New Product- WiseCracker Bottle Opener

New Product- WiseCracker Bottle Opener Every now and then an invention comes on to the market and you think to yourself, ‘Why the hell didn’t I think of that?’  In this case it was literally the truth.  I have considered adding a bottle opener to my bike.  However, I was unable to come up with something so simple and elegant as  The WiseCracker Bottle Opener.  It is a headset spacer,… Read More »

Cancelled – The Seattle Bike Expo

Seattle is home to a thriving bike culture.  The STP (Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic) is one of the largest multi-day organized bike rides in country.  The ride spans between Seattle and Portland, two of the nation’s premier cycling meccas.  Bike commuting is increasing in Seattle.  Seattle is looking to continue to expand bike ridership with its bike master plan.    This month Seattle in unveiling its bike share program.… Read More »

An open letter to cyclists on the trail.

Last week I was in a bit of a foul mood and sent and wrote An open letter to walkers and joggers on the trail.  I have dealt with more than my fair share of oblivious pedos over the years and it was time to let them have it.  Every cyclist on the road has been annoyed by those stumbling, bumbling absent minded cattle herding their way down the trail.… Read More »

An open letter to walkers and joggers on the trail.

A while back I read an open letter to cyclists from a runner.  It was short, sweet and to the point, unlike my lengthy posts.  🙂  However, as a cyclist, I am inclined to disagree with some of the finer points.  I supposed it is against the rules of an open letter to respond to an open letter, but I could not help myself.  Perhaps we can foster a bit… Read More »

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… 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 »