Sunday, June 29, 2014


"Quantity is a quality all its own." – some Soviet guy... This quote rings true with bikes and bike parts for me. In the past 3 weeks, I've rendered 3 rear road wheels useless. Two broken spokes and one EXPLODED rear free hub. While local trails are soaking wet and getting those replaced, my options were to snipe my wife's rear wheel (changing cassette, tire, readjust derailleur - too much PITA) or dragging my old $40 Craigslist bike out. As likely mentioned before, this bike is an old shoe. She's taken me across Missouri (named her Sacagawea and made a $1 coin head tube badge for) on a few occasions. Towed the kids around before they could ride on their own, and hung patiently and faithfully on a garage wall hook while many newer, lighter bikes get most of my attention. She might weigh 3 stone - but like a cheap lawn beer - she's pretty darn refreshing when you're desperate and nothing else around. Quantity has it's place, and I think I got my money's worth from this one fifteenfold. Makes shopping for a new rear wheel a little less painful. Ride yer old bike!!!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

22° on 22

Looked up earlier today and there was a 22° halo around the sun. They are said to warn of approaching storms. That's a bunch of folklore... right? Maybe. Huckleberry tried to warn me, too, but we got drenched about a half mile home from our run at the dog park. Run yer dog!

Wyandotte Co Lake

Hard to believe I haven't made this drive over to ride these trails until now. Landahl trails are my go-to, but WyCo felt like a little piece of the Ozarks right here in the KC metro area. Beautiful lake, FAST flowy trails with just the right amount of climbing that when you feel you're about to blow a chunk or pop a hammy, you crest the top then fly down the other side. I'll be back. Often. Ride yer bike (someplace new)! First, some mules.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Solstice week

The length of a day is reaching its apogee - half way to Christmas. During the solstice, you can balance eggs on their side, they say. It works!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Huge Dump

of images... Just a Father's Day weekend ride after taking the pup up to play at an empty park. I could get used to these 78°/57° days. Planned on a group road ride initially, but skipped out and did 50mi solo. But even on solo rides, I'm never alone. Ride yer bike!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

June Projects

Paint the exterior of house, stain deck, landscape, BUILD THIS @#%(ING BIKE... and ride.