Saturday, January 31, 2009
not to toot my own horn, but i got rave reviews from all the ladies out there...which is a good thing for me...i'm not what you'd call comfortable speaking to a crowd....and also a good thing because it means i'll be doing another course soon! I'm thinking next month sometime, perhaps the month after. Also, after several requests from the ladies, i'll be doing a more advanced course. It'll cost more, but there'll be fewer people and everyone will get some "hands on" time on their bikes. anyhow thanks to all the women for showing up, you were a great class to teach and made it very easy for me to say yes to doing the whole thing again.
Until next time kids....
Friday, January 30, 2009
I immediately thought: "How can I get away with posting this on the Rider's blog?" Well, since I'm a Raleigh owner (yes my rain bike/commuter tank is a 1987 Raleigh Record) I knew about the resurrection of Raleigh down in the states. Unlike here in in Canada and Raleigh's native UK, the bikes in the states are not to be sneezed at. Whereas in Canada and the UK they're just cheap, heavy, and altogether unappetizing pile of mangled aluminum and steel sold at Canadian tire and the comparable junk mongers in the UK. In the states they actually have some interesting models, moderately priced and made (assembled) in Seattle. See their site here, and their blog here. Since I follow their blog I knew about the Raleigh Rainier Singlespeed cross bike (yes Tyler single speed, not fixed gear), and LO! there's my bike connection and therefore I can post the above artistic portrait of a beer bottle without the hint of shame. Haha!
Check out the full story here.
On a side note, you used to be able to get Rainier at Logan's for a very moderate price, but I have to say I'm more of a Lucky or Pacific man myself. But perhaps we should hava a stop at Logan's on Pedal and a Pint night just to experience the splendour of the Pacific NW brew. Cough cough...
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Wed, Feb 4th 7:15pm
For you movie buffs out there, Veer is playing at the Victoria Film festival on Feb. 4th. Veer is an exploration into Portland's bike culture which completely outshines our own here in the "bicycle capital of Canada." This will be a world premiere of the movie and thus I must suggest a pedal, movie and a pint on Wednesday. Should be an interesting and inspiring movie.
Yes, this is a sad day. Our surly little indomitable van has been taken from it's loving home here at the shop on cloverdale. We've had some good times in that beasty....summertime rides after work, post-ride tail gate bbq's, picking up bikes (and Red Barn goodies!) from the warehouse....oh he will be missed....
and to the douche-bag who stole our van....you're a douche!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Cowboy logic of the day: Good judgement comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgement.
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
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Have fun kids, and remember to keep the rubber side down.
...On your bike. Sweet!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The conditions were great last night at Hartland. The park is dry and clear of snow, and the trail maintenance crews did a great job last Sunday. We came across a few of their repairs on the ride; they had cleared fallen logs of Centerfold as well as widening the trail where it had been eroded by the stream that sometimes runs down that trail. They had also done some work on Switchbacks and most noticeably on Twister where whole sections have been built up, sanded and the water redirected off the trail. The new rolldown into a berm on Who's yer daddy is fun too, and should add speed to that section of the trail. Other parts we rode had been cleaned up as well, and it's obvious that the trail maintenance crew got a lot done. This, in conjunction with the dry condition and nice weather resulted in a great ride last night. 6 of us showed up, and it was nice to see Ryan and Tyler back out on the night rides, and their "domestic bickering" made for excellent entertainment on the climbs. The rock features were bone dry, which is a rare treat in the winter, and it even looks like this dry weather will keep up all week so Sunday should be a good ride if anyone is up for it.
Cowboy logic of the day: A good bike is never a bad color.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
With the snow gone and the streets a little cleaner (still need lots of work) it is time to pull the bike out of the trainer and hit the road! I must admit I am some what responsible (other than Mother Nature) for the death of the road group ride and apologise to the hardcore's that have been jonesin to get back in the saddle with the Rider's Crew. But back by popular demand the group ride will begin again, whoooooo!!!!!! The inaugural group ride will be February 8th (weather dependant) as I will be away the week of the 25th to 1st at a 5 day Fit course in Montreal. So if you want to come out and rip off 40K at a reasonable pace meet me at 12pm Sunday Feb. 8th at Rider's Cycles and we'll spin like we're riding the Tour de Victoria.
Happy high cadence and energy drink cheers,
PS. Keep an eye out for the newest group ride "Pedal and a Pint" which is in the works.
Night ride tonight! Allthough I'm feeling a little rough around the edges I think I'm going to try and brave the night ride this evening. At least 3 guys from the shop will show up plus whoever else is up for it. Shayne is out of commission with a messed up foot from fighting and kicking a Mountain lion in the groin on his way to Picaflick to return some dvd's, and Chevy can't make it because she's hanging out with the cool kids, plotting world domination and going over plans for their cool Freeride park in North Saanich. For us other geeks who just ride bikes and don't mess with lions or the elite, we'll be at the hartland parking lot at 7 as per usual. Dead animals and beers go down nicely after a ride in the dark.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
A good ride all in all, but Justin took the stunt of the night price with his spectacular up hill endo.
Cowboy Logic of the day:
If you get to thinking you're a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else's dog around.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Riding without a helmet is not cool. Night riding, however, is very cool and as the passion is great here at Rider's, we're going for a second night ride this week tonight after work. Chevy was so disappointed that she couldn't go on Tuesday that she thought she'd go tonight. Justin is so pumped after his first night ride, that he's eager to get back out there in spite of saddle sores (ouch!). Since they're going, I am too, as well as our superstar biker/mechanic, Mitch.
Hopefully this weather will keep up for awhile so everybody can get back in the saddle and enjoy the delights of riding at the Dump.
Like Shayne says: keep the rubber side down (unless you're going of some sweet jumps!).
If you want to join us, you're more than welcome to tag along. We'll be at the dump by around 7pm.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
So I'm a pretty avid follower of many blogs and sites on the interweb...helps pass some slower times here at the shop and keeps me up to date on the latest tech and R&D. One wicked thing i stumbled accross is the effect of mountain biking on ecotourism. Turns out us little mud slingers are saving the world one pedal stroke at a time. If you google "ecotourism and mountain biking", you're greeted with a plethora of choice spots all over the freaking globe. From Bhutan (http://www.responsibletravel.com/trip/Trip901976.htm), to Laos (http://www.greendiscoverylaos.com/biking/ps.html or http://www.greentrail-indochina.com/laos/3%20day%20ecotourism%20combination.html), to Peru (http://www.responsibletravel.com/trip/Trip100736.htm) and beyond! I know, it's not just mountain bikers who are getting out there and seeing places in a responsible manner (I use that term in respect to the environmental aspects of your average biking trip, we all know there are less responsible aspects as well). I'm just so darned proud of us for helping turn economies that were based upon illegal poaching and logging into sustainable, profitable, earth-friendly ones where it makes more sense to lead rides, or provide lodgings than go shoot some fluffy endangered something in the woods. So here! here! all you dirty girls and boys, keep on expanding your horizons, Momma Earth is thanking you.
Paradox of the day: Why do people ask the question "Are you asleep?"
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Night ride tonight at the Dump. Show up at 6:45pm in the Hartland parking lot, on the trails around 7pm. Good lights mandatory, post ride beverage, a good idea.
The snow is mostly gone in the lower parts of the Dump, so whoever was using that as an excuse just lost one reason not to show up for our weekly night ride. I went for a good ride on Sunday and even though there was still snow in the higher elevations of the park, the trails below the snow line were starting to clear up. I guess the word got out because I haven't seen the parking lot this busy since the summer. The trails are still pretty slick and there are "refreshing" streams that cross the trails here and there just to cool down your tired little feet that have all but forgotten about this kind of work after the indulgences of the holiday season. Anyway, lots of mud, lots of greasy roots, it will be cold and miserable - just the way we like it. It's winter riding after all, no room for sissies.
Friday, January 9, 2009
- #1 on January 18th there will be trail maintenance at the dump, and since the weather gods have been a little surly lately, there will be lots to do in the park. There are probably quite a few trees down and the water runoff from all that snow has undoubtedly done some damage. Therefore, lots of people are needed to repair the trails and get them back into shape. So get your ass off the couch and lets fix up the park! SIMBS provides excellent lunches for volunteers on trail maintenance days, so be sure to let them know that you're showing up by shooting them a line at; email@example.com before 9am the previous Friday. Rider's will be sponsoring a couple of maintenance days at the Dump in 2009 and we'll keep you posted on those when that time rolls around.
- #2 SIMBS Annual General Meeting will take place on January 26th. These are always fun to attend and a great opportunity to renew your membership, make your voice heard on SIMBS issues and last but not least, there will be lots of rad swag up for grabs. Lighthouse will provide us with some reasonably priced brews as well. So be there, or be square!
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Most of us at the shop wear the Resistor booties from Sugoi. They're lightly insulated, wind and waterproof, which makes them great for cold weather riding as well as riding on those rainy days so common in the pacific Northwest. A good bootie should be in any commuters arsenal along with a waterproof jacket, and a skull cap to name but two.
"Booties are my saviour, I don't care how gay they look"- Wolfe
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This would normally have been a short ride, but because of the conditions it took us 1 hour and 40 minutes. All in all, a very interesting ride and lots of fun. Hopefully we'll get some more people coming out next Tuesday.
Friday, January 2, 2009
- changing a flat tire
- basic derailleur tuning
- chain cleaning and drive train maintenance
- a very basic bike fit (saddle height/top tube and stem length)
So, the first course is scheduled for Thursday, January 29th at 7pm. Sign up deadline is January 22nd. There's a sign up sheet here at the shop, or you can just ring us at (250)381-1125
I'm teaching the course, so it's a class that's for women by women.
Hope to see you ladies there!
And gents, don't despair! We're planing on Shayne teaching a Men's/Co-ed course once a month as well;)
For the inaugural post I thought I’d start by saying it’s still too dang crappy out to start up the Sunday road rides yet. The mountain rides are also not really happening due to the lingering, crusty snow up at the dump. However I know Halldor is dying to get out there, crappy conditions or not. If anyone wants to go for a somewhat sketchy ride on Sunday feel free to leave him a note up here.
And now, for your viewing pleasure, and to make you wish summer was here so badly it hurts.... a little video I poached from the guys at Transition, who got it from Pinkbike....