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My Wife’s First Foray Into Quinoa

My wife made our first ever dish with quinoa in it! Humorously enough as we laughed about it at the table, she said i would now be in with the “in-crowd” in the blogosphere. Now before all do you veggie people go and get all excited… Well actually the stew was mostly vegetables, with the exception of the deer meat – but I promise, that was as free range as you get right up until I shot it, tagged it and prepped it for transport.

I’ve asked Mrs. BgddyJim to write up the recipe because it was absolutely fantastic! I’ll share it as soon as she has a moment to get it to me.

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Now This Is A Cool Ride

  I’m not one for fixies, but this is one cool looking bike…  If you’re wondering how the handlebars  turn the wheel, follow the link.

LOL Lance – Returning to Pro Cycling…

Lance Armstrong is making a comeback to pro cycling, for the Vuelta a España -to get ready for the Ironman World Championships…

Dude is awesome!

 

 

The Case For Aero Gear

I’ve always wondered how important aero equipment is to regular, every day cycling – even as far as group rides go.  I can say, now that I’ve got semi-aero wheels, they do make a difference in comparison to the standard box shaped wheel – I can feel that much, but often we noobs hear things like “it’s more about the engine” and other such things when it comes right down to it.

That makes sense, but VeloNews brought new light to the subject that I hadn’t even considered previously (this revelation shouldn’t really blow up anyone’s skirt):

“When I was introducing the Venge to Saxo Bank and the Schlecks, their reaction was ‘wow, that’s cool, it would be a good one-day classics bike. But I sit in the pack all the time; I don’t need it.’”

The numbers refute this view, though. First and foremost, “when you’re sitting in the group, the air speed is actually higher for the bike than for your head, because there’s less draft down there,” explained Cote. That means there’s more air hitting your equipment than your body.

“When I was introducing the Venge to Saxo Bank and the Schlecks, their reaction was ‘wow, that’s cool, it would be a good one-day classics bike. But I sit in the pack all the time; I don’t need it.’”

The numbers refute this view, though. First and foremost, “when you’re sitting in the group, the air speed is actually higher for the bike than for your head, because there’s less draft down there,” explained Cote. That means there’s more air hitting your equipment than your body.

It’s a very interesting article…especially when considering what to buy for everything down to a pace-line group ride.

5-6-2012 – Our First (Full) Family Ride

Yesterday was a big day for the BgddyJim Family – we went out for our first ever full family ride, all four of us on our own bike.  We obviously took our time so that we could start teaching Josie (5) how to apply the rules of the road.  I can remember going through this with Bella and the first few weeks are always cause for heart palpitations.  My job is to block cars from getting to close to Josie, and to provide a barrier for her to run into lest she loses control so she doesn’t shoot out into the road…  Even though we always stop when vehicles are present in either direction, I always do the “head on a swivel” to check for imminent dangers.

Another few weeks of daily rides and she’ll be ready to venture over to the dirt roads where we can start logging some actual miles.  By next summer we’ll be doing mini-kid sprints out at the running club.  Josie has really surprised me, how fast she picked up riding without training wheels – she struggled all last summer to ride then all of the sudden, about two weeks ago now, she just started cruising.