Fifteen years ago today

I miss that Real Grownups (like Johnny Carson!) took seriously a gentle man in a turtleneck who spoke about “star stuff.”I miss that science was once considered a means by which to glimpse the divine.I miss a man who dared 


A short rant: let’s downsize roads


The ongoing fracas about the ongoing budget stupidity of the Columbia River Crossing prompted me to write an awesome little rant. As a comment on BikePortland, natch. Which I thought was good enough to reiterate here for semi-posterity. Maybe, radical 


Fast and faster

Dave Moulton wants a bumper sticker: “I’m retired: Just go around me.” The whole thing is worth a read, it totally gets at the zen of traveling by bike.I’m not even retired and I find that the more I ride, 


Beat that climb back


sufferfaces:Beat that Climb Back Just across the border from Washington, in Portland, at PIR, the Suffer Faces are on full display like this one full of anger at the climb. Photo: Shift Focus Photo  


Unintended Consequences


As I mentally drafted a typical (read: long) report for yesterday’s race, I realized that I was actually meditating on the unintended consequences of my new hobby.There’s a fitness consequence obviously. (You should see the 55+ y.o. racers, who’ve been 


Oregon Field Guide — Cyclocross


View this on OPB.org: the CCX segment starts around 19:00. Filmed last year at Barton near Estacada. You can catch a glimpse of Orion and me at about 24:50. Brad’s right about this being the perfect course (IMO): epic runup, 


I feel stupid, and contagious

So right now I’m listening to the excessive 4-disc reissue of NevermindNevermind is very much Of My Generation — I was just barely 20 when it came out — so I’ve kind of been avoiding the whole “20 years ago 


Your first cyclocross race


My friend Thom posted a longish and helpful blog post called Cyclocross for Beginners. BikePortland contributor Tori Bortman has written several primers about cyclocross. I’m sure there are other good resources. These are all fine but kind of long-winded.I personally 


The only thing I’m going to say about Steve Jobs

I’m a loooong time Apple fanboy — I have never owned another kind of computer, since my first Mac LC in 1991, and the first computers I ever used were Apple IIs about a decade earlier — and I have 


So on Saturday night on Lopez Island...


...after putting the kids to bed I sat on the porch in my shorts under a wool blanket with a beer and watched the sun set and then watched it get inky dark. I watched ferries lit like Merry Freaking 


This bike is a platform (thoughts for the Oregon Manifest)


In 2007, I bought this Soma Double Cross — notionally a cyclocross racing bike — for commuting. I fitted it with racks, full fenders, 32c touring tires, panniers, lights, the works. It has never been an awesome build. I have 


Dreaming of Cowbells


Dreaming of cowbells. Literally: I had a dream last night with cowbells in it. Man oh man.  


Another post where I brag about my commute


Jenny and I have lived in SW Portland for eight-plus years now because of the exceptional commute. We certainly chose our first house for this reason (among others). It’s not a stretch to say that I chose to live in 


Golf to work


So think of a passtime other than cooking, reading or watching TV that you like so much you do it voluntarily in your free time. Golf, for example. Imagine if you could golf to work. You’d pop off the front 


Love Love Love


Yesterday I worked late and missed Orion’s bedtime. Jenny promised him I would spend some alone time with him this morning before work. I resented her a little for writing checks I had to cash. Especially because I was hoping 


Four variables


My life is a rather simple zero-sum equation with four variables.I play with my family. I work. I ride or fix my bicycles. I sleep about seven hours.That's it. Family, work, bicycles, sleep; repeat. If I do anything else I 


Like P.J. O’Rourke I too wish bicyclists would “pay their way”


Sigh.The late, great P.J. O’Rourke took on bike lanes (after a 24-year hiatus), thus affirming his continuing slide into Andy Rooney-grade irrelevance.Seriously, it’s not even worth fisking at this point.But O’Rourke closes with what has become my absolute favorite anti-bike 


The one hour DC Tour


I’ve visited the capital cities of at least nine foreign countries but it took me 40 years to visit my own. I feared that between the conference I’m here to attend and the ongoing disaster I wouldn’t get to see 


Driver’s tests should indicate an ability to drive

About a month ago, a woman driving through my neighborhood turned to check on her dog in the backseat of her car, and hit a guy on a bicycle. The kid is still in the hospital.Now our genius state legislators 


I wish I’d have learned more about work from my paper route


Tom Vanderbilt writes, in “The Rise and Fall of the American Paperboy” Ask a former paperboy about the job and you’re likely to summon a misty-eyed recollection of predawn bundling and knee-high snow. “Today it’s basically something that doesn’t exist,” 


Grocery Ads Still Live in the 1950s

The hed on this Ad Age post is Survey Finds 51% of Men Are Primary Grocery Shoppers, but Few Believe Advertising Speaks to Them Can I get an “amen?”I find grocery ads actively off-putting. They project archaic gender roles that