There’s a lot going on in an unsuspecting building that houses the workshop of Ruckus Composites found in Inner SE Portland where Stark Street turns to Water Avenue. The dudes of Ruckus are serious masters of their craft. Their material is carbon and the majority of their creations are repaired carbon bicycles, but they do not limit themselves to the two wheeled machines we all know andRead More
A while back, I was lucky enough to spend a few days with one of the best cycling teams in the world. We rode bikes and ate food. I thoroughly enjoyed the slightly awkward social situation, something like this – I am hanging out at your team camp with all of you and all your new and old teammates and I am just happy to be here thanks for having me. And it turns out I had quite a very nice time indeed. These women, who are many of the best cyclists of our time, are so down to earth, real, and enjoyable.Read More
I awoke last Saturday morning and it felt like my nose was completely dried out all the way from the nostril up through my sinuses. It wasn't a painful feeling, more like a discomfort caused by an unfamiliar sensation. I quickly came through the fog of my dessert-populated dreams and remembered that I was inRead More
The much anticipated release of the PBLRB socks is upon us! They are alive on the internet and you can purchase by clicking here. In case you missed the initial post about this project, you can read all about where this idea came from here. Check out an overview of the project and a summary of the sponsors on the Let’s Race Bikes website, and here’s the quick and dirtyRead More
I was awaiting a shiny new kit delivery to go with Ingrid the brilliant blue race machine. I had plans to announce my new team and racing plans for 2014 right here on this very blog, eagerly visited by my 1-3 followers, with a picture of me in all my new gear.
I traveled down to SoCal a few weeks back to take part in my first San Dimas, Redlands, and Sea Otter experiences. My kits and new teammates took me in like a cute fluffy puppy out of a cardboard ‘free’ box. The racing did not disappoint.Read More
Last year I got to be a part of a really cool thing. My Ironclad teammates helped me win a bike race that qualified me for a special Pro Chase team at the Nature Valley Grand Prix (NVGP) in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. Staying in-step with the Oregonians before me, I managed to secure the top amatuer placing at this high-profile professional event and brought home the ‘green’ Cat 2 jersey.
My personal end result was a combination of hard work, suffering, having crazy fun times on the bike, and, most of all, it was made possible by teammates and a support crew extraordinaire. The Pro Chase event showcased top talent from across the country at the NVGP and it was a target for many up-and-coming racers each season. For us riders, it was a ticket to try your legs and grit against some of the top cyclists in the world. It was complete with a training camp, director, mechanic, financial support for travel and race entry, all the fixin’s. It became a season goal of many and I was looking forward to cheering on the next Pacific Northwest woman who might earn the chance to try their hand at it this season.Read More
I can't take credit for this quote since it belongs to Trevor Spahr (if you don't know this man, you probably should). Either way, it's a pretty good attitude to adopt if there is any hope for enjoying the amazingness that is Portland in the winter, or even the summer. Those tiny little soft raindrops that give your cheeks kisses? That's the kind of wet that isn't rain, it's just existing in a cloud.Read More
The first vehicle I remember driving was an old John Deer tractor that looked something like what is pictured, only it had older, rougher paint. The next was a Dodge Ram pickup truck from circa 1970? My first driving surface was the hay field on both accounts. After I got my farmers permit (aka drivers license for those in rural America), I drove any number of old, large vehicles my family had including my Dad's Ford F250 manual extended cab. That sure was a lot of truck for a young gal, but I handled it with the confidence of a salmon in a stream.Read More
Bloggity blog blog. I've never had a personal blog. I tend to avoid technology things that I predict will make me less social in real time-space, but it's about time a I join the website-blog party. I enjoy bikes and I enjoy design and all sorts of other beautiful things. I also enjoy writing and I am not very good at it, so I hope to use a blog and this website to explore writing for myself and to share it with those who venture around on the interwebs.Read More
This week kicked off the first series of races happening within Portland. Aren't we lucky to have the opportunity to play bikes in our own backyards almost every night of the week in the summertime? Sure we are, but it's only because we are hearty enough to survive the Portland winters. I feel that I have some authority to claim that Northwest winters are tough, since I come from the land of frost bite and blizzards, and I rode my bike in all weather in Minnesota. In fact, I even trained for a marathon (yes, the running kind) in bitter Fargo, North Dakota during my freshman year of college. I only escaped to the indoor gym when the wind chill dipped below -10 degrees F. And still I say that Portland is more challenging. Winter where it freezes is predictable. If it's snowing, it's dry, not wet. If it's not snowing, it's cold as hell but sunny. In the Northwest, it gets as cold as it can possibly be without freezing, and then it rains. ALL THE TIME. And then we ride our bikes in it. ALL THE TIME. For example, it is not uncommon in the spring for Portland to be like this:Read More
Race report from 30 March 2013, Independence Valley Road Race, NVPC Qualifier
Intro - or how I approach road racing.
There are many things that captivate, but none as much as design projects and bike racing. The same sensations and feelings are imposed on me when I engage in each of these seemingly different activities. There is something about the rigor and intensity that creates the layers upon layers that I find so enjoyable about the process of design or road racing.
In the week leading up to Independence Valley Road Race, we formulated a plan and strategyRead More