Wednesday, December 23, 2009

T K B for certain

happy holidays !

BIKE PORN --- if such a thing exists... this is it !

Wednesday, December 2, 2009


NACCC's will be in Atlanta, GA !!! October 7 - 11th. This year I will be attending... no nasty injury the night before departure ( I will sequester myself 48 hours before leaving if need be ). Currently, a general info page is up HERE I will post more when i find out, so keep checking back !

Friday, November 20, 2009


By now many of you probably know that Sean Callahan passed away earlier this week. It is an upsetting time, and I would like to express the loss I feel -- you may contribute your feelings too if you wish. I first met Sean through my friends Kyle and Mike a few years ago at the 10th and Dunn house here in Bloomington. As I'm sure is the case with everyone else who knew Sean, the first thing I noticed was how kind he was. I have met few people in my life that are that nice to total strangers, and it was that kindness and outgoingness that impressed me most about him. I regret not keeping my friendship to Sean as close as i could have or should have when he left Bloomington to move to Chicago. Sean, I miss you and the sorrow I feel in your passing is more than what I can put into words.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

BONUS !!!!

I never miss a chance to get a goofy picture of Shawn...dude just can't wear hats !

photos/results from wrap up of Le Tour de Franzia

After the sprint race, we had a mystery event -- Mountain Dew guzzle/trackstand competition !!! The object -- maintain a trackstand while gulping down a can of Mountain Dew... feet can't touch the ground till your Dew is DONE !!! Elgin won, and took home a snappy Tiger trophy for his efforts ! Good job, dood !!

Shawn taking a bite of glass to stay sharp !

Kevin got a cap and shirt from SURLY !! Lookin good !

Brian and Charlie staying warm with their SURLY hip flasks !

Jake got 3rd place overall time, getting some Cyclones and since he was already decked out in the yellow cap from Panther by Hand !! :)

Shawn got 4th overall time, and got a pair of Pearl Izumi Cyclones and a Silca CO2 inflator

I clinched 1st overall time and 1st for climbing points !

Thank you to Seagull for the awesome custom bag, Outlier for being great and sending two of their waxed cotton caps, and Amy at Panther by Hand for making three custom winners caps !! And a special thanks to Jeanette Caproon for making the AWESOME patches for us !!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

last thing and then on we go

The final Tour stage is this Friday in Indy ! STAGE 5 is a sprint stage, and will determine the overall sprint points leader. Friday is also when prizes will be given out, so make sure you attend this race !!!!!!

In other news ...
I have already begun planning the SPRING TOUR !
It will be a two day tour covering roughly 100 miles. We will have a cookout during the race for spectators as well as group meals for the racers between events. There will also be a women's category for female competitors. It will be amazing ! So, mark your calendars ( the current dates are tentatively set for MAY 29th and 30th -- a Saturday and Sunday, respectively ). The dates are subject to change if a more convenient date for riders presents itself. The sponsor list is already looking good for this, so make sure to check back frequently for more information !

Friday, November 6, 2009

new things

I just rode around on my new PHIL WOOD bottom bracket installed by Rawny at Bikesmiths, and let me tell you -- the thing is a dreamboat !!! Phil makes some great products. I'm a happy camper for certain. Speaking of campers ... tomorrow is bike camp at Morgan Monroe. Some friends are packing up their packables/campables and setting out for a 14 mile bike ride to the campsite. It should be a pretty fun time.
Following the camp theme -- a week from today ( Friday the 13th) will be the final event for the Tour !!! It will be a match style sprint race in Indy ( like the opening event for the tour on sept 11th) and will determine the sprint winner of the Tour. The award ceremony will also take place after the sprint event as well as a mystery event with a couple mystery prizes ! So, make sure to come out to race and/or spectate and cheer your pals on ! Meet at Pan Am Plaza at 10PM to register ( 2 $ entry ). We will get the sprints started at 10:30PM

Monday, November 2, 2009

STAGE 4 results

Jake - 15 minutes 58 seconds
Shawn - 15 minutes 59 seconds
Mark - 16 minutes 9 seconds
Charlie - 16 minutes 11 seconds
Richard - 16 minutes 21 seconds
Kevin - 18 minutes 30 seconds
Eric - 18 minutes 32 seconds

The course was 6 miles long, and (as you can see) everyone was riding pretty fast ! It had rained all day long, but stopped shortly before the race got underway. The rain and cold made it an interesting race though, and everyone said they had a great time! The first four to finish were granted a time bonus - first place received a 4 minute time subtraction, second place received 3 minutes, third received 2 minutes, fourth received 1 minute.

STAGE 4 was the final timed stage for the Tour, locking in the top four as follows :


Richard - 1st - 3 hours 49 minutes 5 seconds
Mark - 2nd - 3 hours 54 minutes 37 seconds
Jake - 3rd - 4 hours 3 minutes 12 seconds
Shawn - 4th - 4 hours 5 minutes 5 seconds

Thank you to everyone for racing and to all that have supported BRA and the races we've put on in this Tour series !! The next stage ( STAGE 5) is a sprint race in Indianapolis on Friday, November 13th. The meet will be at Pan Am Plaza at 10 PM and we will get the sprints underway at 10:30 PM. There will be an awards ceremony afterward for the Tour leaders and also a mystery event with mystery prizes to be given out as a fun way to end the Tour ! An earlier post shows the sprints points breakdown for everyone, so make sure to check it out. We will see you the 13th !!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Why I <3 my LBS ...

Bikesmiths is now stocking R.E.Load bags ! I saw their collection of goodies, which ranged from top tube pads, hip bags from Bea Lake, backpacks, and medium to large classic messenger bags.
Go by (buy) their shop today and get one before they're all gone ! I think they will consistently be going through stock on these bags since they are the ONLY local carrier !

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Amendment to STAGE 4

Hello everyone. The meet time and place for STAGE 4 has changed.

Meet at midnight @ Pan Am Plaza for the race this Friday. I guess that technically makes this a Halloween race !

Monday, October 26, 2009


Mark was blessing his saddle with magic dust and spells -- how he gets most of his riding power!

Thomas showing off his new boots with the fur --

Hannah disapproves ...

So does Shawn !

STAGE 3 - pictures

Posin' with his prize - a brand new TURBO !!! Way to go Mark !!! :)

Tallying up the times and points. Thanks, Hannah !!!

Group photo !

Shawn's Kinfolk !!! This frame is awesome !

Pimp the G-ride ! With custom wheelie wheels !

No bodies in the trunk though !

Jake makin' use of his custom undies from the win at 0-> [ ] !

STAGE 3 -- results

Mark was the winner of STAGE 3, thus winning the TURBO saddle ! It was a hilly race, and everyone had a good time. Here are the results:

STAGE 3 Sprint Points:
Mark 4 points
Jake 3 points
Shawn 2 points
Richard 1 point

OVERALL Sprint points:
Mark 8 points
Richard 8 points
Jake 3 points
Charlie 3 points
Shawn 2 points
Doug 2 points
Sam 1 point

The climb race was decided at STAGE 3 I beat Shawn over the last hill, clinching the points to take the win !
The Sprint leader will be decided with the STAGE 5 Sprint Race on November 13th in Indy...more on that later though.

Here are the overall times for everyone:

Kevin - 4 hours 2 minutes 13 seconds
Brian - 3 hours 59 minutes 13 seconds
Charlie - 3 hours 56 minutes 9 seconds
Ben - 3 hours 53 minutes 16 seconds
Shawn - 3 hours 52 minutes 6 seconds
Jake - 3 hours 51 minutes 14 seconds
Mark - 3 hours 40 minutes 28 seconds
Richard - 3 hours 32 minutes 44 seconds

I'm glad the times have gotten closer together. It will make the next Stage ( the night race in Indy this Friday ) a very interesting one ! I will make a separate post about that later though.
Thanks to everyone who raced ! We really appreciate everyone's support of the Tour !!

Friday, October 23, 2009


HERE is the map for STAGE 3 of the Tour !!!
Remember: registration starts at 10 am @ 505 south maple and is 5 dollars. The race will start at 11 am. There are 4 hills points sections for the race. It's a hilly route, but it also has some really scenic parts -- keep your head up ! We'll see you Sunday !

winner of this stage gets a Selle Italia TURBO saddle !

Sunday, October 18, 2009

STAGE 2 ( Time Trial ) -- The Evidence

A little bit rainy, a lotta bit fun ! Thank you to Joe's Cycles for letting us start and stop and stay warm and dry at the shop !! And a big THANK YOU to Cody for taking the photos !!

Givin' it a think

Jake was the winner of the O->[ ] race. I'm glad he's making use of his wheelset ! : ) Good job on the TT, Jake !

Fashionable AND functional . . . just like Shawn !

Work CAN be fun !

My glasses look dayglow. . . keepin me chipper on rainy days.

Ren givin' Mark some extra motivation, which must have worked because . . .

Mark won the TT and won some warm things from SURLY !!! A pair of wool socks and a cap to keep his tootsies and headsies toasties !

Bromance !

STAGE 2 ( Time Trial ) -- The Results !


Kevin: 40 minutes 58 seconds
Brian: 37 minutes 58 seconds
Charlie: 34 minutes 54 seconds
Richard: 32 minutes 29 seconds
Ben: 32 minutes 1 second
Jake: 31 minutes 57 seconds
Shawn: 31 minutes 12 seconds
Mark: 30 minutes 28 seconds


Kevin: 2 hours 41 minues 58 seconds
Brian: 2 hours 38 minutes 58 seconds
Charlie: 2 hours 35 minutes 54 seconds
Ben: 2 hours 33 minutes 1 second
Jake: 2 hours 32 minutes 57 seconds
Shawn: 2 hours 32 minutes 12 seconds
Mark: 2 hours 31 minutes 28 seconds
Richard: 2 hours 12 minutes 29 seconds

Thank you to the riders who came out and raced the TT !!!!! It was a fun time despite the cold. I will make a separate post for the pictures.

Don't forget -- STAGE 3 is Sunday, October 25th in Bloomington. Winner of the stage gets a brand spankin' new Turbo saddle, so come out and ride hard !

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Le Tour de Franzia -- new flier/STAGE dates

Thanks to Mike Ley for getting this to me ! Look at all those sponsors ! Plus a couple extras from BRA as well.

Don't forget !!!! Time trial in Indy this Friday ! Meet at Joe's Cycles @ 4 for registration (5 dollars). Race starts at 5 PM. We'll see you there !

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Bum Shuf 09 -- The Results !

Aside from Mike getting a fly-by from Hannah's bird finger THIS picture of Dan ^^^ is my favorite of the evening !

I just liked Aaron's sweatshirt, what can I say ?

Some random people came by. Some meaning like 30. Came by meaning stayed till the Colt was GONE! And among them this guy^^^^^^^
Just hangin' out ... not really ... he stayed that way.

Dude, is your hurrr not all thurrr ?

Yep !

Here are the Bum Shuffle prize winners:

1st overall - Tom Gohagan
2nd - Phil Boydelatour
3rd - Andy Brannini
4th - Joe Scarbro
5th - Trenton Brulport

1st girls - Hannah Caproon
2nd - Shannon Byers (first race ever!)
3rd - Ryann

1st out of town - Nick Chenoweitz (Dayton)
2nd out of town - Richard Bate (Bloomington)

DFL - Kim Corbin and Dana (Dayton)

best ever - some young kid who bought aluminum cans from a bum

Thanks Aaron for putting me up for the weekend. Hannah and myself will be seeing you in December to redeem our tattoo coupon from The Artful Dodger !

Bum Shuf 09 - The Pics !!

This was my view when I arrived at Aaron's house Friday night.

Dude just showed up ...

Hannah is about to love life !

Quite a few Manifests were turned in ... mine is in there somewhere.

The Dude Locker was host to the afterparty.

Maika playin' some sweet tunes throughout the evening.

This was a pretty swell place for an after party methinks.

Showin' some love...

Cripple-crank racin' !

Hannah showing her appreciation to Mike

big THANKS !

To SEAGULL BAGS for sponsoring the Tour !!!!!! Get excited everyone ! ... and race really, really hard !

Saw this on I am Bryan ...

Coming up .... Monster Mash alleycat! Sat, Oct 31st. Info on Mike Pike's site Unabridgededition . Go out and race !!! Don't be a Hallowienie !!!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

IN the works ...

BRA is working with local artists to create some t-shirt designs. Themes will include pentagrams, upside down crosses, our new logo, and trashy trailer park folk.
Everything is in process now and we are planning to have shirts available before the new year.

In other news, BRA has been asked to sponsor our first race !! More on that very soon, so keep checking back !!!

Thanks !

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

THANKS !!!!!!

To OUTLIER and to PANTHER BY HAND for sponsoring the Tour !! There are still a couple possible sponsors out there, so this should be an excellent podium.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A little, bright, something for you ...

Saw this over on INDYCOG . Thought it was awesome, so here it is for you : ) Have a nice day.


To Freight Baggage for being a sponsor of the Tour ! I'm pretty excited about this, so I hope everyone else is too. We'll see you for the Time Trial !!

Monday, September 28, 2009

The next STAGES for the Tour

STAGE 2 => TIME TRIAL <= Friday, October 16th - Indy - meet 4pm @ Joe's Cycles for registration ( 5$ ) race @ 5pm

STAGE 3 Sunday, October 25th - Bloomington - meet 10AM @ 505 South Maple for regestration ( 5$ ) race @ 11AM

STAGE 4 Friday, October 30th - Indy - meet 4PM @ Joe's Cycles for registration ( 5$ ) race @ 430PM

Maps and fliers to follow, just wanted to give everyone the heads up so you can get off work, make travel arrangements, etc.

See you soon !

Friday, September 25, 2009

Two awesomely fun races coming up !!

On the same day as the Columbusbumshuffle is the 40oz fun run in Louisville, KY. If I don't see you in Ohio, it better be because you're in Louisville having a swell time in Iroquois Park !!! Seriously, go to one of these races Saturday, October 10th !!! They're both gonna be awesome !

Thursday, September 24, 2009


To SURLY for adding to the sponsor list ! More are on the way. We'll keep you updated, so keep checking back. Also, don't forget -- Friday October 16th in Indianapolis, IN is STAGE 2 of the Tour !! A flier is on the way with all the details.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

STAGE 1 results ...

The turnout was smaller than expected. Then again most of the Indy folks are interbike'n. Or working.
So -- Charlie, Michael, and myself raced anyhow. Michael had to drop out due to a mechanical problem ( get in touch with me if you see this Michael. I'd like to ride with you more !! ) , and Charlie took a wrong turn early on -- still, he made it to the finish with a time of 2 hours 1 minute, 3 points for the Sprint section, and 6 points for the Climb sections. My time was 1 hour 40 minutes with 4 Sprint points and 8 Climb points . Adding the sprint points from STAGE 1 to my SPRINTS bonus in Indy last week, i have 7 Sprint points thus far.

A bit about missing races:
If you miss a race, you will be given the time of the last place finisher. This is of course within reason -- you can't miss every race, but i understand that traveling back and forth won't be possible for everyone.

In this instance, anyone attending STAGE 2 on Friday October 16th in Indianapolis will start with a time of 2 hours 1 minute. As this is a Tour event, your time will accumulate over the various races. The person(s) with the shortest time(s) will be deemed winner(s) of the overall Tour.
SO... the time gap is relatively small, and shouldn't be too difficult to make up over the course of the coming weeks. Come out to the next stages !!!!

Friday, September 18, 2009

photos from SPRINT night !

here are some photos Dano took of Sprints last Friday. Lookin sharp! Thanks Dano !!!