3rd Annual #ThnksCranks Thanksgiving Ride

Thanksgiving is when Americans get more excessive than ever.  We eat too much, drink too much, sit around too much, and get fat too much.  What better a way to start a day of such epic lazy-pathetic-meh-ness than by going out for a bike ride.  And what better a way than to do it when it happens to be eight degrees farenheit out?  Check out the Bike Bliss blog for a nice lil' write-up about cyclists coming together and not racing each other at Bike Bliss - Thanksgiving Ride

#ThnksCrnks 2010
All photos © BikeBlissChick

L to R @singletrackm1nd, @tymorrisonheath, @captaine, and @sharalds


Sayonara Jon, Lauren, and Gorgotron

Jon W., Lauren C., and Gordie Elizabeth Howe are moving away from Bozeman.  Graduate school and teaching opportunities call and The Bozeman Fix would like to wish them the best.  If you're friends with these folks get 'hold of us and we'll tell you where and when the going away shindig is. 

Gordon Elizabeth Howe before his audition for the film "Somebody Call a Doctor"

Top 10 [Hilarious] Winter Riding Tips

The following article is a re-post from GreenLightRide.com

Reed’s Top 10 Winter Riding Tips

These tips are from 1999, but are still as irreverant as they were last century. From a former employee of Quality Bicycle Products who currently works for HED Wheels.  New for ‘1999!

10. Use a bike that has a fork on it.
9. Always put some air in your tires, but not too much.
8. Always look where you’re going, except when looking behind you.
7. Tequila looks like St. Paul tap water, but doesn’t freeze!
6. Dress in layers… of clothing, ketchup and mustard or shaving cream are too slippery.
5. GET ON THE SIDEWALK! GET A CAR!! (oops, those are OTHER PEOPLE’s suggestions)
4. Plan ahead. its too hard to plan backwards.
3. Make sure that when seated comfortably on your bike, that it’s rubber side is down.
2. Color Anodized parts reflect fewer bands of light than silver, so they stay warmer.
1. Never ignore a liquor store.

Oh -3 degrees!

Yes yes, it's -3 degrees out and my bike like myself is saying what the F*%k.

Put your studs and fenders on and don't forget the neoprene socks. And all the hardcore winter commuters in Bozeman will say "At least it isn't -10 out. It could be worse."

And I agree that it could be worse. But that doesn't mean that I don't long for summer, to be bombing around town as fast as my legs can crank and racing the cars down main street and winning.

Anyway, don't get me wrong. The powder turns are great! But I can't walk out my front door and get them. It's not the same simple satisfaction that I can get from my bikes.

If you're missing summer like myself, this video may help.

T-1 "We Love Colorado" 2010 from joe rich on Vimeo.

That's Right Kids!!! Danny dropped a new edit!!!!

Yeah... I don't know what to do with it either. I'm on my 20th viewing and I'm still saying "Wh*t the F#$k" out loud as I'm watching it.

I mean what do you do when you are that good at riding bikes? It has to get boring at times, right? Oh wait... you learn how to do tail tap to front flips off of 15 foot walls. "WTF!"

Note how Danny looks disgusted as he chokes down that red bull. He is clearly the zen master of trials with a bmx street riding edge to him. I think he has his fill of adrenaline and creative outlets. So he probably doesn't need red bull to get him through the day. But whatever keeps this dude riding a bike is cool with me.

Cash those checks Danny and keep killing it!

Would you even WANT to take them home?

Uhhh, yeah... but would you even want to take someone home who required being driven in a car?

You're welcome

Photo courtesy of Klamath Falls

Montana State Bicycle Law.

Here's a link to MT state law pertaining to bicycling. I personally like to keep this handy.

This is the most important part (in my opinion).

(2) A person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable except when:
     (a) overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction;
     (b) preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway; or
     (c) necessary to avoid a condition that makes it unsafe to continue along the right side of the roadway, including but not limited to a fixed or moving object, parked or moving vehicle, pedestrian, animal, surface hazard, or a lane that is too narrow for a bicycle and another vehicle to travel safely side by side within the lane.

Martin Joel Erzinger hit a cyclist with his car, and ran.

An investment banker hit a cyclist, and fled. He was latter later apprehended, and charged. The Judge in the case, feels he shouldn't be charged with a felony, because it might adversely affect this asshat's earning potential.

You can sign a petition regarding this bullshit if you go here.

Petitions by Change.org|Start a Petition »

If I ever find myself in Aspen CO, I might look Martin Joel Erzinger up and have a little conversation with him about the value of a Mercedes mirror vs a human life.

Drink Beer. Ride Bikes. Go Fuck Yourself

Yeh, that's right. Now go ride your bike, Bitch.

Ironclad Performance Wear Cycling Team: A Summer Behind Bars  [TEASER] from Will Walle on Vimeo.

(H/T to Evil Cycling for posting this trailer where I could find it, and pass it on)

Cyclocross Beer Hand Down

Montana-love on the Evil Cycling blog.  Photo by Reuben.

Mulecross Cyclocross 2010

Bozeman's Team Muleterro threw down a superb cyclocross event for the second year in a row October 30th, 2010.  Mulecross 2010 was a well-run event on a well-designed course.  This wasn't a boring European course but rather a stellar mix of traditional 'cross elements and some creative obstacles like the "Mule Pie", "The Blender", and a pump-track section.  

The Bozeman Fix shenanigans crew was on hand to catch the event on video and a couple of us even (*gasp*) rode bikes in the event.  Taylor and samh got jiggy on cargo bikes, Jon Dub pedaled his single speed 'til he puked, and "Not Andrew" got "Not Clothed". 

Mulecross Cyclocross 2010 from samh on Vimeo.


ANTHEM II trailer from Stew Johnson on Vimeo.