One love, two wheels

One love, two wheels

Disclaimer: This post isn’t about bicycles. It is a story about adventure on two wheels though; because of all the means of travel I’ve used over the years, I like two wheels the best. Summer’s almost gone. As a commercial fisherman this year had been really busy- until it wasn’t. It came to a halt like a bird flying into a window. There was a thud, a drop, a brief stupor… then done. It wasn’t pretty. Salmon seining in Prince William Sound was the poorest we’ve…

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Holiday gifts for bike people

Holiday gifts for bike people

The weather is getting colder here in Alaska and with it comes that time of year when we eat, drink and be merry. Some kids get gifts brought by St. Nicholas, and other kids get punished by the Krampus. For those that subscribe to the gift giving side of it and have some shopping to do for the cyclists in their lives we’ve compiled a short list of presents- of a mostly practical nature.

SSCXWC

SSCXWC

Victoria, BC. That’s in Canada. It’s called the “Garden City.” It’s the capital city of British Columbia- and is not in Britain or in Columbia. It’s really confusing. Something about history, there is a lot of it there too. Tons of old buildings that I’m sure if they were in Seattle would be torn down- modern glass and steel condos put up in their place. With the graying of the the team (Hodala) – we’ve taken to renting a big house when…

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Seattle before SSCXWC.

Seattle before SSCXWC.

After traveling nearly 3000 miles and consuming a lifetimes worth of alcohol, pizza, cheeseburgers, donuts and ice cream cake- I’ve returned home to my house on the hill in Cordova- alive. Bike racing is hard. This year I’ve spent less time on this blog than I’ve spent on my bike- which isn’t much. I’ve taken very few photos as I seem to break every camera put into my hands. My phone is sometimes used- but I often forget that I can…

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STOLEN IN SEATTLE: BIKES FOR VETERANS

STOLEN IN SEATTLE: BIKES FOR VETERANS

As some of you awesome readers of GMG know, I am a long time volunteer with the Seattle-based non-profit Outdoors for All Foundation. One of the thing our organization does is to team up with the Wounded Warrior Project to provide equipment and support for scenic bike rides and other outdoor activities here in the Pac NW. Many of our wounded vets travel from as far away as Puerto Rico to enjoy the backroads and trails of Washington, Oregon and Idaho…

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Hunting by bicycle is punk rock.

Hunting by bicycle is punk rock.

The homey Garrett, involved with Off the Chain in Anchorage- went on a hunting by bicycle trip this month along with a large handful of other co-op members. It looks like they were successful. Alaska being Alaska, I saw a couple of the hunting party members in the Anchorage airport on my way home from Interbike.   I’ve combined guns and bikes on a few different levels, most of the time carrying a sidearm or shotgun as bear and moose protection…

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E-bikes and cargo bikes and fat bikes oh my!

E-bikes and cargo bikes and fat bikes oh my!

Day one of Outdoor Dirt Demo. There was dirt and wind and beer and bikes and… The Elliptigo. Maybe next year they’ll come out with a recumbent, E-Elliptigo but until then- I’m out. Fatbikes. I like them. They are fun. Apparently other people like them too, and the bike industry has been selling lots of them. I also like cargo bikes. They have come a long way in the last few years and I’m trying to get my nephews set…

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And so Interbike begins…

And so Interbike begins…

Fresh off the plane in Las Vegas for this year of Interbike, I’m sitting in my hotel typing this- enjoying a cold Budweiser in my underwear. I’m doing things a little different this year, blogging solely from an iphone 6 and a bluetooth keyboard. I’m not certain it will work well, but I spent all my money on bike parts this year, so thats what you get. I spent a little better than a week in California- the Golden State,…

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Ales for Trails in Seattle!

Ales for Trails in Seattle!

This Thursday in Seattle, you should go drink beers at Brouwer’s in support of Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and the building of more trails in the Northwest. They will have beer from Oskar Blues Brewery, GoodLife Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and Fremont Brewing Company, and Hopworks Urban Brewery nand all proceeds will go directly to Evergreen for ongoing trail work. So, come meet the Evergreen folks, mingle with the beer folks, and join them in celebrating and supporting a great cause! More info at the Brouwer’s website Or on…

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