Pedaling & Paddling Around America.
Swedish adventurer and climber Renata Chlumska
is circumnavigating the USA's lower 48 states by bicycle and kayak. She originally planned the trip with her late partner, the great climber Göran Kropp
who most famously rode his bike from Sweden to Nepal, climbed Everest, then rode back. After his death
, the project was put on hold while Chlumska dealt with US visa regulations
. If you are on her route, go out and say hello.
An open letter to Lance Armstong.
Subject: Minor changes to your screenplay.
You mean once he starts winning, he just keeps winning? There's never a serious doubt that he'll keep winning? It gets a little predictable, Lance. Think about this for a second: Rocky lost in the first movie, and that's the only one that was any good.
Critical to Attend London Critical Mass this Friday.
11-year-old London Critical Mass
is under threat
thanks to the new SOCA laws - that's the Serious Organised Crime Act, which we all realise was drafted for precisely this kind of thing. The Metropolitan Police distributed letters
at last months ride and threaten to turn a peaceful, non-political non-demonstration into exactly the opposite. Inevitably this month's
ride is set to be the biggest yet.
It is reminscent of the on-going Manhattan farce
) and also Milwaukee.
is a group in Seattle raising awareness for bike safety by displaying whited-out old bikes in places where cars have hit cyclists. They've also got an ingenious use of Google Maps to show you all the spots where accidents have been reported
and where they've placed a ghost cycle, like this one
. They also compile statistics on their reports
("1 in 5 accidents were hit and runs
Moving By Bicycle.
"I've moved several times entirely by bicycle. I've hauled huge things, including couches and washing machines."
Brent and Eivind's Couchbike Adventure.
"In 2002, two intrepid cyclists rode a human powered couch through Maritime Canada." Via Gadling
And the training wheels would go where, exactly, on the Sideways Bike
Stone Cold Saddles
for hard ass cyclists.
Ride through the streets of Manhattan with some of the fastest urban bicyclists in existence as they race in the wintertime. Thrilling and unbelievable. The mpg is from a head mounted camera worn by one of the racers. More here.
Also don't miss the cameraman riding on top of a Jersey barrier here.
And here I was thinking that Times Square to Park Slope in 25 minutes was pretty quick. Thanks to nervous.net.
Lance Armstrong - Le Tour de France
It is that time of the year again T-Minus 8 Hours until the kick off of the Greatest Cycling Event in the World.....2004 Le Tour De France.
is the Favored again to Win his 6TH Title in a row!
In order to watch, listen and follow the race check out: Lance's official Fan club website
or Le Tour's Official Daily Posting and Standing
, lastly those of you who will need their daily fix without a computer Daily Results
can be sent to your wireless phone via text messages.
This will be a very exciting time from July 3 to July 25, one prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,390 kilometers or 2,106.5 miles.
Go Lance.....Wear Yellow Live Strong
"As team names went, Victory 2 Vagina was almost run-of-the-mill. There were also the Blazing Saddle Sores, the Weapons of Ass Destruction, and Nocturnal Mission"
. Welcome to the 24 Hours of Moab
, which some consider the country's toughest 24-hour mountain bike race
(the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa). Perhaps a better way to experience Iowa
than the CornCam
... or consider smaller rides
Wales and sports. I'd not put the two together, being from across the Atlantic. But, as we approach next weekend's Mountain Bike Bog Snorkeling Championship
, I'm amazed the sport isn't better known in the States. Though, after reading about it from the 2000 Woman's champion
, I think I'd rather participate in their horse racing marathon
(there's a big bonus for crossing the finish before the horse) or bikeless bog snorkeling events
. What sporting events are there where you're from that haven't yet gotten the world wide audience they deserve?
"The story really began in January 1953,
when I suggested to Gordon that we might go on a cycling holiday together..." They covered 2,286 miles, slept in potting sheds, hay barns, and even a railway marshalling yard, and the whole trip cost them £24. Now, 50 years later, Roy Jenkin's daughter is planning to retrace/tread her father's path. Even if you're not into travelogues (past
) the photos
of post-WWII Europe are worth a gander.
Man exercises personal liberty
to ride nearly naked. Within 2 months of the story he dies
, likely falling off a cliff, after having been arrested for earlier for a lack of clothes. A tragedy. Who is willing to take his place? [Links from Jester69
I should have expected a country that largely dismisses cycling as a viable mode of transportation would fail to understand the subtlety of riding skills that ultimately led to their plonking a man on the moon.
You don't need to be a cyclist to enjoy the intelligent and generous breadth of content at BikeReader
- A Rider's Digest.
A Sad Day.
seems like all the people I admire die before their time. It's a long list: Dan
, Ned Gillette
, (plus many others), and now: Goran
, died a few days ago. "The Crazy Swede" became famous for
riding a bicycle from Stockholm to Everest, climbing it solo and without oxygen,
and riding back. This story is told in Ultimate
High:My Everest Odyssey
"The 9-28-01 Critical Mass bike ride in Austin generated some controversy when a jeep driver intentionally ran over a cyclist and crashed into another car
Dwagenheim through the Americas.
Dwagenheim is an Alaska marine fisheries biologist riding his bike from Prudoe Bay, AK to Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
. Great stories and beautiful pictures.
Armstrong Among Best Ever.
Mike Celizic at MSNBC
states his case for Lance, counteracting an earlier Ron Borges
column questioning if Lance was an athlete at all. I'd like to think Mike went into Ron's office and maybe cuffed him once or twice... Score one for the cyclists (earlier discussion here
Lo! Behold the power of the internet!
That'll teach the guy to put sharply-worded messages on his own property. The nerve of some people.
Zed's dead. It's a chopper, baby.
I remember kids in the neighborhood making custom bikes. The choppers weren't the easiest to handle or most practical but they looked hella cool. Now they're selling for $2500US. Check out the showroom and the photo video gallery.
A particularly chilling case of road rage
has been the focus of the Chicago biking community for the past couple of years. Yesterday, the jury came down with a first-degree murder verdict
for Carnell Fitzpatrick, who, in April of 1999, deliberately drove down and killed bike messenger Tom McBride after an altercation at a stoplight.
The rights of bicyclists in urban areas has always been a contentious issue. Because of this verdict, drivers will no doubtedly show more restraint in taking their anger out on street cyclists, though likely more out of fear than respect. While I'm happy to see a victory for the cyclists, it's that last part that worries me.
So, is there any chance the Tour De France will become more popular with US viewers? Or even that our own Tour will reach the interest levels displayed in Europe? I was absolutely on the edge of my seat during Armstrong's rush today, and I'm nothing of a biker.
I'm posting this link
mainly so I have an excuse to discuss bike commuting. I recently started riding my bike to work. At first, I did it just to get into shape but I'm beginning to enjoy it for a number of other reasons. The sights, sounds, and smells (not always good, but still...) of the daily ride are much more pleasant than the daily stress of driving. Not to mention the whole "1 mile in a car emits 1 pound of noxious fumes" thing.
Do others ride to work? What are your experiences? Any good stories? Bad stories? How often do you get yelled at to "get out of the road?"
has finally ended
but many of the riders had complaints
(and one person even lost a leg in Sweden).
It turns out there are three bike tours
in New York City. You can also run
through the the city. The Super Roll is a lot less tiring than the bike tours or the marathon.