Saturday I got myself down to Bicycle Sport Shop on South Lamar for Bike Austin’s 9th Annual Hottest Day of the Year Ride. About 40 folks from a young age to not so young arrived to sample the mocktails, peruse Bike Austin t-shirts and brave the heat. The good part was that the route was a short 10-miles and took us to two splash pads and two pools. While technically not the hottest day, it was warm enough, 99 F heat index. A Dude was serving as one of the ride leaders, and it was an eventful afternoon. The next night I put in the first longer ride in a while, 31 miles total. So let’s check them out. Continue reading
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Bicycle Sport Shop / Bike Austin Ride Leader Training (Part 1)
Tonight I jetted over to a nice but sorta weird place for a bike meeting — a neighborhood emergency center — to learn how to lead group and bike shop rides. It was organized by the active transportation (bike and walking) advocacy and membership non-profit organization for which I occasionally pitch in to volunteer, Bike Austin, led by new director Katie. The training was given by Bicycle Sport Shop Road Captains Daniel, Laura Jane (LJ), and Stephanie and with some of the dozen of attendees contributing some amusing stories of what people do on their bikes. So listen up kids, class is in session! Professor A Dude Abikes is on the mic, talkin’ trikes, and safety things he likes… Continue reading
A Mundane Monday in the Life of A Dude Abikes: Nothing Ado About Much
And So It Begins
I started the day late after working on last night’s post about football and bicycling way too long. I thought it was kinda brilliant, but I still needed to tweak the wording, add a link to an article or two (after reading them), a quote, photos, and the like. I still question why I am blogging daily, because after a day, a whole five people have viewed that post, and of those, two liked it. And that’s great, don’t get me wrong. But I guess the answer is I’m doing this for me first, with hopes that some day a lot more people will find it useful, interesting, humorous, insightful, inspirational or something else good. This is probably something many new bloggers go through. I never said I was a special — I’m just A Dude. But hey, I’m out there stinking it up with the rest of the world, and lots of people ain’t. Continue reading
It’s Late on a Sunday, and You Haven’t Met Your Goal. What Do You Do? (Day 7)
It’s Good to Know Your Limits, So You Can Exceed Them
It’s late on a Sunday night, cool and windy outside. You’re tired after a long week. But you haven’t met your bicycling (or running, blogging, yoga, walking, crotcheting, or whatever) goal. What do you do?
Well, you could stay in and rest, get ready for the week, and try again next week. Or you could drag yourself out the door and go for it. Only you know what’s best for you, but I can tell you what I did: I went for it. Why? Because I like to push myself to see what I can do. And I wanted to start the first week of the year meeting as many goals as possible. Looking deeper, I can see that my motivation came from a desire for consistency in my bicycling practice, especially since I have cut my goal in half from two years ago to 50/week (although I may raise it again). Continue reading
Healthier Choices; Getting Out into the Community & Meeting Cool People (Day 4)
Wednesday’s 16 miles on the bike began with a ride to a downtown coffee shop to talk with a very interesting person. I can’t reveal their identity or the purpose of the talk just yet, but it was a good experience for me, and I hope for them. So we’ll see how that goes. You’ll read about it here, assuming you keep coming back to read A Dude.
While I was there, I spotted someone else of note. That person was Jim Hightower, the populist former Agricultural Commissioner of Texas who has gone on to be a voice for progressive politics in Texas and beyond. My second favorite thing he ever said was at a Ralph Nader for President rally where he was a warm-up speaker. The crowd was rambunctious, so he said, with a Texas inflection, “This rally is hotter than high school love.” Hilarious! My favorite thing he said was, “I was born recently, just not yesterday.” I said hello, he was pleasant and polite but he didn’t remember me from Adam. Funny thing, years ago he considered me to be too radical for his radio show. Instead he got my friend on the air, largely because he was an Army veteran. True story. Continue reading
The Fairdale Weekender Archer: A Review of My New Bicycle I Won in a Raffle!
Fortune Favors the Bold
This super-exciting event started with a routine administrative procedure. Last November I renewed my membership to Austin’s biggest advocacy and educational bicycle organization, Bike Austin. A merger of the former League of Bicycling Voters and Austin Cycling Association, BA came to my attention due to a past landlord (who shall remain nameless and faceless, at least until I can unearth a photo he okays). I finally joined, began volunteering, entered a raffle and voila! I won a BRAND… NEW… BIKE! Continue reading