I addressed some of the short comings of department store bikes. Please enjoy the following video.
Now of course I do not expect all of you to be trying downhill runs on Walmart bikes. For some, a Walmart bike is adequate (as many have colorfully illustrated in the first articles comments) for riding on the board walk or to go to the 7/11. The following items to note in this video( and those below), however, are true for all riders: 1) He had to adjust the bike for it to function properly. 2) He had to tighten bolts to make it safe. 3) Under the stress of riding the bike designed to look like a real mountain bike, it broke. Other fine videos of a similar nature:
This bike has been with me through everything and she doesn't have a name. In 1998 the frame was a warranty replacement....I transferred the parts and got to racing her at the Wednesday night series at Holiday Valley, Raccoon Rally, Six Hours of Power and others. I had so much fun, I upgraded to a GT LTS in 1999; but kept breaking parts. Thus I ended up racing and riding this bike most of the next three years. Then I converted her into this outstanding urban assault cycle. She has carried everything from 6: 6' ft sections of copper pipe to 24 packs of beers. There is an adapter for running the dog. This bike commuted everyday in Buffalo winters for 5 years....and every day in the traffic of Washington DC for 5 years. She has towed multiple trailers hauling groceries, kids and camping gear. Her parts have changed over the years, but we never lost that connection. I have depended on this bike for almost 18 years. After multiple shoulder dislocations, this was the bike I rode for re-hab. This year, I had that shoulder repaired surgically....and one more time, I call upon this trusty steed. Thank you bike for all your years of service.
This video talks about helmets in terms of our current "culture of fear"
I had to share. While I do wear one while mountain biking, I usually do not wear one when riding around town....getting groceries.....yada....
Now I wear a helmet, and make my son wear a helmet in the bike trailer for the sole purpose of not having to have a conversation about it with other parents at his day school. While it makes little sense to me to wear one riding a bike on the sidewalk, I know that judgement nowadays can come with a report to Child Protective Services....so I admit freely that I am wearing a helmet for fear.
Bike DC is an event hosted in the DC metro/Arlingtonarea. This is a video of the first 3 minutes (sorry a little shaky at the very beginning) of riders leaving for this glamorous bicycle ride through the heart of our nations capital. The duration and density of riders moving along these first three
minutes is staggering, but at the end I back up and look into the humungous crowd of
cyclists still to go. This was an incredible cycling event to participate in.
Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans
This is Rays Life Cycle.
I am a furniture designer/builder, museum exhibit designer and cyclist living in the Washington DC Area.
This blog is evolving and is now going to incorporate more life and less cycle. Since starting this blog, I got married, started a business, bought a house and now have a son on the way. Also check out my company's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Build-It/
Edit 2017 - I now have 2 children, a boy (4) and girl (1) and we are about to close on our new house, and our old house....while I haven't posted much...this blog isn't dead. Enjoy the archives and wait for it.........