Friday, November 30, 2007
Maybe it was my first experience with two wheels? I don't know. I'm not going to get all nostalgic and say that was the beginning of my love of two wheels. Cause that would be a lie. I really didn't get into bikes until about seven or eight years ago. Anyway . . . I digress.
Evel died today. He was pretty messed up with failing health. Maybe some brought on by years of harsh crashes and near death experiences.
I'm not sure if there exists today anyone of that kind of celebrity status. He wasn't an actor or musician. Just a freak who jumped over stuff. How many kids did this guy have an affect on? I remember pretending to be him and trying to jump my banana seat bike over stuff. How many kids busted up their bodies, bruised and cut themselves, broke bones and so on? Too many to count I am guessing. All in the name of good fun.
If his persona existed today, kids would be mimicking him through playstations and x-boxes. Which is better? Overweight, over stimulated, fat kids with no imaginations sitting in front of a tv with sore thumbs OR kids outside on their bikes, getting fresh air & exercise, getting a little banged up? You be the judge.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
“I mean, [the ratio] was 11 to 1. You’d think he’d be violating every virgin within 100 miles. How does he even get on his bicycle?” — Dick Pound, WADA president, commenting in 2006 on Floyd Landis’s elevated testosterone/epitestosterone ratio after stage 17 of the Tour of France- stolen from Mari & Dave
The Parrot- stolen from Drunkcyclist.com
A young man named John received a parrot as a gift.
The parrot really had a bad attitude and an even worse vocabulary.
Every word out of the bird’s mouth was rude, obnoxious and laced with profanity. John tried and tried to change the bird’s attitude by consistently saying only polite words, playing soft music and anything else he could think of to “clean up” the bird’s vocabulary.
Finally though, John was fed up, and he yelled at the parrot. The parrot yelled back. John shook the parrot, and the parrot got angrier and more rude!
In desperation, John threw up his hands, grabbed the bird, and put him in the freezer!
For a few minutes the parrot squawked, kicked and screamed….. then suddenly there was total quiet! Not a peep was heard for over a minute!
Fearing that he’d hurt the parrot, John quickly opened the door to the freezer.
The parrot calmly stepped out onto John’s outstretched arms and said, “I believe I may have offended you with my rude language and actions. I’m sincerely remorseful for my inappropriate transgressions, and I fully intend to do everything I can to correct my rude and unforgivable behavior.”
John was stunned at the change in the bird’s attitude!
- saw this over on Gwadzilla's blog
Monday, November 26, 2007
I got to the gym tonight for a leg workout, but now feel like a bag O'crap. Tomorrow I've got spin class and core body with 'the gang'.
The warm temps are sticking around and a call for rain, we might lose all the snow that fell. Might be a different story over in the Gats though. Hope we get a dumping . . . . I'm itching to get out for a ski.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Waxing skis is an art and a science. Each year I get a little better at it.
Needless to say, the bikes have been put away for winter. I've got a lot of friends who ride the trails once or twice a week during the snowy winter months. I just can't get into it to be honest too much stopping and starting. I'd much rather be working out on the skate or xc skis - it's an excellent cross over sport and a full body workout. If I get out three or so times a week and am on the trainer that much, my cardio doesn't pay the price.
Am keeping on eye on the ski reports and will likely be up in the Gats tomorrow.
With the snow fall, Jacks has been nutty! Berners really come to life in the cold, and especially so in the snow. He'll be seven years old next week, but you wouldn't know it his puppy like energy.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
I'm getting the waxing bench set up tonight and will get the skis ready to go! Whoo hoo!
I noticed this site over on Gwadzilla's blog, and thought that I'd check it out. Pretty cool place to go hang out.
meandmybicycle is about you and your bike. Show off your wheels, find like minded cyclists and join in discussions about all things cycling related.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
We ALL KNOW WHY WE RIDE.750 bones for a three day stage race on fire and ATV roads?!?!?! Doesn't sound like a whole lot of fun and it seems a bit steep. With only a weee bit of single track . . . . I think that I will pass for the first year of the race and wait and read the reviews.
...Mountain Biking is an adventure.
Be it a short ride or a long hammer, adventure is on your mind. Why not take that spirit to the next level? Point to point, multi-day events are increasing in popularity and Chico Racing is excited to present Ontario's first 3-day point to point adventure.
From it's regal beginnings in Muskoka's cottage country to it's incredible finish in Haliburton Forest, Crank The Shield will wind you through some of the most breathtaking scenery Ontario's near north has to offer. A combination of secondary roadways, backroads, ATV and mountain bike specific trails will take riders from one place to another. . . .
Besides, I'm going to be broke from paying for this.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Wasn't so bad with Gilles shouting orders at us. The one and half hour class flew by. Heart rate was low, about 65-70% of max HR. Once a week at the RA Centre and once a week at home is a good start for the next month or so. Mixed in with the two rides on the weekends that I've been getting in should help keep the fat at bay.
We do about twenty or so minutes after being on the bike to do some core body strength work. This compliments the work that I'm doing in the gym and I hope to see some strength gains over the next several months.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Flip on your bike light and watch oncoming traffic slam on the brakes and steer onto sidewalks. The Lupine Lighting System Betty is a 22-watt, 1400-lumen bike light that’s certain to do permanent retinal damage to anyone unfortunate enough to look at you when you say, “Check out my new bike light” a moment before flipping it on. The Lupine has 3 brightness settings, with the weakest setting giving you a flashing disco mode that lasts for one month off one charge. The setup costs a ridiculous $1185, but you can’t put a price on safety—or cars flashing their high beams at you.
*stolen from The Goat
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Bike sex man placed on probation
Cleaners caught Mr Stewart simulating sex with a bike
Robert Stewart, 51, admitted a sexually aggravated breach of the peace by conducting himself in a disorderly manner and simulating sex.
Sheriff Colin Miller also placed Stewart on the Sex Offenders Register for three years.
Mr Stewart was caught in the act with his bicycle by cleaners in his bedroom at the Aberley House Hostel in Ayr.
Gail Davidson, prosecuting, told Ayr Sheriff Court: "They knocked on the door several times and there was no reply.
"They used a master key to unlock the door and they then observed the accused wearing only a white t-shirt, naked from the waist down.
"The accused was holding the bike and moving his hips back and forth as if to simulate sex."
Both cleaners, who were "extremely shocked", told the hostel manager who called police.
Sheriff Colin Miller told Stewart: "In almost four decades in the law I thought I had come across every perversion known to mankind, but this is a new one on me. I have never heard of a 'cycle-sexualist'."
Stewart had denied the offence, claiming it was caused by a misunderstanding after he had too much to drink.
The bachelor had been living in the hostel since October 2006 after moving from his council house in Girvan.
He now lives in Ayr.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
"Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning, and the first thing that I heard
Was a song outside my window, and the traffic wrote the words
It came a-reeling up like Christmas bells, and rapping up like pipes and drums"
- Joni Mitchell
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Fritz, you got to get me that 'third eye' dealie.
*More pictures here.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
While sitting and chatting to Fritz & Riley on my snack stop, two riders rolled by. We ended up catching them and passed the two riders about a quarter of the way through Outback.