It’s In the Blood

Have you ever purchased a single month of cable T.V. just to watch the Tour? Shaved your legs to avoid road-rash? Calculated out your ideal Q-factor? Weighed the benefits of titanium versus carbon fiber with the intensity of an aerospace engineer? Pushed yourself to the point that you fall over trying to clip out? We have. We know. Join us.

Here’s how it goes down:

  • We slap a primo piece of cycling gear on our site at a scandalous price.
  • We sell it ’til it’s gone.
  • You leave feeling like you just lapped Lance on a time trial.
  • The gear arrives fast and you’re back in the saddle.

Sign up for Instant Alerts so you always know The Deal. But don’t blame us if you overdose.


Tweed Rides

I Feel the Need … The Need For Tweed

By: Dahlia Rideout posted on DivineCaroline, please read the original article at—–tweed

dustinj,, SF Tweed Ride

Matthew J. Shaw, London Tweed Ride


High school teacher killed while riding in Vancouver, WA

Updated article

Posted by Elly Blue on September 16th, 2009 at 10:22 am @

I have reprinted this here simply as it bothers me a great deal.  As it continues to change, go back to the link (Title above) and see what is going on.

Update: A candlelight vigil for Gordon Patterson will be held at 8pm on Thursday, September 17th at Hudson’s Bay High School (map).


Systems Analysis: The Bike and You

The trick to the local trips is to jump on the bike and go, not to worry about anything but the joy of riding and the hardfun of getting there.  I think I view real riding the same way despite everyone talking about the bike and its rider as a unit.  My advice is to view yourself and your bike as a system, and while you are at it to pay attention to both parts.  My issue was a calf-pirformis issue and minor knee skirmishes.  And I viewed them as unrelated to my bike, despite their regular occurrence when I pushed my speed up a notch.

The October, 2009 Bicycling magazine, a great magazine that still doesn’t get the Internet so don’t look for the article to ever be online, had a great article on repositioning your cleats to maximize power as well as removing painful conditions.  They apparently got the information from Joe Friel who wrote the “Training Bible”.  The article includes pictures and details, but is similar to the first paragraph of this article by Jennifer Sherry.

So I moved the cleats back.  Tomorrow I will go out and find out if the adjustment has an impact or needs further tweaking.  The point I am making after I made the decision to adjust and before I know the impact is to read the articles, make your mind up, and think about the system as a whole.  Makes sense.


Countdown to the BTA’s 2009 Bike Commute Challenge

Who’s team is going to bag this year’s Bike Commute Challenge?

Tuesday is the first day of September and the first day of the BTA’s 2009 Bike Commute Challenge. We hope that you’ll join us again in the friendly competition to see who can bike to work more.  Weekly prize drawings, head to head challenges, the goal to beat last year’s personal or workplace record. . . It’s Challenge time again, and we hope that you’ll log back in and start logging trips.

Did someone say prize drawings?  That’s right.  If you missed the survey email that went out last week, you have one more chance to qualify for the first prize drawing of the year by taking a short 3-minute survey from ODOT’s Transportation Options program, one of our lead sponsors.  The end of the survey will take you right to the Bike Commute Challenge homepage.

If you haven’t logged back in yet this year, go to the Bike Commute Challenge homepage, click “I rode last year,” and enter last year’s username and password.  (Forgot it?  No problem.  Click on the “I forgot” text under the login box, and we’ll send you an email reminder of your username and a link to reset your password.)  All of your personal and team information remains intact from last year’s Challenge, so once you’ve logged in for the first time this season, you’ll have the chance to make any changes to your profile.

We thank you for getting on a bike, and we hope you challenge a friend to try out bike commuting this September as well.

Wishing you luck in this year’s Challenge and many happy bike commutes,


The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has a mission to create healthy and sustainable communities by making bicycling safe, convenient, and accessible.


IndoorCycling Rocks

Well it does, of course the rules on unitards also is beyond believable, why not simply switch to costumes and do it like Dance Team?

In any event, for an exhibition of bike handling skills, this was something.


The ZEN of Optimal Tire Pressure

I learned a lot about tire pressure and tire wear touring last summer. But this article from Jan Heine on Adventure Cycling Association’s site taught me about the science behind optimal tire pressure.