RAGBRAI 2015… What you need to know.

RAGBRAI 2015…  What you need to know. Anyone who talks to me about cycling knows that I love RAGBRAI.  Going halfway across the country to ride my bike across Iowa is a great escape.  It is a giant rolling party.  RABGRAI has also been great for CYCLEBUTTCRACK.  CYCLEBUTTCRACK participated in its first bike expo at RAGBRAI and previous blog posts about the ride have been wildly popular.  I am very… Read More »

Drivetrain Maintenance Part 2 The DEEP CLEAN

Drivetrain Maintenance Part 2 The DEEP CLEAN The Drivetrain DEEP CLEAN is a more intensive servicing of your drivetrain when The WIPE is not enough.  It is best done at least once a month depending on weather conditions.  During my Seattle winter commute season, I may need to deep clean my drivetrain once a week.  I always make sure to do a deep clean before a big ride like a… Read More »

Drivetrain Maintenance. Part 1: The WIPE

Drivetrain Maintenance. Part 1: The WIPE Let’s not kid ourselves this cycling hobby can get expensive.  Top end bikes can run tens of thousands of dollars.  Whether you spend hundreds or thousands on your bike, any cyclist should be able to perform routine maintenance on their ride.  It prevents costly repairs and can catch potential problems before you find yourself stranded. Over my many years of bike ownership, I have… Read More »

Super Bowls and Cycling.

Super Bowls and Cycling.   As a few of you may know, I live in Seattle.  As such it is requisite that I be a Seahawks fan.  Don’t believe me?  Well I work part time for an 80 year old woman, who has never had any interest in sports of any kind.  This year however, she is having a Super Bowl party at her house.  She refers to Russell Wilson… Read More »

Stupid Cycling Laws. Do you know how to stop them?

Stupid Cycling Laws.  Do you know how to stop them? Here we are in the middle of January 2015.  The new year is still shiny, brand new, and full of potential.  Plans are optimistic and hopes are high.   All the promises of the year to come have yet to be broken.  And that brings us to politics.  This is the time of the State of the Union Address and in… Read More »

Vintage Bike Review: 1989 Cannondale ST1000

Vintage Bike Review:  1989 Cannondale ST1000 There is a surplus of sad, neglected and perfectly good used bikes available.  Vintage bikes often have low mileage, are in great shape and are ready to be brought back to life.  Just check your local Craigslist and your are likely to find hundreds of vintage bikes for sale.  They range from pre-war heirlooms worth thousands of dollars to new-ish K-mart bikes for free and… Read More »

2015 Resolutions and FREE stickers?!

2015 Resolutions and FREE stickers?!   The end of the year is a time for reflection.  A time to look back on where you have been and a time to look towards the future.  Lets be honest, most people just don’t care.  Check your social media connections, look at all the new years wishes and resolutions that people post.  How many do you actually read?  So why in the hell… Read More »

Free CYCLEBUTTCRACK BEER Jersey and care tips!

Free CYCLEBUTTCRACK BEER Jersey and care tips!   The CYCLBUTTCRACK Cycling Jersey empire does not provide much, but it does provide me plenty of jerseys for my cycling activities.  Surprisingly I set aside only four jerseys for my personal use.  Frankly, I don’t treat them well.  They get a lot of use.  I take naps in the grass at rest stops during RAGBRAI.  I wash them with regular clothes.  On… Read More »

Review: Canari Ascent Shorts

Review: Canari Ascent Shorts The price of cycling gear can be ridiculous!  A high quality pair of bib shorts can be $300 or more.  I bought a pair of Pearl Izumi Elite shorts last year and loved them.  Here is the review.  I do my best to buy quality gear, and I get as much use from it as possible.  Last summer, while preparing for RAGBRAI, the costs were really… Read More »

Local Bike Shop: Velo Bike Shop, Seattle

Local Bike Shop: Velo Bike Shop, Seattle I have been riding for quite a while.  Most maintenance tasks I can handle on my own.  I can do anything from adjusting my brakes to truing a wheel.  I am even getting the hang of derailleur adjustment.  Even so I still rely on my local bike shop for a second opinion, advice or the projects I don’t feel comfortable tackling on my own.… Read More »