Climate Change and our planetary destruction is man made. Believe it or not? Do I have to write a list for you Mr. President? I forgot, your too busy to read. How about some pictures big guy?
Regardless of the President’s life long selective-ignorance if we all and I mean all of US, don’t change are carbon ignorance there will be no humans on earth in fifty years. Reality has always been impossible for American’s to swallow. This virus is part of the extinction process. There will be more virus as we continue to invade what is left of the nature world that sustains all our lives. This selective-ignorance is astounding.
Watching fellow humans choose stupidity over reality is truly beyond comprehension. Facts are facts but I don’t have to believe them and you can’t change my mind with anymore facts. That’s a fact!
Selective-Ignorance is the real virus plaguing humanity. Has been for decades. Ignore at your own selective-peril. It is your right to be wrong! Apparently.
Today we are living through our own televised genocide and paying for it with every tax dollar we earn and with every breath we attempt to take. Cops murdering people of color, all colors. Racism has had Black American’s in it’s sights since they kidnapped their forefathers. Do not be ignorant enough to believe bullets differentiate colors. Ignorance kills everyone eventually. Just continue with your complacency the truth of selective-ignorance will come for you soon.
Ironclad Gloves at ACE Hardware about $24.00. Three different weights. Cost effective, stylish, functional, durable and perfect for cycling. Not sure how these would look with your Pinarello Dogma but you will have warm hands.
Depending on your hand size insert your Ironclad gloves inside medium, large or extra-large leather ranch gloves for cold weather ventures. Water repellant, extremely durable. Excellent for wiping off your tires on the go. Plenty off room for Hand Warmer Packs fitting on top of you palm between Leather and Iron Clad glove layer. A few hand warmers working inside your jersey or inside pockets help avoid that bone chilling wind riding through those R-Months.
The Only Benefit I’ve Received From A Bank Was The Reposition Of My Car. I Was Free!
Take a ride to your local or non-local hardware store to pick up both the Ironclad and Leather-clad gloves. I picked them up at ACE Hardware. Use your bike not Amazon man. Support a local business on your bike at every opportunity. The benefits will encircle your life style.
I disgorge these thoughts as a life long cyclists who can’t stop them from racing up on me. Many ask why I bother too care? A trick question?
Cycling’s great escape can take us many places. Places we know. Places we don’t. Places we think we knew. The one place I could always count on cycling taking me, was away from the shear bull-shit that pollutes life. Today life pollutes cycling.
Cycling has been hijacked by the reality of climate change. If you deny man-made climate change please realize this. Mother Nature cares not of your selective-ignorance. The choice is clear. Are humans capable of accepting reality? Clearly not. Everyone in this country is guilty of complacency here. We consume the most while the planet’s poorest suffer the consequence for now. Out of sight out of mind is outdated in today’s climate. It is unfolding all around US. Even if you pretend not too see it?
What Was First Seen As A Miracle Soon Became A Profit Center!
Take this planet for instance? In approximately three-hundred years a virus know as capitalisms destroyed it. Capitalism run amuck allowed man to believe he was smarter then his Mother. Naturally he was wrong.
We have insane people in control of Nuclear Weapons. We are still manufacturing new nukes too kill more efficiently. Apparently we need more then one way too kill all life on this planet instantly. This fact above all defines Capitalism as humanities greatest evil. Life and this planet are finite so infinite growth is impossible. Yet we drive on with our dollars of destruction.
This Is Still A Consideration By Many In Power Today.
Materialism has superseded human life. Everything is for sale. Anyone expendable. Whales and trees are worth more to a capitalist’s dead than alive. Now in the open air a virus has exposed how we are all the expendable commodities we’ve allowed ourselves to become. When everything becomes transactional everything dies. Everything dies when all love has left society. Love Nature or pay the price.
Working in a job you hate, to buy stuff you don’t need or want, to impress people you don’t like? The American Dream or Nightmare? Choose your classification for google.
People stopped loving or even thinking of nature as dollars became their world. In the dollar world Mother Nature is ignored through mans many man made distractions from nature. When I was a child flocks of birds filled the morning sky. Today it’s the historic smoke of selective-ignorance that fills my skies and our collective horizons.
Difficult it is not too scream from the top. What The Fuck Are You People Thinking?
Gagging after every ride in Colorado. Our skies now normalize as smoke filled. A virus unleashed by our ignorance of the natural worlds essential role in life as we continue this onslaught of ignorance on Mother Nature. Natures antibodies are at work on us now. One could make the argument The Corona Virus is just one of Mother Natures antibodies against the human virus. Will we ever listen to Mom? Every ounce of food we consume comes from her soil yet we treat it as we treat each other? Like Shit.
Why do some force themselves too believe what they know to be bull-shit in order too force themselves too hate? You don’t have to know Sigmund to understand the real sources of your selective-hate when you chose a life of selective-ignorance.
Working in news I saw many things people should not see. I’ve emoted emotions I didn’t seem capable of. I’ve been on many sides of the tracks. The tracks most see only with a remote in their hands and a beer at their side. People judging others based on what they are spoon fed on the idiot box. Our society knows nothing if they haven’t seen it on or been spoon feed it by their television.
Consider what The Apprentice did for for America? It was a show of pure bull-shit and it got him elected president of a bull-shit government. This was our decades old, bull-shit government, pulling it’s own pants in front of US all. What should you do about it?
The Vote is about all you have left. For now? If we make this work it will be with a viable third party regardless of this election. Mother Nature will Bat Last and she’s looking like a Babe in the bottom of the ninth!
Mother Nature is the leader of Our Green Party. If your still undecided listen to your Real Mother. She tells you the truth every morning. We might want too listen clearly moving forward. The noise is all around us.
Dreaming of ski season? Fall permeates our rides now. The leaves, coolness of air, out early visualizing the impeccable grooming of Beaver Creek from the comfort of my bicycle.
Bode Miller had The Birds of Prey mastered. Beaver Creeks, Birds of Prey Downhill was designed by Swiss Great Bernhard Russi. The Birds of Prey, one of this planets most challenging downhill courses.
Try Keeping Up With Bode On Your Bike.
Notice Mr. Millers eyes, hands and feet. He looks to be on a bicycle. It’s as easy as riding a bike on skis. Many similarities I find between cycling and skiing.
The Centered Skier is an enlightening book no matter your sporting passion. Mixing elements of sports psychology and Zen Buddhism. It became the foundation of approaches taken by the Sugarbush Ski School. Emphasizing carved turns, rather than skidded turns fitting in with the parabolic shaped skis revolution. It’s a wonderful book.
Proper bike fitting critical as exact book fitting. Your boots control your thoughts and subsequent actions directing your skis. No matter how much you spend on boots Booster Straps are invaluable. Adding stability and control while extending the physical dynamics of the boots design. Essentially adding more torque and control from the top of the boots cuff.
These Scarpa Tele Boots have thousands of runs in them. Add a pair of Booster Straps they feel brand new. Extend the life of your boots or get the most out of your new pair Booster Straps will revolutionize your skills on skis adding control and confidence.
A shocking change in overall performance is instantly clear to any skier. Improperly fit boots result in a lag-time between your brain and skis. If your feet are sloshing around in your boots you will slosh around the mountain not ski it.
You can’t do this in loose fitting boots. Caught these two from the opposite ridge on a Powder Day Killington, Vermont circa 1992?
Downhill Racer the finest ski film ever made stars Robert Redford and Gene Hackman with a cameo by Natalie Wood.
Released in 1969 with dynamic camera work stunning editing and a thrilling sound mix. Watch this film and consider the camera and sound gear in 1969? The director Michael Ritchie is either a skier or he hired the best consultants. The camera angles and positioning draws you in like no ski film I’ve seen. The delicate touch on all the point-of-view shots, unnervingly alluring. The sound mixing and editing during racing scenes stand alone as audio files. You can see the race unfold in your mind just listening to these dynamic tracks. The mix of crowd, ice, edges, breathing all draw out the fear a downhill racer confronts moment to moment out on the edge at sixty plus miles an hour.
Cycling is all about truth. Your body and mind competing collaboratively with the truth of mechanical power. A sunny day’s cruise along the beach or floating down fall’s country lane with a zephyr at your back. You versus time and terrain.
It’s that first instant you step too that pedal when bullshit takes a walk. If only Fred Trump had spent some of his stolen fortune on a bicycle for Donald? We’d all be on a much different ride today. Clearly Donald’s cycling day’s are behind him. I seriously doubt he ever road a bicycle? He has made the unimaginably unacceptable normal!
The real question is. What’s in front of us now? The road has never been this uncertain as Mr. and Mrs. Trump and the White House have now contracted Covid-19 where does this leave his unmasked supporters confronting the truth? Believe what you must? Mother Nature makes the rules. Today the President is self diagnosing himself and the country too death and Nature seems just as oblivious as thirty-five or so percent of the voters. .
If you lie to yourself uncertainty will be your only road. Do you live your life in a state of selective-ignorance and selective uncertainty? Once you get comfortable with lying too yourself everyone is disposable.
A crafty FOX has raided the hen-house of journalism while spoon feeding selective-ignorance to the willing. If there is a generalization to get behind? Consider the FOX News viewer? Are you getting Out-Foxed by the My Pillow Guy? In 1958 Aldous Huxley predicted all this. If you take the time to absorb the following videos? You might not be disappointed at your new point-of-view.
Having never met Aldous Huxley somehow I know he owned a bicycle. Mr. Huxley always told us the truth. Capitalism proved incapable of listening. Repeatedly!
Sir David Attenborough sheds some serious light on the truth regarding our future. If you think this is fake news ask yourself who’s faking who? I realize Mr. Attenborough is only an expert on nature, however you might want to heed his expert warnings.
The truth is always a bike ride away. Today the truth is in the air. It’s unhealthy to ride your bike in Colorado, again! I smoke copious amount of ganja and never burst into uncontrolled coughing fit’s after any ride. Until the smoke moved in. Climate change is the precursor to our extinction.
What is truth? Film Director David Lynch will shed some perspective on this gift of life?
Journalism is under threat of extinction from Narrow-Casting. Broadcasting is dead under the targeting potential of Narrow-Casting via Facebook, Twitter and their sister products, Instagram, etc. Many today do not understand the News Divisions of the Networks and affiliates were not profit centers. News was a service to community and society provided as part of the FCC licensing process. Reagan’s dedication to deregulation of what he never understood killed the residue of journalism, democracy and the middle-class simultaneously. As a president he acted perfectly in his fictional role.
Experts today are ignored after decades of deregulation Facebook is considered news when it’s nothing more then an open-source version of The National Inquirer and clearly a profit center thriving on selective-ignorance. Zuckerberg and Bezos embody this greed and ignorance as they dismantle commerce, journalism and humanity with their ego’s. Facebook’s focus on reaching the narrow minded craving hate is clear if willing too see. Facebook is as far from news as a democracy can get. It is unregulated capitalism at it’s worst. Feeding off the perpetually unrelenting ignorance it sells it’s Users while stabbing them in the back of the head. Selling Americans own ignorance back to them while parlaying it as content and information. It’s bull-shit all of it.
Users, a term also deployed by drug dealers. Drug dealers like the Sackler Family and Congress.
Holy Shit do I need a ride. It is the only escape from today’s reality of no reality. A place of only truth. A place to ignore the harsh truth today is. An escape for a time. The best time of day I can find on this crazy ride we have all been thrust on. After all, no one asked to come here. This might not seem unbelievable? I never think about this shit when I ride my bicycle, which can’t happen enough lately.
My son once inquired of me. “Dad when your dead do you know your dead?” Before I could compose myself with a reasonable answer he inspires me with; “You probably just have to wait and see.” The truest words ever spoken!
On this unmapped ride of some six decades one thing is apparent too me. A Man receives unconditional love from his pets, his young children and his bicycle. Care for it, respect it, spoil it a bit. Your bike will never let you down.
Your bike is there for you unconditionally. Your bicycle won’t talk back, call you stupid, worthless, a creep. It won’t even sleep with a soccer coach. A bicycle will never lie or mistrust. Your bike won’t hate you out of existence. Your bike won’t ask of you. What’s in it for me? Prerequisite to all marriage should be living in poverty for a year. Or what’s know today as The Middle Class.
Opposingly adult humans will consistently fail each other assigning conditions to love and relationships. In a world where everything is now for sale, love has always been so.
Your bike will love you regardless of where you went to school, where you work, how much money you make. You don’t have to buy it a blood-diamond for acceptance. Your bike won’t hate your parents and all your friends.
Total Peace Of Mind and Soul.
Countless occasions, brought back from the brink on my bicycle. Bicycles represent countless miles of the best advice a man can get for centuries now and nature makes a great couch.
Love could simply be a new bike or set of carbon wheels? Who knows? Tread lightly!
Riding down Washington Ave in Golden, Colorado. All the lights timed out. No traffic in either direction. I’m approaching the speed of light on a bicycle. They appear out of nowhere!
This Is Before Washington Ave Was Re-Paved.
The autoholics who must pass everything on the road. A chip on their shoulder, they throw that look of ignorance and envy simultaneously sheltered in their death-mobile racing too Starbucks for average coffee.
I pass them down the street sitting in traffic stressing about parking. I peal off right heading to Pangaea Coffee. The Finest Hand Roasted Coffee On This Planet. Having roamed it for decades working in news, film and broadcasting, a business fueled on coffee. Most news crews will find the best food and coffee in any town within minutes of arrival if not prior.
Cycled into Golden three years back for a new job greeted with an aroma. Coffee Roasting. Overwhelmed with coffee comfort I followed my nose to 1205 Cheyenne Street and found Pangaea in Golden.
No sense of Starbucks urgency here. No line of people staring at their phones. Actual conversation and human too human interaction. That delicate smell of coffee roasting obfuscates all life toils and stress.
Dinner Too Go. Too The Park. The Best Table In Town Today!
It’s easiest to discover all Goldens uniquely local business’s on your bike. Where ever you live on this planet ride your bike as much as possible and then some. Our World Community depends on it! Rejuvenate your community. Live, love, learn, eat, shop, get healthy and save our planet together on your bicycle now. You won’t live too regret it.
Supporting local business now more then ever will keep your community rolling through these uncertain times. Money spent locally stays local. Golden is strewn with delicious original local restaurants and shops.
With All The Bicycles In Golden? How Is This Photo Possible. Is Your Bike On Your Car?
Avoid national chains and Amazon at all cost. Make the extra effort. Shop in your home town on your bicycle. Support your home town not Jeff Bezos. Shopping Amazon to save $1.23 so you can have socks overnight? Shop local and be proud of it. That extra money you spend is an investment in your future not Jeff’s.
We need The Saturday Ride Vibe everyday in Golden. If you own a bike use for more then just that Saturday ride. Ride it everyday everywhere you can. No better way to really understand your community. In your car your detached from humanity. On your bike, immersed in humanity.
Discovered this gem pre-sunrise on a coffee recon ride in Silverton, Colorado.
Equal Rights for women. Encouraged by more bankers then women. Double the tax base by putting Mom too work. It’s a net loss in every way you never thought of.
Drive up the cost of living it easy! This was the beginning of the end for American families. Ronald RayGun with his trickle down bull shit. It only flowed up like the raging river of your money it was.
The more they stole the less taxes they paid eventually amassing revolting wealth and watching the country collapse. It continues at an acceleratingly ignorant rate today and gave us this clown. A Billionaire tax dodger. He and the others have all of societies money tied up in ego and they own the government along with Wall street.
A Disgusting Billionaire Clown. There Everywhere Now.
President Ray-Gun next set his sights on the FCC and The Fairness Doctrine; The fairness doctrine of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, was a policy that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the FCC’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced. The FCC eliminated the policy in 1987 and removed the rule that implemented the policy from the Federal Register in August 2011. and the FCC.
Then Ray-Gun destroyed unions in his campaign of selective-ignorance. He considered catsup a vegetable for school lunches and started the crack epidemic with the CIA. Watch Kill The Messenger. Nancy’s war on drug while Ronny was one of histories greatest pushers. Watch the film. Reagan is the Grandfather of The Drug Epidemic. We graduated to the Oxy crisis as congress deemed it so.
Ray-Guns ignorance opened the door to Fox News which has been nothing but an assault on the residue of our democracy preying on it’s brainwashed religious followers. You think they have FOX News in heaven?
Over the last forty years society devolved to a mass of people living life on a transactional basis. Including love, family and relationships. What’s in it for me? Then I’ll decide how much love I can dedicate to this family venture.
Once I had a brother. He lives in New England now and much like others in my past he literally ignores everything that doesn’t involve some form of profit. A life based on only transactional relationship’s where using people in any and every way that fulfills the profit need in that greedy soul.
We are a society of drones devoid of souls groomed for decades to worship money prioritizing it over all. Even our own families.
I sat with a group of five daughters as they trash talked their frail father while simultaneously lamenting “their mother was so healthy she would live forever.” Nice group of gals. Horny for inheritance. This was revolting to witness. They were relatives?
My work in news and documentary revealed another cost of this capitalist tragedy we live in. Souls and lives torn apart at Columbine High by the GOP and the NRA for a vote. Can’t forget the absolute look of terror on the faces of every parent that morning. Interviewing parents of children killed that school day. Like anyone, thinking what would I do? Incomprehensible grief!
The world went on to accept Sandy Hook next busy with it’s transactional ways the world did not flinch at this horrific slaughter. Capitalisms has normalized insanity. People will justify anything for a buck. Correct Mr. Trump?
I spent a day at work, a story of a women waiting for her sons execution. Her other son was killed by police. Imagine that. What does the death penalty say about us. “Lighting Cigars On Electric Chairs.” Sparklehorse.
This work was emotionally jarring. It did however get me out of the wealthy white-privilege bubble everyone I knew lived in too experience what real people are like. I’ll take the real people. The people handed nothing in this life but shit. All happier and more grounded humans then those living in their wealthy white self-delusion of recycling, bake-sales, soccer and sucking up to the system, continually and conveniently ignoring the injustice and inequity now coming for us all.
Our society has chased that carrot off the cliff of life. Environmentally and mentally there is now, no turning back. We killed a planet with greed. We were all too busy chasing the dollar to see the dollar simultaneously fucking us all the while.
I had a job which provided me the opportunity to spend half the year at home with my children. The time with my children when we worshiped each other basking in pure trust and love. Unconditional Love will only be found here on this planet. I’ve seen nothing in sixty years approaching that magical time in this life. It is one reason we are here.
The only real joy in my life was the time my children and I shared unconditional love. Teaching and sharing our ideas, our souls. The purest questions ever asked of me happened throughout this perfect and most important time of my life. I’d do it all over again! Who would not? Just ask yourself. What’s in this for me?
When I had only a bike in my life, after my family left I chose a job I always wanted. Work in a professional kitchen. It was a mellow ride along the river to my new office.
Not a Rat Race. I realized how some peoples idea of money’s importance supersedes any potential love. People who run their lives on a transactional basis. The what’s in it for me people. Like our leader, you know the guy destroying the world right now.
Life’s First Coffin.
I was hooked instantly. There is a vibe in a kitchen. The sounds, smells, action and professionalism. The best team work I’ve ever experienced. I’d do it for free. The autonomy. The constant learning and evolving, adapting on the fly.
First kitchen a Steak House two Chef’s Bob and Liz. Just wonderful people and wizards in the kitchen. I washed dishes for a few day when Bob say’s your working up here from now on. Went from salads and desserts to full on line cook in a few weeks and never looked back. Liz and Bob handed me a new career sharing all their knowledge and never said what’s in it for me. It was, what’s in it for us. No hidden strings attached like at the alter.
The Kitchen is the only placed I experienced real teamwork. No job. No relationship ever came close. Only the unconditional love of my children till the money polluted everything. Once someone decides to hate you out of their life and they have plenty of family money backing them. Throw in the towel. Never marry the youngest. Babies will always be such? Never enough and everyone is disposable.
Thirty years in network news and production working with food was identical in that you spend the day gathering and preparing your elements then through down on the Live Show. It’s the same vibe, buzz whatever. When your shit deep in pressure yet some how loving it because you know your element are ready and most importantly your team member are pros.
So unlike corporate’s mediocrity. I had one corporate adventure on a digital cinema start up. CEO was married to my high-school girl friend. Met him at dinner party and jumped on the chance at a startup. Was wonderful and grew corporate fast. Same script as The Office. Same characters different names.
Got my self fired for constantly pointing out the truth. So many bull-shit jobs in corporate. Then there the board of mis-directors and all the other mindless aspects of killing eight hours in a job that needed two. If you an “executive” in some corporation, ask yourself. What is it I actually do here? Or do I give a shit that I’m an over paid paper weight?
I’d rather spread manure all day then ever walk in a corporate slave death star again.
Real people do the real work. The rest work for banks and are lawyers, the vampires of society. No posers in network news or the kitchen. If you can’t do the work the proof will be in the pudding. We made it all with our hands then we cooked and plated in all. Every one was happy. Love that feeling. Food brings happiness in so many ways. Reminds me of cycling.
If you find yourself stressing on your commute in that car you can’t afford to a job you hate, working so hard to buy more shit you don’t need to impress people you don’t like. Maybe get on that dust covered bike, take that job you always wondered about, reduce your expenses, stress and get a shit load healthier without realizing it.
The way the planets health is headed do your really want to spend what’s left of your life driving to an earlier death sitting in a building surrounded by dying souls.
I watched this unfold over five years the dysfunction leadership broke down any semblance of moral. The CEO once told a group of four-hundred or so. “If you don’t like it here leave, it’s not about team building here it’s about profit.” That was so inspiring you could feel the joy overwhelm the room full of people who actually do all the fucking work.
I could write a novel about the dysfunctional characters. One actually had a life-size full color poster of himself as a super hero in his office. That was fucked up. Hard to stand there with a straight face as you might imagine. An SNL skit there somewhere.
After eight years I’ve yet to see a superhero in the kitchen. Great team work got the job done every time no matter the pressure. When you are truly surrounded by professionals anything is possible.
Why do CEO’s make some 7000 times the people who actually do and understand the work? The same reason the planet is dying before our very eyes and no one seems concerned. They just keeping driving through life to their Bull-Shit Jobs killing themselves and their planet. Ain’t America Great Again?
All this greed created a world where everyone I ever loved and cared for was stolen from me by the dollar. Enough was never enough for some. People get this illusion in their head that if I can just get a little more until it’s a little late. Some just marry out of a sense of sibling competition and then build a family based on competition carried over from their sibling world and destroy any hearts in their way to that mystical success chasing the dollar.
It’s so easy to see when you have no dollars. Capitalism’s insane pursuit of these dollars will soon destroy these humans as this greed has mother earth at the brink. Realistically human extinction is around the corner. On the other hand Trumps say the stock market is doing great.
Try not to waist what you have left sitting on you ass. That would be a bummer. Get out while the getting is still good. Corporate is death. Corporations killed an entire planet don’t let them kill you.
No science. No truth. No reality. No habitable planet. No cycling.
What the fuck is it 1984 Mr. Orwell? Because my iPhone says it’s almost election day 9/19/20. I grew up in the television news business. Born in 1961 I can attest too the death of journalism in this genocidal country. Selectively-ignorant white privilege has been on a mission to destroy this planet since 1492.
Journalism was in the dollar hands for decades then our first actor president Reagan’s deregulation of the FCC knocked the door down for the Murdoch’s vampires who now control so many or our thoughts. The murders of the Kennedy Brother’s, Dr. King, Malcom X, John Lennon and Jesus Christ prove the world is run by war mongers. I you stand too tall for peace you will be murdered by one oligarch or another.
The two greatest works of American fiction. The Warren report and The 911 Commission reports. A nation built on lies. Oliver Stones Untold History of The United States tells the truth held back from us during our elementary and high school indoctrination into capitalisms normalization of terror. Trump is proof it worked. The indoctrinated will believe anything. Even if it’s blatantly unbelievable and against their own best interest.
Terrorism started on this continent with white Europeans. The GOP assimilated this philosophy. It’s been greed driven too the tipping point we all face now. Noam Chomsky has argued the Republican Party is the most “dangerous organization in human history” and the world has never seen an organization more profoundly committed to destroying planet earth.
Noam is correct from this cyclists and fellow humans point of view. Today with a madman occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Literally a madman and one-third of America thinks he is a god? Hey god, what the fuck? Have you seen your sky lately supreme being? Religions are the cults that gave birth to the The GOP Trump-Cult.
White men have had constant control over this planet. With all their birth privilege, subsequent control, inheritance and Ivy League educations you could make the case harvard, yale and oxford graduates are primarily responsible and have royally fucked everything up!
White men have destroyed the environment. A group of morons raised in gated communities and reared in limousines who aren’t capable of making a ham sandwich. A clueless population totally brainwashed into choosing stupidity over reality. Now a populous dependent on Home Advisor to teach the brain dead about screwdrivers and how to talk to a plumber?
Totally desensitized to death a direct result of decades pounded by continual exposure to Madison Ave’s and Hollywood’s violence. School shooting are acceptable as part of daily news while the country is taken over by this GOP Cult. Trump supporters are helpless. Do not waste time and words on the thoughtless. They can’t be saved. Are they worth saving? Morons of a feather folk gather together in Trumps Heard Mentality.
Now trapped by a virus and unbreathable air. The entire country is blanked with smoke as the destruction of the West Coast in a hell-fire is televised between football games in our Dis-United State of American Reality. Thousands die daily. Trump cheats at golf. Our election system a joke. Popular vote is democracy. The electoral college put humanities greatest asshole in the white house. The voter’s didn’t! What the fuck? No electoral college no Iraq no Afghanistan.
It’s easier to educate yourself then wallow in a lifetime of anger hatting everything, everyone different because you intentionally chose to spend your life stupid. What the fuck? We all know who you’re really raging at. It’s in that mirror you’ve refused to look to for so long now. No wonder your blinded by selective-ignorance!
In a nut-shell.
1984 is back! Back in 4K, 3D, HD full force propaganda. Assholes are now in control of asshole. The oligarchs and billionaire assholes control the political assholes. White male ivy-league ass clowns have destroyed a planet thanks to the assholes they descended from and so on back through their entire families asshole existence. Rat’s don’t have mice. Massive wealth is accumulated in this world by massive assholes.
Believe what you must? The only pertinent fact facing humanity is. Mother Nature Will Bat Last.
With Trump in charge she just stepped to the plate in the bottom of the ninth. Are humans just so fucking stupid they will sit calmly watching their own extermination on their idiot boxes till the end as long as there is football to watch?
Hermit life for months now. Indoor training with injury as well. Got to get away. But where? How? Bike Packing is a great option with all the time in the world. A practical tent for cycling? Look no further. Look here:
The Topeak BIKAMPER Tent is a steal for $250.00. It’s a perfectly designed synergy between bike and tent. Next a JetBoil camp stove another brilliantly designed product.
Jet Boil Cooking Systems are ingenious. Easy to use, easy to clean, prefect functionality throughout the product line. Smaller gas cylinders and overall lightweight design makes Jet Boil the perfect stove for your next Bike-Packing adventures. After your bike the BIKAMPER and Jet Boil are essential to any Bike-Camping adventure. Oatmeal, Soup and Coffee that about covers my needs. Dried fruit, nuts, jerky. Story is Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay ate Grape-Nuts on his way up Everest. How old are Grape-Nuts? I’m certain they weren’t eating Fruit-Loops.
A Water filter is a good idea. I ran out of water once on Mount Katahdin in Maine and picked up a water filter on the way home.
Life Straw makes a interesting line of options. The Ultraviolet wand is slick. Many options out there but these stand out. Potable AquaIodine Tablets are a good idea just in case.
ToPeak products are methodically deigned and priced reasonably as well. The correct combination of ToPeak racks and bags will streamline your bike-packing adventures. Their commuter gear is equally as brilliant.
I feel the rest of the gear is up to the individual. Clothing, food, etc. Extra tent stakes some quality cord a few assorted bungees and whatever tools float your boat. In addition to your bike tools, bring a good knife and a quality set pliers.
Leatherman CRUNCH 1
This Leatherman CRUNCH1 with vice-gripping features will be welcome in any camp-site.
TOPEAK BIKAMPER TENT.
Light Weight Bike Tent.
Find a campground, BLM-Land, a spot along the stream. I’ll follow and Elk Trail into the forest and find a private spot. I’m not saying trespass but there plenty of open-space out there to camp for a night or two. No Fire! Jet-Boil Only on questionable land. Campgrounds will have fire-pits and grills as well. Find a spot outside a town with food resources and grill a steak at the campground. Evergreen, Colorado sits adjacent The Mount Evans Wilderness Area. Simply amazing up there countless trails, streams, wild-flowers and privacy. Fly-Fishing can work on these ventures as well with a proper telescoping rod. Shimano manufactures some fabulous fishing-reels as well.
Above all remember. Your in no hurry. It’s not the goal but the journey. Rolling this way has always served my cyclists soul.
A fathers imprint as a child rolls on leaving memories in my mind. After that first glide away from your grasp they just keep on rolling faster than imagined possible. Seems not so long when ago I took that ride. The empowerment explodes within them as they first realize the life affirming power and freedom they just attained with “My New Bike.” Then they ride off into this free new world with renewed amazement in every ride. I still remember that invigorating first ride.
From that day on I was always ready to ride; like this guy. He left my grasp some years back with my two other children all three my best friends ever. I know they are still riding strong. I miss those days of unconditional love. They only happen once to fathers. They are the best you will get.
The Classic Peugeot PX10. A Work Of Art Circa 1979. My First Bike!
This bike was my first real bicycle and savior from all that ailed my teenage tour of life. This YouTube Clip took me down an old road.
Things spinning out of control at home? Go for a ride and escape the non-understanding worlds of family, the irony of parochial-school. God loves you but step out of line and you’ll burn in a place called hell. Yea sure I’ll buy that while every adult I knew is a liar. I road away from the chores and bores of life as my wheels spun me away from it all in that free space only found on a bicycle. Luck had me grow up cycling in north-east Pennsylvania. Lot’s of empty roads and inexhaustible trails highlighted by miles of abandon rail-road beds. Gravel riding in the 1970’s, on the same bike.
Remember These? Cell Phones Make Horrible Shelters.
In more then one biblical rain event I sought shelter in a phone-booth, changed clothes dried off, I spent a few hours sheltering in phone-booth’s over the years. Good luck finding one today Superman. These rides in the Poconos had plenty of freshwater flowing of hill-side streams overflowing after rain, even pipes flowing with crystal clear water. Spending entire days out on my bike in summer. Heading out with no plan other then home before dark.
Embrace this cycling revolution we are living it will change your world for the better in this uncertain changing world. A bike is freedom. You can ride it, tune it, maintain it, change your own tires. You will learn new things about your bike everyday and you’ll learn new things about yourself with every ride. Bike for life it’s the cycle of life. I’ve been car-less fifteen years now and never look back or need to. That’s why bicycles don’t have reverse, they only move you forward. At least that’s been the effect on me.
MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 25,1964: Sonny Liston (L) throws a left hook to Muhammad Ali during the bout the Convention Hall in Miami Beach ,Florida. Muhammad Ali won the World Heavyweight Title. It was the 1964 Fight of the Year – Ring Magazine. (Photo by: The Ring Magazine/Getty Images)
Injury helped me discover another indoor-training motivational tool. Muhammad Ali fights make perfect interval workouts with three minute intervals, an announcer and clock riding through each round gets your adrenaline flowing. Ali was the greatest! In 1980 I was working as a sports cameraman. I was lucky enough to film an interview with Mr. Ali. Fascinating Humility In This Man! I kept thinking. He would have given Lance a run for his money.
Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe 1980 Wimbledon Final with Borg winning 18 to 16 games in a five-set masterpiece. Back then no tie-breaker in the fifth set. Here’s a highlight clip of artists playing tennis. A kind of slow motion boxing match.
A Bird VS a Magician; Celtic’s Lakers, all classic’s. Bringing the best out of each other and their teammates in every game Larry and Magic were simply flawless under pressure. The dominance of their collective talents defined the NBA with shear greatness. After sharing a Bird highlight film my son asked with complete sincerity, as the young do Dad does Larry Bird have eye’s in the back of his head?
Any Celtics-Lakers playoff game from the 80’s also great content. Larry Bird was the greatest from the neck up and the wrist up. Larry and Magic Johnson all but saved the NBA after the 1979 NCAA final when Larry and Magic’s monumental skills rejuvenated the NBA hard-wood a struggling league who’s only star attraction seemed to be Dr. J a basketball genius ahead of his time who defined The Art Of The-Dunk.
You’ll find entire Celtics Lakers Playoff games from the NBA’s greatest era on YouTube. Ali, Bird, Magic, Borg, McEnroe these guys will push your competitive buttons. The cheering crowd doesn’t hurt either. I’m riding along thinking, I wonder how McEnroe would have held up against Ali in a fifteen rounder?
I’ve discovered shorter more frequent rides build a stronger rider. Since lock-down shorter rides have filled my days. I find two, three or four rides preferable VS one long ride especially while unemployed, every errand evolves into a side trip. I did go for one long ride recently, it felt shorter. My rides are stronger on a more consistent basis and shorter rides fit in your day with ease.
Familiar and memorized terrain is cached in your RAM. When close to home I ride without the added weight of tools a tube or co2/pump even no water.
I’ll design a series of two to six mile loops with options along the way or repeat a loop with three screaming downhills. Find a tail-wind loop with a long downhill and ride it like a roller coaster, repeatedly till wind patterns change and move on. Swing by home to shed a layer or two, look at it like a pit-stop option. Pick up new friends along the way.
Once in a while I’m riding through time in the strangest of places in the right frame of mind I run into these guys near the finish line. Augmented-Reality on a bicycle. If I find boredom with some terrain these formula-one loops are great motivators. Repeating four each one faster? Try plotting out some loops in your neighborhood. All out the door, driving to ride is a waste of time, energy and money. Every mile in a car is a mile closer to a grave. So if times abundance is overwhelming you ride your bike, ride it everywhere anytime. Night riding especially nice lately with bars shutdown and sleeping pattern off course. Watch for critters at night.
One evening approaching a bunny thirty yards out my light made the bunny skittish. He bolted frantically back and forth across the trail then jumped from left to right hitting my right hand seeming too fly away in the tall grass. Holy Monty Python Batman.
This is the first time I’ve had extra cash to breath with. Bought shoes, bike-tires, fresh-food, went to the Dr. all since receiving unemployment. Paying rent on time no longer in penniless-stress. Yet the insanely wealthy believe this is criminal. They don’t want to pay us enough to survive while working full-time or two jobs but when our broke-down economic system gets it’s pants pulled down by a virus and sham-leadership there is only money for the people don’t need money. I promise I won’t buy Berkshire Hathaway shares with my unemployment dollars or a ride to the moon. Should I look for work, risk virus, make less money, go back to that stress? Without unemployment my nine roommates and I would be on the street.
The indifferent criminally-wealthy can’t tolerate the idea of hard-working people having the cash they need too survive. Some how this threatens their insane level of wealth as they continue living; as Robert Reich recently put it “drenched in self-delusion” most if not all never worked a day in their lives. I might add: Just Surviving is not necessarily living.
Andrew Yang’s Universal Income plans rings true here. Putting the peoples money back in the peoples hands makes the world go round. Working Taxpayers simply use this hard earned unemployment money to keep our economy moving. We buy essentials and keep what’s left of small business alive while the insanely wealthy convince themselves they actually have souls or the capacity to create an original thought, like helping others.
No one wants a “Free-Ride” it’s just that getting unemployment was a economic wake-up call for many of us. The harder we work the faster the screws turn. Many see this now as the irony of so many needing unemployment only reinforces the mass-screwing we are all getting. I miss working in a kitchen. I loved my work while struggling with reality. It’s impossible to survive on $16.00 an hour yet alone minimum wage. Clearly going back to work, if there is work, losing money, risking the virus would be stupid. I want to work yet I want too live. Is this asking too much of government?
So-called leaders have exasperated all today’s problems while, “drenched in self-delusion.” In my fifty-eight years I’ve seen only lies, manufactured wars [all of which we lost], blatant racism and plenty of self-delusion as capitalistic-greed and the GOP have conspired in their synergistic destruction of everything life sustaining. Noam Chomsky posed this question of the GOP on Democracy Now!. “Has there ever been an organization in human history that is dedicated, with such commitment, to the destruction of organized human life on Earth?”
While the slow motion Jones-Town continues in-side the belt-way good people will overwhelm the selective-ignorance of wealth. Truth, science and nature will never bull-shit us. Truth is our current administration is there only too steal as much taxpayer money as possible while destroying everything in it’s path with an unbridled madman holding the reins as the GOP and Evangelicals continue their satanic collusion with power. Yes it is white-power, white-ignorance, white-greed, white-educations and White-Lies which have brought us to the brink of extinction. It’s time for a new color-spectrum and a new perspective on leadership. We need a cooperative world of ideas not the exclusionary white-world of ignorance that brought us here.
The immeasurable value of cycling is essential to keeping us all moving forward in more ways then we realize. Cycling rejuvenated my life 15 years ago, it’s where I found true appreciation for life and the gift of time. The time to ride, the time to think, the time to love life separate of the clowns working to destroy it. “At Least I’m Enjoying The Ride”
If your training indoors as I’ve been and find yourself looking for additional motivation other than cycling videos, movies are an excellent motivational diversion. Zwift and alike are just too expensive for my budget and it feels like a cartoon. It’s like watching a cartoon/animated story VS a real film. Cartoon’s are cartoon’s not films. With that said here are six real films here to get you on your way. Breaking Away is a tremendous film, a great one to start with. Here is a link to watch Boy And Bicycle a early film by Ridley Scott, yes Blade Runner Ridley Scott, it’s very rare so watch it asap.
Ladri di bicicelle translated Bicycle Thieves Hailed around the world as one of the greatest movies ever made, the Academy Award–winning Bicycle Thieves, directed by Vittorio De Sica, defined an era in cinema. In poverty-stricken postwar Rome, a man is on his first day of a new job that offers hope of salvation for his desperate family when his bicycle, which he needs for work, is stolen. With his young son in tow, he sets off to track down the thief. Simple in construction and profoundly rich in human insight, Bicycle Thieves embodies the greatest strengths of the Italian neorealist movement: emotional clarity, social rectitude, and brutal honesty.
The Flying Scotsman is a true story based on the inspirational and remarkable Scottish cyclist, Graeme Obree. In 1993, this unemployed amateur broke the world one-hour record on a bike of his own revolutionary design, which he constructed out of scrap metal and parts of a washing machine. Shortly after Graeme broke the record, he lost his title when another cyclist beat his time. This only served to motivate Graeme to break the record again, while also battling mental illness.
American Flyers. In bicycle parlance, David Sommers is a “wheelsucker,” drafting through life, lacking the sprint to bridge the gap between the pack and the break. But the tragedies that David and his brother, Marcus, confront together teach him become a winner, to join Marcus as half of a pair of American Flyers.
A crash which I was lucky to walk away from seriously lucky directed me to this Kinetic Trainer. It is perfectly designed and built to last. A brilliant surgeon repaired my clavicle with astounding precision. Still can’t believe he installed hardware in me, I felt no pain. My surgeons expertise got me on this trainer the day after having plates and screws added to my rig.
Combining this Kinetic trainer with The Indoor Cycling Channel on YouTube you can ride to recovery throughout Europe in 4K resolution. Ride to their music or Crank-Up yours. A quality speaker in the room won’t slow you down either you can play it at 11. Music is meant to be heard and felt. Amazing how transporting these videos are as I’m roll along at homejust, Going Down The Road Feeling Better.Oui.
Installing and uninstalling your bike on the Kinetic Road Machine is simple with a brilliantly designed hub-locking system fitting over your skewers in place. Easy on easy off for rainy sunny day transitions. Prior to owning this trainer I rarely cycled in the rain.
Since losing work lock-down living was trying then I crashed and had screws and plates installed in my clavicle; thanks Medicaid. The indoor trainer was a rookie experience for me. The Indoor Cycle Chanel on YouTube is a blessing, ride in 4k resolution throughout Europe. These seriously help when procrastinating about indoor-riding. I rigged a bare-foot pedal system with the cardboard this Kinetic Trainer shipped in. Lock-down will keep you thinking. I was thinking about riding as a child at the beach with no shoes and ended up here forty-five years later. What a ride.
Back to one-room living in lock-down. Bedroom, kitchen, bike-shop, video studio, garden. Hermetic living is familiar, tent, room-share, motel, sleeping-bag. In eleven years I’ve lived a hermetic lifestyle. I will say I very much enjoyed living in this tent. I thought I had no options going homeless then re-focused my resources and skill-sets and moved here. I loved camping as a child. If you have the need to live in a tent the JetBoil is an essential and practical purchase. You’ll see what I mean. Ten-months in this ten makes my current scene feel like a Four- Seasons Penthouse.
I was fortunate to find this room for rent in a ten-room house with nine other tremendous people. Shared kitchen stocked like a restaurant, three bath, laundry, WiFi, Ethernet, Netflix, cable, fax, copy machine, scanner and twenty-four hour coffee all included in the rent. I cycled past this house for a year wondering, Who lives in that unusual house? Now I do. Similar stories all my roommates have, lost job over age, divorce, illness, bankruptcy then the courts close in and take whats left of your cash and your humility. You know The American Dream. At Least I’m Enjoying The Ride.
Proof of concept for my cardboard pedals and I heard riding bare-foot prevents Corona-Virus. Just kidding, that only works if you soak your feet in bleach or disinfectant first.
Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook are tremendous tools. I’ve worked in news-journalism since 1979. Facebook has zero to do with news, truth or journalism. Journalism was a profession and needed not to be democratized, especially with a shallow soulless platform like Facebook.
What started this? I pushed a blog posting with Facebook discussing socialism’s facts and fictions. Facebook rejected it twice because I mentioned truth and socialism. The fucking audacity of Mark Zuckerberg who rigged the election colluding with Cambridge Analytical and subsequently Vladimir Putin to give us Trump. Mark say’s he is there for the people. He is there for the money while living in a constant state of self-delusion. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more insincere person struggle so much with his own bull-shit. Watch him melt down here when asked a few substantive questions.
Which brings me to Frank Zappa’s clear headed truth regarding capitalism.
Mark got insanely wealthy by selling his soul to Wall-Street while pretending to care, not a new story in America. As I see it, this capitalist country was built on lies so in a way Facebook is very American as it constantly spreads primarily bull-shit while attempting to mascaraed as news. Facebook is glorified email designed to massage your ego into a manipulative hypnotic state of self-importance where you are totally exposed and vulnerable to corporate greed all while an unwilling player in the undermining of society.
Having recently added screws and plates to my clavicle I’ve discovered the indoor-trainer. If your in the market consider the Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2. Struggling for the motivation to ride indoors I turned to YouTube and found a series of Indoor Cycling Videos, https://youtu.be/XfSOZva-v3s, always wanted to ride in Europe. With the breeze-less heat of indoor riding I wished I could ride barefoot and discovered this affordable solution.
Riding barefoot feels great and helps me get over the indoor riding during rehab and the point-of-view videos are more realistic then I had imagined. The Kinetic Road Machine Smart 2 is very impressive. Completely stable and the ride is just as realistic with real world road resistance.
So; I cut some cardboard thicker then my pedal studs and it snapped in place with the cleats securing the cardboard firmly in place. It worked just as envisioned. Clearly this works only on flat pedals, sorry clip-less folks. If looking at an eight week recovery you might consider putting flat pedals on for some barefoot riding.
Corona-virus hit on our economy with 42 – 45 million out of work, that’s 25% of the 160 million work force. Bicycle are and will continue to help us get through and adapt to these changing times. Fourteen years ago I lost everything but my 20 year old Diamond Back. I then learned how important a bicycle can be to sustaining life with a simpler and more life enhancing lifestyle. With some modifications to my life and bicycle I realized how much can be accomplished with my bike, learning day by day what I really needed VS what I was told I needed by a system bleeding US all dry.
A bicycle is a powerful evaluation tool when considering real need VS desire. My bike saved my life, re-imaged my future, livelihood and attitude. These day’s if I find myself in a car, I’m wanting out of the car feeling increasingly trapped. The world is meant to be experienced outdoors on two feet not in a rolling metal box polluting your environment.
It can work, sell that second car sitting idle and insured in the driveway. Everyone’s employment situation varies. If you or your spouse are out of work your jobs might not return. Consider a new career close to home and ride a bike. This is how I discovered I love to cook and work in a kitchen. First job that never felt like work for me. No corporate kitchens is a rule of mine. I had one corporate job prior to cooking and learned enough in that cesspool of incompetence never to poison my soul in that environment again. Find an independent restaurant if you think working with food is for you.
Life on a bike is empowering, simpler, healthier, less expensive, way more fun, easier and free parking, did I say way more fun and an excellent way to really learn your community in ways not imagined yet. Cycling will simply embellish and enrich your life in every way, everyday.
Cycling will save you and the environment, we need each other, it’s a perfect synergy. The positive effects of cycling span the universe universally. Every car is killing us all. Every bike is enriching and saving us all. These are clear facts just like the clear facts regarding Climate Change. As we all carve out new lives dealing with the virus and it’s economic residue moving towards a more Cycle-Centric Lifestyle will benefit you and yours in ways you will lose track off.
Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962. This book should have changed everything, business as usual also know as corporate-greed conspired in discrediting Ms.Carson for decades. Typical when a women delves into a male dominate business. This could be why you are first hearing of this, one of humanities most important literary works, for the first time.
Have I ever been bored on my bike? Trick question. Job loss and lock-down are re-defining time. I sleep whenever, ride whenever enjoying the early hours. Sometimes getting out the door is tough. Don’t know why. One book that I find a real door opener is, The Runners Literary Companion. A compilation of short stories and poems, all riveting a few will leave you consider truth or fiction. You’ll see what I mean.
Not A Cycling Book Per se. “The Runner’s Literary Companion” Is Exceptional Motivational Reading With A Collection Of Memorizing Stories.
Dave Wottle stunned the Olympic stadium in Munich with this relaxed confident run for gold in the 1972 800 meter-final. It gets me every time. A stunning athletic effort.
Bob Beamon left the world-record in his wake by 21-3/4 inches with one of histories seemingly effortless superhuman performances in Mexico City’s 1968 Olympic Games. A genius unaware of his own natural greatness is a momentous force.
Winning seven tours in a row, unthinkable, maintaining a level of fitness separate of all for seven years, impossible. What separated Lance Armstrong from the rest of the the fields was his mental toughness and superior training. All the contenders were doping Lance just out worked them in every way. His job was too win.
These two highlight clips I find inspirational. Sheer determination coupled with prefect training was unstoppable for seven years in France. The positive channeling of adrenaline Mr. Armstrong deployed as a results of these unforeseen circumstances is another example of superior mental-toughness. Few can bounce back from adversity with such confidence and controlled power.
First stability adding confidence. Second cornering with these Schwalbe Big Apples you can layout sweepingly low relaxing turns. I visualize Birds Of Prey, Beaver Creek the Master, Bode Miller’s dominating career especially on Beaver Creeks Birds Of Prey would harness and unleash the skis energy effortlessly calmly devouring some of the planets most life-threatening terrain with his authoritative ski-racing career on the edge.
Speed, cornering, stability and confidence negotiating pot-holes, curbs and rail-road tracks will keep you rolling with confidence maintaining velocity all the while.
SCHWALBE G-ONE Speed 29″ x 2,35 OneStar EVO LiteSkin
Having ridden theses SCHWALBE G-ONE Speed 29″ x 2,35 it felt like floating as I seemed to have traction on air, gliding along barely touching earth. Add a good tail-wind and the rest is history on these tires. Seriously fast, ultra-light weight.
I’ve been car-free for twelve years and shared roads and trails with more cyclists in the past three months then the last forty-three. I love that cycling-vibe when we ride together, the synergy of the wheels. Bike-shops boom with more cyclist born and reborn every minute. Errands on your bike far more enjoyable then by car. You can shop locally on your bike, support your local business-folk, exercise, free-parking, interact with humans, masked but human. Who buys shoes on-line?
Amazon is destroying small-business, the planet and driving that final-nail in the coffin of the American Middle-Class. Amazon is a virus on small-business and subsequently US, consuming and destroying everything, everyone in it’s path, with it’s monumental greed. A trillionaire the world needs not. Get on your bicycle and shop locally, farmers-markets, road side vegetable-stands, local food will do you right. Supporting your local economy is key now as we need each other more then ever. Why would you put a penny in Jeff Bezos pocket when you pay way more taxes then he does? Support a real American Taxpayer on Main Street not a Pretend American Taxpayer like Jeff Bezos in cyber-space. Watch this PBS FRONTLINEAmazon Empire The Rise and Reign of Jeff Bezos for the enlightening details.
This Cycling Rejuvenation is key to the societal change we need. Does anyone need anything overnight or god forbid two-days? A grill-cover, a pair of shoes that won’t fit? Can you find it on your bike? What’s your hurry? Go for a ride, think about It, do I really need IT?. If Amazon was Ama-Gone tomorrow, would the world end? One of our few powers is supporting each other in any way especially while riding a bike and shopping locally whenever possible, take that power and ride with it. I realize everyone’s home base is relevant to what is within cycling range. Today, if you have the time I seem to have, the longer the ride the better.
With new content in short supply I looked to the past and found innumerable treasures on-line. Both archive.org and openculture.com provide a tremendous variety and volume of content. Print, Video, Music, Classic Films, Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Birth Of A Nation, all free and in the public domain. Everything in the public domain is there. Archive.org is The Library Of Congress on-line all tax-payer funded. You can spends hours browsing and researching everlasting topics across both sites, the educational and entertainment value is incalculable lately. Archive.org has an app available through Apple.
Diversify Your Angles With This Home-Made Go-Pro Rig. Roll With 2 Go-Pro’s Simultaneously Deploying A Handel-Bar Mount.
This home-made Go-Pro Platform will add some new points-of-view to your cycling-videos. You could roll with two cameras simultaneously with is this platform and a Go-Pro Tube Mount on your handle-bars. Excellent for family cycling films. Go-Pro’s accessories are excellent, affordable, brilliantly designed with dynamic functionality. This platform embellishes your Go-Pro’s angels adding flexibility in editing. Additionally TOPEAK’s diverse product range is impressive with many Go-Pro mounting options.
This TETRARACK M2 (Mountain) is state of the art in every way. Just ordered one to test interaction with Go-Pro’s Bar Tube-Mount.
Let’s start with the obvious cost variance and flat-pedals work with most any shoes you have on foot. Then there’s walking around on cleat-ed shoes. I don’t ride a traditional road bike, never road a Tour-Of Anywhere and only race myself, I’d put flat-pedals on my Pinarello, I find them more stable and the freedom to move your feet adds versatility to your riding skills.
Flat-Pedals allow for slight foot adjustments, analogous with a minuet gear changes. Never found any clip-in shoes very comfortable, my feet would go numb trapped in one spot. The limited reaction time sums it up for me, when I want to move my feet, I want too move my feet, instantly. Flat-pedals embellish confidence and your over all freedom of movement on the bike. The idea of feet clipped-in seems oxymoronic to the overall vibe of cycling. What’s next seat-belts and helmets?
I survived with a Jet-Boil living in a tent, it’s value was never underappreciated. It boils water rapidly, heats soup, excellent for oatmeal, cleans-up fast, it’s light and packs away easily. Also a French-Press Coffee fitting purchased separately. Jet-Boil makes a few different models and sizes with a wide range of functionality throughout various models so have a look to find your best fit. Jet-Boil is the Go-Pro of camp stoves. A brilliantly designed product, cutting edge, reliable and priced righteously.
If you haven’t seen Breaking Away after watching this trailer you will. Buy or rent Breaking Away on YouTube. It’s a film you might want too own. I feel great every-time I watch this one.
I feel Breaking Away stands alone in the Cycling-Cinema Genre. Next, Bicycle Thieves, this Vittorio De Sica 1948 post world classic spins a father and son’s tale tracking down a stolen bike. It’s gem and a great wat to brush up on your Italian. Bicycle Thieves, is a weighty film in the Italian Neo-realist film movement and just one of the genres and Vittorio De Sica’s many stunning films.
As for other films from the past. Marathon Man, Nazi’s, Diamonds, A Dentists and A Runner. Laurence Olivier and Dustin Hoffman star in a THRILLER you will watch again if you dare.
Stunning cinematography just one of this films highlights, Where The Rivers Flow North, shot in Vermont’s Northern Kingdom, a cedar-oil farmer VS an electric dam claiming eminent-domain over his family land. Rip Torn, Michael J. Fox with Tantoo Cardinal, all proffer classic interpretations in once in a life-time roles. Rip Torn stands alone with his mammoth portrayal of Noel Lord.
Can’t forget this one. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, another classical story of Man and Bicycle.
Boy And Bicycle 1965 Ridley Scott, yes Blade Runner Ridley Scott. This is his first films.
A teenage boy skips school, spends the day riding through town and a deserted beach on his bicycle, his mind wanders imagining he is the only person in the world.
Hope you enjoy these for the first time, second or third and so on.
Bar-ends add control, power, confidence and comfort.
I ride a Mountain-Bike on the roads now, with this handle-bars set-up. Comfortable and empowering providing more climbing power, more control cornering and more confidence with sketchy terrain especially crossing rail-road tracks. Acceleration and power increased as the bar end are in vertical alignment with your femurs, quads and hamstrings. It’s like having an extra gear or two instantly at your disposal.
Specialized makes a few lengths and curved bar-ends. Other manufactures make a number of varied shapes.
Cane Creek bar-ends are a bit more ergonomic and lower profile.
If you try this set-up I bet you’ll like it especially off road although once I took this bike on the smooth roads I haven’t gone back on the trail since. The speed was too alluring for me. This set-up is very fast and stable on the roads concrete bike trails and in the forest.
I run these Schwalbe Big Apples size 29 x 2.35. Fast, durable, amazing cornering, haven’t had a flat in four years.
Cycling high is comparable to helmet wearing and cycling with music in your ears, your either in or out. Helmet’s are a choice like getting in a car, same applies to cycling with music and cycling high. Ride as free as you can while respecting basic cycling etiquette and your fellow humans.
Cannabis and cycling have dynamic therapeutic effects on my existence, a perfect synergy they make. This theory applicable to skiing and other activities involving you as the power source and mother-nature, based on my research and observations. Mix in music you love and ride in another reality, that physical reality where you’re in total control relaxed in sync, floating within natures universe.
Homer Simpson: “I wish. We were bicycling to a lake.”
I listen to this Mark Twain short story while stretching, it’s wonderful. You can find many rare cycling audio-books on YouTube all excellent for stretching. If you are not stretching thoroughly you are short changing your training efforts and risking injury.
Jack LaLanne who inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron for decades before exercise became a national obsession. Mr. LaLanne, the original Fitness Guru once told me the best exercise equipment to use is the one you use. Same applies to stretching. You don’t have to be a Yoga Pro just stretch. The more you stretch the faster, farther, stronger and healthier you ride.
“The cyclist is a man half made of flesh and half of steel that only our century of science and iron could have spawned.” 19th-century author Louis Baudry de Saunier
Cycling, one of life’s great escapes. Today more-so than ever. We are living through our own slow-motion genocide televised live 24-7. Ain’t that America? Truth and fact based-science are no longer relevant as the inevitable failure of Capitalist-Insanity run amuck masquerading as government comes to a boil within the festering incompetence of today’s titular leadership. My very first bike ride escaping reality is still in progress fifty-nine years later. Remember the first time as a child when you realized most adults were, not exactly adults and the concept of real trust encompassed your childhood? My bicycle has been my escape from the lies of life, my way of reveling in life and nature. Escaping the bull-shit of life living on my bike with nature, nature is life get out in it, live in it. Don’t miss it! Let this virus be you opportunity for freedom, no longer a slave to the traffic-light, slave to the man, enjoy your new cycling-life. Jump over that fence enslaving your humanity. Jump Now.
Today the UK, under Boris Johnson’s leadership dedicated 2-billion-pounds to get more cyclists on the road as part of efforts to evolve a new lifestyle and economy in a corona-virus world. Sadly we don’t have any enlightened leadership in the USA.
While consequences of this virus unfold the many benefits of cycling re-emerge for society. The personal benefits of cycling are many, I believe a cycling town is a healthy town, a healthy in every way town, equaling societal strength and governmental stability with common-sense and reality leading the way. The closer you are to nature the closer you are to reality.
Cycling technology is part of this resurgence. E-Bikes of every flavor make commuting on E-Bike a reality for many. Cargo E-Bikes create options for small businesses. Bicycle engineering across the industry has made cycling easier for all with lighter faster, more reliable and dynamic components for every commuting scenario. E-Bikes will do for cycling what Snowboards and Shape-Ski’s did for the ski-industry.
I love going as fast as possible. If you enjoy speed, as I do, a few thoughts here. I struggle with carrying tools, tubes, pumps, CO2 or anything I really don’t need when it comes to speed. Some days I just want to ride as light a bike as possible. Me the bike a water bottle. No baggy clothing, skin-tight equals speed. Check your seat height, there is speed there if too low.
Golden, Colorado is my kind of cycling town, blessed with miles of silky fast concrete trails, mountain-bike trails and clean bike-lanes.
Mountain Trail heads in town will lead you into the foothills and beyond. Bike-Packing trips are possible in all directions. Golden’s weather is Golden. Having lived in New England where cold, wet and windy is cold, wet and windy. Golden and Colorado has cycling weather dialed in I find it perfect year round.
“Cycling is possibly the greatest and most pleasurable form of transport ever invented. Its like walking only with one-tenth of the effort. Ride through a city and you can understand its geography in a way that no motorist, contained by one-way signs and traffic jams, will ever be able to. You can whiz from one side to the other in minutes. You can overtake £250,000 sports cars that are going nowhere fast. You can park pretty much anywhere. It truly is one of the greatest feelings of freedom once can have in a metropolitan environment. It’s amazing you can feel this free in a modern city.” Daniel Pemberton, The Book of Idle Pleasures
It see it every day, tricycles, training-wheels, dusty bikes, uni-cycles, recumbent, a penny-farthing, e-bikes, cargo-bikes. With Corona-virus the need to recreate is plentiful and nature still is. My town Golden, Colorado is built for cycling, bike-paths, miles of concrete-trials, adjacent, the foothills with access to Morrison and Evergreen making a great day ride with may options for more miles along the route. Since lock-down I’ve been riding three-plus times a day turning every errand to an eight or ten mile loop. I might become a bike-racer after this, if there is an after.
The silver-linings. Cleaner Air! I see Denver without a brown-cloud. I see a new sea of cyclists. Bike shops are booming, my chain is clean, always. Cycling, it’s free health-care just outside your door. Exercise will the only health-care available soon. Cycling is freedom on steroids in these perplexing times, freedom from the insanity of reality. So get out and ride, ride like your life depends on it. I know mine does.
Unbidden, Johnson—who, before becoming prime minister regularly cycled in London—added that “there will be a huge amount of planning going to helping people to get to work other than by mass transit and this should be a new golden age for cycling.”
Hydraulic Brakes are worth the coin. Shimano-Decore XT Hydraulic-Brake system was revolutionary for me, the delicate control and smooth contact between disc and pads is exceedingly impressive, feels like mind controlled brakes. Lightest touch applied yields a silky-smooth controlled deceleration from the highest possible speeds increasing confidence and control. The clean ascetics of hydraulic systems are preferable to wired-cable systems. Shift levers are low profile, light weight, beautifully designed like all Shimano products. These brakes function to perfection flawlessly and look great. If you have the budget hydraulic-brakes won’t disappoint, they are a worthy upgrade.
As this virus shuts down capitalism there hasn’t been a better time to ride a bike since the invention of the automobile. Human powered transport takes back the roads as Mother Nature reclaims her planet while air and water get cleaner by the hour. This is the perfect opportunity to evaluate what you really need in life. Two cars vs one car and a few bicycles, an E-Bike, plant a garden. Simplification will be essential to success and survival in these uncertain times with total failure of leadership in Washington.
The death of capitalism and the slow motion genocide of America’s back-bone the middle-class is happening now, televised live 24-7. Societal change can’t happen soon enough as infinite growth on a finite planet has proved the pure insanity it sounds like. An economy built on intentional war for profit, oil and lies is not sustainable. As American Empire unfolds we need too force change upon the selective-ignorance of revolting-wealth which has brought us to this, edge of extinction.
We need too act now as the “residue of democracy” (Chomsky 2015) is in peril. Cycling is one of life’s great experiences now more than ever, enjoy every ride! I am grateful for many things, these days my bike is topping the list. Here’s a great story to take your mind for a ride.