Rapha Festive 500

December 16th, 2010 [print] 5 comments

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.

More info on Rapha’s site:  http://www.rapha.cc/the-rapha-festive-500

Via Cyclelicio.us 

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Chain Clock

November 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

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?

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Via Reddit via Unicahome

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Bike Lock That Climbs Posts

November 26th, 2010 [print] No comments

They can’t steal what they can’t reach, although I see a ton of issues with this thing (weight, portability, finding posts of the right diameter).  Still, it’s pretty interesting.

An equally impractical idea–although much cooler, since *I* thought of it–would be a small helicopter that hovers 30ft in the air with your bike suspended from it.

Via YouTube

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2010 Show-Me State Games Mountain Biking Results

October 31st, 2010 [print] No comments
Beginner Mens
12-Under 1 Lance Ballou 12:08
13-19 1 Levi Ballou 55:32
  2 Trevor Evans 1:52:50
30-39 1 David Evans 42:32
  2 Nicholas Mannering 53:08
  3 Mike Bowden 56:30
  4 Eric Phelps 1:00:47
40+ 1 Les Fortenberry 51:25

Beginner Womens
29-Under 1 Val Carroll 1:07:00
40-49 1 Dianna Adkinson 53:56
  2 Carol Crooks 57:43
  3 Dana Goodman 1:03:43
  4 Carolyn Moritz 1:05:51

Sport Mens
29-Under 1 Bryce Hylton 1:21:39
  2 Bryce Mihalevich 1:23:17
  3 Jesse Livingston 1:23:55
  4 Stephen Smith 1:25:00
  5 Adam Maxwell 1:27:04
  6 Sam Budzyna 1:33:07
  7 Clayton Otto 1:39:55
  8 Adam Hempelmann 2:02:15
30-39 1 Corey Case 1:19:07
  2 Ryan Lemmon 1:23:33
  3 Nick Smith 1:24:08
  4 Galen Johnson 1:26:30
  5 Matt Stacey NA
  6 Steve Friedman dnf
40-49 1 Rick Becherer 1:19:49
  2 Michael McGaha 1:20:50
  3 Mitch Simpson 1:24:44
  4 Warren Nussbaum 1:25:33
  5 Junior Shoemaker 1:27:26
  6 Mike Sutherland 1:31:10
  7 Matt Thomure 1:41:40
50+ 1 Duff Yocum 1:22:32
  2 Dan Clinkinbeard 1:39:15
  3 Art Clervi 1:39:48
  4 Paul Whitter DNF
Single Speed 1 Peat Henry 1:17:27
  2 Christopher Bopp 1:19:17
  3 Ryan Meschke 1:20:42
  4 Stephen Venters 1:23:25

Sport Womens
29-Under 1 Emilie Flannigan 1:31:17
  2 Lori Reed 2:00:01
30-39 1 Gabrielle Renner DNF
40-49 1 Laura Vie 1:58:03
  2 Lisa White 2:07:37
50+ 1 Celeste Koon 2:01:06
  2 Janeen Osborne 2:03:24

Expert Mens
35+ 1 Mike Best 1:46:05
  2 Ethan Froese 1:51:15
  3 Todd Fridley 2:06:31

Marathon Mens
34-Under 1 Josh Carroll (5 laps) 3:37:40
  2 Nate Smith (5 laps) 3:41:06
  3 Pat Hanson dnf
35+ 1 Jason Ozenberger (5 laps) 3:18:14
  2 Nate Means (5 laps) 3:21:58
  3 James Shiflett (5 laps) 3:47:06
  4 Barry Vollmer (4 laps) 3:02:45
  5 Ben Nagy (4 laps) 3:05:12
  6 Tom Tomicki (4 laps) 3:05:57
  7 Joel Sartwell (4 laps) 3:07:32
  8 Jason Smallheer (4 laps) 3:13:36
  9 Shane Anderson (4 laps) 3:28:38
  10 Anthony Hess (4 laps) 3:41:00

Marathon Women
   1 Christine Ford (4 laps) 3:01.55
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SMSG MBT Race Rescheduled

October 30th, 2010 [print] No comments

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.

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October 14th, 2010 [print] No comments

I think this is how I’m going to start introducing myself to people.  I mean, if they already expect it anyway, then what do I have to lose?

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Besides, I’ve earned it:

(from my last blood test summary)
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Okay, done bragging now.

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Katy Trail Century

October 10th, 2010 [print] No comments

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.

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Bicycling in NYC

October 9th, 2010 [print] No comments

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.

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Last year, NYC passed a "bikes in buildings" law, where companies work with building owners to provide indoor areas for works to safely store their bikes during the day.  Obviously, some people have a problem with this:

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:

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.

Links via Cyclelicious

I’ve also gotten a lot more photos of my trip posted to Flickr recently, most of which were taken during bike rides.  You can check them out here:

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Cardboard Bike Helmet

October 8th, 2010 [print] 1 comment

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.

(see what I mean…?)
Kranium Helmet

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Random Links

October 3rd, 2010 [print] 3 comments

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.

Crank length vs maximum power output:  a nerdy look at what effect your crank length has on your total power output and fatigue:

Cyclist’s helmet cam footage helps convict driver:

Here’s the video that led to the conviction:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94vzorR8fFM

19th Century Bicycling: Rubber was the Dark Secret

Traveling, not being traveled: 4 quotes on bicycling from the late 1800s

World’s Lightest Bike Weighs Just 6 Pounds

World's Lightest Bike - http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/27/carbon-fiber-bike-weighs-just-six-pounds/

The Secret to a Long Life – An Old Man and His Bike

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