Staying frosty…

17 08 2009
Waterproof means it keeps ice & water in as well!

Waterproof means it keeps ice & water in as well!

I’m not sure if I’ve ever posted this tip before, but since I use it a lot I figured it was worth posting again regardless.

A lot of times I’m riding my bikes to parties where having an icy cold beverage would be lovely.  One easy way to do it is to put your beverages at the bottom of an Ortlieb and grab a bag of ice on the way to the event.  The ice will keep your drinks cold and the ice + water will stay in the pannier so you can even bring them inside.  At night one bag of ice has lasted until the next morning which is about when I am heading home!

I’ll usually take one Ortlieb for drinks and load the other one up with spare clothes, a frisbee, snacks, a blanket to sit on etc…

Beer a bikers best friend...

Beer a bikers best friend...

Of course if you need more capacity you can strap a couple 70L coolers to each side of a Big Dummy – been there done that, but even I’ll admit that’s getting excessive for bicycle transported refreshment…=-)





The Red Rocket & Playa Pugsley

16 08 2009
Sharon's Burning Man Ride

Sharon's Burning Man Ride

It took me a lot of running around to finish off Sharon’s Burning Man bike, but it’s finally completed.  Jeremy gave me the SS cruiser and I added:

  • padded saddle from CDN Tire
  • cruiser bars and wire basket from LBS
  • used stem from a local bike coop
  • Sharon found a bell in her bike parts bin

All told we have $85 in the bike and it should last a couple years of festival going – not a bad deal.  Sharon has a whole bunch of lights and other decorations for this bike, but they won’t go on until we are actually on the playa in a couple weeks.

OMG my Pugsley has never been so clean!

OMG my Pugsley has never been so clean!

I actually washed my Pugsley yesterday….*gasp*!  It has never been washed and I was amazed how clean it looked with just a little TLC…=-)  I’m going to decorate it with fun fur and lights for the burn so I figured I should get the mud and dirt off it first.  I’ll also be using my Epic Designs frame bag as well as Ortlieb panniers to haul stuff on the playa.  I’m not sure, but I may be the first Epic Designs equipped cyclist to rock Burning Man…!





Tikit Style

15 08 2009
Who can resist the lure of the Tikit?

Who can resist the lure of the Tikit?

Got my hair cut and the stylist couldn’t resist checking out my Tikit….=-)





Fatties for Burning Man

14 08 2009
Photo: Beautifulsoul on Flickr

Photo: Beautifulsoul on Flickr

I’m working on our Burning Man bikes at the moment.  I’m going to ride my Surly Pugsley and Sharon is going to ride a BRC cruiser Jeremy donated to the cause.  I just got a set of cruiser bars for Sharon’s bike today for $20 at a LBS – sweet deal!  So her bike is ready to roll.  We’ll both be decorating our bikes with lights, fabric and other do dads.  They should look very cool.  I’ll post some pics when I get back from the event as we won’t finish decorating the bikes until we arrive at Black Rock City.

I’m excited because in 2007 [my first Burning Man experience] I had a crap bike and didn’t really decorate it.  This year I’ll be riding a super fun bike and it will look really cool.  I’m going to donate the two bikes I took to Burning Man in 2007 to friends who don’t have anything to ride yet.  They aren’t great, but they are better than nothing.

The Pugsely rocks Shambhala!

The Pugsely rocks Shambhala!

I just got back from the Shambhala Music Festival and had an amazing time riding my Pugsley.  Burning Man should be even more fun in the bike department as the event is huge so there is so much more to explore on a bike.





Pugsley Porn

13 08 2009




I need some cruiser bars…

12 08 2009
I need some bars similar to these.

I need some bars similar to these.

I’m in need of some cruiser bars similar to the ones shown above.  If you live in or near Calgary and have some in any condition I’d love to buy or borrow them.  Jeremy was kind enough to give me an old BRC cruiser for my GF to use at Burning Man this year – thanks!!  I replaced the saddle on it with a comfy one from Canadian Tire and now all it needs are a set of cruiser bars.  The bike is not in good enough condition to invest a ton of money so I was hoping someone local might have some bars she could use for Burning Man without me having to buy a brand new set.





Soil Sample

12 08 2009
mmmm....a dirty fatty!

mmmm....a dirty fatty!

Here is Nathan’s blog with some nice fat tire content.  I’ll put a link to Soil Sample in the winter biking section as well.

Splish Splash!

Splish Splash!