Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Only the hardest ride I've ever done!

I am all registered up for the 2012 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

I am raising money this year with team Livestrong. Please help me sucker punch cancer and have a good ride!
My Team Livestrong Page

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Montgomery Ward Hawthorn Crusier

Strange chain link design!

A cool old cruiser but a tank. It probably weighs 50lbs.


New bike lanes on 4th street

The bike lanes on 4th street are almost totally installed. The city lacks the bicycle guys that go inside the lanes. This new lanes stretch from downtown to Sylvania ave.

I enjoy having a lane dedicated to bicycle on the uphill side but on the downhill side I liked more wiggle room to avoid the huge holes and cracks while barreling down the hill out of downtown. It is a great improvement. I welcome it and hope to see more around Fort Worth!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cordon multi-target photo-radar system leaves no car untagged (video)

maybe this will help with the social responsibility aspect of operating a car!


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via Engadget by Amar Toor on 10/31/11

Go easy on the gas, Speed Racer, because Cordon is on its way. Developed by Simicon, this new speed sensor promises to take highway surveillance to new heights of precision. Unlike most photo radar systems, which track only one violator at a time, Simicon's device can simultaneously identify and follow up to 32 vehicles across four lanes. Whenever a car enters its range, the Cordon will automatically generate two images: one from wide-angle view and one closeup shot of the vehicle's license plate. It's also capable of instantly measuring a car's speed and mapping its position, and can easily be synced with other databases via WiFi, 3G or WiMAX. Plus, this device is compact and durable enough to be mounted upon a tripod or atop a road sign, making it even harder for drivers to spot. Fortunately, though, you still have time to change your dragster ways, as distributor Peak Gain Systems won't be bringing the Cordon to North America until the first quarter of 2012. Cruise past the break to see some footage of a field trial that's currently underway -- cars tagged with a green dot are traveling below the speed limit, those with a yellow marking are chugging along within an acceptable range above the limit, while vehicles with a red tab are just asking for trouble.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Bike Ride from Near Southside to Downtown – Video

This is where i ride allot. Notice how the cars behave, and the cars parked in the bike lane. Great video Kevin!


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via Fort Worthology by Kevin Buchanan on 9/19/11

Fort Worth Bicycle Ride – Near Southside to Downtown from Kevin Buchanan on Vimeo.

I took the camera out this weekend, mounted it to the front of my bicycle, and shot some video of a ride from the Near Southside to Downtown via Magnolia, South Main, Vickery, Jennings, Throckmorton, 3rd, and Houston. Here's the result, compressed into 2 1/2 minutes and accompanied by music from Britt Robisheaux.

A few notes:

  1. There's a couple of gaps due to a recording length limitation + having to re-set the video rig. Didn't perform too bad for its first time out, though.

  2. The city really needs to re-pave a lot of roads in the Near Southside. The jittery jumpiness is usually because a lot of these roads resemble the surface of the Moon. There are potholes and cracks in some of the bike lanes bigger than, well, a bike.

  3. Fort Worthians aren't yet totally good about not parking in the bike lane, as seen in a couple of places in the video (particularly bad by St. Mary on Magnolia just east of Hemphill, despite the presence of several "no parking" signs and, uh, a police station across the street).

Anyway, here it is. Thought it might be fun to put this up to go along with bike ride videos from other cities.

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No Handed Bike Moves (re-posted from Urban Velo)

This video made me smile!


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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New sneaks for Pixie Fixie!

ArtistCarola got new tires on her fixed gear. They are Origin8 Elimin8er 700x25c and PINK. Totally crazy, don't you think?


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Update: Cotton Belt Rail Trail!

Colleyville and Hurst are nearing completion of the Cotton Belt Trail through their cities.
   ArtistCarola and I went on a, short bike ride/breakfast date, to La` Madeleine's, this morning and I took the opportunity to check out the progress being made on construction of the trail.

 The Cotton Belt Trail is a rail trail that runs from southwest to northeast and follows the historic Cotton Belt Railway from browning drive in North Richland Hills to William D. Tate Ave./ Ball St in Grapevine.

Formerly there were two breaks in the trail keeping it from being a continuous trail.

One break is over Bear Creek on the Grapevine/Colleyvillle/ Southlake borders.
View Cotton Belt Trail in a larger map

 The other was the segment over Little Bear Creek from Colleyville at L.D.Lockett Road through Hurst to Precinct Line Road. This is the segment of the trail that is now about to be no longer a missing segment!
View Cotton Belt Trail in a larger map
The trail is not quite finished yet. The only portion of the paving not finished is the last ten yards by Precinct Line Road.  I don't envy the workers working  in this Texas heat.

 They have certainly done a wonderful job.

The Bridge that goes over Little Bear Creek is a beautiful peice of work and certainly befitting the City of Hurst's portion of this trail. I hope there will be much fanfare when the official opening happens. I know this portion of the trail will be put on many of my journeys around north east Tarrant county!

Here is a link to more Pictures

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I wish it would rain! Sigh!

I like riding in the rain. Most people think that doing anything out in the rain is miserable. I however disagree, after a summer of no rain and INSANE heat I have found myself pining for riding in the rain.....

This summer i have found myself hugging the A/C like my life depended on it....Darn, I wish i had ridden more! I feel that I may not be ready for this years HH100. OK, I'm doing it anyway...But i am weenie-ing out and only riding 100K. I know, I know, too easy but I am, after all, only human.

I think I'll go and learn a rain dance!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Hey there is a new bike blogger in the DFW!

I got an email from a young lady who has just started to blog about her riding in our Texas. On her blog she writes in a very entertaining style You should give it a read!


      I'm a 24-year-old bike commuter braving the mean streets of   Dallas, Texas where the cars have grown at the same rate as the people. Trying to be green in a state that runs red leaves me with a lot of stories to tell—-a blog is a hell of a lot better than annoying my coworkers.

Give VeeSee a shout and let her know that she is not alone in her riding!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bike Thief Takedown

This gives me hope!


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via Urban Velo by brad on 8/7/11

This one has been making the rounds for a couple of weeks and shows a couple of useful lessons for those of us riding around and locking up fancy bikes we want to keep as our own. One, thieves are many times quick to back down and retreat when called out. Second, it shows just how easy it is to cut a cable lock, much like we talked about back in Urban Velo #22, Why Cable Locks Suck. Careful out there, and hope that this person is watching over your bike while you're at work.


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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Le Tour is now on NBC!

Check it out.

NBC now owns Versus. This means that finally a big network will broadcast the tour. Vive le tour!


Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Blame it on the Headwind

The commute in to work today was VERY windy!

Winds SSE 20-30 MPH


Friday, April 22, 2011

Riding in Washington

I am on Vacation. I have had the pleasure of riding my bicycle while visiting my family in Washington.

As you can see it is VERY hilly in this part of the state.

The scenery is just amazing!
To bad I ended the ride having to call in ArtistCarola to rescue me. But that is another story.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring gallery night at The Firehouse Gallery

Tonight is spring gallery night and ArtistCarola is showing at the Firehouse. Live jazz music provided by The Cats.

YouTube Video


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I Finally got an iPhone

They finally got cheap enough for penny pinching comutasarus!
Man this is cool!

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Colleyville's Phase 2 of the Cottonbelt Rail-Trail is under construction!

   The Cotton belt will be a continous trail from Browning dr, in NRH  to John McCain in Colleyville.
 The Colleyville Courier has the scoop.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Fourth Annual Great Bike Swap

  • Do you have a shop full of bike parts? Check!
  • Are there spare frames hanging from your back fence? Yepp!
  • Have you run out of space for the many bikes you have? Shure!
  • Did you get a new carbon fiber seat post and don't know what to do with the old one? No!

Sell it!

The fourth annual great bike swap is coming soon! This year will also feature a cross race and criterium put on by Holland Racing. Check the website for details

I am Getting Fat and Slow!

    Winter has not been kind to me. Or the Holidays have been too kind; Its all in your perspective. I have been working a fair amount so finicially I am well but I have not been eating right or riding near enough. Part of the distractions have been the new Barn and the violin that I was given for Christmas. Regardless the end result has been a heavier me. So to the typical new years resolution...LOOSE WEIGHT!
    With weight loss comes speed so: "Lighter Me=Faster Me"
 Weight 208--->175lbs = 32lbs
Wish me luck!