08 November 2007

Hmmm, restarted


I seem to remember having started a blog a few days ago. For some reason, it's vanished. Unfortunately, Blogger's SPAM blocker keeps not saving my blog and when I come back to work on it, a good portion or all of it is missing. Folks, if you are worried about something have a human look at it not a program. MORONS! Get it right or don't do it at all. Don't emulate Microsoft.

I've been thinking of riding a lot more that I have actually ridden for many, many weeks. While doing so, I've come across various web sites and info. that varies in quality, quantity and context. Here we go.

You think you're tough... check this one out Tilford article. This guy, Steve Tilford has been a pro since he was something like 16. He's now 48 or something. He's truly an animal when it comes to the mountain bike or cyclorcross. He lives in Topeka, not your average mountain biking capitol.

For those of you that are interested and don't already know, SS World's '08 is in Napa, California next year. The dates have been announced - Aug. 23-24, 2008. I expect a LARGE Kansas City crew there. Do you hear (read: read) that?

Speaking of Kansas City... what the hell is up with this crap? Uneasy Riders - KC Pitch Come on people, it's not the freakin' dark ages. It's time to learn that SUV's, monster trucks and hoopties don't necessarily own the road. They just somehow have managed to have loopholes in the law that allow them to run over and abuse cyclists and get in less trouble than hitting a wild animal. F-in Bizarre!

In case it's not obvious, I have no tolerance for this type of stuff. As a cyclist, walker and a person that used to spend a lot of time standing in roads (former surveyor), I think that if you can't control your vehicle enough to not hit anyone in the road, you deserve to rot in jail at and at the very least, loose your license. The Germans have this type of rule down pat. The hierarchy goes something like this:

1. Street cars/trams
2. Cyclists
3. Peds
4. Autos
5. Trucks

In basically all bike related accidents, the bike wins. It's incumbent on everyone else to beware. About time!

My guess is that K.C. is not exactly moving in either of these two directions. Paris Rental Bike Scheme Goes Global

Another example of a good cycling city Portland article This is a good goal, not playing hockey with your monster truck as the cyclist acting as the puck. I know, bad analogy. Sorry.

One last example of a progressive city Seattle 10 year plan.

Zabel and the chunky guy won!

We hit the 6 Day track races yesterday with friends. Lot's of fun. Kind of a big cycling related party.

The last bit of news. Kera's back to cranking out bags, I'm attempting to go through lots of stuff and check a lot of it. Also, I'm now teaching a few mornings a week and studying for Fridays German test. Wish me luck.


gwadzilla said...

Napa 08?

gwadzilla said...

not sure if it matches your tartan
but I saw the Flying Scotsman

frickin fantastic


it is not even winter and I am watching more cycling films than I am riding

I better get inspired
or I risk getting huge

I know I lack will power when it comes to the fabulous foods of the approaching holiday seasons
and quantity is part of the pleasure for me

Scott said...

The justice system in America really sucks for bike-car accidents, that's why I try to stick to mountain biking... if a mountain lion gets me it's because he's hungry, not because he's a jackass...

P.I.A. One Speed Freak said...

Yup... Napa '08.

Also, yes, the U.S. justice system has turned itself in to a system whereby the victim becomes the problem and the suspect has more rights. Weird.

Sabrosa Cycles said...

Hey there- thanks for checking out my blog. Where in Bavaria are you? I spent about 4 months in East Berlin (Kopenick) and then traveled down to Fussen for a week or so. Loved it. I am way jealous that you got to check out the 6 day race.

P.I.A. One Speed Freak said...

JRuss, we're in München/Munich (for the Americans). We love it here. I would love a lot more singletrack, but the people and the beer are great!

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P.I.A. One Speed Freak said...

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