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  • Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    Posted on April 11th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    This has been my pet idea for a very long time. It is as simple as it gets and could benefit us ALL in the #ATL. If each and every one of us figured out a way to do an "Alternative Commute" just ONE DAY PER WEEK, traffic would be cut on average by 20%.

    You now say "What is an alternative commute?" Ride your bike, carpool, work from home, take Marta, ride the bus, hike, take your hover board – whatever! Just get off the road! You know I love my motorcycle, but even THAT doesn't really count.

    I challenged myself to take at least one alternative commute per week – do you have the courage to start the 20% movement? #LetsDothis!

    #ATL #FiftyNotFat #BikeCommute #TrafficSucks
    #blogit

    Dear #ATL – We can cut traffic by 20%

    This has been my pet idea for a very long time. It is as simple as it gets and could benefit us ALL in the #ATL. If each and every one of us figured out a way to do an “Alternative Commute” just ONE DAY PER WEEK, traffic would be cut on average by 20%.

    You now say “What is an alternative commute?” Ride your bike, carpool, work from home, take Marta, ride the bus, hike, take your hover board – whatever! Just

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  • Trying out Tuesday

    Posted on April 5th, 2017 Scott 1 comment

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It's Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to squeeze through gaps to move up, and possibly make others feel funky… good race.

    Point-a-Lap

    I hate a point-a-lap. They are just not an event I have ever done well in. They are fast from the gun and only get faster. Undergeared and under-powered, I did enjoy about 7 laps second wheel behind Barman. I then faded, but was pleasantly surprised at my speed. With no track training, I guess losing over 60 pounds helps?

    Points Race

    Prior to our race, the beginners decided to crash rather dramatically. Lots of noise, sparks and people bouncing. I wasn't "phased" by this, but it led to a long delay. My legs felt like crap. I decided to stretch them out early, just a lap on the gas. It was fun to roll off the field and others commented later "It was good to see Scott roll off like Scott rolls off!" Anyway … 2-3 laps later, there was a HORRIFIC noise in the field. Sounded just like the previously described crash. I don't have time to bounce…. so I backed off…. went high, looking for bodies on the ground but they never showed up. Turns out Barman's chain came off. Riding a carbon bike, they amplify all sounds and make it sound like somebody abusing an aircraft carrier or something. As that sorted out they were ringing the bell…. I was OTB… race was over, but training continued for 21 more laps.

    I've got some work to do, but man, I had fun!

    #blogit #FiftyNotFat #44 

    Trying out Tuesday…

    In the 11 seasons I have participated in some way, at the Dick Lane Velodrome, I have never raced or participated on a Tuesday – that changed yesterday! It’s Masters night – and being more masterly than I used to be, decided to give it a go.

    Five Lap Scratch

    On the line it became 7. I had about 5 laps of speed, but managed to hang in there and not finish last. The field was a spaced out just enough so I would have to

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  • I miss blogging

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 Scott 3 comments

    Video killed the radio star.
    Texting has killed conversation.
    Facebook has effectively killed many forums.
    Twitter (and ADHD) have killed the blog.

    I miss blogging. I have always enjoyed writing up a description of an event in my life. Part of this is due to the “excitement” I get when I get a lot of comments, discussion or likes. I will admit to that the “attention whore” aspect of blogging is fun. That being said – I have always found it to be very cathartic. Just a mental mind dump about something that means something to me. Positive, negative or anywhere in between. I just enjoy writing it. (By now, most people have clicked back, but I’m not done!)

    The beauty of this sort of issue is I hold the key to my problem right in my hands… just get typing! I think – I am going to try to get back in the swing of things. Not pay too much attention to my likes, comments and such – just do what I want to do, because I want to do it.

    Look for more from my blog – it’s time to clear the mind from time to time!

    #blogit

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  • Just testing more stuff!

    Posted on April 4th, 2017 Scott No comments

    This is a post with a photo…

    #blogit
    

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  • Cycling 101: Learning to use your clipless pedals

    Posted on January 21st, 2017 Scott No comments

    For many people, using clipless pedals is a very daunting task.  The thought of being attached to your bicycle is scary.  I recently wrote an article on why you should use clipless pedals, and how they can he (Find it here:  Cycling 101: Why you should use clipless pedals)  Now – how do you use them?  Let’s talk about that.

    The first thing you MUST do is properly mount your pedals and cleats.  If you do not know how to do this, seek help from a bike shop.  The cleats MUST be tight.  If they are not, you can have issues getting your foot out!  Make sure they are tight.  The cleat should be in the center of the shoe (right to left) and under the ball of your foot.  Most any shop that sells shoes can and will help you with this.

    Virtually ever type of clipless pedal has a tension adjustment.  I suggest loosening that up as much as possible in the beginning.  As you get more experienced, but you can decide later.  This is TYPICALLY done with an allen wrench (hex key).

    Before we talk about how to GET IN to clipless pedals, lets talk about how to get out.  I know of no clipless pedals you do not exit by pushing your heal to the outside.  Practice – right now – put your toe on the floor and rotate your heal outward.  Do that 10 times with each foot!  Boom – you are now an expert!

    On most pedals, you enter by putting the front of the cleat into the pedal and then stepping down.  Usually, you hear and/or feel a “click” when you are engaged.  I like to “tug up” on my foot to make sure I am clipped in.

    I _HIGHLY_ suggest you find a wall, rail, car, shoulder or something to hang onto and clip in, clip out, clip in, clip out, clip in, clip out…. repeat so you feel how it works.  It’s easy – but at first you will be nervous, knowing you can do it will help you when you are moving.

    Key Point:  Pick your “stay on the bike foot”.  In 90% of stops, you stop and do not need to remove both feet.  Mine is my right foot.  I never take it off the pedal unless I am getting off my bike.  Every stop – I put my left foot down. It’s your choice 🙂

    Starting:  Clip in your  stay on the bike foot.  Make sure it’s all good.  Put your foot in a good position to start and push off like you always do!  DO NOT IMMEDIATELY WORRY ABOUT CLIPPING IN THE OTHER FOOT!  It’s okay to put your to, heel, or any other part of your foot on the pedal and get up to speed.  Fast enough so you are stable.  Now coast and clip in your other foot.  Off you ride, safe and sound … connected!

    Stopping:  Now – you are attached to your bike.  You have to change that to safely get off the bike.  MOST of the time, you plan to stop.  That’s easy!  As you realize you are going to stop, you simply coast, take your off the bike foot and rotate it out until you feel your foot unclip.  You may have to pedal a little more, that’s okay, but as you get ready to stop, ease off the seat and put your foot down.  BOOM!  You just did it!

    Emergency Stopping:  This is just a fast version of stopping!  As soon as you realize you you are going to have to stop, disengage that foot!

    Practice Makes Perfect: You are going to have some shady stops in your near future.  Do your best to relax.  You may want to ride around, clipping in, clipping out, practicing stopping.  The more you do it, the more you will feel confident! Confidence removes stress!

    Remember that _NOBODY_ who has ever used clipless pedals has ever avoided falling over at least once.  We have all done it.  If you realize you are going to tip over, again – relax.  Putting your knee or your arm out is probably a mistake.  Your hip is generally more padded and can take a bump.