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now that’s a good smoothie

One of the problems I consistently run into while bike commuting revolves around hunger. I have a sizable breakfast every morning before I get ready to leave my place. I pack a good lunch with a few smaller snacks to make sure I have enough to eat during the day. But I always hit a morning snag. I have tried eating a larger breakfast before I leave for work, but then my stomach is way too full and it is uncomfortable while on the bike.

And then I thought of a solution – bring a smoothie. But that brought up a new problem – how to keep it cold. Finally, I feel I have solved this problem.

This morning, I made a smoothie as I prepared my lunch for the day and poured it into one of my many water bottles.

While I finished getting ready for my morning commute, I put the water bottle in the freezer. Once I was ready to go, I grabbed the bottle and dropped it into my insulated water bottle holder that I picked up at a local REI store. These things are a great investment, especially if you spend any amount of time outdoors in the summer – or if you just live in Arizona.

Once I got to work this morning, I pull out the water bottle, and my smoothie was still frozen like a smoothie should be. It made for a great morning-starter instead of the usual coffee.

Bikes and Beer Go Hand in Hand

Some of the best combos in the world have been Ketchup and Hotdogs, Chilli and Cheese, Cream and Coffe. Now, our very own Lance Lowry has combined his two favorite passions to help educate the rest of us, bikes and beer.

Every Tuesday MtnBikeRiders.com has something that Lance calls “Brews Day.” This is a day where he talks about the beer of the week. He goes into the history, what its made out of and how it tastes. It’s actually pretty cool. So feel free to check out this week’s brew and come back again for next week’s Brews Day.

Helmet conditioned me…

This morning I had to drop of Priscilla’s car at the dealership to get some warranty work. They have a shuttle service but I brought my Redline 925 so I can ride it back home. As I unloaded my bike I realized that I didn’t bring my helmet.

The dealership was a good 9 miles from my home and I had to ride on some busy streets. As I rode my bike home I did feel very insecure not having my helmet on. I felt naked without it. Kinda like how it feels when you forget your watch or wedding ring.

Anyhow, I realized that my insecurity was caused by my years of wearing a helmet. Let me explain, when I’m on my bike I always wear a helmet. Now that I didn’t have one on my head, all I could think about was my head getting bashed in. But when I am wearing a helmet, I don’t even think about it. So perhaps when I don’t wear my helmet, I’m more distracted because I’m preoccupied with nasty thoughts of my noggin getting mushed on the ground.

What’s the moral of the story…don’t forget your helmet. Cuz if you do, all you’ll think about is your helmet. Which makes you distracted and paying less attention to the road ahead.

the tour is coming

The Tour de Fat is coming to Phoenix – well Tempe to be exact, but if you live here then you know what that is all about. The Tour de Fat is an all-day bike and beer festival put on by the wonderful folks at New Belgium Brewery, the brewer of Fat Tire beer. The festival will take place at Tempe Beach Park this Saturday, Oct. 13, with a massive bike parade (bring your costumes) kicking off at 11 am. Afterwards, the music starts playing and the beer starts flowing.

If you need information or directions, be sure to check out the Tempe Bicycle Action Group’s website – they are the great folks who coordinate and host this event for the city of Tempe.

So if you live in the Phoenix metro area, or someplace close by, grab your bike and come on out. They will be presenting one lucky person with a custom Surly commuter bike – and to think, all this individual had to do to win was swear to not drive for an entire year! I will be there all day – so let me know if you want me to keep an eye out for ya.

tour de fat

just kick it

Footbike

Though not really intended for commuting long distances or hitting some serious mountain trails, Footbikes are a blast to get around with.

Gary Schmitt

I had the pleasure of meeting Gary Schmitt a World Champion Kick Bike Racer and talked about Footbikes. Gary showed off 3 models: Street, Track, and Trail which all come in various colors.

different styles and colors

I even had a chance to ride one of these bad boys around the convention center. Being a bike fanatic, I instantly fell in love with the ingenuity of a Footbike. If you get a chance to ride a Footbike, I would definitely suggest you jump on it.

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