Tour of California

I'm working at the Sacramento stage of this year's Tour of Califonia as a course marshal. I'll be the guy telling you to get your feet back on the sidewalk, or else! I'm looking forward to sneering at Tyler Hamilton for joining Rock Racing.

Ah-nold endorses McCain

And Giuliani is doing the same. Interesting development.



I purchased the domain name killyourpc.com because I thought it was clever. Now I don't know what to do with it. Any ideas?


Yesterday while getting an espresso-beverage from my favorite caffeine purveyor I erased an unnecessary apostrophe from their menu board. If you want to see my handiwork, you can find it at Old Soul in midtown Sacramento. Image from toothpastefordinner.com

Liz Hatch in Maxim

Liz Hatch is a pro-cyclist and blogger in California. She just got back from a photo shoot for Maxim magazine.

You're better off by bike.


Bush and Blair


Barack likes bikes

“As president, Barack Obama will build upon his efforts in the Senate to ensure that more Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentivize greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks. He will also re-commit federal resources to public mass transportation projects across the country.”

Update: Mike Huckabee is said to ride a bike quite regularly, though I haven't seen any news articles about it. Please leave a link in the comments section if you find one.

Speeding motorist kills teen cyclist and sues his parents for damages to car

Madrid, Spain - A "man" was driving his luxury car over 100 miles per hour in a 55 zone and killed 17 year old Enaitz Iriondo when he pulled out from a crossroad. The teenager wasn't wearing reflective clothing and apparently didn't see the rapidly approaching Audi. The driver of the car is suing Iriondo's parents to pay for the damage to his car. If this isn't the ultimate act of inhumanity, I don't know what is. Iriondo's mother, Rosa, was shocked. "Before the lawsuit we thought the poor guy would find it hard to live the rest of his life with the thought of having caused our son's death..."


Spike Jonze' Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are was one of my favorite books as a kid. My little brother was named after the book's protagonist, Max. My favorite movie is Adaptation, directed by Spike Jonze. One of my top three favorite books is A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers.

Now, in what may turn out to be the best collaboration since yeast and sugar, Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze have written a screenplay based on the children's book to be directed by Jonze. The movie is due out in October of this year. If only they could incorporate fish tacos somehow I could have all of my favorite things at once!
Jill has been nominated for best sports blog. Go vote for her.

Bitch kills cyclist, gets 10 years.

An Arizona woman got a DUI and lost her license.
She decided to drive anyway, and chose to get hammered first.
She swerved off the road and killed a 45 year old cyclist.
A week after murdering the cyclist, she joked about with friends.
One of her friends said she should get a medal and parade
for killing "a "tree hugger, a bicyclist, a Frenchman and a gay guy all in one shot."
She laughed. The friend admitted it was a terrible thing to say.
She said, "no it's not."
The judge didn't think it was funny.
She's going to jail for 10 1/2 years.
Should have been longer.
Negligent homicide isn't funny.


Generating small scale electricity using sugar and yeast

Beer. Waffles. Electricity. Is there anything these ingredients can't do?!

I found your STOLEN Surly 29er

I found your STOLEN Surly 29er

Reply to: sale-544117246@craigslist.org
Date: 2008-01-19, 1:37AM EST

I found this abandonded surly 29er, with lock still attached to the frame (in that shady way that looks like it was lifted off a pole) it reminds me of a bike i used to see a commuter on each morning, in fact im almost sure its this one... please if you or anyone you know has had one stolen, please shoot me a message with a description of the build, or the serial number, or any info... im sure if its yours you'll have quite the info and story to go along with it. and spread this around... i really want to see this bike get back to its owner.

via craigslist: washington DC The person who posted this is awesome.


Made this when I got home from work and it is tasty.

Whole wheat bread cut into squares
Sliced cucumber, quick marinated in lemon juice and sprinkled with salt
Peppered turkey
Jalapeño-cilantro hummus

1 can chick peas, washed well
2 tbsp tahini
1 small lemon, juice of
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch salt/pepper
1 jalapeño
1/4 cup cilantro

puree everything together, chill, enjoy


Are winter bike-commuters really crazy?

Often when people find out that I commute year round by bicycle, even in the winter, I'm accused of being crazy. I'm sure there are crazier people out there.



Jill has some especially lovely photos of her treks around Juneau posted on her blog today. Of all the things I miss about Alaska, it's views like this that I miss the most.


toothpaste for dinner

Good times.

My ride to work today was quite eventful. After yesterday's storm I had to make about 10 detours to avoid fallen trees and flooded roads. We also lost power briefly and didn't get our cable working again until moments ago. On the way back from work I accidentally rode through hub-deep water and ran over several large sticks and stumps due to my headlight's low battery. The bike lanes and trails are all completely over run with fallen limbs so I found myself riding in the grooves left by car tires when possible, and cautiously using the sidewalk/opposite lane/people's yards/levee roads when car traffic was too heavy. Every ride is an adventure.



According to the results of a study completed recently in Austin, TX, cyclists who wear helmets are 65 to 88 percent less likely to suffer head injuries in accidents. Duh.