Bike Your Drive!

Recappin’ the Tour de Fat

Well, Saturday has come and gone. Weeks of semi-anticipation are no more. I did not know what, exactly, to expect from New Belgium Brewery’s “Tour de Fat” other than bicycles and beer. As the day neared, and I told more people about my weekend plans, I got more and more excited. I figured that I would see goofy people in goofy costumes riding goofy bikes. And that I did see.

The morning kicked off with a bike “parade” – and I would estimate that nearly 500-600 individuals and their favorite people-powered pedalers took part in this celebration of transportation independence. Local police ensured that this mass of people did not have to stop at any traffic signal we encountered. Even with police escort, passers-by (whether on foot or in car) appeared stunned for the most part. Many cars would try to make left turns through the middle of our peloton…only to be denied mobility by our prowess.

It was a joyous thing – to shut down usage of the roads to those driving in their cars on a gorgeous “autumn” morning. It makes me wish that Critical Mass had a presence in Phoenix…or at least one that I knew about.

The emcee of the ride (see above) used a bull horn to greet neighborhood residents holding yard sales, pedestrians, and motorists alike with a friendly and cheerful, “Good morning! Happy Saturday folks…” or “I see the bike in your garage – come join us!”

This is the kind of cycling advocacy I can get behind. Make cyclists visible. Do it without aggravating the law. And leave all of those you encounter with a positive taste in their mouth. If all you do is wish someone a pleasant day while smiling from your bike – any bitterness they have should quickly be realized as illogical, irrational and harsh. I do recognize that it isn’t always that simple, and that sometimes – more frequently than I wish – cyclists have to stand up for themselves and get vocal. But I think approaching the issue of cycling advocacy with a pleasant, non-confrontational approach will go a long way in the end. And now for some funny photos…

Yes, those are car tires…it had working v-brakes too.

And yes, those are shoes…

I couldn’t tell if this guy was more excited to be riding his bike, or more excited to fill his stein with beer.

This kid was with a family of people riding similar style lowriders, all equally impressive.

Metro Responds

Last month we posted on an story by LAist about a cyclist and his wife being arrested by the ‘highly competent Sheriff’s office’ even though the cyclist was in the right.

Our friend and fellow commuter, Russ Roca sent me the following via Email:

Let’s hope that Metro follows through. Thank you Russ for the email.

Bike Shops that DON’T suck.

Last week I posted about Bike Shops that suck. Unfortunately, most of us had concurred that there are a lot of shops out there that suck. However, there are also shops out there that don’t suck, so here’s my top three of what I expect from a bike shop:

1. Knowledgeable and friendly stuff. – I expect for the person who’s helping me to know their stuff and answer all questions in a non-condescending manner.

2. Competent Mechanics -If I’m taking my bike to a ‘pro’ mechanic, I want my bike back promptly and the work to be done right. Nothing sucks more than to go back to the shop because the bike was not fixed correctly.

3. Bike Fit- It doesn’t matter if I’m shelling a couple of grand or a couple of hundred for a bike, the bike should be adjusted to my body geometry so riding the bike would be comfortable.

Feel free to share what is it that you expect from a shop, who knows, maybe a shop manager is reading this.

Riding on the moon

I’m the kind of person that will try most things at least once. When the fine people from Moonsaddle ask me if I wanted to test one of their Moonsaddles, I quickly agreed.


I installed the Moonsaddle on my trusty steed, the DiamondBack Transporter. Yeah, it looks funky but how does it feel?

I hooked my Co-Pilot trailer and took my girls for a ride around my neighborhood. When I first sat on the saddle, something was missing…. there was nothing pushing against my family jewels! We rode for about 3 miles and I quickly adjusted to the saddle, comfortable? so far, so good.

I’m going to put some miles on this saddle, so stay tuned for my full review and recommendation.

New “Club” on

We’ve created a new “club” for the users of If you use to log your commute or training miles, you can now join our fancy new “” club (found in the club directory on the site).

We’ve got two members right now, with a pool of 1260 miles ridden for 2007 — come join us and push that pool higher!

If you are not familiar with, it is a free site for riders to use to keep track of miles, weather conditions, ride types and routes and a myriad of other useful measurements…the site is amazing! Come check it out — registration takes only a couple minutes.