The Cycling 360 Podcast

Podcasting is one of the fastest growing areas of online media and cycling isn’t with out its share of them. This week saw the launch of a new one and it’s called Cycling 360. Some of you will recognize the guys behind it as they each are active in the world of cycling both on and off the Internet. The three hosts of Cycling 360 are Darryl Kotyk of Loving the Bike, Victor Jiminez of Bicycle Lab and Rob Grissom of Positive Performance Coaching. Each of them brings years of on-the-bike experience to the podcast. Their first podcast, Trainers and Rollers, is up and it’s great. At 50 minutes in length it’s loaded with info, humor, and great cycling tips for all cyclists. The thing I liked the most though was the round table discussion format where each of them chimed in with different perspectives drawing on their experience. Really cool. Be sure to check out Cycling...

The Cyclists Christmas List – 2010 Edition

I’ve put this post off because I keep telling my wife that I don’t want or need anything for Christmas. With less than two weeks until Santa comes, she’s getting a little impatient with me and gives me “The Look” when I tell her I don’t want anything. Not the Lance Armstrong to Jan Ullrich ‘I’m about to drop you on Alpe d’huez look’ but the squinty-eyed ‘You’re really getting on my nerves look’. Husbands know ‘The Look’ I’m referring to. I bet that look could intimidate both Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. Maybe not Chuck Norris though. So, what do cyclists everywhere want for Christmas? I have no idea. I’m not Santa Claus. I’m a cyclist though and I know what I want for Christmas so, by the Associative Laws, you could say I do know what cyclists want for Christmas. Or not. It would depend on how loosely you apply said laws. FWIW, here’s a breakdown of some cool stuff a cyclist (me) would like for Christmas. Explaining the breakdown. In our house each year we have the kids make a list of things they would like broken down into Needs, Wants, and Wishes. It gets them to really think about the things they ask for and how important they are. You should try it with your kids someday. You’ll be surprised at what they say. Need The items here in the Need category are just that. Items we, as cyclists, need all the time. Without these items our riding would become harder to do or make us unprepared to ride. Several of these things would make...

No Twitter, No Facebook, and No Blogging

The move to Daylight Savings Time occurred first. Instead of being able to ride in the morning, when it was still getting light outside near the end of my rides, setting the clocks back an hour turned my morning ride into an adventure into pitch black. I don’t like riding when its dark for the entire length of my ride. I’m not a vampire. Then I got sick and stayed sick, off-and-on, for several weeks. It was hard to get over. And then I got into a serious funk with my online activities. By online activities I mean time spent on Twitter, time on Facebook, time spent reading other peoples blogs, and, sadly, the time I spent on this blog. I had become seriously disgruntled with blogging, keeping up with the Twitter time line, and sifting through Google Reader. I needed a break and took one. I didn’t open Hootsuite for a couple of weeks. I try to keep tabs on Twitter while at work but my workload was getting to the point where it wasn’t possible. And it still is. Honestly, I don’t see how people on there can send out Tweets all day long and get anything else accomplished. They must have lots of free time on their hands. I stopped looking at Google Reader. I have 95 feeds I subscribe to (66 cycling or fitness related, 9 financial related, and 20 others). I can see my feed count on iGoogle and it was well over 1000 unread articles before I looked at some cycling feeds yesterday. Every once in a while a title would catch my...

A Rant On The Local Bike Shop

I like the idea of being able to get what I need at the Local Bike Shop (LBS). I know I can get better prices online but it’s nice to be able to walk into a LBS, get what I need, and use it the same or next day if I want to. Plus it supports the little guy and the local economy. Since I’ve moved back to Florida, though, I’ve gotten more and more upset with the LBS’ here. Here’s why. [Rant] A couple of months ago I was in need of an external crank arm fixing bolt. I went to the only LBS in town that sold Specialized bikes and they sold me the wrong kind. I went to another shop looking for a new headlight around the same time. They had just one in stock that would fit my bars. I only bought it because he offered me a 20% discount. Not long ago I was looking for a cycling cap to wear under my helmet. I visited no less than four LBS’ (and one out of town) and not one had a cycling cap in stock. How can a cycling store not stock a cycling cap? I had similar problems when I was looking for a new seat post not long ago. This past week I was in the hunt for a new saddle. Before I dropped $100-$150 on a saddle (that may not even work because saddles are so personal) I thought I would try a WTB Speed V Comp because they got good reviews and because Bike Noob put in a good word...

How Far Will You Drive To Ride?

A couple of weeks ago I posted a group ride report that I did on Labor day. I wouldn’t have normally been able to participate in that ride due to work but with the holiday I took the opportunity to do it. What was really awesome was that the start point was only about 1.5 miles from my house so I could ride to/from the group ride. @331miles mentioned that it was great that I could “ride to the ride.” I agree but finding rides that are close enough to ride our bike to isn’t easy and I began to think about why people drive to their rides and wondered just how far people would drive to ride. Driving to ride our bike kinda seems backwards but I know lots of people do it for a number of reasons. They do it to participate in fund raising events, races, and even local group rides. Or maybe they drive to ride a particularly nice stretch of road or to get some training time in the mountains. Regardless of the reason, lots of folks drive to ride. Even if you want to participate in local group rides, chances are you probably won’t be able to ride your bike to the start/finish unless you’re lucky. When I was in Dallas I belonged to a group that really took the cake when it came to driving to the ride. They would setup Saturday rides that would routinely require a 50-75 mile drive (one-way) to the start/finish point. I liked the group, and the people in it, but I think that’s just crazy and...

The Most Interesting Cyclist In The World, Part 1

When he rides his bike, the earth spins faster. Or slower, depending on which direction he’s going. When he crashes, it can be measured on the Richter scale. Then he gets up. He doesn’t attack the Peloton, he rides it into submission. After finishing the Tour de France, he rode it again. Backwards. He doesn’t ride up a mountain, he takes the express elevator to heaven. It’s rumored he wins races he doesn’t even participate in. When he says ‘Shut Up’, his legs listen. Jens Voigt. The Most Interesting Cyclist In The...
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