Wednesday, December 19, 2007

It's summer in the other hemisphere

White Peugeot Mixte with Saddlebag
'White Peugeot Mixte with Saddlebag' by Chainring Transit Authority

During the North American winter, our friends at Chainring Transit Authority in Sydney get to remind us of sunny and warm days elsewhere in the world. Winter is also a good time to reflect on those long comfortable days out, where one is able to become intimately consumed by her environs.

For me, one of the most enjoyable part of cold dark nights is sitting with a pile of maps and books, both planning and simply dreaming of trips I might take under my own power in the coming year. 2008 is shaping up to be juicy; at least another Cycle Oregon, Tour of the Unknown Coast, Chico Wildflower, and hopefully, if all goes as planned, a bicycle tour of Ireland's west coast. Oh, and at least one brevet. And aside from the big rides, I'm looking forward to the countless miles and adventures with my buddies and my lady.
"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle."

-- Ernest Hemingway

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Turn a key, melt a glacier. Turn a pedal, melt some fat.

Below is a little public service announcement from my friends at Chico Velo. I'm not sure who produced it, but maybe one of you out in the world wide internet can say.

I'm quite proud to live in a little town with such a passion for cycling. Thanks, Chico. And while I don't really subscribe to the cars=glaciers melting theories, the core message is still a good one: get out and ride your bike, fatty!

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Alternative fuels

I received an email from NateArm today, in which he pointed out the striking similarity between the fellow in the advert below, and my father-in-law in the photo below that. The video is from Errol Morris, and the original is available here. Thanks Nate, this was fantastic and hilarious!

Fancy pants

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Once again, Chico needs to fight down Wal-Mart

Last June, I wrote a somewhat impassioned post about Wal-Mart sniffing around in north
Chico, looking for a new place to pave. In today's paper, I came across a new article that states that they are still fighting to lay waste to the beauty that is the rural cycling haven north of town. Why have we not defeated this yet?

I'll say it again. Half a million square feet of China-made disposable goods, parking lots full of obese people in their giant trucks, and 168 acres of land is going to absolutely destroy what makes the northern areas of Chico and Butte county a wonderful place.

I have seen this type of unplanned growth completely wreck the town in which I grew up. I watched in happen outside of Boulder, Colorado. And now, I'm currently wondering what the residents of Chico are going to do.

Are you going to allow completely unplanned growth and traffic to consume what is left of Chico, so that there are no low-traffic places left to ride?

Wal-mart already has a football field-sized store five miles from this proposed site. They are also going to expand that existing store to 250,000 square feet. I'd say for a town of 100,000, that's more than enough.

Aside from destroying what are currently amazing cycling areas, the roads in the north simply can't support the type of automobile traffic that a Wal-Mart and strip malls would bring to the area. The auto traffic would be horrendous. And who do you think will pay, if they actually do build new roads to support the strip mall lifestyle?

Look at your paycheck stub next time. Look at the local taxes that are taken from you. And then ask yourself if you want those taxes going to support roads that will 1) wreck much of the area that you ride in north Chico and 2) support yet another Wal-mart in a small town that simply doesn't need another Wal-mart.

Chico Velo and Chico Corsa need to step up to the plate on this issue, and we need to do everything in our power to, with civility and constructiveness, defeat it. You can start by emailing these people of the City Council:

  • Email city council
  • Email Mayor Andy Holcombe
  • Email Vice Mayor Ann Schwab
  • Email the city manager
  • Email the Editor of the Chico Enterprise Record

  • The Bay Area has done a good job of beating back Wal-mart. We should as well.

    This isn't just about the character and charm of Chico, or even cycling. This is much more about quality of life we have right now, and actively planning the future of what might be the last great small town in California.

    Tuesday, July 31, 2007

    Product Review: Rivendell Ruffy Tuffy 700x27c Kevlar tires

    Update: I have had FIVE SIX flats on the GB Cypres 650b tires in approxmiately 5-600 miles of mostly road riding. Not a good track record so far.

    Also, in the first mile and a half of riding the Grand Bois Cerf 700x28 tire, the tire was punctured by a mystery object and rendered useless. These results don't bode well for Big Wood, my friends.

    Carry on, and the original post is below.


    The Rivendell-designed and Panaracer-made Ruffy Tuffy might be the best 700c tire in the world for sub-28mm-width reliability and, um, tuffness. Today, I reluctantly pulled my first pair off the rims of my Rivendell Rambouillet after 3,000 miles of hard use on and off road. I could have easily asked another 1,000 or more miles out of them, but I like to test products, and I was tired of looking down at the squared-off rolling surface of the front tire (which used to be the back tire).

    Most remarkable is that in those 3,000 miles of riding northern California's goathead-laden roads and trails, I never had a single flat tire. I've pulled out countless goatheads, glass shards and other pointy bits; the kevlar belt is doing its job. The tire casing is shredded, but never a flat.

    Ride Quality and Handling
    When new, the tire is lovely, round and bulbous, like any good-and-fast tire should be. Compared to any 23-25c tire, the Ruffy Tuffy is legions above in terms of comfort. The only speed concern I've faced whilst riding this tire had to do with the engine turning it, and not the tire itself. I've read reviews and "scientific articles" on blogs and various publications that talk about how the Ruffy Tuffy's ride is harsh or slow, but to that I ask: What are you comparing it to? Please.

    The tire has a fun checkerboardy pattern, which, while it does not add ridable value, it is certainly nice to look at when you're at the coffee shop or brewery after your ride (or before your ride!). On the other hand, the über-round aforementioned bulbousness of the tire inspires confidence, and even when bombing down steep and twisty roads (like Chico's Centerville Rd.) at 40mph, I never once felt trepidation to lay the bike down as far as I could to dig into any corners. In fact, I felt more comfortable going through sandy/gravely patches in turns than I ever did on smaller tires. Is bigger better? Maybe, to a point.

    What's next? Well, I have Big Wood.
    At the risk of falling into the Frenchy-frenchy fad that is currently underway in certain factions of the cycling community, I am going to try the Grand Bois Cyprés 700x32c tire. I like testing products, and until I absolutely stick on something (like the Brooks B17 Champion Special), I like to test out different products and setups until I find what's right for me. I'm excited to give the 700c model of the Grand Bois, which by the way in English means Big Wood, a go.

    I have the Grand Bois Cyprés 650b tires on my Blériot, and thus far my results have been mixed. In short, the ride quality is quite great and handling is superb, but I've flatted twice in about 500 miles. I like to not worry about flatting when I ride, and I'll even take a little bit of weight in exchange for durability. But maybe I've hit a spot of bad tire luck on that bike, so I'm not casting judgement quite yet. More miles will tell.

    One thing I've already noticed with the 700x32 Grand Bois is that it will not fit with a fender on my Rambouillet. It is a true 32mm, so they say, and on the Rambo, there isn't quite enough clearance for such a big tire. Come rainy season here in Northern California, the fenders and new Ruffy Tuffies will be reunited with the Rambouillet, and the Big Wood will be flaccid and shelved for the winter...

    Sunday, July 29, 2007

    Polar does not understand bicycle fit

    I've been surfing around looking at various training programs to both increase my base fitness level, and to increase my fast-twitch muscle strength and endurance. So far, I haven't found anything great, so if you know of a good training program that includes weight training, core strength training, and smart bike training let me know, won't you?

    It so happens that I somtimes use a Polar heartrate monitor that I have from my triathlon days, and whilst on the Polar site, I came across this hilarious intro to 'Choosing a bike', which offers up the following "sage advice":
    Road bikes work well for long distances and by riding one you will be able to exercise for long periods. A drawback is the hunched-over position which could feel uncomfortable in the beginning. You will get used to it quickly, of course, and then you will be able to cycle long distances effortlessly.
    People at Polar, don't quit your day jobs!

    Sunday, June 03, 2007

    Paintings of bikes

    A few weeks ago, a fellow named Tim Goss emailed me about this photo of my Blériot, which he found on Flickr. He asked permission to paint a watercolor rendering of the photo, to which I (of course) said SURE!

    Well, the painting is finished, and it is in fact lovely (and for sale). Check out Gino's New Bike and Tim's other beautiful watercolors.

    Building the Long Distance Bicycle

    I was recently honored to receive a pre-release copy of an e-book entitled A Rider's Guide to Building the Long Distance Bicycle, by David Rowe. And now that life has given me a tiny free moment, I had the chance to sit down and enjoy it. I didn't have the opportunity to make it to the Handmade Bike Show in San Jose this year, but after reading this book, I'd certainly like to attend the next.

    More than a book in which one person gives opinions based on his experience, this PDF e-book is a transcript of a panel that took place at the bike show, and includes the knowledge of four long distance veterans. Rowe (the author) was the host/moderator of the panel, and the participants were Terry Zmrhal, Matt Eames, Matt Bracken and Steve Rex.

    The four distinct viewpoints on what goes into designing and building (and using) a good long-distance bike were a lovely read, and not surprisingly, certain common agreements and ideals emerge as the conversation carries on. Being a bona fide bike nerd myself, I can say that I didn't learn TONS of new information, but to have all this knowledge in one place certainly earns a spot on my digital bookshelf.

    If I were new to longer riding, curious about the sport of randonneuring, or wanting a solid half hour read about the philosophy of long distance bike design and usage, this is one place I'd want to start. The beauty of this book is that approximately 99.478% of the ideas espoused in the book SHOULD carry over into 99% of the bikes people ride on a daily basis. This notion might be best summarized on p.51, where Rowe poses to the panelists:
    "Having a bicycle that is comfortable and one where the rider is able to fix a problem and finish that event, or just get back home, that's the key to a great long distance bike, isn't it?"
    I'd argue that David's words apply to a much larger audience than he intended. Simplicity, reliability and maintainability; those are the core virtues of any good bicycle, and especially bikes that will be ridden for many miles. Building on that foundation, there are a heck of a lot of ideas per dollar, and at the $9.95 price tag you really can't go wrong.

    Friday, May 18, 2007

    Roid Landis and pro cycling continue to disappoint

    Last July, I quipped on this very blog that I was sickened by the drug-induced mayhem that is professional cycling.

    Sadly, it looks as if my first feelings were correct. I won't rant anymore; instead I'll point you to these two articles:

    In Cycling, a Race to the Bottom
    The Dark Side of American Cycling is on Display Now

    All this pro cycling garbage makes me even happier that I'm headed out in the morning to go bicycle camping with the Rivendell fellas at Rivendell Weekend III.

    Roid Landis, you still make me sick.

    Thursday, May 17, 2007

    Blériot is finished

    Seven months later, he's all together. Yay!

    Blériot, final build

    Monday, May 07, 2007

    new Flickr Slideshow + cycling

    Today, we (Flickr) released a spankin' new slideshow. You can read about it over on the Flickr blog.

    Some fun cycling-related slideshows:

    650b bicycles
    Randonneur Group
    Bicycle Friendly

    Wednesday, May 02, 2007

    National Bike Month

    This came through in my issue of Bike Bits today:

    "Bicycling is a big part of the future. It has to be. There's something wrong with a society that drives a car to work out in a gym.

    -- Bill Nye, The Science Guy

    Amen, Bill.

    As I've said before, my neighbor drives his V-8 truck less than 2 flat miles to work. He also owns a new bicycle. What am I getting at?

    You may not know that May is National Bike Month in the United States. So, what do you say? Put that car away and ride somewhere. Get groceries on your bicycle. Skip the gym and ride the bike. Or, ride the bike to the gym! Or, *gasp*, ride to work. Let's stop being the fattest nation on Earth.

    Monday, April 30, 2007

    MacArthur Maze collapse: don't believe the media

    Originally uploaded by Scott Jones.
    I wish I could get more coverage on this post.

    Over the weekend we all heard the horror stories predicting traffic mayhem due to the collapse of a span of the Macarthur maze in Oakland. Reality is this: I commuted in the casual carpool, the same as I do every morning. The only difference today is that I had a glimpse into How Much Better the bay area could be if people would stop driving and start taking public transportation, riding bicycles, or carpooling.

    Apparently, everyone WAS doing those things today, because it took me 12, yes TWELVE minutes to get from Elmwood to San Francisco. Yep, 11 miles to San Francisco in 12 minutes at 8:30am on a Monday.

    There were literally zero cars at the Bay Bridge toll booths. It was as if the bridge traffic went back to its not-so-humble beginnings in 1937:

    I chose to take the carpool this morning because I wanted to see the damage first hand; I was willing to take the horrible traffic that had been predicted. And I have to say, as we were whizzing by at 60mph it was a fantastic site, to see such a large piece of Modern Construction lying in ruin. CalTrans already had their heavy equipment out tearing down the scorched remains, and otherwise things were better than normal.

    I've also heard many stories at this point about companies allowing employees to telecommute during this Time of Crisis. Why can't tech companies just accept that many people are better at their jobs when not wasting their time commuting and sitting around in an office? Why save it for times of crisis? Hey employers, why not back up your Green Charade, and start practicing what you preach? Get more employees to telecommute. It's good for the employee, good for traffic, good for the environment.

    Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    The Chico Wildflower: some notes

    Gino riding in the Wildflower
    Originally uploaded by jnkochs.
    • This was my first Wildflower. I'd intended to ride it last year, but I had a nasty chronic sinus infection and was about half way through a Prednisone and antibiotic treatment. Yay! This winter I've been what I'd call full blown paranoid about touching people and things, and washing my hands. Shake someone's hand? Wash. Touch a door knob? Wash. About to eat? Wash. Apparently it worked - I've not been sick.

    • I didn't drink coffee before the ride, whereas most days I have two cups. This was a mistake. I totally blew apart on the third climb of the day (Table Mountain) with a splitting headache, which I'm chalking up to caffeine addiction. Luckily my buddy Tony was still at the top when I arrived; he gave me Advil, which saved the day. The rest stop at the bottom of Table Mountain had shabby coffee, and it was the best two cups of coffee I've ever tasted. Headache gone.

    • I'm not willing to give up coffee. I love it!

    • I absolutely love my Rivendell Rambouillet, and my Brooks B17 Champion Special. I was never in pain, other than said headache. That wasn't the bike's fault.

    • Mudflaps and fenders in the rain rule. The extra weight, in my opinion, is so worth it.

    • In contrast with what I've read in various publications, the food at the Wildflower is overrated. All sandwiches were laden with mayonnaise and onions, which for me, couldn't be worse when riding all day. There were also far too many cakes, muffins and junk calories. Maybe I'm just a hippie health nut, but I'd have liked to see more homemade energy bar type things, more fruit, less cookies and cake.

    • REI's Novara Stratos cycling jacket is actually a great value. It's not *quite* as lightweight as the Showers Pass jacket, but it performed as well as I could've wanted. The ventilation is excellent, the pockets are sealed and well-placed, and it packs up small enough to stick into my little saddle bag with other bits of clothing when not in use. Oh, and it's totally waterproof, and on sale as I write this.

    • The event was really well run. I highly recommend anyone with an interest in Chico do this ride. It's a great way to see Butte county.

    • Tony not only saved my ass with ibuprofen, but he also pulled me the last 20 miles of the ride. And to top it off, he bought me a beer at the end of the day! I owe Tony some lovin'.

    • I volunteered to work the registration tables the Saturday before the ride. In doing so, I had the opportunity to meet people from all over the country. Folks from as far as Germany rode the Wildflower this year. Four people that rode this year have done it every single year since its inception in 1981. There were tons of people from Nevada, at least in my line. Welcome to Chico! Please don't stay too long. ;-)

    • Ruffy Tuffy kevlar tires, while not the fastest, are possibly the toughest (ahem) tires I've ever ridden. I'm approaching 3,000 miles on this set, and I've never had a flat. I figure I'll get another 500 miles out of them, at least.

    • This year on the Wildflower course I saw no less than 50 flats - so many, in fact, that people were pondering the possibility of sabotage.

    • Riding with a front mini rack with a small load is quite different than no load. It steadies the front end of my bike in descents, making it even faster. However, after nearly 90 miles and 4300 feet of climbing, I felt like I'd worked harder to steer over the course of the day. Steering response isn't as snappy as without the rack. This isn't a surprise... I'm just sayin'.

    • I like riding long distances with wool against my skin. By the end of the day I still felt great. Long rides in plastic always make me feel clammy, sticky, and give me that not-so-fresh feeling. That said, in hot weather I still take plastic jerseys over wool! Luckily the Wildflower was rainy and cool nearly all day. Perhaps I really would enjoy living in the Pacific Northwest.

    • True to form, Jeff blasted off after lunch, only to be seen briefly on the last 1/3 of the course.

    • I'll be back next year!

    Monday, April 23, 2007

    Chico Wildflower century and the Chico Enterprise Record

    Perhaps I'll write up a report on my experience in this year's Chico Wildflower Century, but for now, I'll share this tidbit.

    This morning, I "opened" the local paper to this article. The article then prompted me to write the editor of the Chico ER. Here is what I said:

    Subject: Pedal vs. Peddle

    Dear Editor,

    This is in response to the following article that covered the Chico Wildflower:

    Your staff writer, Sarah Kingsbury, made the embarrassing mistake of using the word "peddle" in every instance that she should have used "pedal."

    One does not peddle a bicycle, unless that person is in business to sell bicycles. If a person is on a bicycle, he has his feet on the pedals, and is therefore pedaling.

    Edit your news! The Wildflower is Chico's largest event of the year, and this article represents our town. With writing of this caliber, people will think that Chico's journalists do not know how to write.

    Gino Zahnd
    Chico, CA

    Perhaps the Chico ER will hire me to cover the Wildflower story next year. I have a journalism degree from a highly acclaimed journalism school, and I can certainly write more compelling cycling stories than this.

    Update: The Editor wrote me back.
    Yes, you are correct. The writer and copy editor on Sunday have already been reprimanded.

    David Little, editor
    Chico Enterprise-Record
    400 E. Park Ave.
    Chico, CA 95928

    Monday, April 02, 2007

    April Fools Day

    For my non-American friends, there is a "holiday" on April 1st of each year called April Fools' Day, in which pranks, jokes and hoaxes are played. The whole bit about me quitting cycling was a joke!

    I didn't quit cycling, and have no intent to ever quit. I rode about 120 miles this past weekend (Friday-Sunday), and I am stoked about the upcoming Chico Wildflower century, followed by a few bicycle camping trips in May and June, followed by another century in September.

    Get on your bikes and ride!


    Sunday, April 01, 2007

    I've decided to quit cycling

    Cycling, it's not you, it's me. Well, it might be you too.

    I've been in love with cycling and bicycles since the day I received my first Diamond Back BMX bike when I was seven years old. It has been a fun run, these past 25 years since then, but I'm frankly fed up with the whole "transportation under my own power" thing. You know? It's just much easier to hop in my truck and drive wherever I want to go. If I want to get somewhere on two wheels, I'll buy a nice BMW or Yamaha motorcycle, and get there in a reasonable amount of time. Bicycles just take too long, and honestly, I'm sick of the muscular pain and tweaks in my legs. Who needs it?

    So there you have it. I guess this means it's also time to sell off all my bicycles and gear. I have two Rivendells (a 58cm Rambouillet and a 57cm Bleriot), a Schwinn Le Tour III, a 17" Schwinn Homegrown Factory mtb, pedals, tires, handlebars, and all sorts of other crap that I now feel is clogging up my garage, and my life.

    If you want early dibs on any of it before I put it all on eBay and Craigslist, just leave a comment and I'll get in touch.

    It's been a good quarter century. I like that. 1/4th of 100 years. That's enough time spent on a bicycle if you ask me.

    Oh, and I guess that also means the end of this blog. So long, and thanks for all the fun. It's time to do something better than waste my time on something that kids and bums ride.


    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    A good magazine: Adventure Cyclist

    If you're anything like me, you probably don't actually like the Rodale-press-style advert-ridden magazines filled with pages of corporate spew trying to convince you that if you only used their nano-technology fork or their $25-per-can powdered drink, you'd be your best. I'm a slow rider. My fastest long days put me at a 17mph average speed. And personally, I don't care about losing weight, or having bigger calves. Well, actually, I wish my calves were bigger, but my genetics trump my desires on that one. I've seen the rare good article in the Big publisher zines, but really, I suppose I'm simply not the target market for those types of publications.

    The two cycling magazines I subscribe to, if you want to call them magazines, are Bicycle Quarterly and the Rivendell Reader. The first has minimal tasteful adverts, in depth historical cycling essays, extremely high editorial quality, and product reviews that result from really using the products they test. The second, the Riv Reader, has no adverts (unless you call Rivendell occasionally talking about their own product innovations as advertising), a very unique editorial tone, and often articles are tangentially related to cycling, if at all. It's just Good Stuff.

    Getting back to the title of this post, I semi-recently came across Adventure Cyclist, which is published by the Adventure Cycling Association. You can't get it in stores, at least not that I'm aware of.

    The focus of Adventure Cyclist, as the name might imply, is about peoples' cycling journeys from around the globe. Of the two issues I've seen so far, there have been insightful (and funny) stories, meaty tech information, useful product reviews for non-racing riding, and tips for about a million ways to ride this globe off the beaten path. Their mantra:
    Our mission is to
    inspire people of all
    ages to travel by bicycle.
    We help cyclists explore
    the landscapes and history
    of America for fitness,
    fun, and self-discovery.
    The magazine comes to you via a $35 membership to the Adventure Cycling Association. The best part? The membership is tax deductible because the association is a 503c non-profit! Membership also gets you deals on high quality cycling maps, bro deals with affiliated companies, and a bunch of other useful stuff.

    Oh, and lastly, the Adventure Cycling Association is currently running an offer for a free sample issue. Why not Grab it? Really, how can you go wrong?

    Tuesday, February 20, 2007

    Why so quiet around here?

    I guess my Flickr photostream has been my blog lately. I purposely took some time away from writing here, and on Push Button For, and you know what? I've enjoyed it and I ain't stopping yet!

    I've been riding more (nearly 600 miles in 6 weeks), and I've been reading more books again - something I completely lost touch with for too long.

    I'm sure I'll come back here and write, but right now I'm enjoying other things, and I'm busier than I've ever been with work. 10-12 hours a day in front of a computer is enough, wouldn't you say?

    In the mean time, hop on over to Flickr, and join the party! Soon I'll be posting photos of my Bleriot that is nearly built.

    Rock on!

    Tuesday, January 30, 2007

    Rivendell Romulus STOLEN from Rivendell HQ

    Horrible news: a bike was stolen from a staff member at Rivendell HQ today. Be on the lookout if you're in the Bay Area. The Craigslist posting reads:

    55cm Rivendell Romulus (Red) stolen from Rivendell
    HQ in Walnut Creek. Small canvas bag on back. It's
    a staff member's bike, not Riv's. Bad mojo. Bring
    it back, call it in, no questions asked. 925-933-7304

    Sunday, January 28, 2007

    When real men smoked Camels

    I came across this via cyclofiend. Click the image to see a large legible version.

    Saturday, January 27, 2007

    Thomas Stevens

    Back in January of 1887 (that's 120 years ago to the month for those keeping count), Thomas Stevens became the first person to do an around-the-world tour on a bicycle. He left Oakland in 1884, and arrived back in San Francisco three years later, after pushing the pedals on his penny-farthing 13,500 miles. That's him there on the right. Stallion.

    I like that of the four items he brought on his ride, one was a .38 Smith & Wesson. The other three were socks, a spare shirt, and a rain slicker.

    I don't have the wherewithall to do such a thing as circle the globe on a modern bicycle, let alone a fixed-gear penny farthing. Nuts, I say.

    Apparently there are still some folks that undertake such challenges, and here is a modern photo of a penny farthing being ridden through France.

    I've never ridden one, but if someone in Chico has one, and would like to let me give it a shot, then holla.

    New favorite ride

    Team JuG rode a 53 mile loop today, which you can learn about here. I highly recommend this route, but bring your climbing legs!

    Tuesday, January 16, 2007

    American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure

    I've never raised money for anything. I guess I'm a bit too fierce a Libertarian; I don't like people asking me for my hard-earned coin, and I don't like asking other people for their money either. But this year, I figured I'd loosen up a little, and try to put all these miles that I ride toward some good.

    The Tour de Cure is one of two fund raising rides that I'm planning for 2007. The other will be the MS Waves to Wine two-day tour from Napa to the California coast, in September.

    Why am I doing these rides? Here's what our team site says:
    We are determined to reach our goal one rider at a time and as a team.

    Why Ride? We're riding for my brother Matt, my friend Corey and that cute girl I dated in high school. We're riding for Gino's sister and Phil's friends and family that are dealing with it.

    We invite all riders from Chico or those who have ties to Chico to join us on the team or through a donation.
    Yep, my sister has diabetes. Jeff's brother has it. Apparently, Jeff hooked up with a diabetic in highschool in the 80's... In fact, I'm sure we all know someone that has to deal with Diabetes; we all know that Diabetes sucks and that it is a pain in the ass, at best. So why not raise some money for research, and further the effort to find a cure?

    That said, we'd love to have anyone that wants to join our team come out and ride with us in May. And if you can't join or ride, any tiny donation for the cause counts. Yahoo! has donated $100 $200 on our team's behalf to the ADA, and I'll be matching that, at least.

    Want to pitch in? Make that donation right here, and keep some of your hard-earned tax-deductible bucks out of Uncle Sam's pocket.

    Sunday, January 14, 2007

    Who loves me?

    Claire reads the blog, goes to Costco, comes to the rescue!

    Wednesday, January 10, 2007

    Sierra Nevada

    It pains me to no end to pay $7.99 + tax for a six pack of Sierra Nevada beer in the Bay Area. In Chico, all Sierra six pack products are $4.99, and 12 packs are $9.99.

    I'm just sayin'.