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Not Really About Bikes or Riding At All

This 911 Porsche Cabriolet could be yours. Really.
This 911 Porsche Cabriolet could be yours. Really.

Over on my buddy Ryan’s Porsche blog, PorschePerfect.com (what is it with the P P domains?) you can win a convertible Porsche 911 for free. For Real. Not kidding. It’s pretty simple too. Sign up for a newsletter, make comments on posts, follow him on Twitter. Nothing that costs you any money, just a little internet face time.

Now, for those that want to know, no, it’s not a brand new one. It’s a 1999 model, but that’s a photo of the actual car…it’s VERY pretty, I know…I’ve seen it. I’ve driven it. (Heck, I took the pictures!) It’s about as clean of a used Porsche as I’ve ever seen.  And really, are you going to complain about a free, sexy convertible sports car?

According to the rules in the blog, the drawing is going to be “fishbowl style.” You get entries according to the different methods posted, and when the contest is over on July 31, 2009 – every entry will be put into a container, and someone’s name will be pulled out. If it’s your name, you win the car.

I know, some of you are car free out there. Some will thumb your nose at a flashy car in general, but heck…there’s no reason why you can’t have your cake and eat it too. Check out this dude’s Lambo and Pinarello that’s been floating around the interweb:

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I’d love to find out that someone from the cycling world took home this beautiful Porsche. So get on it!

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Drop It Like It’s Hot

snoopIn the words of the great philosopher Snoop Dog, “when the pimp’s in the crib ma, drop it like it’s hot…drop it like it’s hot.” Well the pimp is in the crib, and we are officially dropping an *L* from our name, as of today. Although a technically correct spelling, most people find us by searching for pacific pedaling, with just one *L.*

Turns out those crazy cyclists across the pond like to double up on the consonants, but not so much on this side. Plus, we *are* facing tough economic times, so we figure it’s time to cut back a little. Not to mention, it fits better on a jersey….

Now don’t worry if you’re linked to us…all incoming links will still work, we’ve crossed all our Ts and dotted our Is to make sure stuff don’t break. But, if you are linked to us, or have us on a blogroll, consider changing out that link at some point if you don’t mind.

In Other News – Don’t forget the Salem Community Briefing on the Minto Island bridge proposal. It’s tonight from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Salem Library.

In Other Other News – There is some decent off-road riding at Keizer Rapids, just be careful not to miss any of the signs and accidentally end up on the roads leading to private property. They don’t take kindly to trespassers out there, even if you didn’t mean it!

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Bikes Misc News

Salem Community Minto Island Bridge Briefing

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Minto Island Bicycle & Pedestrian Bridge flyer - click for large size

There will be a special community briefing on Thursday, February 12, regarding the Minto Island Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge at the Salem Public Library in the Anderson Room. The briefing will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm.

A 350 foot bridge is being proposed for pedestrians and bicyclists that will connect users to the existing trail systems Downtown, in Riverfront Park, and on Minto-Brown Island. Stop in to give your take on the design options. More information can be had at cityofsalem.net/Departments/UrbanDevelopment.

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Bikes Misc

BonkTown Is Probably Not So Good For Me

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Sometimes my geeky technology life melds with the newer bike loving side of my life into a harmonious little gem, and produces a tool just like the BonkTown Firefox plugin. If you’re not familiar with BonkTown, it’s much like, Woot! – one deal at a time, only they update the deals throughout the day, rather than just one deal a night like Woot! Both of these websites work on the same principal as the stash of trinkets that line the shelves at the checkout line at the supermarket. While waiting to pay for my fruits and vegetables, someone has thoughtfully placed some handy items I hadn’t fully realized I needed, until I saw they were 40% off.  A new set of gummy scented earbuds, a handy needle and thread sewing kit, or the ever popular Super Glue in the dual pack.

BonkTown plays to my same emotions. On most days I may not necessarily be thinking about what I *need* for my cycling love, but when the little BonkTown plugin throws the latest deal right at the bottom of my screen on the status bar…I find myself clicking through to see what smoking deal is calling out to me. Case of nutrition bars. Carbon railed saddle. Titanium framed roadie. Bibs. Shorts. Jackets. Gloves. All at 40, 50, 60 percent off! Forget that I was researching an important technology solution, the ticket just lit up! Forget that none of these will free up more time for me to ride, they are deals too good to pass! It’s like Costco has moved into my status bar….everyone needs 5 gallon jars of pickles, right?

I gotta uninstall this thing….but I do like the Castelli bibs I got last week!

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Bikes cyclocross

And So It Begins…

Pedals?  Who wants an omelette?!
Pedals? Who wants an omelette?!

These little babies showed up this week, and I suppose it’s only fitting that the rain started coming down as I installed them in my garage. My ‘real’ bike won’t be done for a bit of time, so I put them on a ‘training bike’ that I’ll use for now. (More on that in a future post.) In my mind I’ve been visualizing myself going through the motions of the skills I’ll be working on between now and the fall season. My ‘real’ shoes will be here next week, but I couldn’t wait, and threw the cleats on a spare pair of mtb shoes to begin getting used these wildly different pedals (I’ve only really ridden Time Impacts for the past two years. I just spent the better part of the last 15 minutes laughing at myself saying “nope, that’s not it…..nope, not there either….hmm, that’s not it either….ok, wait, nope……”

It’s a good thing I’ve still got some months ahead, I’ve got a lot of work to do.

A lot.

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Bikes Misc

For The Love of Lugs

Downtube lugs on a custom Ira Ryan frame.
Downtube lugs on a custom Ira Ryan frame.

Those of you who know me, know I love steel frames and lugs. Everything I ride is primarily steel, and preferably has lugs. If they are polished and shiny, all the better. It’s such a blessing to live in the Northwest and close to Portland, where we have a plethora of custom framebuilders, many of whom seem to have the same love.

I was crusing Flickr the other night and thought I’d share some great examples of lugged frames, both old and new. Click through to see a collection of pics from Flickr…

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Bikes commuting

Winner In The Bicycle Design Contest

The winning new commuter bike design at Bicycle Design.
The winning new commuter bike design at Bicycle Design.

Late in 2008, I asked what would get more people out riding in 2009. Bicycle Design took it one step further and put on a contest to get the creative juices flowing from people who make be able to make it a reality. This week they announced the winner, and while I agree that this is one of the more innovative designs in the bunch, and the designer got quite a bit right, I’m still not 100% sold on the concept.

My biggest concern is for new riders who haven’t been on a bike before, getting them into a recumbent, or semi-recumbent position is going to be a big hurdle. It definitely can be spun as the most like a car ride position, but I think the low to the ground position would make many shy away. Don’t get me wrong, I’d ride one in a heartbeat if someone gave it to me, but I don’t know how many others I could convince to get ‘low and mean,’ ala Big Wheel style.

Be sure to catch all the discussion about the selection process at BicycleDesign, it’s really interesting.

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Bikes Misc

Photographic Proof I Was Born To Ride

A Non-Italian track frame.
A Non-Italian track frame.

I have a love affair with Italian bikes, especially classic, lugged steel frames. The bulk of my ‘stable’ is made up of Torellis and Cinellis, and I still find myself stopping to look when I see a Colnago or Pegoretti or Pinarello, or you name it…I just tend to lean that way. And it’s not just because I’m brown – despite peoples guesses as to my sometimes being Italian, or Hawaiian, we are definitely of Hispanic descent. Despite my Italian leaning preferences, I can approve a fine bike built by anyone, anywhere, and am very much looking forward to getting my locally grown Ira Ryan frame this year. I’ve even admired some funky Japanese frames, when visiting a track shop in Portland, and it turns out I may have a deeper connection than I ever knew…

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Bikes BMX Misc

Finally Friday: The Sun Is Out!

Wow, the sun is peeking through, and it’s not snowing, hailing, raining, sleeting, freezing rain, freezing fog, black ice, or any other kind of arctic blast to mess with! Aside from some possible showers Saturday or Sunday, we’re looking at a string of really nice days. I’m gettin’ out!

Some good things to read if you haven’t already caught them:

  1. Heidi paints the perfect picture of how exactly much life the wind can suck right out of you.
  2. Bicycle Design has finally posted the finalists in the Commuter BIke Design Contest. Some comments over there about how a couple aren’t that ground-breaking, but honestly, if the contest was about getting more people commuting, I’m not sure designing bikes to look like eyelash curlers is the ticket.
  3. Since I may not live to blog again after picking up a WeThePeople BMX bike to kick around with my 11-year old son, here’s a cool video of Lilian Conry on his WTP.
  4. Cyclelicious posted a link to a destroyed Cinelli that flew off it’s rack. Ugh.
  5. And since I can hardly believe it myself, look at 8 of those next 10 days.

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Bikes BMX Products Racing Training

BMX Update: Bit the Bullet – Full Report After I Break My Neck

It’s in the back, and on it’s way home (after work anyway) so hopefully my next report isn’t from a hospital bed. Previously thought about in this post.

WeThePeople BMX ride on it's way home....
WeThePeople BMX ride on it's way home....