So as promised, I poked around a little bit more at some of the State and Federally funded repositories here in Cincinnati and found some more interesting bits on the Brighton Bicycle Club. This was a group of guys in 1885 who rode bikes and drank beer and wore a lot of wool. Today, they would look right at home at the local “tweed ride.” I find this club interesting for several reasons. One being that I lived for a number of years in Brighton and was curious about this group from more than a hundred years ago. Another being that this group was a fringe group to the “Cincinnati Cycle Club” and they seemed to have some similarities to good ‘ole Team Hungry; They raced (or scorched as they called it), they went on long rides, they were not opposed to having a good time and well, when they wanted to go on a ride they all met up here:
Let’s be sure to present a handsome appearance this season dear chaps.
It’s a tradition for the weeks following the New Year: some base miles West on 8 in Northern Kentucky along the river. We all know each of the landmarks and hills. The real rides start when we head East, but for now, it’s nice to get our legs spinning after weeks of snow and catch up with the Hungry fellows.
Cincinnati is showing some initiative in creating a more bike friendly city. On my ride to the bike shop this Friday I was pleasantly surprised by one of these:
More information available at http://www.queencitybike.com/.
Thank you Cincinnati!
Local Police love Team Hungry.
On the ride last night, Scott had to pee pretty bad so we pulled over while he took care of his business. Seconds after he had “it” pulled out, a cop came from behind. He stopped his car, rolled down his window, and said “I’d write you a ticket for indecent exposure, but you are already in decent exposure.”
Use that joke in you next stand-up routine and make sure that you’re in your Hungry kit next time you’re in court.
Phil Wood Anniversary Track Hubset.
Only one hundred of them are being made, and according to the Phil Wood site there are only about 10 left to pre-order. Notice that the gold is not anodized – they are gold plated.
Screw getting a grill. If I needed some new track wheels, I’d be all over these. If you want to be the hottest thing on Major Taylor this summer, go for it now.
3v3 (and some 4v4), two days. Finally found a site worth a damn, that which is made of a flat, non pock-marked and paved surface, and has WALLS. Tie that to the most pristine day of pre-spring weather and we are in business. The only thing we needed to have happen is for folks to turn up. In that, we had about ten players, some of which I had never even seen play. If only we could get all of those who have come out intermittently to appear all at once…
Here we are playing within wafting distance of Montgomery Inn’s gaudy post-Soviet structure to the east and the Carl Lindner Tennis complex also hidden behind a concrete wall. It is approximately a circle although I think it is slightly longer than it is wide. With some dilligence, lots of plywood, and the cooperation of the skate rental shed management, we could separate this into one prime court or two tournament style courts. This court has the potential to be just as rewarding and beneficial for play as Dayton’s Walnut Hills court pictured below.
I have already started motions towards reserving this every Saturday so we don’t have to claim it from the children who run around and do donuts in their power assisted wheelchairs (Michael and I saw a brave girl do this for a solid 10 minutes). As always, we will have the goals and mallets available at 5:15 ish and start promptly at 5:30.
On Sunday, Michael and I took our momentum and hangovers to Daytron for some fast paced smashing and it did not disappoint as is shown by Todd’s bloodied mallet. As per usual, big Lee made us look like fools and everyone else exhibited some solid Dayton pride. Good, relatively clean playing from all. Southern Ohio represent!