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Yes, I'm Still Alive... And so is Vancruisers!

by Bryn — last modified Nov 20, 2008 08:19 PM
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OK, there hasn't been much in the way of posting lately... My bad...

I guess it all comes down to two things:

  1. I've got a "new" version of Vancruisers in the pipes.  It'll be way easier to make blog entries, easier to upload photos, easier to edit stuff you've created and hopefully have a bunch of other new features plus clean up some of the "problems" with the current site (like photo uploads)... Basically any time I've spent lately has been on the new site so I've kind of been neglecting the current one.
  2. I've been riding a lot, but it's been a little more "hard core" and a little less booze cruise...

I guess my Rat Rod has been the catalyst behind a lot of it... The bike rolls so well and has been ultimately so rideable that I can barely stomach "just" a ride around the SeaWall these days.  Who would have ever thought last year's storm would have changed things so much!  I guess there really is a limit to just how much beer you can drink without "earning" it...

These days it's all about the "Heavy Pedal" for me.  Heavy Pedal means low beer:mileage ratio, covering new ground whenever possible, not being afraid of going up hill and getting home at the end of the night exhausted rather than plastered.  I think it's a good formula!! Take one vintage cruiser that weighs a ton, equip it with decent brakes (like my SRAM VT-5000), maybe a decent internal gear hub if you're feeling it and go get some excersise!  Anyhow we've been rolling lots, and I mean LOTS:

 

 

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My goal is to make sure all that empty space is coloured in!!

I totally recognize that this kind of riding isn't for everyone, but the fact is it is for ME!  I can basically ride the SeaWall in my sleep - I grew up in Vancouver and I've been riding a bike since about my 5th birthday.  Guess where I started riding as soon as I was old enough to leave the neighborhood? Yeah, I used to roll around the SeaWall all day, every day that I could just to get out of the house!  Used to be I'd hop on my Norco and get on down there then roll around 5 or 6 times before heading home back up to Kerrisdale.  True that was before I discovered fun things like BEER, but honestly you'd be surprised how buzzed a kid can get on a couple of liters of Coke!

So yeah, I'm all good there.  Our Last Friday of the Month ride is fine - I can deal with a booze cruise once a month (plus all the calendar rides during the summer) but that's pretty much good for me.  These days unless we're covering 15+ km I'm left feeling somewhat deflated!

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