Carpet bomb

I'd have installed a headlight but I'm afraid of the dark.

I’d have installed a headlight but I’m afraid of the dark.

Since the weather outside is frightful, and likely to remain that way for some time, I’ve decided to launch a new touring magazine for the fainthearted: Dricycling.

It should work for agoraphobes, too. But I’m not going out looking for any.




28 Responses to “Carpet bomb”

  1. Stan Thomas Says:

    I hate trainers with a passion – last time I used one was ‘cos my leg was in plaster. I’ll take rain, snow, wind before that mind-numbing drudge. Hell, I’ll even go clean the toilet…

    • khal spencer Says:

      The other day I chopped up an ice dam from the end of the driveway and then shoveled out Roy Bate’s driveway. Anything but an indoor trainer.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    I had not used my rollers for about three years. Finally donated them to a fundraiser for the local mountain bike chapter of the IMBA.

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    I haven’t ridden the old Cateye yet this year. Yet.

  4. John in GJ Says:

    I just got off the trainer for the fifth or sixth time this year. It’s not that difficult if you know the tricks to making it much easier. (Tip: Google “mechanical doping”.)

  5. Pat O'Brien Says:

    It’s an, let me think, abomination, obscenity, monstrosity, bane, nightmare, and just plain evil. But, El Nino is having it’s way with all of us high desert folks. I just put some cleats on my new shoes, but they will have to wait until tomorrow for a tryout.

  6. Pat O'Brien Says:

    I just looked at the radar for Duke City and surrounding area after hearing on the radio that Flagstaff got 10 inches of snow overnight. I apologize for my pathetic whining.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Jeez Louise. We’ve had the course today. Rain most of the day followed by sleet, then snow, and now sunshine. This is to be followed by snow, snow, clear and cold, snow. … it’s starting to sound like Monty Python’s “Spam” sketch, only with snow.

      I don’t like snow!

      • John in GJ Says:

        Having grown up and lived in San Diego, I can definitely recommend the place for anyone who insists on avoiding that snow stuff. Figure on giving up your cycling time, though, as you may have to work two or three jobs just to make rent. And the air was brown. And there are plenty of other people there.

        Ah, I just remembered why I live in western Colorado. Snow may not be that bad. We’ll be seeing inches of it tonight and tomorrow, so I may feel different tomorrow. Might be time to visit some relatives in Cali.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        The evil capitalists wiping their arses with a certain Boulder-based journal of competitive cycling have their headquarters in San Diego, thus I shun the place. Plus I hear it’s raining.

      • John in GJ Says:

        Sure enough, NOAA is calling for heavy rain, flash flood watches and warnings, and a high surf warning. Oh, I think somewhere around there had an earthquake yesterday. This is on top of their never ending drought.

        All of which, of course, comes as no surprise since three of the four horseman of the apocalypse stable their mounts and have ranch property in southern California.

  7. weaksides Says:

    Yikes, a trainer? I’d rather just get fat thank you very much.

  8. veloben Says:

    Cheaper than an ACA tour.

  9. Hurben Says:

    You lot just want to FTFU

  10. Hurben Says:

    That was obviously HTFU

  11. Rick Raffesberger Says:

    Patrick, I would like to ask you a couple questions regarding touring bikes. Would you be willing to chat via email? Rick R.

  12. Jon Paulos Says:

    Well, I may be in the minority, based on the above, but riding the trainer doesn’t strike me as that bad, compared to the alternative. I look at my gut and I find the motivation to climb aboard. I fire up Netflix and go at it most mornings. At this point I’m up to Season One, Episode 10 of Daredevil. Given how busy my life is, it’s mostly the only time I get to unhook my brain and watch teevee, so there’s a mild added benefit.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Riding the trainer is like going outside in filthy weather, Jon. The hard part is persuading yourself to do it. Once you’ve started, it’s not all that hideous. Mostly. Kinda-sorta. Especially if you’ve started to develop your own gravitational field and family, friends and pets are being sucked into orbit around you,

  13. Larry T. Says:

    Trainers – ugghhh! But when riding a bicycle outside is impossible for awhile I will climb on one just to keep my rear end used to sitting on a saddle and my legs used to pedaling. I can’t stand to be on there longer than that so any real training effect is pretty low. My SoCal cycling has been washed out entirely, time to put the bike back in storage until next time we come out this way. Tomorrow, back to Iowa and snow – but just long enough to pack up to depart for sunny (I hope El Nino’s not there) Sicily though I have to detour through Milan to pick up some bikes and clothing first. I hope to be cycling in the sun by around January 20th or so.

  14. Pat O'Brien Says:

    A little weather bulletin from good old Sierra Vista. One to three inches of SNOW tonight with an additional inch before 11 AM tomorrow. I guess riding will have to wait another day.

  15. DownhillBill Says:

    “Riding” a trainer is a bit less undesirable than committing suicide by drill press. I know they’ve both been done, but I’m just not interested.

    Once on a club ride I met a young female triathlete who actually _enjoyed_ trainer riding. Her bike handling was generally fine, but every start and stop featured frantic windmilling as she clipped or unclipped. “The only time I have to do that is at the start or finish of a race.” After the first time, I just hung back and enjoyed the show.

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