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I just love a good bike trick video…

I just love bike trick videos and this one is pretty damn good.

I like that the tricks are done on a road bike, the sound track fits and the cinematography is great.

Enjoy  😉

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Do you know how to fall???

Just call me the Fall Guy(cue the music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ1YHkhfCKc)

I had the pleasurable experience of wiping out on some wet leaves this morning.  Now before anyone gets on me…yes, I was going slow and yes, I was paying attention but the leaves don’t care.

It happened as I was exiting an over pass.  I saw the leaves but did not see the sneaky little one that got me.  After I picked myself up off the ground and did a quick look to see if anyone saw me go down, I started riding again and realized that my rear tire is now warped and minus one spoke.  Oh well, it could have been worse but it did get me thinking(a jarring impact on cement will do that from time to time).

Do you know how to fall?

Of course, you do but I mean really fall…

Knowing how to properly fall can make all the difference on whether or not you are hurt and able to ride away from a minor accident or hauled away.

If you watch children and some adults when they fall forward(there are plenty of YouTube videos of this), they always put their hands out in front of them and land on their hands and knees.  On top of this really hurting, it is not the best way when there is some momentum behind you.

The best thing to do is to tuck and roll.  The body disperses the impact better and you sustain less injury.

Here is what I am taking about…http://www.wikihow.com/Fall-Safely

Number 5 is the what I am referring to but the others are important also.

“5

If falling from a height, roll as you hit the ground. This will distribute the force of the impact throughout your body, instead of just on one place… Don’t try to break the fall with your arms…”

Here is a video…this mountain biker does it great.  You will notice that he rolls and springs right back up after his wipe out.

So next time you go down remember to tuck and roll.

Have fun, ride safe.

Clark Kent does it…shouldn’t we all???

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I recently watched Superman: Man of Steel and I liked it.  I think it is one of the better Superman movies and I am looking forward to the next one.

Towards the end of the movie right before Lois Lane says “Welcome to the Planet”, we see Clark Kent(Superman) commuting to work.   Not in a car…Not on a train…Not on a bus but on what appears to be a Fixie with a Brooks saddle.  Hot damn!!!

I think this is great.

Clark Kent bike commutes.

My only issue is he is NOT wearing a helmet.  How NOT to lead by example, Clark!!!

Here is a clip of the filming of the scene:

If you have the movie, it is at 2:14:37 – 43.

Have fun, ride safe

Revamp the great American road trip…

A great example of how bike trips instead of car trips can have a positive economic impact on small towns and rural areas. I know there are plenty of small towns in Massachusetts that would benefit from people taking more bike trips.

Imagine the boost everyone would get from bicycle road trips.

Nothing huge mind you, just a short casual ride for about 4 to 5 hours from your home to a campsite or a Bread and Breakfast.

Spend sometime in the town and boost their economy while meeting some nice people who would be thrilled to have your business.

The next day leave for home just as casually as you left with smile on your face and a little extra money in your pocket because you did not have to gas up the car.

Sounds like  a nice little trip to me.

Let me know…have you ever done a short bike overnight trip?

Have fun, ride safe

Yoooouuuu light up my ride….

You light up the night with lights on your bike…

Why not the day?

Some riders have standard lights and some have LED lights that blink you into an epileptic seizure but the fact is we use them for safety while riding at night.

So why don’t we use them during the day just like our vehicular brothers/sisters?

They have “Day running lights” standard.  Shouldn’t we be doing the same thing?

Vehicle studies by U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have shown that cars running their lights during the day are safer.

DRLs have also been shown to reduce fatal opposite direction crashes between a motorcycle and a passenger vehicle by 23 percent.  The results for two-vehicle daytime opposite-direction crashes are statistically significant at the p < 0.10 level, although one would prefer a statistical level of p < 0.05. FARS data were also used to estimate the effectiveness, based on the simple odds, of DRLs in reducing pedestrian/cyclist fatalities in single-vehicle fatal crashes. The analysis shows that DRLs reduced pedestrian/cyclist fatalities by more than 12 percent…

(You can read the report here…http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809760.pdf.)

A more than 12% reduction in cyclist fatalities….WOW.

Wouldn’t it stand to reason that cyclists running their lights during the day would be safer also?

So light up the day people…help them see us.

Also, take a look at Bike Safe Boston for Josh’s article on 10 excuses for riding without lights after dark (and their accompanying refutations)

http://bikesafeboston.com/post/67412182095/seriously

I could not agree more…

Have fun, ride safe

Are you addicted to your bicycle???

Are you addicted to your bicycle?

Are you edgy and easily irritable if you go a few days with out riding or God forbid, a whole week…?

Does your spouse/partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/family/dog or any one you meet know when you have not ridden for a while and cross to the other side of the street when they see you coming?

Are you happy, relaxed, and crazy positive when you have been riding?

If you have answered Yes any or all of these questions, then you my friend are addicted to your bicycle.

Welcome to the club…we do not have a 12 step program and the only support group available is your bike.

Some proof(like we need it):

“…Even as little as 20 minutes a week of physical activity can boost mental health. In a new Scottish study, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, 20,000 people were asked about their state of mind and how much physical activity they do in a week. The results showed that the more physical activity a person engaged in — including housework, gardening, walking, and sports — the lower their risk of distress and anxiety“.

Translation:  HAPPINESS

There you go…so if the Mondays are kicking your butt…get on your bike, chase them down, and run them over!!!

Have fun, ride safe.