Would you like a smoothie for your cooldown?

MAKE: Blog: Bicycle blenders

Over at the weblog for Make: magazine, they run down a variety of non-Starbuck options for blending delicious drinks via human power, including the Xtracycle-based Byerley Bicycle Blender, Tyler Durden’s favorite soap blender, and a homebrew margarita mixer from Vancouver.

Fender Blending Fat and Sugar

It what could be the worst use of pedal power ever, Starbucks has been getting press for their Fender Blender that whips up drinks full of fat and sugar. I saw it on MSNBC, found a related news story online, and images. Now if that had been to power the lights in the store with pedals, or a lean drink, or something healthy.

Update

Several clicks and related links later, I found the Bike Blender blog where they are doing good things with their bikes and blenders. We need a beer brewing bike.

Old School Racer Girl

elizabeth We met Elizabeth racing monday nights in Portland. She graduated from college in the 80s, worked for Bill Davidson, got the 2nd Impulse ever made and after racing her ass off, hung the bike up for 20 years. She recently rediscovered the bike and is racing it today!

She noted that the wheels are new but everything else is just as it was. Old school.

Davidson Impulses are legendary. Google and find them being sold as collectables, people riding them 20 years later, racing and loving them.

Bill is building today. I ride a custom ti rain bike built by Bill and Pam’s custom racing bike is ti. Last year Bill built ti/carbon frames and expect to see more advanced frames from him later this year.

Indisputable proof that second-hand smoke kills

The Surgeon General affirmed today what many already knew about smoking. Second-hand smoke kills and there’s no debate. The Surgeon General also testified that smoking sections do no good and said that, “Smoke-free environments are the only approach that protects nonsmokers from the dangers of secondhand smoke.”

I hope this means that some day soon, all states will ban smoking in public and the world will be a better place for cyclists and everybody.

Carrying the Minicard

card pouch I was dismissive of the minicard when it came with my new credit card. Like, “huh, what’s this lame thing.” But then I started carrying it in my Timbuk2 pouch and it’s very useful. I attached to my key ring, can get water and snacks on the go, have it for an emergency, and it’s my ID.

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