|!897 Carroll Gear Drive Bicycle|
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
|This hill near Waveland, Indiana is a little intimidating to the average cyclist|
Jan was credit card touring (staying at motels), and only rode about 30 miles per day. There were numerous anecdotes about the trip in, such as a visit to a cantaloupe farm near Vincennes. Her route took her through Terre Haute, where she was born. Her route passed through Amish country and spent a rest day in Shipshewanna. The biggest problem she encountered was the July heat.
Monday, June 26, 2017
|2017 Tour de France route|
- Chris Froome is the defending champion and three-time winner of the Tour de France.
- Richie Porte has been strong this year - Perhaps this is his year to win the TDF.
- Nairo Quintana has two seconds and one third at the TDF. He's a tremendous climber but not so good on time trials.
- Romain Bardet is France's top hope to win.
- Alberto Contador has won the Tour de France twice. Can he do it again at age 34?
Friday, June 23, 2017
|Not the most comfortable ride - But it beats walking|
Thursday, June 22, 2017
|This bicycle thief doesn't get far|
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
|The Beer Trike from Coaster Pedicabs|
The video below is an interview with the Coaster Pedicab CPO (Chief Pedicab Officer) and their Vice President of Miscellaneous Stuff. The beer trike in the video is an early prototype. Note that the tap handles don't have bicycle chain. They have a small cog at the top instead.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
|Spectacular scenery on the Icefields Parkway|
Here's a link to a map of the Parkway. Below is a video of cycling on the Parkway.
Monday, June 19, 2017
|Free Brown County Mountain Biking Guide|
Friday, June 16, 2017
|Giant squid attacking bicycles - Where's a sperm whale when you need one?|
Thursday, June 15, 2017
|With a 30 second lead, Iljo Keisse crashes 1 kilometer from the finish line|
Note: The announcers are supposed to stay neutral, but in this case they just couldn't help themselves.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
|What do you mean it's a girl's bike?|
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
|Entering Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore|
There are several bike trails in the area:
- Prairie Duneland Trail
- Oak Savannah Trail
- Porter Brickyard Trail
- Dunes Kankakee Trail
- Marquette Trail
- Calumet Trail
I do recommend riding on Lake Front Drive, which is about a 2.5 mile stretch of road along Lake Michigan in the town of Beverly Shores. There is little traffic and a beautiful view of the lake. It will take you past the Century of Progress Homes. These homes were part of the 1933 Chicago World's Fair before being transported by barge to Beverly Shores.
Other interesting sites in the area you might want to visit include:
Hoosier Slide in the area, but it was hauled away to make glass.
Here's a video about cycling in the Indiana Dunes area:
Monday, June 12, 2017
|Baron Karl Drais - Father of the Bicycle|
His motivation for this was the high price of oats, which were used to feed horses. After several years of bad harvests, Indonesia's Mt. Tambora erupted in 1815. The ash from the eruption blocked enough sunlight that 1816 became known as the "Year without a summer." This resulted in very high prices for grain, and many people around the globe starved.
The Baron's bicycle was very primitive. It did have two wheels and steering, but it lacked brakes and pedals.Still, it might have been successful if not for the poor condition of the dirt roads at the time. They were rough and rutted due to the horses and carriages that traveled on them. Because of this, those who rode bicycles used sidewalks, which endangered pedestrians. Cities responded by banning them. Bicycles were a short-lived fad that quickly died out. They didn't come back until the 1860s when someone got the bright idea of adding pedals.
Karl Drais came up with other inventions besides the bicycle. These include the first meat grinder and the railroad handcar. He supported revolution and renounced his aristocratic title in 1848. He died three years later
Friday, June 9, 2017
|You can just barely see the rider's face|
Thursday, June 8, 2017
|Ready to go on maneuvers|
The video dates back to 2012, but the Montague Paratrooper (There are actually 5 models) hasn't changed a great deal since then. One item that has been altered is the location of the release mechanism that allows the bike to fold. In the video it is above the top tube, just in the front of the saddle. It is now located just under the top tube.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
|High altitude tricycle|
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
|Jimmie Johnson (center) and George Hincapie (left) getting ready to assault Mt. Mitchell|
So how did the NASCAR guys do? Pretty good actually. Jamie McMurray took just under 6 hours to finish, while Jimmie Johnson took an additional three and a half minutes. Matt Kenseth finished about half an hour behind Johnson. How did George Hincapie (Shown in the photo above with Jimmie Johnson) do? Curiously, his time was exactly the same as Jimmie Johnson's. Here's an interesting bit of trivia: Jimmie Johnson is a 7 time NASCAR champion. George used to ride with another guy who was a 7 time (temporarily) champion.
Monday, June 5, 2017
|The OTG Strap cell phone holder|
Friday, June 2, 2017
|Dutch Prime Minister riding to work|
Here's a video of the Prime Minister (Mark Rutte) riding:
Thursday, June 1, 2017
|Thief attempting to steal bike from car stopped in traffic|
Here's a video of London's most brazen bike thief. While riding his own bike in traffic, he tries to steal a bicycle on the back of a vehicle when it's stopped. He tries this a couple times Towards the end of the video he leaves his bike laying on the road and chases after the vehicle on foot. The car who was behind the cyclist, honked his horn, then drove around the thief's bicycle. I think it would have been poetic justice if the car ran over the thief's bicycle while he was attempting his heist.