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Aero Tuck

June 27th, 2010 [print] No comments

About a month back, I was going through some old issues of Bicycling magazines that I had laying around, looking for useful info before I finally tossed them in the trash.  I ride a singlespeed road bike, which means I run out of top-end gearing faster than someone with the ultimate 55×11 gearing.  As such, I find myself trying to get as low and aero as possible to make up speed when I can no longer accelerate through pedaling.

I’ve been trying this tuck position on some of the longer hills I ride, and I’ve noticed a huge difference in speed, especially on windy days–which we’ve had a lot of lately.  I wouldn’t suggest it to everyone, since it puts a lot of stress on your elbows, and it moves your hands away from your brake levers, but for the occasional quarter-mile or longer downhill, where pedaling no longer does any good, it makes a difference.

(scanned from Bicycling Magazine, June 2002)
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Cyclists celebrate anniversary of Missouri Katy Trail

June 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

SEDALIA — Several hundred cyclists traveled across Missouri on the Katy Trail to celebrate the path’s 20th anniversary.

The Sedalia Democrat reported that more than 300 riders from 30 states traveled the 225-mile hiking, biking and equestrian path in five days. They slept outside and stopped in cities along the way. Their ages ranged from 6 to 81 years old.


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Bicycling License Plate for Missouri

June 20th, 2010 [print] No comments is asking for help in bringing Missouri one step closer to getting specialty bicycling license plates for the state.  They’re currently asking for financial support, and you can find all the related info on their site.

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3/32″ EighthInch

June 18th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

I’m not sure if this is technically legal, and it’s certainly not moral, but I kind of don’t give a crap:  I just replaced my 48T 1/8" chainring with a 50T 3/32", and slapped a 3/32" chain on it, too.  Yeah, I know, it’s called an EighthInch Scrambler for a reason (the old-school 1/8" chain, if you’re not paying attention), but you sometimes have to do what’s necessary.

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Road Bike Trials Riding

June 17th, 2010 [print] No comments

I thought I was pretty cool doing some singletrack riding on my singlespeed road bike, but this dude has put me to shame.

British trials rider, Martyn Ashton, takes a carbon Raleigh Avanti Team road bike for a cruise around town, across beaches, over boulders, on the edge of rails, and down a crazy slope, er…  I guess, just because he can, and somehow manages not to get the bike posted on while he’s at it.

Thanks to for the awesome video.

The BikeRadar Roadie

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Organic Bikes Dylan Bamboo Frame

June 12th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

CyclingCloseouts–the same store where I bought my EighthInch Scrambler V2–is now selling the Dylan Bamboo frame by Organic Bikes.

The frame is made of bamboo tubing, with recycled aluminum lugs, and sells for $400, which is a pretty decent price for a bamboo frame.  Or you can get a complete bike for $799.99 (singlespeed or fixed gear) or $849 (3-speed with a Shimano Nexus hub).  As is typical with CyclingCloseouts, you get to pick out your components if you go with the complete bike.

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How to Improve GoPro Hero 5MP Wide Audio

March 21st, 2010 [print] No comments

GoPro has improved the audio on their latest HD version of this camera, but most people still use the standard-def version I have here.  The video is decent quality for the price, but the audio is definitely a sore spot for everyone.

Although GoPro added an external audio jack to the HD version, your only option for the normal camera is the lousy built-in mic on top of the camera itself.  Of course, most people use the camera inside its water-proof case, making audio an even bigger issue for two reasons:  camera vibration inside the case, and the inability to pick up a decent level of sound from outside the case.  Recently, I discovered a work-around on that I thought I’d share here.

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Haven't Posted in a While

January 23rd, 2010 [print] No comments

I seem to neglect this website more than I’d like to, nowadays.  I’m still actively riding–when it’s dry outside–so between that, work, posting photos on Flickr, and everything else, this website rarely crosses my mind.

Typically, I don’t ride much over the winter months, with the occasional exception being a rare 50° day in January or February, but this year I decided I was going to ride no matter how cold it got.  Through some trial and error, I found a system that keeps me warm enough to ride, without making me feel too bogged down under heavy clothes.  To plug a great product, I’d have to say the biggest help in staying warm has been a pair of Performance neoprene booties that fit over my cycling shoes.  I’d link to the product, only I hear they’ve been discontinued.  However, there are other geat models on the market, so I’d suggest you find something that fits your shoes and get back out there and ride–don’t forget the wool socks!

If you can get over the first five minutes of a cold ride, you’ll be good to go for at least a couple hours, and it sure beats sitting inside all day.

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I usually don’t make New Year’s resolutions that I plan on sticking to, but this year is going to be a little different.  What began as two resolutions has now turned into three, and I plan on seeing them all through…

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Mini Fixies

October 11th, 2009 [print] 2 comments

I just stumbled upon these interesting mini fixed gear (or singlespeed) bikes on the internets.  One is by a company called Airwalk Fixed Gear, and it’s called, rightly enough, the Mini Fixie.

The other one is the Sillgey Piccolo, which basically appears to be very similar, if not the same thing (I don’t know enough about either company to know if it’s actually the same bike).  Either way, it’s a pretty cool little bike, and would probably work great if you lived a few flights up and had to carry your bike with you.

Update:  I also found another one by Livery Design Gruppe (see below).

Airwalk Fixed Gear Mini Fixie
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Sillgey Piccolo
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Livery Design Gruppe
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If you know of any others, please share in the comments section!

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2009 Show-Me State Games Mountain Biking

July 26th, 2009 [print] No comments

My wife and I headed out to the Show-Me State Games at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park today to cheer on our friends, Josh and Val.  Although Josh has raced many times before, it was Val’s first, and she finished mid-pack in the Beginner Women division, despite having an incident at the creek crossing, and stopping to help a fellow rider who ran into problems.

Lots of people were on hand, including riders, and the staff from Walt’s Bike and Fitness, who were helping organize the event.  I stood around and took photos while Val ran her race, but left before some of the longer running races were over.  Something about being surrounded by bikes made me want to get home and go for a ride of my own.

I’m also somewhat inspired to race in 2010, but that’s still up in the air.

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Show-Me State Games Mountain Biking Set on Flickr

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