Category Archives: Just for Fun Friday

Just for Fun Friday – Bike Commuting Questions Edition

Although I didn’t know it when I biked to work yesterday for the first time in my life, May is National Bike Month.  Next week (5/14 – 5/18) is National Bike to Work Week, and Friday the 18th is National Bike to Work Day.

On my first-ever bike commute yesterday, I made a wrong turn since it looked a lot different on the bike than it does in a car, and I was distracted a bit.  And yes, I’m the team’s navigator which explains why we never win anything.  Regardless, I made it to work, and I loved it.  However, I have a few questions for all of you veteran bike commuters out there.

  1. What do you carry your stuff in?  Backpack?  Messenger bag?  What would you recommend?
  2. Do you carry extra bike clothes for the ride home?  Putting my bike clothes back on to ride home was a bit gross.  They were pretty sweaty even though it was a short ride in 70 degree weather.  I can’t imagine how funky they’ll be in mid-Summer.
  3. Is it okay to bike on sidewalks?  Or is that taboo?  What if the sidewalk is a designated path for bikes and pedestrians like the Greenway here in Jefferson City?
  4. What do you say to coworkers who whistle at your hot ass in spandex?
  5. Do you lock your bike up?  If so, what kind of lock?  Do you have a storage space inside the building for your bike?
  6. How far is your commute?
  7. Any other tips, tricks, or knowledge bombs this newby bike commuter should know?

Seriously, I’d love to hear what you guys do.  I think it would be helpful for not only me, but others who are new to bike commuting or thinking about starting it.

 

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Just for Fun Friday – Random Randomness Edition

Okay, so I’m just going to shoot from the hip with this one.  I’ll just let my mind spew forth whatever it will.  So here goes:

  1. Our first non-race only had 4 people (3 of which were on Team Virtus) do the long course and 2 people do a shorter version of the race.  Our second non-race, The Deuce, only had 5 people participate.  We literally had more volunteers than racers.  This year’s adventure non-race, The CAC,is next weekend, and we have 12 teams signed up with 24 non-racers.  That just blows my mind. If we continue to grow at this rate, we’ll have roughly 4,212 people at next year’s non-race.

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  2. Speaking of the first non-race… It was there that Casey first brought Bob a little present:
    Casey giving Bob Chocolates

    2009

    Since that cold, winter day in January of 2009, Casey and Bob have re-gifted that box of chocolates to each other every time they do a race together.  And at LBL back in March of this year, Casey once again gave it back to Bob:

    Casey giving Bob Chocolates again

    2012

    I’m sure that wasn’t the last time the box of chocolates is re-gifted.  It’s kind of a running joke at this point, and I hope it never ends.  Even though this box of chocolates has to be absolutely disgusting by now, I hope that one day, when we’re too old to adventure race anymore (hopefully not until we’re in our late 90’s), we’ll all sit around a campfire somewhere and enjoy these delicious chocolates together… and then die of food poisoning.

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  3. Potty-training boys is MUCH harder than potty-training girls.  Trust me.

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  4. The Dirty Kanza is only 7 weeks away!  That’s pretty exciting, but it’s also pretty terrifying.  I’m not ready yet.  Bob and I will be riding a century on Wednesday, April 25th if anyone wants to join us.  There will be very little climbing (almost none actually).  It will be a “time-in-the-saddle” ride consisting of Katy Trail and gravel in the flats along the MO River.

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  5. Check out this video of Team Tecnu doing some training.  Not only is their training slightly different than what we do, but their scenery and surroundings are just a bit different too. (Whales and dolphins?  Really?!?)

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  6. My Team Virtus Jersey smells disgusting as soon as I break a sweat in it.  I’ve soaked it in Oxyclean and washed it repeatedly, but it’s still very foul-smelling.  Anyone have any tips to make it not-so-nasty?

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  7. Am I the only one that thinks The Hunger Games is a complete rip-off of the classic 1987 Schwarzenegger film The Running Man?

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  8. Speaking of movies, Anchorman 2 is coming out soon.  Can’t wait for that one.  Also, I heard that a sequel to Dumb and Dumber is in the works, too.  And yes, Lloyd and Harry will be played by Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.  That one should be pretty funny, too.

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Okay, I guess that does it for today.  I told you it was going to be a bunch of random thoughts.  Oh, and I’m hard at work on part 3 of the LBL Challenge Race Report, so stay tuned for that.  Until next time, stay classy, San Diego.

 

 

 

 

Just for Fun Friday – The Boone-Doggle Gravel Grinder Video Edition

While we’re busy licking our wounds finishing the race report for the LBL Challenge (here’s part 1 or you can read Kage’s report right here), I thought I’d share the video from a gravel grinder we did back in February when Casey was in town for a visit.  If you want to read the recap of the ride, you can find that here.  If you’re lazy, you can just watch the video below.  Enjoy…

Just for Fun Friday – Bike Porn Edition

I don’t really have anything clever to say on this dreary Friday morning, and honestly, I don’t feel very well. So I decided to be lazy and go back through our photos to find some cool Bike Photos to inspire you to go ride this weekend. Some of these you may have seen before, and others are never-before-seen shots. I hope you enjoy them, and let us know which one is your favorite.

Mountain Bike in the Snow

Bike on the Katy Trail

Bikes by Bricks

Biking on a gravel road

Dirty Single Speed on a Kayak

Kona Bikes in the Snow

Cross Bike on a Gravel Road

Spoke Card on a Mountain Bike

Mountain Bike with Drop Bars

muddy bike tire at Dirty Kanza

Cross Bike on the Katy Trail

License Plate on Mountain Bike

Photo courtesy of Kristopher Vadnais

Just for Fun Friday – Honey Run Mountain Biking Edition

Casey and his family have come and gone, and although my house is a little quieter, they are already missed.  We made the most of our time together, though.  We rode 14 miles of single track, over 75 miles of gravel together, and we spent the weekend with family for my grandma’s 90th birthday party.  If you haven’t seen the video from our Dirty Jenkins ride, then I suggest you drop everything and do so right now!  Below you’ll find some photos and a video from our mountain bike ride at Honey Run down at Lake of the Ozarks.  Hopefully this will satisfy your insatiable hunger for all things Virtus until we get a post and video ready of our Boone-Doggle Ride (that Bob had to miss).  Here you go… Enjoy…

Austin's Bent Rim Mountain Biking

Less than a mile into the 14 mile ride, Austin bent a rim... going uphill. We smashed it into the ground to get it straight enough to finish the ride, though.

Casey Mountain Biking at Honey Run

Imagine that... Casey is smiling again.

Austin and Luke at Honey Run

Austin forgot his Jersey back in NY... Or he's too embarrassed to wear it.

Kid in a Tree

Austin in a Hobbit Hole... Sort of.

Post-Ride Beer

Post-Ride Beer. If you're ever in Up-State NY, you need to try some beer from the Genesee Brewing Company. Actually, Genny and Genny Light are pretty terrible, but this "Bock Beer" was pretty good. As far as I know, they didn't have this when I lived there. The can is pretty cool, too.

Sasquatch Lambs

Which is the real Sasquatch?

Post-Ride Meal

Since I really don't wanna eat dog food next month, I opted for this instead of pizza for my post-ride meal.

Little Girl Middle Finger

It's nice to know that Casey is raising his daughter right.

Bearded Lambs

Austin has finally become a man. I'm a little jealous since his beard is more full than mine. Big thanks to Kage for picking this up for me to give to Austin.

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