Perfect weather for a bike ride . . .

January 25, 2015

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191st Street near Switzer; the last deep blues and a hint of sunset on the last leg back to Olathe. Nice, quiet roads, light wind, and railroad calls in the west. This January weather is terrific!

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January 23, 2015

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Will the real classic MTB please stand up! Spotted, and wanted badly. All of my ideal bikes were made decades ago. Before the revelation of Surly's LHT, before anyone needed suspension, there was Bridgestone. The only thing wrong with such a perfect DK bike? It'd almost be a shame to get it dirty! Gorgeous.

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January 19, 2015

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Frowny face, 400 feet? Unique signage near Amsterdam, MO. caught on a recent scouting ride. Fingers crossed this route gets approved!

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January 4, 2015

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I usually get a few extra hits on this post right about this time of year, so why not pass it on? If cold weather cycling is on your mind, here's my take: ( http://goo.gl/NUrZF5 ) There's a saying in cycling, "there are no bad days, just bad equipment". Hear, hear. At least in KC, the cold air has arrived. Let's suit up!

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January 3, 2015

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Presenting the "Thomson Elite" rando wallet. Once again, couldn't find what I wanted anywhere, so I made my own. It's a simple bi-fold card and bill holder, with a loose change pocket, too: hard to find these days. Made from a Thomson Elite seatpost bag... Sort of a thin, high denier nylon - sturdy. The best part, finally finding a good use for those seatpost bags! Already planning on making a few more from another Thomson bag, and a few shoe bags, too. Stitching is sloppy, yeah... That's why I call this one a prototype. He, he. Minimalist, tough wallet to carry just enough for that all-day bike ride.

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The old high school at Parker, KS., which - sadly - it looks like it's being prepped for demolition. Would make a great regional museum or community center. I've contacted the city and the local historical society for the scoop. For now, a great and historic treasure on the highways of Kansas. In an era of constant change, this building has been here for 93 years! More at http://ift.tt/145uMNY

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Barn at Beagle, KS., from recent 200km scouting ride.

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December 30, 2014

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It never takes me long to figure out my own way of integrating or modifying things to better suit my specific needs, and the recent Photon light purchase is no exception. Took apart one of the swivel-mount clips which came with the light, drilled a few tiny slots to accept zip-ties, and used a hunk of taillight mount rubber shim for a non-slip base. A little filing and shaping the underside and fashioning the zip ties just-so, and there you go: a perfectly-aimed night vision map light for future night rides. The quick-release feature remains intact, so battery swaps or swapping out the whole light to change colors is a snap. The existing Blackburn Flea 1.0 white headlight is at left, aimed higher to get driver's attentions and to light up reflective roadsigns for navigation. The helmet is road-ready!

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The old rail depot at Parker, KS., heading back north after pre-riding a section of a new 200km route I'll be submitting in early 2015. Oh, yes... it's bigger, badder, and scenically wonderful! Can't wait to ride the whole thing!

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December 29, 2014

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Hey, randonneurs: the old Photon squeeze light has grown up; not in size, but in features. $15 is a lot for a tiny, U.S. quarter-sized flashlight, perhaps, but these are far and away superior to those dollar-bin lights that pop up from time to time. Waterproof, USA-made, replaceable battery, 12 colors to pick from, constant on, squeeze on/off, fully variable brightness, multiple flash modes. Comes with a magnetic swivel-head clip and lanyard. For reading cue sheets on long night rides, fixing a flat, checking roadsigns, or standing in as a backup taillight, these definitely aren't throwaway lights. Small enough to stash and forget in a seatbag, get ready for the 2015 brevets and grab one!

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