Salty Dog Cycling

a healthy lust for cycling…

As Spring Nears…

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Just a reminder of where we’ve been.  It’s been a great first winter, much love to the SL, UT.

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February 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

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Visual Values

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Martha Kang McGill illustrates the commuting habits of eight major U.S. cities based on the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
the fine print…
via For the Love of Bikes
via Out of Habit via Infrastructure

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February 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Cycling Quote

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From an interview in Cycling and Society, Horten, Rosen, Cox (p. 39), Essay Cycling the City by Justin Spinney, in reference to riding in a busy intersection.

“Yeah, that’s one of the great exciting things about places like that, you have to be super alert because everything is coming at you from all directions, and you’re working on those gaps and you shoot through it and it disappears.  You’re working within …. you know that the gaps are going, it’s like watching a wave break or something; it’s going to be there for that amount of time (snaps fingers) and it’s gone and it’ll never be there again.  And Hyde Park Corner or any of the big complexes really excite and I like that.  Berkeley Square is another one.  You ‘switch on’ to Berkeley Square as soon as there’s a gap …. those moments when you know it’s all happening, they’re really exciting because all your sensory hairs stand up, you’re listening and looking … it’s all crucial (interview, with bike messenger, 11/15/05).”

I just love the comparison of the traffic flow to that of a wave.  Enjoy the ride!

– Salty Dog

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February 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Roubaix Dura-Ace

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Thought I’d share my morning obsession with the World.  Next year maybe…

Specs here via Specialized

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February 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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On the Status of Things

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I don’t usually take time away to write about what’s going on in my life with cycling.  I guess that’s mostly because I can barely keep up with it all, let alone sit down and write thoughtfully about it.  With that said, I figured it was time to sum up somethings, so at least I can look back and know what I was doing and when.

So lets start with Advocacy.  Right now I’m working to support several things at the University of Utah.  I’m working on the Climate Action Plan Transportation Team, the Bicycle Master Plan, helping out the Bicycle Collective (ubike.org), and tonight I’m going to attend my first meeting with the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.  I’m also working with some great folks in the University adminstration to start forming the framework for putting together a larger program to improve bicycle planning and promotion on campus. 

On the Academic front almost everything is set for entering the Masters program in City & Metropolitan Planning in Fall 2010.  Just need to submit my personal statement, which I plan to do after this weekend of training in St. George.  I’m going to focus on transportation planning, especially on bicycle planning.  I’ve been reading some great academic texts, that I’ll share later.

In the area that matters most, actually cycling, I’m pretty excited for 2010.  I’ll be racing with the University cycling team (unofficially until may, when I’m an actual student) and also riding with the crew from my local shop.  I’ve got some great rides and races planned for the year, with the hope of getting into the LOTOJA at the end of the season.  I’ll take time to post reviews of the rides/races when I can.  I’m pretty excited to check out the San Diego Gran Fondo , 100 mile of course, in March.  It should be a relaxed century to kick of the season right.

I hope to make some tech/gear upgrades later this year when I’m not so broke.  Until then, it’s just working with what I’ve got.  I’m training on the weekends and almost every night after work until it’s too dark and too cold to be reasonable.  I can’t say how much I’m looking forward to longer days, even more so than warmer weather. 

My special lady friend a.k.a. fiancée has been awesome and so supportive, and it has really helped out.  It’s sweet to have so many people in my life who are supportive and encouraging about my new found passion for cycling.  Also, I’m way stoked that many of my friends (especially CK1) back home in San Diego, have not only taken up cycling, but are sticking with it and loving it too. 

Work is work, but I’m riding in every day… there’s a few more things, but WordPress is being wack, so… end.

Dream a Little Dream!

– Salty Dog

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February 10, 2010 at 10:39 pm

Michelob Ultra Lance Armstrong Ad Superbowl Preview

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Lance Armstrong posted this preview from the Michelob Ultra Superbowl Ad on his twitter.  I think it’s going to be a good look for cyclists everywhere, well except maybe for those that don’t like beer!

peep it! http://www.twitvid.com/531CF

– Salty Dog

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January 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm

The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages Online

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I was browsing through the Adventure Cycling Website after they had listed my digital experiment in cycle lust I call a blog and came across a great resource.  If you’re ever looking to search through just about every cycling resource out there then check out The Cyclists’ Yellow Pages.  Below is an image of a sample search I did right quick for Utah Resources.

There’s info on just about everything including:

Accommodations
Bike Shops, Clubs and Rentals
Maps and Guides
Online Resources
Organizations/Government Agencies      Public Lands Access
Resorts and Ski Areas
Trail Information
Tourism
Other Bike Related Resources

Damn Good Data!

– Salty Dog