One of my best experiences in the bicycling industry was working for QBP. The company is pushing barriers and moving things forward. They have taken another large step forward to creating a better bike industry by offering summer internships at their headquarters, for women. Read through the press release for full details, or skip to the link at the bottom to apply!
The majority of my day was spent at the Colorado Bicycle Summit in downtown Denver. Sometime here in the near future I hope to write a full recap of my experience, but for now I would like to get out the thoughts and reflections rattling around in my head.
Our morning at the summit was filled with great speakers including Mikael Colville-Andersen from Copenhagenize, the Colorado Bike Czar – Ken Gart, and the CDOT ED – Shailen Bhatt. All of these guys provided unique perspectives to the challenges facing safe bicycling in Colorado, and equally diverse outlooks to how we better our society.
What stuck with me throughout the day wasn’t earth shattering bike infrastructure, policies, or funding. It was the simple idea of making the cities and communities around us feel and mirror the citizens that live within it. “Does your city fit you?” was a question that Mikael asked, and it will sit with me for the coming days. Yes, I believe my little carved out niche of city suburbia fits me, yet I don’t believe it is all that it could be OR the lasting “monument” of design and user experience that I want to leave my daughter.
As I reflect, shift and rewind the day’s moments I encourage you to ask yourself that question, “Does your city fit you?”
A couple of years back the idea of a fanny pack became a bit more trendy thanks to mountaineering and enduro racing. As a bike commuter you don’t always need a full pannier of stuff, but a typical backpack would give you a sweaty back. Something small to keep your phone, wallet and maybe tube, pump and multitool readily available. I’ve been on the look out for the right diaper/flat kit fanny pack to use when pushing my daughter around in the Bullit, and the Trail Buddy from Seagull may be the perfect thing.
Seagull Trail Buddy Details
YKK water resistant zippers
Flat exterior pocket
U-lock channel on back
Velcro straps for mounting to handlebar
Cinch straps to pull tight for heavy loads
5.5 h x 11.75 w x 2.75d
- MSRP: $65.00
As mentioned earlier, my plan for this year is to divide up goals in to “sprint” size bites. This could be 2-4 weeks at a time, and if you know anything about behavior change, it typically takes about 30 days for something to really take hold. My top goals in January are focused on 1. resetting my diet, 2. testing and optimizing a family budget, 3. creating space and time to dedicate towards my athletic goals. Here’s how I plan on creating a good foundation for these goals in January:
Details of the Moots Routt
Moots took their proven cyclocross platform a bit further to meet up with the growing gravel and bikepacking category. Enter the Moots Routt and Routt 45. Full review will be coming after a couple hundred more miles.
MSRP for the build as shown: $7000
Frame & fork: $4090
Disclaimer: This bike was provided at no cost for review.
In the web development world we work in two to four week sprints to collaborate and get things done more effectively. In an effort to not plan too much, and “be more with less” I want to look at the year with goals in mind, but creating these short sprints in tandem with my wife, family and friends.
Main Goals for Early 2016
Over the course of the year I’ll be thinking and operating in this sprint fashion to buckle down on goals. I hope to document this, and what the outcomes are.
New Year’s Eve is a time most people are setting resolutions or goals for the next year, but I took this morning to reflect on 2015. If you aren’t in the habit of reflection then check out Zen Habits who recently wrote a great article on it.
2015 will always be one for my personal record book
- Our first child, Ellington, was born.
- Emily and I bought our first house together, and my first mortgage payment ever.
- After much deliberation, and small heartache, I opted to stop working for a bike shop.
- Took many classes over 2015 & passing each one with an A (adding that note for my mom.)
- Found the greatest joy out of riding the slowest ever with my daughter in tow.
What are your biggest highlights of 2015?
I’ve had this phrase, “Be More With Less”, floating around in my head for a couple of weeks now. As I wade through moving boxes that haven’t been opened for 6 months in an effort to move everything out of our basement for a remodel the phrase starts to pound at the back of my head like a migraine coming into power.
Ever since I hit “adult hood” the amount of stuff required to be happy seems to increase exponentially every year. In the same mindset we are trying to force more work out of a 24 hour day, and send emails at a faster response rate. Our brain has learned that buying that new gadget, or eating that extra brownie is reward, and we all deserve MORE reward. We want more promotions, more money, more square footage in our house, and the famous phrase in the bike industry is: “the perfect amount of bikes to own is n+1″. Why isn’t our culture striving for more family time, more healthy options, more thoughtful moments, more experiences that can’t be bought but are always the ones remembered? I believe it is one part programming, and one part greed in a sociological form.
Colors: Many (especially if you search the sale section)
Details: This vest from Pearl Izumi has a wind blocking front, mesh venting back, and a good fit if you are a straight figured cyclist, but can be a bit tight in the hips if you have a curve. The trim is top notch on this vest with solid zippers and strong seams. The rear pocket holds a phone and gel, but can don’t overstuff it or it will sag. The front pocket is good for money, or very small items.
A good windproof vest and arm warmers are a requirement for living in Colorado, and even the southeast where I lived for 8 years. You never know what the weather will be like in 90 minutes so you need to be prepared for the 15 degree temperature swings. This is exactly what vests and arm warmers are designed for.
Cycling vests for women are a hit or miss in the fit area for me. They are either too tight in the hips because they were designed around stick-figure models, or they are too boxy all around because you ended up wearing a men’s size small. I can happily say that I have found my new favorite cycling and running wind vest with the Pearl Izumi Women’s Elite Barrier vest. It doesn’t hurt that it is neon pink to add safety for night runs or foggy winter rides. Currently the pink is on sale for $64 over at PearlIzumi.com and would be a great holiday present!
Disclaimer: This product was provided at no charge for review.
Goals are part of my internal make-up. The shiny threads woven into my unique fabric that keep me happiest in life.
I make goals for my days, my weeks, and I am the most motivated when I know what I am working towards. As I started this training block in early November my coach and I sat down to plan out what I am working towards. My short term goals are simple: put the time in to prove to myself that I can find a healthy and active balance in life. My winning rate is about 90% with a couple of missed runs do to snow/ice, and one missed core workout while traveling last week. I find this to be success, and look forward to January 1st and looking back at the first 60 days of training to see what I have accomplished in that time period.
As my family moves through the holidays I am doing my best to make healthy choices around food, workouts and sleep. Our 9 month old is hitting a spell of sleep-regression which makes the mornings hurt a bit more. Hopefully I can battle the higher caloric intake by hitting each of my workouts with intensity. In January we will focus more on a weight-lose diet and getting ready for the 2016 season. Moderation is key during the holidays, and so is enjoying the life around you like sugar cookies and pumpkin pie.