Archive for March, 2010

A New Lease on Champoeg

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Team Fartlek’s #2 training ride of the season was Champoeg. Along with North Plains, this is another classic early season ride. It is pretty much flat and, admittedly, it can get a little boring at times. This year we changed it up a bit by adding an option to park at the boat ramp right by where I-5 goes over the Willamette. This adds another 13 miles to the loop and changes things up, which is nice. Team Fartlek also picked up a couple of new riders who seemed to enjoy themselves.

We entertained ourselves by competing in short sprints to various sign posts, etc., This meant some of us were more tired and sore at the end of the day than expected. Regardless, it was a glorious day and a good time was had by all.

How you doin’? Donna basking in the pre-ride glow

Ready, waiting, and wondering if anyone else is ever going to show

More happy Donna and a fellow named Jeff

Even more happy Donna

Morry explains the meaning of life to Joel while Dean speaks with agent

New guy, Dave, basking in the post-ride glow

Team Fartlek Kicks Off 2010 Season

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Our first official training ride of the year happened today and it was a great one. The team has grown substantially. New people and new bikes! We’ve now got a cool purple Specialized Roubaix and a bad-to-the-bone Pinarello in the peloton.

It would have been great to see the Pinarello alongside the group’s other ultra-fancy bike, but someone didn’t want to risk getting his new baby rained upon and potentially even soiled so he opted to stay home. DUDE, THIS IS OREGON — IT RAINS!

At any rate, we tackled the North Plains route with aplomb. For those who couldn’t make it (or chose not to), here’s what it looked like.

 

Looking good

Michele's new Jesus' baby mamma hat

Michele’s new hat featuring a great image of history’s most famous baby mama

Leanne willing to risk getting her brand new bike moistened by moisture

Twelve feet of biking babe

From a fitness perspective, this is probably the youngest rider on Team Fartlek

Lakeside Bicycles — Portland’s Got Nothin’ on L.O.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Everyone knows Portland is one of the best biking towns in the country. But not all the coolest bike shops in the metro area lie within city limits. Lakeside Bicycles is my other other favorite bike shop. Part of the reason I like it is because they carry so many cool, high-end bike brands. The shop is stacked to the rafters with sexy Cannondales, Pinarellos, De Rosas, Colnagos, and Bianchis and features the largest selection of flamed out Electra choppers and cruisers I’ve ever seen.

They’ve also got some great hand-painted Pegorettis in the mix that keep calling out to me. One, which belongs to one of the staff, is decked out in a Frank Zappa motif. That’s just not something you see every day. They’ve even got a Colnago “Forever” on display just like the one Ernesto Colagno presented to his wife on their 50th wedding anniversary (this one belongs to the owner’s wife. Look, but don’t touch).

Another part of the reason I like Lakeside is the customer service. The owner DEFINITELY went above and beyond the call of duty for me when he delivered my new spin bike to my house. The final reason I like the Lakeside it is that it just feels right when you step through the door. It looks — and even smells — like a good bike shop is supposed to. I think this is because it reminds me of the place where I got my very first 10 speed many years ago.

It is worth the trip to Lake Oswego just to check out the sweet selection of bikes. If you need a second excuse, Lakeside has group rides on Saturday and Sunday mornings starting at 9:00.

Awesome Bike Video — Makes Me Wish I Was Cooler (and Had a Fixie)

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The bike messenger in this video is named Alfredo Bobe. I met him at La Vuelta. I hope to write a post about him soon. In the meantime, I wanted to get this video up on my blog because it is so friggin’ cool.

It’s Your Ride from Cinecycle on Vimeo.

Another video featuring Alfred

Puma – Messenger
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