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DIRT ROCK N ROLLER (THE BALLAD OF DAVID PIKE)

Posted January 18, 2017 @ 12:49pm

DIRT ROCK N ROLLER (THE BALLAD OF DAVID PIKE)This is a story of remembering, reminiscing, rejoicing, and dirt rock and roll. TURN THE STEREO UP!D Pike on the Maah Daah Hey TrailRolled out to Boulder, CO this past weekend with H-wood, K-wood, and Crossmax for our pal David Pike’s memorial, a celebration, a reminder, a rejoinder, an affirmation of life and love for our fallen friend. The temperature is well below 0° for our 9pm departure. Hollywood is driving all night long, Minneapolis to Boulder, in our rental mini van, four people, four bikes in a straight rock and roll onslaught, serenaded by satellite radio stations Ozzy’s Boneyard and Hairball Nation. Driving at night makes the miles seemingly roll faster, a nocturnal illusion punctuated with stops at Kum & Go, and Dunkin’ Donuts. By sunrise, we’re ensconced at Grannie’s Diner in Ft. Lupton, CO for early morning juevos rancheros, breakfast burritos, and biscuits & gravy....

 

FAT BIKE CONFESSIONAL

Posted January 10, 2017 @ 5:14pm

FAT BIKE CONFESSIONALWinter cycling has been going on forever. And it certainly doesn’t require any special equipment to do it. But whenever it’s mentioned that you cycle in the winter, out trots the inevitable question: “do you have one of those fat bikes?” “No,” is my response. And, I must admit, I often feel inclined to add, “nor, am I into to cross-fit. Or vegan.” See, that’s what generally gores my ox about fat biking. People won’t shut up about it. On and on about tire size and rim width, studded tires? Tubeless? Carbon? All this usually just for a jaunt across town, whether riding to work, the grocery store, coffee shop, or even the bar. But I get it, man, I really do. Fatties are fun. When conditions warrant, and especially with good snow, you truly can ride them almost anywhere. So when Surly Bikes brand manager Paul Zeigle asked me, “do you want to bike pack Duluth Traverse on New Year’s...

 

Small Batch Embro + Rock And Roll

Posted November 22, 2016 @ 12:45pm

Small Batch Embro + Rock And Roll Anyone who knows me knows my love of rock and roll, and no band epitomizes that more than Seattle's ZEKE. When I stumbled upon their Flat Tracker release at Minneapolis' RoadRunner Records back in 1998 I was all in, both for the snarling, speedy riffs of Blind Marky Felchtone & Co, but also for the vintage b&w cover shot of Mert Lawill. Released on Scooch Pooch Records, Flat Tracker was (and still is!) some good shit. Intrigued, I sent away for their mail order catalog. Fast-forward to last year and I stumbled upon a little company called Small Batch Embrocation, based in Los Angeles, California offering embrocation and muscle rubs for cycling. Always a fan of small, d.i.y. business, it was with no small bit of wonderment that I learned that Small Batch proprietor Jim Ransweiler was also part of Scooch Pooch all those years ago. Small Batch offers six embros of varying heat, along with chamois creme and a muscle rub. I've been using the...

 

Slick 50 - Route Map & Cue Sheets

Posted March 14, 2016 @ 5:43pm

Slick 50 - Route Map & Cue SheetsForecast is looking great for Saturday. Please note: there will be no maps nor cue sheets day-of, but links to the map& cue sheets can be found here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/12583644 Print one off for you and a friend.Also, not too late to ORDER YOUR TSHIRT, which can be picked up at Bad Weather after the ride.

 

SLICK 50 - 2016 Edition

Posted March 10, 2016 @ 6:59pm

SLICK 50 - 2016 EditionSLICK 50 Spring Classick, back yet again, including T-SHIRT PRE-ORDER!See below for details. NOTE: there will be a route map posted before the ride, via Ride With GPS, a free app for your phone.Remember, the Slick 50 is not a race. It is a fast group ride.There is no ride leader, i.e. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOURSELF. Same as it ever was. New this year: SLICK 50 T-SHIRTS! Available for pre-order and ready for pick up at the end of the ride, at Bad Weather Brewery. If you prefer, we will ship them to you via USPS Priority Mail, after the ride, but you must choose your size AND the shipping button from the drop-down menu, got it?Special thanks to Sean 'Chef' Davis for the bitchen' artworkORDER HERE: SIZE + SHIPPING (if applies)small $20.00 USDmedium $20.00 USDlarge $20.00 USDx-large $20.00 USD2x-large $20.00 USDwomen-small $20.00...

 

Bikes Vs. Cars

Posted February 11, 2016 @ 2:14pm

Bikes Vs. CarsIf you're in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, mark your calendars for Monday, March 7, and Tuesday, March 8 for the local showing of Bikes Vs. Cars at the Trylon Micro Cinema. "Bikes vs Cars depicts a global crisis that we all deep down know we need to talk about: climate, earth's resources, cities where the entire surface is consumed by the car. An ever-growing, dirty, noisy traffic chaos. The bike is a great tool for change, but the powerful interests who gain from the private car invest billions each year on lobbying and advertising to protect their business. In the film we meet activists and thinkers who are fighting for better cities, who refuse to stop riding despite the increasing number killed in traffic."

 

 
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