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.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A minor epiphany

I was wandering around a Bike Forum on the interweb and ran across some people talking about kickstands.  They are kinda like helmets, everybody has a strong opinion on them.  The overwhelming consensus seems to be that they are a great convenience--when they work, but that ain't always.  When they don't work they are clumsy, dumb and heavy.  My epiphany had nothing to do with that;
somebody brought up the old "flickstands" that Rhode Gear used to make.
Somebody else suggested using a velcro strap to stabilize the front wheel and I actually thought,
just for a minute or two that is.  An idea crept into my noggin, how about the ankle straps I use?
What do you know?  They work!  If I don't need them on my pants, I wear them on my wrist
for extra visibility when signalling.
Unlike the flickstands, they work with fenders, and now that I have a place to store them,
maybe I won't lose the damn things.

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