Year: 2014

IMBA World Summit Day 2

I have the best wife ever.  She didn’t even blink when I said I wanted to go to the IMBA World Summit to hang out with other bike nuts, because she knew I’d love it.  She knew I’d learn about building trails and building a successful MTB organization, effective fundraising […]

IMBA World Summit Day 1

I spent yesterday at the first day of the IMBA World Summit in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  For those of you who don’t know, COMBO (Central Ohio Mountain Biking Organization) has been around for over 20 years.  But this year, for the first time, we voted to become a chapter of […]

I Ride Bikes

Let me tell you about my Grandmother.  See, my Dad’s Mom grew up in a poor farm family.  She left home at 14 to work as a cook for a wealthy family.  Man she could cook!  She married my Grandfather and started making babies at an age that, nowadays, the […]

Wagon Queen Family Truckster

Add caption Remember the Wagon queen Family Truckster? Of course you do.  Chevy Chase drove it in National Lampoon’s Vacation. Also, Christie Brinkley was in that film.  She drove a Ferrari with license plates that spelled “LOVE ME.” Christie Brinkley is also an avid cyclist. Here, Ms. Brinkley demonstrates safe […]

Who is Rui Costa?

This is Rui Costa.  He’s the guy at the Lisbon airport, sitting in that little glass box, who checked my passport.  But it’s not really a picture of Rui Costa.  They wouldn’t let me take a picture of him, even though I only really wanted a picture of his namebadge.  […]

American Cyclists Are Soft

Gonna take you right into the danger zone I have said it before, cycling is not a particularly dangerous activity.  Still, there is some element of danger.  For mountain bikers, the danger is somewhat contrived and largely can be controlled.  For the most part, we go out on trails that […]

The Liberal Guilt Artery

I’ve mentioned the Olentangy Trail before.  It is my path to work.  I run on it too.  My section of the path runs from Clintonville to downtown. This is no ordinary part of the bikepath.  No, this path follows the is the “liberal guilt” artery of Columbus.  See, my part […]

Like Babies on Airplanes

  My son insisted that I buy this.  Remember these?  You can style the iron shavings as hair and beard with a magnet-tipped stylus.  It looked fun, so why not?  It wasn’t until we got home that he told me why he wanted it – because he thought it looked […]

Christmas in July

Krampus thinks your elf on a shelf is a punk Do you know about Krampus?  He’s pretty much the anti-Santa.  See, in the “Old World”* Santa wasn’t alone.  Santa had a travelling companion, Krampus.  Santa would give the good kids gifts, and Krampus would gather the bad kids up in […]

The Dirt Church

Chestnut Ridge – Winter Chestnut Ridge – Spring Chestnut Ridge – Summer Chestnut Ridge – Fall The pictures above were taken in roughly the same spot at my favorite mountain bike trail.  The trail is at Chestnut Ridge Metro Park and this particular spot is at the top of the […]