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Byron Gets a 700

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I finally gave in and bought Byron his own Catrike 700. Changing the setup on my 700 so Byron could ride it was becoming a hassle and it was wearing out the front derailleur cable. Awhile ago I bought him a standard diamond frame bicycle but he still preferred to ride the 700. He  rides a mountain bike on the dirt but on the road and trails the 700 is too much fun to ride.
With about $300 worth of parts that I had already accumulated for Byron to use on my 700 (boom, crank, pedals and front derailleur) and an old headrest I was was able to keep the cost under control with Dana's help at Bent Up Cycles. 

Yesterday we ventured into the depths of the San Fernando Valley with it's triple digit temps and terrible traffic that caused some colorful language to escape my pursed lips and find it's way to Byron's innocent teenager ears. Finally we walk into an air conditioned Bent Up Cycles to be greeted by JV and Kate. Off to the side sat Byron's new ride. We packed the 700 i…

Three Year Cycling Plan

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Now that I’m forced to stay off the trike for the next 4 or maybe 5 weeks waiting to recover from hip surgery I can use the time to take advantage of the ole brain to plan future rides and set goals. So while I’m still on the younger side of being old I want to get out and tour. Even though I would be leaving Carrie and the kids behind for awhile it’s easy to stay connected and it'll make coming home all that much sweeter.







Okay yeah so…since I’ve turned 50 which was seven years ago I’ve had knee, shoulder, back (2x), left hip and now right hip surgery. Nothing else can go wrong…right? Right. All the breathing and circulatory apparatus is in great working condition. I have minimal to no arthritis and drinking good beer and margaritas haven’t done any damage.
There are two rides that I want to accomplish, first I want to tour the Pacific coast in May of 2012 from Oregon to Ventura, California (any further south of Ventura is too much City to ride through). Then for my 60th birthday I …

Cool Breeze Century - Video by Glenn Frank

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Bent Up Cycles at the Cool Breeze

A great video, as always, from Glenn Frank.





Cool Breeze Century - The Ride

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Bent Up Cycles at the Cool Breeze.
It was a great day for a ride. A marine layer at the beach kept it cool. I'm not sure how many "bent" riders actually showed up but it seemed to be close to 30 and I can say we made a good showing. Of course we got our share of looks but from my prospective it all seemed positive. All in all Joel Roberts did a fantastic job of pulling a bunch of riders together.

Bents start showing up for the ride.
Pictures being taken. There's a Cruzbike in our group. See it?
Joel arranged to have the whole thing put on video. Video cam on the left.
Joel is leading the choir...not really, just lining everyone up for a group photo.
Joel still sharing words of wisdom.
Ready to go!! There's Joel standing in the middle waiting for me to get back so he can take a picture. I'm a coming.
We be ready!!
Uh...can we go now?
JV is in no hurry.
We're moving!!
Make room boys..."bents" coming through.
We made it to the official start line.  More pictur…

Cool Breeze Century - Last Minute Info

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Cool Breeze Century

There will be 31 "bent" riders at the Cool Breeze Century. All riders should have received an email with last minute information.  If you haven't seen Joel's email here it is:

Email sent from Joel - Friday the 19th.

Dear Fellow Bent Riders,
We are thrilled to have with us you for our first ever Recumbent Invasion at the Cool Breeze!


Here are a few last minute reminders:


FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER -- If you're in town, we're all meeting at 6:00 at the Ventura Beach Marriott Hotel,  Pacifico's Restaurant (in the hotel) 2055 East Harbor Boulevard · Ventura, California 93001 USA.  http://www.marriott.com/hotels/maps/travel/oxrvb-ventura-beach-marriott/.  From the 101, take Seaward Ave. exit towards the water, turn Right onto E. Harbor Blvd and it's about 100 feet down on your left.  Can't miss it. 
DON'T WORRY IF YOU CAN'T BE THERE AT 6.  WE'LL BE THERE FOR A WHILE, AND PEOPLE WILL BE ARRIVING PROBABLY UP UNTIL 8PM.  JUST COME WHENEVE…

Cool Breeze Century - Registration Resale Site

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Cool Breeze Century
The Cool Breeze Century registration is closed but riders can still purchase a spot from the CIBC Cool Breeze resale site (Cool Breeze resgistration resale site)

Cool Breeze Century - Facebook Page

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Cool Breeze Century
The CIBC Cool Breeze Century now has a Facebook page that they started on August 3rd. Check it out.




Cool Breeze Facebook page

Cool Breeze Century - Ride with JV

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Cool Breeze Century
JV (aka Jim Verheul) from Bent Up Cycles and a member of the 2010 Bent Up Cycles RAAM team will be joining us to ride at the Cool Breeze in less then two weeks on August 20th. It'll be great to have Jim join the "bent up" gang
Maybe JV will let us draft him for a little while.

Cool Breeze Century - Past Recumbents

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Cool Breeze Century
I checked out the CIBC website to see if I could find pictures of recumbents from previous Cool Breeze Centuries. Here they are...all two of them.
2010 Cool Breeze
One trike surrounded by wedgies
Here you go...a close up. See her now? I don't know who this young lady is but hopefully she'll show up for the 2011 Cool Breeze. At least she won't be a lone triker this year.

2009 Cool Breeze
I don't know who's riding this LWB bike but hopefully he'll come out for the 2011 Cool Breeze as well.
Maybe there were more "bent" riders in past years but the pictures don't tell much. This years pictures should tell a different story. We'll have plenty of  bent up cycles for the lens to capture!!  Our "bent up" leader Joel has also arranged to have pictures taken. I also expect a cool video out of Glenn Frank from Orange County. Take a look at Glen's Videos

Cool Breeze Century - Group Contact Info

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Cool Breeze Century
After signing up with the Cool Breeze Century stay in touch with the "bent" riders group by sending Joel Roberts (our "Bent Up" leader) an email and let him know you're ready to go. Joel will communicate with the group about meet ups and whatever else he has on his mind. He's also keeping track of how many riders will be in our group and the route they'll be riding.
If you're not signed up yet and have questions about the ride and our "bent up" group please contact Joel and ask away.
Joel's email is: joelroberts@mac.com
Information to include when contacting Joel: Contact information Route that you will be riding Are you arriving Friday evening or Saturday morning? Hotel where you'll be staying (if arriving Friday) What will you be riding?  Anything else that's on your mind ______________________________________________________ Other general information According to the Cool Breeze registration site some of the routes are…

Cool Breeze Century - Recumbent Style

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28 "bent up" bike and trike riders have already signed up for the Cool Breeze Century in Ventura, CA and more are expected!! 
Registration is still open Ride date: Saturday, August  20th Read more about the Cool Breeze and sign up here: Cool Breeze Century




Thanks to the efforts of Joel Roberts and Dana at Bent Up Cycles recumbent riders from Ventura to Orange County will be joining the ride. This is a great opportunity to show off our rides and to let everyone know that we're cyclists too! 




Click here for: Cool Breeze routes.  The Mini Metric and the Metric seem to be the most popular for the "bents" that have signed up already. Mini Metric 38 miles, 300+ gain Metric 60 miles, 1500+ gain Century 100 miles, 3,500+ gain Double metric, 124 miles, 8,500+ gain

I'll post updates as we approach the ride date Saturday, August 20th.
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Bent Up Cycles RAAM Announcement 


"Official RAAM team announcement. Dana Lieberman, Allan Duhm (FL)…