Ahh, the smell of fresh grease.
Bicycling in and around Atlanta.
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
For the last 10 years I’ve enjoyed the weekly broadcast from Radio
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
John over at Bike Year has an excellent post on bike shops that cater to utility cyclists, or the lack thereof. Speaking of bike shops that cater to utility cyclists there’s always Hiawatha Cyclery. Now rumor has it that a couple of the intown bike shops do cater the fringe that view the bicycle as an effective means of transportation, but out here on the edge of town it’s all carbon fiber frames and look pedals. Many bike shops don’t have bike racks and have been known to give me the look of death when I pushed my heavily laden commuter through the door. In fact the most utility cyclists friendly store in this area isn’t a bike shop at all, it’s REI.
Based on my experience 10 minutes ago, I’ve come to the conclusion that lunchtime is the most dangerous time of the day to ride. Why? First, drivers seem to speed more at lunchtime and without the rush hour gridlock to slow them down, they blast down neighborhood streets at twice the speed limit. Secondly, far too many of them seem to be taking multi-tasking to a whole new level by simultaneously eating, talking of the telephone, and/or emailing on their blackberries. Finally there are the readers, I have a special contempt for road readers but when they combine reading, driving, and eating well that’s just too much. Please, put down your newspapers and your novels, and just concentrate on driving.
Monday, December 18, 2006
First in the interest of full discloser: My wife isn’t very fond of bikes. She looks upon my bicycle-centric lifestyle as just another one of my numerous eccentricities.
So when I told her about my little rack disaster this morning I could hear her rolling her eyes over the phone. You see she’s under the impression that I spend way too much money on cycling related activities. Let’s look at the numbers.
My wife’s car payment: $400 per month
Insurance of my wife’s care: $100 per month
Taxes on car: $15 per month
Gas for car: $100 per month
That’s $615 per month, excluding everything I’ve forgotten.
Now I have three bikes none of which were purchased new. In fact I’ve never spent more than $70 on a bike. I have a few jersey’s, some shorts, leg warmers, ear warmers, panniers, a rack, a messenger bag, lights and a few other accessories that were all purchased on clearance. In fact if you put everything I’ve spent on cycling as an adult together they still don’t equal one month of car ownership. But owning a car is viewed as a necessity, which it isn’t, while owning a bike is viewed as a luxury. If you took the $615 one might spend on a car you could buy a bike a month and have money left over. The more you think about it the more America’s car-centric culture just doesn’t make sense.
This morning on my ride to work, I heard a snap. Then my bike became real sluggish. I looked back to see that my rack had broken and was now rubbing against my rear tire. I stopped, pulled by bike up on the sidewalk, and examined the damage. Sure enough my rack was broken. I reached into my panniers pulled out some tape and a couple of pencils to make a brace. 10 minutes later I was on my way home, my improvised rack support held and once home I hung up my bike and hopped in the car. I’m pretty sure I have a spare rack in the closet but this rack isn’t that old, cost a lot more than the rack it replaced, and darn it I expected it to last forever.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
The Electra Amsterdam has arrived. The Classic 3 version is made of lugged steel and features commute friendly accessories such as lights, a rack, fenders, and a fully enclosed chain guard. Now once upon a time I was pretty down on Dutch commuters, thinking them too heavy for hilly American cities, but then I had one of my trademark changes of heart. The problem isn’t hills, although they don’t help, the problem is that we Americans are simply in too much of a hurry. Even those of us who commute by bike, speed along rarely taking time to enjoy ride. Well I’ve decided I’m too old and too slow to keep up with society much less the local club riders I see on my commute. Make no mistake, I have no doubt that when the
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
You heard it hear first.
Peachtree City to Macon
Thomaston to Rome
Rome to Chattanooga TN
ITT Chickamauga to Lookout Mountain
Dalton to Brasstown Bald
Lake Lanier Islands to Stone Mountain Park
Monday, November 20, 2006
Well here's the newest stupid idea for solving Atlanta's traffic problem:
Yes, the Reason Foundation has put forth a plan that involves new toll roads and tunnels that would carry Atlanta drivers around the city. What's really shocking is how much support this crazy plan is getting from Atlanta's conservative pundits. They love the idea because in theory it would be a public/private partnership, which would allow a private company to invest and collect tolls from these new roads. Now here's the thing, if you're going to spend billions of dollars digging tunnels around the city, why not just run trains through them. I know, I know, you might have to sit next to a brown person but trust me it'll be ok.
Friday, November 17, 2006
There are some changes in store for the 2007 Tour de Georgia. Most noticeable is that Dahlonega will not be a host city. Evidently the $30,000 price tag for being a host city in 07 was just too much for the small town. While I understand Dahlonega’s budgetary problems, I’m sure that the crowds generated by the tour pumped thousands of dollars into the local economy. The route in full is to be announced November 21.
Monday, October 23, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Yesterday I witnessed a guy on rollerblades demonstrating the futility of driving in
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
I think most people would agree that
Saturday, October 21, 2006
The Solarium at Historic Scottish Rite
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Unfortunately I will be in the middle of a much less enjoyable task Saturday morning.
We’re having our first cool fall rain of the season. I would like to think cool weather is here to stay but I’ve got a sneaking feeling we’ll have at least one more round warm summer like days. Way back when I first started riding to work I hated riding in the rain. Now it doesn’t bother me. I’ve found I would much rather feel the rain on my face than watch it bounce harmlessly of a car windshield. This morning I arrived at work with my yellow rain cape flapping in the wind and my fellow corporate wage slaves looked at me with pity. They don’t understand. They buy bigger and bigger houses that are farther and farther away from work. They spend hours a day stuck in traffic. They spend thousands of dollars a year on their cars. They think they’re living the American Dream. And they pity me because I’m a little wet.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Friday, October 06, 2006
I had a chance to ride around Atlantic Station recently. For those who don’t know Atlantic Station is
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
A lot of my neighbors don’t understand how I can ride my bike nearly everywhere. So I’ve made a list of available services within a five mile radius. Now I have a lot of problems with the area I live in but accessibility isn’t one of them.
Within 1 mile:
1 Convenience store
1 Sports Authority
1 Circuit City
1 Office Depot
1 Toy store
1 Post Office
1 Day Care center
And soon 1 performing arts center
Within 2 miles:
All of the above plus:
1 Bike shop
1 Bagel Shop
1 Coffee Shop
1 Barnes and Noble
5 more restaurants
2 Drug Stores
3 Athletic clubs
1 Post Office
2 shopping malls
1 Bus Transfer station
Numerous office buildings
Within 3 miles
There’s so much within three miles I can’t even begin to list it all.
That being said this area is rather hilly so 3 miles is a good ride but it’s certainly doable by anyone with a modicum of fitness. So why is that people still refuse to get out of their cars for these short trips? Certainly there’s an environmental factor. In the summer it’s tough to walk your dog without building up a sweat much less ride a fully loaded bike to the store. But I think the real reason is mostly cultural.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Along with cycling I enjoy a good walk. Of course the sidewalks
around here are littered with trash and broken glass, making it
hazardous for my little dog. Until a few years ago we didn't have
sidewalks so I suppose I should count my blessings. What surprises
me is that some of the same hostility I get while bicycling is also
directed at me when walking. I've had garbage thrown and horns
honked along with the usual screams of get a car or something, I
can't really hear them when they're passing at 40 mph. So what's the
deal is a car the only acceptable way to get around Atlanta?
About 12 years ago my wife bought me a small portable shortwave radio
for Christmas. I've been hooked every since. Shortwave brings me
news and entertainment from all over the world. The value of getting
news from another nations perspective is incredible. CNN/Fox and the
rest don't tend to be critical of US policy but Radio Havana sure
is. In fact shortwave's coverage of international news is far
superior to anything you'll get on the US airwaves. Broadcasts range
from the silly, "did you know that Princess Maxima of the Netherlands
is pregnant," to the profound, "Somalis resist the takeover of their
town by the Council of Islamic Courts." So if you're interested in
getting a new perspective on the news check it out.
Monday, September 25, 2006
One of the things about bike commuting is that you’re much more aware of the junk on the road than you would be in a car. This inevitably leads to the discovery of what I call Road Treasures. Some are accidental losses others are deliberately discarded but it’s always weird to find something in perfect condition lying in the gutter.
Here’s a list of some the things I’ve found over the years:
An unopened pack of clothes hangers
A wallet (returned to owner)
A photo album (never claimed)
A homemade CD of a live reggae performance
An IDE hard drive
A videotape with contents not fit for a family blog
An estwing hammer
A diaper bag full of used diapers (eww)
And best of all
A spoke wrench no doubt lost by a fellow bicyclist.
Saturday, September 23, 2006
Thursday, September 21, 2006
I was having a great ride this morning. It was cooler than normal which encouraged me to ride hard and fast all the way to work. Unfortunately when I got to the last light before my office everything changed. As I pulled up to the light I took the lane and waited for it to change. A few seconds later a Toyota Tacoma pick-up pulled behind me and in my opinion a little close to my rear wheel. When the light turned green I hammered my way across the intersection, taking the lane the whole way because once I cross the street I have to take an immediate left. Then I hear the pick-up's engine gunning, it sounds like he's flooring it. He swerves around me and left hooks me before my turn. As he turns he shouts out the window that I should get an f***** car and takes off down the street. I don't know why this set me off, maybe it's because I still had plenty of adrenaline from the ride, but I was literally ready to fight the guy.
I don't understand what was bothering this guy. I was at the light before he arrived. I hammered my way across the intersection and the speed limit on these roads is only 25 at most waiting behind me would have delayed the guy by 5 or 10 seconds, but he still felt the need to yell at me.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
coming back to the bed, she sat down
began stroking Florys bare shoulder
Prestige, Mr Flory, is like a barometer
A nod and a wink will accomplish more
Than a thousand official reports.
Hes been saying the same thing ever since the Jubilee
Alone, alone, the bitterness of being alone!
The headman reflected, scratching the calf of his left leg with his right big toenail.
It was years since he had enjoyed a meal.
The jungle was dried-up and lifeless at this time of year.
But the trees avenge themselves
The cigarette that had dropped burned down
acrid smell, browning the paper.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Friday, September 08, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
This morning while I was getting ready for work I saw an incredibly stupid ad on the television. It basically consisted of a businessman in a suit and tie riding a pink children’s bike down the road and then pulling into a parking garage, followed by the tag “Need something.” What made this ad especially stupid was the words that appeared at the bottom of the screen as the man pulled into the parking garage, “Do not attempt.” What the hell does this mean? Do not attempt to ride a kid’s bike; don’t tell that to the Zoobombers. Do not attempt to ride a bike in a suit; don’t tell that to the Dutch. Do not attempt to ride a bike into a parking garage; don’t tell that to me. Everyday I commute to work by bicycle I ride into the parking garage where our two bike racks are located. Maybe the message is do not attempt to ride a bike if you’re an adult, you really need a car. In fact on reflection I’m sure that’s it.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
The questions from the July 2006
That my friends is comedy gold.
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Have I mentioned we have a lot of hills around here? This one is so steep at the top that it's tough to keep the front wheel down.
Vinings Georgia also known as Cobb's fake small town.
Down by the river.
This is the usually very busy Cobb Parkway.
Thursday, August 10, 2006
Unfortunately he’s not in
I was reading the Economist when my eyes were drawn to a photo of a man standing astride an Xtracycle. Rod Byran, an independent candidate for governor in Arkansas, is getting international press with his outsider campaign. Mr. Bryan believes that making it easier for people to ride bicycles would improve the quality of life, make everyone healthier, and lessen
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Monday, July 31, 2006
Friday, July 28, 2006
I wanted to post about Jennifer Ewing yesterday but I just couldn’t find the right words. Jennifer was murdered while on her regular ride, a fifty mile run on the Silver Comet Trail. Her partially clothed body and bike were found just off the trail in
Thursday, July 27, 2006
After missing Acht van Chaam and now the Grand Prix Jyske Bank race speculation is flying that Floyd Landis in the unknown Tour rider who failed his doping test. I love how people jump to the doping conclusion even though we all know Floyd’s hip is in bad shape. I really hope this doesn’t turn out to be true because it would really ruin what I thought was a great Tour.
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Monday, July 10, 2006
Saturday I had to run over to REI so instead of spending 15 minutes to drive there in the car I spent 45 minutes riding the bike. Traffic was light and it wasn’t too warm so it had all the makings of a great ride. I saw a few cyclists on
Over at Oil is For Sissies, we have a great discussion about cul-de-sacs and what they mean to those of us who bicycle for transportation. This is a real problem here in
Interestingly enough Todd over at Clever Chimp touches on a similar theme.
At Two Cities Two Wheels Matt express frustration at being refused service at a drive-through while on his bike. This has happened to me at Wendy’s but never at the bank.
Commute By Bike reviews Ergon Performance Grips.
Let’s Ride Year Round has a rainy Monday ride.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
Last night we put the finishing touches on Peep’s new bike. Of course Peep’s new bike is one of my old bikes; we built up my old Gary Fisher Wahoo frame into a nice all around bike for my youngest kid. It’s probably just a hair to tall for her but she’s still growing and I’ve always preferred my frames to be on the big side. This weekend we’re going to ride over to the Silver Comet Trail and give it a proper shakedown.
Building this bike with my kid has been a great experience. Not only did it provide a lot of father daughter time it also allowed her to learn the basics of bicycle mechanics including how to use most of my tools. Photos to follow soon.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
What’s crazier than making I-75 in Cobb County 23 lanes wide? How about adding extra elevated lanes to I-285 across the top end perimeter? Despite the huge costs of these projects nothing seems to indicate that
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Whoo-Hoo a code red has been called for tomorrow.
Because of the predicted concentrations of GROUND-LEVEL OZONE, air quality in metro-Atlanta is predicted to be "Unhealthy." In this range, outdoor air is more likely to be unhealthy for most people, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), seniors and children. Most people should restrict their outdoor exertion to morning or late evening hours when ozone is low, to avoid high ozone exposures.
Friday, June 16, 2006
I was nearly involved in an accident this morning. I was waiting at a traffic light and had positioned myself in the center of the lane because I was continuing straight through the intersection. When stopped like this I make it a habit to periodically check my mirror to make sure someone isn’t pulling right up on my rear wheel, so imagine my expression when I saw an older Chevy Caprice bearing down on me apparently not slowing down. Instantly I decide to filter past the line of cars on the right and it’s a good thing I did. The Caprice slammed on its brakes skidding into the SUV that was now on my left. It’s probably no surprise that the driver was talking on his cell phone which flew out of his hand and hit the windshield of his car so hard it cracked. I made sure the drivers were ok then waited around and gave to cops my statement before continuing on to work. If I hadn’t moved I would have been a cycling pizza kind of scary to think about. Of course if I had been in my car I would have been smashed anyway because I wouldn’t have been able to move around the stopped vehicles.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
We’ve got another stretch of 90 degree days coming up so why not talk yet again about beating the heat. First as I’ve said time and time again, if you ride in
This weekend: Fathers days shopping spree.
Friday, June 09, 2006
You see me approaching the intersection at a fair speed. We make eye contact. Then after watching me get closer and closer you then decide you need to turn in front of me. Just tell me why you couldn’t wait the five seconds it would take me to clear the intersection. Yeah, I’m talking to you blue Volvo on
Thursday, June 08, 2006
So Google can rank searches by the region requesting them. Hmmm, I wonder
Hummer: Atlanta #9 (
Left Behind Atlanta #7 (Do you notice a trend?)
The Big Chicken: Atlanta #1 (and bizarrely
Lil John: Atlanta #1 (Yeah!)
My old saddle was showing its age. It still worked fine but it looked like crud, so I bought a new one attached it and then took it out for a ride. It only took a few minutes to realize that in the installation I had wacked my seat so far out of adjustment that it just wasn’t comfortable. So I got off the bike and started making adjustments 24 hours later the seat still isn’t right. I consider myself a fairly competent bike mechanic but this is giving me fits. Late last night I thought I had fixed the problem but then on the ride in this morning I felt a distinct numbness in the groin. So I’ll be doing some minor adjustments before I leave for home and hopefully this won’t be a reoccurring problem.
Monday, June 05, 2006
This weekend was pretty active riding wise. I had to run several errands on the bike including a trip to Home Depot in Vinings where there was no bike rack so I wound up cabling my bike to one of their prefabricated children’s area thingajig. After that I decided to take my youngest out to work on her street riding skills we cruised around area roads before cutting through Cochran Shoals over to
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Last night my wife and I took MARTA to the Braves game and I was reminded instantly of
The one good thing about MARTA is that it’s very bike friendly. Racks on all the buses and bikes are welcome on trains.
Well you knew this was coming. According to Sperling’s BestPlaces Atlanta is the most expensive city in the nation for commuters. According to Sperling’s a family with two commuters will spend $5,772 per year. Not surprisingly 8 out of the 10 most expensive cities for commuters are in the south.
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Well summer hit with a vengeance this weekend. My holiday ride in 90 degree temperatures produced volumes of sweat even when I was riding at low speeds. Summer may be the hardest time for cycling in the south, especially if you see your bike as a means of transportation and not just as a means of exercise in the early morning and late afternoon. Midday trips to the grocery store can leave you feeling less than fresh. So what to do? For my part I tend to just deal with it. I have no qualms about walking into a store dripping with sweat. You’ll find that being sweaty isn’t the end of the world. The worst thing that will happen is that you’ll get a few dirty looks from people who look like they don’t know the meaning of the word exercise. I won’t lie between the heat and the hills, summer cycling can be a challenge in
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Today we got the first of what will no doubt be many smog alerts this summer. How do you ride with a smog alert? Usually on red and purple days I ride very slowly on the afternoon commute when the smog is at its worst. If I feel the need to ride hard or fast I make sure to do that in the morning on my way to work. Don’t let smog keep you from riding but don’t ignore the health consequences of breathing dirty air.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Last night on way home I was struck with a sudden weakness, my legs became wobbly, and I felt if I couldn’t make it up the next hill. In short, I bonked. Perhaps it was my lighter than average lunch, or maybe it was that candy bar I unwisely consumed before heading home, or was it the longer than normal commute combined with the warmer than expected temperatures. Whatever the reason by the time I pulled into the Publix parking lot I felt like I couldn’t make it another inch.
So what did I do? I did some shopping at Publix, drank some Gatorade, ate some jelly beans, and fifteen minutes later I was ready to go again. What’s the point? Well if you ride long enough eventually you’ll have a day where you get tired and feel like you can’t finish the ride. Remember there’s no shame in taking a break. A lot of people push themselves too hard especially in the summer. If you don’t listen to your body you’re setting yourself up bad situation.
Friday, May 19, 2006
I often like to take a little spin at lunch. It gets me out of the office and gets my heart pumping again. But as you can imagine I don’t want to get too sweaty so here’s what I do.
- Plan my route carefully to avoid big climbs near the end.
- Ride slow. I’m not out to break any records on my lunch break.
- Have a destination. Usually I ride to my house, a local eatery, or the park just down the road.
- Have fun. My job stinks so a little mid-day cycling makes it almost bearable.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
When I first started riding to work I threw all of my clothes in a backpack, the result was a very wet back when I arrived at my destination. Then I switched to a messenger style bag which left a smaller but still very noticeable wet spot on my back. Finally I wised up and bought a rack and some panniers.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Every time I ride to the nearest branch of the library I'm greeted by a truly rare site, a bike rack. Five years ago Creative Loafing ran this article about
As a public service I’ll start reporting which places have bike racks and where there really should be one.
The first list:
REI Perimeter (retail shopping): Bike rack capable Capacity 3 bikes.
2300 Wildwood (office building): Bike rack Capacity 2 bikes.
Midtown Place (retail shopping): Several old fashioned wheel bender type bike racks. Capacity over 20 bikes.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Monday, May 08, 2006
Here’s a little story about the value of fenders. Thursday I was fiddling with my bike and I wound up taking off the fenders. Well Friday on the way home from work it rained, hard. It’s been so long since I’ve ridden in the rain without fenders I had forgotten how terrible the spray from the road was. So Friday night after cleaning and drying my bike I reattached my fenders and swore never to take them off again.
Friday, May 05, 2006
This morning on my ride into work I was spotted a large hawk standing on the sidewalk enjoying his breakfast. As I approached the hawk left his meal and flew to the lowest branch of a nearby tree. He watched me pedal past with a definite; don’t even think about stopping and eating my food, look. Once I passed I looked back to see him glide out of the tree and resume his meal.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
It’s that time of year again as temperatures rise cycling inevitably leads perspiration. So how do you cope when your morning commute leaves you looking like you just ran the marathon? Some people are lucky enough to have showers at their work; these of course are the best option allowing you to cool off and clean up at the same time. If showers aren’t available you’ll probably be surprised how well baby wipes work. Running a baby wipe over the back of the neck, the small of your neck, your groin area, and your armpits leaves you feeling almost as refreshed as a shower. When I first started commuting I packed a small baggie with a wet wash cloth and an ice cube. When I arrived I would cool and clean myself with the cloth. It was a great low cost solution for dealing with sweat. Finally there are those little bottles of hand sanitizers. I keep one in my desk drawer for use in a pinch. These often contain alcohol so they can cool you off but too much may dry your skin. Hand sanitizers are great for cooling off after running out for lunch. The cooling provided by the evaporation of the alcohol feels great after being under the midday sun.
If you ride in
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Once a quiet neighborhood of shotgun homes filled with workers for the nearby Lockheed Plant, Hazelwood was literally cut in half by the construction of the GA 120 loop. My crude black mark shows where the road used to be. This bisection did more than just cut neighborhood in half, it also funneled more traffic onto the two roads that weren’t cut in half by the new road. Commuter cyclists often spend a lot of time planning their routes to avoid the busiest roads but here in Atlanta it seems that traffic planners in their car centric view seemed determined to funnel everyone on to the major arteries.
There’s another kind of CGTFHS and this one is caused by too many cars. Behold Stillwell Road.
Stillwell Road is a small twisty road that winds its way in Vinings Georgia. Over the years as traffic in the area increased the residents on Stillwell Road got tired of long lines of cars using the road as a shortcut. So the road was cut in half. Traffic engineers just put a big pile of dirt at the half way point in the road. Now this kind of CGTFHS can actually be boon to cyclists. A pile of dirt isn’t really an obstacle for a bike and the quiet, hilly, and twisty road is a nice ride. The problem is if I hadn’t lived here for years I wouldn’t know that Stillwell was cut in half by a pile of dirt and not a creek or gulley. Google maps is a great resource but because your bike can get you places a car can’t sometimes you have to take a chance to find a new route.
In a bit of irony Stillwell Road became so pleasant and quiet that a developer has recently decided to build a massive condo project on the road.
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
What a difference 15 minutes makes. This morning due to a confluence of events I left for work 15 minutes later than I regularly do. I was instantly reminded why picking your commuting time is almost as important as picking your commuting route. 15 minutes later traffic had increased by at least thirty percent. 15 minutes later I was right-hooked four times in two miles. 15 minutes later, a young lady applying makeup while driving rode dangerously close to my rear wheel for far too long.
When I finally arrived at work I was shocked to see another bike at the rack. For only the tenth time in four years this building’s bike rack is at full capacity-2.
Monday, May 01, 2006
Friday, April 28, 2006
Thursday, April 27, 2006
Carrying groceries on a bike can be a pain but it doesn’t have to be. As with almost all other loads a bike rack is a big help. Some people like baskets others prefer panniers. If you don’t have a rack you can always use a trailer. And if you don’t have a rack and don’t have a trailer, there’s always the backpack or messenger bag. No matter how you transport your food the most important thing is to plan ahead. There’s nothing worse than buying more than you can carry and having to bicycle home with a frozen chicken dangling from a plastic bag hooked around your handlebars.
Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Tuesday, April 25, 2006
Under Sec. 132 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 companies may receive tax benefits for subsidizing alternative transportation for their employees. Now Senator Ron Wyden (D Oregon) has introduced a bill that would place bicycle commuters into this tax advantaged group. You can read about the Bicycle Commuter Act here.
Monday, April 24, 2006
Well as predicted here Floyd Landis took the win in stunning style, having to borrow a wheel from a teammate to complete the final stage.
Meanwhile bicycle commuting looks more attractive everyday as gas prices keep rising. I’m personally betting on +$3 gas for the entire summer.
Thursday, April 20, 2006
Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
Monday, April 17, 2006
No not "the tour" but rather the Tour de Georgia which gets underway tomorrow. Now I enjoy a good bike race as much as anyone but what really bugs me about the Tour de Georgia is its name. You see we don't have sizable French speaking population in
Now if I were running the Tour of Georgia, I would make a couple of small changes. First I would make
Friday, April 14, 2006
Nothing sums up the state of cycling in
I suppose what bothers me the most about this story isn’t just that it’s a car or even a SUV, it’s that it’s a Hummer and because of the way tax law is written my tax dollars are subsidizing her purchase. You see by claiming the vehicle is “a cool, outdoor come-on for the business,” the owner is allowed to claim tens of thousands of dollars in tax breaks financed by you and me. So I’m going to find this bike shop and expose its Hummer driving owner. They won’t get my business and I hope they won’t get yours either.
Thursday, April 13, 2006
I love classical music and I've noticed that many cyclists share this love. It makes sense. Enjoying classical music and bicycling share a common need, patience. It's something that's often in short supply these days but a little patience make life's sweetest rewards even sweeter.