Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Report: May 14-27

I forgot to do this last week so I’m combining two weeks.

Trips -
MinusCar: 18
Multi-occupant Auto: 11
Single occupant Auto: 5
Destinations: 57

A couple of these trips are to my new favorite coffee shop – Dunn Brothers Coffee. The ride is a nice way to get 30 miles in and reacquaint myself with parts of the city. They are displaying local cartoonist art for May.

My Car Miles: 55
My Bike Miles: 147

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

While You Were Away

I was absent from work last Friday. Turns out my employer got into the spirit of Bike to Work Day with out me. They installed a bike rack. A MinusCar reading co-worker complained about the loss of a premium parking spot.

It's ok. This weekend he's coming over to till my garden and rid me of my sod. The Wife and I ripped up this sod together with a spade. It was painful yet fun.

That same day I planted four Roma Tomato plants in pots. Three survived transplant.

Finally, here's my favorite picture that I took from Bike To Work Day. It's the final stop of the pub crawl.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

20 Hours Of Bike To Work Day (my recap)

Here are my recollections of how our local Bike To Work Day went down.

I must begin with a confession. I didn’t bike to work on Bike To Work Day. I took the day off from work. My day began at 4:30am as I rolled out my driveway followed closely by my Bob Trailer loaded with water, money, a change of clothes, a laptop, a book and my Bike To Work Day organizational folder. I was ready to be self contained for a long time.

I rode the six lane main road into downtown – pretty much had it to myself – and arrived in the pre-dawn shadow of Naked David to the sights and sounds of heavy preparation. It was a beautiful sight to see so much activity so early in the morning.

By 8am we estimate close to 200 people had ridden their bikes through, enjoyed some coffee and bagels, listened to some live music or talked to some vendors, and headed off to work. It was a very good, very hopping morning. I picked up a gift pack from My LBS which included a logo adorned bike bell. IT is now adorned with the bell.

Between events we replaced a faulty generator. It quit working as the morning band was finishing up. United Rental did a nice job with setting things right. We enjoyed multiple conversations amongst the committee while we made sure to keep people’s goods from blowing into the flood stage river. We also stood by while a dad pulled his drowning 2-year-old out of the river. Apparently the wind got the best of the little one. Thankfullly the river didn't.

At the end of the work day, as people were departing the office the Toby Kane Band launched their first set. Five or six brother/sister unicyclists strutted their stuff while a local artist created caricatures for all comers. Numbers for the evening event were less than the morning (and less than expected) but I got to enjoy the sounds of my favorite local band – so I was fine.

After some hasty clean up we headed out on the abbreviated two bar pub crawl, then as the sun set, I joined the FAB Starlight Ride. I logged 40 miles for the day, rolled into my garage after midnight, washed a days worth of hard work and bike ride off and crawled in to bed.


Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Report: May 7 - 13

Did you participate in the gas boycott on Tuesday? I did too. Well, actually my current gas boycott is 39 days. It doesn’t matter that you didn’t buy gas on Tuesday because you topped off on Monday or filled up before you ran out today. Want to drive down demand? Comsume less. Want to really drive down demand? Comsume less - of everything.

Ride a bike.

Trips -
MinusCar: 14
Multi-occupant Auto: 2
Single occupant Auto: 2
Destinations: 31

I tossed up some good numbers this week. My LBS put together my new bike. I had to drive to the big FAB member meeting. Rode the doughnut ride and met the BikingBrady blogger from Verm-town. Did he come all the way here just to ride with us? Noap. Friday night, enjoyed some downtown enchiladas in the presence of a guy named S@nford, and saw Mr. Bite heading home from a Friday night ride. The Mom was more thrilled with the Snakebite spotting than The S@nford.

My Car Miles: 29
My Bike Miles: 87

Bike To Work day is in two days.


Friday, May 11, 2007

Report: April 30-May 6

Trips -
MinusCar: 6
Multi-occupant Auto: 8
Single occupant Auto: 8
Destinations: 26

Rain kept the week mediocre and then rain plus the need to deliver 20 Bike To Work posters around town on Saturday made the car miles go through the roof.

My Car Miles: 86
My Bike Miles: 97

I woke up Sunday morning headed 35 miles north to the in-laws to put their dock in the water. The wind was a brisk 25mph from the south. I put up the sail and coasted in to lake country to join The Family. They let me ride home with them.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

There's This

I wasn’t going to blog today because I’m supposed to be answering the following questions for the SF Bu!sness J*ournal:

How long have you been involved in SF Bike to Work Day?
Why are you so supportive of biking to work?
What do you get out of it?

I'm at a loss for words. :)

I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to announce that The MinusCar Project is the #1 Google hit for “’getting laid’ in Sioux falls, sd”. I don't understand why everybody thinks Snakebite is the naughty one.

I noticed my favorite South Dakota energy company has announced the Home Suite Home contest. “NorthWestern Energy will improve the energy efficiency in three customers’ homes by awarding them with a new appliance suite and energy improvement measures, such as compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs)… Winners will be chosen based upon the essay they submit which explains why they think their home should be chosen.” They do nice work over there.

Wednesday night is cleaning night at the MinusCar household. During supper The Wife said she needed groceries…and why don’t you give yourself a little bike ride and go get them for me. Yeah that’s right; I traded housecleaning for a bike ride.

I attached the Bob trailer to the IF bike (oh how I’ve missed a bike that I could say that about), loaded up the Banjo Brother’s Commuter Backpack with some ice packs for the cold items and off I went for the six mile round trip. I bought eggs. None of them broke.

The FAB kickoff was last night. Yes, some people joined. I’m just happy to have one of the May big bike bashes behind me. Here's a photo of people that may or may not have been in attendance.

If you look closely you can see an idiot in a MinusCar t-shirt.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

"It" Is Naked

"It" is alot like the MinusCar messenger bag.

It took about 30 minutes to get that bike stand wrapped just right for the photo.

Blow the photo up to see top secret information about The Owner's plans for the year. Including Monday's Tour de Kota sign up party.

Friday, May 04, 2007

More "It"

I wonder how far into the loan process it would take them to realize I'm the motor of the bike. I wonder if the process would end then.


Two Weeks To B2W

The final Sioux Falls Bike to Work Day poster is complete. Special thanks to The Planner and The City for five(?) years of beautiful media for Bike to Work Day. You've outdone yourselves this year.

See a bigger JPG. Download a PDF.
Visit the official website

I (heart) Vanity Plates

Here's an article from Rapid City about South Dakota's attempt to recall a woman's vanity plates. Seems "MPEACHW" generated a complaint which prompted the state to action.

This is all it takes to put an end to vanity plates? I feel sorry for the next vanity plate that issues a drive by suggestion to me.

So much gets said about the DMV, I think they've summed themselves up nicely, "I don’t think we ever would have issued it if we’d have picked up on what it was inferring.”

Yes, the lady really likes peaches. Send her the plates.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Rain Was Supposed To Arrive Tomorrow

I cut out of work early today to run some errands. The skies were promising rain and 45 minutes into my two hour outing the promise was fulfilled. I met the FAB President at the bank to arrange for her to sign the check book. Woo hoo, FAB can spend money now! Then I cruised downtown to drop a check for The Planner for the Bike to Work Day sound permit. Yes, we will be rocking the downtown morning and evening on May 18. From there I rode the long way home. I got wet, but I also got 23 miles. I noticed The Dad rode to work today too. I hope he was ok with the rain.

The Planner says a section of the local bike trail will be closed starting Monday through September. He just found out about it today. The section is quite well used; it will affect a lot of people. There is no suitable immediate detour, although he did hint at some underground (think drainage ways) detours that could be in place in a few weeks. The press release for the closure is...follow that link. I wonder if people will decide to just hang up their bikes for the summer. I think it’s a prime occasion to reintroduce people to the art of city roads.

Somewhere along the way, as close to the middle of nowhere as anywhere, I came upon a child walking her Roadmaster. She said her chain keeps falling off. What I found was catastrophic failure of the bottom bracket. I’m sure it will appear in a local shop shortly, “can you fix this?” Disposable bikes – put ‘em in the landfill - there ought’r be a law cause there’s no fixing that. The girl had a long way to walk too.

I noticed the Life Bikin’ blog is calling on me to show some pictures of "it". I have this.