Behold, Lucas Brunelle’s most recent film about the gang’s trip to the Darien Gap.
Also note, this is the slowest that Lucas has likely ridden in the last 20 years.
This is either about touring, or something that takes place out of the Northwest. Still about bikes- are you surprised?
I have riding memories in Oregon as well, but no where near as many as exploring the East Bay, Marin County and San Francisco on two wheels. Some of my best rides have been in California and I thought of these as I flew down to the bay last week, as a surprise to my good friend for his wedding (second time’s a charm!) I knew in the cargo hold of that 737 was my bike and I knew I was headed down to 80 degree weather on trip that would kill three birds with one stone. Not only would I threaten to spend as much time in the saddle as I did on a barstool, I would see my good friend and my favorite family members.
I wasn’t surprised that the weather was hot and dusty. California is in a drought. I asked some kid at the park how long they’ve been in a drought.
“How should I know? I’m only 12!”
My family unit now resides in Crockett. A town built by C&H sugar and is now sustained by various oil refineries. It’s an odd town, with a couple bars, no grocery store and an $80,000 median income. It’s closest BART station (an extremely useful tool in getting around in the Bay without a car) is in Richmond- 15+ miles away through a handful of towns and a fair amount of climbing. All in all I rode about 200 miles that week in the sun. I got to explore the dirt trails connecting Crockett and Port Costa, another odd little delta front town with a bar worth visiting.
In my week in the Bay Area I got to share some good beers and good times with some of the most important people in my life and ride bikes in places that I haven’t in many years, as well as some places that I’ve never ridden before. San Francisco and the East Bay is really stepping it up when it comes to beer selection and I had a lot of fun rolling around looking for a place to wet my whistle with a fine draft beer.
In all of that I came to realize that “home” means different things to different people. To some it’s where they first saw the light of day. To others, it’s where they had their first kiss, or where they went to high school. Maybe it’s where their family lives, or at least their favorite family. Can you ever go home again? I’m not really sure. I still don’t miss California. Alaska is where I live now, but I’ve lived quite a few places. I’ve come to be the person I am from my experiences down life’s trail- and to me, I guess, home is where I ride my bike.
For those of us that missed NAHBS, you may not have heard that a plastic bike won “Best in Show.”
“Imagine biking with your friends to all the dope Puget Sound seaside cities and going to shows, alleycat races, seeing art, watching films, doing workshops, camping out, and going on critical mass rides. Now stop imagining and do it.” – Thomas Kolb
MOBROLL 2014 is coming to your town! Grab your bike and ride along. Starting May 1st in Bellingham and ending May 18th in Olympia. Riders can ride the whole tour, a few days, or just join for the afternoon. However long you can ride along one thing is for certain, you are going to have a blast on two wheels!
May 1st-4th Bellingham
May 4th Anacortes
May 5th Whidbey Island
May 6th Port Townsend
May 7th Kingston
May 8th Bainbridge Island
May 9-11th Seattle
May 12-13th Bremerton & Port Orchard
May 14th Gig Harbor
May 15-16th Tacoma
May 17-18th Olympia
Full list of events, dates, cities and RSVP HERE.
Editors note: This is the first post by one of two new Go Means Go contributors. They are Northwest kids living in Europe and embarking on a bike trip. You’ll be able to find their ramblings here on GMG. Part diary, part travelogue, with writings from the road- we’re happy to have Ben and Chase onboard. Ride on, you crazy diamonds.
A bicycle can get you where you want to go, but like many 20-somethings, we don’t always know where we’re going. It is times like those when it is sometimes good to let your bike take the lead. We, along with hordes of others, let our bikes guide the way and this time all roads led to Berlin for the Berliner Fahrradschau (Berlin Bicycle Show).
We consciously chose to do no prior research or investigation of the show and its vendors so that Berlin itself could show us what its bike culture, fashion, and ambition is. With no expectations, we rolled up to the venue, and it did not disappoint.
The weekend. It doesn’t mean much to some folks, while others set their clocks by it. This little short is a reminder to me that getting out is necessary. Even in the big city- an overnight trip can rejuvenate and reconnect you with the things that are important. So this weekend, or next Tuesday, get out there. Explore. Pedal. Sleep under the stars. And don’t forget to breathe.
Swobo has a windowless van and a plan. They are hitting the road onboard the van, Halen to spread the good word of Swobo- while sharing pizza and beer with those lucky enough to cross paths with them on this trip around these United States. They have a tentative schedule, connecting with shops from Colorado to South Carolina. (Unfortunately they are skipping Alaska this time around.)
Also keep an eye out on the website- because they have a few new bikes coming out. One being: The Mutineer. A single speed specific mountain bike(ish) offering that looks like loads of fun. An alloy frame with a 27.5″ wheelset (with Kenda Honeybadger tires,) it’s belt drive compatible, has a (80mm) suspension corrected rigid fork, disc brakes, a bunch of Swobo parts, and it comes in at a cool $999. That’s like Evil and a half. Only available in matte black, because you don’t really need anything else. I cop’d a photo from BikeRumor, who will be following the tour with internet postings and the like.
So if they’re coming through your town- pinch Murph’s cheek, get to know the bikes, and drink all the beers- as I would do.
Fat bikes don’t always mean slow bikes. In Marquette, Michigan and places with more ridership than we see in small town Alaska, people are getting together to make trails. Not only slow and steady trails, these folks have the need for some speed. Marquette is making great strides to promote winter trails, and they’re making a movie about it. Here’s what they’ve got- 15 miles of winter singletrack? Yes please:
Not bad if you ask me.
Check out Clear & Cold Cinema on FB
As well as all the trailers and edits on Vimeo
And then, who wants to go to Marquette with me? http://www.travelmarquettemichigan.com/
The Single Speed World Championships will take place in Anchorage, Alaska in 2014. July 18-20. Coming back to the USA after it’s been overseas since 2010. It’s travels have taken it most recently to Italy and South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand before that.
As “officially” as any shitshow can begin- the first SSWC took place in California in 1999. I have never taken the opportunity to compete or attend one before, but this year I may just have a chance. Or not. Unfortunately for me it takes place smack dab in my four-month fishing season and I’ll likely be found in the middle of Prince William Sound, sulking with jellyfish dripping on me from the net above.
For others though- that have jobs that they can take some time off of, I’d highly suggest getting your ass to the 49th state for this one. Anchorage is not well known for urban cycling- in fact I’ve found it one of the sketchiest places to ride (predominately in winter.) Drivers are quite aggressive towards cyclists, even more so than the moose you may cross on the paths. However, Anchorage is also home to a wonderful grid of trails, with Kincaid Park being the city’s crown jewel. They have CX races in town at the parks, MTB races at Kincaid. It’s pretty bad ass. And it’s in the Last Frontier. No, not space- that’s the Final Frontier. Drink bears and get mauled by beers!
Grab your single speed: mountain bike, sweet fixie, cross bike, tall bike, unicycle (if you’re from Portland,) or whatever other contraption you want to ride and buy a ticket.
Anyway, get your shit together and your head in the game. When registration opens, it’ll fill up fast. There’s a webpage and a Facebook and more info to come- so look alive!
For info go to: