A bike / map geek with a gadget obsession and a high-viz fetish.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Coffeeneuring 2020 Complete!
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Coffeeneuring Time of Year
It's that time of year again: Coffeeneuring! It's fun! It's painless! It makes sense during an insane time.
The back story, from many years ago and passed down orally, is that there's a bike activity called randoneuring. Randoneuring is riding bikes for distances, self-supported, within a set of rules. Trust me, it's big in France.
Coffeeneuring is an attempt to
- expose people to the randoneuring concept
- keep people riding at a time when some put their bikes 'away'
- support local coffee shops
- demonstrate the importance of bicycle shoppers
Just like most cults, Coffeeneuring has evolved over the years. Now there's merchandise - patches for those who complete the challenge, even the occasional order or coffeeneur-themed sock! At one time the rules were complex, and then very complex, and now they've gotten way simpler with a new emphasis on the Spirit of Coffeeneuring. Draw any parallels you will.
Coffeeneuring is apolitical. It is neight rural or urban. It is international. It is gender inclusive. Here's a link to details.
I hope you enjoy Coffeeneuring in 2020!
Sunday, October 11, 2020
Rivnuts - where have they been my whole life?
I have a rear rack on a bike. Eventually, one of the bolts that connect the rack support to the seat tube fell away. When I looked at the whole, expecting to see threading for a bolt, there was just a hole, a bit bigger than I expected.
I took it to a guru who said, Yep you need a RivNut. Click here for Park's view. A RivNut is a rivet that you put into a hole on a bike frame, and when you tighten and deform the rivet, you end up with a smaller threaded hole you can put a bike bolt into.