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 helps us develop 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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

It sounds cool anyway...and other stuff.

            This has some potential.  The Swift Campout is an attempt to organize a world wide day of bike camping.  I realize they are promoting their own products by doing this, but it sounds as if it could be fun and an excuse for people to try an S240 on the summer solstice.
 Sign up, it's free, they even send you free e-mails about their products which you will need when you actually go.  I haven't tried their gear, but I have heard good things about it and this camp out thing is so crazy it just might lure some unsuspecting cyclists to enjoy the longest day of the year.
     In less exciting but more practical news.   Levi''s is dipping their armpits into bike clothing.  I heard about the new commuter jacket and happened onto a sale at JC Penney so I took the bait.
It's made to resemble their denim jackets but is a lighter and very water resistant fabric.  Unlike the authentic denim, it has a lightweight layer of insulation and nylon liner .
Those two features alone make it a "cool weather, possibility of rain" jacket to wear around town.
But wait!  There's  more! A hidden hood is zipped into the collar,
which is likewise waterproof and (surprise!) it fits over a helmet.

       It has a longer waist that the typical denim jacket, and is sufficiently long even for long waisted people like me, but it does not have a  longer tail like most cycling specific stuff and sadly does not have a rear pocket.  Even though it's not as bike specific as, say, Chrome jackets,  it's definitely going to become a staple for around town riding. it looks good with jeans and there are stories about a more comfortable Levi's Commuter pants  for cycling, but I haven't seen 'em yet.


  1. I had the Commuter Pants. I liked them a lot, but they got absolutely shredded in one fall.

    1. I understand they are a lighter fabric. Were they very water repellent.

    2. They just felt and looked like a slightly stretchy denim. I didn't really give them a rain test.