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This Day, I Rode

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This day, I slowly rode my bike to work,
Gliding across the gentle road,
Like a surfer on that glassy face,
Free from the weight of a crushing world,
This Day, the secret is mine, I know myself.

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This morning I felt the soft rays of the late winter sun and thought back to my playful and sun-filled days as a child in San Diego. My heart was warm.

I heard the morning songs of unseen birds.  I remembered that the world wants nothing more from me than it wants from the birds.  Just be and sing your song.  My purpose was clear.

I said hello to a dozen people and stopped to visit an old golden retriever who was laying in the morning frost. I was deeply connected.

I smiled the whole way, and I arrived to work as the happiest SOB in the building, maybe even in the entire city….

This is why I ride!

– Salty Dog

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February 26, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Cycling Quote

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From an interview in Cycling and Society, Horten, Rosen, Cox (p. 39), Essay Cycling the City by Justin Spinney, in reference to riding in a busy intersection.

“Yeah, that’s one of the great exciting things about places like that, you have to be super alert because everything is coming at you from all directions, and you’re working on those gaps and you shoot through it and it disappears.  You’re working within …. you know that the gaps are going, it’s like watching a wave break or something; it’s going to be there for that amount of time (snaps fingers) and it’s gone and it’ll never be there again.  And Hyde Park Corner or any of the big complexes really excite and I like that.  Berkeley Square is another one.  You ‘switch on’ to Berkeley Square as soon as there’s a gap …. those moments when you know it’s all happening, they’re really exciting because all your sensory hairs stand up, you’re listening and looking … it’s all crucial (interview, with bike messenger, 11/15/05).”

I just love the comparison of the traffic flow to that of a wave.  Enjoy the ride!

– Salty Dog

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February 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Cycling Quote

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This little piece is a signature line from an e-mail that I received, and I had to share.  It’s just wonderful and I felt much the same this morning riding in a light snowfall as the city was just coming awake.  For the moment, the world was breaking someone else’s heart.  No, not mine, not mine.

“When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day’s sensations:  bright
sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay’s call, ice melting and so on.
This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work,
leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead.  I
still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity.  But
I am mentally far away from civilization.  The world is breaking
someone else’s heart.”  ~Diane Ackerman

Ride & Love

– Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

January 26, 2010 at 6:56 pm

Salty Dog has a New Crew

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As I start hitting the trainer in the gym (along with taking advantage of the remaining great fall weather here in Salt Lake) I’ve started thinking about the 2010 riding season.  I’m pretty excited about it as I’ll be riding with a new crew that’s just starting out in SLC. 

We’ll be riding for a new local shop called Lake Town Bicycles.  I’m not sure of our event schedule, but I know that the LOTOJA is a must.  It’s way cool to be part of something from the start.  I’ll be sure to share my experiences, both good and bad here. 

Below is a template for our first jersey done by Aubrey @ aubreyjoy.com.  More to come…

lake town cycling crew jersey

Make some friends and ride with them!

– Salty Dog

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November 6, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Zack Morris Rides a Bike, Why Don’t You?

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Bike

via NYTimes.com

It seems the list of “outed” celebrity cyclists is growing.  Now added by the NY Times Mark-Paul Gosselaar, best know for playing Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell.  But, Gosselaar is no joke, he’s actually a Cat 2 racer… more than I can say for myself!

Lately, however, Mr. Gosselaar has developed another distinction: as perhaps the best celebrity-slash-bicyclist in America. Granted, it’s a niche category with no official rankings and a smattering of big names, like Patrick Dempsey of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Jake Gyllenhaal and Matthew McConaughey (both of whom are pals of Lance Armstrong).

Yet Mr. Gosselaar is the real spandexed deal. In and around Santa Clarita, Calif., where he lives, he competes at the Category 2 level, racing in fields that often include professionals. Loren Mooney, the editor in chief of Bicycling magazine, said of Mr. Gosselaar in an e-mail message: “He’s in a different league from all the other public figures who ride a bike. He’s not just out there riding, he’s competing and, in some cases, winning.”

Full article here via NYtimes.com

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November 5, 2009 at 4:09 pm

Convicted: Dr. Road Rage Thompson

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Christopher Thompson, 60, is convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon and other charges in the crash that injured cyclists Ron Peterson and Christian Stoehr on Mandeville Canyon Road in 2008. – Via LAtimes.com
dr road rage

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It’s fair that the Doc. was hit with heavy charges and I believe it sets a much needed example.  People like Christopher Thompson need to know that there are serious convictions that await them if they attack cyclists.  As cycling continues to grow in the US, road rage will become a more prominent issue.  I hope that this very public trial at least serves to inform the greater public about driving safely around cyclists.

I guess at the root of it, I’m still not sure why so many motorists are angered by cyclists.  I know that there are cyclists who can be irksome at times, but not any more than the average motorist.  I believe that it might be something deeper, something more cultural… maybe some are frustrated with a changing norm or what they perceive to be a sub-culture.  Yet, we would do well to remember (as I posted earlier) that 89 percent of cyclists own at least one car… so we’re not all that different!

The three-week trial in the Superior Court’s airport branch was watched closely by bicycle riders around the country, many of whom viewed the case as a test of the justice system’s commitment to protecting cyclists. The July 4, 2008, crash also highlighted simmering tensions between cyclists and motorists on Mandeville Canyon Road, the winding five-mile residential street where the crash took place… – Full Article Here

Ride & Drive with Love, Not Hate!

– Salty Dog

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November 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Paris Shared Bike Program is Symbol of Social Unrest

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velib bike paris france

New York Times article highlighting the difficulties of running a public program that depends on the good behavior of users.  Sad to know they are facing such challenges based on the troubled youth of greater France.  But, maybe it’s an important reminder of the greater social unrest in the country.  Either way, it’s an key program to study and improve upon.

“The symbol of a fixed-up, eco-friendly city has become a new source for criminality,” Le Monde mourned in an editorial over the summer. “The Vélib’ was aimed at civilizing city travel. It has increased incivilities.”

The heavy, sandy-bronze Vélib’ bicycles are seen as an accoutrement of the “bobos,” or “bourgeois-bohèmes,” the trendy urban middle class, and they stir resentment and covetousness. They are often being vandalized in a socially divided Paris by resentful, angry or anarchic youth, the police and sociologists say.

Bruno Marzloff, a sociologist who specializes in transportation, said, “One must relate this to other incivilities, and especially the burning of cars,” referring to gangs of immigrant youths burning cars during riots in the suburbs in 2005.

He said he believed there was social revolt behind Vélib’ vandalism, especially for suburban residents, many of them poor immigrants who feel excluded from the glamorous side of Paris.

What did that bike ever do to you?

– Salty Dog

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November 2, 2009 at 11:46 pm