RAGBRAI – 270 miles of bacon!

Besides the beautiful scenery and great exercise, organized rides are good for eating all kinds of stuff normally to be avoided. Like candied bacon. Yep. And BEER. I finally found some real microbrews in Iowa. Whoo-hoo! Now I know that candied bacon isn’t exactly on the approved nutrition list for cyclists. But DAMN it was good! And the BEER. Thank you Des Moines! I know I am a BEER snob from… Read More »

RAGBRAI – Midwestern hospitality

Cynical cheeky guy from the Northwest has been overwhelmed by the welcome he’s received from the great folks of Iowa. I’ve done a lot of rides in the great state of Washington. We might have some serious hills out here, but we sure don’t have folks shaking my hand when I roll into town….accompanied by 10,000 other riders. Last year on the Seattle to Portland ride, I saw signs saying… Read More »

Lance Armstrong likes my jersey!

So it’s true! Whatever you might think of Lance Armstrong and his fame, he’s still a damn fast rider. And he likes the CYCLEBUTTCRACK Jersey. Let me explain…. I wouldn’t have met him, except for some logistical issues. Had to pack up the rental car and take it to the airport, then ride the 9 miles to the start in Council Bluffs. Between taking a wrong turn and having to ride… Read More »

“That’s the best jersey in the Expo!”

So CYCLEBUTTCRACK has made it to the Midwest! You learn a lot of random things at airports- did you know that Omaha is the birthplace of Gerald Ford? And the home of the College World Series? Thanks to CB, now you do….no need to thank me, this is a full-service blog! Anyhow, back to cycling and the reason CB is in the Midwest- RAGBRAI. RAGBRAI 2013 Expo Council Bluffs is… Read More »

Upcoming RAGBRAI- and NEW GEAR!

Almost a year ago, a kind, enthusiastic BUTTHEAD posted on Facebook that she would love to see a CYCLEBUTTCRACK booth at the next RAGBRAI.  What is RAGBRAI, you may well ask….It’s only the longest, largest and oldest bicycling tour in the world. (And it stands for “Registrar’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa”) What a great idea- it’s time to take this BUTTCRACK out of the Pacific Northwest. I’m leaving for Iowa on… Read More »

Power ASSisted… Cheating?

The 1948 Wizzer otorized bicycle is a classic sought after by collectors.  It also has an amusing name 🙂  There is an extensive network of trails, bike lanes and low traffic roads surrounding my home in Washington.  From my front door, I can be on the nearest trail (The Green/Duwamish River Trail) in less than 5 minutes.  There I have the scenery, weather and lack of car noise to keep me company. … Read More »

Talking about a RESOLUTION

I used to dread the gym in January.  There were ‘newbes’ everywhere.  None of them practiced any form of gym etiquette.  They would step in front of you to hop on a piece of equipment.  They would not put their shit away when they were done.  They clearly had no idea what the hell they are doing, but would still get annoyed with you if you offered any sort of suggestion.  Worst of… Read More »

A wonderful, what I assume is a post war, British film from 1945 showing the construction of a bicycle.  It is really interesting to see what has changed.  What is more interesting is how much has not changed in the last 60+ years.  Enjoy!  I would love to know more about the bicycle being produced.  If the 3-4 people who view my blog know anything about it, please let me know. … Read More »

PEDAL Power!

I don’t know if you have noticed, but this blog has just gotten interesting.  I was cruising along at about 1-30 views a post.  Last week I posted an amusing cycling music video.  I quoted a line from the song for my blog post title.  All of a sudden my views rocketed to numbers approaching triple digits.  Ooooh!  Ahhh!  Well it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out… Read More »