Why the bike?

March 12, 2013

cycling campRecently I went and did something I haven’t done since I think 1996: I went to a cycling training camp. Each year riders from Crest Auto Group / Frisco Cycling Club get together in the Texas Hill Country for a 4 riding camp. Since my New Year’s resolution was to have a more active lifestyle, while dropping a few pounds along the way, I thought aspiring to attend the camp would be a great goal! Heck Julie was in favor of the trip, even though it meant her flying solo with our four little ones, 2 dogs and 2 cats.

The club has a mixture of riders, some young and some “more tenured” ones like myself, so I was uncertain about the pacing and how I would work through the mileage. Day one was slated for 57 miles, day two at 67 miles, day three at 100 and then a 40 mile recovery ride on day four. Since I had done less than 200 cumulative miles on my bike in January, I started supplementing with an indoor spin class at our YMCA three mornings a week. Even though it means getting up at 4:45 a.m. to make the 5 a.m. class, it’s been worth the sleep sacrifice to get in better shape.

My improved fitness and spin classes has helped me reconnect with my racing past. I love telling the story of how I was first introduced to cycling. I was watching the ’84 Olympics held in Los Angeles and saw my first match sprint track race. You know the one where riders go round and round on either a wooden or concrete track on bicycles with no gears and no brakes? For a high school junior, in small town Manhattan (Kansas), it seemed worlds away from anything I had ever seen. Riders like Nelson Vails from New York City were my inspiration, encouraging me to believe that with effort you could go from nothing to something. Here’s my favorite clip of him hoping his bike skillfully next to his French opponent (see 1:17 of this YouTube video).

For me, the bicycle is something greater than what it seems. It is a way of change for some, it is a way to escape for others and it’s a great way to connect with people of all walks of life while getting into great shape. As Albert Einstein said, “I thought of that while riding my bicycle.”

See you on the road one day!


The Frisco Cycling Club!

February 25, 2013

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IN CLOSING

May 17, 2010

Food is the Special of the Day!  It is official- two of my favorite places have partnered together for a few years!  Superdrome Velodrome Adds Buca di Beppo as New Corporate Sponsor  Read all the details here– this is a awesome deal and one you should take to your CEO’s and Marketing folks to join the Superdrome and all the energy it has currently-

Where will you eat today?  If you eat at the Chick-Fil-A on Eldorado and North Dallas Tollway in Frisco today, May 17 (my birthday!) – they will make a donation to an upcoming youth mission trip!  Read all about it here!


Quality Ride at an Affordable Price

January 26, 2010

Yesterday, my oldest son and I volunteered to help a new youth triathlon club, named FASTT Tri Club.  They were having a skills day and asked if members of the Frisco Cycling Club (FCC) could volunteer to help. As we watched the riders go around and around the marked course it became clear what separated many of the riders was not just strength and ability, but the bike they were riding. 

Trust me, I know all about the cost of bicycles. I also know that many of us won’t consider buying a bike from a bike store until we feel our children are old enough to appreciate it. The challenge is with large big box retail store bikes is most of us don’t know much about them-who put it together, how much does it weigh, how long will the brakes last, will it be easy to peddle, etc.

As an avid cyclist, I really encourage parents to weigh the risk vs. reward when purchasing a bike from a local store versus a big box chain. The local store has a vested interest in ensuring you have a quality bike, where as a chain doesn’t hinge its entire reputation on whether or not your bike falls apart. A great way to get quality at a lower price is to buy a used bike from your local bike store. You get a certified bike that you know won’t fall apart when your kid is on it, at a retail chain price. As an added bonus, if you buy from a bike store, you have the option of selling back the bike later and can use the credit to buy your kid’s next one. I just bought one for us and it’s perfect for my 5-year old son who I want to have a safe bike without spending a fortune. Just a thought…. 

Geoffrey is the “Frisco Mortgage Guy”!


Quality Bikes-Affordable Price

January 25, 2010

Quality Ride at an Affordable Price

Yesterday, my oldest son and I volunteered to help a new youth triathlon club, named FASTT Tri Club.  They were having a skills day and asked if members of the Frisco Cycling Club (FCC) could volunteer to help. As we watched the riders go around and around the marked course it became clear what separated many of the riders was not just strength and ability, but the bike they were riding. 

Trust me, I know all about the cost of bicycles. I also know that many of us won’t consider buying a bike from a bike store until we feel our children are old enough to appreciate it. The challenge is with large big box retail store bikes is most of us don’t know much about them-who put it together, how much does it weigh, how long will the brakes last, will it be easy to peddle, etc.

As an avid cyclist, I really encourage parents to weigh the risk vs. reward when purchasing a bike from a local store versus a big box chain. The local store has a vested interest in ensuring you have a quality bike, where as a chain doesn’t hinge its entire reputation on whether or not your bike falls apart. A great way to get quality at a lower price is to buy a used bike from your local bike store. You get a certified bike that you know won’t fall apart when your kid is on it, at a retail chain price. As an added bonus, if you buy from a bike store, you have the option of selling back the bike later and can use the credit to buy your kid’s next one. I just bought one for us and it’s perfect for my 5-year old son who I want to have a safe bike without spending a fortune. Just a thought….


Frisco Cycling Club Holiday Lunch

December 7, 2009
 This year’s lunch will be at one of our newest sponsors, Lochrann’s Irish Pub and Eatery on December the 11th from 11:45-1. Lunch is for Frisco Cycling Club members and their guests. Come break bread with your fellow club members and community leaders from the City of Frisco. Don’t forget to bring an unwrapped toy for our planned donation to the Frisco Family Services Center Holiday Program. 

Safe Passing

November 9, 2009
Frisco Needs Safe Passing for Vulnerable Road Users.  In June 2009 SB 488, the “Safe Passing” bill that would have created a safe zone of three feet around vulnerable road users (including pedestrians, runners, motorcyclists, cyclists, workers and more), was passed in the state of Texas. Similar laws have been passed in many other states including Arizona, Utah, Oklahoma, Colorado and Florida. 
 
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“However, the Frisco Cycling Club received an alert concerning the bill on the day that it was to have been signed into law by Governor Perry that he was going to veto it. We immediately went on the offensive and alerted our members and friends to email or call his office and let him know how important this bill was to many Texans,” said Geoffrey Davis, president of Frisco Cycling Club. Click here to continue with this article.