Cycling Quote of the Week

Cats just don’t feel safe on a moving bicycle, no matter how much duct tape you use – catzilla


Hey Fred!

From Wikipedia

Fred” is a derisive term used by cyclists to describe other cyclists, usually male, that appear amateurish and oblivious to cycling culture.


The exact qualities that define one as a “Fred” vary widely among regions and cyclists, but recently, particularly in the US, a Fred is somebody with higher quality and more expensive gear than his or her talent would warrant. For example:

A person watches the highlights of a few Tour de France stages, goes to a bike store and buys a Trek carbon fiber Madone in Team Discovery colors, along with Team Discovery shorts and jersey, and then rides it on a cycling path at 15 mph (25 km/h).

Such a person would be a prototypical Fred, especially if the jersey is yellow, which is typically worn by the leader in a multi-stage race.

In the UK the earlier usage is more common—used by ‘serious’ roadies to refer to (often) bearded, sandal wearing, touring cyclists. The rare female Fred is a Doris.

This usage still survives in the US – David Bernstein, presenter of The FredCast says the term is “used by ‘serious’ roadies to disparage utility cyclists and touring riders, especially after these totally unfashionable ‘freds’ drop the ‘serious’ roadies on hills because the ‘serious’ guys were really posers.” Mostly, though, a Fred dreams of being able to drop a real cyclist because their equipment is nicer.

In the US the term is also used to describe the many bicycle riders who enter fun “tours” or “rallies” but tell everyone that they were in a “race” with actual knowledge that what they were in was not a true race. Bicycle racing is governed in the United States by USA Cycling.

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Liz Hatch crashes hard.


From her blog:

“I was participating in the “Ride the Route” fundraiser for the Women’s Tour Of California Criterium. It left from Santa Rosa and went to Calistoga and then doubled back to Santa Rosa. I arrived a bit late due to traffic and was attempting to catch the main group with few friends. On the last descent into Calistoga I was a bit off the front and enjoying a great time down the hill when I came up on a corner full of pine needles a bit too quickly (understatement) and my only choice was to try to lay the bike out or hit the guardrail… Apparently the second choice was better (???) and I went head first into it at 45k. Specialized helmets, THANK YOU! Also, ROOLY glasses!!! I am so glad I was wearing those things, they kept my eyes protected and all of the dirt and pine needles that ended up in my mouth, nose and ears, yes ears, didn’t touch my eyes! Not only that but they look like new post crash, cannot believe it.

I was knocked out for a short while and don’t remember much except that I couldn’t breath and my mouth was full of blood from biting part way through my tongue. Bob Cullinan from CycleTo was on the scene quickly (and ended up riding with me to the hospital and staying with me for 6 plus hours) as were quite a few other kind souls (Greg Durbin, thank you!) who stopped traffic so I wouldn’t get run over and called the ambulance. From there it’s a blur…”


More details and photos can be found here> Cycle To

More proof that I might be a woman – I like shoes

I got new shoes today.  Northwave Vertigo Carbons

shoesI got some Sidi Genius 5s last year and they gave me really bad hot spots.  I tried the little wedges under the cleats to alleviate the pain but that just led to an inflamed IT band so we’ll see how these do.  I got a screamin’ deal on them.  They were the last pair on close out so I got them for $79.00.

Rogue Cow Rams Bicyclist, Escapes

From The Denver

Injured Woman Declines Medical Treatment

A woman riding a mountain bike on a Boulder Open Space trail was knocked down and stepped on by a rogue cow Monday.

The woman, who was not identified, was on the South Boulder Creek Trail when she stopped to let a cow pass. According to the woman, the cow knocked her to the ground and then walked on her legs. The cow continued down the trail and the woman refused medical treatment.

Open Space rangers said the area on Marshall Mesa is leased by ranchers and the owner of the cow was contacted regarding the renegade cow, which had left the scene by the time rangers arrived.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that another woman was rammed by a cow in the same area in 2003, after the woman accidentally ran between the cow and her calf. The woman suffered a fractured pelvis in that incident.

The Hot Set Up

This is a setup that I’ve fantasized about iffen I had me lots o’ money.  I’ve always liked Bianchi’s celeste green.  Maybe I am female, since I would buy me a bike based soley on color.


Cardiac Cards

I know real cyclists don’t watch football but I grew up in the St. Louis area (I’m wearing a St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap as I type this) so I’ve been a Cardinals (both baseball and football) and Blues fan since the late 60’s.  I lost interest in the football Cardinals after they moved to Arizona but I always keep tabs on them.  The Cardinals going to the Superbowl is unbelievable.  They were the only NFL team that had never been to the Superbowl.  Before this year, they had only been in two playoff games (both losses) since the NFL started the playoff system.  They actually won a championship as the Chicago Cardinals so you can guess how long ago that was.

I’m pretty stoked!!