Tour De Cure

The Tour De Cure Colorado was my first major ride; it was somewhat challenging, I had issues with my bike, and I still had a great time. The ride benefits the ADA, a great cause, so it was fun to put a team together. Name sponsored our funds and our sweet jerseys, designed by my buddy Josh.

Tour De Cure

Things I learned:

  • Derailleur issues suck
  • Flat tires suck more
  • The Tour staff are incredible
  • I’m surprisingly good at climbing
  • Eat more snacks at rest stops

I rode 62 miles and felt awesome. Maybe next year I’ll go for 100.

Bike vs. Bus, Bus Wins

RTD strikes again, as I am now the umpteenth cyclist they have hit in the last few months. With the increasing number of bikes on the road, especially in these warmer months, it’s becoming really scary out there. Scary because I didn’t do a single thing wrong.

I was on a ride during my lunch break, following a route that was all bike paths with the exception of this one four block stretch where I would have to ride in the road to get down to another path. The bike path I was on was on the north side of 6th Ave and when I got to Potomac I had to ride from the sidewalk, north of 6th, into the road on Potomac so I could continue south. Well as soon as I rode through the intersection on Potomac, a bus came out of nowhere on my left hitting me and running me into the curb, throwing me over my handlebars and then hitting me 2-3 more times with the rear of the bus as I was tumbling onto the ground.

What I don’t get is what the bus was doing getting over so soon. They jammed me into the curb at least 50-75 feet away from the actual bus stop. I was in plain sight too. At the corner where I started, there was a right turn only lane next to me, and when the light turned green they all yielded to me as I crossed the road into traffic. There was absolutely nothing obstructing the bus’ view of me on the road. I was riding exactly where I should have been, and there were witnesses there to confirm this.

As far as injuries go I was pretty darn lucky, a few nasty bruises, broken cartilage around my ribs, and a lot of soreness. Painful, but nothing serious.

Here’s what my shorts looked like afterwards, sure am glad I decided to wear bright red underwear that day.

I also can’t emphasize enough the importance of wearing a helmet when you ride. I have a huge scratch on the left side where I hit the bus and the pavement with my head. Both the firemen and the paramedics breathed a huge sigh of relief when they saw the helmet.

Speaking of, I’m super impressed with how quickly the police, firemen, and paramedics were on site. I was also in and out of the ER in under two hours, and that was with X-rays and a CT Scan. They hooked me up with some good drugs too, so I’ll be hanging with my pals Valium and Vicodin for the next few days.

Now I’m just waiting to hear the outcome of the police investigation. He has to speak with one more witness and look at the tapes on the bus. Then I get to deal with RTD and getting them to pay for my (brand new) bike, medical bills, missed work, etc. This is really not how I wanted to spend my summer, but I’d rather be alive and annoyed than the alternative.

Tour de Fat!

Denver City Park

To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of New Belgium’s beer. But damn do they know how to throw a party. The Tour de Fat was this weekend in Denver’s City Park and even though it was cold and rainy (thanks Colorado) we had a blast. Well, I should say it was fun until the freezing ride home with a stomach full of beer.

Denver City Park

Sadly we didn’t get to participate in the big ride because I overslept (doh!), but there was plenty of other stuff going on. Plus there was beer. I may not be a fan of their brews, but I’ll drink any beer that supports bikes and gives me an excuse to drink before noon. If the tour is coming to your city you should definitely check it out.

Denver City Park

Cheers!

Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show 2009

This weekend was the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show at the National Western Complex in Denver. It was only a 5 mile ride and $10/person to get in, so we figured what the hell — let’s go check out some bikes! And boy were there bikes. We had a great time geeking out to some really sexy rides. Renovo kind of stole the show with their gorgeous wood-frame bikes, which I’d actually just read about on Gizmodo.

Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show 2009

Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show 2009

Hawt.

Another one of my favorites was this distinguished looking bicycle from Boulder Bicycle.

Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show 2009

I just love the leather handlebar tape and saddle with that frame. And how sweet are those tires? I just don’t care much for newer looking bikes, so when a company pulls off that vintage look well I’m gushing all over it. I like older bikes, what can I say?

Speaking of, there were some sweet looking cruisers at the show. I forget the gentleman’s name, but he’s local and he’s always posting stuff on Craigslist, so I may have to snag one of these up someday.

Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show 2009

Rocky Mountain Bicycle Show 2009

I’m glad we decided to go check out the show, even if I did get a flat tire on the ride home. You can see the rest of my photos here.