Happy Trails to the Goldstrohms

It’s not super-often that we get a couple like Evan and Natalie here in West Texas. Graduates of Penn State, Evan in environmental science and Natalie a specialist in fisheries. You can see that this couple appreciates and values the outdoors.

Evan appeared on the Abilene cycling scene in 2015. With the encouragement of Mike Taylor, with whom he worked at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Evan began to supplement his regular running with bike rides. I remember Mike telling me that Evan was really going to be a good rider. Mike, you are a good spotter of talent! Not only did Evan join the newly-formed Steamboat Cycling Club, it wasn’t too long before he had a USAC license and was trying out his skills against the state’s fastest racers in events like Lago Vista, Pace Bend and La Primavera, the Davy Crockett Classic and Cedar Bend. In other words, Evan was fulfilling one of the stated goals of Steamboat: to field a competitive team!

You've been dethroned!

And then there’s this: if you’ve ever had a KOM (King of the Mountain in Strava talk), there is a likelihood that you also would have gotten a notice like the one at left. KOMs didn’t last very long with Evan on the prowl. They call it KOM Hunting, and there’s nothing Good Will about it (just kidding).

Now lately, Evan’s bike has been taking a rest. But it’s allowed the Goldstrohms to develop some other skills, such as bass fishing. (Shades of Mike Petty and Shane Williford!)

Evan spent the last few years with a local company in the wind industry, and Natalie has been with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Now Evan will join Guardian Glass in Corsicana, Texas as EHS Manager, and Natalie hopes to find a job in a similar area dealing with wildlife. Lakes are certainly more abundant east of here!

There’s another member of the family we haven’t mentioned, and that’s Abby. She was a rescue dog and is ever-present in their travels.

So to wish Evan and Natalie good fortune in their next stop, everyone is invited to stop by the Grain Theory Brewpub next Wednesday evening, beginning at 6:00, and going until 7 or after. Grain Theory has good food available, or just have a beer or some other beverage.

No doubt there will still be some of those KOMs around for a long time. As proof of that, you might take a look at Evan’s racing results here.

–Bill Minter

The Bikes we Ride

The Bikes We Ride


by Mark Spurlock

If you enjoy cycling as much as I do, I am sure you have more than one bike.  There is a book I would highly recommend called “The Rules: The Way of the Cycling Disciple.” (You can find it on Amazon). In it, there are 95 rules to follow for those who cycle.  From rule #1 “Obey all rules” to #95 “Never lift your bike over your head,” you will find some that you will certainly understand and others you will question.  The one that relates to this entry is rule # 12 – “The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.”  By this you will know that there is always room for one more bike!  Of course a sub-rule to that is never sell a bike! 

So back to the bikes we own….I own 7 bikes (see ’em below).  I have my very first bike I bought brand new in 1977 – Raleigh Super Course 5 speed.  I also have a ’76 John Deere 3-speed cruiser, a Trek Mtn Bike, a 2005 Specialized Rubaix, a 2009 Orbea Orca, and the 2015 Specialized S-Works Tarmac and the latest one I bought…a Wilshire Nirve 3 speed bike. 

The Tarmac S-Works is very nice and one that I am fortunate to be able to acquire (obviously the most expensive of the 7).  The one that has the most value is the ’76 John Deere.  My late wife – Jo Carol – found this one at an estate sale for $5 and was wanting to use it to decorate the yard with a basket and flowers.  You’ve seen that before.  But unfortunately, she never got that opportunity since cancer came.  So I took the bike to my local bike shop; and since it needed almost everything except a new frame, I have a nice bike now.

So, make room for that extra bike.  Get that bike fixed up if it is sitting there with a flat tire or two.  Spring is coming and get out and ride.

Ride safe!  Ride lots!!

Winter-spring 2021

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