22 Jul


Postcard from PDX II


on July 22, 2011   comments 1

On one of my last days in Portland, Tom and I rode to Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge.  Within the first 15 minutes of our trip, I crashed on the side of the trail.  We kept on and made it to the Falls, but I required a car to get me back out of the gorge.  It was beautiful, and an awesome day's ride.


Right after my crash.  Good to go!

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21 Jul


LGRAB Summer Games


on July 21, 2011   comments 1

It's time for the Summer Games over at Let's Go Ride a Bike! (<--awesome WTF bike blogger)

Let's Go Ride a Bike 2011 banner

There are lots of great options. Complete four events between July 22 and August 8 to be eligible for prizes. Then blog about your experience or email LGRAB about it. We'd be happy to put up some guest posts here as well.

  • on vacation? rent a bike and go for a ride!
  • write a letter advocating for bicycling infrastructure (bike lanes, bike rack, etc) to your alderman/council representative, mayor, or a local business.
  • take a picture of something along your commute that says “summer” to you, and explain why
  • commute to work by bike or bike/transit if you don’t already
  • perform a maintenance task on your bike
  • explore a greenway or bike path in your city that you haven’t previously visited
  • test ride a different type of bike than you normally ride (road bike, mountain bike, etc.)
  • read a book about cycling
  • ride your bike somewhere new in your city
  • go on a group ride

Anyone interested? I think I'm in!

21 Jul


Postcard from PDX I


on July 21, 2011   comments 0

I'm back from a trip to Portland and Southern California, and I wanted to share a few photos with you.


The wonderful people at Sunrise Cyclery shipped my bicycle to Portland for me, so I was able to ride my own bike around town!  (It took about 4 days to get there and cost less than $100 round trip.)

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20 Jul


Holy humidity, Batman!


on July 20, 2011   comments 0

I'm back from the west coast, and I had a great trip.  On Sunday I got off of a plane and was slapped in the face with a heat wave!  Holy humidity!  But whatever, right?  This is summer in Minnesota.  Hydrate, and ride on.

Yesterday my friend TJ invited me to go swimming.  All I wanted to do was sit in the creek until my internal temperature was under 200, so I hopped on my bike and headed out.  Six blocks away from my destination I had an inner tube blow out.  Nothing like changing a flat and laboring over a hand pump in the blazing sun.  I may or may not have sat on the curb and had a beer before I finished...

Flat tire

Oh, and in case you were wondering:  If you only have a 700c tube with a presta valve, it will totally work on your 27" wheel made for a schrader valve.  I replaced the presta tube with an inner tube with the correct kind of valve when I got home.

19 Jul


Falling down


on July 19, 2011   comments 0

Last week I practiced falling off of my bike.

I'm not sure what happened, but I rode off the edge of a paved trail and found my bike and I going in separate directions.  Vollyball and gymnastics skills kicked in, and I tucked in my limbs, rolled across the trail and landed on two hands and one knee.

PSA:  GLOVES!  They are helmets for your hands!!

I was surprisingly unhurt, save my pride.  My hands were a little sore, but I could move all my parts and there was only a little blood coming from my knee.  I bandaged myself up well enough to get to a market for better bandages, and was able to still ride that day.

PSA:  First aid kits!  Hello Kitty bandaids can fix a lot of boo boos, but Tegaderm, bandages, gauze and antisceptic can go a little further.

I have a nice bruise on my knee and a little tiny bit of road rash, but my body and my bike are totally fine, except for my bar tape on one side.  Come to think of it, I probably crashed because I just changed my bar tape.  Similar to how it stops raining when you put on a rain jacket?

It's a good thing I practiced falling last week.  It came in handy this morning...  More on that later.