Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Bike Blows!

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For the first time this year, some DHPT members decided to try and use leaf blowers to clear trails instead of walking and raking and raking and walking, and raking. It sucks but it has to be done. And what really sucks, is the leaves keep falling. Usually the trails have to be raked or blown multiple times. But wait a minute, riding is fun, let's ride and blow the trail instead of walking and blowing the trails. Laziness... or Genius?

Blower Bike. The 3 little pigs wouldn't stand a chance if the Big Bad Wolf rode a bike. The Chameleon outfitted with a Stihl Leaf Blower cleared out the trails in no time and made clearing the course for the Night Shift fast and fun. I know everyone loves to rake trails, so I'm sorry for spoiling the fun.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Night of the Living Deb

Last weekend was the Night of the Living Deb, fundraiser for Deb Paulson after she told cancer to take the last train out of boobie town. The early events included a series of bike rides for a poker run wit the awards at T-Bock's. It was great to see everyone come together and support a friend who has just beat Cancer.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Monday, October 13, 2008

Living the High Life

Sometimes, a man has to just appreciate the good things in life. Things like a sunny October Saturday. A little bit of a breeze, two wheels, a few friends and a peaceful ride through the Iowa Countryside on a windy gravel road. Almost perfect. The only way it could get any better, would be to throw in a good honest beer for a tasty price. One might argue that the fella who enjoys a nice cold High Life appreciates the simpler things in life. One who might stop to smell the roses or take in the view of the river from a few hundred feet up and enjoy a Champaign of Beers. If this simple kind of guy didn't have a back pack to carry his golden goodness, he might just fashion one out of a paper sack and duct tape. No sweat of his back, because the cans were darn cold when they left the cooler.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Gnat Likes Bikes: Gnat's Theory of Relativity

I've been following this guy's Blog for a few weeks now. Jason is the Head Honcho at Salsa Cycles, and he really loves all things Bicycle. He's made some really cool posts about Bikes and just life in general. It makes me feel good to know he's out there enjoying be alive and riding a bike. In this particular post, "Gnat" is talking about all the great Bike people he has met this year. I'm sure you'll recognize the pile of bikes outside one of our own local post ride watering holes. Check out some of this other posts as well. He has some amazing photos of bikes and the view through his eyes. There are some really thought provoking posts about his bike, the ride, the view from the saddle, and peddaling with family and friends. All sorts of Warm Fuzzies. :-)

Gnat Likes Bikes: Gnat's Theory of Relativity

If this takes you to the comment section of the Blog, you'll have to scroll up. I don't know why it's displaying the bottom of the post. Maybe I should talk to some kind of computer guy....

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Cleaning out the Garage

I decided to clean out my garage last weekend and pulled every 2-wheeler out of the thing. I thought it was a pretty site. Some are faster than others, but each has a purpose. Not all of them are mine, but I do get to ride them all.
The Gravel Grinder as you can tell by it's coat of dust. My Gary Fisher Wingra is a nice ride for heading out to Bluffton for a beer, riding up hwy 9 to work, or pedalling down to Dubuque. It's a good ride, but a great ride for the price. Sub $500.The Bar Bike. This Santa Cruz Chameleon has spent more time outside of T-Bock's than in my garage. Even had it stolen at Nordic Fest, but I guess you can't keep a good bike down. I've crashed this thing off of retaining walls, snow banks, teeter totters, and O'Gara once rode it off the roof of a van. It is basically indestructible, which is why I bought it 7 years ago. I've even beat on it out in Grand Junction, Fruita and Moab last year. Here's my baby. The Good Ol' Salsa Mariachi has been rode hard and put away wet more than once. My First 29'er, and I don't see myself ever going back to a 26 on the trails. Single Speed, Hard Tail, Rigid, Disk Brakes, and the Fuel Tank of Fire (Surly Flask). This trusty steed really puts the power between your legs, or makes you build power in 'em.