Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Monday, December 31, 2012

ERW - Airless Bicycle Tires

Phil Wood, Enough Said

I want, I want, I want ...

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Family Fun in the Snow

CX Racing was out this Sunday, so I took the family to the snow!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Bike Ride

Friday, December 28, 2012

Get Gnarly

This one reminds me of Carl B.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Keirin Racer in Training

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Park Tool - TPD1

Park Tool - the Toilet Paper Dispenser.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

RUN DMC - Christmas in Hollis

Merry Christmas

Sent in From Carl B.

No Doubt - Oi to the World

Merry Christmas

He's coming ...

Monday, December 24, 2012

OT: Dalai Lama

Sent in to me from Johnny. 

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test

ARF Presents: Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test from Athlete Recovery Fund on Vimeo.
ARF Presents: Certified vs Non-Certified Bicycle Helmet Impact Test.. Come along with pro riders Mike Clark, Brandon Dosch and Chad Kerley. This video shows without a doubt the tremendous difference in protection between certified and non certified helmets. We tried to simplify the physics as much as possible but the results are undeniable. Make sure if you are riding BMX you are wearing the proper protection. It could mean the difference between riding again or not.

Man's Best Friends

Man's best friends, a bicycle and a dog.  Its Friday, lets ride all weekend long!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Got Balls?

I found this while searching Tumblr. 

Fixed Gear Freestyle

This guy was the first!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Pedal-Doodle

I've heard of labradoodles, cockapoos and poodles, but I've never heard of a Pedal-Doodle.  I wonder, AKC...

Friends with Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston enjoying a bike ride

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Bicycle Chain Bracelet


Monday, December 17, 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Specializing in Fun

Saturday, December 15, 2012

More Surly Steamroller, Less Cowbell

I had hoped to race the Surly Steamroller today.  I converted it to a single speed cyclocross bike for Santa Cross at Griffith Park.  Unfortunately the kids are sick so no racing.

A few specs:

Surly Steamroller 54cm custom painted Kawasaki Green
Paul Cranks 165 mm 46 teeth
Thompson Stem and Seatpost
Cane Creek 110 Headset
Tektro 538 Brakes
Cane Creek SCR 5C Lever
Kenda K161 Tires
Bontrager Drop Bars
IRO Hubs laced up to Deep Vs
ACS 19 teeth Freewheel
Soma Saddle
Shimano M540 pedals

Jay Petervary Tour Divide Record Ride

Jay Petervary Tour Divide Record Ride from Fisher Creative on Vimeo.
Jay Petervary, legendary self-supported long-distance endurance cyclist recently set the record for the Tour Divide. This vignette gives insight into Jay's mind and what it's like to set a record on the toughest bike race in the world.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Girl on Bike

Riding a Bike is Enjoyable

Yep, enjoyable. So get out and ride this weekend.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Surly Steamroller is Ready for Cyclocross

Yep, I ordered up some tires from Jenson USA and we are a go.  Santa Cross is this weekend at Griffith Park and I can do both the SSCX and Fixed Cross on one bike!  I love it, the Surly Streamroller goes cyclocross!

I set gearing to 46 x 19t.  I hope this works.

 I bought some cheap Kenda K161 for $10.50 each at Jenson USA.  These tire are heavy but they work great.  I love the mocha color sidewalls.

New Bike Song


I-45 The bike Song

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Bicycle Fonts

I'm Going Back on the Bicycle

This is a great song!  I can see my cousin Liam performing this.I can listen to this one over and over again.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Surly Steamroller as a CX Bike

More to come ...

Go Ahead, Take my Bike

The Bicycle Song by Rob Deez

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Push Bike Song

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Dogging it, GMR to Baldy - Fixed

Boy am I off my game.  This was a hard ride. I didn't hammer away up the mountain in any of the sections.  Just a mash, grind, push up and up until Fork Plus 8.29. 

But I did manage to get there (Baldy).  It was ugly though, and as soon as I got home, I showered and slept. Ugh!

20 Reasons to Love Cycling

Motherfucking Bike

This one is a classic, I'm on a motherfucking bike!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Mountain Bike Song

Get out and ride!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Colnago / Sriracha, Some Like it Hot

Pedal Pusher - Abdominal

One of my favorite songs about bicycling. "I'm a pedal pusher ..."

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Warning - Keep a Look Out for This Guy

Scratch and Sniff?

Mikill Pane - Dirty Rider

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Monday, December 3, 2012

Underwater - Bicycle Friends

Going big, underwater.

Bjarne Riis - TDF 1996 Hautacam

IF they are all dopers, then let them dope!  With that said this was a great stage.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Specialized Holiday Card

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Glendora Mountain Road - Fixed

Uninspired. I was hoping for rain this morning.  I didn't want to ride, I haven't ridden much these past few weeks.  Sure, I attempted GMR twice during the Thanksgiving Weekend but those rides were small compared to my epic Saturday rides to... to, wherever. 

At home, my roller workouts are few and when I do manage to get on the rollers, I can't wait until my workout is over. 

I'm not sure whats going on but I've been feeling a bit uninspired when it comes to riding.

So last night I was hoping for rain.  It didn't rain, its 12:05 pm and its still not raining. 

I woke up at about 2 am this morning and tossed and turned until my alarm went off at 4:50 am.  Well, I can't hear rain and I'm awake.  I might as well start the motions.  Coffee is made, gear and bike are ready to go.  Cereal for breakfast and my morning constitutional, it's still not raining, so I guess I have to ride.

6 am, I left the house.

The ride to the base of GMR happened.  No hammer-fest, no great pace, I just turned the pedals and eventually got there. I stopped after the first climb and just past Dalton Road.  I was breathing hard, yep this ride is going to suck. 

Turning circles, and circles, and circle, finally I made it to the first saddle.  After the first saddle I finally got my groove and it was a breeze to East Fork and GRR.  I stopped and snapped a few photos then decided to head back down.  Today is not a Baldy day. 

Ahhh, a nice cold beer on a cold semi-damp day.  Hmmm, I think I have a few beers left over from Thanksgiving. 

(I was actually disappointed in the amount of trash I saw while riding up GMR.  It was worse than usual.  I was also majorly bummed by the graffiti.)

Fizik Bar Tape

The Blow Out

On Thanksgiving, and hours after my ride up GMR, my bike was sitting in the garage, and I was playing with the kids, when BOOM, my rear tire blew out.  At the time, I thought it was odd but I simply just replaced it and rode the following Saturday.  While on the way up GMR the tire blew out again.

Since this was the second blow out in such a short time, I replaced the tube and returned home.  I didn't want to chance it again.

While at home, I inspected the tire and tube and found the tire's bead was damaged and the wire was exposed.  The tube was destroyed.  Totally blown.

So I did a google search regarding blow outs and both Sheldon Brown and Leonard Zinn had some interesting insight to the cause of this type of blow out.  

Friday, November 30, 2012

Track Cycling Stars!

Death On The Mountain – The Story Of Tom Simpson

I found this great video on Tracko's site a couple weeks ago.  Tom Simpson, brought creditability to UK cycling. Tom was a World Champion and bore the coveted Yellow Jersey.

But was he Britain's greatest cyclist? I disagree on many levels but one thing was sure is his tenacity was only matched by his charisma, yet the pressures of competition and the all important "contract" inevitability brought him to his death.

Whether or not you are an avid cyclist, I encourage you to watch this video.  It brings good insight to cycling and the problem of doping.  Doping is nothing new and as we move forward we can only hope our sport gets cleaner.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pub Quickstep avec Tom Boonen

I found this cool commercial with Tom Boonen while searching Vimeo.  Its pretty corny.

Pub Quickstep avec Tom Boonen from Alain Berliner on Vimeo.
Une pub "comédie musicale" que j'ai tourné avec le champion cycliste Tom Boonen pour son sponsor Quickstep

The White Knight

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