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.
Photographer Yohei Morita stopped by my shop last week and dropped off a copy of COG magazine, a magazine devoted to the machines and culture of fixed gear, with a authentic Japanese influence. The current issue featured an article about pro keirin racers and the online edition features a collection of Tokyo messenger portraits.
I swear to God I remember seeing some of these riders last summer when I was in Tokyo. My friends lived in Akasaka, so I’d get food and groceries from Roppongi which was rife with messengers.
The article in COG talks about the address system in Tokyo, which I assure you is just as confusing as the author suggests. I didn’t know that bike messengers as an institution are rather recent in Tokyo.