March 17, 2008

The Cycling Cat: Reporting the Wild Side of Bicycling 7

Hello, dear reader, my name is Nikita, and I turned 10 years old last week.

The human you know as The Cycling Dude has been my life long companion, and bosum buddy, and I have also been his co-blogger for years.

What am I doing here?

This week Daddy has been very, very, busy, and so he asked me to fill in for him, and keep you entertained and informed. ;-D

The first post in this series, from March 7, has pictures of me, and a link to where I normally blog, if you are interested.

Daddy will explain everything, when he returns to blogging, I promise. ;-D

So, let's roll!

1. Can anyone answer these 2 questions:

Is bicycle grease harmful to cats?

How do you remove bicycle grease from a cat?

Fat Guy Cycling first asked these questions way back in 2004.

The blog seems to have ended in 2005 so I wonder if anyone answered him. ;-D

2. In a related story found posted on Yahoo last year:

QUESTION: My cat is not eating, I suspect he has ingested some bicycle grease. This has been the fourth day?

Very interesting.

3. More from the medical community on cats who cycle:

The female cat begins cycling when she has reached 80% of her adult size and when the days are appropriately long. This could be as young as 5 months of age.

Yeah, but what about us guys? I have not set paw on a cycle in my life! You would think I'd have started by now what with Daddy being a cyclist and all.

Indoor cats are sheltered from the light cycles of the sun and may not cycle as frequently as their outdoor counterparts.

All righty then! THAT explains it! My sheltered, pampered, life style has stunted my physical and emotional growth!

Okaaay... ;-D

4. About those cycling Cats... in related news:

Back in September, on World Tourism Day, in India, a group of adventure enthusiasts from around the world, "who want to be a part of the city adventure tours, treks, and sports", posted an invite on its blog:

It's World Tourism Day tomorrow and Cats are being invited to participate in the Cycling Event taking place tomorrow morning with the international tourists. The peddling off time is 7am and we should be able to go home by 8am.

Chandigarh Adventures, Treks and Sports

Okay all this talk of bicycling Pussys has me tired out!

Yes, you guessed it!

Nap time!

Catch ya later! ;-D

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March 14, 2008

The Cycling Cat: Reporting the Wild Side of Bicycling 6

Hello, dear reader, my name is Nikita, and I am 10 years old this week.

The human you know as The Cycling Dude has been my life long companion, and bosum buddy, and I have also been his co-blogger for years.

What am I doing here?

This week Daddy is very, very, busy, and so he asked me to fill in for him, and keep you entertained and informed. ;-D

The first post in this series, from March 7, has pictures of me, and a link to where I normally blog, if you are interested.

Daddy will explain everything, when he returns to blogging, I promise. ;-D

So, let's roll!

1. From Artmam.net: Cat Flag Bicycle Touring.

A collection of links to resources, and organizations.

2. "De cat, he fight like tiger!"

The Tiger Cat Tour in Wisconsin, from Wisconline's Bike Tour Page:

The dam keeper's tale of his tomcat besting a much larger otter earned him the name Tiger Cat Jack and eventually tagged the whole flowage. The gently rolling terrain (except for the Seeley Hills) will lead you through classic Northwoods lake country where the loon eagle, and osprey are often seen. Wait for them to appear at the dam site on the Little Chief River.

Distance: 35 miles if Seely trailhead is used or 28 miles if OO Rest Cabin is used.

Difficulty: Easy for the short route.

The long route includes a few steep hills.

Trailhead Location: The unicorporated town of Seeley, 10 miles north of Hayward, or the Birkebeiner Ski Trail OO Rest Cabin, 3 miles east of Seeley on County OO, Sawyer County.

For More Information Hayward Area Chamber of Commerce, tel. 800-724-2992

3. Canadian Veterinary Journal Reports on Cycling by Cats:

Two cats in the study did not cycle and exhibited anestrus. Of the five cats cycling, eight estrus periods were observed of two to five days duration.

Fascinating! Who the hell knew? ;-D

On that note...it's nap time again!

Catch ya later!

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March 12, 2008

The Cycling Cat: Reporting the Wild Side of Bicycling 5

Hello, dear reader, my name is Nikita, and I am 10 years old this week.

The human you know as The Cycling Dude has been my life long companion, and bosum buddy, and I have also been his co-blogger for years.

What am I doing here?

For the next week or so Daddy will be very, very, busy, and so he asked me to fill in for him, and keep you entertained and informed. ;-D

The first post in this series, from March 7, has pictures of me, and a link to where I normally blog, if you are interested.

Daddy will explain everything, when he returns to blogging, I promise. ;-D

So, let's roll!

1. The Cat Art Gallery is a wonderful website!

A blog featuring paintings, photography, drawings and art objects about cats from multiple artists.

Here is a great image of a woman, bicycle, and cat. ;-D

2. A cool way to take your cat (or Dog!) on a bike ride. ;-D

Track'r Medium Pet Stroller and Bicycle Trailer For Pets up to 45 Pounds.

3. A Cat Bikes in Britain. ;-D

Well, that's all for today!

I'm going to go take a well-deserved nap. ;-D

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March 10, 2008

The Cycling Cat: Reporting the Wild Side of Bicycling 4

Hello, dear reader, my name is Nikita, and I am 10 years old this week.

The human you know as The Cycling Dude has been my life long companion, and bosum buddy, and I have also been his co-blogger for years.

What am I doing here?

For the next week or so Daddy will be very, very, busy, and so he asked me to fill in for him, and keep you entertained and informed. ;-D

The first post in this series, from March 7, has pictures of me, and a link to where I normally blog, if you are interested.

Daddy will explain everything, when he returns to blogging, I promise. ;-D

So, let's roll!

1. Cyclist discovers that blinking rear lights make cool cat toys! ;-D

2. What the hell is a Color Cycling Cat?

3. From Suite101.com:

Some thoughts on how to stay safe when you encounter threatening animals while cycling.

Cycling and Animals: Tips for Avoiding Problems With Dogs and Other Animals While Biking.

Well, that's all for today!

I'm going to go take a well-deserved nap. ;-D

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March 09, 2008

The Cycling Cat: Reporting the Wild Side of Bicycling 3

Hello, dear reader, my name is Nikita, and I am 10 years old this week.

The human you know as The Cycling Dude has been my life long companion, and bosum buddy, and I have also been his co-blogger for years.

What am I doing here?

For the next week or so Daddy will be very, very, busy, and so he asked me to fill in for him, and keep you entertained and informed. ;-D

The first post in this series, from March 7, has pictures of me, and a link to where I normally blog, if you are interested.

Daddy will explain everything, when he returns to blogging, I promise. ;-D

So, let's roll!

1. Cool Cat Bicycle Helmet Program in Michigan:

The Cool Cat Bicycle Helmet Program was developed in 1996 to increase the use and knowledge of bicycle helmets in young children and their parents through the development of a training program targeting preschoolers. The program also hoped to increase local community involvement in bicycle helmet promotions.

The Cool Cat Bicycle Helmet program used a character-based curriculum to educate preschool children on how to properly use a bicycle helmet. "Cool Cat the Brain Defender" performed a skit and song to convey the safety message to students. Each student, while wearing a bicycle helmet, had their picture taken with Cool Cat. A brain board presentation described how helmets protect the brain during a crash.

Teachers also distributed a bicycle helmet curriculum guide, coloring books and stickers to each student.

The Michigan Department of Community Health presented the Cool Cat Bicycle Helmet program to more than 4,000 preschoolers in 1996 throughout the state. Through the program, over 4,000 coloring books and stickers and 1,000 bicycle helmets have been distributed to participating students. In addition, more than 10,000 parent bicycle helmet brochures have been provided to a variety of community agencies, for dissemination to program parents.

The Cool Cat program is now presented throughout Michigan to reach more young children and their parents.

2. Pedal out to the ballgame:

Here is an excellent story about innovation in baseball that does not involve the use of illegal drugs:

When the San Francisco Giants began planning for their new downtown baseball stadium in the early 1990s, many neighbors expressed concerns about the traffic that a new ballpark would generate. To alleviate these objections, the Giants developed a comprehensive transportation management plan, which included excellent access to light rail, commuter rail, and ferries. The plan also included a first for major league baseball: indoor, secure, staffed bike parking.

The Giants contracted with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition (SFBC) to staff the bike parking facility, located on the southern side of the present SBC Park (nee Pacific Bell Park) overlooking the waters of McCovey Cove. The SFBC is a 4,400-member nonprofit advocacy group which promotes bicycling for everyday transportation. The SFBC has for many years provided valet bike parking for numerous events throughout San Francisco, and the coalition was successful passing legislation requiring secure bicycle parking at major events in the city. Valet bike parking at the SBC Park facility was a logical extension of the coalition's work.

The Sacramento River Cats Minor League Baseball Team also provides secure staffed bike parking outdoors in a fenced area near the main entrance to its ballpark.

Sadly the Los Angeles Dodgers are striking out.

I'm gonna tell Daddy to look into the Anaheim Angels, and Ducks. ;-D

Read: BIKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME: Bike facilities lacking at California ballparks.

Well, that's all for today!

I'm going to go take a well-deserved nap. ;-D

 

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March 08, 2008

The Cycling Cat: Reporting the Wild Side of Bicycling 2

Hello, dear reader, my name is Nikita, and I am 10 years old this week.

The human you know as The Cycling Dude has been my life long companion, and bosum buddy, and I have also been his co-blogger for years.

What am I doing here?

For the next week or so Daddy will be very, very, busy, and so he asked me to fill in for him, and keep you entertained and informed. ;-D

The first post in this series, from March 7, has pictures of me, and a link to where I normally blog, if you are interested.

Daddy will explain everything, when he returns to blogging, I promise. ;-D

So, let's roll!

I awoke this morning all happy, and stuff...missing Daddy, true, but still happy, and carefree.

Then I saw a horrible photo that made me want to scratch someone's eyes out, and it was on a Cycling Blog!

The post is titled FOR CAT LOVERS EVERYWHERE, and features a picture of what looks like a dead cat in the part of the street where bicyclists ride.

In the grass to the side of the road is a handmande sign that reads FREE CAT,  and has an arrow pointing at the poor creature.

The blogger is a CPA who is "a crazy, silly, cycling husband and father in my personal life" who enjoys acting on stage at church, and also has a small side career as an Elvis Presley impersonater.

He claims his daily goal is to make someone laugh.

Sorry, dude, but this photo WAS NOT FUNNY!

One commentor said he was happy his cat finally died because he finds cats annoying.

Another commented..."The only good cat..."

Three others also thought it was funny.

Only 1 person expressed displeasure.

What might have been his wife commented that "He loves our cat, Y'ALL!!! TEE He HE!!!", in defense of this trash.

Cats who live outdoors 24/7 have a difficult life, with motor vehicles being a prime source of danger.

To make light of this for ones amusement, not to mention posting something that implies that maybe the poor victim was run over by a bicyclist, is just wrong.

For one thing most cats can out run a bicyclist any day of the week... ;-D

And, for another, this implication gives cyclists a bad name because most cyclists are very aware of their surroundings, and the animals (Not just cats, but dogs, squirrels, bunnies, lizards, birds, and more!) they might encounter and, according to Daddy, ride in a safe manner.

This picture was posted in January of last year, and the blog, The Bicycle Rack, was discontinued in May.

1. The Bicycling Cats of Australia.

The Gold Coast CATS, is one of the largest sports cycling clubs in Queensland. Our membership, both male and female, consists of some of the best riders in Australia, several having represented Australia at an international level, including Commonwealth and Olympic Games.

Lots of news, information,resources, and photos!

2. Speaking of cycling in Australia:

One BikeBlogger has been wondering for months if they make bike helmets for cats. ;-D

After returning from a ride the family cat came rushing to welcome him home.

Miette, (our cat) was purring around our legs. She was just too cute so Polka Dot Lisa picked her up and I suggested she put her in the basket of her old ladies bike.

They seemed quite surprised that the cat didn't freak out. ;-D

They even gave her a short ride, and she loved it! ;-D

See the really cool picture! ;-D

As for the answer to that question: Yes, they do. ;-D

Well, that's all for today!

I'm going to go take a well-deserved nap. ;-D

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March 07, 2008

The Cycling Cat: Reporting the Wild Side of Bicycling

It is 7am, and you are pedaling down a Class 1 Multi-use Trail, and can't help but notice that, my, my, there seem to be more than a few stray cats about today...

or,

You are pedaling along some rugged mountain trail, nervously attuned to the slightest movement in the bushes on either side of the road because you remember the tragic attacks by the big cats known to prowl about, but who, statistically, prefer to keep away from the human intruders to their domain...

Yes, dear reader, cyclists, and cats have always encountered each other on the trail, and on the street, and always will.

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Hello, dear reader, my name is Nikita, and I am 10 years old this week.

The human you know as The Cycling Dude has been my life long companion, and bosum buddy, and I have also been his co-blogger for years, first at 1 blog he retired last year, after 5 1/2 years, and now at his new place, Musings of a Mad Macedonian.

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If you want to learn more about me, and see more great pictures of me, you can go to the archive at Daddy's Blog, a blog within the blog that I call Nikita's Place, where, by scrolling up and down, you can explore all that I have written. ;-D

You can even go to Daddy's Main page and explore the rest of the blog if you wish. ;-D

What am I doing here?

For the next 11 days Daddy will be very, very, busy, and so he asked me to fill in for him, and keep you entertained and informed. ;-D

Daddy will explain everything, when he returns to blogging, I promise. ;-D

So, let's roll!

1. Bicyclsts in New York say..."Get Involved Ya' Bums!"

The Fats in the Cats Bicycle Club is a fun bunch of cyclists that look for ways to foster cycling and community. The club organizes group rides and performs trail maintenance as well as giving back to the community through our Gifts for the Holidays program and being advocates for bicycling.

A news page, a photo page, forums, trail, and route info galore, and lots of links to NY, and New England Resources can be found on this site.

2. Bicyclists in Texas echo the above sentiments, but with a very different accent. ;-D

The Cool Cats Cycling Club, of San Antonio,  is a recreational road-riding club in which all levels of rider and all types of bikes are welcome...

They don't care if you ride a road bike, hybrid, tandem, or a MTB because "We go slow, stop frequently, and have lots of fun! No rider is ever left behind. We'll push you up hills, help fix your flats and teach you all there is to riding a bike properly and safely."

They participate in several charity bicycle events throughout the year, and are active in other ways in their community.

The website has forums, photos, and plenty of ride info, and more.

3. Large Cat attempts to ride a bicycle. ;-D

4. Cats very interested in Bicycling and Pedestrian Issues in Northern Illinois.

5. Coalition for Appropriate Transportation (CAT)

CAT improves mobility,
celebrates our community and the environment
through education about
safe pedestrian access,
bicycling,
public transportation,
and our trail systems.

Based in Pennsylvania this fabulous organization is an educational charity that works to improve mobility for everyone.

It believes that improved walking, bicycling and transit mean a stronger economy, and a higher quality of life.

It believes more transportation choices mean less congestion, reduced pollution, fewer auto crash deaths and life changing injuries.

It believes that curbing the  use of the automobile fights suburban sprawl, obesity and increasingly high medical costs.

CAT helps humans enjoy their car free options!

The information, from news, walking and cycling tips, to places to walk and ride, and more, is extensive.

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Well, that's all for today!

Let Daddy know what you think, I'll be back tomorrow. ;-D

In the mean time...I'm going to go take a well-deserved nap. ;-D

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January 11, 2008

Rare Neuromuscular Disorder No Hindrance for CrossCountry Cyclist

This is a cool story about a worthy cause.

The Cause? To raise money to find a cure for a rare desease:

Friedreich’s ataxia is a life-shortening, debilitating and rare genetic neurodegenerative disorder. Onset of symptoms usually occurs between the ages of 5 and 15. Symptoms include muscle weakness and loss of coordination in the arms and legs; impairment of vision, hearing and speech; aggressive scoliosis (curvature of the spine); diabetes, and a serious heart condition. Most patients need a wheelchair full-time by their late teens and die as young adults. There is currently no treatment or cure.

January 3, 2008 — Kyle Bryant and Team Ride Ataxia are preparing to begin their second cross-country journey to draw attention and raise research funds to find a cure for the rare neuromuscular disorder Friedreich’s ataxia with which Bryant and other teammates are affected.

The team will begin the ride on March 15, 2008 at the state capitol building in Sacramento, CA and conclude in Las Vegas, NV on March 27, 2008 at the National Ataxia Foundation’s 51st Annual Meeting. It will be a 13-day trip covering 600+ miles.

Check out the Blog linked above, and a short video by Kyle.

The rest of the Press Release can be read at the Blog of Kyle's friend, Bali What?

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December 11, 2007

Cycling Club In Seattle Raises Funds for Flood Victims

The Cascade Bicycle Club  has begun to raise money for flood relief for Seattle-to-Portland bike-route cities of Centralia and Chehalis. Flood damage could top $1 billion in the wake of the devastating flooding that swept through the region last week.

Cascade is pledging $2,500 in matching funds for flood relief through the Centralia United Way. You can donate online now, or send it to:

United Way of Lewis County, attn: CBC Flood Relief, 450 NW Pacific Avenue, Chehalis, WA 98532.

In a letter to members, Ayers wrote:

Dear Cyclist:

By now you have probably seen or read about the devastating flood damage in Centralia, Chehalis, and many of the smaller towns in southwest Washington. This is the route of Cascade's well-known Group Health Seattle to Portland bike ride. We rely on the hospitality of these communities to house, feed and support thousands of riders year after year. Clearly, these communities help make STP one of our most popular events.

While we provide donations and payments to many charities and groups along the way for helping out with STP, they need our help NOW. Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes and businesses and are now returning to find the entire contents unusable or destroyed beyond repair by the water and mud.

Just imagine this happening to your home. What about food? Fresh water? A place to sleep? A shower? Whatever happened to the toothbrushes, soap, bandaids, coffee? Any amount we can give will be welcome.

Cascade is pledging $2,500 in matching funds for flood relief. With your donation, we can turn this into $5,000 or more. We are working with the Centralia United Way who is waiving processing and administration fees so all donations go directly to relief efforts on the ground.

Please join us in giving a helping hand to the people of southwest Washington. You can give two ways:

  1. donate on-line now or
  2. send a check payable to:
    United Way of Lewis County
    attn: CBC Flood Relief
    450 NW Pacific Avenue
    Chehalis, WA 98532

This is an amazing effort for a worthy cause, and I'm going to do my own small part:

Gene Bisbee, of Biking Bis, gave me the heads-up about this story and has sent out a challenge:

I'll donate $5 to the CBC flood relief for each of the first 20 bloggers who put a link to this post, and mention STP and flood relief, on their blog by noon (PST) Wednesday. Please leave a comment or send me an email that you've done so; I'll also check Technorati.

I get paid on Friday and will send a $20 contribution of my own.

If you are a cyclist, especially if you are a cyclist who enjoys taking long rides, and participating in Cycling Family Fun Rides/Cycling Tour events that occur all year long in every state of the Union, please consider making any contribution you can afford this Holiday Season.

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October 02, 2007

Xtry! Xtry! Read All About It! Cycling Not Just for Kids!

Well, I'll be hornswoggled! How do ya like that?

I mean, whoda thunk it? ;-D

The headline to a news story I came across just struck me as funny. ;-D

The headline of the article by Bobby Swofford, of the Times Record, of Ft. Smith, Ar., had me wondering where he'd been hiding for the last 20 years ( At least! )...

Cycling Not Just for Youngsters

Then I began to read the article:

Cycling isn’t just for the young anymore, and that was apparent on the second day of the Celebrity Classic cycling event in Van Buren.

John Agnitsch and James Corcoran were just two of the 45 riders who took part, and although the two had different results, they share the same thoughts on the sport.

“You get out there and it is just you and the sky,” said Agnitsch, a 52-year-old Oklahoma City native. “I did the best I could do, but these guys are the best and one guy beat some of the pros yesterday.”

Corcoran had tremendous success over the weekend as he won the Arkansas State championship for his division on Saturday, and followed that up with a win in the 45 and older event on Sunday.

I don't normally concern myself with the Racing Scene, but when I saw that headline I had to see what the Oct.1 story was about. ;-D

Read the short, interesting, story here.

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