Friday, January 31, 2014

It's been some time. I re-thought everything. And now, I've moved on, and moved the idea behind shoot film, ride steel to it's own web site:

Shoot Film Ride Steel lives on!

See you on the other side . . .

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Nikon F3 using Agfa Vista 400
I've been away from this blog, but here's a photo of myself and my soon to be wife. We're deep in the planning for the next tour, and as soon as the details work out, we'll be buying tickets and preparing.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

We may get a tandem. That's what married couples do, right?

My fiance and her new Sirrus
Just a brief note today.

After being with this woman for almost three years, never having a fight or raising a voice, taking countless rides and one tour with her and being insanely happy, I decided the only smart thing to do was keep her forever. And to that end, I asked her to marry me. She said yes.

In some ways, it makes things more formal between us. But in others, it doesn't change much. We are going to be together for a long time. As it stands, I have to live to be eighty to make all the tours and trails we want to do.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

gathering dust, shaking it off

We've been off of our rides of late. Doing some hikes.

Mostly I think it's a function of too many people and too much heat. All those days over 100 degrees wore us down. And when the heat broke, it turned in to a traffic problem.

Fortunately, we live somewhere where the solution is obvious. Go west and climb in to the mountains. Wandering among the tall pines can get the head uncluttered and settle the nerves.

We're off to Arizona for a week to visit family. And unfortunately we'll not be biking.

But, when we return, I have a strong desire to meander County Road 8 out of Phippsburg. The gravel miles have been lacking this year, and time in a national forest would be welcome, too.

Best of both worlds. Shaking the dust off by raising it on the backroads.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Our LBS and The Girlfriend Test

Olympus XA, Maco MW 100 

I'm kind of a snob about where I buy stuff.

I admit we bought my girlfriend a cheap bike to begin with because she wasn't sure she'd like riding. Turns out, I was creating a monster. Now she hates doing much else.

Which is good, because she figures in to the litmus test of how we chose bike shops. I call it "The Girlfriend Test."

She goes in to grab a part, and based on how she is treated, we decide to shop there or not.

Testing went as follows:

Performance Cycle on Colorado: Argued with her about size of tube she needed, ultimately selling her the wrong size. Attitude was "She's a girl. What can she know?"

BikeSource on Colorado: Wandered store for 20 minutes. Ignored. Left.

Ok, so the chains are right out. Let's try the little guys.

Bicycle Doctor: Way too busy to get to helping her, all three times. Good for them that business is good, but we kind of like getting waited on.

Cycle Analyst: Worst of the lot. I called ahead and asked if a particular tire was available. It was, they had over a dozen in stock, I sent her over to buy a pair. She walked in, and they told her they didn't have that tire and what she really needed was a pair of Schwalbe Marathons or something. I'm sure they were nice tires, but putting $160 worth of turing tires on a $50 frankenbike was absurd. She didn't buy from them despite some shady pressure tactics.

Which brings us to our current LBS.

Turin treated her right from the get go. Right answers, right attitude, friendly. And we're in there buying things on a frequent basis as a result. We bought two new bikes there in the last year, and I'm already looking at another. Instead of treating her like she was an idiot simply because of her gender, they actually seem to love waiting on her. The owner commented he likes her because she's so enthused about riding, and a happy customer was the best thing ever. As tight fisted as I am, I like giving money to local people who take care of folks right.

Turin Bikes, Denver CO

Now if I just had more storage space, I'd see about that new bike . . .

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Family Portrait

My Globe Daily 3, my girlfriend's Specialized Sirrus
Taken with my Olympus XA, Ilford Delta 100 pushed to 400
The composition is pretty poor, but these are our bikes. I've had my Globe for a year or so now, she just got her Sirrus. I'm running out of lungs chasing her. Seems moving her to a bike that's about ten pounds less and higher geared is going to lead me to having to spend more time off the saddle in high gear.

But she grins non stop on the thing, and spends time plotting on sneaking a ride in constantly. Her first commute to work, about 15 miles each way, is tomorrow. She already put a rack on it for her panniers by herself. She can't wait.

So there we were, where the trail ends, north of Thorton, bright sun, good time being made, about to turn around and dash back to beat the thunderstorms.

Want to know the truth about bicycles?

It's pretty cool and lots of fun to ride them when you're a kid. And that never changes.