Category Archives: Crack

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 »

Address to a BUTTCRACK Nation.

In honor of tonight’s debate… Ladies and Gentlemen of this great nation.  We have become a BUTTCRACK nation.  Pants have become skinnier and the rise of our jeans has become lower and lower.  We stood by as the muffin tops have multiplied.  We stood by as plumber’s crack spread to all vocations.  Is this the kind of nation we want?  Clearly something has to be done.  My opponent would tell you the… 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 »

Kitsap Color Classic

Sadly my crazy work schedule and abundant smoke East of the Cascade Mountains in Washington meant that I would be unable to participate in my all time favorite fall ride.  The Wine Country Trek is a small ride with about 250 people and goes from Yakima to Prosser through hop, apple, mint, grape and melon fields.  The sights and smells are worth the price of admission alone, but the food is what really makes… 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 »

So I admit to being a wussie, fair weather commuter.  I would like to change that, but the prospect of riding through Seattle rain to and from work all winter is not appealing.  My other concern is…  What about my poor bike!  I am currently commuting on my 2003 Giant OCR 1.  She has about 20k miles on her and we have been through a lot together.  Sure she is… Read More »