Winter Cycling

Cold weather and air is adaptable. Getting sick cannot be fun. Constant boosting of my immune system is key to my survival through the Winter commutes. Often, the choice of bike depicts exactly how fast you will get to point B or point C. Weather forecasters and I all suck at predicting the weather. Here in Illinois, the weather forecasts change hourly.


As long as the Winter cyclist is dressed appropriately, the cold shouldn’t truly effect a cyclists well-being. Of course, it is not good for anyone to be out in negative degree Fahrenheit temperatures for longer than 60 minutes.


Layers are more important than bicycle choice. Correct footwear, headwear and handwear are most crucial to comfort.


My commutes range from 6-8 miles to and from 6-8 fro. The time ranges from 20-45 minutes each way. In-between my rides, the work hours range from 7-13 hours. Lights are essentially a must. At the moment, two front (both 700 lumens) and one rear attempt to keep me seen. I have just upgraded to a brighter rear light as I’ve been riding more road lately on my cross bike. The All-Weather hard-case tires are amazing in sloppy conditions. My FatBike, the Arrogant Bastard, is so heavy and slow and hard to commute with unless an utter snow massacre has just happened.




Oriental Cash(tof)ew

Happy Tuesday, readers and picture viewers. I hope your socks are as warm and comfortable as mine, if not more. To me, nothing is more rewarding than working hard all day only to get home to prepare a wonderfully delicious Vegan meal. Play with your food.


Oriental Cash(tof)ew was created winding down from a busy and productive workday with a couple of Good Beers and Fun with Food.


Tofu was marinated in Vegan Garlic Sauce, grilled, marinated in Vegan Garlic Sauce some more and than diced. Raw Cashews were pan-fried in super light oil before adding the diced Twice marinated Tofu. In this stir-fry, ingredients on hand were utilized. Seasonings instead of fresh ingredients were used.


Frozen Veggies were in the mix. As well as Garlic, Onion, Ginger & Poblano Powders, Balsamic & Rice Vinegars, Sesame Seed Oil, Sea Salt and Pepper. Rice Noodles & Soy Sauce were the final additions to this amazing mixture of ingredients.



Beer Roast Beefless

Fall is basically here in Northern Illinois. Which means open windows, sweatpants, beautiful colors and ideal cycling conditions.


Food Addiction


Sakitumi from Lagunitas Brewing was utilized with a huge variety of vegetables and Veggie Broth to marinade Tofurky ‘roast beef’ slices. Among those Vegetables were; Onion, Green, Red & Yellow Peppers, Carrot, Broccoli, Cucumber, Rice and more. A Pretzel Bun, Daiya and BBQ Sauce were involved also to create this delicious sandwich.

Gran Fondo


Happy Sunday! And, please, Enjoy Outside!


Bicycle Ride


Every single opportunity prior to yesterday has been an impossible mission to partake in an organized ride. Weather or job has disrupted every ride. Somehow, someway this weekend that I normally work was ironically switched to work more in my favor. Yesterday, was a perfect day in Northern Central Illinois. The day finally reached mid eighties when our 5-10 mph wind metric century (65 ish miles) was complete. I rode with a great group of guys and had a lot of fun. Z Tour 2017 was my first ever organized ride.

Vegan food/snacks were consumed, multiple beers were enjoyed and a curious kitten was saved from bicycle trampling by yours truly.

Z Tour