Well once again the annual sufferfest know as Blood Sweat and Gears has come and gone. There was a great number of Bicycle Sport friends riding this weekend, with some posting some amazing times, not to mention former Bicycle Sport employee Reid Beloni crossing the line first in the 100 mile category. Also Donny Forsyth of Charlotte Running Co. was the first to cross the line in the 50 mile ride.
As usual I headed up to the mountains with visions of solo breakaways and personal best times. Nothing ever goes to plan. The weather started out perfect, temperature wasn’t too hot and fog had lifted at the start of the ride. The group rolls out and it was a perfect ride until a unsettling noise started to emerge from my rear wheel. Riding towards the front I didn’t want to stop but the noise became so loud that riders around me started to distance them self from me. I knew this wasn’t good. So that was it for my ride, not knowing what the noise was and with a slight grinding feeling in the wheel i stuck my thumb out at the next rest area and headed back to grab a recovery beer. Back at the start/finish line I met up with friends and began swapping heroic stories of there ride.
Many people ask why do we as cyclist do these rides. Well i often ask myself the same question. The rides are hard long and many times just plain absurd sounding to most individuals outside of the cycling community. But there is a inner voice that push us to want to be apart of this. We all suffer, some just go faster than others, but we all suffer together. So whether your ride went to plan or not a day of riding i the mountains with friends is always a good day to me.
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— Reprinted from Fox Charlotte —
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – These days, it costs $80 worth of premium gas to fill up Devin Voss’ Jeep. Today, he’s only putting in $30. Next week, it may only cost him calories to get to work. He’s going to bike. He says, “It’s just getting ridiculous. I can’t wait for it to go down. That’s all I can say.”
“Charlotte has a lot of great back streets that if planned out right, you could commute on and avoid all your major thoroughfares,” says Dan Reymann. He works at Bicycle Sport in Myers Park. He says when gas prices go up, so do sales of commuter bikes.
Commuter bikes have mountain bike style handles and gears and wider tires to handle urban surfaces. You can also add on brackets and baskets to hold your bags. For about $500, customers can make a one time investment in the bike instead of constantly dipping into bank accounts for gasoline. Reymann says, “The main frame of the bike, if properly maintained will last pretty much indefinitely.”
Of course, nothing’s perfect. “That’s sort of the major drawback, especially if you have a longer commute or more strenuous commute. You can get a little bit hot and sweaty by the time you get to work,” says Reymann.
We asked our friends on Facebook, “how much is too much when it comes to gas prices?” One guy says, “When it hits $5 per gallon, I’ll entertain two wheel transportation.” Another man says simply, “$7.00” But a third man says “It’s in our blood as Americans to drive…we will buy gas no matter the cost.”
SouthPark resident Krystle Luciano knows her threshhold. “Probably five dollars, even. Yeah. I wouldn’t drive anymore if it was five dollars a gallon,” she says.
For now, she’ll cough it up at the pump, but the idea of alternate transportation to work is looking more attractive. “I could probably even walk to work because it’s getting so expensive. It’s like, $65 to fill this up so it’s kinda ridiculous,” she says.
Reymann says Charlotte is becoming more bike-friendly by adding more bike lanes and greenways.