Rode my Rans

Rans recumbent bicycle

My Rans Stratus XP recumbent bicycle on the bike rack on my carLabor Day weekend was simply gorgeous in Boulder. Lots of sun, not too hot, blue skies. It was a perfect weekend for getting to know my new Rans Stratus XP.

Earlier in the week, I picked up a Thule rack and a RockyMounts R4 rack that could handle the 65" wheelbase of my Rans.

The bike fit perfectly. I took off the seat for the drive from Ft. Collins to avoid catching a bunch of bugs in the mesh.


All I had to do was put on the front wheel and the seat. Within a few minutes, I had it all together.

There was a bit of trickiness when it came to the wireless odometer computer. I just couldn't get it to pair up! Turns out, I had failed to properly reset the thing. It works fine now.

Any advice on recumbent bicycles, and where to buy one in the Boulder area?

So I'm thinking about getting a recumbent bicycle for sports touring and some commuting to the office. My regular mountain bike is just a bit hard on my back and wrists, so part of my motivation is looking for comfort. But I also want something that I can use for longer rides. And, of course, this being Boulder, I don't want a tank -- I'll be climbing hills and riding some dirt and gravel trails.

Any buying advice?

Any suggestions where I can go in the Boulder area to test-ride some of them, maybe buy one?

It snowed in Boulder before it stopped

We were supposed to get a few inches of snow today. We got alerts yesterday. We got alerts last night. We got more alerts this morning. It did in fact start snowing around 8 or 9, but none of it stuck, and now it's a sunny, if rather cold, day, with the fall colors complementing the greenery rather than set off against white blankets. Beautiful nonetheless.

Congratulations to Lijit!

Kudos to Boulder start-up Lijit for winning in the Internet category for showing innovation and creativity in the Boulder Valley.

And they were up against some well-known competition: Me.dium and Collective Intellect.

If you don't know what Lijit is about, scroll down and look at the sidebar here. It's the green search thingie. Don't be fooled! It's not just any search thingie!

Steak and a movie in Boulder

The Railyard

Until today, The Railyard has been one of the great secrets of Boulder. Simply put: They have the best steaks in Boulder. Forget the way overrated Boulder Chophouse -- that place may have been good once, but now it's just a fancy joint serving sub-par Sizzler-caliber steaks -- The Railyard is the place to go.

The Railyard

My only real quibble is that they have these blue-daylight-colored energy-efficient bulbs lighting their dining area. Warmer colors would definitely improve the atmosphere.

Otherwise, their staff is very friendly -- and it's clear that they are proud of the food they serve, for good reason!

The reason The Railyard not a great secret any more is that it is located in the 29th Street Mall, right next to the the new Century Theatres complex, which opens today. These pics are from Wednesday.

Kasa: the best sushi in Boulder

People in Boulder are fairly blessed by a number of sushi bars, all of which are at least on the high side of good ... which is surprising, considering that we're more than a thousand miles from the nearest ocean port. I've tried them all. (Yes, I'm something of a sushi fiend!)

Kasa, the best sushi in BoulderKasa, one of the newest additions, started off by positioning themselves as a Japanese grill, but quickly realized that Boulderites have a definite yen for sushi. Their sushi was good, often very good.

Then they hired the (apparently) renowned sushi chef Kitazaki Kuichi, and wow!

Now the sushi is simply sensational!

And I say this knowing how good sushi can be in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and New York.

Just another gorgeous day in Boulder

On days like this, it's hard to stay inside, working.

Pearl Street Malltulipsflower

Great wine, great food, great company at Cafe Blue

Last night Kate and I went straight from the office to a wonderful gourmet dinner and wine tasting at Cafe Blue (which is one of Boulder's best-kep secrets ... which makes it a good thing nobody reads this blog)....

What was funny is that one of the first people we met was a Joomla developer, Tom. Of course we immediately started talking shop. Maybe it's an occupational hazard of being a business owner, but I find that most potentially social occasions end up becoming informal business networking events. What's more, I enjoy it!

Fritz wine bottles

What makes it easy is when you can enjoy some truly wonderful wine at the same time. I'd never had Fritz wine before, at least as far as I know, but who knows for sure, right? Owner Clay Fritz told us about how his father started the winery some decades ago, and how it took him some ten years to get the business into a sustainable state. It's a fascinating business.

Snowing again

March snow in Boulder

-15 degrees in Boulder this morning

If the groundhog lived here, he would have seen his shadow, because the sun is shining -- but it's just too damned cold and he probably would have rather stayed indoors.

Happy Groundhog Day!



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