Sunday, August 31, 2014

Berkshire Brewing Company Goes Warm?

I was at the Big Y in Newtown, CT on Saturday and found all this Berkshire Brewing Company Beer on display and not refrigerated?  Nowhere else have I seen this before.  The Big Y in Deerfield, MA was selling it cold and everywhere else around my neck of the woods sells it cold, too, and you never see it out on the shelves like this.  Is this an example of a Beer Failure?

If the cans say Best Kept Cool does that mean you have to keep it cool or it is OK not to?  I have tweeted this and Instagrammed it to Berkshire Brewing Company but that haven't gotten back to me yet.  Of course, it could be the Big Y here not knowing.  I bought my six pack of Lost Sailor Pale Ale that day where it was stored cold.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Gravle Serendipty

For my 50th Bike Commute I rode the Cannondale to work and was planning on a big ride after work on the way home, assuming I left early enough. I had envisioned riding to Glover Street and then back on Pumpkin Hill and knocking out a good 35 miler. Due to a mechanical issue, somehow a chain link split and was causing the gears to skip, I had to limp home settle for 30 miles commute.

George who lives in Newtown
My original intention Friday morning was to ride in the morning on the Bianchi, swing by the bike shop and drop off the Cannondale and not commute, however, waking up Friday morning the Give-a-Shit meter was in the red, the night before I stayed up too late working on Lipstick's drive train for a Single Speed conversion that I bagged the morning ride and figured I could hop on the Cannondale after I picked it up from the shop and bang out a good ride.

However, late in the morning my manager came into my office basically told me to take off early for the holiday weekend.  With the Cannondale in the shop I hopped on the Bianchi when I got home and went out to ride 30+ miles on the Bianchi San Jose.  What luck!  I now have all Friday afternoon to ride. After hitting some of the trails at Fairfield Hills, I popped out on Mine Hill South and caught up to George who was riding a sweet Bianchi Eros.  At first I thought he was a bike commuter with that pack on his back but he was just out for a ride a beautiful Friday.

I contemplated riding the Orchard Hill Trails but forgot to put bug repellent on and wasn't sure how bushy those trails might be so I stayed to the basic loop down to Monroe, past Guske Pond, and back up Hattertown Road and then to Boggs Hill.

Friday, August 29, 2014

This week in Bike Commuting: My 50th!

My goal this year was to ride at least 50 times to work and on Thursday I did it!  I live 10 miles from the office so 50 trips means 1000 miles but I have done extra riding so my cumlative commuting to date is 1,395.75 miles.  It also means that I have saved around $200, 1000 less miles that I could have put on the car and at least 1000 lbs of carbon emissions.  Now with 4 months to go to the end of the year my next goal is try and ride 25 more times to work. 

The Occasional Mountain Biker

While I still have a mountain bike I only ride it occasionally and mostly at Upper Paugussett State Forest.  Some will say that I have gone over to the Dark Side but in reality I would say it's more like the Light Side. I was never able to drop the weight mountain biking that I have since I have started riding roads.  I think it's due to the fact that when you are on the road you are riding at tempos where you burn fat but mountain biking is more bursting and less constant motion.  The funny thing is last year I commuted just as much but even that didn't help.  It's definitely from riding longer distances and more steadier pacing that has gotten me to where I am today, 20 lbs lighter!   

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Milford Cyclist Killed on 8/23/2014

Dwight Hipp, 57, of New Milford, CT, died of his injuries Saturday, 8/23/2014, after a collision with a pick up truck driven by John Kimberly, 22, of New Milford.  The accident took place in the vicinity of 415 Chestnut Land Rd, which happens to be the address of the Kimberly Farm.

While there are no indications to the cause of the accident, according to the New Milford Spectrum, it was reported that his bike collided with the pick up truck which.  I am merely speculating here but I could see what could have happened here.  If you go to Google Maps to 415 Chestnut Land Rd, go to Street View, move west or two mouse clicks by the silver blue Jagwire and then turn around you will see something like this (364 - 368 Chestnut Land Rd):

From this perspective I think you can figure out what could have happened.  The cyclist was probably riding down Rt 109 from the hill in the back and going fast and I bet it's hard to see around that telephone pole right now at the height of summer with the way road side vegetation gets, so the driver was probably pulling out of a blind driveway and there was a collision.  Something to think about the next time you get some speed and on a descent and the potential for someone to come out of a drive way that you don't see.

What ever the cause, it's a tragedy for both families; the Hipp family and the loss of their loved one and the Kimberly family and the impact this event will have on the driver for the rest of his life.

My condolences go out to the Hipp family.