Category: Other cycling

Bad tan contest for bicyclists

Don't have speed or agility on a bicycle? Then here's a contest for you.

The Veloist is sponsoring the Bad Tan Contest. The only requirement is that you have a biker's tan.

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The winner gets a $100 gift certificate from Performance Bikes….

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/08/21/bad-tan-contest-for-bicyclists/

Bicycling down the road with prostate cancer

Regular readers of this blog will remember that I recently had been off my bicycle for a few weeks for blood tests and biopsies related to my prostate.

Since then I've received quite a few supportive messages, which I certainly appreciate, and I have returned to regularly riding my bike.

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Unfortunately, I also received news from my urologist earlier this week that my prostate biopsy was positive. There's a tumor on the right side and my urologist is recommending complete removal of the prostate….

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/08/19/bicycling-down-the-road-with-prostate-cancer/

July riding stats: I'd rather forget past couple of weeks


Redmond Derby Days

A wave of melancholy sweeps over me whenever I see anyone riding a bicycle these days. I also get a slight ache in the groin.

I've been ordered off the bicycle twice in the past month by doctors: the first time to get a better reading in a prostate screening exam; and the second time to aid my recovery from a prostate biopsy (don't know results yet).

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I'll be free to start riding again later this week. Mentally, I can't wait to start cycling again. Physically, I'm still a little too sore to look forward to climbing back onto the saddle….

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/08/07/july-riding-stats-id-rather-forget-past-couple-of-weeks/

Hiroshima bicycle

Today is the 62nd anniversary of the day that the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima.

On a visit to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum several years ago, Russ Couprie took a picture of this twisted bicycle and posted it on his website. The bicycle was found 2 kilometers from the ground zero.

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At this year's commemoration, thousands of elderly survivors, children and dignitaries laid wreaths and flowers at Peace Memorial Park. They bowed in a moment of silence at 8:15 a.m., the time that the Enola Gay B29 bomber dropped the bomb….

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/08/06/hiroshima-bicycle/

Brake shoe replacement time

I probably should have checked my brake pads before I nearly ran into the side of a moving car at the corner shopping center the other day.

When the snow and freezing temperatures hit the Pacific Northwest this winter, the street and highway departments answered the challenge by dumping tons of sand on the pavement.

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No one has come along to sweep away that accumulated sand, except for me and my bike rims. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/04/10/brake-shoe-replacement-time/

Confessions of a bike rider: February mileage

Back at the end of 2006, I made the bold assertion that I would double last year's mileage and ride my bicycle at least 4,000 miles in 2007.

So far, I'm way off pace. Here are some of my lame excuses for this month:

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First my high schooler was sick for three days at the beginning of February, then I came down with that energy-sapping virus for a few days myself …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/03/03/confessions-of-a-bike-rider-february-mileage/

Already off pace for bicycling in 2007, but learning a lesson

At the beginning of the year I made the bold prediction that I would sweep aside 2006's dismal bicycling mileage and double my output to 4,000 miles.

Not much for the 8,000-plus mileage crowd, but good enough for a cyclist who has only hit 4,000 miles (the last time in 2003) a few times since completing a cross-country bike tour in 1984.

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Doing the math, I'd have to click off an average 333.33 miles per month to hit the mark. That must be more difficult than it sounds, as I only bicycled 206.5 miles in January. Looking back at the bicycling logs I've saved since 1991 …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2007/02/05/already-off-pace-for-bicycling-in-2007-but-learning-a-lesson/

Landis expresses sympathy to former neighbors

Cyclist Floyd Landis expressed his sympathy to the Amish community near his hometown in Pennsylvania that was the site of Monday's schoolhouse shooting that left five girls dead.

He also pledged in a blog post at FloydLandis to donate funds to those affected by the shooting and urged anyone who would like to help to visit the Coatesville Savings Bank website for the Nickel Mines Children's Fund and the Roberts Family Fund.

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Landis is recovering from hip surgery he underwent last week. He's also working on his defense against doping charges that could result in a 2-year ban from professional cycling and the loss of his 2006 Tour de France. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/10/04/landis-expresses-sympathy-to-former-neighbors/

Illegal immigrants racing across border on bicycles

Border Patrol agents call it el Tour de Los Estados Unidos. The winners of this Tour gain illegal entry into the US from Mexico on bicycles they use to cross the border.

The rundown bikes cost $20 to $25 each. They run the gamut from mountain bikes to Chinese models with wing handlebars. The reflectors are removed; one bike was painted camouflage green, while others are spray painted black.

The immigrants ride the bikes at night on hiking trails or unused desert roads. The Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, right, is a favorite route.

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“Usually you hear what sounds like off-road truck tires coming toward you down the road 'cuz there's so many of them” …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/08/25/illegal-immigrants-racing-across-border-on-bicycles/

Two bicycle innertubes might be better than one

Bicyclists are always coming up with ideas on making their outings just a little more trouble-free.

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Here's one from the Instructables website: Insert two innertubes, one deflated, in your tires. If you get a flat, just remove whatever caused the puncture, then pump up the other tube. …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2006/07/19/two-bicycle-innertubes-might-be-better-than-one/