« August 2004 | Main | October 2004 »

September 29, 2004

Bicycle Escort into Afterlife

This is an interesting story.

A British Green Party Leader kicked the bucket the other day, after a long battle with cancer, and his send off includes the use of Bicycles in the procession.

The Oxford don and father of two died on Thursday night aged just 38 after losing his battle with lung cancer.

Hundreds of supporters on foot or riding bicycles are expected to process through the streets of the city at lunchtime today to pay their last respects to one of the architects of the party’s success in recent years.

His coffin is being placed on a carriage towed by a convoy of bicycles – in keeping with his wishes for the event to be as car-free as possible.

The bicycles are being decked in green ribbons rather than black.

Dr. Woodin is seen as one of the driving forces behind the party’s success in the UK, particularly at local government, over the last decade.

THE SCOTSMAN: Bicycle Cortege for Green Chief's Funeral By John Bingham

September 29, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 25, 2004

The Bicycling Bishop

You know the saying: God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform.

Or something like that.

I ain't been to Church in 20 years, so don't quote me as being acurate. :-)

Here is a wonderful, Los Angeles Times, story about one of those "Mysterious Ways".

There is apparently a growing decline in membership in the United Methodist Church, but that doesn't stop Mary Ann Swenson from using pedal power to reach out to her flock.

When United Methodists broke ground for Casa Shalom, a 30-unit affordable-housing project in Pico Union on a recent Sunday afternoon, their bishop arrived for the ceremony on a bicycle from Pasadena, 13 miles away.

Quickly changing into clerical garb, Bishop Mary Ann Swenson blessed the ground at Pico Boulevard and New Hampshire Avenue where the apartments and a child-care center for 40 children will be built.

Swenson, 57, who in her capacity as bishop of the California-Pacific Conference oversees 400 United Methodist churches in Southern California, Hawaii, Guam and Saipan, is a committed environmentalist and social activist. Almost exclusively, she rides a bicycle everywhere or uses public transportation.

"When you ride the Red and Blue Line and city buses, you will see the people of Los Angeles in a way you don't see when you're in your car," she said.

Her office is in Pasadena, and she feels that her bicycle riding helps her connect with people of all walks of life, and helps bring them to her Churches

A high Poo-bah, of any Church, traveling around on a Tandem Bike ( with her Husband ) is a startling sight, I'll grant you but, hey, whatever works I say. :-)

"One of the things I want to do as bishop is to take the center to the edge and bring the edge to the center," Swenson said, "and empower them and give new meaning and new life of possibilities to them."

Using public transit and riding her bicycle help her keep in touch with "the edges."

The Swensons always rode their bikes, but she became even more avid after the couple received a tandem bicycle as their 25th wedding anniversary gift Aug. 31, 1993.

Since then they have completed many tours, including a cross-country, 4,059-mile trip that took 58 days.


You go, Girl! :-)

I agree with her sentiment that riding provides other benefits besides helping the environment:

Out on the road you are away from the cares of your everyday life, and because
of that the time spent is very special, and one of the wonderful things about Bicycling.

Bishop Committed to Her 400 Churches and Her Bike by K. Connie Kang ( Free Registration Req'd )

September 25, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 23, 2004

Miracle Reported on in Indiana

It's a Miracle!

Local News Media Scoops the Big Boys!


Miracle in Indiana


Kit Miracle, that is. :-)

Regular readers will remember my earlier report on Kit, her painting, and her website FROM THE BACK OF A BIKE.

Well, Roger McBain, of the Evansville Courier and Press, wrote an excellent piece, on Sept.19, on her. :-)

ART ODYSSEY:

Southern Indiana artist packs journal, sketchpad and camera on her bicycle as she travels the Ohio River, documenting her trip with a series of paintings.......


Kit Miracle is on her bike looking for Christ, but she's ready for other options.

"You've got to be open to surprises," says the pedaling painter from Birdseye, Ind.

Miracle glances into the rear-view mirror sticking out from her bright-yellow bicycle helmet, checking for approaching traffic as she pedals her 24-speed Trek hybrid bike southeast along Indiana 66 toward Tell City, Ind. Her gaze moves from the river on her right to the road to the bluffs on her left as she scans the landscape for Christ of the Ohio, a tall, stylized statue that, according to her guidebook, "Indiana: A New Historical Guide," is supposed to be easily visible from the river.
If she can find the landmark, and if she can find the right composition, she may photograph, sketch or paint it there on the spot, adding to her growing collection of scenes found and captured in weekly treks along the Ohio River.


The full write-up can be viewed most easily on Kit's own site.

She also includes a link to the original ( which requires Free Registration to the newspapers website ).

And before you think you are too old to get out and ride hither, and yon, around the countryside, consider this:

Kit is 52 years old.

Only 8 years older than I am. :-)

September 23, 2004 in Blogging Cyclists | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 20, 2004

Kryptonite to Give Upgrades

This is a follow-up to my earlier piece called Kryptonite Not Super, Man


From Bicycle Retailer and Industry News comes this story, today:

Responding to last week's news of its locks being picked with plastic pens, Kryptonite on Friday announced it would give free "product upgrades" to owners of the affected locks purchased since September 2002....

As of this weekend, Kryptonite's emergency response plan had not been completely formulated. Instead, the company has directed consumers and retailers to visit its web site this Wednesday afternoon to get the details on the upgrade program.

The following locks are affected:

Evolution
KryptoLok
New York Chain
New York Noose
Evolution Disc Lock
KryptoDisco
DFS Disc Lock

Kryptonite will provide consumers with free replacement cross bars featuring the company's new disc-style cylinder lock technology to consumers who have purchased Evolution and KryptoLok series products. The company will replace for free recently purchased Evolution Disc Locks on New York Chain and New York Noose with its "Molly Lock", a heavy duty solid steel padlock.

Consumers will need to have either registered their key number, registered for the Kryptonite anti-theft protection offer or have proof of purchase to qualify.

Kryptonite also will upgrade recently purchased disc locks.

Consumers who have had one of the named locks for longer than two years will be eligible for a rebate on new products through Kryptonite dealers.

Kryptonite will be working directly with its distributors and retailers on details of the swap program.

For more information, visit www.kryptonite.com on Wednesday afternoon.



For more read: Kryptonite Gives Upgrades To Affected Consumers.

A tip of the hat to Ed Hidden, of the Blog Keystone Biking, for the heads-up on this story! :-)

September 20, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Checking in With Brandon's Champions

Last April I wrote about Brandon's Champions:

BRANDON'S CHAMPIONS was founded to honor 1 Wisconsin 13 year old, and to provide helmets with ID tags and promote bicycle safety....

The family and friends hope to reach thousands of children through speaking engagements of various sorts in local schools, and to effect changes in their community, and others, through speed limits, and the addition of bike routes, and lanes.

Ist Story.

The Website, and Blog, have changed a bit since then.

A check of the Blog finds these stories:

1. Numerous posts about Bike Rodeos in Wisconsin to raise money & spread the news about Helmet Use, and Riding Safety.

2. Auction a Success: On Saturday, June 26th the Ringle Brickyard Speedway, owned by Ed and Sandy Drews partnered with Brandon's Champions for a memorial event and auction.

Apparently this event raised over $2870. :-)

3. Aug. 14-- Secretary of Health and Human Sevices, Tommy Thompson:

"Recently Brandon's Champions got some very exciting news! Thanks to a letter drafted by a friend of our organization, Attorney Greg Stacker, our cause was brought to the attention of Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson."

The Secretary recorded three public service announcements, and this indicates that he joins Brandon's Champions in reminding children that they need to wear their helmets when biking and have the medical information carriers within the helmets.

Cool! :-)

4. July 24-- Ordering Medical Information Carriers:

This story talks about Medical Information Carriers (MICS) that are available from several resources, and how to order them.

5. This August 5th story is a cool one. :-)

Iowa Bike Ride:

"Joe Fochs (Brandon's father) rode more than 500 miles across the state of Iowa on his bicycle during the week of July 25-31 as a fundraiser for Brandon's Champions...

Approximately $2000 was raised for Brandon's Champions as a result of Joe's efforts."

This Blog doesn't use Blogger, MT, or other such systems, familiar to Bloggers, so may seem confusing, but don't let that distract you, and you will find the place interesting.

The Blog

The Main Website has links to several interesting stories, including:

"Don't go biking without helmet, identification"--Editorial: Don’t go biking without helmet, identification. ( Posted by Appleton Post-Crescent on May 18, 2004 ).

May 24-- Program stresses importance of IDs, helmets. By Michelle Kubitz of the Manitowoc Herald Times

The Website.

An excellent program, and a worthy cause, in the state of Wisconsin.

September 20, 2004 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 18, 2004

Kryptonite Not Super, Man

Kryptonite is a hot topic and people are writing about us all the time. Choose your favorite category and see what people are saying about Kryptonite and our products!

So speaketh the braintrust of the Kryptonite Co. Website :-)

The Website proudly brags that "Kryptonite is a hot topic and people are writing about us all the time."

Well, yes, they apparently are, and since the makers of "the toughest lock on the street" have yet to post a Press Release on the hacking of one of their Top of the Line products let's see what all the hullabaloo is about from some of those "people". :-)


Does one of the most powerful Bike Locks on the planet have an Achilles Heel?

If this report, from the AP, is anything to go by the answer seems to be yes.

You don't have to be the Man of Steel to open a Kryptonite bike lock.

Faster than a speeding bullet, word is spreading across the Internet, through cyclist hangouts and into bike shops that all it takes to open a circular-key lock, like the one on the famous U-shaped Kryptonite- brand lock, is a ballpoint pen.

The U-shaped Kryptonite - consisting of a steel curve with a locking horizontal bar - has been a must-have among serious bicyclists. It can cost more than $50, and for an extra $10 to $20, it comes with a guarantee that says the company will pay customers more than $1,000 if product failure results in the theft of a bicycle.

In recent days, bicycle chat rooms on the Internet have been flooded with irate comments from cyclists, some of whom have posted short movies of themselves picking their own locks with the hollow shaft of a Bic pen.

A spokeswoman for the Canton-based company, the country's largest bicycle-lock manufacturer, said it plans to accelerate the introduction of new versions of the lock because of the complaints.

Behold the once Mighty Kryptonite Evolution 2000 Bike Lock! It Seems any 3 year old, with a Bic Pen, can unlock this sucker! :-)


Whoa Nelly!

Not good, Kal-El, not good at all. :-)

Back in the late 90's, I had 2 Kryptonites.

I lost the 2nd one when it was broken by an over-zealous Mall Cop With Bolt Cutters. :-)

Behold! The Mighty Bic Stic!! Slayer of the Lock of Steel!!!

It seems that, yes Virginia , the Pen IS mightier than the Bike Lock. :-)


Benjamin Running, a 28-year-old graphic designer in New York, helped start the furor after he posted on the Internet a video of himself picking his own lock.

"These locks literally are viewed as the industry standard, the lock that you must have. They're recommended by every bike shop," he said.

Kryptonite spokeswoman Donna Tocci said in a statement that the design still provides "an effective deterrent to theft," but that the firm is developing new products using a pen-proof, disc-style cylinder.

The company made no mention of any refunds or free replacements and did not say whether it had received any reports of bikes being stolen.

ENGADGET, and friends, hacked a lock, and even have a Video of the devastating deed for anyone interested to view.

Kryptonite Evolution 2000 U- Lock hacked by a Bic pen".

( Hat Tip to J-Walk Blog for this link. )

I'm gonna root around over the next several days and see what else I can find on the subject. [ I have 3 days off in a row coming up! Whoo Hoo! :-) ]


***SEPT. 20-- RESULTS OF ROOTING AROUND***

A Follow-up: Kryptonite to Give Upgrades.

September 18, 2004 in Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 17, 2004

Fixed-Gear Bikes Good on Long Rides?

The last time I rode a bicycle with less than 2 speeds I was in Elementary School.

Over the last couple of years, though, I've noticed adults, and teens, riding such bikes, especially on the beach, and river trails.

Others have noticed as well.

Up in the North Bay area, around the San Francisco region, on the website of Metro Active, there is an interesting article on the subject that begins with the authors encounter with one such rider on a 35 mile ride around Sonoma County.

In case you forgot, or don't know, writer Gabe Meline enlightens:

A fixed-gear bike has only one speed and no freewheel. Essentially, this means two things: you cannot change gears and you can never stop pedaling. The chain is linked directly around a single rear-wheel cog, tight and immovable, so that when the bike is in motion, the pedals are in motion and your legs are in motion.

What to do with all this motion when you suddenly need to come to a stop? Remember the opening segment of The Flintstones where Fred and Barney stop their cars with their feet? It's pretty much the same thing with a fixed-gear bike. A large number of fixed-gear riders remove all the brakes from their bikes, relying solely on their own legs to slow down and quickly pedaling backward in order to skid to a stop.

It doesn't make any sense, I know.


Damn Straight! :-)

I like Fred, and Barney, as much as the next guy, but I want my 24 speeds, and the freakin' Brakes! :-)

Anyway, Gabe writes:

With as few moving parts as possible, it offers its riders utmost simplicity with no frills--a return to cycling's roots in an age of spiraling technological advances.

A surging young demographic has curiously latched on to fixed-gear bikes in the last few years. Out in the garage, instead of souping up a hot rod for maximum power, kids fresh out of high school are minimizing by ripping apart Dad's old 10-speed and removing all but the most necessary moving parts. Give me that old-time manpower, the defiant de-creationist says, it's good enough for me.

"Give me that old-time manpower it's good enough for me" sounds like the chorus of a song, if only can find the time to think it through. :-)

It's hard to imagine the Tour de France made up entirely of such bikes but it used to be that way, and it used to be that such bikes were all there was, period.

Advances in technology, beginning in the 30's, brought us the 3, 10, 15, 20, and 24 speed road bike, and the multi-speed Mountain Bike.

Some folks just aren't into speed it seems, and so there is this new interest in an old style bike.

It seems we have Bike Messengers to partially thank for this resurgence of "Back to the 30's" nostalgia:

Some 70 years later, bicycle messengers in San Francisco and Manhattan started riding fixed-gear bikes for deliveries, and in no time at all, a fixed gear became not only de rigueur for messengers coast to coast, but an instant accessory to the modern lifestyle. Like making graffiti art or getting tattooed, riding a fixed gear succeeds to confuse most normal people, and thus achieves hipster status.

The first half of the story ends with a description of the end of the bike ride, where the group has just climed a difficult grade, and then reaped the reward of a thrilling downhill.

And the guy on the fixed-gear took it all in stride. :-)

The next part of the story is a visit with the rider of this contraption, 19 year old Buck Olen, and it is an interesting tale indeed.

The story continues with a visit with employees of 2 bike shops, including one who isn't too crazy about such bikes.

The piece ends with the author taking a beautifully scenic, and long, ride on a fixed-gear bicycle.

His conclusion?

I'm honestly amazed that I made it, and looking at my stripped-down bike, I reflect on what an amazingly simple invention it is. Wheels, pedals, a chain and a frame. Just add a strong dash of determination, and a few hours later you're shooting pinball at the Tides, the seals in the bay behind cheering you on.

If there's one thing I've learned, it's that, all social trappings aside, riding a fixed-gear bike is pretty much the same as riding a regular bike. I could have taken my 10-speed along the hills of Coleman Valley Road and it would have felt the same. I'd still feel triumphant, it would've still been beautiful and man-oh-man, I'd still be sore for days afterward.


Read the full, long, story here:

PEDAL TO THE METTLE:
Down from the dizzying heights of titanium rides comes the newest must-have item: the fixed-gear bike. Like it ever left.

September 17, 2004 in The Well Read Cyclist | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

September 05, 2004

A Look at Times Up.

Last week I wrote about an activist group leading a Critical Mass event at the Republican Convention.

Then I wrote about my Thoughts on Reporting Critical Mass.

I sent the following to an E-mail Address on the site:

Hello there, fellow cyclists,
The Recent CM spectacle at the RNC led to my checking out your site, among a couple of others, for a piece I have written for my Bicycling Blog, THE CYCLING DUDE.
I have also made the, um, executive, decision to add a link to you in my newly set up section of CM links ( I may end up moving you to the STATES SECTION if you think that's more appropriate ). :-)
http://sneakeasysjoint.com/cyclingdude/archives/001238.html If, after exploring my evolving webblog, you decide that there is a place for me in YOUR collection of links, then by all means add me to it.
A word of warning though. I MAY then be the only REPUBLICAN (though a somewhat moderate one) to appear in your list. :-) I would also like to propose something: If someone who participated in your RNC ride, or 2 someones, ( if someone who got arrested wants to ) is interested in telling the story of the ride, and its aftermath, then I have made a standing offer to my readers that may interest you:
The Offer

As of this writing I have not received an answer back. :-)

I think they were too busy ranting at the President. :-)

The Legal Teams are also probably too busy for the group to pay attention to requests by the likes of me. :-)

What happened was serious, and no laughing matter.

If Police acted wrongly then something should be done about it, but the same should also apply to any cyclists/protestors caught breaking the law in some fashion.

Well, let's take a look, anyway, at what Time's Up is all about.

The Volunteer Non-Profit describes itself this way:

A grassroots environmental group that uses educational outreach and direct action to promote a more sustainable, less toxic city. For more than 10 years, TIME'S UP! has worked to educate people about the environmental impacts of everyday decisions, from the food we buy to the means of transportation we use.

As a nonprofit group run entirely by volunteers, everyone is invited to join.

That last line, and another about "All of us working together can improve the environment and MAKE A DIFFERENCE!" is all fine and dandy, but how many people, who may be interested in promoting Bicycling, but disagree with the anti-Bush politics, will want to volunteer, and otherwise support the organization?

A visit to the site Store is a mixed bag of Pro bicycling, and anti-war, anti-world bank shirts, videos, and license plates.

A list of their Environmental Campaigns, seminars, and demonstrations, includes more of the same among the Pro bicycling stuff.

That all being said it is the Bicycling that caught my attention, and is worth mentioning.

The site includes a drop down menu to click on for events in, and around, New York City that folks can check out, or participate in depending on their interest and politics.

Since it was Critical Mass that spurred my initial article it is worth noting this from the website:

Critical Mass: This monthly event for bicyclists and skaters has become one of NYC's most spectacular and fun events, with a clear message about balancing the use of our streets and sharing space between pedestrians, bikes, and cars.

While TIME'S UP does not lead or control the route for the ride, we work on publicity, themes, and after-events.

Between Bike Summer and our efforts, we're confident that Critical Mass has grown tremendously in NYC, with over a thousand riders in the summer and for the traditional Halloween Ride. Critical Mass NYC has maintained a positive and fun vibe, inviting the public to join us. Increased biking helps to keep our greenways alive and our bridges open.

Let me get this straight...

"CM is leaderless and un-organized so, obviously, we don't lead or control the routes, but we think up themes, provide publicity, and handle after ride events.

AND we PROUDLY take at least half the credit for the success of the Movement in NYC!"

Okaaayyy..... :-)

There is an annual event called Bike Summer, around since 1999, that was held in NYC last year that this group supported:

Bicycle lovers and new bicycle enthusiasts from all over came to:

Celebrate and promote the bicycle as an efficient, fun, sociable, healthy, environmentally friendly way to get around.

Explore the city and places beyond.

Connect with new people and communities.

Envision and work toward a more bicycle-friendly world.

Bikesummer is one hundred days of celebration and activism featuring bicycle, transportation, and community events.

More than 130 events filled our calendar, including arts, performance, literary interest, food, adventure, advocacy, competition, rides, tours, activism, multimedia events, films, education, fun, and more.

The list of City organizations, and Cycling Clubs, participating, and the type of events occuring show the possibility of bi-partisanship, and a family friendly environment.

I imagine that there was enough going on to attract even a Conservative like myself. :-)

Check out this link for more, including photos: Bike Summer 2003.

Also the Home page for Bike Summer

In the days leading up to the RNC TIME'S UP held a Bike National Convention, complete with rides, workshops, a carnival, a barbeque, and a CM event.

There are links to news coverage of the BNC.

TIME'S UP operates a recycle-a-bicycle program.

TIME'S UP operates a Bike Space Bike repair location.

TIME'S UP also supports Pedicabs.

These contraptions operate mostly on weekends and during the evenings in Greenwich Village, SoHo, Times Square, Midtown, and the East Village. There are two companies offering pedicab service in New York City.

These things are cool. :-)

Here, in California, there is a successful Pedicab outfit operating at the Ontario International Airport.

Now I want to end by heartily recommending the BEST feature of the website, especially for New Yorkers, and those visiting the city for an extended period of time with the intention of doing mucho Bicycling. :-)

The BIKE LEGAL FAQ section.

These 11 questions are briefly answered:

1. Which traffic laws apply to bicyclists?
2. Is it legal to ride against traffic?
3. Is it legal to ride on the sidewalk?
4. What happens if my bike gets seized?
5. What kind of gear do I need on my bike?
6. If I am over 14 do I have to wear a helmet?
7. Is it legal to bike with earphones in New York?
8. Do I need reflectors?

9. The police stopped me because my bike does not have the proper lights, but I think the real reason is because of my anarchist black cross flag. What can I do?

10. What do I do if I get a ticket for not having the required equipment on my bike?

11. Is the speed limit really 15 mph in city parks that allow bikes?

I love Question #9, don't you? :)

There are also links to other Bike Legal Resources.

Go HERE.

In summation I guess it's safe to say that while I have issues with CM, and with the Politics of TIME'S UP, the group does do good work for the promotion of bicycling as a recreational, and commuting activity.

September 5, 2004 in Critical Mass | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 01, 2004

Thoughts on Reporting Critical Mass

A comment to my last piece, from brand spanking new Blogger Tom, of Bikezilla takes me to task for supposedly being fooled by the Left. :-)

The vast majority of Lefty protest groups are hateful, violent and disruptive. How did they fool you into thinking they would be other?

To explain how I used to be a longtime registered Democrat, despite my disgust over the antics of the Far Left, would take forever. :-)

But read on for my reply to Tom, and some thoughts on my politics, and covering CM:

I agree wholeheartedly, Tom, especially though, about the further Left Groups.

My piece shows no indication that I've changed my opinion of CM, or that the Left has fooled me about anything.

If you had been reading my other blog, Sneakeasy's Joint, over the last 2 years you would know that I am a former, life long, Moderate Liberal, who has been moving to the Right, and re-registered as a Republican last October.

I've realized that what I was, originally, was a Reagan Democrat, after all, and have been coming to see I'm actually a Moderate, or slightly more than, Republican in most of my views.

The CM Movement, and CM events, should not be allowed to operate in a vacuum, unknown, unreported on, uncriticized, and unexplained.

The mainstream media, on the Left, when it ever reports on CM events, looks at them, and the movement, uncritically.

The mainstream media, on the Right, when it ever reports on CM events, treats them, and the movement, as something put on by unabashed Leftist Commie Pinkos, and therefore legitimate Cycling issues are ignored, especially when the purpose of the ride is not about cycling, or the cycling message is obscured by the messages of the majority of the participants in a ride.

The Left, and Liberalism, does not have a monopoly on support for legitimate Bicycling issues, and the promoting of safe Cycling as a form of recreation, and a legitimate commuting option.

It just seems that way.

There are FEW unabashed Cycling Blogs in the Bloggerverse, and this is, and plans to continue trying to be, one of the more comprehensive of those in its content.

One aspect of that is keeping an eye on the Critical Mass Movement, and events.

Making my fellow cyclists, and the general public, more aware of CM will bring it, and its movement, out of the shadows where the Leftist Propaganda hides among the positive messages about Bicycling.

I am not afraid to criticize, often with strong emotion, and very strong language.

I am also not afraid to publicize the good that those I disagree with occasionally may do. :-)

If all you expect from a BikeBlog is a journal of my daily commute, or the occasional 40 mile jaunt into the countryside then you have come to the wrong place.

As my growing collection of links, and a visit through my archives, shows, there is so much more to what The Cycling Dude is all about.

Let me end by welcoming Tom to the line-up of BikeBlogs by addressing his first entry, yesterday:

BikeZILLA may be the teensiest bit over ambitious as titles go.

[ Ambition is good. it's what guided me to begin THIS place. :-) ]

I bike regularly, at least once per week, but the truth is that I have more desire than ability. Lance Armstrong I am not.

[ None of us is a Lance. I commute, and take frequent 20 to 60 mile bike rides in 5 counties. I'm just an ordinary recreational cyclist. ]

Where Lance will cover 100+ uphill miles in just over three hours, I'm doing well to tramp around various portions of the Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail systems at a steady 12 miles per hour.

[ That sounds so cool, and I hope to read stories about those adventures. :-) ]

This will be, more or less, the journal of my quest for improvement on the road to what I hope will be my first race of at least 50 miles (I'm hoping for 100) by the middle of June '05.

[ I'm no racer, and wish that more racers would share their ordinary cycling adventures, along with their racing passion, so as to be more accessable to us recreationalists. ]

They're will be other things. A bit of news on Lance Armstrong and the Tour when it comes around again, maybe some information of cycling gadgets and equipment.

But mostly it'll just be me. At least for now.

[ Writing about yourself, your rides, and your thoughts about cycling, is more than enough to get a well done blog off the ground ]

September 1, 2004 in Critical Mass | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack