My ongoing musings about bicycling.
If you'd like to know how I got started read my first post in the December 2006 Archives.
To find out what a Ludwig is, see below.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Philly Flips For Fixies
The front page of this morning's Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story on the upsurge in folks riding fixies around town, accompanied by the picture above. check it out on their web site here.
This morning was beautiful again. We rode another double loop, without untoward incident this time. Annie is now very comfortable riding the 22 miles of this double loop and soon we'll try to push her a bit further in terms of distance. We are working toward being able to ride the Hazon ride this coming labor day weekend. Hazon is a Jewish environmental activist organization the uses bicycling as a focus for many of their consciousness raising programs. The ride we are registering for is preceded by a Sabbath retreat focusing on Jewish texts and traditions around environmental themes, followed by a two-day ride from Connecticut to Manhattan, about 160 miles. You can read about the organization and their rides here. We've talked to folks that have done the Labor Day ride before as well as folks who have done the ride from Jerusalem to Eilat. Someday maybe we'll be able to do the latter, but for now we've set our sights on this ride.
I am a 64 year old Conservative Rabbi, published theologian and professor of Jewish Philosophy. I have also published two books of poetry and have recently become an avid cyclist along with my wife of 40 years.
I write two blogs, Bicycle-Musings and Pipe Pulpit.
In the news section of one of his early Fredcasts David told the story of one Ludwig from Znnin Poland who at 84 years of age went out for a ride on his bike. To make a longer story short (and you really should listen to the podcast to get all the details) Ludwig ended up in London, England! So I figure if (again, according to the explanation on The Fredcast #1) a Fred is someone who not only rides a bike but is severely attracted to the gadgets and accessories of a certain bike-cultural look (and I guess I'm a Fred without the financial resources to really express my Fredness) then a Ludwig could be anyone over the age of 55 who is not only a Fred, but also loves to just keep riding eating up the miles pretty much unconcerned with speed. Go Ludwig! I'm a Ludwig. Maybe someday I'll figure out podcasting and do a Ludwigcast.