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March 31, 2010

WSJ Can't Keep a Secret, Rats Out Popular Bike Blogger! Pass it On!

In 2007 one of the most popular voices in Bike Blogging first took to the internet.

Yesterday, with the help of a willing, and eager, snitch, a tower of the Mainstream Media revealed to all the world the identity of The Bike Snob.

A mystery that even The National Enquirer, and Matt Drudge, could not solve has been solved by Jason Gay of The Wall Street Journal.

Imagine that! ;-D

Over his nearly three years of obsessing over, satirizing and deftly puncturing the sport of cycling, the anonymous blogger Bike Snob has made his worldview clear. He loves to ride his bike. He wants you to ride, too. Just maybe not on those florescent wheel rims. Or pedal against traffic. Or with your helmet on the handlebars. And even if it's not fashionable, he'd like you to consider using brakes.
Such style and safety points are well known to the readers who log on daily to the Bike Snob's sharp-edged and fetishistically detailed Web site...

You can read the whole piece, here, and you can read more from the The Snitch who helped break this story, one Eben Weiss, who, after revelling in his complicity, moves on to considering switching the focus of his blog to Gardening, followed by a fascinating discussion of "a landmark legal decision that may very well negatively impact the world of cycling forever."


March 31, 2010 in Blogging Cyclists, Life on the Street: Local, and state Laws, and other topics | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 26, 2010

Summit in San Clemente 3: Drumming Up a Healthy Brain, Helped by Pizza and a Dollop of Whiskey

KK_SC6a Stephen Dolle is an interesting man, with a fascinating past, and career.

Surviving a car accident, and 7 Brain Surgeries since 1992, barely covers it. ;-D

Don't worry having brain surgery doesn't automatically lead you to take up playing with Bongo Drums on some isolated beach, in staid Orange County, with a crowd of Dope Smoking, half naked, hippies.

While that's a scene right out of the fevered wish-fullfillment dream of a writer for The OC Weekly...HIS taking up of drumming did not lead Stephen down THAT particular path toward enlightenment, and better health. ;-D

Yes, there are youtube videos, and photos, of dancing on the beach, with colorfully clad men, and women, but this is drumming, and dancing, of a healthier, and more interesting, nature. ;-D

As I wrote in Part 1, Mr. Dolle, of Dolle Communications, is a Neuroscientist and Percussionsist, a Facilitator and Consultant.

His interests include using the rhythm, music, and language of drumming for health, wellness, movement, and sensory integration, in the interest of improving mobility, balance, and gait, and reducing stress.

Drum Circles may sound like New Age Nonsense, to some, but as I've come to learn, this week, athletic teams, businesses, and corporations think this stuff is well worth exploring, and utilizing.

Randy, Stephen, and I continued on our walk, along the beach in San Clemente, until we arrived at the San Clemente Pier, where we settled don to a lunch of Pizza and Whiskey, at Cassana's Diner. ;-D

Well, OK, it wasn't ALL Whiskey. ;-D

Randy had brought a bottle of Cream Liqeuer, hidden in a brown paper bag in his shoulder pack, so we could toast our "Historic" meeting.

Since Cassana didn't have Coffee he went next door, and brought some cups of coffee back. ;-D

He then proceeded to, um, liven up our Hot Coffee, a wee bit (Twice!), when no-one was looking. ;-D

This was the first time in 25 years that I had even touched coofee, spiked or not! ;-D

We continued talking, occassionally taking note of the passing female members of Bikinidom Assembled, and I remarked on how screwed some would be, so far from their cars, if they suffered the embarrassment of an unfortunate "wardrobe malfunction". ;-D

The Return to our car was notable for 2 feline sitings, one set in a gully next to trail, and one set in stone, and you can read the report, and see the pictures, on the blog of my Cat Nikita...Street Seens 15: March Madness - San Clemente Weirdness Edition (8 pictures in all)

KK_SC9 Since 1996, Stephen Dolle has been a tireless champion  on behalf of initiatives in the neurosciences, most notably for  the neurological disorder, hydrocephalus, which he sustained following a 1992 auto accident. He had earlier developed and patented a computer-based shunt monitoring system, the DiaCeph Test, for this condition. 

 Dolle Communitcation describes itself as "specializing in drum circle facilitation and neurosciences consulting in health & wellness, corporate teambuilding, sports training, personal communications."

 They offer "individualized DiaCeph monitoring for those with the disorder, hydrocephalus, and are a past developer of diagnostic and assistive apps for use in the management of cognitive disorders"

"Professor Mac's" site is a site overflowing with information, articles, fun facts, videos, and slide shows, that inform, and enlighten, as well as entertain, in a sometimes humorous, very easy to understand fashion.

He believes in using audible rhythm to aid mobility, attentiveness, and wellness (especially in neurological disorders).

 Stephen's 30-year career spans his work as a nuclear medical imaging technologist from 1976 to 1990, and an actor in film and theatre for 3 years in the 80's.

After his accident, and surgeries he started work that got the attention of the Food & Drug Administration.

The activities, and organizations, locally, and nationally, that he's been involved with is lengthy.

The site has sections on issues of Public Policy & Law, Science & Technology, Music & Entertainment, his DiaCeph Test, and Hydrocephalus Shunt Monitoring.

The sections on Drum Circle Fascilitation might have you banging your hands in rhythym on your desk top, a nearby table, or your lap, by the time you are thru reading it all, looking at the pictures, and watching videos. ;-D

As the site explains:

Group drumming, drum circles, or simply "drumming," refers to the modern practice of organized group play of (mostly) hand percussion instruments for the purpose of communal enjoyment, enhancing communications, health & wellness, and a wide array of other causes. Drumming is much more integrated into our modern living than you would expect. Even within the ranks of the community drum circles and industry leaders, there lies wide speculation as to the "spiritual cleansing" that takes place in drum circles....

Group drumming is a platform where participants interact with the rhythms of your brain to engage their mind and body to reach its peak performance, and to better communicate with those around them. Widely termed drum circles, it is an age old practice offering new insights today into team building and communications, which can activate key rhythms of your brain.

I found myself thoroughly enjoying reading, and exploring, all this.

The role of rhythm in our daily lives changes as we age. As our necessary survival skills continues to evolve, there is continued optimizing of rhythm's role in our lives....It is critical that we maintain our rhythm skills to remain competitive, healthy, and properly connected to those around us. Regrettably, our increasing reliance on electronic communications and technology may NOT permit sufficient exposure to needed communication rhythms. While electronic communications and artificial intelligence offers many benefits, it is yet to replace live human interaction.

Hopefully thoughts such as these will peak your interest enough to explore his site yourself. ;-D


 Around 4pm Stephen, and I said our good-byes to Randy, and Stephen drove me to the cliffs overlooking Dana Harbor where, as the fog rolled in, I set off on a 2 hour hike above the beach, and on its shores, to the north.



At one point I found myself, in a foggy field of flowers, humming, "We're off to see the Wizard!", and imagining myself wandering in a field of ...Poppies! Poppies!

Luckily they were no such thing, or I might still be there sound asleep. ;-D 

I eventually found my way to Pacific Coast Highway, found myself some dinner, and began the bus trip home.

All in all it was a fun, and interesting day. ;-D



Thanks go to Stephen for taking several of the cool pics in this series, and to both men for suggestions of shots as well. ;-D

***END NOTE***








March 26, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (1)

Summit in San Clemente 2: Exercising the Mind, Soul, and Body, Head to Toe, Strolling the Beach

KoShaReyDolleMtg.3 If you are arriving late I invite you to read part onewhere I meet Randy Eady, and Stephen Dolle, in San Clemente, Ca., then come back as we head to the beach for an afternoon stroll. ;-D

While the beach, sand, and surf, were full of people...

the paved San Clemente Beach Trail was also busy with walkers, joggers, and cyclists of ages, and all types...

as well as people being walked by their Dogs. ;-D

This trail is just 1 of 8 trails spread out throughout the city, and those other trails are ones I hope to explore if I can get to them by bus, and/or bike.

The ocean surf was cool to see in action, and what was equally fascinating was the foliage along the trail, the dirt, and wood, step paths (some public, most private) that take people from the cliff tops to the beach, and back again.


KoShaReyDolleMtg.6 I much prefered walking across the soft stones of that therapeutic cobblestone walkpad, in my stocking feet...than walking on the rocks in the tracks, and to their sides...

Um, hee, hee! ;-D

Anyway, where was I?

The cliffs themselves are an entertaining feature of the landscape, in both natural, and unnatural ways.The variety of foliage from flowers, and cactus, to weeds, and trees, placed their beauty, from top to bottom of cliffs pockmarked with a natural craggynbess that was marred in a few places by man-made graffiti, carved into the sandstone rock over the years, and so weathered, in many places, as to be un-readable.

We had a lot of fun finding ways to pose with, or without, the cobblestone pad, and even to let the pad, alone, be the star on the steps against the cliff face.

At one point, as I posed for a photo...

we came very close to losing your humble correspondent due to an, um, unfortunate lack of balancing ability on hiis part. ;-D

KK_SC10 While Randy saves my ass, from a fate most terrible, it's as good a time as any to tell you more about him, and his work. ;-D

The Glider Rider Bike, in all its forms, from toddler, to adult, is a bike without pedals that encourages the rider to use their feet, and the motions of walking, to balance themselves, and propel the bike forward.

The stories I've written, linked in Part 1, are a great way to introduce yourself to the bike, and then explore the website to learn more about the recreational, and therapeutic uses for the child version of this bike.

Randy had images of the new, older child, and adult versions and I found them quite interesting.

In the video below, you can get a brief look at the larger bikes.

It was a while before I learned that the bike was just 1 side of the work that Randy is doing.

As founder of Ko Sha Rey Rhythms Therapeutics he is deeply involved in body, Seat and Feet Therapy.

KoShaReyDolleMtg.7 As Randy writes on the Seat and Feet Website:

"True prevention and health promotion practices build and sustain a person’s resilience and fortitude.

Yet, it sometimes requires something different than access to current services for health."

  "Balance is my element. Mobility is my passion!
I love freedom of movement and experiencing the world from the different perspectives of a balanced center" he says.

Thru several programs they call Back2Life, O2B4Again, and Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms, they are "bridging the divide and integrating traditional medicinal practices with the rigors of scientific, evidence-based research"

The video on the Seat and Feet site is an entertaining, and informative discussion, and demonstration, of some of the things they are working on. 

On his Ko Sha Rey website one can learn more about what Randy, and his work, are all about:

 His work has "led to therapy protocols and research that provide answers to natural healing processes associated distinctively with bio-energetic stimuli for chronic and degenerative illnesses for which traditional medicine provide nominal support such as PTSD.
As creator of the Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms Program, he is the developer of numerous therapeutic garden designs that offer evidence-based symptom relief...

KoShaReyDolleMtg.8His portable therapeutic gardens have been dicussed and presented at major international healthcare conferences and can be found at numerous musical festivals throughout the world."

The website introduces, and explains, the various holistic, recreation-based therapy programs, in brief written and visual, ways that help readers better grasp the complex issues, and concepts, under discussion.

They aim to bring "Symmetry and Balance to Wellness" through their concepts of "Integrative Health and Rehabilitation, for all generations".

As mentioned earlier Randy was in San Diego for a speaking engagementat a convention.

The convention was Environments for Aging 2010, and he spoke on Monday morning.

His topic was something he called "Innovative Sensory Designs that enhance Human experience: Primal Rythyms - Designing a Garden Garden Setting for Therapeutic Continuum of Movement".

I know, I know, sleep inducing... ;-D

But as I sat thru his chat, at the Carl's Jr., he made it reasonably understandable to this scientific illiterate. ;-D

KK_SC8 So it's not hard to believe that he had  an audience that dared to step right up, and listen to his presention, in the palm of his hand. ;-D

And the description in the Conference Preview Guide describes it this way:

"Therapeutic gardens are emerging in many environments across the country and perhaps you would like one in your location as well.

This session highlights Ancient Walking to Primal Rhythms, a program that features a movement continuum framework of labyrinths, tai chi, and an oriental foot-centered hydrotherapy technique known as Ashiyu.

Shown to help participants deliver selfcare and healing, the program initiates a calming reflex that allows the body to meditate and the mind to move."

You can visit the website here.

Now that Randy has me safely back on solid ground its time to continue on down the beach, and to introduce you to Stephen as well. ;-D

***UPDATE - 3/29/10***

Now that the conference is over Randy has sent me a link to a wonderful Slide (15 slides) Presentation, from his event, that "talks about rhythmic movement helping the immune system."












March 26, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0)

Summit in San Clemente: Cycling Dude Meets Glider Rider to the Sound of Beating Drums

Well, OK, we didn't have the drum, but we DID meet with a drummer! ;-D

Let me begin at the beginning...

KK_SC1It's 530am on a cool Saturday morning, March 20, 2010, and I found myself sitting at the Transit Terminal at the Fashion Square Mall, in Newport Beach.

Aside from 2 homeless men, with all their worldly possessions, sleeping on a couple of benches, the #57 Bus on break, and a Mall Security car in the empty parking lot, there is at first only the just arrived True Blue Catering Truck, with 2 Hispanic Ladies inside gossiping away, as they prepared their food, to keep me company for the 45 min. until the #1 to San Clemente arrives.

By 730am I arrived at the end of the line in San Clemente, and decided to do some exploring for the 90 min. before my friend arrived.

I spotted a group of cyclists, from a local YMCA I was told, preparing to ride around Camp Pendleton thanks to a Special Military Pass one of them had obtained.

This would not be even remotely like the ride the general public has been allowed to do again, since early 2005, good news that I was instrumental in making public, and clarifying, at the time, thru e-mails, and phone calls (Here was Pre-access rte - 2004, then here the good news in 2005).


I next headed toward the trail that leads to Trestles Beach, the fabled Surfer Mecca, located at the nearby San Mateo Creek Natural Preserve (Conservancy), a short 15 minute walk, one way.



As I made my way to the side trail to the beach I was passed up by the YMCA Riders. ;-D



 An easy, quiet, walk down narrow, paved, paths to the beach  leads to an encounter with the areas namesake...



and spectacular views of the beach, sand, and surf.

As you can see, in one of the above pictures,  many cyclists rig their bikes so as to transport their boards to, and from, the beach.

Once back at Carl's Jr. I settled down to await the arrival of the person I'd come to meet.

The rest of this tale will be interspersed with the many photos from the rest of the day, as we chatted, and then later walked, and chatted some more along the beach in San Clemente.

572 About 915am Randy Eady drove up and, with smiles, handshakes, and manly half hug/half back slaps an historic meeting, never even dreamed of when we first became aware of each other in 2006, began. ;-D

As we settle down to await the 3rd person to take place in this summit let me refresh long time readers, and tell newcomers, about our relationship over the years:

1. Raising A Cyclist In 21st Century America -Christmas Day 2006. 

2. Raising A Cyclist In 21st Century America: Part 2 - November 15, 2007.

3. Cycling Dude Promoted at Florida Conference! - March 3, 2008.

4. So Easy A 3 year Old Can Do It! - Sept. 12, 2009.

5. Blog Posts About Segways, and the Smell of Apathy Bring Great Comments by Randy -Sept. 14, 2009

6. New York Times Reports on Balance Bikes 3 Yrs. After Cycling Dude's 1st Story

Randy is involved in more than cycling, and I will get to that shortly.

Meanwhile...another car enters the parking lot, and another man approached our table.

KK_SC6 His name was Stephen Dolle, and a most remarkable man he turned out to be. ;-D

As I later learned...this man had endurred more than a few complex brain surgeries, since 1992, but he sure was remarkable spry through our day together, hee, hee! ;-D 

Mr. Dolle, of Dolle Communications, is a Neuroscientist and Percussionsist, a Facilitator and Consultant.

His interests include using the rhythm, music, and language of drumming for health, wellness, movement, and sensory integration, in the interest of improving mobility, balance, and gait, and reducing stress.

Drum Circles may sound like New Age Nonsense, to some, but as I've come to learn, this week, athletic teams, businesses, and corporations think this stuff is well worth exploring, and utilizing.

But more on that later. ;-D

The next 2 1/2 hours of chat were interesting.

At first you might not think these 2 men, and their interests had anything in common, but the more I've read into their work I can inderstand why they might want to work together.

KoShaReyDolleMtg.2 We sat outside Carl's Jr. as I listened to them talk about Randy's upcoming Monday Presentation at a convention at the Hotel Del Coronado, in  San Diego, and his related activities online, and elsewhere, in all of his therapeutic interests with the body, feet, walking, and the Glider Rider.

They also talked about how Stephens interests in therapy, thru neuroscience, and percussion instruments, such as drums, realted to all this in many ways.

From time to time we also discussed my various blogging interests related to cycling, and to hiking, and more, as well as how Randy, and I, know each other.

I don't pretend to have understood all that they talked about, and all that they do, but I have found that what I did grasp was very interesting.

Both men were friendly, funny, and thought provoking.

We took some pictures around Randy's mat of Therapeutic stones, infront of the less than healthy drive-up menu of Carl's Jr., and made plans for a walk along the beach for the rest of the afternoon.

Along  the beach trail we we continued our conversations about each others activities, and interests, while stopping for photos, and observing our fellow beach goers. (Continued in Pt. 2)





March 26, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0)

Vacation Begins with Meeting with Friend of this Blog

Last Saturday was a great day for me, full of interesting conversation, some walking along the beach, photography, pizza, and whiskey dolloped coffee. ;-D

I had the great pleasure to finally meet Randy Eady, of Glider Rider, Seat and Feet, and Ko Sha  Rey Rythms, a supporter of this blog, and someone who I have blogged about many times over the years, and also Stephen Dolle, a Neuroscientist &  Percussionist.

I will be  blogging about the day, sharing pictures, and about the work of both men, soon.

March 26, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 17, 2010

Vacation Time Means Time for a Bike Ride, or 2!

My first vacation of the year is fast approaching!

It begins on Friday, and last thru the 29th.

I plan on getting out, and about, with hikes, bike rides, and other things, including blogging.

The last few weeks have been simply amazing over at Nikita's blog, and this has meant I've neglected this one, and I hope to get back on track.

I want to take a couple of long rides, like I have not been able to do in a year, and have been a popular feature of this blog over the years.

March 17, 2010 | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 08, 2010

A Life Long Cyclist Turns 50


Early in the morning of March 5, 1960, my Mother postponed breakfast...at my insistence...and she, and my Father, went to the Hospital where I made my Grand Entrance into the world at exactly 8:33am.

My Mug Shot was taken 30 minutes later.

No, I then didn't hop on a tricycle, and pedal the 10 miles home. ;-D

During my first 6 months of life I had other interests than bicycling if you can believe it! ;-D

In fact I learned to walk, talk, and was potty trained, before I rode a tricycle for the first time. ;-D

There are more pictures, and thoughts, some humorous, some serious, on my other blog:

Turning the Big 50: A Celebration in Pictures

March 8, 2010 in Life, The Bike Trail, and Everything | Permalink | Comments (0)

March 01, 2010

About Bicycling Readers Share How Cycling Changed Their Lives

David Fiedler writes a popular column that is quite informative.

Recently he reached out to readers:

A bike is a simple machine, but it almost seems to have magical powers . . . an amazing ability to literally change people's lives. It's a device that's good for getting to school or buzzing around town, sure. But a bike is also something that can restore health, restore sanity, reduce traffic and help the planet in the process.

If you have a powerful story to share about how bicycling changed your life, we'd love to hear it.

Readers have begun to respond.

March 1, 2010 in Blogosphere covers Bicycling | Permalink | Comments (2)