The end of an era and good beer is just around the corner: Baltimore Brewing Company is shutting down. Go get some of the tasty beer while it's still there. They are draining the kegs and then shutting the doors. The City Paper has the story.
Don't forget Sunday is the annual bike swap in Westminster. Get some deals, make some deals and wallow in all the bicycle glory.
Here in Mobtown, the weather has gotten quite weird. Warm temps are causing a lot of snow to melt but the trails are still packed and covered. The Wednesday night ride had some of the best traction we've seen lately. I mounted up the studded tires on the Surly in anticipation of a lot more ice since we've been having a daily thaw/freeze cycle. They came in handy a couple of times, but I probably could have gotten by without them, there was much less ice out there than I expected.
Because of the hand injury and building the 29er, it's been three months since I've had this bike out. The strangest thing wasn't going back to the little wheels, it was switching from the Jones H-bars to the risers. Man, did those things feel weird and flat. Thing is, they've got 9 degrees of sweep which is a pretty good amount for most bars. But they really felt like they had zero degrees of sweep. I got used to them soon enough though.
Despite the good traction and fair temps (right around freezing) I can't say this was the best ride. With so many great rides recently it was bound to happen. Three flats and two broken chains made for a stop and go ride. Luckily, none belonged to me. I might note that the broken chains belonged to the only rider running a bike capable of shifting. Coincidence? Regardless, it was still a good ride. With rising temps it's looking like we will be on the road next week. With any luck we can catch the last of the snow riding this weekend before it's all gone. Until then...
Going Stag //
Wednesday - February 2, 2005
Arrived at the abode yesterday to find a package waiting for me. Inside is what is pictured at right, a 12 pack of some Midwest liquid courage known as Stag. How can you not like the name? Sent in by SSO reader and David Hasselhoff B Team member Brian. Yes, these are the types of readers we love here at HQ, the ones who send beer for product evaluation. Look for the review in issue #6 which is in the works and will hopefully be wrapped up in the near future.
Also just in, the following email that has piqued my interest. Awaiting further info.
We are a cycle clothing company that is inspired by the pre 1970 cycling styles and would like to have our site on your links page. Our shirts look like 1950's and 1960's era shirts and I believe would be a suitable link from your website. Our online store will be opening May 05, however we have just created our ' teaser ' page at this stage. We are two friends with a passion for two wheels and the styles of another era.