May 14th, 2019
One day I’ll get better about these write-ups so that I make myself do them the day of the ride, or the day there after, when everything is fresh in my mind. That being said, the 2019 Tour Of Hermann Gravel Challenge was only 9 days ago, and it is still pretty fresh in my mind!
Hermann Missouri is just a little over an hour drive from my house here in Wildwood, and I’ve never been there before. The closest I’ve been was the 2017 Katy Trail ride in which we passed north of Hermann on the trail, we definitely saw signs for Hermann, but that was towards the end of Day 2 (112 miles that day) and I was not at all interested in taking an off trail detour.
April 29th, 2019
In prep for my riding of the Dirty Kanza 100 coming up in June, I’ve been trying to get some miles in, and looking for some gravel that is “near by” to get some gravel miles in as well. Last week I was talking with my neighbor, who tends to ride his bike(s) a little, he mentioned the Femme Osage Trail, but I wasn’t able to head out with him on Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning I decided I would try to map out that route based on what he said, and started looking on GravelMap.com.
April 16th, 2019
It has been a while since I’ve blogged here on BicycleTips and it is time to get started again! Less than 2 months remains until I ride the 100 mile distance at the Dirty Kanza #DK100 in the hills of Kansas, so it is time to dust off the bike, dust off the keyboard, and get to stroking the pedals and the keys.
So I’m riding in the #DK, how did that happen? Well earlier this year a couple of us at the gym decided we were going to enter the lottery. When entering the lottery for the Dirty Kanza, you have the option of entering by yourself, or putting down a TEAM name (up to 4 riders I think). If you put down a team name, and someone from your team gets selected, everyone gets in. I don’t believe that I was selected individually for the ride, but the other guy who ended up signing up, we’ll call him Steve, was selected, and thus I was pulled in as well!
I’m not going to get into “what” the Dirty Kanza is, other than to say it is a gravel ride in the Flint Hills of Kansas, and is known as a tough event (race). We’ll be riding the 100 mile distance, which is unsupported, and has one supply zone in the middle (50 miles) where you can have someone resupply you with food/drink/gear.
In prep for the DK, I decided it was time to try to get my Niner RLT gravel bike sized a little more appropriately. When we did the Katy Trail ride in 2017, I didn’t feel like I was as efficient as I should/could be on the bike, and I didn’t want to relive some of that pain, so I booked a bike fitting at Trailhead Bicycles in Ellisville, MO. The fitting at Trailhead uses the Retul Bike Fit system.
January 1st, 2018
We’ve been back in Missouri for just over 5 years now, and in that time I’ve taken my mountain bike out to Howell Island Conservation area three times. Howell Island is located in the Chesterfield valley, off of N. Eatherton Rd, if you’re coming from the outlet malls you will head south/west towards Centaur road.
The area is pretty darn flat, though some of the trails are heavily rutted from vehicular traffic and flooding damage. I’m assuming the vehicular traffic is farming or park related, but not sure on that.
Howell Island is a really simple multi-use trailer, with 8 miles of trails. It is a very easy mountain bike ride, and not a highly trafficked route by any means, according to Strava only 9 people have ever completed the outer loop in the counter clockwise direction (which is always the route/direction I ride). The trail is a mix of fields and wooded areas.
October 9th, 2017
Two of my three cycling goals were completed in the past few weeks. First, I rode Pedal The Cause 2017, the century again. I didn’t walk any this year, though I did leave out the Babler Beast loop this year. I was fighting a cold, and it was very warm, I knew if I attempted it I would struggle to finish the ride, so I cut it short and completed 93.4 miles with 4600’ of elevation gain on the route. A big thanks to everyone who helped me out this year with donations, I raised $650, bringing my lifetime PTC fundraising to $4,956.69.
My second goal was riding the entire Katy Trail. I’m glad to say that the goal has been planned, attempted and completed the weekend of September 30th/October 1st 2017! Here are some of the stats for the ride, after that, the details.
January 29, 2017
2016 was a fairly down year for my biking, I think I only commuted to the office a handful of times, and my total mileage for the year was well under 1,000 miles. I'm planning a couple of things in 2017 that will hopefully get me to exceed that poor showing (819 miles), and hopefully triple it, with an ultimate goal of riding 2,500 miles for the year.
June 12, 2016
In case you missed the news, the bike path connecting the Monarch Levy trail, and the Katy Trail opened up last week (week of June 10th, 2016).
March 30, 2016
There are many obvious health benefits to riding your bicycle, and by riding you bicycle year round you can work to keep your body in shape for the prime riding in Spring Summer and Fall. One of the best benefits I’ve found to cold/chilly weather riding is the clearing out of the sinuses!
May 9, 2013
Last night Garmin was nice enough to send out an email to all Edge 500 users (assuming they sent it to anyone who has registered their device with Garmin.com). The email said there was an update available, and recommended that people perform the update by going to your dashboard on my.garmin.com.
Long story short, I updated my device, but it failed. So I tried again, and it failed, this time bricking the device. I was unable to get it to power on, until I tried every button press combination possible until I was able to get it to give me something.
January 7, 2013
Today Garmin has released two new, very cool, products. The Garmin Edge 510 and Garmin Edge 810. You can find out more information about them with some of the information below.
The key feature for the two new devices are the ability to pair the devices with your phone, and using that connection, upload your training data real time to Garmin Connect. I am curious to see if this feature gets extended and used by other services such as Strava. I know there is already a Strava app for Android and IPhone, but imagine if the Strava app talked to your Garmin device directly.
October 18, 2012
It is funny how two months can change things. On August 23rd I posted a blog entitled “I still support Lance Armstrong”, and at the time I meant it. But things have changed over the past two months.
August 23, 2012
Today is the day that Lance Armstrong packed up camp and went home. He has publicly announced that he is no longer going to battle with the USADA over the doping allegations.
I don’t know if he doped, I assume he probably did, but the proof never came out to say that he did. I don’t like the fact that he might have doped, but the more I get into the sport of cycling, the more I read (recently finished David Millar’s book and am just wrapping up Slaying the Badger) the more I understand that cycling was all about doping.
June 28, 2012
First things first. A HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to every one of the individuals and companies that sponsored our fundraising for the event. Without your help Team ITM America wouldn’t have raised $4,300 in total for LIVESTRONG. Also a big thank you for the largest donation from www.itm-america.com, they really helped us out with their donation and the KITs they outfitted us in!
And now for the details. All the build up, all the riding, all the fund raising, and here we are, three days past the event. I am not sore. Natalie is not sore. Did we really just ride 100 miles? Well no, actually, we didn’t, we rode 95.8 miles, you can see the results on Strava right here.
June 21, 2012
It has been far too long since I’ve blogged here on BicycleTips.com, hopefully I can pick up the pace here pretty soon. Natalie and I are just over 48 hours away from our 100 mile bike ride in Davis California for the Team LIVESTRONG Challenge. We both haven’t ridden near enough in the past two weeks, but hopefully we are still ready for the ride. We did put in a training ride up in Vacaville a few weeks ago (strava route) and a climbing/raining ride in Maui during our vacation earlier this month (strava route).
This afternoon at lunch I ran to REI and picked up some things for the weekend...
April 10, 2012
This post is a couple of weeks late, my fault, I know, been a busy time getting caught up from my trip, taking another trip, and planning a trip later this month. While I was in the Denver area I managed to rent a bike thanks to a friend (via twitter), and decided I wanted to go for a couple of long bike rides.
Throughout the week I spent time looking at Google Maps and Strava to try to figure out what route I was going to ride. I had already planned to meet up with Joel from www.reasons2ride.com, so I wanted to find a route that worked out well with a place to meet him.
I settled on a ride from Parker Colorado, north up the Cherry Creek trail, connecting west to the C-470 trail, out to the Mary Carter Greenway Trail north, connecting to the South Platte River trail (going north). From there the plan was to hear into Denver to the SAME Café, run by friends of mine.
April 4, 2012
Another weak day for Day 4 of #30DaysOfBiking. It is a busy week, too much going on, road trip to Temecula for Easter. We’re taking the bikes though, so hopefully Friday we’ll get a long ride in while the baby spends time with grandparents.
Here’s the strava ride.
April 3, 2012
Here we are, day 3 into 30 days of biking (the month known as April). I came home from the office early today, left at 5pm, missing the Bay Area DotNetNuke User’s Group meeting (www.baydug.org). I stopped by the lbs (www.bikeworkshmb.com) to see what they might have in terms of a road bike for my wife, she’s 5’10” tall so that pretty much rules out most “women’s” bikes, so I figured I would see what they had in a 56cm or so in men’s. They had a couple of lower end Specialized Allez, similar to mine, but with lower end components.
April 2, 2012
So Day 2 is the day I actually remembered about 30 Days of Biking, fortunately we managed to ride yesterday, for Day 1. Today I had to work. After work I came home and took Jacqueline out for a quick spin.
April 2, 2012
I can’t believe I forgot about this, but fortunately I was able to get ride in for Day 1 of 30 Days of Biking 2012. http://30daysofbiking.com/ What? 30 days of biking? Isn’t Toddler366 enough for you Chris? No, it isn’t.
So what is 30 Days of Biking? Well, plain and simple, bicycling at least once, every day, in April 2012. Why? Why not. Biking is good for you, the more you do it, the better you feel, the better shape you are in.
How much will you be riding? That depends on my schedule. Some days it will just be a quick ride around the neighborhood, some days I’ll get in multiple rides. Hopefully every day I will get at least one ride in though, even if it is short.
March 12, 2012
I am heading to Colorado next week for work, a week of onsite DotNetNuke Training in the state that is my former, if short lived, home. I booked my flights with the intention of staying over the weekend after working, so that I could go hit the slopes. It has been two years since I’ve been on my snowboard, and I was hoping to get back on it.
I made plans to go snowboarding this week here in Northern California, so that I could get the rust off here, before hitting the slopes in Colorado, but those plans fell apart today. Because of that I’ve decided to not bother with taking the snowboard to Colorado, and instead started making plans to get some bicycle miles in while I am out there.
February 27, 2012
So my goal for 2011 was to hit 500 miles, I started in early June and hit it around the end of November, I thought that was pretty good. Well if that was good for a big guy like me, 2012 is going to be kickass! I hit 500 miles on the bike today for 2012, with 2 days left to spare in February.
January 25, 2012
Waking up late this morning, missing the opportunity to ride due to weather, I logged into Facebook and came across this great video that was posted today.
January 18, 2012
One of the things that I’ve been trying to do while riding is figure out how to record my rides, for a couple of reasons. 1) To create cool creative videos. 2) To document events, who knows what can happen on the road, having video proof could help out some day. I think I can safely say that #2 is a far better, easier to attain, idea, than #1. And when you come up with a reason that justifies #2, you likely have something worth using for #1.
January 5, 2012
As I get more and more into cycling I am looking for more and more things to get me cycling. I live in Half Moon Bay, and while my wife has started to ride as well, it is hard for us to get out for long rides because we have a 15 month old baby (15 months today!, happy 15 months Jacqueline
). While we get out occasionally with the baby in tow, we typically each ride solo.
January 5, 2012
For 2011 I personally set 3 goals, you can read about them fully on my post from 1/1/2011
. Basically they were to lose 30 lbs (goal weight of 255, I’m a big guy), inline skate 100 miles (I do like me some skating, I’m a freak I know this) and ride a bike 500 miles. At the beginning of 2011 the bike I had was a 2004 Diamondback XTS Moto, not exactly something you could see yourself riding 500 miles on (at least not me). So in June I picked up a Cannondale Quick CX 1 and began my journey.
January 3, 2012
I set my alarm this morning for 6am, with plans to get in a 45 minute ride before I took a shower and came in to work. I went to bed around 11pm last night, read for a while, and tossed and turned until about 2am, I guess those cookies and milk at 9:30pm weren’t such a good idea as the sugars kept me up. Did I bother to check when Sunrise was?
November 28, 2011
The weekend before Thanksgiving I decided to strap one of my new GoPro HD Hero2 cameras on to my bicycle helmet and take it with me for a ride. I ended up with 1.5 hours of video, rather than let you watch the entire boring (wind filled) ride, I took some of the clips and put them together into a short video.
November 27, 2011
I have attempted to set new years resolutions in the past, but I typically failed at them, and most times I failed quite early on. For this year I set 3 goals, 1 of them I am pretty confident I won’t hit, more on that later, but two of them I had/have every intention of hitting.
November 2, 2011
Last Wednesday I went for a ride at lunch time with a coworker of mine. I decided to take the GoPro Camera along with me for the ride, though not attached to the bike itself, or to me, I attached it to a 3 foot pole, that I mounted to the front of the bike. If you’re thinking “boy, that sounds like it won’t work” you are correct. It didn’t work out very well, the pole wasn’t near stable enough for the camera, so it made for a very wobbly video of the ride. I still think it is interesting though, so I editing, sped up, slowed down, and uploaded it to YouTube. You can see it here.
October 19, 2011
First things first, I had no idea why they are called clipless pedals, and I still doubt the reasoning I read. I am actually going to call them CLIP pedals, because that is what they really are. More on that later. So, I went to a pedal other than a standard platform, and boy am I glad I did! A couple of weeks ago I ordered a pair of shoes with the intention of getting some pedals to go along with them, Friday the pedals arrived.
September 13, 2011
So this is actually a very common question on the internet, and why would I post about it? Because I had the question, and I had to spend time looking it up and reading, so for all of you newbies (like me) who are getting into biking, the question stands. Do you wear underwear with bicycle shorts?
August 16, 2011
So I am stealing the title for this posting, but I swear I have a good reason for doing so! When I finally got around to setting up this BicycleTips website I stumbled across another guy who started blogging this year about biking. Joel over at at www.reasons2ride.com has a great website coming along.
August 1, 2011
So today was our first time taking Jacqueline out for a bike ride. She loved it! If by loving it, I mean, she pretty much slept through the whole thing. A little back story, Jacqueline is coming up on 10 months old here in the next week and a half. She had a doctors appointment last week and the doc said it was okay to start pulling her behind the bike in a trailer if she’s strong enough to sit herself up.
July 23, 2011
So I finally got around to trying out the IMapMyRide application on my Android phone today, along with my Garmin ForeRunner 305 which I always use when I ride.
July 20, 2011
So if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook you likely saw that Sunday was a planned ride day, but while trying to make sure I had air in my tires I ended up tearing one of the tubes. Not having any spares around was the first lesson, always have some extras! So on Monday I ran out and picked up 3 tubes, between mine and the wife's bike I hope 3 will last us a little bit. Read the full post for all the details.
July 17, 2011
So this website has been up for a few weeks now, and after looking at the Traffic here on the site, we're getting incoming search links for the term Bicycle Legs. Read the full blog post for details on what Bicycle Legs are.
July 17, 2011
So this isn’t going to be a long tip, as this topic will likely fill out future tips as well, but for now I will raise a question. How do you track your rides? Or, do you track your rides? Read the full post for all our thoughts.
July 9, 2011
So what all does everyone have planned for their weekend rides? Personally I’m hoping to take the Cannondale Quick CX1 out for a ride on both Saturday and Sunday. If I can get the time I’ll try to put in at least 25 miles between the two days. Read the full post!
July 7, 2011
So as a new bike rider I am highly concerned about being safe while I ride. I also don’t like the idea of carrying my wallet with me while I ride. It’s bulky, could get lost, or who knows what else. Last year while watching the Tour de France I saw advertisements for RoadID and I though, what the heck is that for?
July 4, 2011
So here we go, yet another blog for me, but this time for something a little different than what I usually (project350z.com, project240z.com, dnndaily.com, solo2.org) blog about. Bicycles! Read the full post for all the details
July 4, 2011
So our story began a while back. We’ve talked of getting bikes so that we could start riding. By a while, I think we’ve talked about it for 3 or 4 years? My brother is “in the industry” or used to be, so I had visions of getting deep discounts on something really cool. Before we get into the selection, a little background on me.
July 4, 2011
So this won’t necessarily be a tip, but it will hopefully be something for people to comment on with their own thoughts. I’m new to cycling, I’ll explain more of that over the next few weeks, but just understand that I’ve not really ridden a bike in years, until the past couple of weeks. Read the full post for all the details
July 4, 2011
So today is the Fourth of July, and what is everyone going to be doing tonight? Going to watch Fireworks of course. The wife and I are as well, though we are leaving the baby at home with her Nana for the evening. Here in Half Moon Bay, CA there are fireworks scheduled over in El Granada, which is about a 3 mile bike ride for us. Read the full post for more