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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

Quiet Blog = Lots Of Riding

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Tune Ups A/C

I must apologize for not posting so much lately. It’s just been really nice outside, and the perfect time of year to ride. I’ve been trying to get out and about as much as possible, before the 100+ temperatures hit north Texas.

Here are a few pics from my current Suburban Assaults.

Potential

Here is an old, abandoned repair shop, just north of town. I’d love to turn this into a cool Velocult type place or bike co-op. Perhaps I could sell, coffee, beer or tacos. Anybody want to invest?

Haystack In Richardson

This is Haystack, Burgers and Barley – a new restaurant in town. To me, what makes this place such an awesome destination, are the owners. Having tasty burgers and local brews doesn’t hurt either. This place is a true win for Richardson.

Duram Park Richardson

Durham Park is the result of a community working well together. There was a need for a park in this part of town – our city pulled together, and through our last bond election, voted to have this built.

Traffic Calming Study Richardson

Here is another win for my town – traffic calming. Sometimes this is done through bike lanes and sometimes, like in this case, it’s done with speed humps. Slower traffic = safer roads for cycling.

Artisan Vapor Company - Plano

Just recently, I discovered this place in Plano, the town just north of mine. I love seeing old buildings turned into new, local businesses.

What are you discovering while riding around your ‘hood? I’d love to hear about it.

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June 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

Bikes Are Everywhere

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Here is just a random collection of bike related shots that I’ve made over the past few weeks, as I tooled around the Dallas area.

This first one was taken during the complete streets project on Knox, from a few weeks ago.

Checking Out The Temp Bike Lane

Here is a shot of some of the new Deep Ellum sharrow markings.

Deep Ellum Bike Lane - Dallas

Even at the Texas State Fair‘s auto show, you can find bikes represented.

Bike Rack

Here’s another one from the Texas State Fair.

Not For Hire

I saw these guys down at the Dallas Farmer’s Market a couple of weekends ago.

Gang

I saw this one in Oak Cliff, during their last art festival.

Blue Bike

Here is my bike during an early morning, foggy commute.

Morning Fog

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October 23, 2012 at 5:44 am

Looks Like I’m going To Stay With The Name – Suburban Assault

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Last week, I had a brain fart and wondered if I should start making adjustments to my blog to make it more new-user friendly. The first of which was changing the name to Suburban Bike.

Of course, I realized that I’m too close to this blog, so I couldn’t really make such a big – subjective – decision without hearing what others thought. So, I took a poll.

In the end, Suburban Assault prevailed. As it turns out, folks really like that name over Suburban Bike.

I did get some great feedback and some fantastic alternative solutions – some of which will be considered later. For now, I’ll embrace this blog for what it’s become, and build on that.

Thank you all for helping me make this decision. Ride on.

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September 30, 2011 at 5:27 am

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I’m Thinking About A Name Change

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When I chose the name Suburban Assault, it was derived from an old term a buddy of mine used back in our mountain bike days. Whenever he wanted to take the bikes for a ride around downtown, he’d ask if I wanted to do an “Urban Assault”. I’m sure he didn’t come up with the term, but it stuck with me. As the years passed and I’ve moved back out to the suburbs, it seemed appropriate to run with the term Suburban Assault for my rides around the neighborhood.

Obviously, if you’ve read my blog, my scope has gone beyond the suburbs and I focus more on the aspect of exploring one’s neighborhood or surroundings – suburban, urban or rural – by bike.

After doing this blog for a while, I’m thinking about a name change.

I still like the term ‘suburban’ because it feels like a niche in the biking world, especially after discovering that 50% of the metropolitan population lives outside the central city. Plus, there are plenty of other, much better, blogs about biking in cites and urban areas.

The word ‘assault’ is what I’m waffling on. I like how it contrasts the safe and ordinary tone of ‘suburban’, giving it a more contemporary feel. However, I don’t like the ‘first impression’ negative tone that it implies. Plus, there is a disconnect when it comes to a blog about non-sport cycling.

I’m considering a name change to “Suburban Bike” –  suburbanbike.org – which I’ve registered. With this new name, I still hold true to my suburban core, but add the more obvious description of this blog’s main focus right in the name. Plus, it has a more positive spin (pardon the pun) for a bike blog.

So, what do you think? Should I:

– Keep rolling with Suburban Assault?
– Make the change and go with Suburban Bike?
– Do a compromise and run with both url’s leading to the same blog (I’d probably update the logo with this option)?

Please, vote below and post your thoughts in the comment section.

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September 22, 2011 at 5:45 am

Getting Back Into A Proper Suburban Assault

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Work has been keeping me busy for the past few weekends, so I haven’t been riding much. I made it my goal to get out this weekend and enjoy the great Texas weather. Enjoy some pics from my ride.

Under The PGB Tollway

Power Pole Base

World Market

Routh Creek Parkway

Car, Train, Bike

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April 2, 2011 at 6:47 pm