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bicycle games

I love creativity and fun – especially when it involves bicycles.  From #30daysofbiking to #cyclingcaptuesday, I have always enjoyed the fun of bicycle games, the conversations they start, and the enthusiasm they kindle.  And when the bicycle games get more people, new people, out riding their bikes more of the time, it’s even better.

My Flickr/blogger/Twitter friend and radonneur extraordinaire, Mary G,  who has an excellent cycling blog, Chasing Mailboxes, cooked up a grand idea for some winter cycling fun.  She is calling it the Utilitaire 12, and you can read all about it here and here.  My own heads-up for this project first came from another great cycling blogger/friend, the “Old Guy” (and don’t let that moniker fool you – this guy can out-ride most 20-somethings) – and he’s already a few steps ahead of some of us on the Utilitaire challenge.   Of course.

I won’t try to repeat all of the guidelines to the challenge which you can read for yourselves, but basically it involves making at least 12 destination trips by bike over the course of the next six weeks.  There is a very do-able minimum mileage for each trip, and you can’t simply make the same trip over and over (like go to the grocery store 12 times).  I think this is what I love about it most – it’s going to make me mix-up my destinations, maybe bike to a place or an event that I might not normally bike to, head to a variety of locations for different reasons.   Go to a concert, attend a meeting, cycle to breakfast … and lots more (with a little wiggle room for a substitution if you need it).    You can only officially log two trips per week, spreading the project out for some consistency, and you have to photo-document part of the journey.  Cool beans, eh?  Good for everyone, good for cycling advocacy – and I hope everyone will give it a go.

Today I got to log my first trip for my control card – a trip into town to the bike shop.  Also stopped for coffee and to my optometrist to fetch some new contacts, but my project destination was the shop.

I love my bike shop – it’s kind of like a really great coffee shop, only with bikey stuff rather than caffeine.  It’s got a certain “ambiance” – camaraderie, color, and conversation.   And I had a great conversation with my bike shop guys, Charles and Andrew, had them looking over the Utilitaire project in the shop.  We enthusiastically decided that this would be a fantastic advocacy tool for local cycling in our little town, and it looks like plans are into work to make a modified community event sponsored by the shop.  How great is that?!

Meanwhile, got my errands done on what began as a foggy-soup morning but turned into an incredibly beautiful day – still no sign of winter, cycling in a tee shirt.  Checking off one on the control card.  Hope you will join in the bicycle game fun.  😀

foggy morning


halcyon |ˈhalsēən|, adjective — denoting a period of time in the past that was idyllically happy and peaceful.

Halcyon Bike Shop, Nashville

Last weekend when we were taking Mason back to APSU in Clarksville, we made a quick stop in Nashville to visit a fantastic used bike store – Halcyon Bike Shop.  Mason had visited the shop last spring with one of his cycling/physics friends, and was convinced I would love the place.  And I did.

There is so much beauty in the endeavor of recycling, rehabbing, re-using bicycles and old bicycle parts.  Everyone wins.  Beautiful new (old) bikes are born.  Affordable transportation is created from discards.  Landfills are spared.   Pink bikes get to go to college.

The growing number of “bike kitchens” and used bike shops also often offer places where people can volunteer time to work on bikes, and learn basic mechanical skills.  Many of them, like Halcyon – through their Bike Workshop – help educate and provide transportation for underprivileged youth in the communities they serve.  Everyone wins.

We saw some really divine machines at Halcyon; it was hard to leave without one.  Mostly, there was a great informal vibe to the place – friendly and creative.  I think a single sentence on their website describes them best:

Come to the shop and say hello, we are very nice and want to be friends.

Halcyon's "inner beauty"

bicycle love

#330daysofbiking Day 66: peas and the perfect storm


On a day filled with rain and thunderstorms, I think there is no nicer place to be than inside your favorite bike shop.  Friendly conversation, camaraderie, beautiful machines …

Finally got in to pick up my road bike, which had been in the shop having a front derailleur-ectomy – or transplant, actually.  A few weeks ago while out riding,  I managed to have the perfect storm of mechanical failure.   (Please forgive me here, if I don’t use proper bike lingo/terminology – I don’t know this stuff).  I was down-shifting, and my shifter cable broke … which caused my chain to make a sloppy transition, splaying one of the links … which, in turn, caught on the front derailleur and totally bent it out of shape.  Charles, my most-awesome bike guy/mechanic, tried valiantly to repair it – but in the end, it needed to be replaced.

So today’s ride was a quick spin on my newly repaired-and-good-as-new bike … basically up the road and back. Oh well.  Ross and I had talked about trying to take an evening ride, but thunderstorms and winds are rolling through and I don’t think it’s going to happen.

Since there are no nice riding pics today – you shall get some peas.  LOL.  And an easy(-peasy) summer recipe.

Right now, the garden is full of lettuce and peas.  Late yesterday I finally crossed the pea-picking off of my to-do list, and came in with several bowls of sweet green peas along with a few bags full of lettuce.  Tonight’s #projectdinner was a very easy Japanese Mame Gohen (rice with green peas), some roasted mixed mushrooms, and ginger-dressed garden lettuce.  Light, perfect for summer … and basically no effort; throw it in a pot/rice cooker and let it take care of itself.

Mame Gohan

Mame Gohan — Cooked Rice with Green Peas

  • 1 C Sushi rice
  • 1-1/2 C green peas, shelled
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs sake
  • 1/2 tsp Katsuodashi – or 4-5cm piece of Konbu (dried sea kelp)
  • 1-1/2 C water

Rinse the rice and place into a rice cooker.  Add sake, salt, water and Katsuodashi (or Konbu).  Place peas on top – don’t mix.  Turn on the rice cooker, and when finished, turn into a bowl and toss the peas with the rice.  Serves 4 as a side dish.

truthfully, when they're young and fresh out of the garden, I love to eat them raw-in-the-pod the best!

#30daysofbiking Day 22: a day in the life of a Big Dummy (10 photos)

Todays #30daysofbiking story will be in photos.  (Because it was a long one, and I am too tired to write coherently.)

Heading out. Paying respects to a "deceased" brother ...

Needed some cash.

Picking up a picture I had framed.

Picking up the tennis team snacks.

Mailing graduation announcements.

Dropping off some mail.

Taking the Greenway through town.

A visit to the bike shop; lusting after pretty shiny things. (Ltd. edition Felt Brougham in full chrome/white glory)

Sharing. (Another tennis match. Tennis team kids wanted to ride. Will hold many racquets.)

Watching Grant. Won both his singles and doubles matches today. 😀

After a long day, back at home. Good night, moon.