Monday, April 12, 2010

Doma Coffee

So, my good friends at Doma Coffee (www.domacoffee.com) in Post Falls, Idaho are featuring a new bag design, pictured below. Amazing artwork done by a friend of Terry and Rebecca's, Chris Dreyer. And portions of the proceeds go to benefit a women's cycling club in Coeur d'Alene, which is very active and introduces lots of ladies to the wonderful world of bicycles.

As for the coffee, well...I can't say enough about the amazing flavors, consistent quality, and sustainable and equitable way in which these coffees are grown, brought to market, roasted, and delivered.

All bike riders should be drinking Doma Coffee!!!


Sunday, April 11, 2010

New Cateye Altimeter Computer!


So Cateye has a new altimeter computer that should now be available at your local bike shop (please support your LBS - the internet can't tune your bike or help you install your new computer!).  

I've been playing around with my demo sample, and it's so cool to be able to look down and quickly see your current elevation, the temperature, your total gain, the percent grade you're on, not to mention your speed, countdown distance, etc.

The Adventure (its official handle) utilizes digitally wireless encoded transmission for reliable communication between sensor and head unit, and also features the ClickTec feature found on the Strada line; groovy as the entire computer body functions as the mode button - easy to work as you're riding along.

Initial impression are very good, and I'll update as my time and experience with the Adventure grow.  As you may already be aware of, I work for Cateye but try to remain as objective as possible.  

Mountain Respite

OK, so a small(er) town Idaho boy might feel a bit like a fish out of water in a thriving, culturally-astute mini-opolis such as Boulder.  I mean, I've seen guys wearing Dansko clogs with Carhartt double-knee work dungarees here for pete's sake!  And don't even mention the guy driving his $110K Bentley through 12" of fresh in town.  It's a bit different than what I'm used to; not saying this is a bad thing - quite the contrary, being exposed to culture that transcends flannel, death metal, dirt bikes, and funnel cakes is actually doing me a world of good.  And I won't even mention how many beautiful women I see on a daily basis (ooops!).  

However, every once in a while it's nice to have a respite from all the hustle, be among some folks who take life one day at a time, and see more pine trees than yucca plants.  Enter Nederland.  This is a great mountain town about 2o miles west of Boulder with a vibe of a somewhat-cooler Sandpoint.

A particular bright spot in Ned (as it's locally referred to) is a little coffee shop (that conveniently also sells beer, burritos, and bike tires - no kidding) called Happy Trails.  Swell place, great staff, can't wait to go for one of their Sunday mountain rides once the snow melts.  Took this pic while enjoying a beer and some Thoreau:


BTW, the Left Hand Sawtooth Ale (what else is a displaced Idaho boy to drink?) was splendid, as was the black bean burrito.  Word to the wise:  consuming beans at 8,236 feet above sea level won't make you the most popular person on the car ride back home.

In any case, highly recommend a trip to Ned and The Happy Trails Cafe if you're ever in the area!

Move to Boulder

Well, perhaps I need to change the title of my blog as I'm now living in Boulder, Colorado.  I had to move here for my new job, and I must admit, it feels strange living east of the Continental Divide and out of the northwest.  

I haven't quite adjusted to not being able to buy beer and wine at the grocery store, pro-life edition license plates, and having audis, volvos, bmws, bentleys, and mercedeses outnumber fords and chevys on the roads.

The drive down was mostly uneventful with the exception of my Subaru hemorrhaging oil from many leaks.  Wasn't sure it would make it the 1,100 miles but it did, and is running like a champ for the time being.  Had some oddly beautiful grey skies in Montana near Anaconda:

Spent the night in Billings, apparently Montana's fasting growing city.  Not necessarily my kind of town, saw several oil refineries within city limits.  Had a feel of pseudo-old oil money about the place, but folks were mostly friendly.

I stopped in Sheridan, Wyoming the second day as my step-mom's father was born there and she had never seen it so grabbed some pictures of main street for her, and a cup of mud for the road.  Great little coffee shop, believe the only one in town, that brews drip by using filter paper and a spout.  Even spied this bike shop, encouraging for a tumbleweed kind of town in the middle of Wyoming:


Made it to Boulder, and after waiting for the snow to melt from several significant storms, was finally able to hit some singletrack.  My first venture was to an area near Lyons called Hall Ranch which features a decent section of rock garden and some good flowing track.

Closer to Boulder is Heil Ranch, good riding for after work:


Barely visible in the above picture are the Flatirons.  I also made the trip down to Pueblo to ride out at Pueblo Lake State Park South Shore - certainly worth the drive!  You can ride either sinewy singletrack through the sage and cactus, or go hit the 'canyons' and get your technical riding skills going.  Really fun in the canyons, lots of shale, rock slabs, a few wooden bridges, but you had better be paying attention or have to deal with some reconstructive  dental work.  An overview of the area from the parking lot:


Sorry if this entry seems a bit anecdotal but not feeling terribly literal right now, and mainly wanted to get a post up as it's been some time, and felt the need to document recent exploits.