Saturday, December 4, 2010

This could be your son or daughter....

Belfast Junior Bike Club - 2011. Let's get this started!!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Junior Road Bike Club

Attention parents with children age 10+. I'm thinking of organizing a junior road bike club/race team for 2011. At this point I'm trying to get a feel for the appetite for a junior bike club. If you have a son or daughter who is interested in joining an organized club for cycling and possibly racing, let me know. W...ith enough interest, I'll work to organize a meeting/info session. Thanks - Greg

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Why you should support your LBS

Back in March, I bought a Cannondale MTB from Belfast Bicycles

A couple of weekends ago, this happened:

I called up Mike and asked him if he thought it might be covered under warranty. He said bring in the bike and he'd check.
About an hour after I dropped it off, he emailed me saying SRAM would be sending a warranty replacement derailleur. Wow!

About 2 hours ago, I picked up my bike from Mike. He'd contacted SRAM, worked out the warranty, installed the derailleur and a new hanger, replaced the cable and a few bent chain links. I asked him what I owed for the repair. He said nothing. Wow!

Sure, I buy some bike stuff online, but it is hard to dispute the value of shopping locally, especially with that level of service.

Thanks Mike!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Cadillac Challenge 2010

For those of you that might have gone through this section at a dizzying speed...

What a great day to be out on the bike. It was great to see so many friends out on the road and meet a few new people as well. Already looking forward to next year, the 20th edition of the Cadillac Challenge!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Planning on going to the Cadillac Challenge this year?

Looking for a ride, or can you bring other riders from the midcoast area over to MDI?

Use the handy online spreadsheet below to sign-up:

There's talk of a gathering for food and beverages after this year - hope to see you there!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

119 miles, 5 friends, 1 epic ride

Thank John, Dan, Ken and Dana for making it such a great ride.

Thanks John & Anne Marie for the delicious dinner and wonderful hospitality.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Up, Up and Away

The Hill Climb is coming up, see the details below. If you have any questions let me or Dan know, and you can check out the poster at Mikes. Thanks to Marc O'Brien for putting the poster together.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2010


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Cadillac Challenge 2010

Dana pointed out to us tonight that the Cadillac Challenge is being held (on October 3 this year). Full info is on the website, and Tony is listed as the contact person again (his family took a year off last year). There was a conflict with the Dempsey ride last year, but one diehard who rode Cadillac said he'll tell his friends to donate to Dempsey, but ride Cadillac. I know I'll being planning to do this one again.

Long ride Sunday

Some of us will be doing a ride to Unity and back via Freedom and Palermo/Level Hill/Rt.3 this Sunday. This is the route I posted last week,about 71 miles. We're going to leave at 7 AM, and there are, as always, shorter routes back. Looks like the century isn't happening Saturday- if anyone has any thoughts re:rescheduling this, lets toss some ideas around. We should at the very least have some form of club get together, whether we do a ride or not. Discuss... Ken

Tuesday, July 27, 2010


To mix things up a bit, and ride some different roads, some of us will be meeting at the parking lot on Verona Island and doing a 55 (or so) mile ride around the Blue Hill area. We plan on driving over to the lot, which is right off the right turn at the top of the hill once you've crossed Penobscot Narrows Bridge (right behind the little park there). Ride time is still 8 AM from that lot. If you're ambitious and want more miles, you can ride to the ride, but we want to head out at 8. It is a hilly, but very scenic route -camera worthy, if the weather is as good as predicted. We can stop at the Co-op in Blue Hill, or another small store in Surry or Orland as needed. If anyone's up for this, it's a nice route. I'm not sure if others are riding at 8 from the Co-op, it would be great if you left a comment if you are in case anyone else is checking in here on the site (and not on the email group, ie visitors, etc.) Hope to have a good group, should be fun. Ken

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sunday Coffee Ride - Belfast to Blue Hill

Great ride on Sunday - we (Dan, Ken and I) did just under 83 miles from Belfast to Blue Hill and back.

Rides like this remind me of what a beautiful and hilly place we live in.

Hope everyone is doing well - see you out on the road.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Belfast Bicycle Club - Time Trial - June 6th 2010 - Results

Thank you to all the racers and volunteers that came out today despite the rain to make today's race a success.

Click on the link below to see results

2010 TT Results Page

Monday, May 24, 2010

Thursday Night Ride - Updates!!

Starting this Thursday, May 27 through the end of June, Dan will be leading a B group ride from Belfast Bicycles @ 5:30 PM. Average speed for this group will be at or below 15 MPH. So if you are looking for a more casual group ride, or have always wondered what it would be like to ride with a group, this is a great place to start.

There will also be an A group from Belfast Bicycles at the same time - ride leader TBD.

Hope to see you out on the road.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Great ride today - Sunday, May 2nd.

We started out with 10 riders, then 3 peeled off to tackle Aborn Hill and fly home to Belfast. The remaining 7 went on together to the 25 mile point where 2 others split off for home. The remaining 5 of us continued on over the bumpy roller coaster of Rt. 220 and then on to Liberty. The sun came out to reward us and the last 20 home were most excellent.

Click the link below to see the full route. Note, everyone but me started from Belfast, I rode in from home. About the same distance overall.

Sunday Group Ride - Hilly 50 by Greg at Garmin Connect - Details

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just too sexy not to post....

If you didn't already know about FRANK BIKES, now is the time to familiarize yourself.

FRANK BIKES - Handmade in Belfast, ME

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Saturday, April 24, 2010

A gift from Jim...

Here's a little clip Jim sent to me from FL- no, it's not him! Hope everyone got a chance to get a ride in today. Ken

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


Steve Conner, Seth Haskell, Dan Winston and myself rode the Tour of the Battenkill on Saturday. 62 miles of pavement/dirt through beautiful farmland. It's a great race, I highly recommend it. Smiling Steve took an excellent fourth place in the cat 4 race.

For his efforts he was rewarded with this handsome portrait of Ulysses S. Grant:

Dan had a top 20 finish and then managed to run 2 miles from the car to the finish line to catch the end of Seth's race. When he got there he was fresh as a daisy:

Afterward we enjoyed a healthy post-race meal of burgers and fries and reveled in our accomplishments. It was a good time all around, until Seth got tired of Steve's bragging and unleashed the Fists of Fury:

Steve is fine, and should recover in time for Turtle Pond. Next year maybe we can get a few more of these jerseys at the race.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Honorary Paris-Roubaix ride - Searsmont, April 11th

Leaving from the Post Office parking lot in Searsmont at 9 AM.  See the ride map here - Honorary Paris-Roubaix route

It sounds like there may be two differently paced groups for the ride this year - one with time constraints and more miles, the other more casual, looking to get in some early season group miles on a fun route.

In either case, hope you can make it.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Belfast Bicycle Club Meeting

Don't forget the next club meeting is April 7th at 7PM. Bay Wrap is the meeting destination. All the cool people will be there. Bill Armstrong will get the meeting going by demonstrating the foam roller massage technique. See you at 7!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Group Ride - Sunday 3/28 - 9AM @ the COOP

We definitely got the best part of the day.  Good 20+ miles with the group, 33 miles total with my ride into Belfast.  Thanks, Dan, John and Murray for the company - and thanks Dan for the lift home.

Check the Ride Stats page for the route details.

Single speed maiden voyage

Finally got my Frankenbike switched over to yet another iteration- this time its "single speed tourer". Planet Bike fenders, new rack trunk, have my panniers from before (not on yet), and stripped down drivetrain with conversion kit. Started out at 42/16, turned around after a mile, went home and put on an 18 cog on the rear. Much more realistic, I think. Went out the Rt 3 to Fenwick Rd. to Back Belmont loop, still snowy spots in the shade. Sunny, though! Like always, any day with time on the bike is a good one.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

for those of you looking for a new bike this year...

this might just be the ride for you...

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and this gem is for sale in Searsport.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Annual March Madness Ride - Sunday 3/21 - Belfast COOP 9 AM.


....and here's a picture of some stuff on my cat.

 - Greg

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Ride on Saturday

I'm riding with a friend who's new to riding at 9:30 AM for about an hour and I'm looking to ride longer afterwards - starting around 10:30 AM from the Belfast Y.

Anyone interested?

And though I look like a nut in the pic...I'm really not.


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Too nice a day to wait til 6...for most everyone

I can't blame anyone for riding earlier today rather than waiting until looked like such a nice day from my desk.

Either way, it was the nicest commute home I've had this year - light enough for me to take the long way home.

Met up with Dan and Ken at Belfast Bicycles before going our separate ways - maybe next time.

So if you got out on your bike today, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.  And if you didn't, well there's always next time.


Monday, March 15, 2010


Thanks to those of you that sent in photos!!  Keep them coming, I'll add them to the album.

Got club/ride pics?  Send them here  -

Ride tomorrow night from the COOP - 6 PM...bring a light.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

New look for the Belfast Bicycle Club

So we are all busy...maybe too busy, but that's a different story.

So in an effort to keep things FRESH, the Belfast Bicycle Club is going to try it's hand at blogging.
Check back here often for ride updates, events and other club related stuff.

Hope to see you all out on the road and trails soon - Greg