Monday, October 30, 2006

What not to wear

My wife LOVES to watch the T.V. show "What not to wear?" Often times I feel the show insults people too much and takes them places to shop that "regular" people don't go to. I know I am going to sound mean, but should this lady be in Spandex? It is great that she is out on a bike exercising. However, it is not a law that you have to wear tight fitting clothes when on a bike.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Potter's Pasture

Anybody ever ridden Potter's Pasture? I've read about it on various mountain bike forums, but I've never actually talked to anybody who's been there. I think it's out near Ogallala. The Professor and I have talked about taking a detour sometime on our way to Denver. Can anybody tell me if it's worth it???

Monday, October 23, 2006

Monday night ride

Calling all Homo-Sapiens with a bike.....Anybody want to ride tonight?
I'm thinking around 5 at Tranquility. Those of you with a real job can come late. Food afterwards. If things go well, this could lead to a Tuesday night ride. For now we'll just take it one night at a time.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Epic ride

Benson to L&C to manawa to South O. Good times!



Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Any takers??

The goatheads are looking to get in another "big ride". The weather this weekend is supposed to be good. As of now we are considering the Lewis & Clark / Manawa connection. Saturday will probably be the day but the time is TBA. Who is in?
I will warn you, the last time Lumpy and I tried this the heavens opened up. We were soaked.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Sorry Ma'am

I rode from my house to Tranquility, did two laps and headed back home. I've put in a lot of miles the last few months riding up and down Maple street. My conclusion is that in most cases the street is a lot safer than the sidewalk. However, if you're going to choose the street, you better have thick skin. If being called a d-bag or an a-hole makes you questions your self worth, you better stay on the sidewalk. Maybe there's something wrong with me but I've gotten to the point where I kinda enjoy getting yelled at. I just smile, wave and think about their blood pressure boiling over as they grip the wheel tighter. On today's ride I got yelled at once going out and once coming back. Which is about par for the course, so it wasn't going to change my riding habits. However, the incident that will stick with me occured around 78th and Maple in front of the Ready Mix plant. There were some big cement trucks taking up most of the road so I jumped onto the sidewalk. Up ahead of me was a women in a moterized wheel chair. I announced my presence and passed her on her left. I actually took the grass so that she would have plenty of room. For about the next block I could hear her calling me every nasty name in the book and some I've never heard. The difference between her and the other people that yelled at me was she was right. Sidewalks aren't for bikes. They're for ladies in wheelchairs.

One more thing, I thought this looked interesting: Klunkerz. It's a feature lenth documentary about the origins of mountain biking

Monday, October 02, 2006

Livin the Goathead lifestyle

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No complaints here

If you have never been to Seven Oaks to bike, and/or camp, I think all the Goatheads would agree, it's worth the gas to make the drive up from Omaha. At only 2 1/2 hours away it's perfect for a weekend trip. The single track is luscious! With a little over 7 miles of wooded trails that take advantage of every nook and cranny the Iowa country side has to offer. One of the things that I like about it is you feel like the trails actually take you somewhere, as opposed to many of the trails we have in Omaha that snake around in tight circles (which are fun in their own way). I think we all came to the conclusion that Seven Oaks is both physically challenging and somewhat technically challenging. It has several tight switchbacks going both up and down steep grades. I already have Seven Oaks penciled into my calendar for the first week of October '07.

7 Oaks

You be the judge

Did we have a good time at 7 oaks this weekend? I'll let the facts and pictures speak for themselves.

Perfect weather
no major bike break-downs
Jonathon saw my bike slip off the rack BEFORE it was too late
we got free passes to ski there this winter