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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

Roubaix Dura-Ace

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Thought I’d share my morning obsession with the World.  Next year maybe…

Specs here via Specialized

Written by yellow fork

February 11, 2010 at 4:41 pm

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On the Status of Things

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I don’t usually take time away to write about what’s going on in my life with cycling.  I guess that’s mostly because I can barely keep up with it all, let alone sit down and write thoughtfully about it.  With that said, I figured it was time to sum up somethings, so at least I can look back and know what I was doing and when.

So lets start with Advocacy.  Right now I’m working to support several things at the University of Utah.  I’m working on the Climate Action Plan Transportation Team, the Bicycle Master Plan, helping out the Bicycle Collective (ubike.org), and tonight I’m going to attend my first meeting with the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.  I’m also working with some great folks in the University adminstration to start forming the framework for putting together a larger program to improve bicycle planning and promotion on campus. 

On the Academic front almost everything is set for entering the Masters program in City & Metropolitan Planning in Fall 2010.  Just need to submit my personal statement, which I plan to do after this weekend of training in St. George.  I’m going to focus on transportation planning, especially on bicycle planning.  I’ve been reading some great academic texts, that I’ll share later.

In the area that matters most, actually cycling, I’m pretty excited for 2010.  I’ll be racing with the University cycling team (unofficially until may, when I’m an actual student) and also riding with the crew from my local shop.  I’ve got some great rides and races planned for the year, with the hope of getting into the LOTOJA at the end of the season.  I’ll take time to post reviews of the rides/races when I can.  I’m pretty excited to check out the San Diego Gran Fondo , 100 mile of course, in March.  It should be a relaxed century to kick of the season right.

I hope to make some tech/gear upgrades later this year when I’m not so broke.  Until then, it’s just working with what I’ve got.  I’m training on the weekends and almost every night after work until it’s too dark and too cold to be reasonable.  I can’t say how much I’m looking forward to longer days, even more so than warmer weather. 

My special lady friend a.k.a. fiancée has been awesome and so supportive, and it has really helped out.  It’s sweet to have so many people in my life who are supportive and encouraging about my new found passion for cycling.  Also, I’m way stoked that many of my friends (especially CK1) back home in San Diego, have not only taken up cycling, but are sticking with it and loving it too. 

Work is work, but I’m riding in every day… there’s a few more things, but WordPress is being wack, so… end.

Dream a Little Dream!

– Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

February 10, 2010 at 10:39 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

Fight Over Bike Lanes Goes Old Testament

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Via Huffingtonpost.com

Hipsters (maybe) repaint bike lanes removed to appease Hasidic Jews in NYC.

“In response to last week’s removal of bike lanes in the traditionally Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn, a group of local bike riders took it upon themselves to repaint the lane lines running down Bedford Avenue.

The Hasids had asked the city to remove the bike lanes from the neighborhood, claiming the influx of bikers posed a “safety and religious hazard.”

Full Article at Huffingtonpost

Well, one thing is for sure… we could use a few more bike lanes, and even more importantly, a few more ‘hotties’ here in The Salty Dog (SLC).

Paint for the people!

– The Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

December 9, 2009 at 8:50 pm

SLC to Donate Unclaimed Bikes

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via Salt Lake Tribune

Ever wonder what happens to your bike after the police take it back from the junkie who lifted it for a LSD inspired joy-ride? Well, if it wasn’t registered (don’t feel bad mine isn’t) it typically ends up in the no-man’s land of the city impound.

Salt Lake City, Utah has taken a noble step to make good use of bikes that are left unclaimed for over 90 days.  The bikes will be donated to the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective, a non-profit that does a ton of good for the cycling community as a whole, but especially for low-income folks who need a reliable and independent way to get around.   

“Putting butts on bikes just got a boost.

By unanimous vote, the Salt Lake City Council has agreed to allow the police to donate all unclaimed bicycles to the city’s nonprofit bicycle collective, which fixes them up for low-income residents and refugees — often for free.

“It’s a great way to get those bicycles back into the community where either kids or low-income families have access to efficient and inexpensive transportation,” says Dave Iltis, chairman of the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. “Given the popularity of cycling, especially as gas prices go up, that total pool — through abandoned or stolen bicycles — could go way up.”

Parties from the mayor’s office and the collective have been working through the details of the resolution for nearly a year. Earlier this month, the council gave its nod. Members say the prospect of putting bikes back on the streets — even if it means losing a few thousand dollars at public auctions — benefits the city by providing alternate transportation and reducing air pollution.

“It’s more of a value-added partnership than it is a donation,” says collective Executive Director Jonathan Morrison, explaining that 30 nonprofits received rehabbed bikes in 2008 — some as many as 150. The majority, Morrison notes, went to the International Rescue Committee, which helps to service refugees.”

Salt Lake Tribune

Now that’s thinking!

– Salty Dog

Written by yellow fork

November 20, 2009 at 8:32 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

Written by yellow fork

November 6, 2009 at 9:29 pm