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Bike-Packing Getaway From Virus Mania.

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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:

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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’s rack and bag systems are on par with their amazing tent.

 

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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

Leatherman CRUNCH 1

This Leatherman CRUNCH1 with vice-gripping features will be welcome in any camp-site.

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.

 

Fathers Day Rolls On Behind The Scenes.

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Bike icon vector sign and symbol isolated on white background, Bike logo concept iconA fathers imprint as a child rolls on and 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. 

BeckettFrom 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.

Peugeot PX10

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.

Phone Booth

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.

Enjoy The Ride.

 

A Boxing Cycle.

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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 leave you with this a great film for any ride.

Shorter Rides Yield Strong Lasting Benefits.

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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. 

Aug-Bicycle-Images-GraphicsFairy002_01Familiar 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.

In this this photo provided by PhotoSport International shows Fausto Coppi catching and passing Jean Robic on Alpe d’ Huez. (First time used by TdeF)

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.

Spinning My Opinion.

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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”

    Get Into The Cinema Cycle.

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    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.

    Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure needs no introduction.

    Training In Europe From Home.

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    The KINETIC Road Machine Really Rolls.

    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 home just, Going Down The Road Feeling Better. Oui.

    Ride The Planet From Home.

    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.

    At Least I’m Enjoying The Ride!

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    Living and riding in one room lock-down.

    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.

    Home, It’s Where I Want Too Be.

    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.

    TWO-FACED FACEBOOK CARES ONLY ABOUT DOLLARS.

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    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.

    Two-Faced 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.

    Yea.

    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.

    Barefoot Indoor Training Equals Comfortable Shoes.

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    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.

    These Shimano Deore XT Pedals Have Prefect Studs For Holding The Cardboard In Place.

    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.

    The Most Comfortable Shoes I’ve Ever Owned.