Saturday, December 26, 2009

A Christmas of Cycling

To quote my dad, "This was a Christmas of cycling for you". Yes, yes, it was. Amongst the stocking stuffers and beautifully wrapped packages with my name affixed to them, there was Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer, 2001 Tour de France DVD Set, and a black Chrome (Chuey Brand) cycling cap.

Wow. Thank you, everyone!

The huge Christmas snow-storm kept us from traveling to see family in the southern part of the state. Thus, I spent the day parked on the couch watching Stages 10 - 12 of the 2001 Tour and wearing my Chuey. Don't worry, I'll post pictures and a product review of the cap quite soon and of the book as soon as I finish it. ^_^

Until next time, ride long and keep the rubber-side down.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Specialized Films - A Christmas Card

A few years ago, Specialized sent out a virtual holiday card. So? Lots of companies send customers and vendors Christmas cards. This card played the Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, entirely on bicycle parts.

Happy Christmahannukwanzaka, and a Merry Festivus!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Winter-itis? Uh-Oh...

I promised myself that it wouldn't happen this winter, but it has. I've come down with a case of "Winter-itis". This is that special brand of inactivity particular to Upper Midwesterners in the winter time. Rather than hitting the treadmill in the basement or lifting weights after work, all one wants to do is curl up with a thick novel and a mug of hot tea.

I'm not sure of the cure, but I am a lot further in the (literal) stack of books on my nightstand. I think, after a summer of enjoying the outdoors from the saddle and being perhaps the most active I've been since senior year of high school, I want a break. If I had the chance at riding my bike right now in just a jersey and shorts, I'd go for it. But I hate getting all bundled up to be miserable out there, it isn't worth it.

To be fair, I did do some shoveling yesterday and today, so I've got that going for me. Plus, now that there is some snow, conventional winter recreation activities may commence with less difficulty. Perhaps I'll go sledding...

Until next time, ride long and keep the rubber-side down.