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On being an old, outta-shape guy…

By • Mar 13th, 2009 • Category: Hmm...

…and becoming a bicycle commuter… When I was in my mid 30′s, I was overweight, out of shape, and not very healthy at all. Then I got into cycling. This was in the Houston area…where cycling is easy, because the place is pancake-flat. So, I got my weight down, my energy level way up, and [...]



It’s all about the journey.

By • Aug 10th, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

It is nice to have goals, but as a person who has accomplished some of them I can honestly say, it is never as good as I think it will be. The journey to the goal was the fun part. On the bike, we are always headed somewhere. Some of us are headed towards burning [...]



If I were an oil company executive.

By • Aug 5th, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

After my daily Coffee brewed with the finest beans and the tears of those who love the planet, I would go about my day thinking about how best to protect my interests. The first thing I would do is hire people who had the exclusive task of ensuring our transportation infrastructure was entirely dependent on [...]



“Helmet laws are like preventing rapes by requiring every woman to wear a styrofoam chastity belt, uncomfortable and ultimately useless.”

By • Aug 3rd, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

I found this quote in a bikeportland.com blog comment.  I love it, it is so true. Cyclists everywhere, we need to wake up and smell the distractions. The problems with safety out there are motorists who do not think we belong, refuse to drive safely, and police and juries that refuse to take vehicular manslaughter [...]



I just got back from an adventure.

By • Aug 2nd, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

I took the family out to some firehouse subs and ice cream, and grocery shopping. I threw the bike trailer on the bike, set up my daughter’s 21 speed (she is 8 and I got her a 13″ womans mountain bike frame and built it up to a hybrid).  And my wife’s 21 speed (converted [...]



An EXXON boycott that will actually work.

By • Aug 2nd, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

Don’t buy gas, ride a bike. Demand goes down, supply goes up. The oil companies do notice. And not in a good way. The goal? Not cheap gas, no we want expensive gas, REAL expensive gas, we want gas to be so expensive that the only thing left on the road are bicycles and golf [...]



Drinking and driving, some thoughts…

By • Aug 2nd, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

Society has set itself up for this, and when it happens they want to act surprised. We have created a society where the car is almighty, and walking and cycling is second class, and then someone goes to a party or a bar and has a few beers. Now they have to get home. You [...]



A great post on who gets to use the road, found on a blog comment.

By • Aug 2nd, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

Found here: http://lpd304.blogspot.com/2008/07/share-road.html Zen said… Why is it not compulsory for cyclists to be provided with safe, direct cycle routes? We are currently suffering the results of 40 years of failed traffic policies that ignored cyclists as an everyday travel group. Meanwhile motorized traffic levels have soared to choking point. Is it any wonder that [...]



I keep posting in the statesman blog.

By • Aug 1st, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

I posted this in the article about the death of Officer Argall on hwy 290, there is still quite a discussion going on a month after his passing.  A few people believe he was a fool to have even been there, and responsible for the whole thing by his presence. anyway here is what I [...]



19 year old motorist shoots and kills 14 year old cyclist.

By • Aug 1st, 2008 • Category: Hmm...

The really sad thing here?  If he had run over the 14 year old he wouldn’t even be in court at all. Motorist insists he thought Phila. bicyclist he shot had a gun By Joseph A. Slobodzian Inquirer Staff Writer At times crying and at others combative and edgy, Charles T. Meyers told a Philadelphia [...]