Thursday, April 30, 2009

MN Biking Events Calendar

I'm going to try to update the event calendar so if you have any events you know about, and or would like listed, please pass on the info and I'll put it on the calendar.

Rear Blinkies, do you use them? Why or why not?

I'm curious... This evening, around 7:00 pm I seen many riders out for an evening ride (wish I would have been out there too, but I digress...). of the many I seen, only one was using a rear blinky (not only using, but had... I did not notice any others with rear lights). Now these were not just casual riders, they were into it, at least enough to realize the usefulness of blinkys.

So, I'm curious, why do you or do you not use rear lights?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Bike to Work Day 2009: Duluth

Bike to Work Week is May 11th thru May 15th. Here's what I know so far about Bike to Work Week and Day, 2009 in Duluth. (I'll add more if more info becomes available)

From Fitgers, KQDS, 92.1 Lite FM and Continental Ski and Bike & Red Rock Radio

"Fitgers, KQDS, 92.1 Lite FM and Continental Ski and Bike & Red Rock Radio have joined together in an effort to encourage Duluthians to ride to work!

We're hosting "BIKE TO WORK DAY" all day at Fitgers, Friday, May 15th.

We'll have free gift bags for cyclists (full of cool stuff), free safety checks, free Fitger's coffee & food, prizes and local celebs! We encourage cyclists to challenge their co-workers and pledge that they'll ride to work for Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity. The cyclist with the most pledges will win a bike from Continental.
Pledge forms available at Fitger's front desk, Continental Ski and Bike or Red Rock Radio.
For more information stop by Continental Ski and Bike - behind Plaza Walgreens - 1305 East First Street - 218 728-4466"

From the Bike to Work Committee
Date – Friday, May 15, 2009
Time – 7:00am – 9:00am
Place – Minnesota Power Plaza – Lake Ave & Superior Street

Event will include:
  • Refreshments provided by the Radisson Hotel.
  • Bike inspections from local bike shops.
  • Demonstration on how to use the bike racks on a DTA bus.
  • Bicycle commuting tips and information.
  • Bike storage for bicyclists that day will be available at the YMCA.

The event is presented by the Bike to Work Committee, comprised of
representatives from the following:
Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC)
Duluth Area Trails Alliance (DATA)
Duluth Transit Authority (DTA)
Fit City Duluth
Greater Downtown Council (GDC)
Radisson Hotel Duluth Harborview

For more info, contact James Gittemeier at ARDC (218) 529-7556 or

From the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota

Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota will put on a traffic skills class May 15-16.

Traffic Skills Flyer
Traffic Skills Registration

If anyone wants help coming from the Lakeside, I'd be willing to lead a group. Contact me here and I'll work on getting a starting place, etc...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dear Duluth...

Dear Duluth,
While I appreciate all the wonderful trails and the numerous bike routes around your town, please do us all a favor. If the sign says "Bike route" with an arrow, and I follow said "route", please have a nice road for me to ride on. I don't appreciate the bike eating monster sized potholes, you know the ones, and they are all over the place. And if you happen to find my rear planet bike super flash, blinking helplessly along side Kenwood Avenue, somewhere between arrowhead and college st., please return it to me. I'd like to keep it, to remember which roads not to ride on. Even though I wouldn't be able to use it because it literally had the clip snapped right off, bouncing along dodging the huge potholes, only to succumb to the smaller ones. It's a mine field out there. Please, at least fix the pot holes so we have a good 2 feet to ride on, rather then dodging them and veering all over the place...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Got Facebook?

Attention all Duluth cyclists... If you have facebook check out the Duluth Cyclists group I created. It's at I'm working on getting it going, events, discussion, photos and videos and the like, but need people to join and participate. If you don't have facebook yet, you should check it out. It's pretty fun and useful too!


Monday, April 13, 2009

What to do...

Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've posted last; mostly because I've been fairly busy. I watch the kids every day now and haven't had the chance to ride but two times in the last two months. It's horrible, I know :o) but spring is here and I'm all amped up to start riding again every day. My wife is going to help me relieve some stress by getting out on the bike. That's good for everyone!

On the job front: I'm still unemployed but it's ok still, for now at least. We're staying afloat and should have another 7 months in the clear- that will be pushing it, but it's do-able. I really hope I find something in that time, hopefully sooner but I am looking forward to a summer off with the kids and wife!!! Beach here we come!

I've been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do for a job. I have been doing technology stuff for the last 13 years, and while I like it, I'm not looking forward to doing any more software programming. I want something more. What I really want is to figure out what I'm passionate about and want to do for a long time to come. My wife said you don't have to be passionate about your job, you can be passionate about something in your off-time, such as charity work and such. Work can just be the means to fuel your passion.
Well, I think that's partially true, but I would like to find something that makes me wake up each morning excited to get to work. So I've been doing a lot of soul searching, trying to think what could do that for me, what could I do that I would just LOVE... I haven't figured that out yet, and I'm not sure that many people have, or will.

Currently I keep coming back to wanting to find something with an environmental focus, such as solar and wind energy and energy efficiencies in houses and stuff like that. But I don't really "know" anything about that kind of stuff, so here I sit, wanting and you know what they say about wanting, want in one hand and **** in the other and see which fills up first.

So, I'm a bit lost lately, trying to find direction. Maybe a long time in the saddle along the mighty Lake Superior will help clear my head.