It’s late on Sunday night and I’m packing up my travel bike for a little trip to Florida and South Carolina. I’ll be flying with my custom steelSycip.
I’ve been thinking about that bicycle movie list posted a while ago. There’s this Japanese movie called Messengers that I’ve wanted to see. It kinda sounds like the movie Quicksilver if Kevin Bacon was a woman…and Japanese (actually that’s a disturbing image). Anyways, I’ve always been into music more than movies, so invite people to submit their favourite bicycle songs. Rules: it’s gotta be pretty obvious that the song is referring to bicycles, not motorcycles. so I here’s my own list of bicycle songs to start the ball rolling:
Orbit- Bicycle Song (Libido Speedway) What a pretty bicycle she said, I want one just like that.
Lily Allen-LDN (Alright, Still) Riding thru the city on my bike all day cause the filth took away my license
They Might Be Giants- Narrow Your Eyes (Apollo 18) get on my bike, ride down our block, ride thru the rows, thru the green lights, but when I think of all your advice, I narrow my eyes…
Tori Amos- Pretty Good Year (Under The Pink) Tears on the sleeve of a man, don’t wanna be a boy today. Heard the eternal footman bought himself a bike to race
The Smiths- This Charming Man (originally 7 single) Punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate, will Nature make a man of me yet?
Fortune has a story about Brad Duke, a Gold’s Gym manager from Idaho who won a $220 million Powerball jackpot in 2005.
He retired his student loans and his mortgage, but you’ve got to treat yourself a little when you pick up a check for $85 million. His treat? A trip to Tahiti with 17 friends ($63,000 worth) and new bikes to the tune of $65,000, including a $12,000 BMC.
He’s still teaching his spinning class twice a week, too.
I’d like to share just a few thoughts about wheels…because too few of you are asking me. People get the most nonsensical ideas about high performance wheels, and I can only surmise that this results from hearsay, undigested marketing propaganda, and a weak understanding of science. So here follows some general guidelines for choosing high performace aero wheels…
The challenge is over for me. So - I missed a day - I think it was last Thursday or something. Then I skipped Saturday…and Sunday. I was (am) sick, and I’ve got an, um, issue that is making riding a little less than pleasant right now. I didn’t ride today, and I won’t for another 2-3 as I drag my family across the globe to Australia. Once I’m settled there, it’s GAME ON! I found a great resource for cycling in and around Brisbane. I’ll be riding my new bike (pictures coming) and keeping BikeHugger in the loop on all the cool things I see during the adventure.