Bike Shop Dad: Finding Ground

Contemporary parenthood is taxing, demanding, work pulling us in all directions at any given moment. The kids have constant day-to-day needs (preparing meals, logistics for school and activities, household chores) and their special, fleeting needs (social challenges, behavior corrections, etc) require timely response or the opportunity is missed. Us parents heap plenty on our own plates as well– career challenges, maintaing a house & car, and the complicated grown-up issues stemming from relationships, planning for the future, maintaining physical & mental health, and maybe even some spirituality. We deal with everything, we take care of it. We get it handled. But all too … Continue reading Bike Shop Dad: Finding Ground

Rain, Wind, and Good Times along the 2016 Stagecoach 400

We departed the Idyllwild Bake & Brew at 9am Friday March 11th.  Exactly one hour delay from schedule, which ain’t too shabby for this bunch. The rental trackers were delayed- as is the expected norm- coming from a sled dog race in Alaska. We enjoyed a hero’s departure as the elementary school children lined up to cheer us on as we left town. Approximately 69 riders started the ride. -But that delay might’ve been a good thing. Weather moved in Friday afternoon, presenting rain, high wind, and a significant temperature drop sometime around sunset. Lead pack riders charged up out … Continue reading Rain, Wind, and Good Times along the 2016 Stagecoach 400

Stagecoach 400 Gear List

“What should I bring?” I can’t answer that directly, but you can use my own list as a baseline. Ultimately, there is no perfect packing list. Variables can include weather, conditioning (riding & campcraft) and personal preferences. This is what I’ve carried, and where I carry it. Some of these items end up moving to different areas of the bike. My goal is usually to have a 60% weight distribution favoring the rear of the bike, or the seat pack. In the Seat Bag (packed in order): – A ziplock bag with pre-portioned robot food powder (such as Hammer Perpetuem). … Continue reading Stagecoach 400 Gear List