*flyer by Greg Bemis
Track or Treat 6
Peacock Groove – Ivy Building Seward (across from the Hex, facing the Greenway)
Meet a 8:30, race at 9
Expect a short 15 mile race, open to all kinds of bikes, but there will be a minute time bonus for fixed, as well as a minute penalty for lack of costume.
Entrance to party is a six pack of beer, we will put them all in a kiddie pool full of ice and then it’s a free for all, just don’t be grabbing any and putting them in your bag, I’m making SK Beer Sheriff.
If you race, you still need to provide a six pack. Go get one at Hum’s before the race.
If we get a beer sponsor that may change, but the group kiddie pool thing seems to work okay at other events and it seems like the easiest way to amass a bunch of beer.
(P.S. if you have a kiddie pool you’d like to donate to the cause, hit me up)
This party is going to be the social event of the season. Kopish, Housepig, and myself are going all out for this one. It’s going to be some next level shit. Strobe lights, smoke machines, horror movies, Heavy Metal, blood, sweat, and skin.
Yesterday I decided to put my racing license to use and headed out to St. Louis Park for the last of the Tuesday Night Cross series races for the season. (this is the first time in over ten years I’ve held a license, as I’ve been out of the game since I stopped racing mtb’s in college)
This is actually the first time I’ve ever done a “real” cross race, meaning paid actual money to ride in a sanctioned event. I’m still not 100% sold on the idea as many of the courses seem to be just a bunch of ridiculous switchbacks on wide open fields, where I’m more of an in the woods guy. I’m sure you just need to find the right race, and I’m certainly not judging all courses by this one experience, but from the photos I’ve seen many of the courses seem to be just so contrived and forced that it rubs my sensibilities the wrong way.
That said, the course had me on my limit the whole race. So if that’s what they were going for, they succeeded in spades. It was weird, I didn’t really feel like I was working that hard, but lo and behold I was pinned and couldn’t pedal or run any faster. My back started giving me trouble in the third lap, but I hung in there and finished in the upper half of the field. At the finish of the race I wanted to puke, as the effort needed was very different than in any other type of bike racing I’ve done.
All in all though, I’m stoked to race and see more courses and improve upon my skillset. Even just riding yesterday, I learned so much from watching the other riders. And the fact that such a weird and gnarly amount of effort is needed definitely has me intrigued.
1. How many wheels do you think they went through filming this?
2. That Wall of Death business is amazing, I’ve always wondered if it could be done on a bike.
If you think that there may be a chance in your life where you’d like to own on of these now infamous “Prolly Is Not Sheldon Brown” shirts, the time to act is now.
This was always intended to be a limited edition, and I plan on reusing the screen for a new design next week. That means if you want one, it’s now or never.
They’re available in black or white and are printed by myself in my workshop on Flag Hatchet Approvoed (FHA!) American Apparel t-shirt stock.
Head over to the Bike Jerks store to grab one.
I ran into Nick from Rock-it at brunch on Sunday, and he let me know that the company had recently acquired a new tool to use in the pursuit of delivery excellence: a custom made Trash Bag for their cargo bike.
It’s this sort of custom work that makes it so rad to have a talented local bag maker, the sides of it are corrugated plastic to give it some structure, and the top is a giant rolltop to provide flexibility in load size.