Spring has Sprung

A friend and I went out for a ride this morning, and it was my first long(ish) ride since probably October/November. In case you haven’t heard, we had a bit of a rough winter here in the northeast (the only place on the entire GLOBE where it was colder than average this winter). The last 2-3 weeks we’ve had nice days here and there, but they’ve always fallen on weekdays or weekend days when I had to work. But not today! To start the season we rode out to Ride Studio Cafe for a coffee and back. About 30 miles, which was perfect for a first ride. We started at 7:30 and it was about 34F out and was about 39F by the end. I rode in knickers, a wicking base layer and my rain jacket. Only my toes were cold, but other than that it was just about perfect.

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I know I’m probably optimistic in thinking this is truly the beginning of spring, but damn it felt good to get out riding after this winter.

 

Monday Morning Jamz

Remember that time I thought I could still blog while traveling for a month? Yea. Me too. LOL. Sorry about that. It’s been a crazy month, and I’m still in sleep recovery mode. I’m back stateside and will begin catching on documenting this last month in the coming week. For now, start your monday morning with these chill jamz.

New Mr. Do Video of Twin Cities Bike Polo

Mr. Do came out with a new video of the recently renamed Twin Cities Bike Polo club, and they’re amazing indoor polo space.

I think this video is one of the best I’ve seen at capturing the spirit of polo. I like it because it captures the spirit of a club as opposed to a tournament. Of course tournaments are awesome, and an important part of polo, but your club is who you hang out with every week – your club is your polo identity.

Peace out Winter – See ya in March

When we got our first downpour of snow last week, I was pretty pumped about it. I put on a studded tire, had a ton of fun riding around on empty streets, and felt pretty cool about it (winter biking is for the glory).  Saturday I spent the day riding around in frigid temperatures and a crazy headwind, and I became a little less enamored with the weather. Then we got another dumping of snow earlier this week, and I thought, ‘You know what. I’m not upset that I’m about to leave town for a month.’

This was about the time I decided that I was ok with it being time for vacation.
This was about the time I decided that I was ok with it being time for vacation.

I’m gearing up for a month long trip, and will escape the northern winter to warmer latitudes. First up, I’m going to Puerto Rico for the infamous 81.5 Bike Polo Tournament with a crew of folks from Boston. Then I’ll travel to Quito, Ecuador for a long overdue reunion with friends down there.  It’s been over 2 years since I’ve been to Quito, and I’m beyond excited to go back for a visit. Last, I’ll end my vacation and start the work part of my trip in Medellin, Colombia for the World Bike Forum. I’m excited to meet in person the people who I have been on hundreds and hundreds of hours of google hangouts video calls with, and to see this event come together after months of insane work.

I’ll be posting along the way. Stay tuned!

Winter Commuting

Rode into the office this morning after #juno finished dumping snow. It couldn’t have been more beautiful around the Emerald Necklace! I rode nice and slow (I promise Mom) and just enjoyed having the trails all to myself.

Yesterday I won a half hour long battle with a studded tire and so I’m determined to get the most out of it before I put my regular tire back on. This is the first time I’ve ridden with studs in 2 years and I forgot how grippy it is. I honestly feel safer biking on studs than walking on my feet. It’s not worth the price for everyone, but I’m going to ride this for at least the next few days because I have a feeling taking this tire off might take even longer than getting it on…

And in case you were wondering – the ‘lope is still the coolest bike around and the perfect winter commuter.

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