Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sometimes Everything Just Comes Together Perfectly

Perfect weather, old friends, great trails, kids, good food and bikes.

You couldn't script an evening much better than the tonight.

After a 7 year hiatus cMc is back in town (only briefly)

SHeck and aLi on some of the fun new trails

Posse rides like this don't happen as often as they used to.

Perfect weather and plenty of supervision for the kids.

Lots of protein on the grill
The kiddos' push bikes. . .

 . . . commandeered by the adults

Hill bombing . . .
. . .  quickly devolved into pushbike racing.

Throw in a little bit of frisbee and call it a good night

Don't worry the kids got their bikes back in the end

I even scored a slice of wedding cake to top off the evening

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Back in My Town. Riding My Bikes

The fam and I took off and headed out of state for a little while.
Spent some quality time with family and friends and managed to get a little bit of riding.

The rides were a change of pace from our day to day around here and I'll probably have some pictures and words about them in the near future.

I don't know what his job is, but it put a smile on my face to see this guy out on the tarmac after we landed back at home.

Met Mrs. and Little at a big box sportsman's store.  As GSC pointed out to me a few years ago this is the only thing that resembles a bike rack outside the store.
 For now it is just nice to be home and rolling around town on my own bikes, enjoying some excellent summer weather.

11:30 pm.  Rode the 1x1 to the store for some of the necessities.

Happy summertime

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

How Much Excitement Can You Pack Into One Evening?

So Little wRider and I were rolling like this

So we could drop the Donkey off here for a while

Along the way we saw this

plus about a dozen more officers with guns drawn,  just across the street from GSC and SHeck.  (I was about 5 feet away from the first officer in the photo as he got out of his squad car and chambered a shell in that shotgun he's holding.)

Then we were on our way to deliver some pizza to Mrs. and we had to wait on this guy

Then  just before we tried to lock up here, the sprinklers turned on. I'm so glad we didn't get there 5 minutes earlier.

But then we heard this, so we dashed around back

and got blasted by some rotor wash.

Then on our way home this guy crept up on us  . . .

 He should really get a bell or learn to say "Bike on your left."

Anyway, at 10pm the view looked like this.

Then Mrs. got off work early so I rode to meet here and saw this sunset @11:25pm

Then we cruised home together, her riding the bike my Grandfather received as a retirement gift in 1984.

I've got to say it was an excellent summer evening.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Midnight Road Ride

I love summer night rides in Alaska.
I had the itch to ride the Bridgstone speedcycle all evening.
Mrs. was working, but Biermag is living here so I've got a built in babyminder.  It was later than I'd hoped, but once I was confident Little wRider had settled down to sleep for the night I got myself out the door for a little ride.

11:55pm and I pointed my bike uphill.

Midnight.  No flash.  I love Alaskan summers.

Nice 30min climb with a short break to wait on momma moose and her twins to move off the road.  Then I pointed it down and went faster than I have in quite some time.

Cute set of twins.

Aside from the driver who elected to cross the double yellow and make a good swerve at me it was an awesome evening ride.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Tweed Ride 2012

While I am generally not all that into changing into special clothes just to ride my bike I do like my friends and am inclined to take part in most any bike related shenanigans they might initiate.

AK Tweed Ride 2012 was a success.  I'll spare you too many more words and instead bombard you with pictures:

We saw people partying all over town. This party had sumo suits and plans to smash a car.

Some blue sky and one strange building on our ride to the ride.

A couple of the ride's co-conspirators.

Didn't take long and the kids in the crowd were imitating these moves.

The man behind the ride showed up with a new toy for himself.

Pashley Guv'nor. He's been eying this thing for a couple years now.

Gotta let the friends try the new bike.  I rode it.  It was very nice.

Rickshaw lets everyone get in on the action.

Softride tandem and heels.  Never thought I'd see all that in one place.

Handlebar mustache and one rockin' trackstand.

Mid ride regroup.

The Guv'nor himself.

Just a bonus when you can hook the kids up with some bouncy castle time.

Argyle and green grass.  Must be summer.