Monthly Archives: April 2011

D.C. Commute Scenes

Which would you rather do?

Option 1.

Life in the Car Lane

or

Option 2.

Life in the Bike Lane

I know what I’d choose.

Felkerino and me on 15th Street

Happy Friday!!

Bikes to Like: Mike B.’s Surly Long Haul Trucker

I am a big fan of the Surly Long Haul Trucker. 

Fellow blogger and cyclist Mike B. owns a Surly LHT in my favorite color, truckaccino. Mike is also a member of the Severna Park Peloton in (guess?) Severna Park, Maryland, and has ridden his Surly for both commuting and brevets. Read on to find out what he had to say about his bike.

Mike and his Surly on the Civil War Tour 200K (c) Felkerino

1. What kind of bike do you have?

Surly Long Haul Trucker 54 cm.
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D.C. Randonneurs Old Rag 200K Brevet

I know Felkerino will be doing a roundup of this brevet on my favorite news source, The Daily Randonneur, but until he does, here’s a quick summary from the stoker.

Charlie and Scott on the Warrenton 200K

I had a tough time kicking myself out of my house at 5 a.m. to run off to Warrenton, Virginia, for the D.C. Randonneurs Old Rag 200K this past Saturday. It rained most of Friday, and Saturday promised more rain. Yippee.

Oh well. Felkerino and I had pre-registered, our legs felt good, and we thought we’d give it a go. We packed up the Gore-Tex and off we went. Continue reading

Reverse Tandem Double Panda Shot

Previously I wrote about “panda portraits,” which are typically self-portraits you take while riding your bicycle. This past summer, though, Felkerino and I worked on taking photos of each other while we were riding the same bicycle. See? Continue reading

Bikes to Like: Rootchopper’s Specialized Sequoia

This week I’m highlighting D.C. commuter, Rootchopper, and his bike. I love the look of this bike and when I saw it dressed up in Ortliebs on his flickr page, I wanted to know more about it. 

As Rootchopper is a dedicated commuting cyclist with a lovely steel bicycle, I thought he’d be a perfect candidate for Bikes to Like. Take it away, Rootchopper!

“The Sequoia”

1. What kind of bike do you have?

My bike is a Specialized Sequoia purchased in February 1993 from Spokes Etc. in Alexandria Virginia.
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Weekend Rain = No Hains Point

What a lovely Monday! Felkerino and I thought we might enjoy a morning lap on Hains Point, but it was not to be.

The Potomac River is running high and Hains Point is closed due to flooding. Continue reading

Bikes to Like: World’s Greatest Randonneur’s Sam Hillborne

Because I am surrounded by so much bicycling goodness, I’ve decided to run some Q&A posts on some of the bikes I’ve seen and admired in the D.C. randonneuring and commuting scene. The first post features the World’s Greatest Randonneur’s (WGR) bike.

WGR’s Hillborne

It’s a Sam Hillborne, from Rivendell. Here’s what WGR had to say when I asked him about his bike.

1. What kind of bike do you have?

I think a Samuel Hillborne, but next time I ride it I’ll make sure.
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D.C. Randonneurs 300K Brevet: The Contrary Mother

It’s prime time for randonneuring and all my bike riding is encroaching on my blogging. Imagine! I wrote a summary of my weekend ride over at my favorite randonneur’s blog, The Daily Randonneur. The story is here, and the teasers below. Oh, and the pics are here.

Contrary Mother 300K

Things I learned on my 300K bike ride: Continue reading

Bikes to Like: Titanium One-Off

Whenever I ride my bike, I try to:

  1. follow of the rules of the road;
  2. take a panda photo; and
  3. keep an eye out for bikes that interest me.

Sometimes all three of these things happen, and sometimes only one of them does. However, one morning commute after taking my regular panda shot I came across a rider on an eye-catching steed. I liked it so much I stopped to talk with him about it. Check this bike out.

Paul’s One-Off

Because of the wheel size and general frame shape, I initially thought the bike was a Moulton, a bike rarely seen in Washington, D.C. (unless I’m missing something). Paul, the owner, informed me that it was not a Moulton, but a One-Off. Continue reading

Cake Commuting: the Gersemalina Way

You may recall that I recently had a birthday and that Felkerino birthday-cake-bike-commuted with a somewhat messy, yet still savory, outcome.

Birthday Cake

I also embarked on a cake-commuting expedition earlier this year, and was waiting for just the right moment to write about it. I now realize that the right moment would have been one week before my birthday. Nevertheless, I share it with you now in the hope of educating others about successful cake commuting. Yes, it’s cake commuting class. Pay attention! Continue reading