2013 Trail Building Season Year End Review

Evening Trail Crew at Jane’s Rock – September 2013

Photo by Jenny Haas
Ray Rickard at the Carson River Trail workday. photo by Jenny Haas
April – 1200ft
We started the season off in April working a couple of days on the Carson River trail located at the Morgan Mill boat ramp. Muscle Powered volunteers built 1200ft of trail along the Carson River connecting the boat ramp to the Deer Run Rd bridge.

Muscle Powered Senior Crew Leader Oliver Lieder at OliMax Rock

May – 675ft
The Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon trail season started May 1st. May had us finishing up where we left off in 2012, completing the OliMax rock and building up to Tomanda’s Beer Rock. It was also good to see Jeremy Vlcan from CVTA take time from his busy schedule to help us on one of our first evening work nights of the season.

We also had a big win in May. Muscle Powered was awarded top honors in the RTP grant 2013/14 cycle. We requested $10,000 for the purchase of tools, but were given an additional $2500 for more tools. $12,500! Sweet! Thank you Jenny!!!

Peter turn 4
RTP committee member Peter Axelson railing turn 4 during our RTP committee field trip

June – 1400ft
National Trails Day kicked off June with 28 people showing up to build trail. We saw a lot of familiar faces, as well as new ones, this day but it was especially “cool” to have Parks & Rec director Roger Moellendorf and Open Space manager Juan Guzman out on the mountain getting their hands dirty with us. We built 500ft of trail on NTD!. Our biggest trail day to date!

National Trails Day

June was a busy month for us as we had Redrock Dental, TAMBA and Troop 16 join us for a few hours of quality work. We also hit the 1 mile mark at the end of June.

Redrock Dental-June 28th

TAMBA-June 14th

Troop 16 – June 23rd

July – 175ft
In July we made it to 4th of July Rock. Named after the day we started construction around the rock. Oli and Ward set the keystone, and 5 weeks later it was completed. It could be the longest time we’ve spent in one location. (Turns 1 and 2, and the wall connecting them, and the Big Ravine, both took 4 weeks to build).

Oliver Lieder starting construction at 4th of July Rock.

Rex at 4th of July Rock

August – 800ft
Once past 4ofJR things moved a little quicker, and a gentle slope helped. Then there was the Rim Fire. Bringing smoke into the area which created unhealthy work conditions. Volunteer turnout lowered to 1-3 individuals for about 3 weeks.

The City is barely visible through the smoke.

September – 1100ft
By September crews reached the Carson City viewpoint. The view point is located between Ash Canyon and Taylor Spring and gives trail users their first full view of the city.

CC Viewpoint

To fulfill our grant match requirement from the RTP awarded to Muscle Powered in May, crews worked on a few of the turns built by the NCC crew in August. The turns were well constructed, we just needed to tweak them a bit. We added another rock layer to the lower leg of the turn and increased the radius of the upper leg, making the turns resemble our turns in Ash Cyn.

By mid September the smoke had cleared and volunteer turnout increased greatly. At the end of the month we made it to the saddle between Ash Cyn and Taylor Spring, and the start of an old roadbed.

Nate Harrison, Conner McCrae, Robert Rigsby, Tobin and Brian McCrae.

October – 1900ft
October was all gravy. I thought we would make it to the saddle by the end of the season but because of all of our great volunteers we were a month ahead of projections. Utilizing the old roadbed as part of the trail alignment really helped things move fast and the Tahoe Mountain Milers helped make that happen. TMM helped throughout the season but really pulled through in October. Thanks TMM! The Bike Smith day was a huge success! We had 25 people turnout to help build 450ft of trail on a steep cross slope. It was great to work with the guys from the shop. We’ve been talking about organizing a workday for a while but weren’t able to make it happen ’til the end of the season. I’m looking forward to more TMM and TBS workdays in the future. Our last big day of construction was a TAMBA/MP build day. We had 17 volunteers help build one rock wall, finish 300ft of trail, and start construction of the lower leg of the next turn. It was great to have TAMBA’s Kevin Joell on the last day guiding us through our first switchberm.

TAMBA’s Kevin Joell placing rocks on the lower leg of the switchberm.

Shannon and Chloe Hataway on the old roadbed.

Bike Smith Day

Retired Crew – 600ft
In June our retired crew, led by Ward knous, continued construction (started last year by Troop 16) on the private property section off Waterfall Rd. They would build once or twice a week through the rest of the season finishing approximately 600ft of trail. There is about 1200ft left to complete to connect the two NCC sections. Nice work guys!

Retired Crew – Alan, Kevin and Ward scouting for future connections.

2013 Trail Stats:
123 work days
2,758 Hours
7,000ft of trail

Bob Rigsby
Top Dog Robert Rigsby modeling the safety glasses donated by Eagle Vision.

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NTD, RTP and TAMBA Trail Day on the Ash to Kings Cyn Trail

Juan Guzman

We had a very successful National Trails Day on the Ash to Kings Canyon trail. 24 volunteers attended the event and constructed 500ft of new trail. Galena Fest provided a delicious lunch, and Cliff Bar donated bars to keep us fueled throughout the day. Adventure First Aid Kits proved freebies for the volunteers as well, fortunately we didn’t have to use any of their products during the day.

Muscle Powered Awarded Top Honors in the Recreational Trails Program Grant
Muscle Powered wrote a successful grant which received top honors from the RTP Advisory Committee. The grant will provide much needed tools to assist Muscle Powered in completing the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail faster and safer. The tools will also help us maintain current trails and build new trails in the Carson City area ( crews are surveying a link from the Ash to Kings Trail up to Hobart Res). Thank you Jenny!

Juan Guzman

TAMBA-Muscle Powered Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail Work Night
Muscle Powered is very pleased to join TAMBA in an Ash to Kings Cyn evening work party on Friday, June 14th.  This occasion is very special as it is the first chance we’ve had to organize an Ash/Kings workday with this outstanding organization.  We’ve worked with TAMBA in the past on the Hobart Link Trail and we’re fortunate that we’ll be working with them again.

When: Friday, June 14th at 5:30pm
Where: Ash Cyn Rd, just above the water tanks.

After sign-in and safety talk, we’ll hike to the worksite which is 3/4 mile from the upper Ash Creek trailhead.  Depending on the turnout, work may consist of clearing, grubbing, casting, rock work, finish work, or all of the above.  Afterwards we’ll kick back at the tailgate and discuss future projects, trail access, favorite tools, or we’ll just solve the world’s problems over refreshments.

Please RSVP jeffpotter@musclepowered.org if you plan on attending.

Required Gear:
Muscle Powered will provide the tools and hard hats. You should bring:
Fully enclosed hiking/work boots/shoes 
Long pants 
Long sleeve shirt 
Glasses, safety goggles or sunglasses 

It’s recommended that you bring water and snacks so you stay hydrated and strong while working.

NCC 2013
NCC crews started work on the upper portion of the alignment on May 27th. This is a rocky and challenging area and they’re doing a fantastic job building “sweet” single-track. Crews are scheduled to work full time on the trail thru August. I don’t expect Muscle Powered crews to connect to the upper trail until next year. Though the more volunteers we get the sooner we can connect.

Women’s Clinic, Soulcycler and National Trails Day

We have a few events coming up that may interest you:

Women’s Bike Clinic
You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.
Bike Habitat – 911 Topsy Ln (next to Best Buy) 267-5053

Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” ”Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet. See Bike Carson’s post HERE.
First United Methodist Church – 212 N Division St.

National Trails Day on the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail
Help Muscle Powered celebrate National Trails Day by building trail on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, this 7 mile multi-use trail will connect Ash and Kings Canyons, providing users with a scenic backcountry experience only minutes from downtown Carson City.

For registration and details click HERE.
toby, oli and ward

American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, June 1, 2013, for the 21st annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more! 

Final Bike Month Events

The final results are in and we have a new winner in the Bike to Work Week Percentage of Participation category. Narrowly beating Allison MacKenzie Law Firm and Redrock Dental, Sierra Controls, LLC takes top honors.
Sierra Controls LLC Bike Team 2013
Highest Percentage of Employee Participation

Sierra Controls, LLC 30%
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 28.80%
Redrock Dental 28.50%
Lumos Carson Office 20%
Resource Rascals 8.50%

Bike to Work Week is over, but the fun rolls on!

Congratulations to all of you who commuted to work this week. Lots of birds out building nests, and flowers in bloom. Hope you visited your local commuter station and picked up a free java.
Don’t miss Bike Movie Night Tuesday, May 21, Plan B Lounge near the Sassafrass Restaurant, 6:30 p.m. featuring “The Flying Scotsman” the true story of world champion cyclist Graeme Obree. Obree’s compelling tale of and triumph will leave you cheering! Hosted by Mikey, raffles, trivia games, ride your bike and get a raffle ticket! Special drink offers.

You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.


Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” “Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet.

Bike to Work Week Party and Corporate Challenge Results

slow roll
At the start of the Slow Roll
We all had a great time at the Bike to Work Week party at Telegraph Square Saturday afternoon.  While many local cyclists were on the “Ride with the Vets”,  kids were enjoying the Newspaper Boy game which was won by Roland List.  And during the Riptide Bandits intermission (an awesome surf band that I hope makes a speedy return to Carson), Nate Conrad took 1st place in the Tricycle Time Trial.  Artsy Fartsy had amazing bicycle jewelry and art on display, and outstanding food was provided by Carson City Confections, Horseshoe Club and Sassafras.

Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge Results
Had a great week of riding cant wait to do it again next week !!! – Jason

Solo In Town

Jason Gardner 103
David Eiswert 83.8
Tammy Steele 75.8
John Aragon 71.62
Danny Miller 68.06
Ed Skudlarek 44
Srini Bokka 32
Brenda Horton 25.7
Candy Wilkin 2.46

Janelle Thomas
Janelle Thomas, winner of the Beyond Solo competition.
Solo Beyond

Janelle Thomas  300.8
Tom Tittle 121.36
Mark Colley 116.28
Kim Gray 106.43
Scott Robertson 101.7
Lucio Bolognani 77.79

Public Agency

Highest Mileage

Nevada Guard Rough Riders 895.3
The Bike Kings 620.02
DETR Cyclepaths-1 322
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 311.25
USGS 261.5
Western Nevada College 201.06
DETR Cyclepaths-2 94
USPS -39

Most Trips

DETR Cyclepaths-1 162
The Bike Kings 125
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 116
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 91
DETR Cyclepaths-2 43
Western Nevada College 44

Bike Kings whole team
The NDOT Bike Kings
Highest Percentage of Employee Participatio

NDOT Bike Kings 16.80%
DETR Cyclepaths-1 10.50%
USGS 10.10%
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 8.50%
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 7.20%
Western Nevada College 6.50%
DETTR Cyclepaths-2 4.20%

Private Business

Highest Mileage

Lumos & Associates  310
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 206.2
Sierra Controls, LLC 172
Resource Rascals 96
Redrock Dental 27.75

Most Trips

Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 89
Sierra Controls, LLC 70
Lumos & Assoc 62
Resource Rascals 34
Redrock Dental 14

Highest Percentage of Employee Participation

Unknown – We’ll announce the results as soon as possible.  There could be an upset.

“I ran into a dust devil today on my lunch ride! I closed my mouth, squinted my eyes, and held on tight to the handle bars. It blew over pretty fast. It was at the corner of Mountain and Nye.” – David

deena hoover
Deena Hoover – $150 at Artsy Fartsy

“What a beautiful ride this morning! Clouds on the mountains, clear air! Aaah. It was so nice in fact that Tom and I did the long ride to work up to the College and along the V&T and down Kings to the NDEP. The Bistro provided yummy donut holes to go with the coffee–quite a nice touch. She had plenty for all the riders!” – Lynn

Thanks to everyone who made this such a wonderful week!

Bike to Work Day 2013!

It’s Bike to Work Day and the final day of the Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge. I hope everyone had a great week riding to work! Our traditional post ride raffle and party has been moved to Saturday, May 18th, and we have a lot more going on than years past. Ride With A Vet starts things off at 2:30pm, followed by a bike rodeo at 3pm. Reno surf band, the Riptide Bandits, will be performing at Telegraph Square, and we’ll have bike related games, a bike rafffle and announce the winners of the Corporate Challenge. So come on down to Telegraph Square at 2:30 to enjoy the fun!

Nevada Appeal delivery bags for Saturday’s Newspaper Boy game.

Did everyone get a cup of coffee from one of our Coffee Stations?
Bistro@Bryan – 901 S. Stewert
Comma Coffee – 312 S Carson
LA Bakery- 220 W. John
San Rafael Coffee Company – 711 S Carson

We bring in a different dish each day as an incentive to ride. Today was a fruit pizza!-Deirdre

Corporate Challenge Results – Thursday
*Not all data received

In Town Solo
Jason Gardner 97
David Eiswert 63.4
Tammy Steele 59.6
John Aragon 59.08
Danny Miller 54.36
Ed Skudlarek 36
Srini Bokka 32*
Brenda Horton 23.2

“So glad I rode to work today! The morning commute was challenging with a very stiff south wind in Washoe Valley so I took Franktown to stay against the mountains and it was beautifully calm. The commute home was awesome with the annual HUGE flock of bleatting sheep along Coombs Canyon to make me smile and temporarily forget about the climb. Keep riding happy!” – Janelle

Beyond Solo
Janelle Thomas 286.3
Tom Tittle 121.36
Mark Colley 116.28*
Scott Robertson 101.7*
Lucio Bolognani 77.79*
Kim Gray 70.8*

Return from lunch

Private %
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 30%
Lumos Carson Office 22%
Resource Rascals 10%
Redrock Dental 38%*
Sierra Controls, LLC 28.3%*

“As I pedal through the Historical District this morning there were deer grazing on the fresh spring time plants and grass. What a way to spend your morning!” – Brenda

Private Trips
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 70
Lumos Carson Office 52
Sierra Controls, LLC 40*
Resource Rascals 26
Redrock Dental 14*

bike parking
Bike Parking

Private Miles
Lumos Carson Office 272.4
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 150.02
Sierra Controls, LLC 87.7*
Resource Rascals 81
Redrock Dental 27.75*

“Can we extend the competition one more week?” – John
You can.

Public %
The Bike Kings 17%
DETR -Cyclepaths 12%*
USGS 11%
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 7.90%*
Western Nevada College 7%
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 6.30%*

Glass Cycle - Jarill Ristine
Glass Cycle – Jarill Ristine – $400 At Artsy Fartsy

Public Trips
The Bike Kings 93
DETR – Cyclepaths 69*
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 66*
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 56*
Western Nevada College 40

“Each ride experience presence.” – Ed

Public Miles
The Bike Kings 514.74
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 510.7*
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 230.25*
USGS 218.5
Western Nevada College 156.06
DETR 150*

Bike to Work Week sucks!

Cruiser Ride, Results, and Rider Photos

Thank you to all who turned out for the West Side Cruiser Ride. This event gets better and better each year thanks to you!

Bikes take over Minnesota St.

The Erickson family having a great time on the Cruiser Ride.

You can view more photos of the Cruiser Ride HERE.

Bike To Work Week Corporate Challenge Results – Wednesday

* Indicates not all data received.

Sierra Controls LLC Bike Team 2013
Sierra Controls Bike Team

Private %
Redrock Dental 38%
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 30.80%
Sierra Controls, LLC 28.3
Lumos Carson Office 24.3
Resource Rascals 10%

“I saw red winged blackbirds, wabbits, squirrels, a cat, and many many birds/waterfowl today. Took the ditch all the way in. it was amazing…………oh and one mailman” – Jenny

Private Miles
Lumos Carson Office 240.4
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 96.8
Sierra Controls, LLC 87.7
Resource Rascals 62
Redrock Dental 27.75

Lunch Parking

Private Trips
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 56
Lumos Carson Office 44
Sierra Controls, LLC 40
Resource Rascals 20
Redrock Dental 14

“Bike commuting makes me happy” – Lynn
Me too!

Solo – Beyond
Janelle Thomas 225.2
Mark Colley 116.28
Tom Tittle 104.01
Scott Robertson 101.7
Lucio Bolognani 77.79
Kim Gray 70.8

“Each day is a little slower on the commute but boy is this fun to be up at sunrise and enjoying the beautiful scenes between Reno and Carson City. Had to add a few extra miles on the commute today since my rear shifter cable broke as I was crossing the intersection at Geiger on my way home. Went to Reno Cycling and Fitness at 6:30 pm and they were having a club event (thank goodness since they normally close at 6) but the shop had the mechanics fix me up! Great service and I highly recommend the shop if you ever need anything! Happy biking to everyone out there!” – Janelle

Solo – In Town
Jason Gardner 81
John Aragon 46.54
david eiswert 43.7
Danny Miller 38.76
Tammy Steele 32.8*
Srini Bokka 32*
Ed Skudlarek 25
Brenda Horton 16.4

“Seen a lot of people out on their bikes the last couple days. Nice to see the wind isn’t discouraging riders from pushin’ the pedals!” - John

Public %
The Bike Kings 17%
DETR 12%*
USGS 10%
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 7.90%
Western Nevada College 6.75%
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 6.30%

little jerry
Little Jerry says thumbs up to bike to work week from Belize !!!

Public Miles
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 510.7
The Bike Kings 418.14
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 230.25
USGS 165
DETR 150*
Western Nevada College 99.34

bike on display
Allison MacKenzie Bike Parking

Public Trips
The Bike Kings 73
DETR 69*
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 66
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 56
Western Nevada College 32

Bike Kings Parking. Hmmm?

Tomorrow is Bike To Work Day
Several businesses are offering a free cup of joe to those of us commuting to work by bike. Please tell them thank you for supporting Bike to Work Day!

Participating businesses:
Bistro@Bryan – 901 S. Stewert
Comma Coffee – 312 S Carson
LA Bakery- 220 W. John
San Rafael Coffee Company – 711 S Carson

la bakery

2013 Corporate Challenge Results So Far….

Thank you everyone for making this such a fun event! I appreciate all of your comments and photos. Below you will find the results, so far, mixed with rider photos and comments. I hope to see some of you at the Wednesday evening cruiser ride tonight at Telegraph Square. 5:45 is sign-in, with a 6:00 – 6:15 departure.

Solo Rider Brenda posing on her “sweet” 3wheeler.


Janelle Thomas 145.2
Mark Colley 77.11
Kim Gray 68.3
Lucio Bolognani 51.93
Scott Robertson 51.9

“My 10 year old started to ride his bmx bike to school and back too. So far Monday and Tuesday. He said its so “cool…” He gets home before the school bus would drop him off. Thank you for the motivation. Also I notice people say hi and wave a lot when you pass them in their yards or on their bikes. Can’t get that kind of neighborly love when you drive!!” – Kim

Solo In Town

Tom Tittle 69.34
Jason Gardner 49
David Eiswert 33.7
John Aragon 33
Tammy Steele 32.8
Srini Bokka 32
Danny Miller 24.07
Ed Skudlarek 20
Brenda Horton 9.6
Candy Wilkin 2.48

“Lucky you all who go back home North!!!!!!
I guess I live on the wrong side of town…..
Do “south”miles count double in the afternoon?????”
– Lucio

Private Trips
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 36
Lumos Carson Office 29
Sierra Controls, LLC 12
Resource Rascals 10
Redrock Dental 4

Dude wheres my car
Private Miles
Lumos Carson Office 78.1
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 42.11
Sierra Controls, LLC 22.1
Resource Rascals 20
Redrock Dental 9.75

“After asking (begging) a co-worker to ride their bike in the past Bike to Work weeks, we now have a convert who can’t believe the fun they are having on their bicycle!” - Deirdre
KrazyKleine on errand
Look at that smile. This has to be Deirdre’s coworker.

Public Trips
Western Nevada College 15

Carol on bike
I think I see last year’s trophy in the display case.

Public Miles
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 176.1
The Bike Kings 130.34
USGS 123.2
Western Nevada College 72.74

ndot kings
Bike Kings bike parking.

If your team is not listed it is because I do not have your ride information. Please contact me if there is a problem. Also, it takes me a bit of time to calculate the percentages. I’ll get them posted as soon as I can.

Artsy Fartsy Tricycle Art

On display throughout May at Artsy Fartsy, 220A W. Telegraph St., are some very “cool” pieces of tricycle art created especially for Bike Month.

Steam Punk - Pam Black
Steam Punk – Pam Black – $500

Vintage Jewels - Stephanie Short
Vintage Jewels – Stephanie Short – $350

A portion of the proceeds benefit Muscle Powered

The Bike Smith
We had a good turnout at The Bike Smith Monday evening. Mickey, a natural instructor, provided all who attended a great lesson in becoming one with your flat tire. Zen tire repair? Thanks to everyone at The Bike Smith for offering this outstanding service to the cycling community.


Bike To Work Week Corporate Challenge 2013
The Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge is off to a great start with some very impressive milage being logged. The data is trickling in:

Solo-In Town

Tom Tittle 34.67
Jason Gardner 26
Tammy Steele 21.1
david eiswert 16.7
John Aragon 14
Danny Miller 11.63
Ed Skudlarek 9
Srini Bokka 8
Brenda Horton 2.8
Candy Wilkin 2.46
Solo – Beyond City Limits
Janelle Thomas 70.6
Kim Gray 50.18
Mark Colley 38.56
Lucio Bolognani 26
Scott Robertson 25.5

I apologize, I ran out of time to load the team results so I’ll get to it this evening. – Jeff

Here are a few comments from our challengers:

“To feel useful and productive and socially connected, my bicycle needs me to ride it. It is a “we” thing. Replace the i in illness with we you get wellness. Be kind to your bike today.” – Ed

“commute from CC to Reno. Beautiful tailwind on a great day.” – Scott

“What a super day to commute from Reno to Carson City!!! A bit windy in the afternoon commute but as I always say “if it ain’t blowin’ we ain’t goin’”. Looking forward to tomorrow’s commute!” – Janelle

“Seen 5 snakes.. 3 to Reno route east lake blvd and 2 flat and crispy, route old 395.” – Kim

“Great start to the week. Thanks for the fun!” – Dierdre

And fun it is! Thank you all for the comments.

Next up: Stationary Bike to Work Week