Monday, June 28, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
... chances are it will probably look more like this when you wake up in the ER:
Monday, June 21, 2010
Of course there's always the cartoon Lumberjack. I was always very fond of his companion, Babe the Blue Ox. I lumped this character together with Casey at the Bat, and the other Casey, Casey Jones, the suicidal, folk-lore train engineer that crashed to save a bunch of people. I could never figure out how that worked.
Then there's the fake Lumberjack. This guy looks a little Stoogish, doesn't he? Disgusting buddy.
Not disgusting at all is the dream girl Lumberjack. Can that girl handle a chainsaw or what? And her own knee pads? Well now. But word of caution: I'd sleep with one eye open when she's in camp, boys. "Timber!"
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Any one know how to put one of the pics we took last night onto the back drop, I'd be looking forward to that.
Good ride last night guys. Roads were hard packed. A couple notable items, but I'm guessing a report of the ride is still forthcoming.
The Werdy One
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
See that cloud of dust up the road? Wonder what could be waiting for us up there? Who knows until you get close enough to see it is either a truck in a hurry ...
Speaking of cycle-crazy, I'm not sure about this statement. Being smug about riding a tandem is like be proud of being the Lawn Jart Champion of Riverside Drive. It's cool, just don't tell anybody. By the way I don't think a bicycle was meant to be ridden by two people, doing it hard or not. And two guys riding tandems in full team kits doesn't look right to me, but then I may just be old fashioned, or tandenphobic. Women yes, couples yes, fathers or mothers with kids are okay too. The only guy/guy tandems that look okay to me are either in a parade, a festival, or look something like this:
Hopefully something like this. Hey where's your bike Milla? Let's work out a day and time next week. I'm thinking same CB rally point, 6 p.m. What say you? And pencil in time for some cold ones.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
1 783 Richard Enormass 01:44:00:00
2 782 Chris Mensing 01:56:00:00
3 780 Robert Stoner 01:57:00:00
4 788 Aaron Maikt 01:59:40:00
5 786 Dave Vaccaro 02:00:00:00
6 785 Steve Coykendall 02:04:39:00
7 781 Fredrick Smith 02:07:42:00
8 784 Ben Nash 02:10:06:00
9 787 Jeff Fox 02:18:30:00
I was thinking I was kinda bored with using the same name over and over at last years CX events. It's time to start thinking about what to put on the post for the fall races. Bastard names...top gun names...lots of options methinks.
Is it cross season yet? How soon can we get a dirt road ride together...next week?
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Just to let the 2.5 people who check in here every month know, the 100 Grand Bicycle Tour is tomorrow, Saturday June 5th. Until I became aware of the fine machinations of the Rapid Wheelmen bicycle club, I always assumed that the 100 Grand was just a delicious candy bar. But not so. It is also a delicious bike tour that's been going on forever, though I could be incorrect about forever. I don't know if that's an Evolutionary Forever, or a Biblical Forever, but my guess it's been around a little after the advent of the bicycle. Below you'll see the Tour originator Mr. Grand Rapid, on his "Wheel" about to roll out for the first club century. Well maybe the last century.As bicycle design developed, but before high-speed carbon bikes and new-fangled aero-bars , the 100 Grand was a romantic frolic on two-wheels, with lots of singing and bowler wearing involved. While there's still some of that today, hardly anyone does this kind of thing anymore (below). Sitting on aero-bars would make me sing off-key, how about you? But maybe not Katherine Ross. She was such a great actress in her day.
Kidding aside, here's the real thing. I'm going to be there (like that's an inducement to ride) and I promise not to yell at anybody. Even if they jerk their bike out in front of me to sprint for some of the delicious food that will be offered all along the various routes.
Here's some other helpful where, when, what stuff, like where it starts and where you can register, and what you can ride:
West Side Christian School 955 Westend Avenue Grand Rapids, MI 49504
The BEST food. Scenic, low-traffic roads. Friendly, helpful SAG. 17, 35, 65, and 105 mile options. Registration opens at 7:00 am, the course (I guess that's the road) opens at 8 am.
Thankfully the 100 Grand is run by responsible people, unlike me, so the chances of you running into a gaggle of riders that looks anything like this (below) is extremely unlikely. See you there!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The first weapon that comes to mind is the rain-roof bike. Combined with color coordinated fenders this thing is as dry as a martini at the Chop House and twice as much fun to boot. The downside is the non-aerodynamic qualities of this rig-a-pig. I believe that Trek and Armstrong tested this as a TT option and graded it a complete NO-GO.
The perfect compromise of both protection from rain drops, yet a design that slips through the wind with ease, is pictured above. Yes you can look for me blasting to the front in this semi-wearable-bike. Of course it will be sporting the red-white-black livery of my team. I'd rather stay home than wear a blue kit. Take that you mean 'mother!