Sunday, December 20, 2009

Merry Christmas, Goathead Nation

I put together a little video for Christmas...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I guess this looks like fun.....

Actually, I really do.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


In case anybody is wondering what to get me for Christmas:


...or a Madone, your choice.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

New Content

The following post contains new content.

Stay tuned for more new content that's even more exciting than this new content...... You people need to make sure you bring a camera to the Goathead Christmas Party. Mines in the shop. J.C. promised me his wife would do something blog worthy at the party. Based on her past, things could get a little spicy.

The 10 Most Expensive Bikes On Earth

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I have an idea....

I think Manawa would be the perfect spot for one of these......

Sunday, November 08, 2009


I put together a quick training video for our next Stop-to-Stop ride:

Who's in for Cranksgiving this Saturday?

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Tranquility Goodness

Wow. 70 in November? Awesome...

Thursday, November 05, 2009

It's been a while


On a more related note, I would like to thank some of the folks that I've encountered out on the trail recently. Alex saved my ride the other day. I was at Tranquility Sunday afternoon and was adding air to my slowly leaking tube (Fruita trip, 6 patches, for those that remember), using my small hand pump. Apparently, in all my maniacal fury, I managed to rip the valve stem out of the tube. I have to confess, I have not been to a bike shop to pick up tubes since the trip, so still no spare. I ran around the parking lot, asking everyone if they had a spare. Not looking good. Then Alex pulled up. He had an old 26" tube. It worked! YAY! Then someone said my name, and I looked around for a second, to find Skinny D. He was kind enough to lend me his floor pump. Thanks guys!
Tons of cool people have been out, the couple of times I've made it to the trail. Hopefully I'll get out a couple more times before the weather turns.
See you out there!

PS - Did I hear rumors of a Goathead Christmas Extravaganza??

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

This looks painful.

Remember when Platte had something like this?

She was probably distracted by the guy dressed like a garden gnome on the left side of the bridge. That seems like a serious safety violation.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Crappy Bike Lanes

Omaha is definitely not the most bike friendly town, but I think it's slowly getting better. I've been commuting to work for two and a half years now and I've noticed small improvements in people's attitude toward cyclists and of course we have new bike lanes being developed (slowly).

I guess it could always be worse........

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009


The last few weeks have been HORRIBLE for my mileage count. Since labor day weekend, I think I have ridden on dirt 4 (maybe 5 times). Road rides haven't been much more than that either. Because of rain or my schedule I haven't even been able to ride to work.
J.A. and did enjoy "the Bellevue Loop" on Saturday. Of course right as we got to the toll bridge the rain started and was pretty steady until we came around the west side of Offut.
I would love just one more good day on the dirt.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Bike Nirvana

30 miles + 50 Wings + 10 Donuts = Enlightenment


Wing Stop: Thank you to all the chickens who sacrificed their wings for our pleasure.

Donut Stop: As you can see, Joe and Jess had a very intense staring contest. This went on for hours.
No actual biking photos were taken, so it's up to you whether you believe any real biking actually took place, or if we just dressed up and drove around Omaha.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


Run for your lives! It's a Stop-To-Stop ride!!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Saturday, September 19, 2009


What a nice and surprising Saturday. Rode Manawa in the morning with the mrs. and then met up with 3 other Goatheads for a couple laps at Tranquility. Four of us haven't been together since CO. JA, JC, The A-train, and myself had fun. Too bad Lumpy watched Big Red or turn out would have been the best all year. J.C. and myself managed to remain unscathed while J.A.'s hand met a tree and Austin's body met the dirt.
Maybe, just maybe 5 of us can make a trip to either Lewis and Clark or Platte.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Power of a Single Heckler on a Political Speech

With the 2010 election campaigns starting to gearing up, just a note to hopeful candidates to stay off Lumpy's yard while stumping. He doesn't take kindly to your type.

Punctuation is your friend...

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Love Your Commute...

Danny MacAskill's commute to work is very similar to mine.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Failures and Successes

Here are some of the failures and successes from our recent attempt at a 24 hour mountain bike race.

Failure - Our support team got sick and/or had scheduling conflicts.

Failure - Jeff injured his back in a cage match 3 days before the race. We were down to 3 riders.

Failure - Our "Goathead-for-a-day" competition failed to garner a 4th rider. We had several leads but they all fell through in the end. 3 riders would mean more laps and less down time.....

Success - Only taking three meant one vehicle and more room for Lowel's king-size "Select-Comfort" bed inside the tent.

Success - The weather forecast was stellar, with the exception of fog, but I'm sure fog won't affect things too much........

Failure - Jon gets called out by the race organizers in front of everyone at the pre-race meeting for being a Nagging-Nancy. Lowell and I actually consider this a success...... It was hilarious!

Failure - The race starts with a 50 yard sprint to bikes. We agree Jon should be our first rider since he's got the mental fortitude needed for cut-throat competition........... After the gun, Jon quickly gets bewildered by the flurry of activity. Forgetting where he put his bike, he starts zig-zagging through the crowd like a drunk sorority girl. After finding his bike, Jon attempts to mount and catch the field. Somehow, Jon misses the bike completely and crashes to the ground. He picks himself up and slowly throws his leg over and shakily rides off. The crowd lets out a patronizing cheer....... Team Goathead is in last place.

Success - After 2 full rotations of riders, Team Goathead is in the hunt and feeling good.

Failure - The fog rolls in. This is the thickest fog I have ever seen. Here's a picture of Lowell returning after a lap around midnight.

Not only did the fog make for some sketchy night-time riding, but it made everything wet, and I mean everything. There was no way to keep dry. The inside of the tent was as wet as the outside.

Success - Our game plan was to keep a rider out on the trail at all times. Some teams went out and threw down blazing fast lap times at the beginning, but faded as the night wore on. Our slow and steady method paid off.

Success - We turned a 24 hour mountain bike race into a 22 hour race. By 10 am, the leader-board made it clear that we couldn't catch the team ahead of us, and the team behind us couldn't catch us. Our fate was sealed. We sat back and let the sun dry us and our gear off.

Success - Team Goathead placed 3rd in our division, and 7th place overall. We left with some pretty nice swag.

On the way back home, we all agreed that next year we need to compete in the 4 man division. We just weren't sure who the 4th man would be. Jeff would be a good teammate, but he's too focused on cage fighting......... When I got home I realized who the obvious choice would be. He throws down lap after lap and never gets tired. Meet Broheim...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

For Future Reference....

".. And I began imagining what it would be like to be run down(by a car), and if that were to occur someone might say 'at least he was doing something that he loved'..

.....I began reflecting on that sentiment, and just how much crap it is... I'd like to go on record here and say that if I do ever meet the underside of a vehicle while riding a bike, I would prefer that no one utter those words, because as I see it, what I was doing when I was killed was being hit by a car, and I don't love that."

- Stevil Kinevil

Monday, August 31, 2009

The Vortex of Terror

The upcoming 3 day weekend should afford me enough time to accomplish two significant tasks.

Task one: Survive the 24 hours of 7 Oaks.

Task two: Construct one of these in my backyard.

My Little Boy!

Hatin' on cyclists

It amazes me how many people seem ignorant of the law for cyclists. I remember as a youngin' riding my bike on the road, and getting bottles thrown at me telling me to get on the sidewalk. Actually, I guess the last two sentences answer each other.

Friday, August 28, 2009

She crossed the line......

..... You can't throw away a man's bacon and expect him to stay. I see nothing wrong with this kids behavior.


Best movie title ever........

Monday, August 24, 2009

Random thoughts of the day.....

Whenever I get an email that appears to have forwarded a thousand times before it gets to me, I usually delete before reading and then I reply; "Grandma, stop sending me this crap!"

However the following comes from one such email. These are just a few of my favorites. I don't know the original source.

Random thoughts:
  • More often than not, when someone is telling me a story all I can think about is that I can’t wait for them to finish so that I can tell my own story that’s not only better, but also more directly involves me.
  • Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
  • Have you ever been walking down the street and realized that you're going in the complete opposite direction of where you are supposed to be going? But instead of just turning a 180 and walking back in the direction from which you came, you have to first do something like check your watch or phone or make a grand arm gesture and mutter to yourself to ensure that no one in the surrounding area thinks you're crazy by randomly switching directions on the sidewalk.
  • I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
  • The letters T and G are very close to each other on a keyboard. This recently became all too apparent to me and consequently I will never be ending a work email with the phrase "Regards" again.
  • Do you remember when you were a kid, playing Nintendo and it wouldn't work? You take the cartridge out, blow in it and that would magically fix the problem. Every kid in America did that, but how did we all know how to fix the problem? There was no internet or message boards or FAQ's. We just figured it out. Today's kids are soft.
  • I think everyone has a movie that they love so much; it actually becomes stressful to watch it with other people. I'll end up wasting 90 minutes shiftily glancing around to confirm that everyone's laughing at the right parts, then making sure I laugh just a little bit harder (and a millisecond earlier) to prove that I'm still the only one who really, really gets it.
  • I would rather try to carry 10 plastic grocery bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in
  • I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
  • Whenever someone says "I'm not book smart, but I'm street smart", all I hear is "I'm not real smart, but I'm imaginary smart".
  • How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear what they said?
  • While driving yesterday I saw a banana peel in the road and instinctively swerved to avoid it...thanks Mario Kart.
  • MapQuest really needs to start their directions on #5. Pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.
  • I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
  • If Carmen San Diego and Waldo ever got together, their offspring would probably just be completely invisible.
  • Why is it that during an ice-breaker, when the whole room has to go around and say their name and where they are from, I get so incredibly nervous? Like I know my name, I know where I'm from; this shouldn't be a problem....
  • You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you've made up your mind that you just aren’t doing anything productive for the rest of the day.
  • While watching the Olympics, I find myself cheering equally for China and USA. No, I am not of Chinese descent, but I am fairly certain that when Chinese athletes don’t win, they are executed.
  • I like all of the music in my iTunes, except when it's on shuffle, then I like about one in every fifteen songs in my iTunes.
  • Why is a school zone 20 mph? That seems like the optimal cruising speed for pedophiles...
  • Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
  • Even if I knew your social security number, I wouldn't know what do to with it.
  • The other night I ordered takeout, and when I looked in the bag, saw they had included four sets of plastic silverware. In other words, someone at the restaurant packed my order, took a second to think about it, and then estimate d that there must be at least four people eating to require such a large amount of food. Too bad I was eating by myself. There’s nothing like being made to feel like a fat bastard before dinner

Saturday, August 22, 2009

2 weeks and counting

2 weeks till 24 hours of 7 Oaks. The closest thing Omaha has to 7 Oaks is Jewell, so we decided we needed to do some night riding at Jewell. I love Jewel. Tight and twisty, and more wildlife than any other trail. We saw a dozen deer, 4 or 5 turkey's, a raccoon, and a family of jackolopes.

This will be the first 24 hour race the Goatheads have done. I'm a little nervous about it because I don't feel like I have a clear game plan. Riding at Jewell made me feel a little better.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


I read the blog that Lumpy linked to below. Like Lumpy, I feel guilty for previous actions and would like to make ammends. So I would like to say I am sorry to Goathead nation if it looked like I was advertising any of the following products through photos on this site.
-Trek bicycles
-Giro Helmets
-Oakley sunglasses
-Nashbar sunglasses
-Nashbar garment/pannier bag
-Pearl Izumi shoes,gloves, and shorts
-Nema shorts
-Midwest Cycling Community (I wear their socks)
-Joe Boxer Athletic socks
-Dakine hydration packs
-Target brand technical t-shirts
-Old Navy technical t-shirts
-7 Oaks ski and mtn bike area
-Colorado toursim department
-Breckenridge downhill trails
-Moab tourism dept.
-Energizer head lamps

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Man Asserts Dominion Over Nature, Hits Horse With Rally Car

Another local bike blog has made me feel guilty about the two environmentally destructive bikes made by evil corporations that I own. Thus, I have decided to stop riding and instead sit on my couch all day finding cringe-worthy Youtube clips to post on our environmentally destructive website. The following clip is brought to you by the Military Industrial Complex.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

MC Spandex

No commentary necessary.

What heat?

This past Saturday, the mercury topped 100. While you were sitting on the couch sipping an Arnold Palmer, the Professor was cranking out 7 laps at Tranquility. He's the guy in the back in the above picture.......... but don't let that fool you. 7 laps earned him a 9th place finish in his first ever marathon event.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Every picture tells a story......

Tranquil Wednesday

With the pace yielded to the pleasure of Above & Beyond podcast #278 (happy late 40th first-man-on-the-moon anniversary by the way), I completed a full lap at Tranquility with no breaks. I feel like I'm starting to taste where I was at a couple years ago.

All you Marathon guys best watch out. I'm gunnin'.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Anyone want to play a game I just made up?

You bring your own blindfold, I'll supply everything else.....


Who can explain this?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friends, MTBers lend me your ears

I think most people would agree that Lumpy is one of the more eloquent speakers in the Goatheads. But I don't think too many people in the Omaha MTB community get to hear his wisdom. Luckily cameras were rolling on a recent trip to Breck.

Sunday, July 26, 2009


There's a nice pictorial recap of the TdF at the Big Picture.

In Goathead news, we all got together today to celebrate JC's Birthday. Our original plan was to do some laps at Tranquility followed by wings at Wing Stop...... But then Jon said, "I have an idea." One thing led to another, and well.... I'll just let the pictures tell the story...... Happy Birthday Jess!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Someone beat me to it.

I snapped the above photo when we were in Colorado. It was driven by a couple of German dudes. When asked what it was, they said they couldn't say and they walked away. They were visibly annoyed when I snapped a picture. Austin suggested I send the picture to Car and Driver, which I did, but it appears someone beat me to it. Turns out it's a Prototype 2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMZ Roadster.

More pics from RAGBRAI