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Working Man's H-bars  //   Saturday - February 4, 2006

It looks like the rumored and much awaited Titec aluminum version of the Jones H-bar might finally happen. The boys at Fleet Street Cycles just sent me the above photo. I'm waiting to see if they have any more details, but an actually photo of the product is one step closer to being able to get your hands on them.

- riderx

Master Plan Part III  //   Friday - February 3, 2006

Apparently the earlier posting regarding the Baltimore City bicycle master plan has given the plan enough publicity that the planning department dropped me a short note of thanks for spreading the word. In turn, Ken and Paul should be given the credit for gathering the info and reporting back. And of course thanks to the readers of this site for doing their part. City planning has extended the public comments period to Wednesday, February 8th. Scroll down to the earlier post if you haven't reviewed and commented on the plan, there's still time.

- riderx

Passing the Torch  //   Tuesday - January 31, 2006


Well, I've been riding. And packing. And starting a new job closer to the future abode. Jeez, too many things to do, not enough time. The past two weekends I've even managed to hit dirt. Avalon got a work out and we did a micro Tour de Raven on Saturday. More road riding in between as this weird January weather continues. Warm temps and lots of rain. Barely squeezed those dirt rides in before things were soaked again. I'd really dig some snow at this point. Is this global warming or just the normal peaks and valleys we see in temperature fluctuations when you look at a long historical graph? Don't ask me, I'm no scientist, I just want a real winter.

So, this past week may have been my last official Wed. ride in the Patapsco Valley. At least as part of "the streak". We had a strong showing for a cold and windy night, although for the first time that I can ever remember, us uni-coggers were in the minority. With the move and all, new job, I'm not going to be in the 'hood much longer and for the next couple of weeks I surely won't make the start. The torch has been passed, Jay has stepped up and taken the reins of the Wednesday night ride. It all started several winters ago when I needed to make sure mid-week riding continued through the cold, dark days when the trails were buried in snow. Not wanting to do it alone, I concocted the idea of starting the ride from the local brewpub, inviting a few people and hoping someone showed up to hit some pavement in the dark with knowledge that when the ride ended there would be cold beer waiting. Because really, it was going to be hard to keep my own motivation going if I was out there alone fighting the wind and traffic. Well, it worked. Better than expected, it kept going week after week. Maybe because it was hump day and everyone need an excuse to ride bikes and drink beer. No matter, when the trails cleared we were on the dirt and it's been going ever since. And with any luck it will keep on going for a long time. I'll be back, I'm just not the instigator any longer.

Sunday is the annual RPM Cycling bike swap in Westminster. Your once a year chance to score deals on old and new bike goods. Metal, rubber, lycra, it's all there. Sift through the crap and hope to find a diamond. Post swap we usually do a ride at Hashawa and every year it's had snow (see above). Well, this year it looks like the snow won't happen and the ride might not either given how much rain we keep getting. A muddy mess those trails get. We'll see what Sunday brings. Hopefully some good bike parts and a ride, even if there is no snow.

- riderx

 

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