Monday, December 17, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
If you see me, feel free to say "hi" or just yell "LEARN TO SPELL, ASSHOLE!!" so I know you're one of my readers.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
This iBert/Xtracycle combo was pretty pimp and made me feel like a douche for driving my daughter there. Had a nice talk with the owner** whose kneecap is proudly displayed below and her little cutie.
* Either Charles, Dennis, or Leroy
**Pretty sure it was Wendy?
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
When I was a kid I spent a lot of my time staring at this image of Joseph Kittinger skydiving from the edge of space. There was something truly mind blowing about this image. I never saw any footage of the jump or heard anything about it anywhere else. I just had this photo... to stare at.
Fast forward thirty something years to yesterday when Felix Baumgartner did it live in HD for me and my 4 year old girl to watch.
We both watched with jaws dropped as Baumgartner reached 834 miles per god damn hour. My daughter was totally engaged, asking lots of questions and making some pretty keen observations (for a 4 year old). After he landed we exchanged high fives and fist bumps and danced around the kitchen yelling about how great science was.
To make it even cooler Joseph Kittinger was leading the ground crew. Buh BAM!
Having said all of that, my daughter and I wont be drinking a red bull any time soon.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
I'm doing the Sea Gull Century tomorrow and I've not prepared for this in the slightest. I've known about if for months and I ain't done sheeyit. I expect the suffering/fun ration to be quite high. Having said that there is one crucial step in my lack of preparation that I didn't overlook. The Bike.
Here's how I get my Bianchi EV3 Reparto Corse ready for a ass chaffing century. I slap on my big couch of a Brooks B-17.
Ah ain't skeerd.
(I'm a little scared)
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Monday, August 13, 2012
So I woke up Saturday morning to find that some shitholes had absconded with my Thule roof rack. This rack was locked to the car and doesn't seem like the casual theft of opportunity by some kids passing by. So the douche fuckers knew what they were doing when they picked or pried the locks and removed the rack without making a scratch on the car.
So rather than go over the details of what happened I'm going to illustrate the finer points using images and gifs from the 80's classic, "Big Trouble in Little China".
So I looked out the window and saw this:
And at first I was all like:
And then I would have dealt with their leader like:
Friday, August 10, 2012
This is a short compilation of footage from my daughter's first bike ride. She's on the iBert and I'm shooting with a GoPro Hero on widescreen and I used windows movie maker to put it together.
Music by The Flaming Lips
Several figs were destroyed in the making of this film.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
On morning's like this when the DC humidity is justifying it's infamy, I'm thankful that the IT guy is a cyclist. A fellow sufferer who took pity on me and offered up one of the industrial back-up fans from the server room to cool my man parts.
For 5 years I've been the only cyclist in my office of about 40 people. The only one on the receiving end of barrage of weekly questions about how crazy it must be to bike into work. We recently had a round of hiring and now we have a 4 man team and weekly training rides. My company is awesomely sponsoring us so I designed some jerseys and sent them off to Giordana for printing. We're doing the Seagull Century in October witch should be pretty fun.
Motivation is a good thing.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
At least it does this week. Last week the DC region was ripped a new one by a storm that came down from the Ohio valley knocking out power to a kagillion people. Being without power for close to a week has some ill effects on the community especially when the highs were in the 100's. One effect that is now making itself painfully clear to me is that everyone without a generator had to throw out everything in their refrigerators. Riding through neighborhoods this week on trash day has been pretty disgusting as at the end of every driveway is a trashcan filled with rancid meat and dairy products.
Another ill effect is the state of the Capitol Crescent Trail. Here are some photos of the storm damage taken this morning.
Saturday, July 7, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Two years ago, Ernest Gagnon weighed 570 pounds. The 30-year-old lived in self-imposed exile in his Massachusetts apartment, leaving only to go to work and to the grocery store. He was depressed, lonely and suffering from crippling anxiety.
Then the doctors gave him the news and two choices: Gagnon had type 2 diabetes; he could undergo gastric bypass surgery or die.
Gagnon chose a third option — cycling.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Monday, June 18, 2012
This past weekend I took the family to the much anticipated Tour de Fat at the Yards Park in DC and I must say that there was nothing lame anywhere to be found.
(Except the Yankees winning a block away)
There were sexy parade people...
There were lots of oversized board game classics...
There was lots of meandering...
There was a fake/real gameshow...
There were lots of chicks with drums, some say those are the best kind of chicks....
There was me on what I can easily say was the most fun "bike" type machine I've ever ridden. The concept of this amazing contraption was simple; make a bigwheel for grownups that power-slides every time you make the slightest turn. The best part was that if you turned too hard it would send you rolling off, combining my two favorite adrenaline boosting activities; power-sliding and wrecking. Thank you New Belgium!
Here are some power-sliding action shots:
I was unaware at the time but this video I captured Gwadzilla, (in the pink helmet) deftly outspinning his opponents who were flung far and wide and left hoist in their own petard. (0:45sec)
The event culminated in a ceremony honoring a DC citizen who traded her car in for a bike. Props.
So a damn good time was had and a bunch of money was raised. Cheers to New Belgium and WABA.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Last night I went with a buddy down to The Pug on H street for a New Belgium/WABA pre TDF party. There were lot's of Belgian style beer and bike people, which is always a good combination. There was a raffle to raise money for WABA and NB gave away hats, shirts, and a pretty sweet custom cruiser to this lucky gal.
I apologize for the crappy photos.