Life Is Better Pedaled


He sounded like an ambulance of anger, the way he yelled out the window at us. All red faced and scary and wrong. “GET off the phuckinn rRr….” was all I got before his rage was lost in diesel smoke and speed. On any 100km spin I will meet a ‘him’ at least once. Some mental loon, who feels the need to wind down his window and bark displeasure at my cycling. I will meet his brother … [Read more...]

Blog Post: Up, Open, Then Down

How slow I was moving was a surprise to the sheep who momentarily stopped chewing and just glared as I inched past. The stillness of the day whispered around my ears now the wind no longer rushed by. The gradient meant desperately punched pedaling, drawing harsh vertical lines instead of light circles with my cranks. It’s not that the climb was particularly steep, but the few big … [Read more...]

Pack Fodder Bicycle Blog: Cloud Chasing

Back Camera

It was the best of days, it was the worst of days. Sitting with most of my gear on, waiting for the second pot of coffee to empty and the rain to stop. Three times I made it to the front door, worn cleats snapping on the tiles. Three times, I returned to the kitchen defeated by the rain. With each minute that passed -a kilometre was knocked off my planned spin. When the kettle was clicked … [Read more...]

Cycling “logic”… The Ultimate List by System Six

When we say "clipless" shoes, we of course mean ones that have clips The derailleur keeps the chain from derailing Not only can you get dropped from a no-drop ride, but when you do the pack will wait up ahead so you can get dropped over and over again Hills are like the weather, everybody complains, but nobody does anything about it The laziest person in the pack is often the best … [Read more...] Bike Stolen In Hollywood – Help Return It


On May 13, 2012 a commuter bike was stolen in Hollywood at the intersection of Sunset Blvd. and Wilcox. The was a black cyclo-cross frame with black and orange sitckers on the downtube and top tube. The description of the parts are below: SRAM APEX components Frame was bought at Performance and is a Scattante Ritchey Wheels Easton Bars Reynolds Stem Thompson … [Read more...]

Surly Bikes Recalls Bicycle Forks Due to Fall Hazard


Name of product: Surly Pugsley Bicycle Forks Units: About 975 Hazard: The bicycle fork can bend above the disc brake mount, posing a fall hazard to the rider. Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using bicycles equipped with the recalled Surly bicycle fork and contact a Surly dealer for a free inspection and replacement or a full refund. Description: This recall involves Surly … [Read more...]

Fisch Tales Bicycle Blog – Recent Engagement = Recent Lack of Riding

Fisch Tales Engagment Art

Recent Engagement = Recent Lack of Riding Written by: Jonathan Fisch (Soon to be husband, and ex CAT4 racer) My past life: As I reflect on my life, I can only think of the last 7 years when I got into cycling. Only last year focusing on racing. My life has been about the miles I put on my bike, the adventures that I have had with other fellow roadies, and of course the laughs I get once I … [Read more...]

Crash Test Dummies Bicycle Blog

Orange Cone Attack

Why do I cycle? (Marathon crash race) By Bryan Arita (Crash Test Dummies Blog) Five crashes and three totaled bikes in just the first year of starting my cycling career. That is not what you would call a great way to start a sport in which you find yourself wanting to accomplish so many things. And yet after being hit by a car in February, I find myself injured once again questioning the … [Read more...]

Road Shark Blog – Butt’r Lubricant Cream

Written by: Ira Caminong (Road Shark) At the side of my bed is my bedside table. I have a habit of dumping a metric ton of random crap there. it is there that I have set my keys, glasses, cell phone, watch, wallet, opened and unopened mail, sunscreen, lotion, and lubricant cream. And yes, those last two objects can make a girl want to step back if she sees them at a guy’s bedside table. She … [Read more...]

The Cranky Mechanic – “The Look”

Century Rider Guy

By Uncle Chad I have been away from the group riding scene lately. I have not graced the weekend warriors, the Fondo lovers, the Century fanatics, the dumb MTBr’s, P-crossers and F’ng roadies. But I have at least been getting out and riding some new areas, routes and climbs. What a concept eh? Something new! But as I ride in these new areas there is one thing that is in common, … [Read more...]