Bicycles, BBQ, Blues and Balloons

Bicycles, BBQ, Blues and Balloons

Sometimes you just have a perfect day even if it doesn’t start out that way. It was cloudy, cool (65 degrees) and although rain wasn’t predicted, it looked like it could rain at any time. Against our better judgment we made ...

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Gear: What Worked, What Didn’t

Gear: What Worked, What Didn’t

When I discussed the idea of blogging about my little adventure on the BGI blog, one of my suggestions was that I could use the trip as a short, intensive field test on some of the gear, and to offer some tips and suggestions for riders who ...

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A couple of photos from Mass Ave

A couple of photos from Mass Ave

Taken from the flickr page of |J|. 

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Friday ride is ON for 8/21

Friday ride is ON for 8/21

The Friday ride, as usual!  Start at 7, back by 9, no drops, a couple of little races along the way.  Last week we had some fast out-of-towners who made the races tough, but I didn’t know, because I was riding around in southern ...

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A Day in the Life, and food

A Day in the Life, and food

I thought I’d take a couple minutes to jot down some thoughts on food and walk through a typical day of bike camping. First, the food. I’m a firm believer that if I’m going to work that hard riding all day, after breaking camp, ...

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Race report:  Mass Ave crit.

Race report: Mass Ave crit.

This is my second time doing the Mass Ave Crit (or Massachusetts Avenue Criterium, if you prefer).  I liked the event last year, and this year I loved it!  Huge improvement.  Course design, community participation, overall ...

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Day 6: Riding in to DC

Day 6: Riding in to DC

The day has finally come to finish this journey! I had a very restful final night last night, listening to the bullfrogs chat with each other across the canal basin as I drifted off to sleep. Pushing the extra miles yesterday allowed me to have ...

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Day 5: Antietam

Day 5: Antietam

 I had been looking forward to this day the whole trip for many reasons. First and foremost, my friend and teacher Eric Stark was going to meet me at Taylor’s Landing so we could tour Antietam together. Also, this day was a chance to ...

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Nothing But Us Chicks Ride Growing in Numbers

Nothing But Us Chicks Ride Growing in Numbers

The Nothing But Us Chicks August 6 Ride had several new riders along with 5 regulars. But the group from the July ride has grown to 15 on the email list and they’ve been riding 2-3 times a week.  They generally have 6-8 people riding ...

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Preventing Flat Tires

Preventing Flat Tires

Having gone on a few rides recently where people got flat tires, here’s my top three ways to prevent flats 1. Buy the best quality tire you can (I use Continental UltraGator Skin tires – maybe a little more expensive but they last at ...

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