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happy stories, #30daysofbiking, the secret, Austin safari, etc.

In #bikeschool, cycling on August 30, 2010 at 7:16 am
Happy cycling stories this past week… some highlights:

30 days of biking part 2 starts up September 1. I’m excited for this again… it may spike the number of posts here or it may not. Learning the way along the way. #bikeschool

forgive Emo

In cycling on August 29, 2010 at 7:02 am

When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle.
Then I realized God doesn’t work that way, so I stole
one and prayed for forgiveness.  – Emo Philips


In cycling, sketches on August 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm

pancakes and ice cream

In cycling, running on August 25, 2010 at 6:31 am

Running and biking are simpatico — the ultimate yin/yang. When it’s too hot to run, I feel the cool breeze on my bike. When it is -20 below, I run.

Am I fast at either? Hell no, but I’ve worked on it here and there. To improve my run pace, I’ve tried restricting the food I eat, even the amount of *gasp* beer I drink.

I’ve run a few marathons – always had a blast – but never finished in a “respectable” time. I have an issue with keeping track of time. I also take issue with restricting stuff.

Life is a balance. I’ll keep running and biking. I’ll get those 1,000 running miles in this year. But, I’m having pancakes and ice cream.


*image via The Balaniferous Bicycler

bike school, pink, B ride, jackassery, etc.

In #bikeschool, cycling on August 23, 2010 at 10:30 am
So much bike goodness on the web this past week I could barely get my biking and running in. I managed, but work had to suffer. Some highlights…

There were other lessons this week. It’s not always about the bike at #bikeschool. Thanks to @SaraSantiago for the best lessons of the week. I’m so glad to have found Sara’s blog. Everyone needs a hefty dose of jackassery served with a smile.

I’m also super happy @cyclelicious replied to my “Bikes as Art” comment, pointing me to rule 8. This is going to save me hours in the garage.

We’re leArning the wAy Along the wAy – live streaming right now at #bikeschool.


[editor’s note] – I found the email subscription widget this weekend so if you would like future posts emailed to you just click the button on the top right. BAM! It’s easy. Make it a great week.

colors. smells. delighters.

In cycling, running on August 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

It’s early and I don’t even know if delighters is a word. I snapped this photo with my iphone a few weeks ago (#seenonmybike) and the image has stuck.

Colors, smells, delighters… the Summer is full of them. This weekend I’m on the lookout. Enjoy your weekend.

jackblammer – the complete history

In cycling, what the? on August 19, 2010 at 11:01 am

Words define our world. Here’s how one word (jackblammer) was born:

Aug 11 (20:48)
@ev: This tweet is the number one Google result for jackblammer.

Aug 14 (19:00)
bikerly blog post: “jackblammer. jackblammer.”

Aug 17 (18:21)
@bikerly: I’m the king of jackblammer. Go ahead and google search it “jackblammer” #bikeagenda

Aug 17 (21:23)
@egggman: so @bikerly is #jackblammer a verb??? I had to jackblammer up that hill but it was worth it the singletrack on the other side was sweet???

Aug 17 (21:36)
@bikerly: wordies, please help @egggman & I come up with a definition for ‘jackblammer’. Free ham or something for the winner. tag with #jackblammer

Aug 17 (21:49)
@deaddisko: @bikerly @egggman I made a Urban Dictionary entry for #jackblammer. It’s awaiting approval…

Aug 18 (11:26)
@deaddisko:  @bikerly #jackblammer #itsofficial

Aug 19
bikerly blog post: jackblammer – definition of jackblammer

*follow the hashtag #jackblammer for more jackblammering*

jackblammer – definition of jackblammer

In cycling, what the? on August 19, 2010 at 10:54 am

jackblammer definition via Urban Dictionary


Who gets to establish the norm, anyway?

In running, what the? on August 18, 2010 at 11:08 am

Are you a wordophile, a wordulous wordie? I think it can never hurt to have locked and loaded on a separate tab (but, then I also like to pedal singlespeed).

Yesterday someone called me a deviant at the office. So I looked it up…

My co-worker was referrencing the clock. It was 39 minutes later than my usual office arrival. For good reason – a deviation from my morning run protocol.

The sunrise was the most incredible in a damn long time. It’s not every day you see something this brilliant. Departing from the norm, I took an extra left, then a right and discovered a new hill loop. 4 miles turned into 8, and I was 39 minutes late.

Which brings me to the bottom line. I was 39 minutes late and 3.9 times more productive than the day prior (having arrived 15 minutes early). Someone else can calculate the return. I’m going for a bike ride.


Addicted to cycling. How are you going to explain this to your cat?

In cycling, on blogging on August 17, 2010 at 10:26 am

There are times when a tweet just doesn’t cover it. You might have a #bikeschool story so smashing that you need to blog it out. So what are you afraid of? Is the lizard brain taking residence in your head?

A few days ago I asked a Twitter friend if he’s ever considered blogging and the response was this: “Thanks. I have considered blogging, but I have a hard time expressing myself well in writing.”

Does this sound like a guy who can’t write? How else to tell the world about our great biking adventures? Tweeting is great, don’t get me wrong, but once you enter the world of blogging I think you will be hooked, in a big ring way.

Need more inspiration to start blogging? Here’s a couple of my biz heroes on blogging…

If Seth Godin and Tom Peters agree on something it’s important stuff. Peters, “no single thing in the last 14 years professionally has been more important to my life than blogging.”

So what are you waiting for? It’s free. And here’s a great guide to getting started.  Just throw something together and put out your first post.