Monthly Archives: July 2012

Making Yourself Part of the City: Laura M. on #BikeDC Speaks

Time for another edition of #BikeDC Speaks. This week’s post is brought to us by D.C. bike commuter and transportation cyclist Laura M., also known as @grafxnerd on the Twitterverse. Twitter and the magical #BikeDC hashtag is how I first “met” her!

Laura has a keen eye for detail which is not only apparent in the beautiful bikes she has built up, but also in the observations she makes about the positives and negatives of riding in the Washington, D.C., area. Read on and see for yourself.

1. How long have you been riding in the D.C. area?

I started riding in D.C. last September. I was itching to get a bike and ran to Hudson Trail Outfitters where, silly me, I went with a hybrid bike that was totally wrong for me.

I rode it for a month locally in Crystal City then decided it was too heavy and god-awful ugly. I found an 80′s Raleigh road bike on craigslist, fixed her up, and have been riding the streets of D.C. every since.

Laura’s Raleigh Pursuit

2. What sorts of things do you do by bike?

Almost anything I can by bike! I commute to work, both when it was 7 miles and now that it’s only 2 miles. I used to grocery shop by bike (store is now a block away and that’s just silly), do leisurely rides around, visit friends, stop at coffee shops, and run general errands.

My second bike has a Velo Orange porteur rack on the front of it which makes it extremely easy to haul a decent amount of stuff around.

3. What do you like about bicycling in D.C.?

There is an energy to it most of the time. When I’m on the bike riding the streets, I feel like I truly am part of the city. It’s silly to say that, but there is something, for me at least, to being on a bike that brings me closer to this place.

I moved here six years ago and have really not enjoyed it, trying to get out since arrival. But now that I bike, I’m finding new places, seeing a new side and just loving it. I think that District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has been doing an amazing job of putting in dedicated bike infrastructure, which aids in the ease of the ride.

4. What are the challenges of bicycling here?

Education is the biggest thing for me. I’m not a complete stickler for laws and can be a scofflaw at times, but I run by the rule of “could this harm me or someone else?” Most of the time, as minute as it may be, I find it can, so I obey.

I think it’s a hard thing to pinpoint, but finding a way to get the casual cyclists—the one’s who don’t care about organizations like WABA or community events hosted by places like BicycleSPACE—to at least realize that they can’t just fly down the road with no regard for anyone else, would be something worth figuring out.

Education doesn’t just need to stop with cyclists. We have a LOT of motorists who also don’t seem to understand the rules of the road for themselves or our rights as cyclists. Within a year of riding, I’m sure every cyclist can say they’ve had someone tell them to get off the road. I’m not sure if that’s something a new organization needs to do, or maybe it’s the DDOT, I’m not sure.

5. What parts of the city do you consider bike-friendly and why?

I don’t get around the city too awful much; most of my time is spent in Dupont/Adams Morgan/U St so I’ll have a closed opinion. The circles are a killer for bikes, I try to avoid them as much as possible.

Thomas Circle (and maybe others) have bike lanes, which are a good addition. Generally, from what I’ve seen, lower Northwest D.C. (Woodley Park and south) and the Capitol Hill area are pretty bike friendly.

Laura’s Raleigh Olympian with porteur rack

6. What could the District do to make it an even better city for cyclists?

Downtown is a nightmare, as are most of the major arteries in the city. If we could find a way to get bike lanes on roads like K Street and New York Avenue, we might find there are even more people willing to bike.

7. Any thoughts about Capital BikeShare?

I think it’s a great service. I don’t really use it since I have two bikes of my own, but have in the past. They are a bit clunky/slow, but maybe that’s okay. :)

8. What is one of the best pieces of advice anyone has given you about bicycling?

Just ride.

9. What advice do you have about cycling in the city?

Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be afraid. Start on side streets with bike lanes and slowly work your way into bigger roads. Or if you’re like me, just dive head-first into it and enjoy the ride. It helps to reach out to the community if you are unsure, and those of us on the #bikedc hashtag on Twitter are always willing to lend a hand!

10. What is a word or phrase that summarizes your D.C. bicycling experience?

Educational. I’ve started actually thinking about infrastructure and culture and how communities can thrive if our government systems take more than just the car into consideration.

True! Transportation policy should definitely be more inclusive. Thanks again for the excellent post, Laura. Your writeup has great information for both new and experienced riders. See you on Twitter and the commute!

On Bicycling and Other Pursuits: How Much is Enough?

The past couple of weeks I have not spent much time on the bike. Rather I’ve been catching up on things that went neglected while Felkerino and I focused on the brevets and our trip to Colorado for the High Country 1200K.

It’s been a nice release to know that our big bicycling event for the year has come and gone and that it went well. However, the off-the-bike time also got me thinking about how much bike riding is enough.

Look, I know I have a good life if whether I rode my bike enough is one of my main existential questions. Nevertheless, I’m still giving it considerable thought.

This past weekend I tabulated my miles and looked at my mileages and cycling and running events. Here’s what the log showed so far for 2012:

  • Bicycling Miles: > 5,100.
  • Running Miles: > 250.
  • National Marathon. Complete.
  • Flèche (377K in 24 hours). Complete.
  • Super Randonneur Series (200K, 300K, 400K, 600K). Complete.
  • Colorado High Country 1200K. Complete.

As I reviewed the numbers and events, I began to wonder if I could have done more, or if the numbers looking back at me were really very much at all.

After sending myself into a senseless tailspin (anyone else ever done this to themselves?), I brought myself back around town and concluded that I’m just fine. Here’s how I know.

Running AND Randonneuring. Before I was a randonneur and cyclist, I was a runner. In fact, I started riding because of a running injury. After I began randonneuring, I stopped running for a few years and discovered I really missed it.

Cycling could not give me the same endorphin rush as a good run. Also, I believe strongly in doing regular weight-bearing activity, which I get from going to the gym and running. Cycling was awesome, but it did not offer the same feeling of overall fitness.

It was a huge accomplishment for me to complete a series and a marathon in the first six months of this year. My cycling miles took a dip as a result, but I was still able to successfully finish both the marathon and the brevets.

No Suffering! No Injuries! While my motivation for a couple of brevets was not as high as in previous years, Felkerino and I still moved pretty well through the brevets and neither of us sustained injuries this season.

We completed all of the brevets of the Super Randonneur series and the 1200K well within control limits and in good health. To me, that is a great indicator that our training was enough to get us comfortably through the rides.

Fun Factor Still Intact. As I mentioned and wrote about in a previous post, this year the brevets lost a little of their luster. They did not feel as fun or enjoyable as in the past, and I found myself spending more time wondering why I was doing them.

Organizing the 400K helped renew my interest in the rides, and by the end of the season I was back in “brevets are awesome” mode. I’m glad we did the rides we did, and I’m glad we did not do any more than we did. Attempting more events would have ended up dampening the rides’ fun factor and made them more of a chore.

While I seek to challenge myself, I also want to make sure I preserve the enjoyment I get from events and training.

Balance Achieved (Somewhat!). I love riding my bike and running. I also like the occasional spin class and I am addicted to the gym. Reading blogs and the New Yorker are another favorite pastime. Breaking Bad is essential television. Sleep is my friend. Doing well in my job is important. Time with friends and family makes me happy.

The past three weeks have been great for restoring more balance in my life, and have helped me understand that I could not have done any more rides or runs and felt like I was maintaining any semblance of life balance.

When I look at results and numbers, it’s easy for me to view them without any context and think I did not do enough. When I give it serious reflection, though, I feel good about what I’ve done and energized about what the second half of 2012 has in store. And that’s just where I want to be.

Friday Link Love: Long Ride Edition

Happy Friday, everyone. We’ve made it through another week. Go team.

It’s been quite a while since I did a Friday Link Love post, but this week I’m bringing it back. Without further ado, here are some of the good things I’ve been reading of late.

Tour Divide

While I can never imagine riding the Tour Divide, I have a fascination with the event. This year, two riders who previously completed the Tour Divide on single bikes endeavored it on a tandem. Caroline, the stoker, wrote a fantastic post about what riding the Divide is like on a tandem. See it here on kurt’s going nuts…

In addition, the first female finisher and new female record holder of the Tour Divide, Eszter Horanyi, wrote about the gear she used for the adventure. Eszter’s writeup is on Gooney Riders.

‘Tis the 1200K Season

It may not be a PBP year, but randonneurs are still out riding 1200Ks and some are even sharing the tales of their journeys.

Shenandoah 1200K: Wisconsin randonneur Dan D. headed out east earlier this year for the Shenandoah 1200K. Being that the Shenandoah 1200 happens so close to home, I read his report with interest. Read all about the ride on his blog, Dan’s Rando Adventures.

Cascade 1200K: The Road Pixie, who I met last year at PBP and I believe calls Minnesota home, returned to Washington state to take on the always challenging Cascade 1200K. This year’s edition involved rain and cool temps and some personal issues with asthma, but the Road Pixie persevered through it all. Find her story on her Road Pixie blog.

Colorado High Country 1200K: Dave C., of Massachusetts, traveled out to Louisville, Colorado, with hopes of completing his first 1200K. He gives a full account of the Colorado High Country 1200K, as well as the highs and lows of a multi-day randonneuring event on his blog, Velocio.

That wraps up this weekend’s recommendations. I guarantee you will read a post or two and then be gripped by a desire to run out the door and hop on your bike. Enjoy!

Cupcake Ramblin’ with Sol and BicycleSPACE

The Cupcake Ramble crew

BicycleSPACE, one of D.C.’s local bike shops, has done an excellent job of building community through their group rides. Felkerino and I have attended a few of their evening social rides in the past and, while they were literally not my speed in terms of the pace with which they meandered through town, they were a fun way to meet other local bike riders and D.C. residents.

With our “big ride” of the summer complete, Felkerino and I decided that this last Saturday would be perfect to check out one of BicycleSPACE’s weekend rides. We rolled over to the shop to join the Cupcake Ramble, which is billed as a ride between 20 and 25 miles.

This past weekend was a bit on the dreary side so we made for a rather small Cupcake Ramble crew. Five people participated: Erik, Michael, Felkerino, and the ride leader, Sol. Our ride took us around through Arlington, up a fierce little hill Sol found especially for us, and back into the city– a total loop of about 20 miles.

Off on the Cupcake Ramble. Sol leads the way.

The sun never shone and the rain fell in places. Even so, it was a good day to ride. Rainy gray days always seem to quiet the roads on weekends which made for a pleasant riding once we exited D.C.’s city center.

Erik, founder of BicycleSPACE, and Felkerino

While the route was not anything epic, the Cupcake Ramble offers something very special to those who do it.

Sol, who I mentioned is the ride leader, is also a professional pastry chef and always brings a treat to share with the group. For our ride he had prepared a lovely coffee cake that he drizzled with his locally produced honey. And when I say local, I mean his back yard.

At about the midway point of our loop, our group paused to set up shop at a covered picnic table and break bread (i.e., coffee cake) together. We sat, chatted, talked bike rides, checked out each other’s bikes, listened to a few raindrops fall, and chewed on coffee cake.

Time out for coffee cake and honey on the Cupcake Ramble

How many rides have I been on where somebody made me coffee cake? One!

The Cupcake Ramble ended up being a fun way to spend a Saturday. Thanks so much to Sol for leading the ride and treating us to the delightful nosh. Also, thanks to BicycleSPACE for coordinating, and for making rides like these happen in our area.

Want to see more pics of the Cupcake Ramble? See the full set here.

Freedom!: Ultrarunnergirl on #BikeDC Speaks

Kirstin, aka Ultrarunnergirl, is one of the many great people I’ve met through #FridayCoffeeClub (which you should think about attending, if you do not already).

As her blog suggests, Kirstin is an ultrarunner as well as a cyclist, and is one of few people I know who also run commutes when she’s not out bike commuting. Here’s what she had to say about riding in the Washington, D.C., area.

1. How long have you been riding in the D.C. area?

I’ve lived in the D.C. area for 17 years, and have always had a bicycle. I ride more now than I used to, but cycling has always been the best way to tour the city, whether it’s getting to and from the Cherry Blossoms, 4th of July fireworks, Screen on the Green, softball games on the Mall, taking a jaunt on the Mount Vernon trail, or exploring the C&O Canal.

Kirstin on Hains Point

2. What sorts of things do you do by bike?

I always enjoy riding to a ballgame or to dinner, but my favorite thing to do is bike commute. It’s fun in itself, but the best part about it is that it’s the antithesis of being stuck in traffic or crammed into a crowded train.

There’s no waiting (except at the occasional red light or for a pedestrian), you get your heart rate up, and you can pick your route based on interesting things to look at or stop into. My favorites are Whole Foods and Dolcezza. Did you know that Italians habitually eat gelato on a croissant for breakfast? You should really try it sometime.

3. What do you like about bicycling in D.C.?

It is the most enjoyable and fastest (in most cases) means of getting around the city, and the sights are wonderful. I love biking home at night in the summer. No long waits for a Metro train, and the air almost feels cool.

4. What are the challenges of bicycling here?

Because traffic is heavy in and around the area, I think drivers (and Metro commuters) are under a lot of stress, impatient and in a hurry to get OUT of traffic, even if they’re not in a hurry to get to their destination.

There’s a lot of frustration out there and being yelled at to “get off the road” is never fun to hear, even though it’s fairly rare.

Kirstin’s Specialized Dolce

5. What parts of the city do you consider bike-friendly and why?

I don’t do much biking outside of Northwest D.C. other than an occasional foray into Southwest to a Nats game or a jaunt to a friend’s place in Brookland. That area could definitely use some bike lanes!

I prefer the 14th Street bike lanes because there’s lots to look at and I like the timing of the lights for the most part.

6. What could the District do to make it an even better city for cyclists?

  • Widen some of the bike paths. Rock Creek Park bike path is much too narrow in so many places. Practically, it’s only useful for a leisurely weekend bike ride.
  • Continue to install bike lanes, especially a cross-town route. I usually take Pennsylvania Avenue to get across town and that works well, but bike lanes on M Street would be a big improvement.

7.  Any thoughts about Capital BikeShare?  Also, if you use it, what kind of trips do you use it for?

The bike sharing concept is fantastic. It means fewer bodies on the Metro system, fewer cars on the road, and less automobile emissions in the air I breathe.

I’m still sulking that the nimble SmartBikes were replaced with those sluggish, heavy behemoths with mountain bike tires. I haven’t used one in about a year (mostly because I have my own bicycles).

I used to love running partway to work, then hopping on a bikeshare bike and riding the rest of the way. Or I’d grab a bike for an impromptu ride with coworkers at lunch. It was great.

I definitely think that the proliferation of the big red CaBi bikes has resulted in a greater tolerance and acceptance of bicycles on the road. There may not be more patience, but drivers are now accustomed to seeing lots of cyclists out and about now as opposed to being shocked to see a cyclist riding in the road!

8. What is one of the best pieces of advice anyone has given you about bicycling?

Stay completely out of “the door zone” even if you have to take the lane. It doesn’t seem that dangerous, but it is – think about where you’ll land when you bounce off that door. You can’t imagine how quickly a car door opens until you see it happen.

9. What advice do you have about cycling in the city?

Appreciate every moment and be grateful for your ability to get where you are going on two wheels. Notice the birds, the sunshine, the feel of the wind on your skin.

And if a driver yells at you, try to resist yelling back; ironically, I’ve found it only results in making myself more aggravated. Note: I’m not always successful at this.

Panda portrait! (Editor’s note: You know I love these)

10. What is a word or phrase that summarizes your D.C. bicycling experience?

Freedom!

11. What did I not ask about #BikeDC that you want to add?

What are some favorite bike rides you do just for fun?

Weeknight jaunt: Start at the Capital Crescent Trail in Georgetown and ride up to Bethesda for dinner and back. If it gets too late you can get back by Metro (bikes allowed after 7 p.m.)

Weekend rides:

1. Take in the sights on the National Mall, the Jefferson Memorial, Hains Point. Continue north along the Potomac River and (short option) stop for a refreshment at the Georgetown Waterfront or (longer option) cross the 14th Street bridge and ride the Mt. Vernon Trail to Old Town Alexandria.

2. Or (medium option) take the Capital Crescent Trail, go under the Canal and Canal Road (at mile 9.8) and head west, climbing a short hill up Foxhall Road and then head northwest on McArthur Blvd. Stop for brunch at Blacksalt or the Palisades Farmers Market (Sunday 9a.m. – 1p.m.).

Great stuff, Kirstin. Thank you for being a guest contributor and for providing a couple of local route suggestions. See you on the commute OR at #FridayCoffeeClub!

Memories of Donald Boothby and the Cascade 1200K

Donald Boothby, a Seattle randonneur, died of cancer this past week. I did not know Donald well, but he left such an impression on me during the 2006 edition of the Cascade 1200K, that I wanted to share the fond memories I have of him.

One of the best things about randonneuring is the people you have the chance to meet.

In 2006, I embarked on my first grand randonnee (on tandem with Felkerino), the Cascade 1200K. I’ll never forget that ride: the whole new experience of the 1200K distance; the heat; fellow riders from all parts of the country; and the incredible volunteer support provided by the Seattle International Randonneurs.

Among the volunteers on that ride was Donald Boothby, an avid randonneur and tandem rider. Donald, like many of the volunteers, followed the randonneurs through the 90-hour course and helped out by providing food and water along the way. Volunteering on a 1200K is an intense experience, as arduous as the ride itself, only you don’t get a medal at the end.

Donald provided the best encouragement to Felkerino and me. We rode most of the 1200K just inside the control limits, ultimately finishing in 89 hours. It was the hardest ride I had ever done, and with the uncharacterisctically hot temperatures, I wrestled with my doubts that Felkerino and I would officially complete the ride.

Volunteers on the 2006 Cascade 1200K

Every time I saw Donald, he said that we were doing great. “Wonderfully,” I remember him saying. “Winning the tandem division.” (We were the only tandem.) The way he spoke always reinstilled my confidence.

To combat the heat, Donald gave me a little toy fan that he said would really help me out in the stoker zone. I’m not sure it helped with the heat, but it made me laugh and kept me moving forward.

On the third night of Cascade, our rear wheel detensioned and our front tire flatted. That required us to install a new wheel which we had brought along “just in case,” as well as change our front tube. We decided to wait until the following morning to mess with the bike and instead, banked 90 minutes of sleep.

When we awoke on the final day, Donald had already put our tandem in his workstand and made us espresso while Ralph Nussbaum and Jeff Bauer went to work on our wheels. Quicker than quick, we were up and on the bike again, with Donald’s espresso running through our veins.

It’s remarkable how people’s belief in you and willingness to help can fuel your body and mind. In that moment, I knew Felkerino and I were going to successfully finish our ride.

Whenever I look back on Cascade, I remember how much the Seattle volunteers helped and encouraged us. I recall Donald Boothby’s thoughtfulness, his ever-positive spirit, and his belief in our tandem team.

Like I said, one of the best things about randonneuring is the people you get to meet. I feel so fortunate to have met Donald, and I’m sorry I won’t get to see him again.

Tailwinds, Donald.

Don’t Overthink It: #BikeDC Speaks to Joan O.

Now that the big vacation has ended, #BikeDC Speaks has returned to the front page! This week features a guest post from Joan O., a transportation and recreational cyclist who calls Arlington, Virginia, home.

I’ve gotten to know Joan from seeing her out and about on some of the same roads I regularly travel. She’s a friendly and outgoing cyclist with a thirst for adventure. Here’s what she had to say about riding in the Washington, D.C. area.

1. How long have you been riding in the D.C. area?

23 years.

2. What sorts of things do you do by bike?

Grocery shopping, pet store, hardware store. Getting a haircut, visiting museums, going to lunch and the library, etc. All kinds of errands – and I commuted to work before I retired, both in Alexandria and downtown. I use panniers and have a pull-behind trailer when I have to get bulky items.

I also drive my car to the surrounding countryside so I can ride my bike in rural, low-traffic places. That is relaxing no matter how slow or fast I ride my bike or how far, because it’s scenic and not urban.

Joan O. and her Rivendell Bleriot

3. What do you like about bicycling in D.C.?

It’s easy to find routes to get almost anywhere. Getting places on my bike is easy. And I like that there’s a strong bike culture here that emphasizes using a bike for transportation.

4. What are the challenges of bicycling here?

The D.C. area is a fair distance away from great rural riding.

Drivers – so many drivers here act as if they are always more important than the next person (whether that other person is on foot, in a car or on a bike).

5. What parts of the city do you consider bike-friendly and why?

I find most of Arlington and D.C. fairly bike-friendly. I can usually find a decent biking route to many destinations. I’ve ridden in downtown a lot, through downtown up to Silver Spring and Kensington and Bethesda, and also to Southwest DC.

I generally ride cautiously and try to also ride predictably. I do stop at stop signs and red lights. I think that helps let drivers know that I’m trying to be careful. All that said, I admit that I will cut the lane when traffic is very backed up. I have to say that M street through Georgetown in rush hour is a bit of a challenge.

6. What could the District do to make it an even better city for cyclists?

More driver education about awareness of bicycles, bicycle rights, how to interact with bikes. That applies to all jurisdictions in the metro area. I guess it really applies all over the country. That kind of education should begin in the drivers’ training classes.

7. Any thoughts about Capital BikeShare?

I like Capital Bikeshare. The more people on bikes, the more drivers are aware of bikers. The more people biking in “regular” clothes, the more other people and drivers realize that biking is transportation too.

The other side of that is many of those using Capital Bikeshare aren’t really used to biking in the city and they do some stupid stuff on their bikes. But I still think the positive outweighs the negative.

8. What is one of the best pieces of advice anyone has given you about bicycling?

Just ride, just get on your bike, don’t overthink it.

9. What advice do you have about cycling in the city?

Stay alert. Be predictable. Make moves as much in advance as possible.

Take the lane when it is a better thing to do.

Stay in the flow of traffic as much as possible, and wave thank you when a driver does something nice or respectful.

I use a rearview mirror; I’ve had one since the early 70’s. I believe it gives me a much better –wider and further back – field of vision behind me than turning my neck quickly.

10. What is a word or phrase that summarizes your D.C. bicycling experience?

Fun. I think I always have fun on my bike.

At the very least, I feel good and have a sense of accomplishment when I ride even in rain, snow, bitter cold, or dreadful traffic. I feel particularly accomplished in dreadful traffic because I can avoid getting stuck in it!

So true! The bike offers an agility in urban areas that is not available to cars.

Great reflections, Joan. Thanks so much for being part of #BikeDC Speaks, and I look forward to seeing you out on the road!

Colorado High Country 1200K Photos

Hard for me to believe that the Colorado High Country 1200K is now in the books. Felkerino and I spent the last six months working toward this event, and suddenly it’s back to business as usual. No 1200K on the horizon, just the regular routine.

To keep the post-event blues at bay, I’ve been reviewing, uploading, and captioning my photos of our four days of riding.

Below is a preview of each set. To see each day in detail, just click on the corresponding image and you will be taken to the appropriate flickr set. I hope you enjoy taking a virtual ride with Felkerino and me.

Colorado High Country 1200K: Day 1

Colorado High Country 1200K: Day 2

Colorado High Country 1200K: Day 3

Colorado High Country 1200K: Day 4

Like I said last week, we had a fantastic ride. Felkerino wrote up an excellent synopsis of our experience over at The Daily Randonneur, promising a full ride report later. As for me, I will probably write something, too, but I think I’ll take some time to catch up on sleep and figure out what our next challenge will be.

See you on the commute, all.

And We Made It: High Country 1200k

Friends, Felkerino and I officially finished the High Country 1200K yesterday in just under 83 hours.

To give you a brief summary (full report and pics later), we had an incredibly good ride. Our bodies held up well, weather was pleasant, and we spent lots of miles chatting and pedaling with some great randonneurs.

John Lee Ellis and his volunteers did a fantastic job of organizing and taking care of us throughout the event. The scenery and route were spectacular.

Felkerino and I worked efficiently as a team and were well-synchronized throughout our 4-day journey.

Thanks to everyone who followed, tweeted, and sent us words of encouragement. I read them each night to inspire me for the next day’s ride.

What a ride! I’m so lucky and grateful.

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And We’re Off: High Country 1200K

If you’re reading this, we’re off riding the High Country 1200K!!!

Rider updates will happen on the High Country blog as the event unfolds.

Felkerino (@dailyrandonneur) and I (@gypsybug) will post updates of our adventure via Twitter, using the hash tag #hc1200. Fellow DC Randonneur Bill (@bicyclic) is riding, too, so be sure to check in on his progress as well!

Below are a few pre-event pics for your enjoyment. They are:

A glimpse of our 1200K cue sheet;

Felkerino ascending James Canyon;

The Co-Motion in Jamestown, CO;

Jimmy’s Gunnar, complete with The Acorn Boxy Rando bag;

Bill B. and his Trek at bike inspection;

Jeff B. and his Salsa Casseroll prepped for a pre-ride; and

Mordecai and his Rivendell Romulus at Sunday’s bike inspection.

I’m using my iPod Touch to post this. It’s rather handy, yet rudimentary, so you may have to do some caption matching to the photos.

As always, thanks for reading and to all who’ve wished us well. Talk to you soon, and I hope everybody has an excellent week.

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