NC... a little out of my range



North Carolina may be a little out of my range
but it sounds like a sweet event!

dupont is wonderful in the springtime

dupont is wonderful in the springtime
I have always been a big fan of springtime
I have always been a big fan of dupont

ran into cargo mike... we started to talk lodi...

ran into cargo mike
we started to talk lodi

starting to watch the weather
not liking the prediction
not liking the odds

the 12 hours of lodi farms

weather for the day of the race

some shots from last weekends Polo gathering...

some shots from last weekend's Polo gathering

it does look hard court!

missed it myself... I was out at Schaeffer Farms on my bike then chasing my boys on theirs
I still have not witnessed the oddity which is Bike Polo

when helmets make no sense...

when helmets make no sense
when helmets make no sense was the title of this page
I will admit that I agree

the shape of cars and trucks in our culture morphs over the years

the shape of cars and trucks in our culture morphs over the years
the changes are subtle
yet they happen right in front of our eyes

there are very few cars from the era of my childhood on the streets around here
I am old and so many of these cars and trucks are new

Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling Collection Event


DC Department of Public Works

Household Hazardous Waste/E-cycling Collection Event

Saturday, May 3, 9 am to 3 pm, rain or shine

RFK Stadium, Lot 7, 2400 East Capitol St., SE

boxes... lots of little cubes

I would love to travel the world and take picture of bicycles in everyday life

I would love to travel the world and take pictures of bicycles in everyday life

this shot is from bangkok
I found it here

an article about a bicycle tour company in bangkok
story from australia at news dot com

Co van Kessel

my short trips to and from work...

my short trips to and from work...
the trips are short
too short
I would like to see more
I would like to ride more
it is a short distance for me to get from home to work
when I can I stretch the ride from work to home
sometimes I can stretch the trip from home to work
but usually I need to roll straight there

the ride home is often a straight shot
sometimes due to lack of time or previous engagements
sometimes due to lack of desire
sometimes due to fatigue
my body was feeling tired today
the ride home today was almost direct

rode up Mass Ave to Reno
had to grab grant's lunch box at school
I enjoyed taking an alternate route
a route that I used more frequently at different stages of my life

the over the shoulder shot can get the shot
unless the audi gets in the way
which makes this a shot of nothing with a little where's waldo?

these shots of nothing are shots of something
giant peapod... it was not too long ago that we lived in a world without pea pod
who knows how long pea pod will exist

kazmo seemed like such a good idea
yet it failed
will dc snacks survive?
I never ordered from kazmo or dc snacks
I heard tonight that one of the liquor stores delivers
fifteen dollar minimum
I can meet that minimum

four seconds... it says I have four seconds

four seconds
it says I have four seconds

but first let me snap a picture
four seconds to cross


nice move anna!

nice move anna!

anna kelso has a blog

this photo and others were compiled by darren
and yes... darren has a blog

anna painted a portrait of me on her blog within her greenbrier race report

the solo goat at greenbrier

the solo goat at greenbrier

the greenbrier race did not only host a clydesdale class
they also hosted a single speed class and a marathon class

lots of people tested their endurance limits in the marathon class at the greenbrier challenge

the results from the marathon class at greenbrier
the top guys did eight laps at a faster average than my three


it is only tuesday... I can still dwell on the events of the weekend

it is only tuesday
I can still dwell on the events of the weekend past
greenbrier still on the brain

the rain yesterday gave me the perfect excuse not to ride
the responsibilities of being a parent took the time that I would have used had I been lured towards exercise
the time with the kids was such that lisa handled the dog
so monday passed with not much of a ride
just the standard commute on the cross bike
with nothing more than the morning walk at work and the walking that one would do at work

today there was no time for a pre-work ride
then in the afternoon there was no time for a post-work ride
well... out just a few minutes early and then home a few minutes late gave me forty five maybe fifty minutes on the bike
luckily dean's soccer does not start until 6:15 not Six PM

ran into chris miriam at the kid's soccer practice
one of his four boys was at practice being coached by two of the players for DC United
how do you arrange that?
chris and I talked
chris had seen my results
chris teased me and flattered me at the same time about my first place finish

the topic got off me and to the weather or the weekend
how he and his wife libbey had ridden up there on friday... friday just before saturday.... saturday when it rained

we caught up quickly as grant and I were passing the soccer ball as dean practice
when grant switched to climbing trees
we chatted some more
but I got called away again
kids can be demanding

after soccer practice dean and I kicked the ball while grant climbed some more trees
then dean had to climb some trees

enough time had passed and I argued hard... hard and loud that it was time to leave
it was also time for dinner
dean wanted to go out
without my cell phone on my I could not check with lisa for her thoughts on the evening
we got home and called lisa
with no real plan I asked that she grab some pizza
she was on her way back and it would work out fine

I called Vace and ordered one large Pepperoni and one large extra cheese
thinking that as a dad this little act of ordering extra pizza not only feeds everyone tonight
but this extra pizza can be packed in the kid's lunches tomorrow

Vace may be the best pizza in Washington
their being light on the cheese is what makes their pizza great
but sadly... extra cheese makes their great pizza better

today while downtown I was chatting with fellow DCMTBer Kent Baake when Cargo Mike rolled up with his cargo rig
the topic of Lodi Farms came up
something that Kent and I had already discussed
but we discussed it some more
there was excitement in the air
lots of talk about camp sites and amenities
Kent is bringing a solar charging system
a system he had set up all day at Baker's Dozen
in this discussion with Kent and Cargo Mike there was also some talk about Greenbrier
I mentioned fatigue and Cargo Mike recommended rest
good advice... it is better to be well rested for the test rather than trying to cram
cramming now could just bog me up and blow up my brain
how much more can I really learn
just go with what I know
sharpen my pencil and make sure I have a pink eraser

okay... that is supposed to be a metaphor
but I think it came out like oranges and bananas

no chris.... I never did bmx

no chris
I never did bmx

so I can not appreciate these bmx ads
bmx ads at www.ewirezine.com

I must say... I do like the look
I may work that style tomorrow at work
the ladies seem to dig it!

when I was young there was some sort of thing about getting a Schwinn Scrambler through Cheerios
some sort of Cheerios raffle or box top deal
the specifics I can not recall

I never got that schwinn scrambler
my first mongoose was not a Super Goose with at Goose Neck...
it was a Mongoose ATB with 26 inch wheels and thumb shift activated gears... FIFTEEN OF EM!

when I say ten speed... I mean like a Schwinn Varsity

I broke 12 of those Mongoose bikes
they warrantied each and every one
it always amuses me that I broke my first mountain bike on some asphalt berms at the same place where my older son goes to grade school
I never thought at the time of such a future being my reality
but here I am... an adult of sorts

to bring the topic full circle with a little 80's fashion
when I broke that frame I was with Tim Whistler aka Puker who was on the cover of Thrasher in 1981
Tim Whistler rocked the OP corduroy short shorts like no other!
that guy ripped on the skateboard and thrashed up the streets for money as a courier
all in those Ocean Paciffic shorts... and they were short
George Michael Gitter Bug Short!

a text rich gwadzilla archive from 2004
not what I was looking for
I was looking for a photo or link to a photo of Puker skating
Puker was one of the many legends from the hells angels on skate boards known as the Toke Team


jeff schalk

the number read two at the start
at the end of the day he finished first
so next year... he will get to sport the number one plate

good job jeff!
some serious competition out there
too bad todd wells was not there this year


article about Jeff in this month's SPOKES magazine!

dave has some photos from the greenbrier challenge

dave has some photos from the greenbrier challenge
dave's mountain bike page

sorry about the bike
but mechanicals are better than injury

just got to put it in perspective and keep moving forward

Bike To Work Day is approaching...



try to make it happen in your world
I try to make it happen in mine

the three fastest big guys at the greenbrier challenge

some photos after the 2008 Greenbrier Challenge

where was kevin dillard?

I need one of these for my block!

I need one of these for my block!

How to make people drive more slowly...
on popgive dot com


jeff peel in urban velo

jeff peel in urban velo


Scardaville got some shots...

Mike Scardaville is off the bike while his clavicle heals
but he still showed up at the Greenbrier Challenge to cheer on his DC Mountain Bike team mates

photos on Mike's Flickr Page


stupidest bike lanes

stupidest bike lanes on SLATE.com
or would that be the "most"stupid bike lanes
either way
worth a look

Stupid Bike Lanes Around the World on Slate.com

behind jesco white my favorite west virginians

like he has never been on the podium before

the camera eating dog


jesco white on youtube

JD Galleries has some great shots from the 2008 Greenbrier Challenge

JD Galleries has some great shots from the 2008 Greenbrier Challenge

great photos jay!

some folks from DC Mountain Biking... all shots from the 2008 Greenbrier Challange except for the one of Jon Wheaton at Schaffer Farms the day prior

rain today like the monsoon in bangkok

these photos are from last week
thought I would post them just the same

rain today like the monsoon in bangkok

no reason for a walk with the camera in the rain
the step down the block to grab some Pho got me so soaked that I needed to change my pants and shoes when I returned to the office
ah... the advantages of being a bicycle commuter
the spare change of clothes in the closet

no ride after work today either
in fact I rushed out of work early to grab my younger son grant
he had hit his head and had a little cut
no issue... but this is how they make the call in this day and age
I took the call

got home and checked on grant's eye
no need for stitches
just some neosporine and some tlc

I loaded the bike ontop of the Element and we drove out to drop off the Specialized Test Bike at City Bikes in Chevy Chase

on the drive out we marveled that the heavy flow of the water in Rock Creek Park
on the way back we parked and checked out the water from a foot bridge that goes over the creek

lisa walked the dog and cooked some dinner by the time we were home
after dinner dean did his homework then we met with a woman who is fostering a dog
we are considering adopting that dog
cut dog