Vacation Auto Responder

A big storm rolled in and cut short the ride yesterday

Wish some VCs would fund a startup that focused on vacation posting for burned-out bloggers or high-traffic sites. So when you, our audience that I appreciate so much (really!), hit our blog this time of year, the server would return a collection of topical posts like these about S&S bikes.

The program would base the posts on Twitter or Instagram hashtags and keep the momentum going year round, even when I’m away, like a vacation auto-responder. There’s probably a “crowd” angle to that too. Because as much as I love what I do, an occasional break is required. If not instigated by me, my family absolutely demands it.

So I’m pointing the camera away from the bike itself and to where I’m riding and getting shot like this for the next few, relaxed days, with a lot less words.

Huh Clouds

The gear, reviews, and anything remotely epic will start again in the new year.

chicken road

Found a road with no cars

And speaking of Maui, this one time I rode with Axel.

Found an iPhone and Returned It

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Found a phone while riding yesterday and returned it to the owner. For fun, left it with a family selfie. The owner tracked it with Find My Phone and eventually called using the app, and I responded.

If you find a iPhone and the screen is locked, press and hold the home button to launch Siri, and then ask her to call “Mom” or “Dad.” Then try like “Brian,” etc.

The owner was gracious and handed me $40.00 in our vacation condo parking lot, and insisted I take it. Later, texted

GREAT selfie!! Thank you so much! Great integrity and extra good karma! Mele kalikimaka!!!

Split $20.00 of the reward with our teens in the holiday spirit and hope they got the message about Karma. Since the iPhone launched, I’ve found and returned two and had two returned to me. I’ll do the same, if I find another phone.

In iOS 8, the Health App will show emergency contact details on the lock screen and also if you ask Siri for ICE (in case of emergency contact). It’s a good idea to add an ICE-designated contact or with apps for the purpose in iOS, Windows, and Droid.

Also for the iPhone, you may want to set the control center to not display on the lock screen. If someone wants to steal or keep your screen-locked phone, they can toggle airplane mode on and the owner can’t track it or remotely wipe it.

Waiting for the Sun to Come Up

Waiting for the sun to come up to build our travel bikes, after the inaugural Delta SEA to OGG flight, responded to a new friend, and her request on Facebook with

Hello Jennifer and thanks for the intro Jeremiah, timing-wise I’m on vacation and have reduced the amount I talk about bikes to a trickle. But see this Wired story. And this post. From there the snowbike tag. Fat bikes are great fun and also significantly improved, since I first started posting about them.

Back on the mainland in the new year, we’ve got a magazine issue dedicated to fatbikes and how, in the industry, a side or personal project will mature into a new category. What’s happening now with Trek and Spesh in the game, is the handling characteristics of each bike vary drastically. None bad, just loose like a tractor, all terrain like a jeep, short and tight with racing geo, or hauling like a semi.

If you’re at a resort or in a town with one like we were in Park City last week, absolutely get out there and try a fatbike. We descended slopes with them.

Now, back to building up the travel bikes, and riding island roads. Not taking about bikes too much, either.

Trigger Happy Action Cam


Sharing entirely because it’s not another GoPro edit…competition is good in all things.

New Music for the New Year: Hey Rosetta


Ordered new music for the new year from @heyrosetta and as soon as that drops, syncing it to my iPod for some long rides.

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