A busy few days!

Wow!  One of the reasons I blog almost every day is to make sure I don’t forget anything.  Well that, and I enjoy it a lot.  Truth be told though, most of the time, skipping 3 days wouldn’t be a big deal.  However, this was a busy Labor Day weekend for us! There has been a lot going on from Thursday night up to and until me sitting in my chair, sipping wine on Sunday.  It’s a good thing tomorrow is a holiday, I need a rest.

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It’s a good cause and worth reporting!



It’s hard to look at anything related to the United States and Cycling without hearing about the 2013 National Bike Summit.


According to the League of American Bicyclists, over 800 bike geeks will be gathering in DC from March 4-6 to promote cycling to congress. I’m curious if anyone is going?

National Women’s Bicycling Forum

The National Women’s Bicycling Forum kicks off the event:

national womens bike forum 2013

  • On March 3rd there is a group ride at 6:30PM followed by a party at 8:30PM
  • The Forum is on March 4 from 9AM-4PM

It’s packed with woman-pedaled power (yes, I actually said that) with keynote addresses by Georgena Terry, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, and Janette Sadik-Khan. All women. All kick ass.

It will come as no surprise that as soon as I heard about it, I was aching to go.

Women Mean Business

The theme is “Women Mean Business” and here’s a quick look at…

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I will be buying a set after reading this, so thought I would share!

All Seasons Cyclist

We had a very dry summer in the Upper Midwest, but fall is finally here and that usually means a lot of long rides in the rain. Riding in the rain can be relaxing (if you are not on a major highway), providing you stay dry. Fortunately, there are many great cycling products that can help keep you dry all day long (see the “Cycling In The Rain” link in the column on the right). If you are looking for a way to keep your feet dry then you should check out the Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers.

The Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Barrier WxB Shoe Covers are designed for riding in rainy weather and they work great! This product is recommended for road shoes with external cleats. Though they are fleece lined, they are not really intended for cold weather cycling. On a sunny day when the…

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At least I know someone else thinks like I do!

All I want is a straight answer

I am and always will be a cycling fan.

It’s simple really, I have cycled for years, I raced for some of that time in a very amateurish way and I love the sport. But what really racks me off is the way that the sport has been branded a cheating one.

Now I have always admired Lance Armstrong for what he did, 7 times winner of the tour, world champion before his cancer and of course the ultimate, a survivor of cancer. But the point is he is not just a survivor, he is someone who went on to be the best. But now he says he cheated.

Ok, I personally don’t mind, so he took drugs but so did the competition he was racing against and if you watched any of those Tours they were fantastic, exciting clashes in the mountains, time trials with everything to play for…

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While surfing around I found someone who is doing something I can only HOPE I will be able to do someday, and she is doing it for MS. I figure it can’t hurt to help her out some, so I gave $20, because I like the cause and I like what she is doing! So I thought I would share with you all as well!



First off a warning.  I am a bike rider NOT a blogger!  I make no guarantees on spelling, punctuation, or if it posts or not!  However I will do my best!

So, why a blog:

Recently, 2 ladies at work have decided to buy bikes and start using them to get into shape.  They have a goal of riding the Seattle to Portland ride in July of this year.  While they were looking for a bike AND now that they have one, it turns out I have been able to help them with some pretty good advice.  How do I know its good?  Because they don’t avoid me, hide from me, or do anything possible NOT to bring up the subject of bikes around me.  In fact, they continue to ask questions and let me know about their training!

So I said to myself, if I can help them, maybe I can help others! Hence the blog.

So why this title:

In 2006 I gave up the fight, after 4 attempts, to climb Mt Rainier.  14410 of big assed mountain is just too big for me.  My body shuts down at 12,500.  However, I am deathly afraid of becoming old, fat and flabby.  I needed something else to concentrate on.  At Christmas of that year, I bought my bike.  A brand new Specialized Tri-Cross.  Last summer, I hit 10000 miles! In pedalling those miles, I learned a lot, mostly on my own. Now I want to share.

I am no expert, just some guy who rides.  I am also not a spandex clad, team matching, fast as the wind intimidator of new riders.  I ride my own speed, I ride alone, and there has never been a route, so far, that I have not finished.

Hopefully I will not bore people, and someone, somewhere will actually read this!  If not, hey, at least I had fun

So once again, WELCOME!


Halfway through my bike tour of the Oregon coast.
Halfway through my bike tour of the Oregon coast.