end to a nice weekend
More to come when I’m not so @#%*!ing tired.
SSKC16 was a fantastic event. More on that later if I have the energy, but one good thing is events like this bring out both the goofball riders and the […]
Loaded 20lbs into my Marmot backpack and took a hike out at Lake Jacomo while my boy practiced soccer in an adjacent location. Humidity O2 restriction might prepare me for […]
This guy has it. Forty five miles on the road bike but I only took one pic. Too humid and overcast to take the time to pull camera out of […]
Fortunate to enjoy a week in Destin courtesy Annette’s employer (entire staff earns if meet goals). Kids growing fast. Take it all in and count every blessing.
Another great trip with a great bunch of guys. And a few turtles.
Been a high(er) mileage week in a long while. Feels good as fitness returns like a prodigal son of pain. I embrace him and prepare my fatted calves.
Thankful for family, friends and the health and freedom to ride. Get out there.
First Turtle of the Year Day, more importantly.
Finally cashed in on a 6yr old powdercoat barter. Thanks Groody Bros! I got the blues.
Ms Nature wore her sexy perfume this morning. Turns me on.
Four rides on three bikes in five days.
Refund check is in the trail.
Finally got the BMC road bike tuned up after a derailleur snap last year. Also upgraded the fork to a 3T Funda Pro and new Michelin Pro4 tires. Forgot how […]
Jackson and I will be keeping Princeton Heights low and tight as soon as this baseball/soccer/school/volleyball overlap subsides. Starting out right, -$8.95 in the red. First $200 goes into a […]
tee shirt idea
25% done with 2016. Get it while you can – outside is happening.
Easter break came and went with the kids taking their turn at being sick. No eggs. No church. But the resurrection of Spring still rules all. Play>Work
A little advertising goes a long way. Last year we had 4 riders. This year, 43. Seems like most everyone had a good day besides Micah, maybe. He made a […]
One piece at a time bike is treating me well. As is this Spring’s weather.
A super duper Cooper’s hawk flew 5ft in front of me while I was cycling this eve. I’ve seen several immature ones up close but this mature version was beautiful. […]
Back to predawn rides. Can’t pass up a 65F 6am ride in early March.
Swope! Home of the Second Annual Single Speed KC Nationals.
I’m enjoying these evening rides rather than the early morning miles I’ve mostly done these past several years. Great way to end the day. Of course, the sunrise wasn’t bad, […]
Tomorrow is my birthday and Mondays suck so I celebrated early.
Bit of a Belgian feel from my hike today.
Huckleberry is celebrating one year (seven for him) post op. He’s come a long way, and we’re happy he’s still with us. As crazy as he is.
When I ride alone, I prefer to be by myself.
These warm days after ice/snow always help polish my bike’s drivetrain.
Hard on the old engine but once I got going it was a good three hour honorary induction ride as a member of the local Dirty Dog Race Pack. Great […]
At least our cat left it right out in the open for us to enjoy, and not under some furniture for us to discover olfactorily. You never know how much […]
I still recall my painting instructor back in college urging me to ‘loosen up’. I was always a good copy-er. I could draw what I see. And with a photographic […]
Enjoying the warm days while they last.
This dog loves him some good ‘Possum.
Back to back great morning rides.
Can’t pass up 40 deg mornings and waning sliver moons.
Good warm Dec day in the woods after a stressful week.
Just cleaning out the garage.
A Feastivus for the rest of us.
No, not referencing this beautiful Autumn we’re experiencing here in Heartlandia — nor the KC Royals’ World Series year… I’m talking about my daughter’s first session of 6th grade volleyball. […]
Man, we’ve had a great stretch of Autumn weather here. Some may already call November “winter”, but it’s up there with my favorite months of the year.
Fog ride. KC parade. Nature walk. Dog tired!
Last eve and this morning gave a good celestial show, so I combined.
Favorite time of year to be on favorite bike on favorite trails. Trifectober.
Lights are getting a workout.
Huck woke me up before my ride alarm this morning. Sounded urgent. He found a cat. I put Huck inside and then released it – thought it made it to […]
Too many adjectives. Put on a good best of show, though.
Sept may have started off nice, but crashes and more crashes have me banged up and not riding a whole lot. Still got in a nice Sunday stroll out at […]
It all started so perfect and glorious. Venus opened for the sun. Then I took a corner two blocks from returning home and slid out in spectacular fashion. Like the […]
Never thought he’d see the day, but he’s still making the most of every one.
No new bike, but I just gained a riding buddy. Took Jack out for his first real taste of singletrack and it didn’t suck. +1
Still liking September.
Some days (i.e. every day) it’s quite difficult to rise from the dark comforts of a 5am bed. But three miles down the road and all seems worth it. Today […]
Sticking to the road due to sprained wrist, bruised ribs and jacked shoulder. It was nice.
Rode Landahl trails for the first mtb ride since all the rains on Thursday and all went perfect. One of those ‘everything feels good’ rides. Decided to head west to […]
We changed plans on hiking Humboldt Peak after testing the 4WD trail in daylight. We made it up fine in the stock WJ, but attempting it again at 3am before […]
I promise to try to make it to Colorado at least once a year for the remainder of my life.
Went for a birthday ride to celebrate my great friend’s 48th year. Planned a 48-miler originally, but yesterday’s tired legs and today’s heat and headwinds kept us happily within the […]
The freedom to choose between a mountain bike, a gravel ride or road. Today, we chose road (gotta get climbing legs ready for Colorado) and got a few hills in.
Who needs mountains to look at all the time?
The 43yr old body only got out of bed this morning because it was jealous of the 12 yr old mind that just wanted to ride his bike. And they […]
This bike turns sixteen this year. She’s been a backup road bike for years in addition to road bikes taking back seat to mountain and gravel rides.
Best time of day. Legs are getting closer to being ready for Colorado. Lungs, not so.
It’s a lot of work being a Father. So today, I played.
Same old ride. Similar old pictures.
Greet the new day. Same as the old day. But with a turtle.
Just like life and relationships and vacations – the awareness seems most intense near the edges. The light of each day is the same. A fresh newness in the mornings […]
This guy. Bringing daily source of joy and challenge and frustration and unconditional love.
Was living with the sloppy shifting but my procrastination to get new cables and a tune up came back and bit me $$$ in a ten-fold way.
Been off the designated road bike for some time… Likely due to more and more distracted drivers, the newness of gravel rides, the preference to seize dry mountain bike trail […]
Been 10 years now since the Good Tom has been putting together some sort of Katy Trail gathering. Weather finally was perfect both days, although my fitness was not. Turtles […]
No more Misty Mountain Gray…
The weekend was about to go down without getting a ride in but headed out late today with by brother Ryan before the day was done. What is family for…? […]
Gotta get back into 2-3 these a week. Once the mind is up, the body follows. So beautiful, the lightening hour. Ride yer bike! Huck likes it, too.
Wasn’t really looking forward to this trip until we actually got on the plane and had all our ducks in a row with kids’ sports, work, work, dog care, kids’ […]
This guy has quite a bit of it in his legs. Glad he made it this far! Yay, Spring.
We’ll be venturing into new territory here soon – but for now I’m enjoying venturing onto new trails. Jacomo reminds me of Swope – with more vertical – not single […]
They hold things up. Things that we may or may not like to read or do. Some ends are simple, some elegant, some novelty. But they all do one thing […]
Got to put in some work to get a little faster. First dawn patrol ride this year… I’ll close the day the same way. Bookends! Ride yer bike!
Sometimes the main parts are fine but it feels like the bolts that hold it all together are failing. Tend to all your parts. Like the ants making their annual […]
Finally got this thing scanned – need to do it again because the ends picked up a different light angle than the center (have to scan in 8.5×11 tiles (8) […]
Spring came knocking on the door hard these past couple weeks. Frogs are singing. Birds are doin’ it. This tough boy is back to full-speed. A rare moment of stillness.
Did someone say the trails were finally dry?!? Don’t mind if I do…
but hey she’s alright. First ride on the old road bike in a couple years. A bit faster than the Surly, I’d say. Rekindle your old bike!
Got some nice miles in with great company on a fantastic Sunday in March. Jeremy gets unofficial King for the Day after riding an extra 46mi round trip to the […]
Sneaking out of work a little early after having to work late a few eves last week. Made the most of it.
Need to get more bike miles if I want to go out of March like a lion. Maybe 50 or 60 on Sunday…
February might be the smallest month of the litter, but he’s so damn adorable.
Post-op. Doing fantastically well, considering they pulled this: out of Huckleberry. Here he is cheesing it up for a treat.
Been since 2007 CX nats that I’ve ridden in 10°F. Despite a flat within the first mile, managed to get 2 hrs in on some new trail.
Been a rough (ruff) week with the pup and all, so it was nice to finally get out even though riding a singlespeed through slightly-thawing grassy fields is a bit […]
Take a load for free. Well, not quite free, but years ago I scored this Yukon Smith rack w/bench ad TWO complete 300lb Olympic bar/weight sets for $100 from a […]
January seems to be flying by as usual, but my legs have felt better than they have for years at this early point of the year. Hopefully I can build […]
So we are still in the sign of Capricorn which doesn’t mean a damn thing. Ride yer bike!
How cold is it? It’s so cold Huckleberry’s chocolate soft-serve has its own Magic Shell (TM) within seconds. Great sunrises though.
The KC area said goodbye to a friend to all yesterday in the best way we all knew how. As we pass by each other each day, take moments to […]
I prefer to go outside and look under trees for gifts rather than wait for them to be wrapped and placed in the living room.
Just some fire pics and warm thoughts this Christmas season.
Weather was equally shitty as the first go round, but we made the best of it with a little ‘boost’ from it being The Season. Roller coasters in a misty […]
Been wanting to do this for some time, but time gets away while other things get in the way. So longer trips turned to shorter trips and earlier trips turned […]
Day late, but still not a bad day of another 25°F evening ride with no sore toes or fingers.
First ride of the season below freezing. 27°F. I was sweating my ass off. Must be doing something right! Looking forward to riding all winter 15° and above… Jack was […]
Not a bad day.
They gave this season the wrong name. It should be called ‘Rise’. Great time to get up early and see the world. October skies always deliver.
Are pretty cool. Especially when you don’t have to set your alarm for 2:30am and stand outside in 30F to witness it. I did wake up at 5am, but got […]
Got the kids fed, homework done before the wife came home from work, then set out around 9pm on the mountain bike. Sometimes you find what you weren’t looking for. […]
Got my push ups in during September. Now I need to focus on home projects and other creative construction. I keep looking at all the crap in twelve separate sketchbooks […]
It’s of no coincidence that these two words are separated by only a couple letters. So so tired this morning but the alarm shot off at 5am and I was […]
Ok so I did this 10,000 push ups in a month challenge. It was hard. About tapped out first week due to my elbow surgery metal bits feeling inflamed, but […]
Forgot how much fun (and challenging) Swope Park Trails were. It had been a couple years. Some new stuff on a new(ish to me) bike. Great trails here. Ride yer […]
Actually just one human year our Huckleberry will have been on this Earth. We’ve shared our tribulations. Nuts off next Monday (delayed a week due to work schedules).
Been tough to get UP these days. UP late. Too many push UPS. But these things make it easier. Look up.
Not too many rides this month. Too busy replacing expired appliances, travel for work, kids’ sports and of course, attempting 10,000 push ups in 30 days. Just for the hell […]
I’m always appreciative of any day I’m able to ride – no matter how the ride goes – just that I’m able to ride. Days like today though, I can’t […]
My first MTB was as significant to me as my very first bicycle. I have it back, now. We have big plans together, not necessarily with me riding it. Stay […]
Last couple mornings I almost needed arm warmers. Almost. Some good gravel on Sat, dirt on Sun. Diversify.
Three hour tour in the tropical heat yesterday. Met an old friend and we shared a moment.
I’m hurting to be in the mountains in a bad bad way. Planning for next summer, I guess. Thinking the San Juans this time: Hike Handies, Redcloud, Sunshine… Camp a […]
Tough to get out early to beat the heat when it’s 80F at 7am. Good to play in the woods again. And Huck is running out of balls – we’re […]
KC Royals in first place? In August?!? But the game is too slow. Huck would rather play football now that he’s destroyed two volleyballs and three soccer balls since his […]
Weather’s been treating us right.
Gonna be pictures and words about my cycling wanders here eventually. Cheers
Funny how they can bring back a memory. Seeing as I forgot to put the memory card back in the camera.
Taking advantage of these cooler days, got in more early morning ~60°F riding and drug the kids to go camping. Rides were good, camping notsomuch. Got plans rained out yesterday […]
Went to see Old Crow Medicine Show last week. Actually went to see the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but OCMS closed for them. Hands down the best performance I’ve ever been […]
WyCo Lake trails again. Better than dropping $100 at Worlds of Fun.
Update on the Huckleberry: He won the Run Home Derby. Prefers to just run (with) the bases, though.
74°F this morning. Forecasted 54°F tomorrow morning. I have my arm-warmers laid out!
I must’ve manifested the outcome of my first ride on the Brodie. I usually think positive, but for some reason in the 4-5 years I’ve been dreaming of building up […]
“Honey, take me for a spin!” My onepieceatatime bike is ready to ride when I get home this afternoon. Hope all goes well since parts came from all over the […]
Familiarity. It doesn’t have to mean boring or the same old same old… Often it is comforting. I like to think of the state park land behind my house as […]
Sometimes when I think I’m about to have an OCD moment, my ADD rises up and I think I’ll paint my mountain bike RAL#7023. Costco chocolate chips are delicious. Go […]
59 degrees this time of year sure feels nice. Except back in my hay hauling years working through the night meant for a chilly drive home from the fields. Rare […]
“Quantity is a quality all its own.” – some Soviet guy… This quote rings true with bikes and bike parts for me. In the past 3 weeks, I’ve rendered 3 […]
Looked up earlier today and there was a 22° halo around the sun. They are said to warn of approaching storms. That’s a bunch of folklore… right? Maybe. Huckleberry tried […]
Hard to believe I haven’t made this drive over to ride these trails until now. Landahl trails are my go-to, but WyCo felt like a little piece of the Ozarks […]
The length of a day is reaching its apogee – half way to Christmas. During the solstice, you can balance eggs on their side, they say. It works!
of images… Just a Father’s Day weekend ride after taking the pup up to play at an empty park. I could get used to these 78°/57° days. Planned on a […]
Paint the exterior of house, stain deck, landscape, BUILD THIS @#%(ING BIKE… and ride.
Told my buddy I’d see my first road turtle before the end of May. Today paid off. Bike’s freewheel decided it didn’t like to be free (see last week’s rain […]
So Tom’s annual Katy Ride went down to kick off this Memorial Day weekend. The Katy is like the good mother that always provides, always keeps you in line, doesn’t […]
Humidest morning yet. Ran the dog first. Punished pedals next. Took pictures…
Cycling = Freedom. Freedom ain’t free. Therefore, cycling ain’t free. But these new 45c Resist Nomad tires were kinda* free. *(part of an art:bicycle parts exchange) Let’s roll.
Started off with these robin babies on our front porch. Impeccable timing. Morning rides used to be fun but they’re becoming a bit of a chore – esp when you […]
Gotta get into the habit again.
Forgot how technical this little set of trails is. Great views of the lake limestone shelf-riding. Perfect evening to hit up some unfamiliar trail.
Voting has not yet wrapped up, but I’m about to walk away with plop honors at our company cookie contest.
Always wanted me one that was looong and black. Just need some more parts…
I feel like this bird on our front porch. She probably wants to go ride her bike, but she’s got priorities at the moment, and needs to sit at her […]
Kinda like bicycles – where it seems I tend toward enjoying the project or potential build as much as I do the reward of riding – morel hunting gets me […]
They kinda suck unless you make up your own. Today was about as absolutely perfect trail conditions out at Landahl as I have ever seen. Rode our normal loops backwards […]
Pretty cool to be included in an amongst some influential mountain bike people with Dirt Rag Magazine’s latest issue. They’ve been at it for 25 years and asked me to […]
Mom should have named me Steven. Life has a way of evening for me. Couple new old projects coming to me and back to me. Here’s a peeky:
Despite what appears in some of these pics, this crazy dog has some extreme focus. ADHD, more appropriately. But all labs are. Run yer dog!
Been a cool, wet, cloudy April for the most part, but we’re making the best of it. Hopefully my leg strength will flower come May.
A lamb named gale. Isobars were pretty stacked, but the winds have given us a much welcome taste of Spring. Winter was hard on all of us, right Huck?
I remember my first swim lesson prior to my kindergarten year. Mr Titus was a Mr Clean – looking drill instructor. Kinda scared me a bit but he said if […]
It was good to get back out on the road again. Hills and a few more hills. Huckleberry turned 6 months and is almost catching a frisbee. Almost.
One of my favorites from last weekend. And speaking of favorites, I’ve spent nearly 37% of my existing hours these past 4 months with this dog by my side. I […]
Huckleberry needed it. I need it. We’re both a little better than we were before after this past weekend.
My first and only installment on Throwback Thursday fad. My brand new 1999 Santa Cruz Superlight. Never got rid of her, and she’s getting resurrected this spring like one of […]
I’ve come to realize that I’ve been able to legally drink the same amount of years as I wasn’t. Time to party twice as hard. Here’s to many more, for […]
Huck’s getting tall. Counter surfing is his favorite past time. Using a few tricks myself while wrapping up another painting for a magazine. Bike-related of course.
Might have wasted 2 hours, but this was an attempt at grooming a couple miles of trail for hiking and biking. If I had some xc skis, this would be […]
Something comforting about an old pair of shoes that are broken in, a little ragged, but you know every endearing hole and tear and don’t mind scuffing or dirtying them […]
Now that I’ve shoveled a path across the 5 acre field behind our home for a puppy run, I might as well make it a loop so I can ride […]
Snow time left for you On my way to better things Snow time left for you I’ll find myself some wings… Snow (half) days are the best. Already shoveled 4″ […]
This winter’s turning out to be a heaping steaming pile of stink. Getting at least one ride in per week at least. Saturday was like riding over a giant bowl […]
Loving this little turd! Obedience classes start Sunday. $20 says we’ll get kicked out by week 2. Cheers
Feels good to start painting again. Feels good to start running again. Feels good to start riding again. Mind is in a much happier place than a month ago, mired […]
Been working on a couple new pieces for a cool show coming up this Friday (1/17) at Velo+. Here’s a sneekypeek at the first of a new series I’m excited […]
Seems like days off from work usually go like this: much planned / little accomplished. Mostly because every time I take a vacation day off work a kid ends up […]
Huckleberry don’t give a °F what the wind chill is out there.
Feel like I’ve been submerged in work, home & family projects and obligations these past few months that a 55°F late-December day was too nice to pass up a ride. […]
What with all the trials and tribulations we’re experiencing with our new pup, Huck, we saw that Marley & Me was on last night and decided to finally watch it. […]
This pup is seriously cutting deep into my cycling/running fitness and ambitions. He’s in the “Hound of Hell” 13-15wk stage right now but showing glimpses of discipline. I’m starting to […]
While there’s a ton of bicycle lighting options ranging from $15-$1500, but nothing beats shutting it all down and riding under a free, bare-ass moon.
Almost 20 lbs – Same weight we brought old Rudy home at when he was only 9wks. Huck’s a bit leaner – but a good chunk of muscle. So far, […]
Back in August during our trip to Colorado, it got down to 38°F one morning ride. When the body is used to Summer temps, this comes as a shock to […]
Yes, technically still Fall out there. Snuck in one last MTB ride before the bottom drops out on the temps later this week. Warm wet air out there tonight. Here […]
Been off the bike for a couple weeks. The pup is cutting into my pre-dawn ride ambitions because I don’t want to wake him up & have to deal w/the […]
I went for a run and it looks like I beat the crowds.
Been a rough first week breaking this little guy from his Momma. He’s such a Loverboy… when he’s not being a biter boy.
Hannah’s pizza delivery came in a respectable 7th/64, but she took home most creative award. The earlier 3rd grade group had a hot dog car that won most creative, so […]
Powder Puff Derby tomorrow. This pizza delivery needs sauced and cheesed and into the oven at 475° asap. My shop tools consist of one Ryobi 4.5″ angle grinder. Hot & […]
Between myself, my neighbor’s dog and The Arcade Fire, my newly-seeded, greenest-m.f.g.-in-Princeton-Heights suburban lawn is destined for defeat.
There’ll be much mountainbiking And heart rates a spiking The crisp days of Fall It’s the hap- happiest season of all
No, not a Nitty Gritty Dirt Band post, but I just realized it was about this time of year in 1993, when I had some summer hay hauling & bartending […]
Most of my dark rides are into the LIGHT (6am)… Another flipside ride last night was nice. Frogs singing. Territorial Horned Owl sounds. Snakes and spiders. Summer has her heels […]
I’ve mentioned before, I’m quite contented with the bike stable I have, and very rarely do I look at another bike with any sort of want. Likely because I have […]
Something deep down within has been sparked and I’m going to make this month of riding both high quantity and high quality. Let us begin… 10/1
I’ve acquired some pretty nice bikes over the years. Nice shiny, colorful, titaniumey things. Saddles that smell of a rich leathery Shepler’s store. But sometimes it’s the runt of the […]
Gonna lose 10lbs this month, I can feel it. Or at least shift 10 from the wrong place to the right place. On this morning’s ride I was pleased to […]
It’s hard to get up in the mornings, but this makes it worth it. Started running again. We’ll see how that goes, but my non-cycling leg muscles hurt good.
Been keeping the nice camera at home and getting crappy results w/the phone cam. Tiny sensor is crap in low light, but here’s some nice grainy, blurry visions. Shorter days […]
Late getting this one up, but look at the pretty pictures! Might live out here one day. Not bad if you’re a huge fan of nothingness. I got lost in […]
Been a long time since I cranked out a painting (that I like). Personal work is most fulfilling, even though this eventually ran in a mag – it was first […]
Landahl trails were a wonderland yesterday.
The first week back from vacation is always the hardest.
Got an early start, then too busy taking pics so decided to go back, make breakfast for everyone, then head out again. Beautiful day then the requisite afternoon summer storms […]
Awoke to the bloody Sangres and headed out for a whoopin’. 8500ft elevation taxed me more than I figured, but still got a good long 45mi in (that felt like […]
More to come…
Jack’s working his way up some steeper hills and better handling the mileage. Over seven miles of gravel yesterday – couldn’t pass up the great weather! Ride yer bike! (with […]
Time to start re-planning this ride I never got around to hosting last year. Details to come… Fall/2013…
But never get tired of it. Especially in the lightening hour of the day – beauty is all around that you wouldn’t necessarily notice under a noon light. Ride yer […]
Our May trip was postponed due to the nasty weather on the original weekend, and despite the potential for a miserably hot mid-July reschedule, it turned out to be in […]
More later, just a photo dump for now. Good times in So. MO…
Old camera crapped out and I hate phone pics, so I picked up a budget Canon 280sx ’cause that’s what Costco had. I’m wasn’t a big user of the zooms […]
Not this day, but from here forward I’ll hopefully not have anymore of these grainy cell phone pics. And I can take pictures on the wheel again – operating a […]
Been a good weekend on the bike. I can’t recall the last time I put in +100mi in a weekend even though it used to come natural. 70 on the […]
Ride yer bike (with the ones you love)!!! (old bike):
Shoulda went back out for some rare dry dirt again with the rains coming, but decided to roll straight from the house and get some gravel in. Need these long […]
About to leave the house for Hannah’s recital this afternoon, and the neighbor boy comes running over from his yard goin’ on about a huge turtle in their backyard. Seems […]
Haven’t seen this many of these fellers since my days down at H Roe Bartle Scout camp.
Seeing this old guy out on the road this morning gave me pause again. He was in the road on our loop out toward lake Lotawana, and I didn’t feel […]
Been some beautiful mornings this month. The wind may be our mountain to climb around here, but great cloud formations will always be my anywhere mountains to gaze upon.
I rarely ride on the flipside of noon, but last night’s spin was nice. Again, it’s like riding a favorite singletrack loop backwards – same scenery but everything looks a […]
First ride in a while that I didn’t see a turlte. But there was this. Smoke on the water and fire in the sky
Once upon a time, For the Lord the skies they parted; So a few must die To bring us back to where we started. So, when the great floods came […]
Haven’t ridden a road bike since last July I think. Hard to get up in the mornings lately, but I forgot how fun (and light) a road bike can be. […]
Thanks to all those who’ve fought for these freedoms. This journey is for you.
…than these guys today. Let the migration commence.
Back at it. Gave up on the boot – this whole foot issue seems to be the same issue I’ve been having with my hamstrings/ITB/bicep/tricep/forearm/sartorius/etc for the past 10 years. […]
I’ve been a little unproductive on the artistic front this past year (in regard to personal work), but I’ve been scouring the internets and nature lately to spark some sort […]
Figure if I can walk in this boot, riding will be even less stress. Sure enough, and it was worth it. Active recovery…
Still sucks. Kids get too much of it these days but I can see that it helps hold parents accountable. I’m having fun with Jack’s class animal project. We’re doing […]
Need to rest this foot but a day of cleaning the garage led to tinkering on the bike (fork oil exchange, invert my FU2 bars on the Edwin, fix several […]
Gonna have to take this foot thing serious for a bit longer. From today onward, I’m wearing this stylish boot I bought at Red Racks for $2.95. Special thanks to […]
Got in a rare ride tonight. Mid-40s to start, foot feeling better but still some inflammation. I fear a fracture. Oh well, good company, good roads and good views distracted […]
♫ A bubblin’ crude… ♫
Been having tendonitis/tendinitis in my foot since my last ride post (Kingsville). Saving my HSA deductible for the kids and have avoided making an ortho appointment to see if it […]
Now to get some work work done then sit on the trainer later for an hour or two. update: .
Did some recon for the aforementioned KINGSoftheVILLE ride, and nobody wanted to join me. Despite colder than forecasted temps (30°F, 18mph winds), lack of sleep and poor nutrition (shoveled some […]
Coming soon – stay tuned…
Skiipped out on a 30°F morning ride to sleep in finally. Afternoon was much warmer and the unusual time for me to ride made the familiar 42mi route seem newish […]
Yesterday’s ride was 45°F at 8am. A quick 20 on the gravel. Smoked some pulled pork out on the patio in the afternoon in shorts and tshirt. This morning I […]
Started out lionesque, ended like a fluffy lamb.
It’s been over 5 years since I’ve ridden my bike 100 miles in one day. Longest ever was on a Katy Trail trip and we stacked a 135mi and 110mi […]
To stop obsessing over getting a fat bike, or to just build one. I would make my own color though.
It was a great year. More traveling, more memories, more gravel, more singletrack, less pavement, more snow! Kicking off 2013 with another snow ride. Make it great, people.
Despite it being 24°F and a blustering RealFeel™ of 3°F, I figgerd I better get all the trail time in I can. Transformer blew near the office so servers were […]
Can’t help but get my ass out of bed any time a major meteor shower passes. This year was fantastic. Geminids are usually best seen here due to the cold […]
Decided to smoke a turkey for the upcoming gathering. Having never before done so, had to buy a smoker (Weber Smokey Mountain 18.5) and do a trial run with some […]
Been burning some vacation days and getting some good rides in. Everything’s dying out there but it smells so alive. Ride yer bike!
Couple times a year we gather as siblings and help Mom & Dad stock up on winter wood for the stove. Decided to ride the ~18mi out to get some […]
Sometimes I take for granted what’s right out my back door. Three thousand acres of James A Reed wildlife reserve. I think the drought this summer helped keep the normally-rutted […]
With Kitties! My girl has too many bikes (imagine that). $70 also weeride copilot (tagalong) $45
$60 More Fall-garage cleaning to come…
I think Dad’s taking it rather well. Diversifying the portfolio into more stable investments…
Small collaboration with the fine folks at these upstanding brands. My input was minimal, but still an honor to work with a great bunch of guys. They are taking pre-orders […]
Made it out to Buena Vista for a few days over the Labor Day weekend. Ultimate goal was to be on top of Mt Huron with my good Lady but […]
His left leg gets the most attention, but I always found it cool his other calf had a bas relief of the Paris Roubaix route. Sad he never won it.
Neil was high most of the time. Like so many others in the late ’60s. Some trips he had. RIP
I remained a doubter until I saw the sign. And it opened up my mind.
This morning, the sunrise delivered. I stopped beside the road and watched the waking firmament for several minutes. And I met a donkey.
Exchanged the usual morning ride deer/possum sightings for a coyote and this guy. His posturing reminded me of the old Hot Wheels Hi-Raker™ collection. Get outta yer shell & ride […]
Drove the family down to Seaside FL for a little end of Summer vacation vacation. Took the bikes but got rained out for most of my intended early morning rides. […]
It’s been over a week now that we buried Rudy. It’s left a bit of a hole, for certain. One year ago during last summer’s heat wave, a little black […]
Been spending much of my saddle time off road this year. Despite the shade from the heat wave and perpetually dry trails, the drought has certainly had its negative effects. […]
We laid our best friend to rest this morning. He brought such joy to this household with his loyalty, orneriness, playfulness and unconditional love for over 13 years. He rests […]
Cleaning the garage I found this guy hangin’ out, keeping the mice away. I love spiders.
A few miles before work. Good legs. Good views. Great ride.
The tops of mountains are tugging at my thoughts. I need to get back here there…
Got word this morning that good friend Chris Smedley has now lost his battle with the cancer. He leaves behind an echelon of inspiration and good deeds, helping the KC […]
Today was one of those perfect days. Perfect temperature, perfect humidity level, coffee tasted better, kid’s soccer game was funner, chicken on the grill was tenderer & meatier, then came […]
I haven’t read the book or watched the movie, but I skipped my ride this morning to go play my own Hunger Games.
Had one of those strange sadly beautiful weekends. Took off early from work on Friday afternoon to meet my Dad out at my late Grandma & Grandpa’s farm. Most of […]
…are better than an injured one in hand. Our newish cat Alice brought this in the house this morning, causing a few screams from the girls.
One of those 42 mile rides that feels like 80. 30+mph gusts are our mountains. Friendly dogs. Too friendly? I need a shower.
Gonna kayak/camp this with the family hopefully in 2013. Took this pic from 35000ft on my way back from L.A. several years back.
Shifters suck. Says the Jackalope. Single speed it.
Tagged along with Todd P who discovered some new gravel out northeast of Oak Grove Mo. Lafayette County has some good hills. Lots of farm dogs – the friendly ones […]
About a year ago, I was contacted by Greek street artist Kiriakos Iosifidis — of the Carpe Diem group in Athens — to be a part of their latest project, […]
…of me, anyway. Took the $150 Craigslist Univega tandem I got a couple years ago out for it’s longest journey yet. Only a planned 25 miles. Weighed before I started […]
I didn’t race my bike in 2011, but I still feel like I’m standing atop the podium.
That time of year again. So goes the cycle. Ride yer bike (without going anywhere)!
Got lots of cool parts that still need to find a home on one of my bikes. This one is so adorable.
Collecting more than my share this Autumn. Unbelievable weather. Ride yer bike!
Nice weather (40°) for a little full moon (waxing gibbous, technically) gravel goodness on the Little Blue Trace last night. Pace was fast on the way out but Ye Olde […]
Had fantastic weather and a fantastic group of 20 riders show up to wander around Cass county on a late October day. I had fun marking up the return home […]
This trail and this weather just keep on giving. Not to be rude, I accept! Find those acorns. Stuff those cheeks. Ride yer bike!
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Forgot my clear lenses that I usually ride with when cycling off road. Had some tinted cheap pair in the car but I decided to head out w/o eye protection. […]
Getting nostalgic, thinking about building up the old Roadster again. Been sitting for over a year – moved parts over from my BMC after the wreck but it mostly saw […]
Pinched the stays enough to fit 38c tight, 32c w/good clearance. No bottle bosses. They will hand you beers. Pure CX!
65 mile gravel recon east cass county. Battery died early, but snapped a couple. Accidently made my first crappy Youtube vid. Got home exhausted, drank some pickle juice, then family […]
Love this trail.
Wanted to create a little more clearance for >35c tires on my Edwin cx frame, so I decided to get some tools out and gitrdone. Snagged a snipped link from […]
There’s a good Better Off Dead reference in here I’m sure.
Did a little recon this morning for the Gravel Grinder ride I’ll host this winter. Beautiful morning. 50 miles of goodness. Stumbled upon some of the Katy Trail extension that […]
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This morning was one of those elusive rides in which one is graced with tailwinds for the entire ride. Small storm to the north of us gave a gusty ride […]
Haven’t been on a vacation for years, so my lady and I decided to drag our kids down to Branson in the 104° heat. Got a cozy little cabin with […]
Shortened the ride a bit so didn’t quite make it south all the way to Gunn City, but it was still a shotgun blast. Hot.
Found a pleasant hill near Pleasant Hill to ride this morning. Camels in Missouri are good indication it’s gonna be hot today.
My good friend Joe turned 44 today. So my gift to him? Get our asses up at 4am, roll out around 4:44am for a 44 mile sunrise ride before work. […]
I set another of my bicycles free today, and it returned the favor. Thanks to all the revolutionaries, emancipationaries, foreign warrionairies and current militaries that have fought and served this […]
Don’t lose any fingers.
Rode from Lee’s Summit with my buddy Joe up to check out some gravel I saw on Google maps. Metric century, °F a few shy of a century. The levee […]
There’s a ~3 mile parkway extension in town that has yet to be wayed. I wish it would remain parked. I’ll get in some traffic free packed dirt roads while […]
Hard to believe it’s been over a year since I posted about my new bike build – Edwin Cycles 29er SS. But this was in the shop getting assembled the […]
Got out with best friends, old friends and new friends on a little Katy out-and-backer. Booneville>Jefferson City>Booneville Just a photo dump for now, writeup to come…
It’s an interwoven one. Last year I did some pro-bono work for a local startup Groody Bros Bicycle Restoration Project. They do fine powdercoating to give life to your favorite […]
The year is flying by – too much work, not enough cycling. At least the music is good.
Few years back I was setting up my company’s trade show booth up at McCormick Place in Chicago. Labor was showing up at 10am, so I got the early 8am […]
Finally made it out to one of the organized local Gravel Grinder rides. So much fun, I forgot it was hovering around 20°F the entire ride with a stiff headwind. […]
I’m usually late to everything. I need to change that. Just this past week, though, part of me has been early. Frequently. Not sure why I’ve developed a sudden PVC […]
Although my creative outlet tends to be the paintings and cycling related design, I still enjoy the jobs that pay the bills to give the kids warm beds to sleep […]
I don’t ride with headphones for safety reasons, but mainly because nature’s music is better than anything made in a studio. I do tend to have songs in my head, […]
I’ll never be a bumpersticker type, but if you can’t – or just don’t feel like giving 110% each day – be proud of giving at least 50%.
Darren @ Dream Cycle in Vancouver is a cool guy with a cool dog and a cool shop that builds the coolest bicycles. Check out pics in the gallery. Not […]
My magazine artwork has afforded me exposure to many ambitious startups in the bicycle industry. I’ve enjoyed building relationships with each and every one, and continually am inspired by their […]
This original is a long time coming, part of a logo design I did for See Jane Ride Bicycle Tours. Fun stuff, finally coming together.
Calories, you will burn today… Time to hop on the bicycle for a couple hours and discover new trail.
I’m thankful for great family, friends and to all those that helped pave the way for us to afford the blessed lives we live today. Here’s to the upkeep of […]