Jens Voigt’s hour playlist

Like many, I was sad to hear that Jens Voigt was finally retiring.  The void left by Lance Armstrong left many looking for a cycling hero.  For me that was a renegade who took pleasure in the break away, enjoyed making others suffer and enjoyed throwing the entire race into chaos.  That guy was Jens Voigt.  Not only was he a beast on the bike, but he was interesting and funny.… Read More »

Cycling: What to do if I can’t ride.

Cycling: What to do if I can’t ride. If you are the one who follows this blog, then you know that I broke a wheel.  I was climbing the short, steep section of road a block away from work when one of the 20 massive bladed spokes snapped.  Sadness  Cycling was built into my routine.  During the summer, I have been averaging 400 miles a month.  I typically ride the… Read More »

Clydesdale Chronicles: Wheels for heavier riders, Part III. The wheels I buy

Wheels for heavier riders, Part III.  The wheels I buy Anyone who is a Clydesdale and puts on a fair number of miles, like me, has likely gone through a wheelset or two.  I discussed the topic at length in the blog as follows: Clydesdale Chronicles: Wheels for Heavier Riders, Part 1. covers my history of breaking wheels. Clydesdale Chronicles: Wheels for Heavier Riders, Part 2. covers options for my… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 – Craft BEER!

RAGBRAI 2014 – Craft BEER! RAGBRAI is a bike ride.  RAGBRAI is a party. The party beverage of choice at RAGBRAI is BEER.  Unfortunately, Iowa is not the cradle of the craft beer movement.  In Forest City, I asked a local pizza shop owner where could find a micro brew.  His response, ‘Oh you mean SNOB BEER?’  I informed him I was looking for beer with flavor.  This was one… Read More »

Review: 2014 Bianchi Infinito CV

Review: 2014 Bianchi Infinito CV  It is no secret that I am a fan of RAGBRAI.  Hell just look at the BUTTCRACK Blog and you will see more posts dedicated to the Iowan classic than you can shake a stick at.  Hell it is not only a ride, it’s a party!  If you are in the market for a bike, you have the opportunity to ride several demo bikes for… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 7 – The glorious last day

This year’s RAGBRAI was a big challenge for me.  There was the heat and humidity, which certainly took its toll the first few days.  During those first days my friends The Stones kept me company.  No, not the Rolling Stones, the kidney stones.  They really sap your strength on a bike.  My glasses were blown off my face and ran over.   I lost my debit card.  I destroyed a… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 6 – There’s a storm Brewing

When I went to bed Thursday night.  There was not a cloud in the sky.  I found an outlet to charge my phone and all was well with the world.  Concerns of possible thunderstorms had vanished.  I settled into my tiny tent for a restful night’s sleep.  That was cut short somewhere between 3:00 am and the ass-crack of dawn.  I was awoken by rain landing on my tent.  If… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 5 – A milestone, museums and Amish pie!

Mason City was fun and the best Hump Day Ever!  Thursday’s adventures would have me heading to Waverly, IA.   At RAGBRAI, every day’s adventure begins with breaking down camp, putting all your crap back in a bag and getting it to the baggage truck.  This may not seem like much until you consider that thousands of people are doing the exact same thing.  We are setting up tent cities… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 4 Short and Sweet

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 4, promised to be a short and sweet affair.  Despite the challenges of the previous day’s rides, I felt as though I was getting stronger.  The soreness in my legs had begun to subside, I was finally catching up on my sleep and I was beginning to relax and let loose.  I had been looking forward to getting to Mason City.  I am an architecture dork and… Read More »

RAGBRAI 2014 Day 3. Wind, Wind and more Wind!

RAGBRAI Day 3 turned out to be one of those days when I wished I didn’t wear prescription glasses. They have some wind in Iowa, that’s for sure! It was 81 miles from Emmetsburg to Forest City. A head wind is the cruelest of the winds. However, the side wind is just a jerk! The previous day’s ride ended with an 8 mile pull into a brutal headwind coming out of the south.  The… Read More »