Friday, October 29, 2010

Old School Cross Video

After a great night ride at Tranq last night (thanks again for the e-mail Greg), Brian, Dale, Dave M. and I went out for pizza. I was mentioning this insane race video from Ireland. The title of this video claims that it is from 1950. But at two points during the film the narrator says taken in the 60's which makes more sense. I have to wonder if Geoffrey 'The Bloke' Patterson was part of events like this. The water crossings are insane.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Ever hear of a full-service bike transit center?

I was looking at Bikerumor today and learned about a service that is already helping to make clean transportation a reality in parts of the US. Bikestation plans, designs, and operates bike-transit centers. These facilities offer a range of amenities including electronically secure indoor bike parking, showers, restrooms, lockers, a bicycle self-repair stand with tools, and transit information. Bikestation is designed to address the needs of current cyclists and people who’d like to bicycle but shy away due to concerns about theft and convenience. The transit center operates on a low-cost membership model and members can use any Bikestation located across the country.

Wonder if something like this would ever work in Omaha?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Cranksgiving 2010 not far away

Mark your calendars for Cranksgiving 2010 on November 13, 2010 at Bike Masters, 129th and Fort. Cranksgiving is a charity bike race and scavenger hunt to benefit the Omaha Food Bank. There is no entry fee, just pay 15 or 20 bucks for the items on the list, which will go toward helping those who need it most. For more info, check out

Start training now with that 25 pound frozen turkey in your backpack.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

An East Peak from the past

I got a nice email today from Donnie in Texas. He's the guy that bought my Marin East Peak frame back in January of this year. I used most of the stuff from this bike to build my 1X9. Then I sold the frame to Donnie on ebay. Oddly, this bike came from Texas on an ebay deal to me. He didn't say how long he has had this built up. Just said that he "really likes it a lot". So I'm glad it went to a good home. Nice to see this frame getting the attention it deserved. I sold it because I wasn't able to feel the trail under me in a comfortable way. I went back to riding a hardtail this spring and it suits me fine. I try to keep my rear (tubeless) tire pressure at about 22lbs. and that is just enough suspension for me.

I was always too scared to put a bottle cage on that top tube like that.

BTW: I was lucky enough to pay an extra dime for my chicken at the Bag & Save Deli today. I guess you have to cook all your food at home not to pay the 2.5% Omaha Resturant Tax.

Kayak at Standing Bear - Oct. 2nd 2010

There was a north wind and the temp was in the 60's on Saturday. Real good weather for kayaking. Doug and I met at Standing Bear Saturday afternoon for some paddling. As usual I took it easy and Doug kicked ass.

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Kayak at Standing Bear - Oct. 2nd 2010

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Stratomatica - is my blog place where I document things happening around me or that interest me. The name Strata, geologically speaking, are layers of sedimentary rock or soil with internally consistent characteristics that distinguish it from other layers. Too deep? Well, I like guitars. Mostly I like the sound and feel of Stratocasters.