Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The most important line in this article, in my opinion is: "Indeed, traffic flow is improved where cyclists do not come to a complete stop, for drivers need not wait long for the bikes to clear the intersection." Could you imagine the uproar by drivers who would have to wait for 35 - 50 cyclists to each stop at all the stop signs in Payson Park on a Monday or Thursday night ride?
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
I was riding south east down Rte 5, just outside Lyman, around 8AM this morning. I was enjoying the Rte 5 generous break down lane, the flat road ahead, and a bit of tail wind. The arm warmers were on, and the Fall season was in the air.
Coming up to me, going north west, in the opposite lane of traffic, was a sight to behold; never before seen by myself during my many biking miles in Maine. On the opposite side of Route 5 was a motorbike motor pacing a cyclist, both going at a clip of about 25-30 miles pre hour. The cyclist was wearing a team kit, which I couldn’t identify, with a lot of orange color. Their was no doubt this was a motor pace event. The motor bike was a few feet ahead of the cyclist, very deliberately in the break down lane, and they were a pair. They had come up from Biddeford [apparently], and were heading north west. I had sighted the biking equivalent of a mountain lion sighting. You’ll have to believe me, no photos are available. I was there, I saw it. Serious cycling has come to Maine.
The apres ride hosted by John Tabb was also well attended.
Thanks to all for making these apres rides happen. They were enjoyed by many this summer. Don't forget that next week it's back go Forest Gardens. (We hear we have been missed there!)
Monday, August 25, 2008
Russ found this great article in the current issue of Portland Magazine. It's been scanned, cropped and posted here for all to read. (If you have a hard time reading it, just click each section for a larger view.)
Friday, August 22, 2008
A poem by Al Carp:
Riding down the street one day I get a flat
Got it, changed it; that was that
Picked up some glass: pain in the ass
But heck, a flat is just a flat
Next day just a quick spin
Another day another flat
Was this one a rock, or maybe a pin?
Is Middle Road almost done?
Five weeks? Two weeks or maybe just one?
Well heck, a flat is just a flat
Tomorrow comes another day
What’s going to get in my way?
A broken spoke! What can I say
Get pissed off, throw my bottles in the bay!
Toss my bike across the lawn, not in the mood to play
Screw it, a flat is just a flat
Today nothing can go wrong
Put on my headphones, listen to my favorite song
Riding down 88, careful not to hate
Wankers yelling from their cars
Then just like that
Damn! My eighth friggin' flat!
New Mavic wheels, Vittoria Tires too
Five hundred bucks down the drain
No more feeling blue
Gonna save me some hurt and pain
Ain’t even gonna talk about the month of rain
What happens next?
I ride down Tuttle Road, some redneck throws crap at me out his window, get honked at, almost run off the road, hit damn unmarked new road construction and trash my new “indestructible ksyrium overpriced piece of crap rear wheel” have to go pay $225 for a new one plus buy a new cassette and chain, have to miss my ride today because it takes extra time to change them out 'cuz mavic ships with Japanese hubs (and who puts Japanese hubs on an Italian frame?), can’t get a date because I am pissed off all the time because I am spending so much money on my bike, have to go back to school next week and spend my time writing stupid poems about my flat tires!
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Here is how they work: each week a different club member designs a route and lead the ride. Usually they leave around 10 from the shop but they don't have to. Longer rides or departing from other locations are acceptable.
and Cadillac Challenge century on October 5th:
(A group of us are talking about going up to Bar Harbor Sat 4th and staying in a motel or rent a place then riding on Sunday. Let me know if you might be interested. These are the 2 prettiest centuries in Maine!)
A special thanks to Greg Fisher, Richard Hutchins, Russ Boisvert, Rick & Shannon Goduti, and Bryan Lewis for hosting the last several apres rides in their back yards. This has been a nice touch to our fun Monday night rides. This week ends the apres ride series and will be hosted by John Tabb. Meet at the shop after the ride and we'll ride together to John's, who doesn't live far from the shop. After Labor Day we'll head back to Forest Gardens for the apres ride festivities, where we hear we are missed by the bartender.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
The folks at SMCC are looking for volunteers for the Saco Crit to be held Saturday, August 23rd. If you are interested in volunteering at all, either all day or part of the day, check out the information here:
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
So we decided that this Sunday we should go check it out. We'll leave the shop at 8am and head that way via some method of Blackstrap Road, which might include Brook and Mountain Roads too but we'll see how everyone is feeling that morning.
So mark your calendars and plan to set your alarm (if you need one) to be up and ready to ride for some Sunday morning Joe!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
1.) Prout's Neck loop with a stop at Scratch Bakery, either before or after the loop ride. (The upside to Scratch is the pastries for breakfast - yummy! The downside is there is no seating.)
2.) Ride to Maine Roasters Coffee in Yarmouth. After fueling on caffeine we'll ride out Rt. 115, down Rt 9 to Blanchard and Skillings onto Blackstrap to Portland.
Feel free to chime in as to which direction you'd prefer to take. We can also take a poll at the shop in the morning. For those who are not up for a ride longer than to the coffee shop and back, you are not obligated to continue on for a longer ride.
Hope to see you in the morning!
Friday, August 8, 2008
And to think the Chinese government was offended when cyclists showed up wearing masks....