Friday, September 28, 2007

Important Cross Lessons

I've never raced cross before but after an abrupt end to the road season I decided to go ahead and race some cross this year - Craig and Kristi are always talking about it so I figured it had to be pretty cool - turns out it is! I went out to the cross practice at Marymoor last week and figured I was good to go to race at StarCrossed. At the practice I learned how to dismount from the excellent teachings of resident CX veteran (aka Craig) - after some practice dismounts we let it rip around the practice course and I proceeded to fall on the ground several times and have a lot of fun.

At the race the following Saturday I wasn't sure how things were going to go and was worried about the whole getting-off-the-bike thing. The race was going pretty well, as you can see here from these excellent pictures taken by local photographer-extraordinaire Tom Kelley (
I was even doing ok on the whole getting-off-the-bike-thing:

However after only a few short laps I learned something very important about cyclocross racing:
Make sure you have a good mechanic!

Monday, September 17, 2007

This is my personal favorite road climb and descent, especially when you get up there on a day like this!!!

Question of the week: Do you keep your expectations low and usually succeed or set them high and risk missing them?

What answer gives you more energy?

Saturday, September 8, 2007

BikesnobNYC = A-O-K

If you're looking for a diversion from typical online bike talk, check out I can unequivocally say it's the funniest bike-related material EVER. In particular I recommend the New Bike Owner's Bill of Rights, seen here:

And the 2008 Dream Bike Shootout here:

Be warned, as the title suggests you need to be somewhat of a bike snob to appreciate the humor. And some knowledge of (and disdain for) hipster-fixed gear culture is mandatory. But if you have those prerequisites, you too will become a BSNYC regular.