Suburban Assault

Not The Ordinary Route – A True Suburban Assault

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Monday

I’m off from work this week, so my goal is to – at least – get a small ride in every day. Today, I was just going to do a short ride up to my local Starbucks, grab a quick cup of black goodness and head back home. However, a small sense of adventure kicked in and I decided to turn left instead of right.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper Suburban Assault. I’m pretty familiar with the area around me, so it’s hard to find a good route that I haven’t explored. Through chance, and a little getting lost, I managed to make some new discoveries. Here are some observations from this morning’s ride:

• The light actuator at Grove and Arapaho Road SUCKS. I sat through 3 cycles before I took action.
• The bike lane markings along Grove are mostly faded away.
• My alternate destination for coffee wasn’t open for another hour from my arrival, so I had to ride further. Bonus.
• When you have time, getting a little lost is fun.
• My great sense of direction is no match for a good GPS. Although I was heading in the right direction, the neighborhood I was riding through had lots of dead end streets. I finally had to pull out my phone to find a route out.
• The rush hour traffic in Garland sucks.
• Sometimes a 5 mile trip can turn into an 11 mile adventure.

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August 4, 2014 at 8:12 am

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 256

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

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© ROGÉRIO LEITE

ROGÉRIO LEITE – Website: PEDALANDO & OLHANDO

Ciemmona Tutti Ar Mare 14-06-01 (23)r

“Ciemmona Tutti Ar Mare 14-06-01 (23)r” © Adam Thompson

Adam Thompson

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July 30, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Holy Crap! Suburban Assault Turns Five

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Obey Dallas Texas

When I started this blog five years ago, I wasn’t sure that I would keep up with it. As I’ve said before, even five years doesn’t seem like much compared to some of the other great bike blogs out there – and I’m humbled by them. Now, with over 745 posts, I still love doing this.

I’m not sure why, but readership continues to stick with me. It’s also truly amazing when I get recognized on the street as the Suburban Assault guy. I deeply thank those who have taken the time to stop by and visit this site. I’m still trying to figure out a niche for this blog to help it stand out among all the others. For now, I’ll continue posting Hump Day Pics as well as plenty of interesting, bike related things. As long as I’m passionate about bicycling, I’ll keep posting here.

Also, over the years, I’ve grown as a cyclist. I started as a slow-rolling goof, who discovered a passion for exploring his city by bike. Now, I’m a slow-rolling, practical cyclist who commutes to work, advocates for cycling and enjoys teaching as a League Cycling Instructor. I could not be happier.

Again, thank you for following and reading Suburban Assault.

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July 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 255

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

Rode over the heart sharrow on today's wet #bikedc commute home. #30daysofbiking

“Rode over the heart sharrow on today’s wet #bikedc commute home. #30daysofbiking” © gypsybug

gypsybug – Website: Chasing Mailboxes D.C.

last week ▶ walking en ocean beach, sun diegow.

“last week ▶ walking en ocean beach, sun diegow.” © meli

meli – Website: Bikes and The City ♥

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July 23, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Bike League’s Andy Clarke Visits North Texas

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DFW BFC Meeting

We are very fortunate to have a League of American Bicyclist board member, Gail Spann living in north Texas. Her dedication to cycling and bike education is an inspiration for many bicyclists, advocates and enthusiasts. This past weekend, she and her husband, Jim, hosted a visit from the League’s president, Andy Clarke, who came to talk to us about Bike Education and the Bike Friendly Communities Program in north Texas.

Given that our time with Andy was limited and wanting to keep this visit focused, we set up two meetings with just a few key instructors, advocates, industry leaders and city officials.

Bike Education:
The first meeting – which was held Sunday evening at Gail’s house – was about the current education program, were several local LCIs (League Cycling Instructors) met with Andy for dinner and a ’round table’ discussion. We discussed ways to make the program better and how to reach a larger audience. Quite a few good ideas were discussed and many of us left the meeting inspired and ready to move the program forward.

LCI Meeting

LCI Meeting

Bike Friendly Communities:
The second meeting – held on Monday evening at the Plano Parks and Recreation office – was about north Texas and the the Bike Friendly Communities Program. Attending, were representatives of BikeTexas, BikeDFW, Bike Friendly RichardsonBike Friendly Oak Cliff and Plano Bicycle Association, city officials from Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano and Richardson, and industry leaders from Richardson Bike Mart and Plano Cycling and Fitness.

At this meeting, city officials were able to openly discuss the efforts that have been made towards bicycling infrastructure, issues and concerns with the Bike Friendly Communities Program and ways to get clear benchmarks moving forward. It was evident that many of the city officials weren’t expecting a ranking based on the current program, but wanted to see some sort of recognition for the expenses and efforts made so far. They felt that having this would help motivate and inspire city management and council to continue investing in bicycling education and infrastructure.

Given the limited amount of time, we were able to have a good conversation with Andy Clarke, and he was able to assure us that the League of American Bicyclists was listening and willing to help us achieve our goals of becoming bike friendly communities. It was nice to be able to have this direct link to the League to make it clear that cycling is growing in north Texas and we are a strong community of bicycle riders.

DFW BFC Meeting

DFW BFC Meeting

DFW BFC Meeting

DFW BFC Meeting

Hump Day Pics Of The Week – 254

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It’s time to pick the Hump Day Pics Of The Week. Again, thanks goes out to the contributors to the Suburban Assault Flickr Pool.

No theme this week, just great photography.

I hope you enjoy this set and check back each week to see what shots get picked. Be sure to check out the Flickr page to see all the awesome bike shots shared by our extremely talented contributors.

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Country Roads

“Country Roads” © SaddleUpBike

SaddleUpBike – Website: Saddle Up Bike

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July 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Found In An Old Shed – Columbia 500

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Cheap 60's Steel

We started clearing out an old shed in my mother-in-law’s yard, so that it can be demolished in a few weeks. The shed had been unused, probably, for decades – so who knows what was living in there. All I know is that, with my fear of wasps and spiders – and not to mention small critters that bite – I wasn’t going near it. Fortunately, my wife is a badass and those things don’t seem to bother her. Once I got the overgrown shrub chopped down from in front of the door, it was easier for her to gain access and drag out this beauty for me.

Reading on, you’ll see that I use the term ‘beauty’ quite loosely and probably with a bit of sarcasm.

I’d spotted this ‘beauty’ a few months back, when we had originally thought about clearing out the shed. Through the shrub and slightly opened door, I could see the dark silhouette of an old bike, left to rust at the back of this dark shed. I kept wondering if this was some sort of forgotten treasure of vintage steal, that was only waiting to be salvaged and restored to it’s former glory. Even when my wife, bravely, rolled it out over the busted bags of fertilizer and potting soil, I had high hopes that it was going to be a ‘beauty.’

Not this time. Upon closer inspection, I realized that this bike had seen much better days. The rust, corrosion and the decades of Texas summers had taken it’s toll on this guy. Even so, my mind started wandering into a world of sand paper, chrome polish and elbow grease, to see this ‘beauty’ restored to a showroom finish. Perhaps I had seen too many episodes of American Restorations on the History channel. Unfortunately, I had been down the road of restoration, and the result – if ever finished – is never worth the amount of work I would put into it.

I wondered if it would be worth it to pay somebody to restore it. But then I started to look into the brand and model of the bike. It’s an old (I’m assuming late 60’s early 70’s) Columbia 500. After doing some digging on-the-line, I discovered that the Columbia brand, although it has a rich heritage of building bikes since 1877, is known for manufacturing “…quality bikes at affordable prices. Developed to satisfy the demands of the casual rider, who expects the feature, quality and confidence in a brand of bikes found in specialty bike shops. Columbia bikes offer a brand that is well recognized by consumers and at the same time offers a different product at a great value!” I read this as cheap department store quality bike.

After doing a bit more, light digging, I came to realize that it wouldn’t be worth the effort or expense to restore this ‘beauty.’ It’s too bad I don’t own a small bike shop or café, because this would make the perfect decoration to hang over the awning.

Columbia 500

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July 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

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