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Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Stole this video clip from PinkBike.
Massive props to this kid! He's legit and hopefully will continue to shred. But someone get him a small wheel bike. No not because I think mountain bikes suck for jumping. But because I think you need the right tool for the job, and the 26 inch wheels have got to be a bit hard to flick around. Imagine the height he could get on a bike with smaller wheels! That would allow him more airtime to really pull off some moves.
Okay! Still, on 26 inch wheels he's pulling off stunts I wouldn't dare.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Again Cancellara attacks Boonen! Boonen seemed to hesitate to long to counter. I attempted to DVR the race from Versus, but couldn't wait to see what the interwebs had to say (and show) about the race. Now I'm wondering if it's even worth it to watch?
Friday, April 9, 2010
Now he's in the USA with a show on ABC attempting to educate people on making better choices when it comes to our food, as well as trying to get better (REAL) food into our school lunch program.
I agree with Jamie, that we need a food revolution in our country. As well as increasing our own activity levels so that we can lead the lives we are meant to live. If you agree follow the link to the site and sign the petition.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Whatever you think, head over to VeloFight and join the FAKAWOT! group and make your pics. Do it now!
Oh, and just so you know, for last weeks Tour of Flanders, I placed 50 out of 70, with 50 points (lower is better). I did pick Cancellara, Boonen and Gilbert. But my next two highest placed riders were placed 20th (Berghardt) and 24th (Chavanel). I was really hoping Devolder would have placed higher. But that's how it goes sometimes.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Here's the video of the Tour of Flanders winner doing the big drop on Boonen. And here's the thing, Boonen was moving along, riding strong. I mean really strong. Just not as strong as Fabian Cancellara. Holy cow, Cancellara dropped Boonen as if he was riding away from a stop,and Boonen didn't realize the light changed.
I very much enjoyed your article about Lesley George, the avid cyclist who rides her bike to work nearly every day. Ms. George reminds me of my mother, Carol Hupp, pictured at right, who is also an avid cyclist.
As a child, Carol longed for a bicycle. She pored over the Montgomery Ward and Sears Christmas catalogs when they arrived, admiring the shiny bicycles shown in them. But bicycles cost $25, an unaffordable luxury to a family on a limited income.
Carol earned her first bicycle when she was 13, selling 10 two-year subscriptions to "The Saturday Evening Post," "Ladies Home Journal," and "Country Gentleman."
When she earned her teaching degree, she took that bicycle to Tucson and rode it to school. She brought the bike to Denver and rode it to Steck Elementary School — at a time when teachers did not ride bicycles. As she chained up her bike one morning, an awed first-grader asked, "Are you a teacher?"
"Yes," Carol replied.
"You don't look like a teacher," said the student. "Teachers don't ride bikes!"
Carol soon had an entourage as she rode to school. Students waited in front of their houses until Carol came along and then joined the line of children all pedaling behind Carol, following her to school.
Carol rode her bike to the hospital for a hernia operation — and she was not happy when the doctors refused to let her ride home. When she had breast cancer, she rode her bicycle to the radiation treatments.
She still rides her bike — a 21-speed touring bike — to run errands, go to doctor appointments, and just for pleasure.
Last Friday, I took her to lunch at the Buckhorn Exchange to celebrate her birthday. She rode her bike, of course — 13 miles round trip. It was her 87th birthday.
Original source - Denver Post.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Prior to each race, you choose 3 stars and 6 watercarriers for your team. After the race is done, you are scored. In this game the scores are like golf, in that you want a lower score. You get 1 point for a rider in 1st place, 2 points for 2nd, 3 for 3rd, etc.
Another interesting aspect to the game is groups. You can create and/or join a group with your friends, to be able to go head to head against your training buddies for bragging rights.
If you're looking for an interesting way to enjoy following the professional cycling schedule, join Velofight, and if you do and want to join a group, I joined a group named FAKAWOT! It's a public group, and anyone is free to join in.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Anyway, remember to take part and tweet about your #30daysofbiking, everyday! And visit the 30daysofbiking site too.
And finally, follow my tweets here http://twitter.com/gsoroos.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
|Image from HACKEDirl.com|
I can't remember what the stats are, but most people spend most of their travel miles going someplace 2 miles or less. A distance that generally can be covered easily by bicycle, without much effort.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Here's a cool idea. 30 Days of Biking. Especially if you are on Twitter. But even if you're not, you can at least take part. Just ride everyday for 30 days in April. Simple as pie.
However, if you are on Twitter, you should tweet each day about your ride, no matter how short or far and add #30daysofbiking to your tweet.
It'll be interesting to see other peoples tweets as they take part in the project. I'm sure we'll see a ton of pictures about peoples rides.
My only reservation is weather, riding, even to work, in the rain sucks. I admit, I'm a fair weather rider. And rain could put me off. Especially on days I'm not scheduled for a training ride.
One last thing, you can follow my tweets with this link.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
|Duct tape keeps keeps your booties around years after they should be retired.|
|Dome house near Pine Island, off the Douglas trail.|
|Kenda Kwik 700x30c tires fit just fine on the orange fixed.|
|Plenty of room for gravel rides and some cyclocross.|
Saturday, March 20, 2010
|Charge branded Sugino Messenger chainring.|
Thanks Charge! You guys rock harder than a majikist! Even if you aren't sending me a Freezer ti cyclocross rig to race on.
Friday, March 19, 2010
Bicycling is an expensive sport. Equipment itself is a major expense. Bikes are not cheep. Then you can easily spend $300-500 or more a year just on things that wear out and/or replacement clothing. And that's being conservative in the estimate.
While I like being competitive, at this point I couldn't see spending the kind of money that they want to charge at a Granny-Gear production event. Now granted, as they state in the article, you get a lot of amenities included. Fancy timing systems, P.A. systems, stages for awards, beer gardens, etc. Porta-pottys and food vendors are great for family and support crews.
But even with all of that, over $100 bucks for entry to race is really steep. I couldn't see spending that kind of money. At least at this point in my life.
The article talks a bit about grassroots race promoters that charge less then $100 for a solo racer, and a little more for a team. These seem a bit more reasonable.
But the article fails to mention that there are a growing number of no-entry fee grassroots races being put on. Races like Ragnarok and Almanzo. Right now they seem to revolve around gravel road race events. And those are great. But they are not the do all-end all, and I think we will see a decline in numbers after a peak is reached. When that is, I'm not sure, but that's getting off the point. I think it's great that they are being put on, but more importantly. They are evolving somewhat and I think people putting them on will start to expand to pavement and even trail racing.
Now, not all events can and will be free. But I really don't think you need to pay an arm and a leg to be able to race your bike. And truthfully, you can turn any ride into a virtual race. In fact many group ride are just that, and excuse for racer types to play, train, and do a race, without actually racing.
And really... isn't that even more fun. Show up to a group ride with a bunch of licenced racers who are training to cat up this year. Hanging with, or even beating them on climbs and sprints. Maybe I'm odd. But I enjoy that a bit.
Newton's Third Law is wrong: Although it states that for each action, there is an equal and opposite reaction, there is no force equal in reaction to an attack by Gunnar Soroos. Gunnar Soroos rides for Toms Shoes Cycling Team. Gunnar Soroos is so crazy and awesome that he flips out ALL the time. I heard that Gunnar was eating at a diner. And when some dude dropped a spoon Gunnar Soroos killed the whole town. My friend Oprah Winfrey said that she saw Gunnar Soroos totally uppercut some jerkface just because they opened a window. Gunnar Soroos doesn't shop at Costco!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gunnar Soroos has two speeds. Fast, and Kill! The main export of a Gunnar Soroos attack is pain. You can control how people can interact with you and your friends. Choose who can see you, who can speak to you, who can hurt you, and who can be ignored.