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The Future of Cycling. Living and Dying In Trumps Environment.

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No science. No truth. No reality. No habitable planet. No cycling.

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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.

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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?

Your Bicycle Is an Extension of Your Body, Life and Soul.

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Don’t just ride your bike.  Engage with it.  Grab it buy the bars assimilate, infuse it with your cycling soul.

Once on your bike it ceases being an inanimate object (If ever) and becomes an extension of your body.  Like a suit, you want to wear the bike.  Put it on, don’t just sit on it.  It’s not you and your bike.  You is your bike.

Fausto Coppi.

When I first step too that pedal I connect.  It’s that first step off the earth and into The Cycling-Verse.  The Cyclist’s interpretation of a multiverse alternate universe kind of   thing.  You know what I mean.  I think I do?  It’s a private universe on two wheels.  You know.  In that first instant you forget the shit of life gliding off to freedom.

The only shit that concerns a cyclist’s comes from “Man’s Best Friend”  It’s the man made shit that we race in our world outside cycling.  That’s the dangerous shit.  The shit you don’t see.  Just don’t track it into your life.

Bluntly put, a bicycle is a kind of shit eraser for life.  Maybe there’s a flowery way of saying all this in Latin?  Rideious-Happiest.  I’ve have let my Latin lapse a bit since kindergarten.

I believe your bike remembers every ride with you secretly storing energy.  The cerebral electric motor in your mind storing synaptic energy within your bottom-bracket.  A mental generator autonomous but subliminally in your control.  You don’t know it’s there but it is.  It lurks in the background on those day’s when the hill’s seem a degree or two kinder.  Call it what you want but find it.  It’s out there I promise you.  It keeps me rolling!

Pete Townsend. Who? Yes that guy. Pete has an unfinished rock-opera Life House I think, venue absorbs the moods and energy of performer’s and fans from every performance with every show contributing to a spiritual musical spirit vibe that infects all future shows and fans, never ending meta-physical, musical synergy building a private universe only experienced at Life House.  That run-on left me breathless.

Visualization is a powerful and affordable upgrade.  Use it!  Mind and muscle form a tremendously powerful network of synergies in your unconscious.

Decades of skiing, running, cycling I can’t help but notice so many trapped in that inner struggle.  Attempting too muscle their way through a sport designed too relax.  Look up breath and relax.  You are experiencing nature first and exercising second.

Across all sports.  Runner’s, skiers, cyclists, hiker’s, walkers. All Looking Down?  Eye contact is where it’s at.  It will help your sporting efforts and your human efforts.  Nature is the greatest show on earth.  Use those eyes to their fullest and enjoy what your here for.

Check Your Seat Height?

Low seats and improper foot placement on pedals result in more effort with less result.  Many with the balls of their foot at the top of the pedal.  Or overhanging the pedal.  The primary thrust of your quads and femurs is not hitting your pedal’s sweet spot.  Too low a seat increases the work load on your quads exponentially.

If your seat is too low this waisted effort gets exponential.  You won’t get the most out of your components with your body miss-aligned to your bike.  I put my big-toe joint/ knuckle adjacent to the pedal’s axle point.  Which aligns with the crank.  The leg bone’s connected to the hip-bone.

If you roll with flat pedals as do I, you have added agility.  Moving a foot in an instant is critical for me.  I just can’t have my feet locked in place.  I find the ability to freely move them synonymous with one-half a gear change.  It’s also a slight change in body position which never hurts climbing.  This is really only applicable when climbing.  In Colorado it’s key.

The nature instinct too muscle it through life will infect all life’s elements ultimately holding you back in all your efforts.  Don’t compete with your bike.  Work with it.  Make sure it is set up to benefit your efforts not impede them.

 

At The Crossroads of Skiing and Cycling.

If your a cycling skier or a skiing cyclist’s.  A fan of perfected grooming?  Beaver Creek is home to the planets finest. When it comes to speed and turns on a bike look no further. Golden Colorado is the Beaver Creek of cycling.  A giant bike park as I see it.

Smooth surfaces and seams.  Very fast with plenty of turns following the stream along the Clear Creek trail.  Golden is surrounded with fabulous cycling terrain.

Every ride I visualize Beaver Creek’s finest days gone by.  One epic day. My son Spencer and I.  Powder you might only see once.  Spencer took too bottomless powder like lobster takes to butter.  Chew on that.

Spencer had the forth grade ski-free pass.  I paid $100 back then!  Spencer laments the $100.  Grabbing a handful of free granola bars from the ticket window, Not exactly $100 worth, as the powder piles around us I add.  “Spencer at the days end tell me if it’s not worth $10.00 an hour.”   We board the escalator then the Centennial quad.  The rest, Pure Powder History.  I worked to keep up all day we devoured that entire mountain.

A day when you can’t possibly pick a best run.  It was one perfect six hour run.

We jumped on Grouse Mountain’s old double for a few runs as the day wrapped up.  Reminds me of the Killington Peak Chair over Cascade.  I speculate. You know the only thing that could make this day better would be bumping into the afternoon grooming fleet as we head over to Centennial.

Disembarking after a third run down grouse we carve off left, pitch drops a bit.  We accelerate towards Centennial.  There they were.  Our fleet of Piston Bully’s staggered out diagonally with 4000 vertical feet of pristine grooming in their wake. Spencer gives me a holy-shit dad look then cuts hard right in behind the last machine.  Imagine that!  All that perfect grooming to ourselves for last run of a perfect powder filled day.  I couldn’t have planned this better if I didn’t?

Warm chocolate chip cookies compliments of Beaver Creek waiting at the base. Only thing missing from this day?  A heavy coating of Powdered Sugar on those cookies.

Oh yes, both Spencer and I felt it was a value at ten dollars an hour for “The Best Day Ever Dad.”  You can say that twice and mean it!  Still the finest $100.00 chocolate chip cookies ever.

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 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.

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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.