Hello Bike Commuters! I hope your Superbowl hangover is not as bad, as for me, I didn’t have a lick of alcohol all because of a mishap that happened on a ride.
Shit happens. We all know that, but are you ready when it happens? We learned a hard lesson this weekend when one of our buddies crashed hard and almost severed his finger on a fence.
We were enjoying the decent weather riding around on or Cyclocross bikes on mild terrain when the accident happened. As I got to the bottom of the trail, I saw my buddy waving at me to come back. I was not ready to see all of the blood and part of his finger severely cut.
Luckily my buddy had a gauze and a couple of band-aids so we were able to keep the blood from flowing until we were able to pick them up. My other friend and I were riding at race speed to get to our cars, that was probably my fastest time riding those trails but the battery of my watch died so no Strava segment records for me. We drove back to find my injured friend and were able to help him clean him with a first aid kit that one of our friends always carries.
So that got me thinking, what if I crash or fall when I’m riding my bike to work? I consider myself an over-prepared bike commuter but I must admit that I don’t ride with a first aid kit. A quick google search yielded a few first aid kits but the Brave Soldier Crash pack seems specific for road riding. I have ordered one and I will give you an update once I receive it.
By the way, the bike was not OK 🙁
Welcome to your Monday on a Thursday post! Our Monday post was a little late because we celebrated our co-founder’s birthday way too hard and let’s face it, getting old sucks.
Today’s post is about helping out a fellow commuter choose a bike, here is the message that we received:
Hi i’m looking for a new bike and need a few recommendations.
I commute to work it’s only 2.5 miles but it includes a 7% grade hill. Down on the way to work and up the way home.
I’m a teacher and I often wear dressed to work. I need a bike that can handle the hill and is still a low enough crossbar that I can wear dresses. I currently have a 8 speed cruiser but it’s just too heavy for the uphill trip.
I don’t want to spend a lot but it seems women’s bikes are more expensive than men’s”
We posted the question on our Facebook page and we got one lonely response, I guess everyone is too busy commenting on Facebook posts regarding the President’s executive orders.
Anyhow, here is what I recommended: The KHS Ultrasport 1.0
The KHS Ultrasport comes in “Women’s colors”, low top tube, lots of gears and it is fairly reasonably priced. KHS is one of those brands that are underrated, we really like their bikes.
Let us know your suggestions, that is if you are not too busy commenting on posts about Donnie.
Welcome to our 3rd post of 2017! Yeah, I went on a small rant last week but it makes my blood boil every time I read anti-cycling comments on social media. The sad truth is that some of these “keyboard warriors” do manifest their aggressive behavior on the road, they forget that some of us do have families and that killing a cyclist is killing a human being.
But I digress. You know how I always keep bragging that it never rains in Southern California? Well, it has been raining for the last 3 weeks ruining any chance of a bike commute or along ride. However, I did squeeze in my first ride of the year; a total 1.8 miles that kicked my ass.
These were no ordinary miles, this was also no ordinary ride; it was my first Cyclocross race. Before I go into the dreadful details of my performance (or lack thereof) I want to mention what an awesome job the Inland Empire Biking Alliance is doing. This is my second organized event that I attend that is organized by the Inland Empire Biking Alliance and I am very impressed by their organization and ride amenities. If you are a cyclist that lives in the I.E., I highly recommend you joining their organization.
So back to my Cyclocross experience, it was a shit load of fun! We were taught the basics of cyclocross and then we raced one lap around the track. Unfortunately for me, I had been sick the week before so my lungs gave up 3/4 of the way and ended second to last. It’s OK, the experience was worth my 6 dollar entrance.
What is next now that cyclocross is over? There is another ride that the Inland Empire Biking Alliance is organizing called the “Redlands Rossa Strada IV” which is a combination of pavement, gravel and singletrack, perfect for a cyclocross bike!
We will get back to posting commuting articles once I start riding again, sorry but I just hate riding in the rain.
Hello and welcome back! You probably thought I was going to pepper you with videos and pictures of last weekend’s Cyclocross race but I though I would post this instead.
As I was reading my Facebook feed, my local news posted a video of the difference of riding a bike in Denmark versus the United States. I thought that was cool, but it looks like most commenters thought otherwise:
Yes I do own a car, most bike commuters own cars, we do pay registrations and we surely pay taxes unlike our President-Elect. The effects of riding a bike on a road are so minimal and if drivers would accept that we are part of traffic, there would not be a need to build separate bike lanes.
And then there are the assholes who are “inconvenienced” by us. How long does it take to pass a cyclist? Four? Ten seconds Max? Oh but noooo, you are way more important and riding my bike to work will constitute an act of socialism. Get over yourself.
But let’s use common sense and use the sidewalk instead!!!
Oh wait maybe not because we may “come out of nowhere”
And of course you have the troll, but poor dumbass, no one took the bait.
So listen up motorists and cyclists, I pay taxes and insurance, I drive a car, I ride a bike, I use public transportation, I follow the rules when I drive, I follow the rules when I ride my bike, I respect drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. It is not too fucking hard.
Welcome back bike commuters! So last year I used my commuter bicycle to ride the Rosarito-Ensenada 50 mile fun ride. If you recall, my commuter bicycle at that time was the Devinci Caribou cyclocross/touring bike that I used to do the train-bike commute thing until I found my Spicer Cycles CX bike.
Turning my Devici Caribou into a road bike was rather easy; I simply removed the rear rack and added road tires and bam! road bike.
One of my bucket list items is to do a Cyclocross race, guess what? I am doing one this weekend! The great city of Moreno Valley is hosting a Cyclocross event so I decided to join the fun by signing up on the “CX First Timer Race”.
I will be racing my Spicer Cycles CX commuter bike, this bike was originally built to be a racing bike but I added the rear rack and some lights to make it more commuter friendly.
The only thing that I am changing is the crankset; it is currently setup as a 52/39 which is great for bike commuting on relatively flat surfaces and not-so-steep hills. I am going with a 50/34 setup which should allow me to tackle the steeper and longer hills at the race course. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for action shots and we’ll be streaming live from the race on Facebook Live at around 8:30 AM Pacific.