It’s been a while since I’ve updated, but not because I was too busy riding my bike. Nope, I’ve been sitting on my ass eating pumpkin pie and playing Angry Birds, and managed to put on 3-4lbs of winter blubber in the process. However, I think I might have a chance to get rid of it all starting next week…
The Festive 500 is a challenge put out to cyclists everywhere, to get in 500km (310.6856mi, if you want to be nerdily accurate) over Christmas, namely the 23rd through the 30th of December.
The first 100 participants to finish–and somehow prove it–get a cool patch of the logo above, but let’s face it, the real prize is getting your legs back in shape and getting rid of a few extra pounds of winter shame.
If you have a spare bike chain laying around, and you’re looking for a project, here’s a pretty interesting way of displaying the time. I bet it wouldn’t be too difficult to replicate this, and certainly for a whole lot less than $2,300!! Why not attempt to make one as a gift for a cyclist friend, preferably with a KMC gold titanium-nitrite chain?
After spending a lot of time getting my bike (and myself) tuned properly for the Show-Me State Games MTB race last July, rain hit, and the race was canceled. I was pretty bummed about it, especially since I’d decided about a year before that I would race it this year. In fact, it was just the night before the race that I was out on the trails, checking trail conditions, and seeing what changes were made by park officials to counter destruction due to heavy rains in the spring. As I was 3/4 through with a lap, thunder hit, the skies went black, and I high-tailed it to my car, just in time for a massive storm to hit.
Anyway, the race was called off, and we were told we’d have to wait until July 2011. A lot of racers were disappointed, though, and I guess there was a push to bring the race back. I found out last Tuesday that it would be held today, but with no really prep time, and a bike that would need to basically be rebuilt after my rail-trail mods, I decided it wasn’t worth the effort. Besides, who wants to race in the cold? It would have been over 100° in July, but today it was about half that.
Oh, well. I’ll still be waiting until next year, and by then, I’ll have a little more angst to take out on the race track. In the mean time, I’ll get the race results posted as soon as they’re available.
As I mentioned a few weeks back, I wanted to ride the Katy Trail in Missouri, from Jefferson City to St. Charles in a day. At the time, it was supposed to be my second century ride, but ended up being my third, after a 60mi training ride got out of hand and turned into 100. Anyway, I’m happy to say everything worked out, and on the 25th of September, I did the ride.
After biking in NYC, pretty much everything else seems boring to me. The city has an overall feel of bike friendliness, with the majority of drivers and pedestrians yielding the right-of-way to cyclists, even at times they shouldn’t have to. Even with all the traffic and red lights every few blocks, the speeds you can hit on the flat roads, and the distance you can cover in very little time, make you almost feel like you’re flying. Unfortunately, not everyone gets along with the bikers.
Near Times Square, a cyclist is able to get out of heavy vehicular traffic, and "safely" travel in designated bike lanes, typically painted in green. I noticed plenty of buses, delivery vans, police cars, and people blocking these lanes more often than not. Apparently, it’s not a problem I, alone, noticed: http://www.ny1.com/…/city-bike-lanes-have-numerous-safety-violations
But, cycling in NYC isn’t all bad. I toured the city with my brother-in-law who lives there and knows it well, as well as on my own a few times. But, if you’re too timid to get lost, then figure out where you are over and over, you can hook up with Bike and Roll NYC, and go on a legitimate tour of the city. They also offer bikes for rent, for those who don’t need a guided tour. Just remember to bring your camera. http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/….
London’s Royal College of Art graduate, Anirudha Surabhi, has created a recyclable helmet, made mostly of corrugated cardboard, which just might hit the shelves in a few months.
It’s called the Kranium–which isn’t particularly creative, so thankfully the design makes up for it–and is reported to weigh less than a standard foam helmet, as well as have 4 times the strength. Unfortunately, it also has at least 1.5 times the awkward mushroom-head looks of normal helmets, so hopefully he’s still working on that.
Autumn is here, it’s getting cool outside, and I’m suddenly too lazy to devote a lot of effort to some posts I’ve been wanting to get up. So… get something warm to drink and check the following links on your own time.