Friday, September 30, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
This bike caught my eye due to the decal on the top tube.
Is it named after the Little Indy 500 or was it made and ridden in the Little Indy 500?
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Here is the World Championships as Tweeted by some of Team GB:
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Created by Luke Seeman, of Chicago Bike Racing fame and all around great bloke, Rouleur Derby is a fantasy parimutuel betting contest with entrants from across the globe, with no money exchanging any hands, it's all above board and completely made up. Which of course means some of us get a bit too caught up on who is going to win vs who we want to win etc. Most of the season I had been in the top ten based on my shameful habits of betting on numerous outcomes in each event, trying to ensure I made some profit as opposed to naming the winner and winning big. I did feel bad about this. So realized that when it came to the final event of the season I should go all in. Tony Martin started me off on the right foot but the women's road race cost me big time, I had plumped for 'The Brits' (thinking Lizzie Armistead), the Swedes (Emma Johannson), Australia (any of them) and my long shots of Belgium and Russia. So with half of my points gone I went with my heart and put the lot on Cavendish to win the men's. He did and I end up second place. Nice. Not claiming to have any superior talent in predicting winners in bike racing or anything, I was far too cagey for that.
It's a fun little element to the cycling season though and I know Luke would like it to continue growing and does have something in mind for next year that may involve some 'Kickstarter' help. Please keep it mind for 2012 and put me in my place next year.
Here's Luke's summary of the year:
Saturday, September 24, 2011
"PhilosophiesWe at Paxton Gate are fascinated by the natural world....." - Click here.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Be warned, though, that you might want to join Audax UK at the end. As Pete says when we asked him how he felt, "Relieved and elated in equal measure. Relieved to have got back safely and without too much physical damage, and elated to have ridden well, in a lovely country where cyclists are made to feel special, at least for these few days.
"PBP is a joyous human endeavour, not easy but one which any cyclist who's reasonably fit and with correct motivation can achieve. I hope the film shows this and encourages others to have a go."
There's a whole four years to get ready for the next one.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Welcomed to the bike friendly Northwest by this bike hook on the rail from Seattle Airport to the city.
Later these are the provisions for bikes on Portland's rail system. Oh and that's a nice Rivendell.
Look out for the tramlines in Portland and don't ride without a front wheel.
Cherries picked from the streets of Portland and baked into pie in Ashland Oregon.
Standing Stone Brewing in Ashland, Oregon was the first business in the city to take the offer to buy it's streetside parking space and turn it into a bike corral. Any employees who commit to make 45 bike commutes a year get a free bike. Oregon State covered a third of the cost of each bike and also of the purchase of parking space. The beer is good too. So are these:
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Sir Paul Smith
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I didn't think I would be saying this but: FAIL.
I felt and saw an undercurrent at the event as people were preparing. Race fever. There was talk of 'how fast can we go?'. 'Which group will win?'. Someone asked about this being a TT and the organiser laughed that it wasn't 'really' a race. It didn't feel right for me, not what I had signed up for. Still at least I had been put with a group all planning to ride it in 4h50mins mainly consisting of a local Chicago bike team.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The one shop I did not want to miss whilst out that way was Het Fairwheel Podium in Portland.
I was lucky they were open late one evening and I was able to talk with Emiliano the owner. Here are his words from his site regarding the store/gallery:
All of this culminated in “Het Fairwheel Podium.” The direct English translation from the Dutch is “The Fairwheel Gallery.” I work with frame builders to bring in the highest quality hand built frames; and display componentry that forces everyone to re-think what a bicycle is. We have what I wanted. No longer will these bikes and components live only on blogs and forums. We’ll bring them here to a small space off the river in Northwest Portland where you can come in, drink some coffee, and talk bikes.
– Emiliano Jordan
The store holds First Thursdays when the have an open night featuring new cycling related artwork and photography on their walls as well as the opportunity to admire and discuss these gallery worthy bikes. They were prepping a couple of bikes for local racers who were racing that weekend and Emiliano remembered sleeping above Bicycle Heaven in Chicago when they raced Superweek a few years ago. Hopefully I'll be able to get a few of my prints over to Het Fairwheel sometime soon. Maybe that's where I'll reveal a finished Gilbert?
Imagine having this as a first bike.
Het Fairwheel Podium website here: http://www.hetfairwheelpodium.com