Saturday, February 24, 2007

Today's HC Ride

We didn't have a big turn out for today's HC ride, but what our group lacked in numbers, we made up for in cheer. The predicted 3-6 inches of snow didn't come, but we rode over a crunchy layer of sneet.



We stopped at Brewberry's in St. Paul on the way to Mellow's awesome garage workshop. I forgot to take photos of his garage, but let me tell you, it's the most wonderful bike workshop in the world. It's a combination of all the bike tools you need and a bike museum.




There's are a few chunks of ice on the Mississippi.




We did not get hit by the bus.




We rode the Minnehaha bike trail west over the edge of Lake Hiawatha. I tried to get the camera flash to fire and illuminate the snow flakes, but no luck. This was Rookie Rider's first ride on his newly installed rear derailleur. He installed it himself. Congratulations, Jim.



14 comments:

Snakebite said...

HC Saturday riders take note - I Shall Return!

rigtenzin said...

You know where to find us. Ray volunteered to buy coffee.

rigtenzin said...
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Lunatic Biker said...

Oh sure, he's ready to come back and ride now that winter's practically over. Grandstander!

Matt_J said...

Hey, can someone please tell me what the word 'velo' means. I understand that it is linked to biking. Internet search has only taught me that it is not English, and that it means 'veil' in Italian.

rigtenzin said...

Velo means bicycle in French. I don't speak French and I bet that some know-it-all will correct me, but that's what I understand.

Jim said...

Proto-bicycles were called velocipedes in France and elsewhere. One famous early French bicycle writer wrote pseudonymously under the name Velocio. The Velo prefix has frequently been used in subsequent years to describe many bicycle-related things, French or otherwise.

rigtenzin said...

Jim, do you speak French?

Jim said...

I'm not going to admit to THAT! Let's just say that I still haven't stopped calling them "freedom fries".

Eclectchick said...

Sneet. Snigger. Hadn't heard that one before. 's neat.

Gordy said...

Yes sir, that boy in my photo agreeing to let me purchase my elephant does like 3 speed bicycles. Among other bicycles and things. If you go see my photo page (where the rest of the Pinarello photos are) you'll see his bicycle appears (if not the man himself) in many of my tour photos.

He's one cool guy.

rigtenzin said...

Gordy: I don't know how to get to your photo page.

Matt_J said...

Merci beaucoup.

'Freedom Fries.' Reminds me of this story. There's a diplomatic tiff between Denmark and Canada over who owns a little rocky island off the coast of Greenland. Apparently it will be a great place to refuel your container ship in 2050 when the Arctic ice cap melts, opening the Northwest Passage. Not so long ago the Canadian parlaiment voted to rename the Danish 'Freedom Pastry'.

rigtenzin said...

I glad to hear Canada has simple-minded politicians too.

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