local that showed us the way back to town and rode with us through the Hawthorne district, Mt Tabor neighborhood, and more.

When it’s complete, the Sweetwater corridor will offer a 40 mile loop to a town that’s already as bike friendly as you can get.

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No warmers

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by Byron on Jun 25, 2006 at 8:55 AM

Yesterday marked the first ride without arm and leg warmers or a vest! Summer arrived with an absolutely beautiful day in Seattle. A breeze kept the temps in the low 80s and we rode a relaxed ride around Lake Washington.

Today it’s going to be even hotter and we’re headed to Portland to ride, meet with clients, and race on Monday night.

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Be the life of your bike gathering

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by Frank Steele on Jun 21, 2006 at 9:33 AM

Popular Science | Build a Backyard Theater

Popular Science built a rolling outdoor projector, capable of projecting movies onto the side of a building. They built theirs on a beefy stainless steel chassis and used what appear to be fixed 16” lawnmower wheels, but you could probably build the same equipment onto a CycleTote bare trailer if you built some vibration isolation into the mount.

LumenLab offers do-it-yourself kits and replacement parts for the projector.

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Picture of the day

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by Frank Steele on Jun 19, 2006 at 7:35 PM

bicycle race

bicycle race, by beta karel.

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Derailleur deployed: Rider diary from Iraq

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by Frank Steele on Jun 19, 2006 at 7:20 PM

VeloNews | Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: The Chow Race

VeloNews has been printing a series of diary entries by Maj. Jason Bryan, a serviceman in Iraq who is keeping his sanity through daily “perimeter rides” around his base, 18.5 kilometers (about 11 miles) to a lap.

He’s doing a lap in the morning and a lap in the evening, and has been averaging about 100 kilometers/week. For June, he’s set a goal of 1000 kilometers, and says his VeloNews celebrity has motivated him: He’s through 800 kilometers with almost 2 weeks to go. He’s thinking about whether he could do 1600 kms, or 1000 miles. He set a new personal best this week of 36:04, and discusses the big advantage his bike gives him when it’s time for chow hall.

Some things never change: He’s got to contend with dogs on his rides, and the desert is hard on components, so he’s learning how to do maintenance. On the other hand, I’ve never come across two cobras on a ride.

Despite the trying conditions, Maj. Bryan is clearly One Of Us.

Maj. Bryan’s diary entries:

June 5: Letter from Iraq: Not your usual road hazards

June 7: Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: A Soldier’s Bicycle Journal

June 12: Sustaining Sanity in Iraq: What a long, strange trip it’s been

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