Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

39 at 39 in 39 at 39.....


Saturday, April 18, 2009. The birthday ride. It could be snowing, it could be hot, it could be epic, it could be not. Falcon Lake-Mountainous terrain. A day of climbing(or drinking brew-depending on your inclination). This is the 39 year special (one past 38 special), so be prepared-or not. Come as you are- or come as somebody else. 39 hundred feet of climbing. 39 kilometers. 39 degrees F. Potentially a fabulous day out. Come celebrate. More details to transform over the next few weeks. All welcome.

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Sunday Afternoon Ride



Brad and I got out for a few hours to lay down some kms at the BHP. It was a nice afternoon to get out...if it was still February. There's still lots of snow in the park to go with the windchill. Fortunately the loop was clear, so it was a good ride depite winter's stubbornness to abate.

I also had the opportunity to accompany Brad on his maiden voyage with his new Crosscheck. It's a pretty sweet ride. I want one. Wifey said no.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Birds Hill Park

I drove through the park today at 5:30. The main loop is almost all dry pavement. Let the spring training resume.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Astana dominance


He's on drugs... No, he's on drugs....No he is.....
ah ha ha ha ha.........

Lance Armstrong gets drunk on an airplane, is described as an assh*le

Too bad Larry's getting on a plane right now himself. I'd be curious to hear his defense of LA's behaviour this time.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The best TRICK cyclist-ever(dedicated to Darryl)

This is some awesome fixie trix. I think that Edison has the best cycling attire ever. He is the man.

Grass Track Races and The WhitesHELL Enduro

Check out today's FGBC post regarding a few upcoming events. First, there's the Grass Track series and then there's the WhitesHELL Enduro. Both should be fun—I'll even delay my usual early Friday afternoon departure for the cottage to participate in a few of those grass track races. (I'll just have to come up with a satisfactory excuse to explain my late arrival to the awaiting family...I should be able to come up with something by then.)

RRR boys and girls: your participation in these events counts goes towards RRR's points total in our increasingly heated rivalry with FGBC. Perhaps Mike and Darryl can settle their differences on two wheels.

Do RRR proud—bike, BIKE, BIKE!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I like fixies- I do.

So, my brother in-law Kyle got to go to the handmade bike show in Indianapolis a few weeks back. I was invited to go too, and wanted to, but I have many children so I didn't get to go. However, I did steal some of his photos from his flickr account.
He is a great photographer (and pretty good on the bike too), and I do really like fixed and single speed bikes. I'm trying to redeem myself for the fixie video outrages lately. Sorry to Darryl especially because he seems to be receiving the brunt of this rage.



Poison Ivy-AHHHHHHH


ENOUGH said........

BMX Rules! (maybe)

I can't post this video due to the school computers being technologically impaired but this clip shows why BMX rules! Or perhaps it is as my Grade 7 students like to say "happy" and that guy is a "British cigarette." However I'll take 80s cheese over skinny jean wearing hipster idiots any day.

Click me please!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

7 degrees of fixie

Fixie trix again. One of my favorite cycling movies (from the 80"s of course) highlighted some fine fix gear tricks. Kevin Bacon rocks by the way, and the guys in this little clip make these modern day fixie riders look like preschoolers in diapers. Oh yeah, and did I mention that this was from 1986- I was just getting my drivers license (so I'm no longer cool). Enjoy.

Armstrong Is Injured, Putting Plans in Question

"If he wants to win the Giro, it wouldn’t be a problem because of the collarbone, but because he needed more kilometers on road in training.” - NY Times

Really?

Forget Fixed-Buy BMX

In response to darryls"nice video" on the FGBC Blog, I'm putting up this "nice video". When will the Fixie folks realize they're trying to re-invent the wheel. I get seriously irritated (like having poison ivy on your ass), when I see these fixed gear video's. Don't get me wrong. I like a lot of people who ride fixies (Dr. H included). This isn't a slam on the good folks who ride them, just those who think it's cool to be uncool to be cool being uncool with all the hype. (Makes me a big fan of the Bike snob). So, for your enjoyment, a real video of some nice bicycle work.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Armstrong Crashes Out of Castilla y León

This is unfortunate on many fronts—mostly because we won't see him and Contador duke it out in the Giro for Astana's captaincy. Hopefully LA's injuries aren't as bad as first suspected.

I guess that's what happens when Trek equips LA with "girly bike*" geometry.

* A reference to LA's comments in It's Not All About The Bike (or was it Lance Armstrong's War?) regarding compact geometry framesets.


Update (as stolen from VN)

It's confirmed..."Armstrong suffered a fracture of the third medio of the right clavicle," the race organization said in a statement after the rider underwent an X-ray at a hospital in the city of Valladolid."

Armstrong told reporters his participation in the Giro d'Italia in May "will be very complicated".

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Photo Finish


Milan San-Remo had a fantastic finish. Check out the photo finish and various video replays.
It also appears that this race bodes well for KK and myself for the spring pool. Looking good.
Here's an even better link of the finish

Ride Sunday?

Anyone up for a ride Sunday? I plan to head out at about 11:00. To Lockport on the SS. In the rain.

It'll be character building

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Challenge Is Made


Calling all RRR boys and girls!

We've been challenged by our FGBC brethern to a duel of speed, endurance, and fortitude. It is time to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and vanquish our Mennonite rivals (they must be GCs).

Here's a little ditty to get you going! Change a word or two or five and it's quite fitting. It's time to bike, BIKE, BIKE!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Vandenbroucke fought with equal dirty weapons

Check out this article from Cycling News (scroll down till you see Vandenbroucke). It's a few weeks old, but still interesting. Recognize any of the names that appear at the end of the article?

Register Now

Hold off on your MCA licnese registration no longer!

I just recieved word from the MCA's Executive Director that RRR is set up on their online registration form as an affiliated club. We're legit once again!

Click here for the online form.

It's Not All About The Bike...Indeed

Have any of you ever heard of Paul Kimmage? Seems he has a story to tell. Check it out here.

A warning to those among us with LA man-crushes (LArs)...this may make you upset and/or embarassed.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Finishing Poses

I recall a discussion a few years back about famous finish line poses. Mark Cavendish throws up a new one.

39 in 39 at 39




Mike's birthday ride planning begins. The goal, 3900 feet of climbing, in 39 kilometres. Details to follow. Suggestions welcome. Birthday date is April 27.....

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Red Dot award


I think that KK should be up for the red dot award

Skinsuit sans skin?



Can I get this one?














Maybe this one for Larry?

The Big Red Dot and Other Observations


This photo sums up RRR to me (or maybe it sums up my participation in RRR). Riding? -Yes but always something slightly askew.

I never know where to find the deep, philosophic, behind-the-scenes information about RRR. Blog or email? In a semi-private email someone pointed out that the red dot on the team photo is far bigger than it needs to be. For clarification the false modesty pose was done as a joke, although my participation is idiotic since I'm wearing baggy shorts. Where else would I keep my Slurpee toonie? Why wasn't KK participating? Was he already scheming up the RRR blog and anticipating worldwide exposure?

Hey what happened to the secret of Paul's success link?

51-year-old Duguay Signs 2-game EPHL Contract

Ah, memories. This story makes me wistful for the days of hockey past when guys like Duguay, Clark, and my childhood hero Lafleur could be men and their hair was their helmet.

I think I'll break out the old Pace Setter team pants on 21st and 22nd to mark Duguay's sure-to-be-exciting return to professional hockey.

More on the new jersey front

Funny how things happen...I've been going to the Velonews website for how long? A long time, but had never noticed the site ad for V-Gear. They do custom kits and their pricing appears to be even less than Champ-sys.

Here's their policy on minimums; it's the last part that I especially like. "We ask for 10 of the same item (in any combination of sizes) to place an order and then you may order as little as 1 of anything we produce."

Now I can get the winter jacket I need, and Mike can finally get himself a skinsuit, even if the rest of us don't feel the urge. Arm and knee warmers, socks, vests, caps...oh, the possibilities!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

New Jerseys From New York?

Here's the latest...

I've tracked down a couple local suppliers that I'll try to follow up with next week to find out about pricing and minimums.

However, I came across these guys that offer 10 unit minimums at the best prices I've seen yet—jerseys are roughly 1/2 the price of other custom suppliers and bib shorts about $25-30 less. I'd be surprised if the local options can match these minimums and prices, but we'll see.

Vector image files only, so I won't get away with using MS Paint this time. I have CS3 but don't really know how to use it very well. Anyone out there with some Photoshop expertise?

I'm getting excited!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cycling Goals For 2009

Following the 50km ride in Brad's honour a few weeks ago, I took some time to reflect on what I would like to accomplish this upcoming season. In fear of disappointment, I've set goals that are realistic and achievable with just the slightest hint of challange.

The following 30 seconds or so sum it up in a nice little package.

Monday, March 9, 2009

And Now For Something Completely Different



Given Brad's forthcoming new bike, I foresee some licking taking place in a Sun Valley basement in the near future.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

BFF

This doesn't have anything to do with cycling, but it does have something to do with our "community". Plus, it's funny.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Electronic Dura Ace in Action


Pretty neat...after constantly fine-tuning the front der while riding the trainer last night (grrrr!), I think I can handle some performance enhancing upgrades. After all, if it's good enough for Hincapie and DZ, then it's good enough for me!

Alas, I'll more likely settle for Larry's cast-offs after this video twists his rubber arm. (assuming he can tolerate the added bulk of the 68 gram battery)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Missing Link



Anyone seen this guy lately. Wonder if he still rides bike? (if you look closely, you'll see he's breaking into the bacon mints...and quite pleased with his prize. Maybe this photo should be on the front of the new jersey- or at least a sponsorship from the bacon mint company.)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

New Team Jerseys


So, who's in charge of getting RRR new jerseys this year??? Might I suggest that a full kit be created, possibly based on the pic on the right...

Couldn't you just see it? The back of the jersey could have a tastefully rendered RRR logo reminiscent of the original Anaheim Mighty Ducks logo.

So seriously. Anybody interested?