This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and develops a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The event!

  I remember the days when people rode their bikes to class, then to work all week long.  They just got on their bikes and went there.  Then the weekend would roll around and they might put on some special wool shorts and a pair of shoes that were weird and would race the same bike in a weekend race.  Whatever happened?

Now, just going for a ride is an event.  It requires a ton of electronics, a day off of work( I presume to check the electronics) and always requires special clothes.  Bike riding used to be getting on a bike and going somewhere.  But now, it's an event.  You have to call people, post on Farcebook, map a route on Strava, get the route approved by all the "friends" you call and notify on Farcebook, and then you have to get dressed.
I feel so foolish and silly sometimes,  because I have three bikes I can just get on and ride.
I have nothing that is not a multi- functional bike.
I just go places and people stare like confused children when I talk about it.
They look at each other in a group and say, "I have thought of that...going somewhere.  I just don't have bike for that yet."  They all nod in vacuous agreement.  
I mount my bike, and go somewhere again.
It's a crazy notion, going somewhere on a bike.  We have cars for that,
so we go somewhere to ride our bikes back...to, ah, wherever we went.  That makes sense.
And they wonder why I call them spandex hamsters.




Sunday, August 24, 2014

Another nice bike day

I spent another beautiful bike day wandering around town. 
 I volunteered to help the "Safe Kids" group provide free helmets for kids. 
Although it was a beautiful location and time, the turnout was light and all the volunteers were disappointed.  In the past, the event has had huge turnouts but was held during the week.  I think a lot of the kids in the past were captive to care programs of one type or another who herded them off to the bike roadeo and safety clinic.  Oh well, we tried.
In the afternoon, I wandered into the Vintage Bike Show
sponsored by and held at a local bar.  The Old Dog Tavern 
has been holding this for years now and 
it is beginning to draw a number of people who restore old bikes in the area.
There seem to be a huge crowd who work on the cruisers.
There are a lot of lightweights  there as well, like the Ross above
and this beautiful example of a first experiment with aluminum.
In the not exactly vintage, but interesting department was this Calfee Bamboo bike.
I love the proponents of those who proclaim them the "sustainable bike."  Yeah right,
as if they grew derailers and cranks in a petri dish or something.  It is an interesting frame concept and it is certainly better for the environment than Al Gore's limo.
This Dawes from the fifties was the real prize.  It reminded me that I am cash poor this week and by the time I am cash flush it will be next week and I will be over it.
I walked away feeling good that there is this much interest in bike talk and beer.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

19

Alive once with leaves
before termites made him home;
a resurrection

Monday, August 18, 2014

I haven't seen this before!

A nearby town, Paw Paw Michigan, has installed some bike friendly ideas in their business district.
It is a state highway which runs through town,
I know the color of the bike lane is odd, but it definitely has visual impact.
What I really like is the reverse diagonal parking.
Not only does it provide better visibility when leaving the space,
anybody accessing their trunk or hatchback will be on the sidewalk side.
It seems like it will quiet traffic a bit as well.  Parking will be more like accessing a parallel parking so vehicles will have to slow down.  It will be interesting to see how people react to it.