May 02, 2007

Photograph of a Cyclist Receiving CPR

This is about a man receiving CPR after crashing his bicycle into a rocky outcropping while descending Brasstown Bald Mt. in Georgia, last month.

About the Photographer.

Vivid, and amazing.

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January 02, 2007

Blogosphere Covers Bicycling 6: A Quick Look Around

On January 5th, 2003, a Blog was born with a BANG.

It was created by a then little known Mainstream Blogger who had been sharing his opinions for less than a year, and who was a lifelong cyclist.

He only knew of 1 other person plying the trade of BikeBlogging, and that person had begun his blog the previous month.

The Cycling Dude was born that month, and has been pedaling his way into peoples lives ever since.

The Cycling Dudenization Of America, and the world, had begun! ;-D

A New Era in online writing for this niche was born, and the affect on my life has been profound.

From sharing my bike ride adventures, to new BikeBloggers joining the ranks because of me, to debates with politicians, activists, and regular cyclists, on the opposite end of the political spectrum from me ( Hint: I'm a former Liberal who became the Conservative he was always meant to be. ), the contents of which have made for some the best posts I've done, to an Instalanche, and the current, um, Quickie ( Hee, hee! ), and the heads up on news, events, sites, and stories from readers, and those in the industry, this ordinary cyclist ( There are several BikeBloggers with more knowledge, time, and resources, than I doing wonderful work. ) has done my best to share my love of Bicycling.

I want to celebrate the 4th Birthday of The Cycling Dude by re-invigorating a Series I began more than a year ago.

Only 4 times last year did I Blog about Mainstream Bloggers Blogging about Bicycling, and I regret the lapse. :-(

In 2005 I had begun a Series that I called BLOGOSPHERE COVERS BICYCLING.

The idea?

This series is dedicated to a singular quest:

How many bloggers in the Blogrolls of my OTHER blog, Sneakeasy's Joint, and the non-cycling Blog Bloggerverse in general, have written about the Bike, Bicycle, Bicycles, Bicycling, Bicyclists, Bikes, Cycling, and/or Cyclists on their sites, and in what context?

Why not report on any stories I find?

The last entry in the Series was in November, and all entries in this Series, and other similar postings, are in the similarly named Archives, found here.

Something has occurred that served to remind me of this project and is the reason for a return to it in 2007.

Yesterday Bill Quick, the Daily Pundit, celebrated the creation of a word that personifies how, in infinite diversity, truly Great Minds do not all think alike, and benefit the world by this contrariness.

The word is BLOGOSPHERE.

Now you know who to thank when you use that word. ;-D

I left a comment, and this led Bill to use his deductive skills to connect the dots, of authorship, between 2 Blogs. ;-D

As you will see that discovery made my day, and led to his 1st Cycling related post since September! ;-D

As for me, I had not noticed that he had a Cycling Archive, and that's where this post comes in. ;-D

So let's start Pedaling!

I've added Bill's Archive to the Blogroll not only because he is a fellow California Blogger, and someone whose work I've Blogged on my other Blog, and greatly respect, but because he's a fellow cyclist who I hope will continue his occasional BikeBlogging.

What Bill has done is just give me incentive to find a way to someday make my wish to visit San Francisco, especially for some bike riding, come true.

To readers of Daily Pundit, especially those who are fellow cyclists, I welcome you to The Cycling Dude, and encourage you to read, and comment on, 4 years of BikeBlogging ( It's all in the Archives! ), make use of the resources in the sidebar ( Unmatched in the Blogosphere! ), and let me know of events and stories, and websites related to cycling ( My e-mail is in the sidebar, and there is a special INVITE further on in this post. )

Oh, and spread the word! The word is BICYCLING! ;-D

Now let me introduce MY readers to Bill:

1. Sept. 12th, 2005:

Kayakers, hikers, mountain bikers and anyone who stays out in the elements might like the waterproof (not just “weatherproof”) Pentax OptioWP.

A Truly Waterproof Digital Camera

2. Nov. 11th, 2005:

Another cyclist discovers the fun in dragging a Camera long on the ride. ;-D

I’m spending a lot more time on my bike these days, so I decided to haul a camera along and take shots whenever I see something I like, or that is especially “San Francisco.” Some of these pics will seem fairly touristy, and some won’t.

Great Photos! ;-D

Another Something for the Weekend.

3. Nov. 20th, 2005:

Here are pics from my bike ride today.

More Great Photos! ;-D

The desciptions, this time around, are more lengthy. ;-D

4. Feb. 9th, 2006:

Okay, turns out my itch for a new bike was easy to scratch. I just grabbed a late-70s to mid-80s Raleigh out of my local Goodwill in very good condition - some chips and nicks, but that beauty golden head badge still gleams like it was 18kt. Total cost? $25.00.

Check out the cool photos. ;-D

Retro-Grouchiana.

5. Feb. 19th, 2006:

A Weekend Biking Thread is inaugurated with cool photos of a new purchase, and his current Commuter Bike. ;-D

I started a weekend cooking thread because I like cooking. I like biking, too, so we may as well have a weekend biking thread....

Okay, the thread is now officially open. You got anything you want to post about biking? If so, feel free. Your bike(s), rides, memories, thoughts, whatever.

I think this was the best idea he has had since inventing the word Blogosphere, if you ask me! ;-D

Weekend Bike Blather. ( Some interesting Comments. )

Just to remind everyone I've had an open invite, since the beginning of this Blog, in January 2003, to folks who want to share something Bicycling related in a post on The Cycling Dude.

Few, sadly, have taken me up on it so far.

The link to all you need to know has always been in a prominent spot in the sidebar.

AN INVITATION - Looking for news tips, story ideas, and the rare contributor appearance.

The Archives for all such posts, and related items, is called Voices from the Open Road.

6. March 4th, 2006:

Finally another reader gets into the spirit, and sends some nice pics that Bill inserts in a Comment.

Rob sends us some primo bike porn.

7. April 1st, 2006:

Sharing the interesting thoughts on cycling of the blogger Cold Fury.

The last of the officially titled "Weekend Bike Blather"posts seemed to have stopped in mid-May.

While reader comments were always plentiful the original purpose of the series never got off the ground.

8. August 1st, 2006:

What happens when Judges don't understand Bicycles.

Yesterday at the Multnomah County Courthouse the law came down against fixed gear bicycles.

On June 1, 2006 Portland bike messenger Ayla Holland was given a ticket for allegedly violating Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 815.280(2)(a) which states,

“A bicycle must be equipped with a brake that enables the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement. strong enough to skid tire.”

A big thanks to Bill for bringing this story, by my fellow BikeBlogger, at Bike Portland, to the attention of the non-Bicycling Blogosphere. ( Check out the discussion in the comments at both Blogs, especially at Bike Portland. )

Another Fixe-Gear Cyclist, ticketed by the same cop, WON his case in Court several months later ( The Judge was an avid Cyclist! )!

Please read follow-up posts linked in bottom of both Bike Portland pieces for more on these, and related, stories, through the FAll.

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October 24, 2006

How to Fight Capitalism With Bicycles?

It has been several months since I last checked in on the wider Blogosphere to see how it covers Bicycling, and when I discovered the following I knew, despite it being about Mountain Biking, that I just had to share it.

I was recently researching Party-approved revolutionary bike trails, meaning to spend my vacation by tracing the steps of various people's heroes on my 5-speed people's bicycle. And I found just what I wanted -

Mountain Bike Tour on the Ho Chin Minh Trail Explosion from the Past!

Relieve your rich bourgeois guilt and fight capitalism at the same time, for only  US$2,220 per person (child prostitutes sold separately).

The story, and it's photos, is an interesting one, and ought to interest those folks into Touring.

A hearty Tip of the People's Cycling Head Gear to The People's Cube, where I learned of this story in it FAQ'S Section ( Follow-up to Question # 74 ). ;-D

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July 16, 2006

Villiage Bicycle Project June Effort a Group Affair

Oscar H. Blayton, of the interesting, and informative, Blog called All African (Self Help) Bazaar, has a great post on efforts to provide bicycles to people on the African Continent.

Bikes Not Bombs says that since September 2002 it has shipped nearly 2,000 bicycles and tons of parts to the Village Bicycle Project.

Not only does Bikes Not Bombs send bikes to Ghana through the Village Bike Project but it is one of five organizations that have combined to send THIRTY TWO CONTAINERS of bicycles to Ghana totaling over 8000 bikes as of June 2006.

Websites of Interest:

Bike Works
Bikes Not Bombs
Re~Cycle

Recycle a Bicycle
Village Bicycle Project
The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute

For more on the story read this post:

VILLAGE BIKE PROJECT: A Great Example To Follow.

Other similar efforts reported on here at the Dude in recent months:

BikeTown Program Goes International.

Bikes for Botswana.

Technorai Tags: Bikes, Bicycles, Bicycling, Cycling

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July 04, 2006

A Cool Bike Rack

I saw a picture of an unusual looking Bike Rack over at Transport Trends. ;-D

Technorati Tags: Bike+Racks

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May 14, 2006

San Francisco to Norfolk for Childhood Cancer

Chris Miller, a fellow member of the California Bear Flag League, has announced his participation in a worthy cause, next month, and his intent to Blog about the journey.

A good friend of mine needs your help.  This June, 17 cyclists will travel from San Francisco, CA to Norfolk, VA in ten days.  I will be joining them, but for those of you who know me you will not be surprised to hear that I have opted to drive a van as opposed to riding a bike.

The ride is to raise money for and awareness of childhood cancer.  I have sent the following letter to my friends, and I also wanted to share it with my readers, whom I also consider friends.

Dear Friend:

I am writing to tell you about my good friend William Kiefer. In March of 2004, just after his first birthday, William was diagnosed with Rhabdoid Tumor of the Kidney, which is an extremely aggressive form of cancer. On August 1st of that year, William lost his battle to cancer and went home to be with the Lord. Each year more than 12,500 children under the age of 20 are diagnosed with some form of cancer. Although much advancement has been made in treating childhood cancer, nearly 20% of all children diagnosed with cancer have their lives cut short.

A group of friends have joined together in support of the Kiefer family and other families by forming Team-Will. Team Will is designed to raise awareness of and money for children’s charities through cycling activities. On June 16, 2006 seventeen riders will be leaving San Francisco, California, traveling through 11 states and arriving in Norfolk, Virginia on June 25, 2006. Team-Will plans to make up to nine stops at hospitals during the trip to help raise awareness in cities throughout the nation.

Along with raising awareness, each rider of Team Will has pledged to raise $2,250.

You can learn more , including how to make a donation, if you wish, by reading the rest of the story:

Ride to Reach the Day.

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November 30, 2005

Welcome Carnival of the Vanities Readers

File it Under Naughty and Nice hosts the Carnival of the Vanities #167 this week.

I wish to welcome  readers of that blog, and of the Carnival, to The Cycling Dude, which is a premiere member of a Niche in the Blogosphere, called BikeBlogging.

I am proud to continue being an occasional contributor to the Carnival.

If you are interested in the immediate 7 part follow-up to the post included in the Carnival, and missed the link in the notes, then look for them here.

Again, welcome to this particular Bike Trail in the Blogosphere, ride around, and look at the scenery, and feel free to return whenever you like.

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November 27, 2005

Oh, the Insanity!

No, not yesterday!

That will be another post. ;-D

A post of mine is mentioned in the Blog Carnival held by Dr. Sanity.

The Carnival of Insanity is a weekly round-up where the insane, the bizarre, the ridiculous, and the completely absurd are highlighted for all to see!.

Guess which post I submitted. ;-D

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November 12, 2005

Blogosphere Covers Bicycling 5

This series is dedicated to a singular quest:

How many bloggers in the Blogrolls of my OTHER blog, Sneakeasy's Joint, and the non-cycling Blog Bloggerverse in general, have written about the Bike, bicycle, bicycles, bicycling, bicyclists, Bikes, cycling, and/or cyclists on their sites, and in what context?

Why not report on any stories I find?

So let's start Pedaling!

If you watch Fox News you have seen the opinionated Columnist, and Author, Michelle Malkin, and you may have even read her columns, and Blog.

So...does Bicycling show up in her Blogging?

Yup! :-D

1. In September she shares a reader heads-up about the Plea for Katrina Relief from the citizens of Pascagoula, Mississippi:

Children who now have no homes to speak of, do not have any of the things available to occupy their minds. No only are they scared and terrified by all the hurricane damaged, and they have nothing to help take the stress off their minds. Items to help them like: coloring books, crayons, small toys, games, even some bicycles would be greatly appreciated.

Michelle links to a lengthy article, with pictures, and contact info, in a piece called Pascagoula needs help.

2. In Nov. 2004 she writes of a seemingly routine obituary in a Seattle newspaper.

It's about a Father who "loved his daughters, Kelsey and Hayley. He was at every soccer game, every school performance, every important event in their lives. He taught them how to do all the things he loved - ride bicycles, go sea kayaking, ski, or simply find some good snow to play in..."

The rest of this heartbreaking story will blow you away: An Unbelievable Obituary.

3. In June 2004 she links to a Seattle Times story on World Naked Bike Ride Day, and shares a priceless quote:

Quipped an observer at a Seattle naked biker protest: "We saw a lot of swaying, but it wasn't of minds."

Did You Know.

4. In January 2005 she writes about a shopping trip with her 1 yr. old son, and shares news of a new product on the market:

"An infant/toddler protective helmet--not for riding bikes or scooters, but for standing and walking."

Mommyblogging: Enter the Thudguard-dome.

5. In an April piece she gets cranky with the New York Times for its attacks against the Presidents Judicial Nominees.

In the piece one Judge's opinion in a case involving the non-overturning  of a conviction is mentioned:

People v. McKay- Justice Brown, in a lone dissent, voted to overturn the drug conviction of an individual stopped by the police for riding his bicycle the wrong way down a one-way street.

The Aunt Tomasina Card.

6. Also in April:

In Flanders' fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses bike paths, row on row,

That mark our place: and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns sony walkmans below.

We are the dead babes. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved,A burden discarded and now we lie

In Flanders' fields.

Startling image isn't it?

Michelles shares this poem, by a poster, she found on the Free Republic website, in a piece that covers euthanasia's impact on babies in Belgium.

7. In May she takes a Washington Post writer to task for attacking the exercise regimen of the President in an article that he titled "On a Bicycle in Beltsville, Blissfully Unaware."

Michelle, links to the article, and opines:

Milbank has a bee in his bonnet over the president's exercise regimen. These people can't make up their minds. First, Bush is too lazy and slothful. Now, he works out too much. He overreacts to terror threats. He underreacts to terror threats.

Question: How does Milbank know whether Bush was "blissful?" Did he ask him? Is he a mind-reader? Why isn't this hit-piece on the op-ed page or at least disingenuously labeled "analysis?"

The Left's new "My Pet Goat".

8. In August she writes about looting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Among other things she quotes from the Blog of the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

Those trapped in the city faced an increasingly lawless environment, as law enforcement agencies found themselves overwhelmed with widespread looting. Looters swarmed the Wal-mart on Tchoupitoulas Street, often bypassing the food and drink section to steal wide-screen TVs, jewelry, bicycles and computers. Watching the sordid display and shaking his head in disgust, one firefighter said of the scene: "It’s a f---- hurricane, what are you do with a basketball goal?" Police regained control at about 3 p.m., after clearing the store with armed patrol. One shotgun-toting Third District detective described the looting as "ferocious."

"And it’s going to get worse as the days progress," he said.

Katrina: "You Loot, I Shoot."

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October 06, 2005

Blogosphere covers Bicycling 4

This series is dedicated to a singular quest:

How many bloggers in the Blogrolls of my OTHER blog, Sneakeasy's Joint, and the non-cycling Blog Bloggerverse in general, have written about the Bike, bicycle, bicycles, bicycling, bicyclists, Bikes, cycling, and/or cyclists on their sites, and in what context?

Why not report on any stories I find?

So let's start Pedaling!

Sam, of the blog Sambot, was apparently so taken with this series that he sent me his own contributions from the summer.

1. From 12 speeds to 1: Project Streetfighter Single-Speed.

2. Sambot.com's Definitive Guide To Bicycle Frame Painting or How To Get Evicted In 12 Easy Steps.

3. Attending a Swapmeet:

Early this morning, in the pouring rain, I left my cozy domicile and ventured north. Through unspeakable peril, I fought my way past the state's capitol and toward a land of horrific danger and untold adventure. Despite the risk, I journeyed forth. The gold at the end of this particular rainbow was simply too shiny to pass up... and no axe-wielding leprechaun was going to stand betwixt me and my glorious treasure. (What? Leprechauns are known to wield axes... from time to time... right?)

My destination was scenic Bloomfield Connecticut, where I would find this state's most prized annual event: The Northeast Bicycle Swap Meet.

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