Faster Mustache is a progressive non-organization made up of a diverse group of Atlanta residents with one thing in common: riding bicycles. We believe in the power of cyclists to change our communities and our world through ongoing discussion, entertaining events, and positive action. Online and on the road, at work or at play, we challenge everyone to use a bike. It doesn't matter what type: fixed, free, geared, single, cruiser, chopper, racer, or clunker. No two bikes are the same and certainly no two riders are the same, but in the auto-centric city of Atlanta, we have fun
sticking together. Simply put, we invite everyone to bike everywhere with us. Welcome to Faster Mustache!
On Friday I hopped into Nik's Refresh Technologies Powered Super Jeep and we drove down to Greenville for the Upstate Cranksgiving 2013. Aaron had recommended the event to us, but he was apparently going to be pre-occupied with Cyclocross this weekend and wouldn't be making it. Instead, we met up with Nico and Lilly from Atlanta and settled into camp to get ready for a big weekend. The forecast called for a warm, rainy day followed by a bitter cold day. But what else would you expect for November in the South?
Nico, Nik, and Kurt after a day full of Super D runs at Paris Mountain. Photo by Nik Fedele
Are you experienced?
The Backyard Experience is a multi-stage mountain bike race showcasing the BYT trails of Charlotte, NC. From the creators of the Tour de Charlotte, join us for a day full of slaying The Backyard followed by slaying Terrapin beers at Sir Edmond Halley's.
Usually we do the route linked above. This time, to bring 2013 to a close, we will meet at the same place and same time but ride to a place that has food and beer instead. Leave your kit and your crabon fibrè at home.
Next #fmride will be after DST change in 2014!
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After 6 months of being lied to and deceived by Sfatto, who never delivered our kits and never returned our money, we have gone around them to the factory that produced the kits. They have had our kits waiting in their factory for months, waiting for Sfatto to pay (they never did). We have come to an agreement with the factory ourselves and the kits will be arriving soon! If you ordered a kit back in January, you should have received an e-mail on how to get your kit. If you didn't order one and want one now, stay tuned as we may have a few extras.
I believe there can be something said about trouping through an almost but not quite rain, pushing and riding a bicycle over terrain for a near twelve hours and covering something in the range of seventy miles all of which taking place below fifty degrees. One of the things that can be said about that, is this. All of the ingredients for a pretty miserable day are there, but baking that cake is a choice. Another thing that can be said, is enduring those conditions for long enough presents quite the platform for reflection.
The most challenging and most fun weekly hill ride of all the weekly rides in Atlanta is back for 2013.
Last years weekly ride: http://fastermustache.org/race/route/2012
We still meet at The Gear Revival on Marietta St, with the first ride on March 14, 2013 and last ride on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
I'm still fine tuning some changes to the route, but it will be pretty close to last year. There should be a /2013 page up with all the details before March 14th.
We've done this before, let's do this again.
Meet at Ria's Bluebird parking lot for a 7:30am departure. Be there at 7:15 or something because we're leaving at 7:30 on the dot.
We ride up to Roswell, then ride back.
A road and trail stage race around Charlotte, NC
Join us March 9th for a day on the bike you will never forget. We will ride as a group on a 30-mile "Party Pace" route around Charlotte. We'll stop along the way at 4-5 locations, called "Stages" where we will have a mini race. Some races will be Cyclocross style, some Cross-Country MTB, and one Fat-Tire Road Criterium. The Tour de Charlotte will be a showcase of in-town Charlotte trails, paths, and commuter routes.
A little while ago, I replaced my LAS helmet because I couldn't take the funk anymore. The awful vinegary face-melting aroma. It's not that I didn't try to wash it. I put all of the pads in the washing machine. I scrubbed the helmet, and I soaked the straps. It didn't work, the funk persisted, and I bought a new helmet. I never got around to tossing the old, funky helmet, thinking I may one-day need it as a backup. And perhaps the putrid stench would mellow with age.
This, I think, is the main culprit of the funk. These webbing straps absorb ride-after-ride of sweaty, salty, greasy off-gassing. And then it festers in your bike bag.
Kelly and I rolled up to David Heath's farm in Rome, GA on the morning of December 30th, wondering the frozen ground would evolve as the day went on. It had rained quite a bit in the week before the race, and then a good freeze set in the afternoon before, hitting 29 degrees by late afternoon. But, as you see below, the temperatures were on their way up so we had no idea what was in store for us. Her race was at 10 and mine was at 10:45... and that 45 minutes made a big difference.