Sunday, May 24, 2015

23-24 May in Lafayette-Boulder

Boulder's Bike-Walk Month Mag
Bike month doesn't officially start in Boulder till June, most likely due to their being both north and at high enough elevation to make May dicey, but it seems they are about to put on a pretty good show. In addition to a detailed web site, they put out a 47 page glossy magazine (shown on the left) publicizing all the events for bike-walk month.

The city is quite festooned with bicycle infrastructure such as the buffered bike lane shown below and on the right; this one runs along Baseline Road. Plus, unlike last November, when I knew absolutely nothing about the Boulder area and was riding on narrow, shoulderless and high speed Arapahoe, I found that Baseline had good shoulders or bike lanes all the way from our friend's house in Lafayette to downtown BikeTown, including good connectivity to a lot of other great riding.That discovery made for a fast little 20 mile loop Saturday morning.
Buffered bike lane in Boulder, on Baseline Rd

 Sunday involved a 30 mile loop starting in Lafayette and heading southwest, including parts of CO 93 that Patrick O'Grady tells me are part of the Morgul-Bismark Coors Classic course west of Superior. Of interest to BombTown readers, it also skirts the edge of Rocky Flats. It was a feisty, rolling bike ride, but at least this time I was able to keep up with my hosts. Or, they were being nice. We skipped the famous nasty uphill finish, though.

Nice weekend, but we have been dodging thunderstorms every afternooon! Including one right now.
My biking hosts, Joe and Dale, with Eldorado Canyon (I think...) as a backdrop

Joe and some old fat guy who was sucking wheel, with Boulder in the background

Just for fun....a movie

Sunday, May 17, 2015

17 May: Bicycling Isn't Just For Riding Slowly, In Street Clothes, On Bike Paths Any More

Naw, I'm not really gonna start that rant. But I did have a great ride today out in the country on the fast-looking, black Cannondale CAAD-5. I bought the frame in 2002 and it is still a great ride, albeit a bit teeth-chattering, especially with deep aero rims, on the chipsealed, segmented NM-4.

Didn't bother with the Santa Fe Century because there is so much good riding up here (so why drive 75 miles R/T to ride a bike?) and I can eat a leisurely breakfast at home. It still leaves me scratching my head that Los Alamos County does so little to promote organized rides or races, given the county's professed interest in diversifying the economy. I guess diversifying the economy is a good idea, as long as someone else does the work (LANL, the Manhattan Project National Historic Park, Bandelier, some other Federal Big Daddy, etc, etc).

As I have said before, and plenty have done it, one can cobble together quarter century, half century, metric century, and the 100 miler on roads around here that are as challenging as any. Sure, the longer routes will take cooperation with neighboring jurisdictions as used to be true with the Jemez Mountains race for the Tour de Los Alamos, but that is true for any long ride. If the road to Cuba is paved, I think that could create an out and back brevet (136 miles or 220 km) rivaling Red River in difficulty. A loop from Los Alamos through Cuba, around NM96 to Abiquiu, and back again is about 255 miles/410 km.

Zero interest. Snooze.

CAAD-5 in current dress, with ALX-320 wheelset, Michelin Race tires, FSA Energy crankset, and Shimano 9 speed shifters and derailleurs, all cobbled together out of whatever was on sale at Bike Nashbar when I built this baby up. The stem extender was added after I herniated a disk in 2005.

Friday, May 15, 2015

15 May, 2015

Especially sombre morning. Heard about B.B. King when the clock radio went on. Picked up my alumni newsletter from yesterday's mail and found an old friend while reading the "In Memoriam" section. It may be Bike to Work Day down here, but its Bike to the Hereafter for my old University of Rochester friend Bill "Standup" Seligman, who apparently passed on this winter.
Bill "Standup" Seligman, Tucson, AZ

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

TONIGHT! National Park Service Seeks Public Comment on Managing the Valles Caldera

This just in.

From Frank Reeves:

Just wanted to remind everybody that the Park Service is holding one of their three Listening Sessions to seek public comment on managing the Valles Caldera tonight at 6 pm.  It would be very good to get a turnout of mtn bikers to get our place at the table to endorse and encourage mtn biking on the preserve.  There have been two other sessions (in Abq and Jemez Sprgs) and I've heard that the equestrian community have been out in force advocating for their pastime and we better do the same, if nothing else than to advocate for multi-use (ie hiking/biking/equestrian) of the trails.  Hope some of you can come.
It is also interesting and alarming that the NPS org chart for the new staff has no slot for a recreation specialist -but 4 slots for law enforcement. 
Wednesday, May 13 in Los Alamos
6-8:30 p.m. MDT
Betty Ehart Senior Center
1101 Bathtub Row  

Day Thirteen of Bike Month. Modelling

 Charles Marohn over at Strong Towns has a really nice essay on modelling. Whether climate, economic, or traffic modelling, we need to remember the limitation of models. Go read it.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Get High on Day Ten of Bike Month, Happy Mother's Day, and Sharrows

Nice day for a ride up Camp May Road
There were a few raindrops that headed our way, but after putting some tomato plants from Dave Fox's place into pots, I decided to head up Camp May Road. Nice day for it, although it turned suddenly windy and cold at the top.

At the Transportation Board meeting Thursday night, the County staff discussed sharrows, with some context sensitive stuff that I am glad is being applied to Los Alamos. Central will get sharrows in the section East of where the bike lane ends. Another proposal is to use sharrows on the fast downhill of North Road where it heads East towards Diamond and a wider "climbing bike lane" for the uphill. I've long suggested such treatments in hilly areas like ours. A fast downhill cyclist on a road like North is not taking a good line by staying in the bike lane, can be overlooked by people turning into our out of Quemezon, or overtaken and cut off by same direction motorists turning into Quemezon. So looking at topography when deciding the proper "bike facility" is an excellent idea.

Hopefully, all the moms who wanted to get in a nice ride did so today, and a tip of the brain bucket to them all.

Take that, Giro!