Yearly Archives: 2011

BlackBerry ‘Night Bikes’ Commercial

If you have seen the BlackBerry Curve commercial, you know to which one I’m referring. If you haven’t seen it, keep an eye out for a commercial where cyclists are night biking with glow-in-the-dark bikes. I’m like a little kid when the ad comes on TV. Maybe it’s the pretty colors. Or possibly because I like sparkly, shiny anything. But I’m more convinced the reason I like this commercial is because I want bikes to continue to evolve. This video makes bikes look cool again in a more advanced, high tech world. Add lights and an IPOD, possibly even a toaster to your bike and not only will you be pretty stylish, but you can also have toast! Ha Ha I love combining my interests- so with the lighted bike it’s the joy of cycling and being seen in the dark, which makes everyone safer, but also starting a trend that could continue to evolve.

I have not seen the original BlackBerry Curve commercial on YouTube to view, but The BlackBerry Review Team explains the company is going to roll with lighted bike videos for other products. Hey, it’s working and the commercial definitely got people talking about BlackBerry again. Whether it can compete with Android and iPhone, is a whole new blog topic that I will not get involved with!

Here is a commercial for the BlackBerry Bold using the same idea.

Another BlackBerry commercial that featured cyclists was for the Torch. I think there is a connection between a using cell phone and commuter cycling. The video shows the phone being used by a legal courier who bikes from place-to-place in San Francisco.

Here is another awesome video with bikes covered in LED lights.

(Not related to BlackBerry, but it makes me excited.)

It looks like the creator of the The Bright Bike video wants to start selling their product very soon. I hope they are successful because I want my bike to glow at night!

What do you think about the BlackBerry “Night Bikes” commercials?

Win an El Jimador Chopper Bike

Need to get a friend a nice present this holiday season?

Or maybe you need a bike to get around Tempe in the new year.

Maybe you are tired of missing out on weekly bike rides with your friends and the local cycling organizations.

SOOO if you are interested in winning a bike, listen up!

You can enter to win an El Jimador Chopper bike at Devil’s Advocate Bar and Grill in Tempe.

I stopped by Devil’s Advocate to check out the details. Entrance forms and a drawing box are located at the side bar or you can ask a server for a form. Because the drawing is sponsored by El Jimador Tequila, participants must be at least 21 years old to enter. The bike is a flashy, black cruiser with red-rimmed tires.  Any ASU student would look good riding this bike and because biking is great for transportation, they would never be late to class. The winner will be chosen during the first week of January, right in time for the Spring semester to begin.

I decided to enter my name- not that I need a bike, but I could sell or donate it if I happen to win. Just to let you know, the box was not very full- so there is still a pretty good chance of winning!


Enter to win this bike!


Devil’s Advocate is located at 955 E. University Dr. near Rural Road.

Good Luck!

Found: Kryptonite Lock Key

Pass this on to fellow ASU cyclists.

I found a bike lock key on the Tempe campus at the bike racks directly in front of the Computing Commons. If you lost one and want to check it out, it has a serial number for identification. Hit me up. I can try to return this key to the owner or send it back to Kryptonite. I’m just trying to help out because it would be a pain in the rear if I lost mine!

P.S. It’s kinda dirty. Not my fault. I saw it pretty much lodged under the metal rack and at first, thought it was mine.

Community Bike Rides

In the Tempe and Phoenix area, many local bike organizations have scheduled bike rides occurring each week.

The best part is that they are free and open to anyone. That means you or I could show up at any of these scheduled rides and participate.

As Winter Break is quickly approaching, I made of list of things to do and going for a long bike ride tops the list!

Below is a listing of weekly bike rides:

**FYI- According to the website, a “no-drop” ride means that no rider is left behind and you can count on an experienced rider to stay with you.

Monday- Hardcourt Bike Polo

  • Hosted By: AZFixed
  • When: Every Monday from 8-11 p.m.
  • Where: Perry Park at 32nd Street and Virginia Avenue
  • Description: Bike polo, anyone welcome, sometimes we start earlier
  • Check official Bike Polo thread on for updates

Tuesday- CRAP Ride= Bikes, Food and Beer

  • Hosted By: Car Resistance Action Party (CRAP)
  • When: Every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Social no-drop greenbelt ride to the Orange Table restaurant in Scottsdale
  • More Info:
  • Click for a map

Wednesday- PISS Ride

  • Hosted By: AZFixed
  • When: Every Wednesday evening, meets at 7:50 p.m. rolls out at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: 30+ miles, fast-paced night ride on curvy roads with hills, sprints and plenty of drafting. It is mostly fixed, but any bike that can keep up is welcome. An understanding of group riding etiquette is essential for this ride.
  • More Info:
  • Click here for a map
Here are websites to learn about group riding etiquette.

Thursday- People’s Ride, LUX Ride, Tribe Ride

People’s Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG- Tempe Bicycle Action Group
  • When: Every Thursday morning at 6 a.m.
  • Where: NE corner of Fifth Street and Mill Avenue
  • Description: A friendly no-drop 1.5 hour, ~20-mile ride, Essence Bakery for breakfast and coffee after the ride
  • More info:
LUX Ride
  • Hosted By: AZFixed
  • When: Every Thursday, 10:30 p.m.
  • Where: LUX Coffee Bar, 4404 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
  • More info:
Tribe Ride
  • Hosted By: Tribe Multisport
  • When: Every Thursday, meet at the shop before 7 p.m. because it rolls out at exactly 7 p.m.
  • Where: Tribe Multi Sport on Scottsdale Road just north of McDowell Road
  • Description: Fast paced ~10-mile ride around North Tempe and South Scottsdale.
  • Click for a map

Friday- First Fridays Ride, TBAG Third Fridays, Phoenix Critical Mass

First Fridays Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG and AZFixed
  • When: The First Friday of every month, times vary
  • Where: Tempe Beach park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Ride from Tempe to Phoenix First Fridays Art Walk.
TBAG Third Fridays
  • Hosted By: TBAG
  • When: Third Friday of the month at 7 p.m.
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park Entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue.
  • Description: pub crawls, drive-in-movie rides, bowling alley rides, theme and costume rides. You name it and we’ll make it a ride.
Phoenix Critical Mass
  • Hosted by: Critical Mass Phoenix- a bicycle celebration to create awareness of bikes and cars sharing the road
  • When: The last Friday of every month at 5 p.m.
  • Where: Steel Indian School Park at Third Street and Indian School Road in Phoenix
  • More info: Look for a thread at

Critical Mass bike ride- Oct. 29, 2010 (Courtesy of Facebook)

Weekend Rides

Monthly Cruiser/Chopper Rides
Cupcake Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG
  • When: Approximately once a month, dates vary
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado Parkway and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Easy beginner ride to Sprinkles
Farmers Market Ride
  • Hosted By: TBAG
  • When: Some Saturdays
  • Where: Tempe Beach Park entrance at Rio Salado and Mill Avenue
  • Description: Ride to the Phoenix or Scottsdale farmers market, sometimes combined with the cupcake ride.
  • Hosted By: CRAP and the Extreme Picnicking Society
  • When: Times vary
  • Where: Bike Saviours on 601 W. University Dr.
  • Description: Hot Fresh Local Bike Touring. Ride from Tempe to one of the local mountain parks in the evening, eat a giant picnic, sleep under the stars, ride back the next morning. More Info:, or ask anyone you see singing sea shanties while riding.

Afraid of the dark? A bike light will save you!

One law that all cyclists should know is to use a light when riding at night. This is for your safety as a biker- to help others see you.

When I first bought my bike, the salesman at Earnhardt Schwinn recommended that I buy a bike light. Thinking he was just trying to sell me add-on items I said no and told him that I wasn’t planning on riding at night. It was true, I hadn’t been biking in years and didn’t feel confident enough to go for a night bike ride. Well I stayed at the library studying too late one night and I eventually needed a bike light.

The next day I went to Tempe Bicycle to buy a light. They range in price from about $12 to $20 depending on the quality and style. Some can be easily removed and others can be fixed to your bike. Beware if left on your bike, the light could be stolen. I find that most people will leave your bike alone, but if no one is around the bike rack- some people will help themselves to objects that can be removed quickly like bike lights, horns, tires and seats. It’s true, it’s happened to me!

Here are some cool bike lights.

Planet Bike Rear(red) and Front(white) Light

Alternative ways to light your ride:

A bike light is not the only answer to riding safely at night. Here are a few options to help with visibility.

Reflective stickers – $6, LED Bicycle Lights- $50 and a headlamp ranges from about $20-$40.

Just be careful out there and use your head! Cycling is fun and is a great form of transportation, whether it’s day or night. But make sure you have a bike light!

Inspiration to All Great Beings

In preparation for finals, I decided to quote some inspirational athletes.


“Life, to me, is a series of false limits and my challenge as an athlete is to explore those limits.” -Lance Armstrong

“When a man says ‘I cannot’, he has made a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished.” -Muhammad Ali

“The path to our destination is not always a straight one. We go down the wrong road, we get lost, we turn back. Maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on. Maybe what matters is that we embark.” -Barbara Hall

“What we have is based upon moment-to-moment choices of what we do. In each of those moments, we choose. We either take a risk and move toward what we want, or we play it safe and choose comfort. Most of the people, most of the time, choose comfort. In the end, people either have excuses or experiences; reasons or results; buts or brilliance. They either have what they wanted or they have a detailed list of all the rational reasons why not.” -Anonymous

 I will dedicate myself to being great in my own way.


Ironman Results

Leanda Cave- 2011 Ironman AZ winner

Leanda Cave’s stats

Leanda Cave, 33, is a professional triathlete. Although she lives and trains in Tuscon, Ariz, Cave is originally from Louth, England.

Top Ten Women

1. 8:49:00 71 Leanda Cave Tucson AZ GBR
2. 8:54:33 5:34 70 Linsey Corbin Missoula MT USA
3. 9:00:14 11:15 72 Meredith Kessler San Francisco CA USA
4. 9:09:39 20:39 73 Amanda Stevens
5. 9:11:23 22:23 101 Michelle Vesterby Odense DEN
6. 9:12:18 23:19 79 Kelly Williams Austin TX USA
7. 9:12:40 23:41 94 Kathleen Calkins Goold River CA USA
8. 9:18:03 29:04 99 Sara Gross Victoria BC CAN
9. 9:19:47 30:48 75 Susan Dietrich Messel DEU
10. 9:22:37 33:37 86 Charisa Wernick Carlsbad CA USA

Eneko Llanos- 2011 Ironman AZ winner

Eneko Llanos stats

Eneko Llanos is 35 years old of Vitoria- Gasteiz, Spain. Llanos did not complete his first three attempts at Ironman, but finished in first today.

Top Ten Men 
1. 7:59:38 23 Eneko Llanos Vitoria-Gasteiz SPA
2. 8:01:29 1:51 34 Paul Amey Santa Monica CA GBR
3. 8:14:36 14:58 2 Viktor Zyemtsev Clermont FL UKR
4. 8:16:44 17:07 37 Torsten Abel Tucson AZ USA
5. 8:18:55 19:17 50 Stephane Poulat Anglet FRA
6. 8:19:29 19:52 54 Sebastian Kienle Hobenklugen BW DEU
7. 8:19:38 20:00 67 Jeremy Jurkiewi Nice FRA
8. 8:21:36 21:59 20 Michael Weiss Colorado Spring CO DEU
9. 8:22:21 22:43 66 Trevor Wurtele Kelauna BC CAN
10. 8:26:10 26:33 7 Christophe Bastie Saint Chamond FRA

Event Photos

Tempe: Make Way For The Ironmen

Intense training for weeks, months, even years…. Talk about blood, sweat and tears. This is the life of an Ironman.

The Ironman is one of the most recognized endurance events around. This Sunday over 2000 athletes will participate in the seventh Ironman Arizona. The triathlon is a three-part race that begins with a 2.4 mile swim in Tempe Town Lake with temperatures in the range of 60 degrees. Most swimmers prefer to wear a wetsuit for the swim. Next the participants grab their bikes for a 112 mile bike ride around a three-loop course to the Beeline Highway, through the Sonoran Desert back to Tempe Town Lake. The last leg is running a full marathon, which is 26.2 miles throughout the city-where spectators can cheer you on!

I am always amazed to watch athletes compete in this race. It is definitely not meant for beginner athletes. Some people don’t even finish the race. Those that do cross the finish line, earn the title of “Ironman”.

Biking 112 miles around Tempe

In 2009 the first place finisher, Jordan Rapp of Scarborough, NY, crossed the finish line at 8:13:35, while last place doubled that time finishing in almost 17 hours.  Only 112 people of the 2516 participants registered did not finish the race.

What: Ironman Arizona Triathlon

Where: Tempe Town Lake and surrounding roads

When: Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 at 6:50 a.m.

Cutoff times (meaning you must be finished with each leg of the race by a certain time)

  • The swim event- 9:20 a.m.
  • The bike ride- 5:30 p.m.
  • The run course- Midnight

Driving around Tempe will be a challenge this weekend as many roads will be closed to accommodate for the biking and running portions of the race. To travel north and south use Priest Drive of the Highway 101. For east and west, use Highway 202 or University Drive.

Dial 511 for traffic information.

Related Links:

Ironman Race Information

How to Train for Your First Ironman

Equipment Checklist

Bike maintenance classes by Tempe Co-op

Only five classes remain!

Last Monday started off the first of six bicycle maintenance classes given by a local bike co-op/educational center. The friendly and knowledgeable Bike Saviours volunteers use hands-on teaching to assist us rookies with common bike maintenance.

I didn’t know what to expect from the first class. Lucky for me, there were a variety of people in attendance. Some people scaled on the intermediate level of bicycle mechanics, while the remainder of the class either knew very little or almost nothing about fixing bikes. I happen to fall into the second category, which made me wonder just what I had signed up for!

My initial nervousness faded after we broke into smaller groups to inspect each bike. We were to determine the bike’s condition and if we thought it could be fixed. Because the bikes and parts are all donations, some are beyond repair. We were asked to share our findings in a very casual manner.
“Anyone that wants to speak, we’d like to hear it.”
One man said the bike in front of him looked like it spent the last 15 years outside, but with a little TLC he thought it’d be a fine ride.

Listening to headset instructions

Last weeks topic was headsets. No I didn’t know what they are at first- but I learned!
My group disassembled the headset, which is the bearing assembly that allows the handle bars to swivel. We took out the bearings and cleaned them thoroughly. Then we reassembled the header. As we worked, Bike Saviour volunteers walked around to make sure we understood what we were doing and gave additional tips. Click here to view the handout on headsets.

Common threaded headset

Bike Saviours, not only offers classes, but the shop is also open to the public a few evenings during the week. Tools are free to use and the co-op sells bike parts for a minimal cost. The best part is having bike experts at your side for assistance! From the selection of donated bicycles you can pick out a bike to fix yourself and the shop volunteers are there to teach you how to fix it along the way.
The remaining maintenance classes will be held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the rear workshop of the Sunset Clothing building.
  •         601 E. University, Tempe, AZ 85281 – located near the cross roads of University Drive and Roosevelt Street

Bike Saviours Information:

“The bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created. Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon.”

~Bill Strickland, The Quotable Cyclist