Young Cyclist, Oliver.

  I have to tell you about one of the great memories of being at the Bicycle Show in Salt Lake City that I attended this last week. I was out front of the Salt Palace Convention Center having my morning coffee. A women walked by with her young son and we chatted about the show, Dad was in at the show and they were taking a break. They went on their way, and a moment later I see them coming back, the boy on his bike and they came up to me and mom tells me that “Oliver” was adamant about getting his bike and matching helmet so he could go back and show the man. So this is Oliver in his cool bike with his helmet. He made my day.

North American Handmade Bicycle Show

I just came back from attending the NAHBS in Salt Lake City. I got to meet many builders from not only the USA, also South Korea, Verona, Italy, Japan and Canada. There was many vendors showing their new wares and designs and seminars covering many subjects. Above is a wood framed bike, its hollowed and shaped on CNC machines and is very high tech. Many things to see, and meant a lot of new connections and wonderful people who love the cycling culture. Below is Trevor, his parents own the Horton Collection which deals in cycling memorabilia, and the really neat thing is the great Eddie Merckx built this special custom small frame just for Trevor. Lucky kid. Consider attending the next show, you will not be disappointed.

Snow Day Ride on Klondikes

It was the first time this year I got to break out my Kenda Klondike studded tires (700x35c) and give them a ride. I took a spin down to Market of Choice to pick up groceries while it was snowing. Most MTB tires will go well in soft fresh snow, but when it gets packed, or turns to ice, the Klondikes are the way to go. They add that extra stability and ” no slide” you need on ice or packed snow. It was fun to watch the cars that were out sliding to stops, trying to get going with spinning wheels etc. I was having fun riding through the deeper powder on the road side and enjoying just how nice and quiet it was with less cars and the snows muffling quiet. I also rode a bit today in the 18 degrees, but that was a little lower than my clothing was good for so I only spent a half hour or so before returning home. It’s always fun to cycle in a different type of challenge and environment, and that’s why I love riding in the snowy weather.

Thanks to City Street Sweepers

Last week me, with Jim Wilcox and Steve Hecker, representing GEARs bicycle club, took some goodies in the way of food down to the city maintenance yard to the crew of street sweeper. We wanted to let them know just how much we appreciated them keeping our bike lane in such great condition. The image is of just a few of the crew we caught in the lunch room, as they run three different crews through out the day. Pictured with the crew second from the right is Jim Wilcox, and right of him Steve Hecker of GEARs. Also know that there is a number you can call (541-682-4800) to report glass or other debris in the bike paths. Know that the number is for reporting, not for complaints or gripes you may have. I ride almost daily down Cal Young and Oakway and have always appreciated just how well the city keeps the paths maintained, and find the same to be true through out the city. So thanks guys for the great job you do, we much appreciate your work.    

Blowing Leaves in Street FYI

FYI  I was at a business on Pearl Street a few days ago and the Lawn guy at the business next door was blowing all the yard leaves out into the street. It occurred to me that I don’t pay my tax dollars to the city to sweep up leaves that the lawn care guy is paid to pick up himself. So, I called the city and talked to them about what I had seen, and they informed me that it is in fact against the law to blow your yard leaves etc. into the streets. They also let me know that they do have times, certain days in late Nov and Dec that we can put the leaves, and only leaves into the street. But those days are announced on the news and in the paper and you cannot put leaves in the street any other time

A Story

I was riding on the west side river trail near the waste water plant ( in the background) heading to the post office on River Ave, when I passed this park bench with a pair of shoes and an empty beer can, with not a soul in sight. On my return about a half hour later, this same scene was there, again with no one owning the shoes around. I commented to the man pushing a stroller just in front of me regarding the shoes and can, and he said, ” it told some kind of story.” I agreed.