Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Tool Park Doesn't Make and The Tarik Saleh Bike Club 100mile Challenge

Had a more dramatic than usual crash this week.
I came through unscathed.  My left brake lever smashed into a small stump and rotated to where it was pointing straight down.

I use cork bar end plugs on most of my bikes.  Looks like somehow in crashing the left bar plug was pushed a ways inside.

Apparently one of the few bike repair scenarios where Park Tools doesn't have me covered.

Had to make do with what I could find around the house.

Haven't posted much lately but I am pleased to report that over the holidays I along with a few other actively participated in  the Tarik Saleh Bike Club 100 mile challenge.

Amazingly lousy weather (combination of both sub-zero and slicker than slick water on ice conditions over the course of the challenge) and parenting responsibilities made option 3 of the challenge the most realistic for me this year. 

"Remember, club rules are 1. Ride bikes, 2. Try not to be an ass. And in this case, at least ride a bit between Christmas eve and New Years and then tell me about it." - Tarik Saleh

I've always liked that rule #2 simply asks that you try, not that you necessarily succeed.  That's the kind of club I can be on board with.

I still have to email Tarik Saleh my results from the challenge.  I'm hoping I haven't missed the window of opportunity to receive a button.

I'm already looking forward to next years 100mile challenge.


  1. Just got my cool award package from the TSBC yesterday. I'm still awash in the feeling of accomplishment. Like you, it is one of the few clubs that has rules to which I feel as though I can mostly adhere.

    Alaska is farther away by mail, so yours may be on the way.

  2. I just need the email with the address/achievement and I will get a pin out your way,

  3. I didn't know about the challenge, but I seem to have accomplished it in all three categories. We'll have to talk to Park about a Bar-End-Cork- Remover (BECR-1), although Tullio Campagnolo might not like it too much.