Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association

Headquarters for the Slender Fungus Cycling Association
Brewers of Hardy Rides.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

A glimmer of hope

 Today as the clouds roll thru there was a shining star. The Brown Christmas truck stopped and delivered 2 bikes. I was kinda shocked to see them arrive. I had lost hope for any new bike delivery in 2021. Seems like things are starting to move. 

I guess we will build one and keep it in the window for peeps to know that we sell bicycles. The other one will be up for grabs. 

Strange times indeed

Monday, May 3, 2021

An Audax bike in the making

 I had this draft a while back about this Long Haul trucker I was building. The bike came out fine. Still tweaking it to this day but it is not possible to make this frame become a fast long distance bike. It truly is intended for long and slow. For the time being it is a great machine for commuting and foul weather riding. 


Sunday, May 2, 2021

Fixed Gear Freedom

 I got out today with the intention of clicking 20 miles on my fixed gear. The winds were/have been bad for a couple days with gusty breees from the SW bringing the much needed warm air. I rolled in the am in a Rapha jersey and arm warmers. 

It took me a while to get that 42x15 rolling but eventually it took place. 

This might just be the ticket I need . Some base miles  on the fixed gear. 



 First couple of days of May. Never been so out of shape in my life. I was doing well up to January 21st of this year. Then the cold wind settled in and froze me. The winter was unkind and my stubbornness against indoor training saw my 7,000 mile 2020 season slowly fade away. I left my previous Manufacturing job and joined the bike industry once again. 

I started to slowly get back on the bike and realized how bad it was. Is this possible? A couple of months off the bike, which I thought would be a good idea, landing me in the dumps? 

I finally arranged to ride with another human the other day. We rode for 13 miles at a leisure pace of 13.5 mph, on the road. I spent the rest of the day in a complete state of zombie. Water, food Emergen-C kept me alive while the hours ticked away at work. 

More than complaining I am wondering if this is normal. I talked to my son last night and he suggested I muscle through. What else would a Marine tell me to do? 

I hope to find my lost legs somewhere. They gotta come back and give me that much needed freedom of the long distance. If you have ideas let me know. I’m all ears. 

Thanks for reading, Ari

Saturday, April 24, 2021

TransIowa weekend. April 24th, 2021

 I know it's been a while since I have made a post here. It really has been kind of crazy with lots of things going on with you know, the pandemic. There have been a lot of thoughts, memories and ideas floating in my head. I have been meaning to write them down but it has been difficult. 

Today is what we used to know as TransIowa weekend. As I sit and write this while sipping on some coffee we would instead have been riding closer to checkpoint #1. Dr. Giggles would have arrived at my house this past Thursday and we would have made the drive to Iowa. Friday would have been the meet up and then the nervous hours of sleep before the 4 am start on Saturday. 

The endless stories that happened on all those attempts are waiting for when we can all get together again at some point in our lives. We have stayed together and communicated thru out all these years. The memories are too strong to forget. I guess it all happened by accident to be honest. 

I continue to have hope to see all my TransIowa friends at some point and share some gravel miles. It has been too long without seeing all of you.

I hope you all have a moment to remember those good times we shared together. I would write some more but the words don't come out at this time. 

thanks for reading, 


Monday, October 12, 2020

Slender Fungus East coast members spotted on the road somewhere in New York

So this past weekend a couple of the Slender Fungus guys met up around the Syracuse, NY area to go on a ride. It seems like the weather was absolutely perfect for a beautiful ride. Dr. Giggles was aboard his trusty Lynskey and Special K was on old Eddy Steel. I wish I would have been able to join them for this special occasion and shared some miles with my brothers. It's in these times that we need to stay in contact with family and friends and also trying to see each other is not the end of the world. I thank both of them for the great photos and the smiles. Get out and ride your bikes.
thank you for reading, 

Special K. 

Dr. Giggles and Special K. 

Special K. 

Dr. Giggles 

Dr. Giggles.