Monday, June 22, 2009

Cool things I found this week.

I didnt realize that there was an optional bike rack attachment for Vespa's. The things you learn. That is just so damned Cool.

I'm not generally one to post pics of hot girls on bikes but I had to post this great one of uber hot and talented Zooey Deschanel posing with her matching red townie. Good god, no wonder townies are back!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

It's boat swap day!!!!

I am selling my vastly underutilized sea kayak to pick up a new sailboat. A Bombardier Invitation (16ft. ) which is like a Laser with some more leg room. Leaving in an hour to Cranbrook to do the drop and pickup. Oh dinghy sailing..... its been too long.
Nothing beats a no $ exchange!!!

I need to build a trailer so I can pull it with my bike, how sick would that be.
One step closer to the Golden Yacht Club. I can't wait to make hats! Haha.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bikes as tools of comfort and function (aka...It's not always about the adrenaline people!)

This is not a remark to isolate all of us rural community cyclists, but is here to offer an insight into how the big players in the cycling industry are finally designing bikes for "the rest of us". This typically refers to a weekend cyclist or commuter who's idea of going for a ride is more likely to be a paved or gravel pathway (separated from vehicular traffic) or a ride downtown to their favorite coffee shop for an early morning treat than hurtling themselves off a cliff or riding 100km on the highway.Golden has some of the best cycling opportunities in the world with fantastic downhill, cross country and road cycling. What seems to be forgotten a lot of the time is that there is an entirely other market segment, one which accounts for over 75% of bike sales worldwide.It seems that there is a lot of intimidation when it comes to cycling in our community. New cyclists are freaked out when they walk into a shop and find that a price point bike starts at $1000, or sales staff aren't knowledgeable in how to mount fenders, or find it annoying to discuss simple thing such as what type of lube to use. Many shops simply cater to the tourists with their expensive bikes and don't even recognize the middle aged local standing there who needs to know what kind of tube he needs for his old ten speed. Take care of your community first people! (RANT)
Specialized, one of the industries original players, in fact, one of the originators of the mountain bike, has just released an entirely new division of their company called Globe which is aimed at the commuter/hipster/slow biker. While these bikes don't officially release for another few months a few leaks have filtered through which continue to create much buzz throughout the industry, which really, is a return to the simplicicty of years pasts.

Specialized is not the only company offering more colour variation to their paint booth. Style plays a role in today's bikes. While basic and utilitarian they still offer a visually stimulating pedal. The single speed movement has seen a drastic increase in usership in the past few years with simplicity in maintenance and purity of style offering a glimpse of past decades and a century of cycling when it wasn't all about how many gears you had. K.I.S.S.

Function over fashion...not necessarily. You can actually have it all. No I'm not trying to sell you a new bike, although I have lived that life. I am trying to instill a sense of "doing everything" on your bike. There is really no need to jump in your car, drive three blocks and buy two bags of groceries. Bikes are coming with all sorts of cargo type features such as this cargo rack. Sure it would be nice to have one of these in your garage but you can rig up your existing bike with a set of fenders, lights and rack to allow you the freedom to negotiate anything our little town of Golden has to throw at you. There are people who commute 30-40km everyday on their bikes in Golden. Have you seen them yet? Every time you throw a leg over your bike or walk somewhere it saves you money (gas), and a little portion of the air we breath (emissions).
For the price of two tanks of gas in a mid size car you can set up your bike for commuting daily. Just imagine how much your heart will appreciate it.
Yet another display if simplicity. This is an 8 speed bike but has no external derailleurs to tear off or maintain. Some of these new bikes are even getting rid of a chain in favor of a belt drive, the exact same thing as your car utilizes. This creates a quiet and incredibly strong, low maintenance vehicle. You'll have to replace your tires every three or four years at $30 each, but you can't say that about your car. Most residents of Golden probably spend that much every couple days on their motorized vehicles, if not more.
Built in generator lights, similar to those of years past are one of the hottest selling aftermarket items these days. Reducing our need for disposable and harmful products (batteries) the "dynamo light" runs off of electricity produced by a small generator which spins on the tires sidewall. Portable power to keep you safe at night, which cost and pollutes nothing.
Reduce your impact, reduce your dependency on fossil fuels and pull out your bike. Searching the local thrift store, used bike shops, and garage sales will often turn up some fantastic gems from the past. In fact, until this past week (where Annabelle-my old bikes name-switched hands to a new owner) I had been riding a 1954 CCM cruiser bike with side racks and generator light which I pulled out of the dump ten years ago. Now, I'm on the quest for something a bit more functional with a couple gears and more space to pull all of our recycling on the weekends to the recycling center.

Lastly, what people have seemed to forget is that if they search back through all of the experiences through their lives, there is guaranteed one, usually from their childhood, that involves a bike. Cycling is fun....let yourself rediscover those great experiences. Leave the car at home and pull out that bike your soul with thank you for it!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Polo Carnage

Oh man....we were battling tonight for Beno's last game in Canada. I ended up going over the bars (or something similar to that) and ended up with this. Yes, my elbow is a bit blown up and weird looking, no I don't believe anything is broken. My stupidity. My team strength session with loads of push ups and ski striding with poles. This is going to hurt tomorrow night more than now.

Oh well, all in the sake of entertaining the fans.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Best T's in the known universe.

Me, being the uber nerd that I am and my never ending love of wity and charming T's has brought me too the most incredible website. If any one would care to buy me a gift sometime I'll provide you with my shirt size and style.

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Monday, June 1, 2009

World Cup Calendar Announced This Past Weekend for 2009/2010 Season

The Sub-Committee for the Cross-Country World Cup was working hard in Cavtat last week to finalize the World Cup Calendar 2009/10. In the calendar, there are 24 World Cup competitions (the Tour and the Final both count as one) in 11 different countries in North America and Europe.
The season will kick off in Beitostoelen (NOR) on 21st- 22nd November and will then move to Kuusamo (FIN) for the Nordic Opening where the traditional programme with a sprint and an interval start competition will take place. New at the beginning of December is the city sprint in Düsseldorf (GER) moving from the weekend before Christmas. With Davos (SUI) a traditional venue follows before the first period concludes a new World Cup venue of Rogla (SLO). It is the first time since 1993 that a Cross-Country World Cup will be held in the home country of the sprint World Cup winner Petra Majdic.
After Christmas, the FIS Tour de Ski will kick off on 1st January in Oberhof (GER) with three Stages in a row before moving to Prague (CZE) for an evening sprint event. After the first rest day, the Tour will continue with a Stage from Cortina to Toblach (both ITA) while the sixth Stage will be staged directly at the rebuilt stadium of Toblach. Another rest day follows before the Tour is traditionally concluding in Val di Fiemme (ITA) with a mass start competition and the Final climb to the Alpe Cermis.
After the Tour, the World Cup continues with weekends in Otepää (EST, 16th-17th January) and Rybinsk (RUS, 22nd-24th January). The third period of the Cross-Country Calendar features the pre-Olympic races in Canmore (CAN) and the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver which will take place from 12th - 28th February 2009.
After the Games, the Cross-Country family will conclude the World Cup season in Scandinavia with the traditional competitions in Lahti (FIN), Drammen (NOR), Oslo (NOR), Stockholm (SWE) and Falun (SWE). In Lahti, for the first time since several years, a relay and pursuit will be on the schedule while Oslo will organize the test events for the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2011 in the rebuilt venue at Holmenkollen with a sprint and a mass start long distance race. Like last year, Stockholm and Falun will host the World Cup Final which is a four-stage mini Tour.
The FIS Nordic Junior World Championships will return to Germany next season after hosting this event in 2002. In Hinterzarten in the Black Forest the World Cup skiers of tomorrow will fight for the medals from 24th to 31st January. Please click here to see the World Cup Calendar 2009/10