Well ???

You gotta love that Texas weather.

Last year, it was just about perfect, 40 degrees Farenheit at ride time with bright, sunny skies.

This year, it was about twice that – 80 degrees, overcast, 30-mph winds, and a bit of a mist in the morning. I daresay one of the most inhospitable environs for a tweed ride yet experienced.

Yet, we still had some intrepid souls show up. Not quite everyone who SAID they were coming, but still, we had fun.

Thanks for coming out.

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Published in: on February 27, 2011 at 8:47 pm  Comments (5)  

NEWS FLASH !!!

Remember all that stuff I said about schedules, itineraries, plans, etc. ??? Well, you can just forget it.

The folks at The Peddler Bike Shop have requested that the start time for this ride be moved up to 11:00 a.m. In fact, unbeknownst to your humble correspondent, they have been informing all of their shop patrons of the change in schedule (even though the 2:00 p.m. start time has been plastered on these here interwebs for some time now).

I guess the guys that have to work today (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) want to ensure that they will be able to catch a bit of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show after our ride on Sunday. Well, I guess we need to accomodate our patrons.

So, meet up at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge at 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning. You got that?

Published in: on February 25, 2011 at 1:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Plans, schedules, itineraries, routes, updates, etc.

Here’s where we are:

We meet up at the Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge this coming Sunday, 02/27/2011 at 2:00 p.m. 11:00 a.m. – see above. We won’t tarry long (after the initial photographic opportunities), so please be on time. Most likely, we will be traveling north, so as to utilize the recently-completed leg of the bridge across El Calle Cesar Chavez. Generally, we will make our way up to the south steps of the Capitol Building, for the obligatory throw-your-hat-in-the-air photo, then stop at a pub or two for fortifications. We may head back south on the bicycle boulevard (and marvel at its magnificence), and then head east for a spell. We will eventually end up at the west side of the Austin Convention Center, hopefully no later than 4:00 p.m., so that we can catch the tail end of the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS).

Which brings up my next point. For those of you intending to attend the bike show (and if you are interested in bike bling, you are well-advised to attend), you might want to go to the show before our ride. The hours on Sunday are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., so presuming you don’t spend the entire night on Saturday out carousing and you are able to arise at some point before the crack of noon, you should have ample opportunity to peruse the wares available at the show before joining us at the bridge. Also, please be advised that online registration for the show ends tomorrow at midnight. That’s Wednesday, Feb-yew-airy 23, twenty-eleven, at 24:00 hrs. You may still be able to register at the door, but admission may be a bit steeper.

Again, the weather looks as if it will not be so cooperative come Sunday, but this time, we’re pushing on.

We hope to see you there.

Published in: on February 22, 2011 at 2:49 pm  Comments (2)  

As they say in the fashion world, “accessorize or die!”

So, whilst we’ve spent a good amount of electrons discussing proper accoutrements which ride patrons would be well-advised to consider, most of what has previously been blathered over are personal accessories. One would properly ask, “What about the bike?”

Now, we certainly don’t expect everyone to rush out and purchase a brand-new set of cream-colored tyres…

Schwalbe Fat Franks, if I'm not mistaken

…there are numerous other ways in which one may accessorize one’s ride. One of the most obvious areas for dressing up one’s particular vehicle is the top tube:

A snappy argyle

Yes, the top-tube-pad comes to us from the BMX world, where it had formerly been required equipment, considered as necessary to ensure survival of the species. More recently the top tube cover has been hijacked by the hipster/fixie (“fixter?”) crowd.

The top tube pad/cover is now available in a variety of styles/colors/patterns/textures.

Note the faux-houndstooth pattern near the centre

The more enterprising types can even make their own top tube cover:

A bit hirsute, perhaps?

Perhaps a more traditional area of adornment would be the custom head-badge:

headbadge-in-the-making

There are a number of folks who now offer custom-made head-badges in any number of styles. True artists making, in effect, pieces of bike jewelry.

Some of these can be quite pricey…

One craftsperson is making a piece particularly befitting our theme. The “bike mustache” would immediately identify the rider as a tweed ride patron…

The 'stache for your steed

Time to spruce up. We’ll see you in a week.

Published in: on February 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm  Comments (1)  

True Brit

There has been a certain level of concern voiced among our ride patrons about the refreshments served at The Peddler Bike Shop at the end of our ride. In particular, some have wondered about our method of brewing tea, as if this one criterium determines the level of one’s anglo-phile-ness.

Let me assure you that we use the finest bulk teas in our tea urn. We use a slow-steep method, in which the tea is brewed in the urn continuously as we are out riding. At the time we arrive at the shop, the tea is warm, ready to be served. And, while I am not personally opposed to such procedures, we do not use the tea bagging method in brewing our tea.

Last year, the few true Brits who were in attendance pronounced our tea to be “a proper cup.” You can’t get a finer endorsement than that.

Published in: on February 12, 2011 at 10:30 am  Comments (2)