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Fremont First Friday Art Walk: Jim Phalen

If you’re free this Friday we’ll be keeping our doors at 1109 N. 35th Street open until 9pm once again for the Fremont First Friday art walk. This month we’re excited to be hosting painter Jim Phalen. We’re very grateful to Jim for allowing us to show some of his work, which we’ve long admired. We think this review, from the New York Times, says it best:

Mr. Phalen (paints) still lifes: pomegranates, a knife on a table and outdoor greenery. But the artist takes his subjects as they come: his own face, a dog curled up beside a stained bath tub, an equally grimy sink on its own and, his magnum opus, the bird’s eye view of loft buildings in lower Manhattan. Though given to teasing his surfaces as if to make the paint go farther, Mr. Phalen does well with his urban palette of browns, grays and the occasional pearly white. But he is a painter of integrity and when faced with living tissue- a blazing yellow tulip or his own flesh- it is as if he were experiencing an epiphany. This is art about urban life that for some is akin to joining one of the more ascetic religious orders.
– Vivien Raynor


Meet the Team: Steven Kusy

This week’s Recycled Cycles Racing star is Steven Kusy, who I’m told is “an absolute beast on the bike.” Steven is relatively new to the team but has been busy making his mark, so keep an eye out for him at road races. In the meantime, check out the Recycled Cycles Racing blog and Facebook page for all the team’s latest news.
Name: Steven Kusy
Age: 25
Day job: Nuclear Engineer
Bikes: 3 – 2012 RALEIGH MILITIS 3, 1999 Cannondale R800, Kuota K-Factor TT bike
Years racing: 3
Years racing w/RCR: 2
Type of racing: Road
Favorite race: The harder the better. I like stage races.
Favorite local ride: Out to Snoqualmie Falls
Pre-race/ride fuel: Vegetarian diet fuels me just fine.
Post-race/ride indulgence: Post Ride = PBJ    Post Race = Push-pop?
Why you started racing: 3 knee surgeries. I’ve torn my ACL, MCL, and Medial Meniscus in both knees.
Ever get pre-event nerves? How do you deal? No. It’s bike racing.
How many hours do you log each week? 7-9 hours/week
Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you? Doesn’t Europe have good routes?

Meet the Team: Josh Simpson

It’s time to introduce another of the fine folks from Recycled Cycles Racing. If you have a chance, check out their blog and Facebook page to keep up with the action. This week the spotlight is on Josh Simpson, a track, cross and road racer who also happens to be the Recycled Cycles Racing team president.

Name: Josh Simpson

Age: 37

Day job: Service Line Manager, Akamai Technologies

Bikes: 7 bikes: 2 cross, 2 road, 2 mountain, 1 TT. First bike was a BMX bike, many many years ago.

Years racing: 6

Years racing w/RCR: 6

Type of racing: Road, CX, Track

Favorite race: Madison’s, super fun, fast and hard!

Pre-race/ride fuel: PBJ’s

Post-race/ride indulgence: DQ Blizzard!

Why you started racing: Wife!

Ever get pre-event nerves? How do you deal? Yes, many trips to the mens room.

Hours in the saddle each week: On average, 9 hours per week.

Dream route – if you could pack up your bike and hit the road, where would we find you? West Maui Loop.

How to Fix a Flat

Bike Month seems as good a time as any to share this video of Ryan teaching us how to fix a flat! It was taken on our dock last summer and shared by way of The Road Less Traveled. Thanks Ryan!

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