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Favorite Cycling Memories from 2008

Nate on the Monster gear.

2008 was full of great memories out on two wheels. I got to spend a decent amount of time with my wife out on our bikes — from relaxing rides down to the Saturday Market on our single speeds,  to her first rides of any real distance on a road bike. It was also the year I decided to build up my own road bike from the frame up after buying a Cinelli Spirit frame off of Ebay to learn a little than just how to change a flat. Somewhere in the midst of all the riding and tinkering, I also took the plunge and put my name on the waiting list for an Ira Ryan frame, which I should be getting early in 2009 sometime.

But I think the story I love to tell the most from 2008 is when my buddy Nate decided to ride the 62 mile Monster Cookie ride with me back in April. You can click that link to read the full report, but in case you missed it, here are the nuts and bolts. Nate is a mountain bike rider, mostly getting all nutty out at Black Rock. He’d never been on a road bike before…ever. I suggested he just ride his mountain bike, as it was going to be flat, and we didn’t have to set any land speed records, but he said he’d rather not, and would do it if I had an extra road bike. At that time I didn’t have anything extra, except for my 925 single speed.

Keep in mind, we’re talking about the ride, literally the night before the ride. I mention the single speed to Nate on the drive back home from dinner in Portland and he decides he wants to ride it when we get home. He hops on it, rips up and down the street a couple times and says, “I’m in.” So the next day, Nate goes out and does 62 miles, with one gear, without ever having been on road bike before…and made it. His butt was a little sore around mile 40, but he lived to tell.

I’m looking forward to 2009! Big things, big things! Happy New Year to All!

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