3.31.2015

Tar... I have not been taking any photos lately... but when I did take photos... I was always looking for Tar... Tar and Ali


shots of Tar as a Messenger


another unrelated photo of my boys this one from NOLA... just stumbled on these images and shared so I could see them front and center again

too cute... those kids are awesome


thinning the herd...


last night I gave away two bikes

my younger son's old Trek mountain bike with 24 inch wheels and then also a rusty crusty KHS that was once mine... given to a friend... then has stayed outside unridden for a few years...

I did not need the smaller kid's bike due to my ever growing boys

and that KHS was a "project" and I do not have the time for ANOTHER bike project
good to think the herd


these images have nothing to do with the topic
but I enjoyed seeing them
so I shared them

gotta downsize
got pair down
gotta get rid of some shit
gotta get onto the next step

gotta gotta gotta






Life Paint... tastes a great deal like Life Cola!

Life Paint
Volvo has developed this great reflective paint
they are marketing it for cyclists
I HEART REFLECTIVE!

Life Paint

http://www.volvocarslifepaint.com/

reflective is great... but having your own lights is vital!

Bruce Buckley put more images from the Wednesday Night Spins on his photo page...

nice shot Bruce Buckley!

me... me on my bike
me... my favorite photo subject
me... my favorite topic of conversation
me... me... me...
YES! ME!
Bruce Buckley Photography from the Wednesday Night Spins

mention of Bruce on the Gwadzilla page


 the Crosshairs Cycling Wednesday Night Spins in Crystal City were awesome
nothing short of MARCH MADNESS
but.. no more time to look back
time to start looking forward

need to start riding my bike
shedding that winter weight
getting in shape
and
getting my bike on dirt... once that dirt is dry enough to ride responsibly 

great randomness here when I search for SUSTAINABLE and RESPONSIBLE
there is even a great post about A LETTER TO THE FIRST LADY


yes... the parking garage races were a party
the Thursday morning after the last race my legs hurt as badly as my head
but I do not blame the event...
there was of course the ride home
then the beers that I drank after the event at various bars on the DC side of the river later that night

the races were a hoot... a holler... and a scream!

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the races were as fun to watch as they were to race
very spectator friendly event
but... I think that people should be there to race and not just to watch
too much fun to miss out on the action!


yes... good times for sure
hopefully 2015 hosts all sorts of cycling fun for me and the rest of the cycling community in the DMV



3.26.2015

this shot is from week three... interested in seeing what Abe captured from night four of the Wednesday Night Spins


A. E . Landes Photography on Facebook

waiting... waiting... waiting...

someone get Abe a cup of coffee!

Bruce Buckley has some Wonderful Photos from the last night of the Crosshairs Cycling's Wednesday Night Spins



yes wonderful photography by Bruce Buckley Photography at the Wednesday Night Spins
wonderful documentation of an event that was a total experience

documentation of a different kind of March Madness

for four Wednesdays in March Bill Scheiken and long list of characters from Crosshairs Cycling threw together a bicycle race in an underground parking garage
although the event was held underground... it was not an underground event 
the event was legit

the event was a partnership with the Crystal City BID
BID standing for the Business Improvement District

the BID has been progressive in partnering with various other groups to host a similar style event that has changed hands from one promoter to another called the Diamond Derby
as well as something I know nothing about called the Crystal City 5K... a runner's event

the gwadzilla archive has some good documentation of the Diamond Derby events
http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=diamond+derby
once hosted by a production company lead by a former dc bicycle messenger and top level road racer Sheba Farin
but now the Diamond Derby is hosted by Phoenix Bikes 

really I do not know anything about the Crystal City Bid or the inner workings of the race itself
all I know it this was an amazing event that is a wonderful contribution to the local cycling community
and it was fun.



fun.
this concept is unfamiliar to me
it is not quite how I am wired
but I must admit I did experience an emotion that could be defined as fun

maybe not an emotion
but an experiece
the Wednesday Night Spins was an experience
a fun experience

the four race series held on the bottom floor of a parking garage in Crystal City Virginia brought out so many people from so many different corners of the cycling community



yes... all sorts of people from different aspects of the local cycling community were attendance
mountain bikers-cyclocross racers-urban cyclists-messengers-and even some road racers

there were lots of people I knew
there were lots of faces that were new to me

it was good seeing familiar faces and lots of friends
got to catch up with all sorts of people I have not seen in a long time
as racing sort of slipped out of priority for me
priority and of course my elbow injury

(this search on the Gwadzilla Page for Elbow brings up a post about Lyme Disease... I think it is a good read http://gwadzilla.blogspot.com/search?q=elbow)

yes... lots of people from all different aspect of the local cycling community
lots of local team jerseys
the volunteers were thick with Crosshairs colors as well as some strong legs in the field
the Bike Lane brought in all sorts of fun
my personal favorite DCMTB had a strong number of racers with sone strong finishers
then also perhaps the biggest supporter of the beer and wine sponsors
and Chocolate City Cycling mixed it up in a variety of classes including winning the Fixed Gear Race on the final night of the series

yes... lots of teams
lots of people from lots of teams
lots of people from DCMTB
my team... DCMTB


yes... DCMTB had a nice balance of numbers and strong finishes
and tons of fun was had as well
cheering-heckling-drinking-and racing

I had a great time getting my ass kicked by Jed week after week
Albert Green always passed me finishing strong
Darren rode for 24 hours straight
then Colin and Parker did things that no one expected
yes... good times and good showing
all while having fun

DCMTB
that is DC Mountainbike

contact DCMTB if you want to join up
we are the host of DCCX and we are looking to become more active in getting some mountain biking in Washington DC
we would love to see improvements to Fort Dupont
and ontop of that... we would love to see a PUMP TRACK IN DC

Fort Dupont

Pump Track



lots of wonderful photos of people racing and people hanging out
an excellent evening for both
good seeing you Bruce
your photos are excellent


Bikes and Beers
a match made in heaven 

the series went well for me
I was able to attend and race all four races
my effort was consistent and my results varied
it was an adventure every week

I don't own a heart rate monitor and I would not be able to analyze the data from a power tap
all I know is that my legs were sore on four consecutive Thursday morning this month
total March Madness
good times for sure

riding\racing\and hanging with friends
what a great time
fingers crossed that this is an annual evnet
fingers crossed that other clubs with throw similar events

Central to DC is Key!
even Wednesdays at Wakefield would fall under the outer reaches
the traffic was as white knucked as the race itself
but I always loved Wednesday at Wakefile

Wednesday at Wakfield

just like Wakefield there was competition and camaraderie
then that post softball game vibe

good times
good times for sure


lots of people having lots of fun a the Wednesday Night Spins as presented by Crosshairs Cycling

it is a serious field of dreams
but course tape, a timing machine, and a devoted set of volunteers 


Bruce Buckley Photography and the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spins

I would have like to have seen DC Messenger Bruce out there

this courier archive cracks me up

I am not certain where the best resouse is for compliting all the information
the Facebook Pages are smattered with infomation
but a piece on the Crosshairs Cycling Page... then some more inforation on each of the 4 Wednesday Night Spins Facebook Event pages

all sorts of GoPRO cameras out there
saw some videos... but not sure of the best location to find all of that
but if you scroll down to a few posts and I link to some stuff
not feeling like doing any more research or sharing any more links



3.25.2015

cool photo... Dime Messenger Service in 1912... not the same as dime-bag messenger service 1982



Established by Liz Kressin in 1912, the Dime Messenger Service served the expanding government. From offices at 12th Street & New York Avenue, NW, uniformed men delivered messages across the city for 10 cents.


daydreaming on the bike is not an option in DC right now... the potholes in DC make for a risky situation... it is like riding on the surface of the moon

craters big enough to engulf the front wheel
craters big enough to envelop the whole bike

careful out there
dc is the pothole capitol of the world right now


3.24.2015

I hope you are never in a bicycle accident... but if you are in a bicycle accident and you need a lawyer... then you should contact a lawyer that specializes in bicycle specific cases

@BIKELAWcom 

BIKE LAW on FACEBOOK

founded in South Carolina by one of my oldest friends
growing nationwide as I type

previously My Bike Law
now just Bike Law


this weekend during a ride with my boys there was a request to attend Wednesday at Wakefield... not sure if job or life will allow me to make that happen... glad I made it happen when I could






this photo is great... even if Brook's publicist says it is not her... it is funny to think that HR was hanging with Brook Shields

HR of Bad Brains
Brook? maybe... maybe not
why not?
Brook was hanging with Michael Jackson at Studio 54
why not sparking up with HR at a house party?



Keith... cool cat... years ago we would brush elbows at the Granny Gear 24 Hour Mountain Bike Relay events... I have always been a fan

Behind the Cult of Keith Bontrager
http://www.adventure-journal.com

I need to get back into taking photos... Kevin Dillard takes excellent photos!


search the gwadzilla page for
Dillard... Gunnar... Photos
all will bring up great randomness
enjoy your day


yesterday was National Puppy Day... to most dog lovers... EVERYDAY IS NATIONAL PUPPY DAY!


I am a servant to my dog Didg



Fat Tire Flyer... the paper version of KLUNKERZ!

Charlie Kelly flying down REPACK!

KLUNKERZ? REPACK? CHARLIE KELLY?
okay... you heard of Gary Fisher...
Charlie Kelly has published a book about the innovation of the mountain bike
Dirt Rag is raffling off a copy of this book

FAT TIRE FLYER
http://dirtragmag.com

search the gwadzilla page for references to this topic

SAY WHAT? The Stroller Pushers are pushing Chief Ike's out of Adam's Morgan?



Chief Ike's... a one time Adams Morgan Institution is shutting down
end of an era
maybe their era ended long ago
Adams Morgan does not have the draw it once had

Chief Ike's Mambo Room made a good run... a long run

Chief Ike's Closes this SATURDAY
http://www.popville.com/

too bad they did not have some sort of reunion party...
I am not sure if I would have attended
but for a while
there were a great number of people who visited Chief Ike's as their main place

I guess I was pretty regular there for cheap beers and aggressive games of pool with a crooked stick



New Belgium's Tour de Fat Schedule... Washington DC is the opening city of the Tour!


Tour de Fat... New Belgium's Bicycle Themed Carnival with music\culture\side showesque event with beer
a must attend event 
an event that is as much fun as it is hard to describe
one of those if you have to ask type of things

Momentum Mag
http://momentummag.com/new-belgium-brewing


Washington, D.C.                   May 30                                     Yards Park

Durham, NC                            June 20                                    Diamond View Park
Chicago, IL                              July 11                                       Palmer Square
Twin Cities, MN                     July 25                                      Loring Park
Boise, ID                                  August 15                                 Ann Morrison Park
Fort Collins, CO                     September 5                            Civic Center Park
Denver, CO                             September 12                           City Park
San Francisco, CA                 September 19                           Lindley Meadow – Golden Gate Park
San Diego, CA                        September 26                          Golden Hill Park
Tempe, AZ                              October 3                                  Tempe Beach Park

chase the links... see ya there








3.21.2015

that was easy...


headlamp was out on the Honda Element
was curious how hard it would be to handle myself
did a quick Google
and saw this video

How to Replace a Honda Element Headlamp bulb: driver's side
thanks to the creator of this video... it was quite helpful

drove to the nearest autoparts store
made my purchase and then handled the install in the parking lot

Bruce Buckley has posted his photos from night 3 of the Crosshairs Wednesday Night Spins in Crystal City


another great night of hanging and racing with friends in an underground parking garage
thanks Crosshairs Cycling for putting together this event
if it were not for this event
I would have no MARCH MADNESS in my life
these post work bicycle races are my March Madness


thank you Bruce Buckley for this set of shots
great collection of images
so many stories being told
Bruce on the Gwadzilla Page



Lindsay held her own against the men in the C Category
finishing a respectable 7th




lots of DCMTB jerseys racing in the B Category
we all have our little "race within the race"
shamefully these mountain bikers know nothing about team tactics
racing each other... fighting each other
instead of working together

I am not certain how to work together
my issue... my strengths may be different than someone else's
other people can accelerate and hammer on different parts of the course


DCMTB's Kent and Jed
Kent and Jed on the Gwadzilla Page


Bruce Buckley Photography and the images from night 3 of the Crystal City Wednesday Night Spins
www.brucebuckleyphotography.com