Category Archives: bicycle commuting

Seattle Bike to Work Day 2014 – What about Drive to Work Day?

On Friday the 16th of May 2014, Seattle and many other cities celebrated Bike to Work Day.  Bike to Work Day is part of May which is Bike Month.  Seattle had good weather and expected to set the record for their Bike to Work Day with over 20,000 participants.  That is an impressive number.  I rode the 25 mile round trip to work.  I stopped on the way for some… Read More »

Post Sandy Riding.

I posted earlier about people riding to work in NYC after Sandy.  This is a tragic situation which I would wish not to be repeated, but there is a small silver lining.  People in this city, temporarily at least have learned to appreciate their two wheeled human powered transport.  Hopefully many new cycle-commuters created.  So here is another look at the NYC post Sandy Commute.  CYCLEBUTTCRACK is your purveyor of CHEEKY… Read More »

Tale of two seasons.

Cycling season came to an early conclusion for me this year.  Here in Seattle, it can extend all the way into early November.  This year, we were not so fortunate.  Me being the fair weather wussy cyclist that I am could not fathom braving the cold and the wet through 6 months of dreary damp gloom.  So my bikes hang on their hooks, looking longingly at me every time I walk into… Read More »

Bicycle recovery

http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/11/01/novice-cyclists-dust-off-their-bikes-after-the-storm/ It is hard to imagine what the residents of the areas affected by Sandy are going trough.  Gas is scarce due to power outages which are affecting millions of people.  Mass transit is crippled due to flooding. Millions have lost their homes.  Being a born and raised Westerner, this still seems distant to me…  But this is a truly tragic event which I hope to never see again in… Read More »

Presidential Cycling Debate.

In honor of the debates, I thought I would dig up some photos of candidates on bicycles.  I found this photo of Obama on a bicycle.  Ugh…  Mr. President is not exactly inspiring confidence with his ride.  At least he is wearing a helmet.  Then Senator Obama was riding a Trek commuter with a flat tire, and what is up with that fender?  It looks like a tail!  The only… Read More »

Conflict resolution…

Picture if you will an event distant and a long time ago.  Your friendly blog writer had a girlfriend living at his house.  Shocking!  How is that possible that this cretin had a female of the opposite sex interested in him?  It is still a question I ask myself on a daily basis.  While the relationship came to a predictable end (she came to her senses and left) It did… Read More »

The process of bicycle fabrication is fascinating to me.  You have the big companies producing thousands of bikes in Taiwan.  They make great bikes, however the idea of having a bike made specifically for me would make me as happy as a little girl.  A bike that fits like a glove that makes me comfortable and faster.  Seven is american made, custom and use Titanium as well as carbon….  Ooooooh Titanium!  I sould find and… Read More »

Mutherf$*king Bike

Since I have discovered this video, it has become the theme song of my life.  I love this song!  There are several members of the cycling community portraid in this video, including the aggressive commuter, the sideburn wearing hipster, fixie rider and the overly competitive road cyclist.  I most closely identify myself with the overly competitive roadie…  However, I can see a little bit of me in each of these characters even though I… Read More »

Super Clydesdale?

I am what the cycling aficionados would refer to as a clydesdale.  I am 6′-2 1/2″ tall and weigh somewhere between 220 and 235 depending on the time of the year.  As the cycling season progresses, I get lighter.  During the off-season, I like to focus on yoga and strength training.  I do not have the classic cycling physique.  Despite this handicap, I am obsessed with climbing.  I love to climb! … Read More »

Colnago C59Disc.

Since the introduction of disc brakes to mountain bikes, I have anxiously awaited the introduction of disc brakes on road bikes.  Truth of the matter is that I hate the rim brakes.  They are grabby, mushy non-responsive and lack any real control.  They also can wear out your rims.  From 40 mph it can litereally take a quarter of a mile to stop.  If there are wet conditions, it is… Read More »