Tuesday, August 31, 2004



Sock Guy has some great election related socks. Vote early and vote often!


Bear on a Bike

From the BBC, a bear broke out of his habitat in the Berlin zoo, and commandeered a bicycle. With a picture.

Saturday, August 28, 2004


Bikes Against Bush

"Bikes Against Bush is a one-of-a-kind, interactive protest/performance occurring simultaneously online and on the streets of NYC during the upcoming Republican National Convention. Using a Wireless Internet-enabled bicycle outfitted with a custom-designed printing device, the Bikes Against Bush bicycle can print text messages sent from web users directly onto the streets of Manhattan in water-soluble chalk."

NYC Police Arrest 250 in RNC Bicycle Protest

NYC Police Arrest 250 in Bicycle Protest at the RNC.

Friday, August 27, 2004


Episode Thirty-Four: The Cycling Tour

fixedgear included a Monty Python reference in his last post. So I thought it only appropriate to include a link to "The Cycling Tour" episode of MPFC.

Bike Reader

Bike Reader features stories about bicycling with an English twist. Bicycle Repairman!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004


The Green Hummer Project

This is the Green Hummer. Actually, it is sorta yellow - one of the most popular Hummer colors - but it is a hoot.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004


Ken Kifer

Ken Kifer was a touring cyclist who was killed by a drunk driver last year. His web site is being maintained by friends and admirers, and is still chock full of good information.

Saturday, August 21, 2004


Alternative Bike Culture

There is a whole 'nother bike culture out there, besides the weekend warriors in Spandex and the racers and exercise cyclists. Groups like Bikes Not Bombs and my more local Neighborhood Bike Works rehab old bikes, give them to kids, run programs in how to fix bikes and promote cycling as alternative transportation.

Then there is the whole bike messenger subculture.

There are advocay groups like Bikes Belong and the venerable LAB who used to be the League of American Wheelmen. 'Wheelmen' was replaced by bicyclists in a fit of political correctness and beacuse it was sort of an obsolete term. Grant Petersen of Rivendell fame likes the term 'cycler.'

Friday, August 20, 2004


The rebirth of Cool

Schwinn has announced a re-issue of the Sting-Ray. The CPSC-approved version without the Stik-Shift.

Deuce Bicycle Spinner Wheels

Deuce Bicycle Spinner Wheels are coming this fall. I be blingin! My friends - errr, homies - will be so jealous. Shamelessly lifted from Metafilter. Oh yeah, you'll need this, too.

Thursday, August 19, 2004


Congratulations Olympic Cyclists!

Tyler Hamilton took the gold medal in the TT and Bobby Julich got the bronze. Dede Barry got the silver in the women's TT. Way to go!


Adventure Cycling

Adventure Cycling is the place to check out when you want to ride across your state, or the USA, or maybe around the world.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004


Vintage Cycle Studios

Vintage Cycle Studios is the place to send your classic bike for a fresh paint job. Check out those beautiful lugs. These bikes are art that you can ride!

Monday, August 16, 2004


Richard Sachs

Richard Sachs builds incredible hand made bicycle frames. He's been doing it for over 25 years. His blog is a good read.

Sunday, August 15, 2004


On-Line Nutrition Calculator

Nutridiary is an on-line nutition calculator that lets one track one's food intake. It can calculate percentages of carbs/fats/protein which is important when combining dieting and exercise. And, it's free!

Saturday, August 14, 2004


Mountain Biking Video

Here is a Quicktime(tm) movie of a mountain biker trying to set a new downhill speed record. With frame-snapping results. Ow.

Thursday, August 12, 2004


The Unofficial Maynard Hershon Webpage

Maynard Hershon write about cycling, and he does it well. Here is a link to a collection of articles.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004


The ATHENS 2004 Olympic Games

The 2004 Olympic Games will feature lots of cycling events.

A preview can be found right here and a schedule is here.

The TV schedule will come in handy, too.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004


The Wheelmen - Antique Bicycles

The Wheelmen are into riding antique bicycles. Two of their members are riding high wheel bikes across America. They are both 69 years old. Good for them!

Monday, August 09, 2004



What is it? The (Des Moines) Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa.

Here goes the official site but the unofficial ones really tell the story.

Check out the photos here.


Follow up on Candidate's Bike(s)

That is the Ottrot, and you will notice that it does not appear to be the same bike as the one pictured in the NYT article.

In the interest of fair and balanced reporting here goes a
link to a May article about Kerry's crash.

Sunday, August 08, 2004


Memo to Sporting Goods Store Managers Everywhere:

If there is a fat guy in your store, the proper response of your employees is to walk up to him and say, "May I help you, sir?"

I was at the Downtown Bazaar in State College, and I decided to have a look at Appalachian Outdoors. I have money to burn, and I was seriously thinking of buying a CamelBak. Unfortunately, no employees were willing to help me.

The Fat Guy may be Fat, but his money is as green as someone athletic.

Bicycle Museum of America

The Bicycle Museum of America has lots of great old bikes for your study. Check them out.

Saturday, August 07, 2004


Randonneurs USA

Randonneurs USA might be something for the Fat Guy to aspire to! Ride from Boston to Montreal and back. Without sleep. You can eat all the freakin' donuts you like on a ride like that. My longest ride EVER is 150 mies, from undisclosed location to Ocean City NJ and back. Chef was saying at like mile 125 "You think this is bad? This ain't so bad. I think we could do a double century." Me: "Shut the f*ck up!"

Keep spinning.


I have established a new interim fitness goal. I want to complete...a Centi-Century! On my first official ride, I was able to complete 70% of a centi-century! Yay Me!

First Damn Bike Ride

I finally rode the damn bike. Useless Ride Stats:

Distance: 0.69 miles
Time: 6m 14s
Max Speed: 12.6 mph
Avg Speed: 6.7 mph
HR Before: 81 bpm
HR After: 140 bpm

My seat bag rubs against my back wheel. I have a seatpost shock, so my seat compresses. I might need an alternative seat bag, or maybe a bag that goes on your frame. Maybe a water bottle tool carrier. And a camelback.


momovelo has some interesting bicycle bits that you just won't see anyplace else.

PezCycling News - The Riders' Source For Racing News

PezCycling News is a great place to keep up to date on the latest bike racing news. The Olympics are less than one week away.

Friday, August 06, 2004


This jersey comes in XXXL!

Could be just the ticket for the Fat Guy. See it here.

Tomorrow we're doing the bakery ride. It is a 50 mile ride with a stop at the halfway point for espresso and pastry. What a life!

Bike Tools Etc.

Bike Tools Etc. has the best selection of bike tools and small parts on the web.

You supply the caption

He's riding a folding bike and towing a trailer with his stuff. Notice the OPEC building in the background.

Custom Bicycle Decals

How about some cool custom bicycle decals? Everyone has a "Trek" or a "Giant." Now you can have a "schmenege" bike or whatever else you like.

Thursday, August 05, 2004


The candidate's bikes

The incumbent:

The challenger:

Expert analysis:

Bush - Trek Fuel 98

MTB. $3,100. No clipless pedals. Helmet. Shades. No gloves. One bottle.

Kerry - Serotta Ottrott

Road bicycle. $8,000. Clipless pedals. Helmet. Sidi shoes, just like fixedgear uses! No shades. Gloves. Two bottles.

The verdict? Too close to call. Kerry has clearly demonstrated his ability to ride with one hand. Road bikes are faster on the road, but dual suspension MTBs like Bush is riding are the weapon of choice off the road.

(Please note that the bike Kerry is riding in the NYT article does not appeat to be an Ottrott. The Ottrott is a blend of Ti and Carbon tubes, and who would paint such a fine machine orange? I'm guessing that Kerry can afford more than one bike. Heck, even I can.)

Wednesday, August 04, 2004


Bicycle Beer!

A raddler is a delicious blend of heffewiezen - wheat beer - and lemonade. Very refreshing!

Check out a great collection of labels right here!

Tuesday, August 03, 2004


Military Folding Bicycles

Our stat counter shows that we have a fan in Virginia who might be located on a military type installation, and it might even be the "corporate headquarters" for my employer. How about that?

Anyway, the military has always been interested in the possibilites of using bikes in combat.

I can't find the Civil War picture, but here goes WWII:

This is a link to the modern version.


What is a Smover?

What the heck is a Smover?

Check it out. I'm all for it if it gets more folks riding bikes.

Cool Cruisers

Hello Kitty:

Pink Panther:

John Deere:

These and more, more, more at nirve.

The Magic Bike - Free Bicycle Based Wireless Internet

See the magic bike which provides free wireless internet at selected locations.

Monday, August 02, 2004


Everybody wear yellow!

Bush and Kerry have 'em. So does Bono! Of course Robin Williams has one. Alec Baldwin? What about Billy and the rest of the Baldwin brothers?

What are they? Find out here.

More can be found here and here.

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