Bikes, Discovery Church, Mountain biking

Love bikes fight poverty?

This  WEEKEND@Discovery Church 
   Portal Bikes Kathmandu, Nepal 
10:00 A.M. Prescott College Crossroads Center




We believe that poverty precedes a world of evils; human trafficking, child labor, disease, malnutrition, etc. Many of these issues are solved when people escape poverty. Thus, our primary focus is poverty alleviation.

We also believe that free enterprise is one of the best ways to address poverty. This is why we focus on creating opportunities that empower people to start and grow their own businesses.

Love people. Take care of widows & orphans. Feed the hungry. Clothe the naked. Care for the sick.  


“In dealing with poverty here and around the world, welfare and foreign aid are a Band-Aid. Free enterprise is a cure.”   


I invite you to join us this Sunday at Discovery Church Prescott



Bikes, Discovery Church, Mountain biking

Epic Rides Nepal

Portal Bikes from Nepal will be with us at Discovery
Sunday September 21st -If you love mountain biking and hate poverty, DO NOT MISS THIS!
Kathmandu-based Epic Rides Nepal leads amazing, adventurous mountain biking trips through the Himalaya and Annapurna mountain ranges in Nepal’s high country. Shot in the Mustang region – in Muktinath (3,710 meters / 12,171 feet), Thorong Phedi (4420 meters / 14,501 feet) and Lubra Valley.
10:00 AM Prescott College – Crossroads Center – Help stop poverty in Kathmandu.
Check them out at:



Arizona, Bikes, Mountain biking, Prescott

Tatonka before Tennesse.

Just wanted to post a few pics from the smart phone of another “last” ride with my daughter Natascha….Yep for real they leave @ 5:00 am tomorrow.

We had a good 12 miles of singletrack tonight….. good times as usual.

It has been great to have our daughter live close to us for almost a decade … now that she has moved away, it is a reminder more than ever to love the ones your with while they are with you.


Bikes, cycling, Travel

California Coastal Trail

Biking sections of the California Coastal Trail gets put on the list.

(half moon bay section the CCT)

Its time to start investigating what sections of the CCT to ride in the next couple of years.

This page of will be dedicated to mapping that route.

The California Coastal Trail (CCT) is a network of public trails for walkers, bikers, equestrians, wheelchair riders and others along the 1200-mile California coastline. It is currently more than half complete. Coastwalk California is a volunteer organization that advocates for completion of the Trail.

(Muir Woods to Stinson Beach)

Here is the county by county map for the CCT – (click on the county to view the trail)

For example, here is the Mendocino County map section 5

A section of the CCT in Marian County.

Now for the research and development of these trips.

Photo above taken from

Yes, this is what I am talkin bout.

The options are plenty – Bike Packing, Travel trailer or travel by SUV and hotel it. I prefer one and two.

Pics for follow from the CCT.


Bikes, Ragbrai

Skull Valley Loop Trainning Ride For Raigbrai

This morning to celebrate Independence Day a few friends and I left Preskitt on our road bike and did the Skull Valley Loop.

This map show a clockwise route but we did it the smart way and did it counter clockwise.

Distance: 52.8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 4016 feet

The loop is an amazing scenic, fun, challenging 53 miles of what every roadie likes.

Here are just a few pics of some of  Arizona’s finest miles.

Up from Kirkland junction.

Robert Janice and Becker coming into Skull Valley this morning @ 7:00 am.

Just after reaching the Iron Spring summit.

Taking a little break climbing the “Spars”.

The Skull Valley Loop is a truly a gift.


Roadie for the summer

Bikes, Ragbrai


A friend of mine told me the other day that with “road biking you get the miles but in mountain biking you smiles”.

He was so right with that statement for the most part , except for today I got both.

Today was my first 75 mile road bike day and as I was riding toward the 75 mile goal I looked around me at the surroundings.

Wow – miles and smiles all in one ride!

Really enjoying the different kind of experience road biking brings.

Also, I’m gonna need to kick it up a notch based on the  week long Itinerary for the Ragbrai ride this summer.

Day 1 — 64.2 miles    4,946 climb
Day 2 — 65.4 miles   4,798 climb
Day 3 — 70.9 miles  1,784 climb
Day 4 — 56.1 miles    1,246 climb
Day 5 — 57.5 miles   3,294 climb
Day 6 — 75.3 miles    2,800 climb
Day 7 — 64.8 miles    2,338 climb
Total — 454.2 miles   21,206 climb

Steve Lummer

Roadie for a summer

Bikes, Ragbrai


For the last two months I have been listening, learning and just getting out on the road to train for Ragbrai ..(a bike ride across my home state of Iowa.)

My first attempt on a road bike was all of 8 miles. Then I started riding 15 miles then 20 and for the last couple of weeks I have been pushing over 60 plus miles on the asphalt .

After about the first 30 miles I started having pain in the ole IT band ( iliotibial band) across the front of my right knee. – The IT band pain was a familiar foe that I was dealing with last year while doing a lot of riding on my single speed 29er mountain bike.

Because this July I will need to ride approximately 65  – 70 miles per day for five to six days I needed to get some advice from some friends who could help
A local roadie gave me the following advice and so far it seems to working.

Here is what Mike had to say regarding knee pain.

Knee pain on the bike is one (or more) of three things:

1. pushing too big a gear.

2. improper fit.

3.  improper form.

spin rather than push a gear. If you have a cadence sensor and it tells you that you’re peddling at 60-70 rpm most of the time you’re asking for knee problems unless you are very strong and have superb form. Typical rpm for me is 90-95 and I can spin up to 110 rpm easily but you have to have good fit and form to spin like that comfortably.

Form is pretty complicated actually and involves fit too. It takes a professional to really teach you proper form and it would also involve a real scientific analysis of fit to get all the angles and position correct to allow you to have proper form easily.”

I immediately started spinning rather than straining in my peddle strokes and my last two 60 plus miles of riding have been working well and I have not had much knee pain to speak of.

My next set of goals will be to ride 60 plus miles for five days in a row to see what if any thing pops up .

Also, here are just a few pics of some road hazards that I have encountered out there .

This tumble weed attacked me from out of no where.

Stimulus money has not reached this road yet.

Common man!

Be careful out there folks ….cars, truck, trailers, motorcycles and all kinds of hazards can make a good day not so good real quick.


roadie for a summer

Bikes, Just sayin', Mountain biking, outdoors

Thomas Edison, Mountain Bikes and a Droid

On Thomas Edison’s 164th birthday I wanted to post a blog regarding inventions and gadgets.

I think Edison  would be very proud of some of our newest inventions and gadgets we have today in our modern world.

Tonight,  a group of us  did a night ride on our bikes through part of the Prescott National Forest.

We are stopped for a breather when I looked up and asked,  “is that Jupiter or Mars over there in the sky?” – The guy on the bike next to me pulls his Droid out of his back pack and shows us his GoogleSky app on his phone.

Here we are standing in the dark checking out our solar system off a cell phone.

I think Mr. T.E. would be very proud of our newest inventions we have pulled out of our inventive hats.

Happy 164th Birthday Mr. Edision…It was a great ride and I think you would have enjoyed the company.


Bikes, Ragbrai


I have wanted to ride Ragbrai ever since high school.

Well, @ age 53 I think it might just happen….and what I am really excited about is that the ride finishes in my home town of Davenport.

Just wanted to post the route and mileage for this years route

2011 Route Maps

GLENWOOD — Saturday, July 23

Population: 5,358

History: 1980, 1984, 1989, 1992, 2003


ATLANTIC — Sunday, July 24

Population: 7,257

History: 1974, 1980, 1989, 1991, 2001


CARROLL — Monday, July 25

Population: 10,098

History: 1980, 1988, 1994


BOONE — Tuesday, July 26

Population: 12,803

History: 1975, 1988, 1998; also a pass-through town three times, last time in 2008


ALTOONA  — Wednesday, July 27

Population: 13,301

History: First time as overnight town; pass-through town in 1973, on inaugural ride


GRINNELL — Thursday, July 28

Population: 9,105

History: 1976, 1991, 2001


CORALVILLE — Friday, July 29

Population: 17,269

History: 1995, 2001, 2006


DAVENPORT — Saturday, July 30

Population: 98,359

History: 1973, 1982



Day 1 — 64.2 miles    4,946 climb
Day 2 — 65.4 miles   4,798 climb
Day 3 — 70.9 miles  1,784 climb
Day 4 — 56.1 miles    1,246 climb
Day 5 — 57.5 miles   3,294 climb
Day 6 — 75.3 miles    2,800 climb
Day 7 — 64.8 miles    2,338 climb
Total — 454.2 miles   21,206 climb