Badass rider of the day II

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ShartAttack
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I remember when I was in junior high I had some summer activity that I was riding a bike to... Can't even remember if I did it more than once or twice, it's just a blur.

I do remember my dad trying to get us to ride bikes before that. I mostly remember really hating getting dragged out for rides, but the rides weren't that bad. Did a 50 mile ride for a bicycling merit badge one time, I still don't ride that far very often

Former RAGBRAI enthusiast

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 20:15
randsome beast
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Tarck, when mile 11 means you are on a long ride.

emor wrote:
RANDO LIFE IS LIFE ON THE EDGE

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 20:21
emor
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My first ever bike trip was when I was in the Scouts. I ate shit within sight of our house and got a huge road rash on my leg. Finished the ride though, lots of miles along some Southern California concrete river. I remember the lead dude set the pace at a cool 15mph the whole way. I think we even camped overnight? Never got the badge though, cuz Orange County and riding bikes in OC is not very pleasant so I never wanted to ride.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 21:35
randsome beast
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I had my first speeding ticket on a bike by age 10. Second and third too. In today's sensitive PC environment I'm not going to get into my third strike or what corrected me from becoming a career felon petty misdemeanor'er.

1. The day they started putting city cops along the bike paths with radar guns. Might have been a warning but I wasn't part of the adult discussion. 15 mph is so pedestrian but I guess that was the point.

2. Bombing a hill on the Air Force base resulting in so much shimmy the MP pulled over next to my family he was so afraid I would crash if he turned on the siren. Def ran a red light at the bottom as well as breaking the obscenely low 35 mph speed limit. Base personnel have no qualms about cursing in front of women or children or threatening to exercise their near limitless authority on military land.

emor wrote:
RANDO LIFE IS LIFE ON THE EDGE

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 22:11
halbritt
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Oh damn. That reminds me of my second road bike. When I was 14 or something, someone dared me to bomb a hill. Can't remember what happened, car pulled out in front of me or something. Was doing about 30 and tried to hop a curb and missed, got the front wheel sideways, and then went over the bars. Had a complete yard sale in someone's front lawn. Fortunately, soft grass is soft.

...shift like jesus making one set of footprints in the sand in your time of need

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 00:03
GrandmaJordan
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(Reply to #56)

bonechilling wrote:
Afghan Female Cyclists

Yup.

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Sun, 05/04/2014 - 13:01
Orc
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The comments following that npr story are, um, interesting.

Sun, 05/04/2014 - 13:26
Shortpants
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Followed this dude down the wiggle today. Upright bass on a home made wooden trailer. The trailer was awesome and didn't have impede him at all. Yes we were going down the wiggle but this guy also totes this thing all around town, even up some brutal hills. This is the first time I thought someone was badass enough for me to take a picture. And I was busy as fuck at the time but had to.

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 03:34
randsome beast
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Tank on e-richie

emor wrote:
RANDO LIFE IS LIFE ON THE EDGE

Mon, 05/26/2014 - 19:06
deadforkinglast
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I had a buddy who rode to gigs with his drums on a trailer, but his trailers kept getting stolen because a) he couldn't figure out a good way to lock them up and b) bike trailers are in high demand amongst bums in Santa Cruz. He was a hardass, though, and I was always impressed.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 18:38
emor
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On my Humboldt-Seattle bike tour I did six years ago, we met some dude in Astoria who let us stay in his mom's house. He was building a bass trailer for his band and they were going to tour down the coast playing shows. They ended up doing it and were famous enough for my mom to know who they were (NPR in LA played them over and over). The band is called Blind Pilot, I believe.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 19:41
NOVELTYNAME
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i went to college with ryan. i last saw him at the nau sample sale and maybe at a gringo mexican restaurant next to my work.

"Folks want options!"

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 19:44
Cg3288

Love blind pilot. That story makes me love them more.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 20:08
euclid
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Never listened to Blind Pilot. I can't get past the name that sounds like it's going to be cheesy christian rock.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 21:08
emor
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He was a really nice dude. I guess they saw us riding on the highway when they were coming home from school in Portland and made of point of looking around town for us to say hi. Then they drove us out to a big party at the beach. He got pulled over and didn't have his license but talked his way out of the ticket. His mom lives up the street from the Goonies house. But I've never listened to any of his music.

"my main life goal is to have a dirtbag camper van with a bunch of bikes on it, go camping every vacation forever" -- me

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 22:35
Wintage Townie
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(Reply to #66)

emor wrote:
On my Humboldt-Seattle bike tour I did six years ago, we met some dude in Astoria who let us stay in his mom's house. He was building a bass trailer for his band and they were going to tour down the coast playing shows. They ended up doing it and were famous enough for my mom to know who they were (NPR in LA played them over and over). The band is called Blind Pilot, I believe.

To bring this full circle into the bike world, some of the guys from Blind Pilot are friends with the owner of my old shop.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Wed, 05/28/2014 - 00:10
motorbacon
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This 19 year old. Nicest guy you'll meet. Real quiet.

Rides the shit out of his bikes.

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 00:01
naterod
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this fucking guy

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 11:22
JLN
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(Reply to #69)

emor wrote:
On my Humboldt-Seattle bike tour I did six years ago, we met some dude in Astoria who let us stay in his mom's house. He was building a bass trailer for his band and they were going to tour down the coast playing shows. They ended up doing it and were famous enough for my mom to know who they were (NPR in LA played them over and over). The band is called Blind Pilot, I believe.

I would love to be able to take my bass gear to shows and practice by bike instead of by car. It's only a 4x10 bass cab, and old Acoustic Control Corp solid state head and a leads case / pedalboard. Could probably carry my bass on my back. I wonder if it could fit on a cargo bike.

Sun, 07/20/2014 - 05:35
Wintage Townie
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Fell down a Google rabbit hole researching Hirth-joint failures, and eventually ended up on this page.

Can't pretend like I wouldn't want a time machine to go back and ride with these guys.




Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 21:53
Endpoint
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You need a time machine to chill with those Yonder Journal dudes?

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:38
Wintage Townie
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I have never heard of that before, but it seems incredibly douchey and not at all what I was referencing.

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 22:46
NOVELTYNAME
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Loool
How abouts you go do a couple 300k brevets with the sir crowd next year. I'm sure some greybeards gonna get rad

"Folks want options!"

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 00:57
Endpoint
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(Reply to #74)

bonechilling wrote:
I have never heard of that before, but it seems incredibly douchey and not at all what I was referencing.

Its a bunch of dudes with funny facial hair and cycling caps riding around taking pictures of themselves wishing they had a time machine to go ride with Tom Ritchey and Jobst Brant while they sport funny facial hair and cycling caps while taking pictures of themselves. Thought it seemed right up your alley. I kid I kid.

Not that those pictures don't look awesome and the though of riding with seminal members of the cycling scene in the US is not enticing but I would just as much like to go riding with most of the people on here on some crazy random adventure.

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 21:17
NOVELTYNAME
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Tc I cant fucking wait to get back in shape and ride a zillion miles to middle of nowhere

"Folks want options!"

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 00:11
rauce
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If I don't find a good job by next summer I'm probably going to take off on some sort of adventure, probably on a bike... who's in?

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 21:58
catdrew f

come to the best coast

ill make u toast or something rad

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 00:59
lukasz
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Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:38
catdrew f

Dude gets hate but what he accomplished at 29 is absurd. Go back and watch his lbl victory again; dude was a beautiful freak on a bike

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 11:51
lukasz
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Yeah too bad he had to go up against Contador. I think he stopped riding well because he stopped using a good doping regimen not because of injuries.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:07
catdrew f

Dude broke his sacrum

That takes a year+ off the bike

No one regaines that killer edge clean

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:29
catdrew f

Dude was riding the tour on a domane to try to stop his ass from hurting

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 12:29
Endpoint
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(Reply to #83)

lukasz wrote:
I think he stopped riding well because he stopped using a good doping regimen not because of injuries.

This. Dude looked like the classic good responder atmo.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:44
lukasz
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(Reply to #84)

catdrew f wrote:
Dude broke his sacrum

That takes a year+ off the bike

No one regaines that killer edge clean

I think he tried to, and now he's done.

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 22:39
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Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:02
Orc
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I liked the bit where he was looking down at the rear wheel and then the bicycle popped into view with the rear tire completely off the rim; that must have been when the tire finally gtfood'ed and his machine stopped sliding around like the rear end was on ice.

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:24
Rusty Piton
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Has anybody here heard about this pair of bamfs riding the Trans America Trail?
http://www.bikepacking.com/plog/trans-america-off-road-trail-odyssey/
https://instagram.com/swallowbicycleworks/
Seems like the might actually make their goal of riding from NC to OR by the end of October!

emor wrote:
Bicycle commuting is the worst way to get anywhere except for all the other ways.

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 11:15
NOVELTYNAME
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that couple rode #boregon#pukeback year 1

"Folks want options!"

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 12:59
turpencat
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I know them yes. They live here and their shop is cool and well regarded locally.

johnnyraja wrote:
If you've never done it then yes, it's very surprising.

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 13:24
Andrew_Squirrel
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Fred and I met them at the first Oregon Outback. I didn't actually get to ride with them but they were super friendly during pre-ride festivities.
Bought a SWALLOW bike jersey from them and they were super accommodating with my sizing shuffle.

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 17:31
turpencat
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I see a ton of swallow jerseys around here. I ALWAYS giggle.

johnnyraja wrote:
If you've never done it then yes, it's very surprising.

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 17:50
liquify
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Pretty sure they had a tent with hot cider at Cinci3 races. If you got there early enough, it had whiskey in it.

Mon, 09/28/2015 - 18:35
JUGE FREDD
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I rode with them on the pukeback from Sand Springs into Prineville for dinner

they're major league ballers, Sarah is an especially strong rider

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Mon, 09/28/2015 - 19:34
crowding
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S/O to the lady on BGT, in nursing scrubs, sandals and no helmet, pedaling an old ten speed no hands while reaching behind her back to fish something out of one of her two giant shoulder bags, signaling turns with her banana-eating hand. Made my morning

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 20:03
VT regularbike
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Sup wife gets a kick out of seeing ladies ride no handed because you hardly ever see it.

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Tue, 03/01/2016 - 20:43
aerobear
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i ride no handed all the time. unless i'm on the basket bike, because unsafe.

the other day i was riding no handed, listening to my headphones, forgot i was in public and was like singing or dancing or something and some kids saw me, but they gave me a look like i was cool, and not a total dork, so i was cool with it

crowding wrote:
Every time i eat Dick's I just wind up disappointed that I'm not getting In-n-Out.

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 23:28
Shortpants
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I feel like a total herb when riding no handed. I enjoy it but always feel slightly guilty.

Wed, 03/02/2016 - 03:16
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Tue, 03/29/2016 - 19:32
Wintage Townie
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Ha!!!

Sneaky Viking wrote:
when you look back at your life sometimes you see a set of hands on your keyboard and a set of paws, but sometimes there's only a set of paws and that's when Tarckbear was typing for you.

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 21:40
joy of vaping
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(Reply to #100)

circuithero wrote:
FloridaMan!

#messlife

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 21:52

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