I am an IDIOT DRIVER

I am an idiot driver… It happens to the best of us, unfortunately I had to drive my car to run errands in the Capitol Hill Neighborhood of Seattle.  It was a bright sunny day and I was heading downhill on a two-was two lane road with a bike lane next to parallel parking stalls.  Not the ideal situation for cyclists being a prime zone to win a door prize. … Read More »

RAGBRAI 2015 Pass through BEER!

RAGBRAI 2015 Pass through BEER!  On my first RAGBRAI, I felt lost.  I am used to having access to literally hundreds of Craft BEER options in Seattle.  That is not the case in Iowa.  Though their Craft Brew industry may still be small, that does not mean that you cannot find fine Craft BEER.  You just have to look for them. Last time, I covered the craft breweries located in overnight… Read More »

Review: Scott Solace 30

Review: Scott Solace 30 So I let it slip to Cyclebuttcrack a few months ago that I am on the hunt for a new bike. Somehow, I agreed to use my bike search as part of a guest blog for Cyclebuttcrack. Anyway,  I am looking for the elusive “all-a-rounder” bike. I generally ride steel bikes (I currently ride a Soma Double-Cross touring/CX/commuter) which I love tremendously, but was looking something in… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2015… What you need to know. Part 2 Where the BEER at?

RAGBRAI 2015…  What you need to know.  Part 2. Where the BEER at? If you read part one of RAGBRAI 2015…  What you need to know, you know that there will be craft BEER options on RAGBRAI whether or not the overnight town has a brewery.  Thank goodness!  Enjoying well crafted, tasty barley sodas is the cherry on top of a hell’a fun event.  If you want to experience the growing… Read More »

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 »