Friday, February 26, 2010
By the way, the reviewer/interviewer feels she has to explain the book's title, The Spirit Level.
The aspect of the piece that makes it blogworthy is the not-so-usual mention of something "all cyclists know:" That cyclists can identify with motorists and the issues drivers have to deal with, but very few motorists have a clue about life on two wheels over by the curb.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I do know that I can put up one post after another dealing with every aspect of cycling or other of my interests, and I won't get a comment. Check it out.
But if I put up one post about a genuinely ugly helmet likely to be worn by a skinny, sullen, unshaven guy on a color-coordinated fixie, someone will suggest that I need to grow up. Maybe I should feel grateful; guys my age are seldom asked to act older.
Oh... Who is Barney Rubble? And who is Cyclotourist? Do you suspect some kind of conspiracy here, Jim? By the way, who are YOU?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Read this piece about Portland's struggles with cycling infrastructure and decide which of the groups Mionske mentions that YOU fit into.... It's from bicycling.com, but you knew that.
It's the new Giro Section helmet in brown "leather-effect," the faux hide treatment intended to evoke some sepia-toned era that is gone but lingers in the minds of 22-year old luggies.
It's a Giro so we can figure that it's not cheap. The BikeRadar.com article included a photo of the helmet upside down, and it looks marginally protective, not that potential buyers care - as they have so richly demonstrated.
The new Giro Section will surely be hot in summer and ugly all year 'round.
I'm done now. I'll go back to listening to Fats Domino on vinyl.
Added post comment: Perhaps, if I have time this evening, I'll try to grow up. If I do grow up, that new Giro Section may become an object of beauty. Maybe. Maybe not.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Only just today, my buddy Phil and I wondered what we used to do in the days before personal computers to waste all the time we now fritter away at our desktops. Hours and hours....doing ourselves no good at all, if Olivia Judson is right. Well worth reading - standing up!
Monday, February 22, 2010
It's from the Guardian.co.uk.
I'd never heard a word about any of this, even from my father, a young man in Detroit during Prohibition. A meat-cutter, he sold sliced meat to speakeasies, and would surely have known. Has anyone heard anything about this?
Sunday, February 21, 2010
If you check out web sites focused on bicycle racing, you cannot have failed to note that the svelte Specialized Shiv time trial bike has been banned from racing by the UCI, the sport's international governing board.
Each news item about the unfortunate ban features a lovely, carefully posed photo of the bike in question, a bike that evidently is just too damn fast. Its dimensions, in the area just aft of the head tube, have been revealed to violate UCI guidelines. Illegal. By millimeters. Too sleek. The above photo is from VeloNews online.
Ah, but the bike is fine for triathletes and amateur time trialists all around the world. It's only guys who get bikes free who are prevented from riding it. Those of us who walk into Specialized stores (with lots of money) and buy our bikes can buy a Shiv and use it without concern. And it must be godawful slippery and fast, huh? So fast the UCI banned it!
What a bonanza for Specialized. As someone said, You can't pay for advertising like this!
Friday, February 19, 2010
My friend Fred at Arrowhead Motorsports in Moab, UT, sent me these photos of stunning Arches National Park, shot today. These images are especially striking because of the winter weather. We typically visit Arches in the summertime....
Above is one of the 22 shots. You can see them all by clicking on this right here.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Twice during the performance, Clark forgot the lyrics to songs he wrote and has been singing for 25 years. He's 68 and it's hard to guess how long he'll be able to do these gigs.
Here's a link to a YouTube video of Clark and friends singing Dublin Blues. He's accompanied by Karen Matheson, whose name I had never heard.
We love Guy Clark's music. See if you don't agree....
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
text and image by dean adams
February 16, 2010
Photo: Rossi in 1997
February 16 is Valentino Rossi's birthday; he turns 31 today. The nine-time world champion will no doubt spend a quiet night in with a few hundred close friends, all of them chatting and laughing at machine gun volume and pace.
While Barry Sheene maybe came the closest to eclipsing the sport before Rossi, the Italian has truly transcended motorcycle racing with his popularity, accomplishment and charisma. While Rossi currently has no plans to leave racing or retire, MotoGP is certainly going to be a very different place without him.
As former world champion Wayne Gardner put it a number of years ago: "Every time you see Rossi ride, you're seeing history made."
Monday, February 15, 2010
By the way, your comments come to me via email but are unreturnable, so I have to respond via a blog post.
Lake Merritt Velodrome. You wonder if every US village and town had a bicycle racing track back when. Imagine....
Added later: Please don't miss Mark Walsh's comment to this post!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Here, from his web site, is a 12-minute conversation with Mionske about legal issues for cyclists.
Once again, this interview was called to our attention by the eagle-eyed David S! Whattaguy!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Andrew Ritchie, mentioned in the text, has just completed his second Major Taylor biography, sure to be a tale well told. Here's a link to Jim Langley's blog and a review of Major Taylor, the Fastest Bicycle Racer in the World.
Nineteen-forty-seven. Think of it!
Added later: You wonder if some or many of the guys in the photo had been exposed to road racing while stationed in Europe during WWII. Certainly there was velodrome racing in the States pre-war as the text suggests, but road racing? I think not.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
How 'bout a contest? Estimate the number of foreclosed dwellings Brendan and Tony will ride by on their way across Phoenix and environs, and win an acre of pristine desert (plenty of room for that pool!) 65 miles from the nearest workplace, a meth lab. Plus an F250 Harley-Davidson Edition for your commute. Don't forget the sunscreen!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Saturday, February 6, 2010
This is a little eerie to watch but entertaining. Watch the cyclists and drivers. Nothing changes....
Did everyone know but me? I thought he was back on his bike and that's why he lost all that weight....
Thanks to David S and Cyclingnews.com, we learn that Eddy did not have cancer after all, just a stomach ailment that runs in his family. Here's the item.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
We love the easy to read and easy to understand. We prefer to invest in companies with names that are easy to pronounce. We love the familiar: "If it's familiar, it hasn't eaten us yet." We find beauty in the familiar.
This piece is a bit long but interesting all the way through.
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Last year in miracle warm weather I rode my motorcycle to the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock TX for a memorial weekend of events. This year it's too cold to go but I'm there in spirit, listening to Buddy Holly on Pandora.
I was a month away from my seventeenth birthday when the plane crashed. That day has remained in my mind the way the day of JFK's assassination a few years later has, the way 9-11 does, the way many days have that were more tragic in a cosmic sense, in a world sense.
Buddy would be in his early 70s now if not for that plane crash and given good luck through the decades. You wonder if he'd be playing Vegas, doing the same old songs every night, catching motel room keys tossed onstage by grandmothers.
Some of the Crickets, his backup group, are doing well, still playing gigs, living back home in Lubbock. Gracious men, those old country rockers, listening gratefully to seniors telling them how much they meant to them in their distant youth.
I'm sad that Buddy died so young with so much promise unfulfilled. I've been sad about his loss for 51 years this morning. I'd like to tell him how much he meant to me in my increasingly distant youth.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
From the Wheels section in today's NY Times online. Wonderful six minute film.... Enjoy!
When you tell people about The Hurt Locker, they ask you to repeat the title and want to tell you about Avatar. Clearly, Hurt Locker was under-publicized.
While you're watching The Hurt Locker, it's as if you are in the vehicles and on the ground with the soldiers, a small crew of guys who defuse unexploded bombs - in city streets and the countryside. All around you are locals - maybe just rubberneckers, maybe the enemy - with detonators in their hands.
Worth reading for sure.
Monday, February 1, 2010
We don't hear much about bloomers these days, but they were objects of horror and derision back then - "Only pretty women should wear them!"