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Make a Donation! On Saturday, July 28th, I’ll be riding my bike to fundraise for the 14th Annual CT Challenge Bike Event. It is an amaz...

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thirsty Thursday: Arrogant Bastard Ale

Not sure what took me so long to discover this ale but it's awesome! It has just the right combination of hardiness you would expect from ale especially after a nice, hard gravel ride. I have to get more of this!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Un P'tit tour d'OOF

From now on, if I wake up at 5 AM to ride, by golly, I am going to ride. Monday morning I looked out the window and my excuse for going back to bed was that it looked too foggy.  Lame! I should have rode anyway.

I wanted to ride to work on Tuesday, however, the weather wasn't going to cooperate so I decided to go on a big ride in the morning. I made that decision at the bottom of my driveway, actually. Originally, I was going to do one of my Chasing my average speed ride, where I climb the hill that is behind my house on a road called Butterfield then spend the rest of the ride trying to get my average speed up to 15 or 16 mph, while still riding some hills.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Meanwhile at the Office Bike Rack ...

This is the second time I have seen this bike locked up behind the bike rack at 501 Merritt 7 so I went in for a closer look asking myself if removing your front wheel is enough to deter theft? 

Turns out this is a BOTTECCHIA SPRINT BZ 78 TEAM ROAD BIKE, and from what I can tell in perusing the interwebs, retails for about $2300.

So, my question is, why would you lock up a $2300 bike with a cable lock so thin that you could cut through it with a pair of pliers?

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Upper Mulikin Trail Building (continued)

I had originally planned to go out and do some work early this morning but it was raining.  Went back to bed, woke up later, and thought I would let things dry out a bit.  Ended up heading out about noon and it was steamy to say the least, but I got a lot of work done, but there is much more to do.

First I armored this intermittent stream crossing. Also took out a small tree and clipped some overhanging branches that were ruining the sight lines.

Surly Bikes!

Returning to the Depot Deli after my Bastille Day Gravel Grinder I noticed these really nice Surly Bikes in the rack. At first I thought the black one belonged to someone I follow on Instagram who lives in the Hartford area but when I introduced myself to the owners I realized it wasn't him.