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Let's go team #bikecommutercabal !
 
Okay everyone, this is it.  The big one.  The one we've all been waiting for....  The 2014 National Bike Challenge is almost upon us!

Last year was our first group competing as a team and we took 6th place nationally in the standings.  Even though this is a US challenge, last year I'm pretty sure there were a good number of people from around the world competing on all of the teams.  There are chances to win some great swag, including a year's supply of toilet paper and some cool bikes and jerseys and stuff...  but that's not why we're doing it is it?

They've changed things up a bit, there's a specific site for it separate from any logger, and you can use a couple of different apps to log your miles (details: https://nationalbikechallenge.org/app-gallery ) and have some more statistics and a worse font and some other things.  The points work the same: 1 point for every mile you ride.  20 points for every day you ride.  Ride 1 mile every day, get 21 points a day.  Over the course of the 5 month challenge that's 3192 points, or enough to qualify for the diamond level prizes.  Commute by bike 5 days a week for all 22 weeks of the challenge and you have a 2 mile each way trip, but you don't ride at all on the weekends?  Still enough for the diamond level :)  

This game is skewed heavily in our favor, so let's win it this year, ok?  Log your miles when you ride to work and play!

#bikecommutercabal   #nationalbikechallenge   #nbc2014  
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I am already in.
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Oh good.  I've been to meetings already today and nobody mentioned that my pant legs were still tucked at the bottom with a reflector band.
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"The mushrooms" was one.  Another comment was "It smells like a boy's bedroom in here". Not personally aimed at me....
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Orange!
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Orangeya glad you saw that? :)
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The "making of" cast photo autoawesome for +Lisa Freebairn's play last night.  I wish I'd known they were going to ask me, I'd have brought a real camera with me :)
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From yesterday's ride... a visit to the lake :)
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Raleigh !!
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Okay everyone, this is it.  The big one.  The one we've all been waiting for....  The 2014 National Bike Challenge is almost upon us!

Last year was our first group competing as a team and we took 6th place nationally in the standings.  Even though this is a US challenge, last year I'm pretty sure there were a good number of people from around the world competing on all of the teams.  There are chances to win some great swag, including a year's supply of toilet paper and some cool bikes and jerseys and stuff...  but that's not why we're doing it is it?

They've changed things up a bit, there's a specific site for it separate from any logger, and you can use a couple of different apps to log your miles (details: https://nationalbikechallenge.org/app-gallery ) and have some more statistics and a worse font and some other things.  The points work the same: 1 point for every mile you ride.  20 points for every day you ride.  Ride 1 mile every day, get 21 points a day.  Over the course of the 5 month challenge that's 3192 points, or enough to qualify for the diamond level prizes.  Commute by bike 5 days a week for all 22 weeks of the challenge and you have a 2 mile each way trip, but you don't ride at all on the weekends?  Still enough for the diamond level :)  

This game is skewed heavily in our favor, so let's win it this year, ok?  Log your miles when you ride to work and play!

#bikecommutercabal   #nationalbikechallenge   #nbc2014  
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Sounds perfect! Thanks :)
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EXCUSE ME, BUT COULD SOMETHING PLEASE WORK ON THE FIRST TRY FOR A CHANGE AROUND HERE?
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yeah, it really just has to live long enough to be virtualized... which may take as much as 6 days...
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For +Kent Fackenthall...  some local pothole pics that +Shelli S uploaded on the other network this morning :)
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Wow!!!  would not want to ride that in the dark without any good lights
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Oh good, I was starting to think it was spring...
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ugh
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h/t +Chris Davies 

Let Me Google That For You Act of 2014
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Cyclist, technologist, enjoyer of coffee and beer, purveyor of funny links, SEO Optimization Expert, contributor to the heat death of the universe, monster on the offensive glass, is not chocolate.
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Okay, I'm addicted to links.  I admit it.  Are you happy now?  

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Bike stuff
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1) my boss's boss's boss said"as much as I like you Tom, it's a terrible feeling to come back from a meeting and see you standing in my office smiling." 2) I saved a friend from a fire... 3) recently learned that I'm the least annoying customer at my LBS
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  • school of hard knocks
    applied phrenology, 1992 - present
  • hogwarts school of witchcraft and wizardry
    Transfiguration, 1989 - 1992
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Didn't have kilt hose in the store, very small collection of accessories for that sort of thing, all of which were 6-8x as expensive as I could find online. If you're after various pastries, this is probably a decent place, if you're looking to flush out your kilt with hose, etc, plan ahead and don't bother with this shop.
Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
They've improved their process and the quality of their food. I suspect they're under new management, but I don't go there often enough to comment on that. This restaurant is very close to work, but I generally only go there when a group is interested, so it's been nearly a year since I've been in. They've replaced the generic signs above the counter with flat screens, tweaked the menu items a little, and reasonably reduced the size of the side of sweet and sour sauce. Instead of a large half full container, it's a very full small container. Instead of calling out your order and hoping the right person picks it up, they hand you a number when you place and pay for your order. Chopsticks, other utensils, soy sauce, and napkins are all out for you to pick up yourself. The need to communicate in broken english has been reduced as much as possible, though I'm pretty sure they all speak better english than I do. I will make a point of visiting more often...
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Public - 7 months ago
reviewed 7 months ago
It was a little spendier than I was looking for as a mid-ride snack, but the pulled chicken tacos were amazing and they had my favorite non-local IPA in bottles. Friendly waitress, cute little patio that was just a little too sunny, and a great location near the Rocky River Reservation.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
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I always love an excuse to visit the Buckeye Beer Engine. As a car free east suburbs resident I don't make it out that way very often, so that just makes it all the more special. BBE has a two page draft list and a booklet of what's available in bottles arranged by style, if you can't find something to drink here, you don't like drinking. The food menu is fantastic as well, with house made specialties like meatloaf and chicken paprikash, how can you go wrong?
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
A rare gem - real bbq, bartenders who don't just serve up drinks, and a burger that really needs no condiments. Happened to wander into this place when my usual haunts were already closed and discovered that their kitchen is open until the drinks license says they have to stop serving. Stop in late, have a drink and doodle on the placemat while you wait for your savory brisket, your fried green tomatoes, your pulled pork tacos. Damn, I think it's time I made it back in there :)
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Public - 10 months ago
reviewed 10 months ago