Category Archives: Cycling

Best football tradition ever!

As one might expect from a red blooded American boy such as myself.  I am a big fan of the funny shaped brown ball that gets throws around in the fall and winter.  I played football in grade school, Junior High and High School.  I even considered playing at the collegiate level, but thankfully realized that was a really stupid idea for a number of reasons.  I left football behind and… 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… Read More »

Review: Blue Steel Sports Anti Chafe Cream – Free Sample!!!

There is a place that is hot, wet, dirty and confined.  Repeated oscillations make skin rub against skin, skin rub against clothing and skin against equipment.  These hot, wet oscillations happen between 70 and 100 times a minute for hours.  This is an environment you would not wish your worst enemy to experience and yet your most delicate regions are exposed to this torture.  I am referring, of course, to… Read More »

Accidental Beer run

Lower Case, a small comfortable South Park brewpub.  This night featuring the elusive whale tale! It had been raining in Seattle for weeks.  When it is not raining, my busy schedule has prevented me from riding.  The sad truth is, it has been over a month since I last rode.  I should be shamed and shunned by my cycling buddies and the readers of this blog.  It is time to… Read More »

Clydesdale Chronicles… Introduction.

I look more like this guy than Lance Armstrong. Like many, I imagine myself powering through sprints and climbing like a mountain goat.  I imagine myself punishing anyone who tries to hold my wheel. My illusions of grandeur come crashing down whenever I go on a group ride.  If that is not discouraging enough looking in the mirror really shows me the truth.  I look more like the gentleman on… Read More »

The Idaho Stop… Can’t we follow Idaho’s lead?

Trucks like this are common where I grew up. I grew up in the rural part of Southeastern Idaho.  I never ever thought of it as a cycling friendly area.  You are much more likely to see a jacked up truck with a gun rack, a four wheeler or a dirt bike on the road than a cyclist decked out in his/her spandex power ranger uniform. A few years ago… Read More »

Review: BMC GranFondo GF01 (Raindrops keep falling on my head)

This year I have been participating in Saturday Morning group rides starting at Tacoma Bike.  It is a bit of a drive for me, but riding alone all the time can get boring.  As luck would have it, last week’s ride coincided with a BMC demo day.  Sadly the weather report forecast heavy rains, wind and flooding.  I HATE riding in the rain, but riding the latest, greatest cycling technology from BMC… Read More »

BEER Run Number 1!

Recently I introduced the BUTTCRACK Blog Reader(s) to the CYCLEBUTTCRACK BEER run. I have a groovy beer jersey so it just seemed obvious to wear it to a bar and enjoy BEER. I managed to convince one of my friends to don a jersey and ride along, and I would love to have others join me- where’s your favorite pub? Let’s go check it out! Starting out…  We started and finished at the Tukwila… Read More »

Tacoma Craft Beer Festival

On short notice, I accepted an invitation to the Tacoma Craft Beer Festival. I should have ridden my bicycle, to kick off the CYCLEBUTTCRACK BEER run series, but it was last minute, and the best cycling route to Tacoma is about 40 miles.  I’m pretty embarrassed, so in order to avoid the scorn of the dozens and dozens of people who read my blog, lets not call this a BEER Run….Let’s call… Read More »