Friday, May 30, 2008
Meanwhile I wanted to bring this exciting new venture to your attention.
On August 9th 2009!
The cycling equivalent of Woodstock is coming... one day, 50 states, 300 events, and you're invited!
Millions of us will ride and rally for positive change in communities across the nation and give away one million new and used bicycles. (read more)
On August 9th 2009 you'll help double transportation funding for bikes, reduce congestion, dependency on foreign oil, waistlines, carbon footprints, global warming, and health care costs.
What we need is your presence, a $5 registration fee, pledge of a new or used bicycle or recruitment of a new or returning rider with bicycle.
This from their website: Onemillionbikes.org is a direct response to Senator Earl B's Bike Gallery event calling for the public to foster a national bicycle
movement. The project is the brainchild of Joe Metal Cowboy Kurmaskie, best-selling author, nationally syndicated columnist,
journalist for Bicycling Magazine, Men's Journal, Outside, Parenting, headlining performer, cycling safety advocate and activist. the
roots of this idea came out of The November 2007 rally held in Portland Oregon after a rash of cycling deaths. That rally helped
change the way the police investigate car/cycling accidents and helped shape the tone and conversations in the cycling vs driving
Check it out at: One Million Bikes
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Couldn't resist stealing the above photo from Bicycle Diaries. I think it kind of says it all.
Also, while trolling around the N.Y. Times on the web this afternoon I came across a blog being written in the "Play" section of the paper about a guy doing the climbs of the Tour de'France. Looks interesting, though I haven't had the time to read it myself yet. Here's the link: Check it out for yourself
As for me, a simple single loop on my own this morning and then a few more miles doing business and personal errands on the Brompton. Final tally to be added to the totals tonight. Tomorrow morning the plan is for Annie to take her Bike Friday out on the trail and I'll take the Brompton again to see how we ride them together.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Today was as perfect a riding day as they come. I was up early for a change, mostly becausse I really wasn't feeling all that well. I have "pink-eye" or all things and I wake up during the night with my eyes clamped shut. Anyway, I was up and got out before 9 AM not having decided exactly how far or where I would ride. but I just took it really easy and found myself riding through Manayunk, up Umbria back down to the SRT and all the way to Perkiomen Park where I stopped for lunch. I felt stronger and better with each mile and after lunch made the return trip about 25 % faster. Just a gorgeous day, a gift.
I've been meaning to get a picture of this for a few weeks, and this is not the best, but it is a woodedn Indian that someone has in their yard not far from Valley forge. What is interesting about it is that I watched it being carved right there in its spot. Each week the carver worked on it until it is now the finished product sitting in the yard. It was neat to watch and I'd meant to get photos all along, but never wanted to stop especially so close to VF. Today I did.
Monday, May 26, 2008
What does that have to do with chocolate and vanilla? Well, nothing, but that's what popped into my mind today when Annie and I went up to Trophy bikes. Me to get the Brompton tightened up after its first few rides and she to look at what was available. She rode the Brompton a couple of times and the Bike Friday Tikit a couple of times and decided on the latter. I'd done the same thing and decided on the former. Chocolate and Vanilla! So now we are set to travel and you'll probably not hear too much about this until after we return from Los Angeles in July. Although, I must admit, I'm really enjoying riding the Brompton around town. So that may be something I'll be talking more about in the coming days. But definitely enjoy taking the Fuji out for my morning run. Solo this morning because it was raining lightly and Annie stayed in. But it was a different kind of rain, a summer rain, and that didn't bother me at all.
Since I'm still tooling about on the Brompton today I'll give the cumulative daily mileage in the sidebar later tonight.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Another note on the ride of silence the other day. I've had this picture for awhile but don't remember sharing it. It is a ghost bike, from NY I believe, placed at the spot where a cyclist was killed. Stay alert!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Yes folks, there it is, my new Brompton. I chose it for its comfortable ride, its gearing which seemed more than any others I tried, its ease of folding and transporting. Also, to be frank, because I wasn't happy having bought another bike via the internet. This was purchased from a local and very convenient shop. their service and attention was great, I get two free tune-ups, etc. I took it for a spin and loved it. Of course, I bought it not to replace my Fuji for everyday riding, but to take with me when I travel. We'll see how that works out. Meanwhile, it is a really convenient bike to have around town, so perhaps I'll be using it more than I think.
Between the two bikes I managed 23 miles today. Annie and I had a great ride this morning. The weather has finally turned (may it only last!)
For those of you interested in the Giro d'Italia, Mark Cavendash won today's 13th stage. But it looks like Alberto Contador could very well take over the GC lead tomorrow. I'm really pulling for one of the Astana boys to win. Who knows, maybe that will force the Tour d'France to invite them back in.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Last night was a great experience. Over two Hundred cyclists riding silently through the heart of Philadelphia. So many that on some of the narrower streets we actually had a bottleneck! I didn't get any good photos while riding, though I think Denine did and if you check The Bicycling Chief I'm sure they're either up or soon will be.
but the shot above is at the ceremony that began the event and the shot below shows a bit of the gathered crowd.
The last shot is Denine just before we set out.
My only "complaint" is that the purpose of the ride was not adequately displayed. There was a trailer at the front with a ghost bike and an explanatory sign. But for passers-by who missed the beginning it looked like a critical mass, if they knew what that was, or even a race or some other "fun" event. Somehow, either by clothing, more signage, etc, it would have been nice for people to know what we were up to, rather than cheering us on.
Finally, check out this video of the ride just posted on the Philadelphia Bike Blog:
As for this morning I'm not complaining, though I'm sorely tempted to. Cloudy, cool, damp and windy, but I rode a nice ride and felt good.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Hopeful of getting some important work done this afternoon and then will meet up with Denine to go to the Ride of Silence, weather permitting. On;ly rode 19 miles today, but will add a few tonight.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I hope it is clear enough tomorrow to ride a bit longer, though I doubt I will ride to Valley Forge or the equivalent. I really need to get some other work done. But weather permitting I do plan to ride in the Ride of Silence tomorrow evening. If you're in Philly, or if there is a Ride of Silence in your neighborhood, I hope you can join in.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Below is a sign of some of the damage done in yesterday's Nor'easter. This was on the trail along the West River Drive.
The weather was beautiful when I left this morning, but was pretty overcast when I returned. The predictions are for more rain (ugh!) throughout the week-end. We'll have to see how much riding I can get in.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
While scanning some websites today I came across this surprising new web site: Check it out. Oy Velo
Monday, May 12, 2008
Tomorrow I need to take Annie to the airport again for an early flight and will not be home in time to take my morning ride. Those big mileage numbers earlier in the month are fading. I will take the bike for city use tomorrow as I have a few meetings and the weather is supposed to clear, but i won't get in a good ride until Wednesday.
Meanwhile, on the cycling scene, today's NY Times ran a column soliciting questions for their bicycle coordinator Joshua Benson. Reading the comments and questions gives a good insight into the state of cycling in the Big Apple Ask About Cycling in New York.
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Meanwhile Slipstream-Chipotle's Christian Vande Velde, an American, has the Pink Jersey (speaking of the Race For The Cure) after the team time trials on the first day of the Giro de Italia. I will try to keep up with the action but we will be traveling for the day and it will be difficult. It will be interesting to see if Astana can mount any kind of a real race given that they were not given sufficient time to prepare. Certainly Levi and Contador should be in contention when the race reaches the Dolomites.
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
What a perfect day to ride. I do have so many other things to do that it was tempting to either skip it or take a short ride, but the day was just too perfect. Of course, if I could have gotten out earlier i might have been able to do more things after my ride, and I really thought about that too, but if I don't get some sleep on Wednesday morning and take it a little slower getting started, I really suffer for it the rest of the week. So I hit the road around 10:15 and rode about 4 blocks when I noticed that my rear break was not working. I got off and saw that the break pad mechanism was loose, completely unscrewed. I have an allen wrench in my pack, but since I was exactly on the corner where Bicycle Therapy is, I stopped in and they fixed it up instead of my having to search for the wrench etc. They also informed me that I will need new break pads pretty soon, but since it was not an immediate safety issue I decided to get going.
Rode out to Lower Perkiomen State Park again and stopped for lunch at the beautiful spot pictured above. Then rode home stopping for a quick rest somewhere between Conshohocken and Manayunk and again for a bottle of water on Kelly Drive.
Monday, May 05, 2008
Sunday, May 04, 2008
According to a report this morning in Italian newspapers the cycling team Astana has been invited to the Giro d'Italia! This is a major reversal on the part of the race organizers. Does it presage a similar reversal on the part of ASO to allow Astana back into the Tour De France? We can only hope. Maybe this picture of Levi on the podium will be prophetic of the future, rather than a reminder of the past.
Meanwhile, despite dire predictions of rain all through the weekend, it was dry and overcast this morning. I awoke at normal weekday time in order to get two loops in and take advantage of the West River Drive closure and did so. That makes 22 miles, but I may get to do some errands later so I'll add the mileage tonight. Granted, it was still a bit chilly for May, around 54 degrees, but I guess within a few weeks I will be looking back wistfully to all this cool weather.
I would rather have been spending today in New York where friend Denine, The Bicycle Chef is riding in the Five Borough Tour. My work schedule just didn't allow it. With what looks like unexpectedly good weather, I know she must be having a ball.
Friday, May 02, 2008
Thursday, May 01, 2008
Well, we boomers are certainly into bikes now and that means extravagance here we come. Check out this article in today's NY Times Fashion section
Annie is away so I rode the loop myself today. 44 degrees on May 1st; how about a break!? Well, in truth, it was a good ride and despite predictions of rain for later I have my bike with me and intend to ride more for fun and business before the day is out, so watch for the first May mileage post later in the day.