Weekend Recap

Saturday Nova and I rode to lunch at a favorite Japanese restaurant and to get some Bicycle Ride & Seek photos.

Nova opted for our usual veggie yakisoba while I went for something different a veggie tempura bento box.

My Fire Hydrant photo for Bicycle, Ride & Seek.

A stop at a grocery store where Nova got her Chocolate photo for Bicycle, Ride & Seek.

A big dinosaur photo for no other reason than it’s a big dinosaur.

Sunday I participated in the 2nd Bluz Cruz Wichita which is our new monthly vintage bike ride. The wind was 30 mph with gusts in the 40s. Not a big turn-out, I suppose due to the wind which is why Nova didn’t attend. It was slow going on the heavy old single speeds but everyone finished the 12 or so mile ride. I rode an additional 6 or so miles to and from the starting point. Our start and end location was at the house of one of our group and they provided the fixins for Frito Chili Pie after the ride.

On my way to the Bluz Cruz I stopped to take a bike photo and got a snap mid fall. I have a few bike fall photos like this.

The Bluz Cruz group stopped at “The Big Ditch” historical marker.

On the Bluz Cruz we stopped by the “Steam punk house”. We only observed from the driveway as we’re planning to do a future ride here to tour the place. I really had to restrain from taking more photos but decided I’d wait.

Suit Night At The Pub Pedal

Last night was Suit Night at the weekly Pub Pedal. Suits and ties, pant suits, rain suits and a hazmat suit. What a fun and handsome bunch.

Be My VELOntine Ride

Sunday was our Valentine get-together and ride with the Coasters.

 

Movie – The Bicyclist

Lester Cribs is losing his restaurant and his wife in the suburbs of Detroit. As his world falls apart, he embarks on a bike trip across Michigan. The Bicyclist takes you on a journey of discovery as Les tries to relive a dead brother’s 250-mile bike ride to the Mackinac Bridge years after his brother’s death. Les’ brother,Timmy, left behind a journal of his 1994 trip detailing how a bicycle and a love for people can open any door. Les tries his best to memorialize Timmy on the ride with the help of wise strangers, but cannot escape the desperation of his new calling.

 

Not sure what to say about this one. Didn’t understand the ending. Should probably watch it again.

Contains adult content.

The Bicyclist – Official Movie (75 min.) from Cass Corridor Films on Vimeo.

In A Minute – Ride For A Beverage

Last couple of days we’ve had wind near 30 mph with gusts in the 40s so I’ve been hiding out at home. Today the wind was not nearly as bad and we took advantage of that.

Bluz Cruz

Yesterday we participated in a group ride. It was a short ride along the river on pre 1970 bikes with a stop for refreshments at a club member’s house. Was a nice time. The ride is modeled and named after a monthly ride that takes place in Denver.



For this ride I drug my old Western Flyer skiptooth from the basement, regreased the hubs, oiled the chain and swapped out the tires. The other tires were original and cracked pretty badly.

Still No Bike Rack

It all began nearly 6 years ago with a simple request to my local grocery store to install a bike rack. A few emails, a couple phone calls, the formation of a Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee, 5 years of monthly meetings serving on said committee and a change of the grocery store ownership later, and I still having nothing to lock my bike to when I go shopping, but… I do now have a place to lock my bike when I attend our advisory board meetings which wasn’t the case until recently.

In addition to this rack at city hall we’ve also had 2 others made and installed at other city properties.

The plan I think is once we get city properties racked we will try and partner up with business to install racks on their properties.

Last year we purchased and installed 2 fix-it stations. Pictured is one at our new “activity center”. One of the TV stations came out and did a news story on it.

Pedal Scrapers Diecast Models

I was recently reminded of these but when I searched for them here I couldn’t find them. I’m sure I posted these before but it must have gotten lost when I switched blog platforms.

I believe I purchased these back in 2006 or 7 at Walmart. They were made by Planet Toys and modeled after actual bicycles made by 26″ Custom Bicycles. If I recall correctly they also made larger models and I gave a couple of those away at the Midwest Bicycle Fest.

Models were the Southsyde, Verdict, Street Sweeper, Lemon Crush, Freshly Squeezed and Chopsickle.

2017 In Review

Highlights from last year…

Bike Club.
The rides and parties with our bike group are always a good time.

The first of which was our New Year’s Day dinner and ride.

The Patriotic Pub Pedal is just one of many theme nights we had.

Midwest Bicycle Swap.
Just as much a social event as a swap. I always enjoy this event.

The Free Pile my favorite part of the swap.

Pedaler’s Jamboree.
We once again attended this event in Missouri along with our Nephew Ben. Bikes, beer, food and music. This ride is always a great time.

Open Streets.
The big city’s first open Streets event was a success.

Riding Trips.
As we often do we took trips in the summer and the fall. August was Colorado, October and November New Mexico and Arizona. Short video of where we rode…

Grandkids.
Riding with the Grandsons during their summer visit. Unfortunately we never got around to riding with our Granddaughter.

Youngest Grandson.

Eldest Grandson

New Bikes.
In October I purchased a new bike. A low end Diamondback. I wasn’t comfortable spending a lot of money not knowing if I’d like this style of bike or not. THe model is the Haanjo which they market as a “alternative roads” bike. So far I’m pretty pleased with it.

In November a friend gave me an old Western Flyer 3 speed which I swapped out the wheels and saddle and added a basket. It’s now one of my favorite bikes.

I upsized the Grandson’s old 20″ fatbike so I could ride it.

Modified an old MTB I’d found with the intentions of making it a cargo bike. I still haven’t gotten around to the cargo part yet.

And that’s about it. It was another great year.