Sunday, June 20, 2010

Terrorist Attacks Two-Wheelers

Posted By on Sun, Jun 20, 2010 at 7:03 PM

After an extended hiatus from the Boise Weekly blogosphere, I'm happy to be back at it. I can't claim to feel rested or rejuvenated, though, after what can only be described as a "working vacation" that involved everything from a roundtrip drive to Boulder, Colorado, for my older brother's nuptials, to getting caught in a torrential thunderstorm at 9500 feet during a trail run at Devil's Thumb Ranch.

However, I returned with enough inspiration from bike-friendly Boulder to get out for a quick pedal Thursday morning with local pro cyclist, Brett Nichols, who rides for Trek's grassroots program.

Much to our dismay, halfway through the ride we both noticed that our tires were peppered with goat head thorns. Thank god for Shimano Durace tubeless wheels and Hutchinson tires filled with sealant—without 'em, we both would have been rolling on rims.

But how on earth had we picked up over a dozen thorns between the two of us while riding on paved roads? Hours later, we suspected an act of "third-rate domestic terrorism," wherein someone had intentionally dumped a pile of goatheads in the bike lane on Hill Road.

Can't we all just get along?

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