Aaron Fink

This is a nice story about how a love of bicycles can transcend time and injury while being a generational bridge between father and son. I have ridden those same Boston streets as a kid and an adult. It brought a smile to my face.

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The last time I rode a bike with my dad, Aaron Fink, it was 2008 and we were mountain biking in a wooded park near Gloucester. One wrong move sent him to the emergency room that day, and left him with a fractured tibia and at the start of what would turn out to be a long recovery. There were months of progress and setbacks, and finally a knee replacement surgery. Five years later, it is amazing to see his progress. It’s almost as if nothing had happened.

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FLOW or NO FLOW

Do you flow or no flow???

Flow??? What the hell?

Ya…flow.

Ya know.

This evening I was totally in the flow(say with Jeff Spicoli voice from Fast Times at Ridgemont High).

The riding was grrreat.

I was at an intersection and I looked down….BAM…two dolllars at my foot.

(Now I have this stuck in my head…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpaFEOpQkY8)

Anyway…I continued riding and took a route I usually don’t take and noticed a buddy of mine on the side of the road.

He was having some bad luck.  Flat tire earlier and now a broken chain.

Well, I stopped and walked the mile or so to Wheelworks in Porter Square(http://wheelworks.com/).

Then the magic truly happened…http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=McaiADeflto.

The heavens parted and I was truly in the flow…traffic surfing with the best.

All the lights were green and I was home fast….awesome.

If you have not expired the FLOW, I hope you do some day.

If you have drop me a line and let me know…

Have fun, ride safe.

ODE TO THE BICYCLE

Monday morning and I did not want to ride today…it was cold and I was a whiny little shit.
It took me a while to get the smile to finally appear on my face…2.5 mile to be exact.
I still have it along with a sparkle in the eye and a spring in the step.

One of the most consistent things in my life other than family is the joy that biking brings me.
I am always happier after a ride.

So I searched the Internet for something or someone who understands…
And I found it/him…

Here is Tim Pierce’s video an “Ode to the Bicycle”.
Thank you for creating this video, Tim.
I hope everyone enjoys it.

Bicycle Bucket List

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Do you have a bicycle bucket list?

I do…

1. Bike the distance of Massachusetts

2. Bike to the tip of Cape Cod

3. Bike from Boston to New York…lots of fun but shattered my elbow on that ride.  Learned the value of a helmet( that will be a later post)

4. Bike across the country East to West

5. Bike the Atlantic Trail to Florida

6. Get a mountain bike

7. Get a single gear

8. Bike commute the entire winter and not get frost bite

9. Bike tour in a foreign country

10. Learn to properly maintain my bike(s)

11. Mountain bike the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route (http://www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/video-great-divide-mountain-bike-route-highlights/)

12. Visit Groningen, Netherlands – This city is a biker’s Mecca.Here is a video preview of the city…http://vimeo.com/76207227

 

What are some things on your list?

Are you as safe as you should be???

Are you being safe on the road?

Do you know the rules of the road?  Yes, there are rules for cyclists.

I have seen plenty of people blowing red lights, stop signs, and nearly taking out pedestrians.

And whether or not you agree with the rules, they are there to protect everyone and ultimately make sure you get home to see you family in one piece and help you if you get creamed or doored(personal experience…both suck).

“According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute there are 73 to 85 million bicycle riders in the United States.  770 bicyclists died on U.S. roads in 2006 and over 90 percent died in crashes with motor vehicles.  It is estimated more than 51,000 people are injured every year due to bicycle accidents…”

So I think a review of the rules everyonce in a while is a good thing.

Here is a good list of Commandments for City Riding…

1. Treat every taxi as though its doors are already open.
Good advice, and the inspiration for this list.  You never know when someone will want to get out of a cab, the best thing to do is stay outside of their reach.
2. If it’s nighttime and you don’t have lights, don’t bother riding.
White in the front, red in the back, required by law. Without them, you’re an invisible obstacle.
3. Know about the “right hook,” and anticipate it.
If you’re approaching an intersection, driveway, or empty parking space, get used to checking behind you for cars turning right—they won’t always check for you.
4. Expect the “left cross,” and learn to look for the signs.
When you’re waiting at a red light, sometimes you can just tell the driver waiting across the intersection is going to try to turn left without waiting for you to cross.  Plan for their recklessness and you can avoid a crash.
5. Build a sense of the door zone and its location as you ride, stay clear of it at all costs.
Hugging parked cars to avoid passing cars is a trap; you’re much more likely to be doored than hit from behind.
6. Practice starting from a foot-down standstill until you can do so without wobbling.
A straight, confident start is an important skill to have in your city biking arsenal.  It will help you get off the line safely, and ahead of traffic.
7. If a vehicle weighs over 5 tons (trucks, busses, etc.), it probably cannot see you.
Even with lots of mirrors, they’re essentially driving blind out there.  You should always give these vehicles a wide berth.  The same goes for anything with a trailer.
8. Plug your handlebar ends.
Not really a tip for city biking, but still important.
9. Stop at all red lights, pause at all stop signs, and yield for pedestrians in crosswalks.
Don’t give them any decent reason to hate us, or the opportunity to blame you for the crash.
10. If you’re in a crash, always get the driver’s information.
The license plate at the very least, but also name, insurance co., and contact info. The same goes for witnesses—don’t rely on the police to record their contact info.
I got these while looking at bike safe Boston, a really good blog with lots of information…here is the link
Here is also a great guide from a New York law firm…
Take the time to review these and be safe…
Have fun, ride safe