Here I am doing a bit of Black Friday Online snooping only to find a story about a man working at Wal Mart who was killed the stampede of people bum rush him. A lady mis carried too as she was rushed. I don't even want to shop anymore right now. Just want to ride and chill.
When I ride home I see this a lot with people as they drive home too.
How did we get so selfish?
This attitude of ME, ME. Is just like the Seagulls saying Mine, Mine,Mine,Mine in Nemo. Just freaking ridiculous. Gotta ride now, need to reflect.
Well today we woke to another round of urban fires here in Southern California. Like the Santa Ana winds that come at this time of year so do the fires now. They are real regular. As different neighborhoods were being evacuated stores began to close and the look and feel of my environment became smokey and dark. The kinda dark you get during an eclipse an eery odd darkening. I noticed the streets got crowded with cars of people frantically leaving there homes not knowing what was going to happen or if and when they can return. So at my mobil gas station that no longer pumped gas because of the fire danger, I wondered how much easier it would be if we people were using bicycles to escape the area. An xtracycle would be perfect for lots of folks and there would be far less issues with congestion.
So here I sit listening to the helicopters fly over my home to the reservoir and back again to get water and dose flames. It has happened so much today like hundreds of times, I can imagine that I am in that movie scene in Apocalypse Now and Martin Sheen is in his hotel room listening to a helicopter blade sounds getting louder and louder. (I regressed) So again in good times or in bad, bicycles have a place to be useful.
I hope the folks that had damage are ok and safe...
Something new and exciting to check out: I am not an Ultra-Racer, give me a loaded Big Dummy and time to travel - I am there.
But some folks ride to race and race to ride. I suppose the motivations are many. But for one young Lady. She took riding to a whole new level. If it has Ultra in it, she's doing it. She has epilepsy, but you would never guess it by her riding achievements and incredible attitude. She truly is living the change she wants to be in the world....
High Wheels are not "Cargo or Long Bikes but there is something about a Penny!
I will let my secret out...
I want to own a Penny Farthing. You know the high bikes with a "Penny" in the rear and a "Farthing" in the front. what got me interested in this is a story I read about a british young man who rode around the world on a Penny Farthing. I just think they are "really neat" sounds corny huh? Yes but the cool factor is way high plus just imagine one with Rock the bike's Down Low Glow Dual - Oh Man !
Have you ever even ridden a Penny or would like to?
Here in the States we have NPR (National Public Radio) the shows are sometimes so interesting that it is hard to leave your car while the broadcast show is going on. Moments like those are called "Driveway moments" being at home setting in the driveway finishing the show.
Well on an Xtracycle is happens all the time to me, but in reverse. On the way home last night as I was riding my X in front of our Ralph's grocery store, a guy starting flagging me down. We talked about the X, my commute and Global Warming/Green stuff. Well I was in my element and got into a fantastic conversion. I love talking that stuff but at 10:00 P.M. and I really needed to get home.
What does a man saving a baby turtle have to do with an Xtracycle?
Today while shopping at Ace Hardware store I found to types of flexi Ties.
One called Urashima Taro wire and the other by Grip twist. It turns out that the company name Urashima Taro is an Old japanese legend about a man who saves a baby turtle who is actually a Princess. See the wiki here, but how that relates to twisted wire is anyones guess.
I bought the two types because of length differences and to hold my cables from all my e-assit equipment in place without having to replace zip ties if I ever replace different components. The other reason is that they are light yet strong, the Grip twist holds 100 lbs. yet just weighs only a few onces. They are reusable and have many uses and on a xtracycle you can come up with hundreds of ways to carry things with it.
I was thinking that for touring and carrying water in large quanities the long 34 inch griptwist could support a gerry rigged water hose from water bags way in the back. So all you would have to do is run a clear hose back to your water source (large Dromedary bag ) in the (Freeloaders)
up front the flexi wire can hold the the water tube upright and high enough to suck on like a straw. So the benefits would be that you water weight would be down low keeping the Center of Gravity low (CG). Drinking as you would from a camel back.
So if your water was iced down back there in a small ice chest ( hey after all weight isn't a worry it's an xtracycle) you could drink cool water on your ride.
Being a relatively new Xtracycle adopter/owner and enthusiast I decided to start blogging about it. This will have stuff about Xtracycling, cycling in general and news and information about cool things happening in this space. And oh yes we will go off Topic occasionally. It is intended to eclectic and crazy at times.