SAFE STREETS SOCIAL

What: A slow ride to honor those who have fallen while astride a bike and to support each other while we’re out on the street.

When: Saturday, September 24th

Time: Meet at 3 pm, ride at 4.

Where: South Lake Union Park

If you ride a bike, if you know anyone who does, if you read the paper, if you check Twitter, if you surf teh intranets, you probably are aware of the aweful number of bicycle related deaths in a really short amount of time this year. “Streets is rough,” to quote one German exchange student whom I never met, yet heard plenty about. They are rough, both in pavement quality and in the ferocity of traffic and users. Please be safe out there. Please stay alive. Please think about coming out for the Safe Streets Social this coming Saturday.

Do it for me, because I won’t be here anymore. Do it for everyone else out there. Do it for yourself. Do it for those who aren’t with us anymore . . .

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SADDLE HEIGHT – BY ECO VELO

Not only does Alan, of EcoVelo, take absolutely gorgeous pictures, he also builds/rides beautiful bicycles and posts lots of really helpful and accessible information about bicycling.

Recently he ran a post on a (pretty) simple way to determine your saddle height. While this topic is one that almost any bike shop employee or bike industry regular/old timer will debate “friendly” with you over, Alan’s post makes it straight forward and, more importantly, seems to work.

http://www.ecovelo.info/2011/08/24/saddle-height-simplified/

My (very informal) technique is to raise my saddle until my leg is completely straight with my heel directly over the spindle of the pedal. That’s the starting point, then I adjust from there as needed.

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The Group Dynamic – RED KITE PRAYER

The Group Dynamic.

Click the above link and enjoy.

The Red Kite Prayer really delivers on multiple levels, one of which being the ability to connect and impact almost anyone who has spent any time riding a bike. The writing is the sort where you can imagine yourself in the writing and that is what makes it pure gold.

I was forwarded the link to RKP by a very good friend who said that they aren’t afraid to enter territory that a lot of other bicycle blogs don’t. I think that that is well said and rather astute.

RKP makes me want to go ride my bike and smile at every other person that I see astride two wheels . . . which I already do, but they get me excited about it. Two cheers for RKP spreading the love!

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QMQN

Perhaps you’ve realized that I’ve been posting a lot more videos and links lately, rather than original content. Hope that doesn’t bother you, I’ve just been focusing on photography more than writing the past couple of months. That being said . . . check out my *brand new* Tumblr blog.

qmqn.tumblr.com

I’m new to Tumblr, but it seems like a better place to post pictures. Most of the pictures on the blog are mine, but I reblog other people’s work every now and then. Hope you enjoy . . .

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Link Dump

Some interesting reading for ya’ll.

I know that some of you readers like moustache bars . . . here’s a post on EcoVelo about two different ones and how the set-ups differ.

http://www.ecovelo.info/2011/04/09/a-tale-of-two-moustaches/

Grant Peterson used to be the Product Manager at Bridgestone, before moving on to start Rivendell. He’s a rather outspoken fellow with a lot of great and/or unique ideas about bikes. A lot of his opinions go against what you might be told at a local “main-stream” bikeshop and I think that that is important. Go to http://www.rivebike.com and click on the “READ” link to get yerself all lern’d up.

Andre Kivijarvi is a local rider and (apparently) a part of the ZLOG crew. He kills it on a track bike and he also kills it on a 20. Here’s a post of him sliding a HUGE double kinker on the north end of the University Bridge. Mad props, that’s a big rail. http://zlogblog.com/2011/04/andre-kivijarvi-double-pegs-28-stair-kink-rail/

I don’t know a lot about what’s going on in Japan right now with the nuclear reactors, mainly because nuclear physics is beyond me. Luckily BoingBoing has been posting a lot of educational and informative articles and posts in the last month, so I’ve been working on gettin’ lern’d up. Here’s one about the recent Fukushima upgrade to a Level 7 nuclear event. http://www.boingboing.net/2011/04/12/fukushima-upgraded-t.html

And finally, I’m a big Star Wars fan . . . I don’t approach the geekdom that many do, but I found this video simply awesome. http://devour.com/video/lightsaber-golf/

Cheers.

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