Family Bike Shop

The official Family Bike Shop blog that I try to keep up to date with current events, bike shop ride info, and Team Family Bike Shop/DCMTB race results.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Hey You! Yes You!

Want to be fast? This Thursday night at 7pm (be here at 6:45pm) we will be holding an indoor trainer ride here at the shop.

...And you need to come, Kapish?

We will be watching a Spinnervals workout, bring your bike, a towel, any food you like and water. Trainer Rentals are $5.

Be here or be slow.


PS its more fun when there are more people so bring your friends!

Weekend Riding

Well winter has returned. Very cold riding this weekend. Especially on Sunday.

On Saturday we decided to move the shop ride to lovely Elicott City. Tom, Trevor, Dave, John, Jim and myself all met up at a Dunkin Donuts off route 103 for a 7AM ride. We shoved right on time and immediatly hear @#$%^&* coming from the group. Seems Jim brought the wrong pair of shoes. Dam. He did the only thing that he could do in that situation. He asked for the keys and waited at the car. At least he was right in front of DD.

The rest of us headed out and did a nice spin in and around E.C. avoiding all of the ice and snow that was on the side of the road. After a much needed coffee/get warm stop we headed back to the cars, via the climb up New Cut road, where Jim was waiting patiently. Hopefully his bad luck had run out now. After his crash 2 weeks ago in Patapsco I'd say he has payed back the cycling gods of Howard County and deserves some love the next time we head out that way.

Sunday the boys from the Rite Aid professional cycling team tagged along on a Latitude ride from the 424 park and ride. Even though the temperature was about 20 degrees with winds gusting to about 25mph about 40 people showed up to ride. Once we got going I warmed up quickly. It of course helped that there was a tailwind. I was only able to ride with everyone for about 15 miles until I turned off. Had to get home to finish packing for vacation. Tom pealed off early with me and immediatly that lovely tailwind turned into a wicked headwind. After pulling Tom back to the cars we ended up with about 32 very cold windy miles. The Rite Aid guys were great. I wish that I had had the time to do the whole ride.

Keeping the rubber side down,

Friday, January 11, 2008

Shop Ride

Back to our regularly scheduled program. Wheels down from the shop at 7AM sharp. Appox. 38 mile around the Severn loop. Some fixed some geared. Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, January 01, 2008

New Year's Rides

Three rides in three days. Awesome. After Saturday's ride with Jim, I was able to get out on 12/31 and 01/01/08 also. Beautiful weather both days. On Monday, Trevor and I met up at the Dorsey Road plane observation lot on the BWI trail. We rode our fixed-gears most of the way down the trail to Severna Park. Stopped at the Big Bean coffee shop on the trail for a cup and headed back. About 28 miles.
This morning I had several choices of group rides. I decided on the one that had the biggest group, a less frequented road for me, and at a time that fit into my family schedule. After a nice New Year's brunch at my in-laws', I met up with Chris Nystrom and his crew riding out in Ellicott City. Alot of us rode fixed, about 23 miles. Nice rolling hills and one steep climb up Bonnie Branch Rd.
This is a nice time of year for me. As much as I love being busy at the shop, it's nice to have a little down time for unwinding, re-evaluating myself and the shop, riding without racing schedules... just being able to ride and relax. I've been doing alot of cross-training recently and I'm really enjoying riding fixed. Also looking forward to going snowboarding at Killington, VT in a few weeks with the family. My sister's an employee at the resort so we'll be lucky to have a few free passes.
Looking forward to seeing you on the bike and in the shop.

Keeping the rubber side down,