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Announcing Le Tour de Fritter

- Eric Senter

To celebrate the end of March Madness and get a jump on reducing the calorie deficit incurred this month, I am sponsoring an epic stage race to selected bakeries in Yolo and Solano Counties. The first annual Tour de Fritter, a grueling one-day, four-stage race, will be held next Wednesday, March 31 (Cesar Chavez Day, a state holiday). After each stage, riders will be required to consume at least one deep-fried pastry of their choice, though time bonuses will be awarded for eating fritters. The exception is Stage 4, where riders may choose to drink a litre of beer in lieu of eating a fritter. Riders refusing to eat a whole pastry or drink a litre of beer will be relegated or disqualified. Continue reading ‘Announcing Le Tour de Fritter’

Learn to Ride

Steve Jo, having taken a fall from his fixie in the livingroom

I can't recommend learning how to ride (or riding) a bike in a living room.

I learned how to ride a bike using training wheels. When the training wheels came off, down I went, and this cycle repeated until I somehow managed to stay upright. Looking back on the experience, it is a testament to the resilience of children, and my stubbornness, that I ever rode a bike again.

Last summer a friend in her 20′s mentioned that she had never learned how to ride a bike, and living in a bike-centric area, would like to learn. Since she was clearly too tall to learn on a bike with training wheels, and I wanted her to enjoy riding a bike, I set off to find some alternative teaching method. What I found makes perfect sense, but is apparently not very widely known. Continue reading ‘Learn to Ride’

Just Ride

Moring Glories growing through the rear wheel of a bike.

Davis is a wonderful place to get into cycling. It has better infrastructure for cycling than many other towns of its size and it is extraordinarily flat. There is also a resident population of bike users, ranging from people who use their bike for weekend recreation to those who use bikes for everything. How you want to interact with the city and your bike is up to you, but here are basic starting tips and advice.

First off, you’ll need some sort of bike. Davis is flat, so the type of the bike is less important than how it fits you and how comfortable you feel on it. Of course, if you aren’t going to be riding off-road, changing out big chunky mountain bike tires for some slick pavement tires will make the on-road ride easier. If you lack a bike, see if a friend who is about your size will let you borrow one or stop into a bike shop and see what they suggest. Continue reading ‘Just Ride’

Tour de Citron coming up soon

For those of you who haven’t toured before, here’s the deal, a big ol’ group of fruit friendly folks get on their bicycles and ride all around Davis picking fruit from residents who have donated their trees to be gleaned. Bring your friends, sweethearts, kids, ladders, and fruit pickers. We’re betting we can beat our record of 1200 lbs picked in one day! Continue reading ‘Tour de Citron coming up soon’

Gear up for Davis Tandem-onium

Last Friday (1/15) Robert Alverson wrote a great piece for our Davis Bicycles!
column in The Enterprise.  It captured the fun and function of tandems. Robert’s going to amass the Davis tandem community for a spring ride, perhaps doing the bike loop for good measure on this first annual tandem peleton.  We’ll see.  To get on the list to learn about the when and where of the tandem-onium ride, write to Robert at rmalverson@gmail.com.  As the organizer of the column, I sought out a tandem article because I have just never shaken a video from my mind that we chose and showed at the first annual DB! Film Fest (Oct. 2008).
That’s the video in this post.  With this in mind, I saw Robert on his tandem on campus, rode up and pulled him over (what was he thinking I was doing) and asked him if he’d write a column and he did a great one.  Okay, now that I have written all of this, I’d better just drop the column below or risk being rude.  I think the DB! columns are going to get posted as a set soon, but here’s this one.  – Joe Krovoza


A bicycle built for two: a better way to travel

Submitted to: The Enterprise for January 15, 2010

By: Robert Alverson

For years I rode all over Santa Cruz, including on to the UC campus every day, which is about 900 feet above the city. As a result, I am a reasonably athletic biker, certainly not in the realm of competitive cycling, but I enjoy going fast and I don’t balk at hills. During my days in Continue reading ‘Gear up for Davis Tandem-onium’