June 09, 2008

Melancholy not Compatable with Bicycling

Thoughts Colored With Words of Wisdom is a website whose writer is a man with a lot to share:

Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. you just have to live life to the fullest...

Don't be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.

A recent post touched on the subject of bicycling by sharing some familiar, and not so familiar, past quotes on cycling:

Get a bicycle. You will not regret it if you live.

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets.

The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.

When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race.

The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles.

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride.

The rest of the list is here. ;-D

June 9, 2008 in Bicycling Humor, Blogosphere covers Bicycling | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

May 30, 2008

Want to Bike Around the World? Don't Know how Many Nations, or their Names? Let Yakko Help!

So you want to explore the world by bicycle?

Ok, fine, go right ahead, but, um, do you know how many nations there are, where they are located, and their names?

You need to be prepared, and I have just the one to help you!

The Animaniac character gives a glorious tour of the nations of the world (Cold War Era Roster.)!

I laughed until I cried! ;-D

Yakko - World Country Song

May 30, 2008 in Bicycling Humor | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

April 05, 2008

Bicycles, Cars, Traffic Circles: Can't We All Just Get Along?

As long time readers know I am not particularly enamored of Critical Mass, but I saw a video, this morning, that is very cool, and very funny.

Maybe it was the music, I don't know. ;-D

Traffic Circle Prank
Traffic Circle Prank

April 5, 2008 in Bicycling Humor, Share the Road, and Trail: Safety Matters! | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 01, 2008

GM Stuns Cycling Industry: Becomes New Owner of Specialized

***UPDATE - 530PM***


As one of the pranksters responsible writes me:

Well, the cat's out of the bag.

Specialized had a good laugh about it, but then they asked us to pull the story so we did.

They were getting overwhelmed with phone calls from dealers.

Thanks for posting that link, Kiril.!

Richard (aka Fritz), of Cyclicious

BikeBiz started getting e-mail, soon after posting, from folks around the world, all atwitter over the news. ;-D

The story linked in my original story, below (I was one of several BikeBloggers approached to help "report" the news of the original stories.), have been updated with details on those responsible, and reaction from Specialized, which found it very amusing, even as they found themselves swamped with phone calls from dealers expressing concern. ;-D

A trade news website was among those initially fooled, as reported (With a captured image, from a Google Search) by another conspirator, who shares links to some other spoofs, including cycling ones.


General Motors announces it's taking over Specialized Bicycles!


Being a proud, longtime, owner of a Specialized Sirrus Sport Hybrid Road Bicycle, this story caught my attention.

The boards of both companies apparently agreed to this on Friday, according to the report in the San Jose Business Journal.

The deal is expected to be completed later this year pending regulatory approval in the US, and elsewhere.

I found the following quote to be quite interesting:

"In light of global concerns about climate change, GM has been at the forefront in developing new transportation choices that limit our impact on the environment," said Flora Lopi, GM's vice president, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy. "GM's engineering, marketing and distribution expertise combined with Specialized's branding among cycling enthusiasts make this a winning combination for GM investors and consumers."

Just as interesting was the following by Specialized founder and president Mike Sinyard:

"All of us here at Specialized are thrilled to be a part of GM.

"Specialized will maintain commitment to the IBD as well as now being available across the nation in GM dealerships. These are quality retail outlets, not big box discounters. Specialized will never be available in mass merchants.

GM Chairman and CEO Rick Wagoner sounds real gung ho about this, too, saying someting about "changing the way we address our transportation needs", and "leveraging the unique synergies of the bicycle community to introduce some of our ideas for addressing critical issues concerning energy, the environment and globalisation."

It will be interesting to see how industry, media, and ordinary folks reactions will play out in the coming days.

I'd love to hear from readers in the comments to this post as well.

Do you think this is a good move by the parties involved?

Is it good for bicycling ?

Along those lines...

There will apparently be a conference call with Specialized founder Mike Sinyard, and Robert Kruse, an Executive Director for GM's North American Engineering Staff, later today.

BikeBiz.com reports it will book a slot on the call:

If you have a question for Sinyard or the GM execs, leave a comment at BikeBiz and they promise to try to use some of the questions during the conference call, which starts at midday, US mountain time.

April 1, 2008 in Bicycling Humor, Cycling News Network | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

March 20, 2008

Why can't A Bicycle Stand Alone?

I'm entertaining theories regarding this question, before I share the answer, so leave your answer in the comments. ;-D

March 20, 2008 in Bicycling Humor | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

February 24, 2008

This is a Stick-up! Hand over your...Tacos?

It seems that when it comes to protecting yourself from having your bicycle stolen  a strong lock may have some new competition.

The following is the opening to a Feb. 18th article, in the San Bernardino Sun, by Melissa Pinion-Whitt (More than this is available, online, to website subscribers only, but this is enough for a good laugh, especially since the victim came away unscaithed, though still hungry.)

An armed robber who sneaked up on a bicyclist Sunday night didn't want the man's money, wallet or anything else of great value.

He wanted his tacos.

The victim, a 35-year-old Fontana man, had just bought about $20 in tacos from a stand at the corner of San Bernardino and Fontana avenues and was riding home when the bandit confronted him.

He approached him from behind saying, "Give me your tacos".

Tacos, Tacos? What was the victim riding, anyway, a piece of junk?

Now, I don't know the first thing about being a successful Bad Guy, but it would appear to me to be a matter of simple logic that one could get more from fencing a stolen bicycle, especially if it is one in good condition, and of some quality, than from a bunch of tacos, not worth the money paid for them beyond a couple of days. ;-D

And if the crook ate them what does that leave him with, aside from a temporaily very full stomach?

February 24, 2008 in Bicycling Humor | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

November 27, 2007

Was He Wearing a Helmet?

Okay...Remember, people, Share the Road!

ROCHESTER, Minn. - A man clad in swim trunks was arrested after riding a bicycle through a motel's hallways and hitting two men.

Swim Trunks, or were they spandex cycling shorts?

Would he have been arrested if he hadn't hit the 2 pedestrians?

Who had the right of way?

If he did, then why was he arrested?

A woman showering after using the swimming pool at Best Western Soldiers Field Tower and Suites told police she heard a door open and saw a naked man at about 3:10 p.m. Sunday.

Nosey old Biddy!

What room are we talking about here? The apartment of the cyclist? The men's locker room in the pool area?

The man ran out of the room, pulled on swim trunks, hopped on a bike and road through the hallways, police said.

Oh, I see! He was freaked out by the peeping lady, and was just trying flee from her prying eyes!

Give the guy a break for crying out loud!

He'd obviously just finished showering after a bike ride, and didn't expect there to be anyone around when he opened the door.

Police Lt. John Edwards said the man, 38, hit another man, 76, and his son, both of whom suffered minor injuries.

The son chased the bicyclist, tackled him and waited for police to arrive, Edwards said.

Charges against the man were pending Monday, police said.

What caused him to hit the 2 people and how was it that they couldn't manage to get out of the way in time?

Aparently it was a very slow news day in Rochester, Minn. ;-D

Cyclist nabbed for motel hallway ride.

November 27, 2007 in Bicycling Humor | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

October 31, 2007

Happy Halloween!

Ok, people, time to confess!

I don't want to know how many of you dress up for halloween, but how many of you dress up your bicycle, too? ;-D

October 31, 2007 in Bicycling Humor | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

September 24, 2007

Do More Runners Carry Bike Pumps than Cyclists?

.... and WHY?

Over at the Blog called Apertome - Ear to the Breeze, the writer shared a wonderful story about a trail ride taken on a Mountain Bike in an area that also had some paved sections, too.

I don't usually write about Off Road riding, but when this was brought to my attention I thought it was appropriate, considering my recent "Getting Religion" with regards to carrying a Repair kit. ;-D

Read the whole piece, but look out for what happens when a Flat occurs. ;-D

After reading the story A Midnight Rider left a comment:

A runner with a pump? Was is a schrader or presta valve? I’m trying to think of a reason for a runner to be carrying a bike pump. (humm jepardy song now). ………. ok stop. What is ????????

Good questions if ya ask me! ;-D

Apertome replied:

I don’t know what kind of pump it was. I figure they must’ve also been cyclists, because they had Camelbaks and the one guy had a pump. Maybe they just don’t clear the unnecessary crap out of their packs before running. Why anyone would run with all that extra weight is beyond me, but there stood two runners, more prepared for a flat tire than many cyclists.

Maybe they WERE just joggers, and double as Good Samaritans of the Trail, being prepared to help Cyclists who are not. ;-D

Hee, hee. ;-D

September 24, 2007 in Bicycling Humor | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

August 29, 2007

Still Unclear on the Concept

20 days ago I got an e-mail from a guy with a "Helmet Website", looking to get me to add a link to his site, and to reward me with a free pair of sunglasses if I did so. ;-D

To refresh your memory here's my original post reporting his message, and my reply.

Being the tough, sophisticated, and inquisitive reporter you all know, and love, you will note the 2 very challenging, and deeply probing, questions I asked my correspondent. ;-D

That being said... 20 days?

I didn't think the questions were THAT complicated to answer! ;-D

Anyway, this arrived yesterday:


I forgot where I found your site, but it was really interesting to me and thought it would be great if you could link to me. 

Send me your address and I would be more than happy to send you some sunglasses.



www. url  Withheld by The Cycling Dude to Protect the Guilty. ;-D

The following is my response to him:

Hi Steve,

That's nice, but that still does not explain what you found interesting about it considering my Blog, and your website, have absolutely nothing in common.

You DO know that my Blog is about BICYCLING, and that a Bicycle is not a MOTORCYCLE, and therefore a Helmet meant for those who ride a Motorcycle, would be of no use to people the likes of me? ;-D


Still Curious, and Still with no need for sunglasses. ;-D

It's a fact of life, even in this day and age that, occasionally, some folks need to have the obvious spelled out for them. ;-D

Hopefully this helpfullness on my part will cut down the response time by half. ;-D

August 29, 2007 in Bicycling Humor | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack