Group Rides

Join us for evening indoor training rides on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm at the Recycle Bicycle Shop in downtown Ellensburg.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Kind of different but also cool

Thanks to technology our modern world has really shrunk. My brother-in-law travels around the world 8-9 months out of the year. For years we never knew where he was and were lucky to receive a letter once a month. Now we sometimes know daily what he's doing thanks to email and Facebook. Friends I haven't talked to in 25 yrs have been located and even coordination for a classmate's funeral a couple of years ago was made easier by the internet.

But, I wasn't really ready for what happened last week. One of the places I have utilized for cycling related products since the early to mid-1980's is Performance Bike. Originally they started as a mail order operation. Now they have stores across the country, including three in the Seattle area. I've linked up with their Facebook page and last week commented on a post that showed some images from a 1990 or 1991 catalog. It's what happened after I made that post that was strange.

I'm a somewhat skeptical person because of my career in an industry where there's a lot of false information provided or trying to "work the system" by customers. So, when I got a Facebook message from a person I didn't know in North Carolina I questioned whether I should even open it. They say curiosity killed the cat but it also got the best of me.

After reading the message I was instantly intrigued. Here was another cycling fan who was wanting to work toward a goal of a century ride this year and was looking for an "anonymous" accountability and training partner. Wow! This was a different concept. The more I thought about it I was struck on how original and potentially rewarding this idea was. Here was a way to have someone you don't know hold you accountable for your training. Someone to motivate you when the doldrums of late summer and early fall riding start to creep up. Someone to celebrate the successes of accomplishing goals with.

It didn't take long for me to decide to jump on the opportunity. We have communicated the past few days and found we both ride classic (1980's bikes), we both aren't into the flashy, super expensive modern things that are marketed in all the cycling magazines and we're separated in age by one month. We both just love to ride, smell the fresh air and get some quality exercise at the same time. I'm excited to see how this works out as I think it could be a fantastic training tool.

So, Gary, get the bike out and get ready to ride. I look forward to the future conversations we'll have along with comparing notes, rides and adventures. Great idea and I'm happy to be a part of it.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A couple of reminders

The Seattle Bike Expo is this weekend. This is a fun event to peruse and see what's new in the cycling world. Our local Manastash Metric sponsor, RSVP will have a booth there. See the information below - be sure to stop by and say hello.

Seattle Bike Expo
March 10 and 11, 2012
Smith Cove, Pier 91 in Seattle

Lots of fun, equipment, clothing, demonstrations, free samples, tour and ride information etc.
Saturday time 9am until 6pm
Sunday time 10am until 4pm
Costs $10.00 a day or $12.00 for both days
Children under 15 years old are free

Manastash Metric Bike Ride for Ellensburg will have a booth to promote the Kittitas County Bike Ride.
Booth #354

One other event of note is the CWU Cycling Clubs spring race with up to 11 universities participating. Volunteers are needed and RSVP is helping with that. See the post below from the Ellensburg Manastash Facebook page.

CWU Cycling Club Race will be held on April 14th in the Kittitas area. Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of jobs to insure the safety of the racers, parents and people attending the event. Racers will be participating from approximately 11 universities.

Volunteers are invited to help 7:30am until 2:00 pm. All volunteers will be served lunch.

If you would like to help, please call RSVP and Volunteer Center at 509 962-4311 or email at

Great way to support the CWU students and the Cycling Club!