Sky Tavern, a Reno/Tahoe local spot, is one of three West finalists competing for a $100,000 grant to build more mountain biking trails from Bell Helmets. Go to http://www.bellhelmets.com/bell-built/ now through April 26 to cast your vote! And SHARE- we need all the votes we can get!
Our local library (aka "The Big Cheese", 'cause it's painted ALL yellow- which is cool) has an art gallery for local artists to display their skills. It's had everything from photography to quilts to twinkie-shadowbox-scenes (which was a real exhibit. And a super cool one). From now until March 31, yours truly will have my clocks on display. So if you're in Reno, stop by the South Valleys Library and enjoy!
Finally got out on the bike the other day and decided to try my luck up in the snow. I had just put some brand spankin' new Nevegal tires on (Merry Christmas to me...from me) and went Ghetto Tubeless and I wanted to see how the tread would do in that white fluffy stuff. She handled beautifully and I believe I was laying down the first tire tracks on the trail, but I could see some faint marks of a fat tire bike that must have been up there right after it snowed. The trail had been somewhat packed down from hikers which made it easy to get traction until about 3/4 the way up, the hikers weren't venturing that far up so it was still really powdery snow and too hard to climb in.
It was pretty awesome and peaceful to be all alone up in the mountains with the fresh snow. About half way up the trail I stopped to take it all in and saw a little tree off the side of the trail that some hikers had decorated.
Made my day to know that people love the outdoors so much that not only do they get out even when it's freezing cold out, but they are spreading the joy to others. Merry Christmas, and to who ever decorated the tree on the trail, thank you!
Hey, who's that stud in the pic with the clocks? Yup, that's me. Went to a print shop to copy some building plans for my day job. Randomly, the guy running the shop put on the Expedition Man a few months back that I had a booth at. He blew up a shot of my booth to use as a sample of their prints. Pretty sweet, eh? And completely random. He didn't say so, but I'm pretty sure he used this pic because of my sexy legs.
So with all this clock making I've been busy. So it was nice to get out and ride the other night. First snow ride of the year!!! Besides my camelback freezing up on me, it was awesome.
And just to make a great day better, it ended with a rehauling of the bikes while watching a movie with the wife. Does it get it any better than that?
So at the annual Truckee Soropitshop I had a great time. It was inside an airport hangar and packed with some super talented artists selling all sorts of awesome stuff.
Fat Tire Festival was a lot of fun. It was also my first time to Squaw Valley resort at Lake Tahoe...Wow, what an amazing place! The Fat Tire Festival used to be a huge week long plus party that was held for several years in Squaw Valley. It disbanded for some reason and the TAMBA is trying to bring it back. It was a lot of fun and had some great activities, including the BMX crew pictured above that were getting some sick air right in front of the vendor booths. It was also great to see local companies and support for such an event.
While it was a great event, I have to admit, I was drooling with envy watching everyone walk around with amazing bikes and hitting the down hill park and trails...I wishing I had my bike there.
At any rate it was a good show to end my season on and now I'm looking forward to getting back on my bike and hitting it before the winter sets in!
Went to the last one of these for the year last night. It was awesome. Not only did I sell more clocks than my last two events combined (Expedition Man + Donner Triathlon), but it had a great energy, amazing artisans, and killer food.
My wife & I made a date night out of it and supported the other vendors by buying killer grass fed kabobs, eating homemade apple pie, and throwing in a buck to the three middle school kids blowing on their trumpets. It had such a great community feel to it, we definitely are going to go to a few more of these next summer when they start up again. Some we'll be vendors at, but some just to come and partake! When we were packing up our booth at 9, the band was still going strong and it looked like the party was just starting.
If you're local, you need to put Truckee Thursday on your bucket list for next summer! It rocks!
Here's a little look at my operation set-up. These recycle bins work great for storing old bike parts. And -hey- I'm recycling!
We're kinda big into recycling around our house. You could even say we're hippies. Just a little. We recycle, compost, and my wife rides her Madsen cargo bike. Making bike clocks out of these old parts fits right in around here.
Urban bikers bike because it's 1) fun, and 2) it's eco-friendly. No gas to pump, no exhaust, and hey- you're burning calories while you're at it! Biking is a one-with-the-Earth sort of sport. Whether you're doing it around town, or screaming down a trail in the mountains, you feel that connection with the world around you that a car just doesn't afford. There's no roof over your head, no interior to mask the great outdoors from your five senses. You're getting it all- wind, sun, and dirt. Lots of dirt.
Us bikers are an outdoorsy group, and that's a big part of why we like bikes. 'Cause we're outside. And sometimes we even get a face full of dirt. Tree-huggers? Whatever, we're Earth-kissers. We build trails. We spare fossil fuels. We're freakin' awesome.
no bike left behind.
I got hooked on biking while in college. I was young, poor and newly wed. My father-in-law took me to Northstar and I was hooked. That led to my first (real) bike, a used Jamis hardtail. Thus began my obsession.
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