The Localcycling crew discovered a gem a few years ago.
Kansas City's historical West Bottoms area is known for the former stockyards, haunted houses and the American Royal Rodeo. The district is also home to some neatly restored and repurposed buildings with some unique tenants. Art galleries and fresh restaurants have been added to the mix.
Locally produced wines and specialty beers (Boulevard Smokestack Series) plus some small plates are served up in a beautifully remodeled setting.
They also happen to host a weekly bicycle ride.
The "Wine Ride" was dreamed up by a couple of Localcycling Team members that work at a nearby West Bottoms Business. Amigoni offered a nice place for a Friday after work 'wind down', adding a relaxing bike ride before seemed a perfect match.
The ride itself is offered year round (with the exception of inclement weather). The format is an easy paced exploration of the Bottoms and nearby neighborhoods lasting about one hour. There is no fixed route, and the ride leaders try to offer up fresh scenery each week.
Yes, we've reviewed pumps before. We like that more and more choices are offered.
One of the ongoing needs of our team mechanic is to 'top off' time trial wheels at races.
Using a disc adapter and getting things up to correct, usually higher pressures means a lot of pumping and sometimes a lot of one hand pumping.
The Bontrager Turbo Charger HP is a good choice for road wheels in particular. We found that it takes about 10 strokes to go from 60psi to 100psi on a 700c x 25mm tire. Compared to other pumps that took twice as many storkes that was quite a labor savings. In addition, it was not difficult to operate with one hand. One caveat, a shorter mechanic may find the pump more difficult to use with a single hand, but just fine with two.