Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Primavera

Italian for Spring, La Primavera is also the name of the first professional cycling road race of the year. Held on the Sunday closest to the first day of Spring. From Milan to San Remo, Italy it was first run in 1907. It is the longest professional one-day race at 298km. They say it is not often won by the fastest sprinter but the one best prepared early.

A strong start sets you up for the win. 
If you plan to play catch-up you may never get the chance.

Signs of Spring:
Go outside and see for yourself. The plants are sprouting, the birds are chirping, the flowers are blooming. What a rush. 
Get out and sprout, chirp, bloom or whatever it is you do. 

For me, with weather this good I'll be: 
Biking from A to Z

to


Spring fever
Mark Twain

“It's spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you've got it, you want—oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”- Mark Twain



March Madness
Another sure sign of Spring?  March Madness baby. The NCAA Tournament. And that means Vegas. The vibe is infectious, You can not be in Vegas this time of year without getting caught up in the excitement. What’s more the weather is almost always fantastic. Bring along your bike and get out and enjoy the day.






Sunday, March 9, 2014

Daylight Savings Time



It is that time again. 
Time to move your clocks an hour forward. 
Unless like me you are in Hawaii. 
Or in Arizona, the only other state that doesn’t observe Daylight Saving time.


In Hawaii all year round the locals run on Aloha or Hawaiian time. 
Some translate that to mean that they run late, but the way they see it is: 
Hey we're in paradise, who needs a clock? 
It’s all good. 
No worry. 
Be happy. 
Things happen when they happen.
 

That is what I like about single speed bicycles. 
They reflect an attitude. You’re not racing to get somewhere. 
You are enjoying the ride. 
You get there when you get there.

Anyway, how many of you really needed a reminder? With smart phones it happens automatically: 2am suddenly becomes 3am. If no one said anything you might not even notice. With an hour less sleep you might feel tired during the day, or if you ride early in the morning you might be out there before the sun is. If that's the case be sure to turn your lights on so you can see and be seen. Don’t ride ninja-style (without lights), it is just too risky.

People debate about Daylight Saving time. It is an interesting concept. I’ve been in some classes at school where I wish I could turn the clocks forward an hour to get out of class. Then there are other times that I wish I could move the clocks back for an extra hour of time. 

Albert Einstein in explaining relativity said: 
“Put your hand on a hot stove for a minute, and it seems like an hour.
 Sit with a pretty girl for an hour, and it seems like a minute."

"No Ka Oi" 


It has been a cold winter for a lot of you. I ‘ll bet some of you are wishing you could move the calendar ahead instead of just the clock. Looking forward to some get outside and ride your bike weather. Warmer weather is approaching. I promise. The first day of Spring this year is Thursday, March 20th, just around the corner.  

For now you have to deal with the time change. It is like jet lag. I travel a lot so I have to deal with jet lag often. The trick. Don't fight it. Just accept it. The clocks have changed but you don't have to let the clocks determine your attitude. Don't be like this guy.
Another approach you can take is like Maxine.
 Daylight Saving Time is just something you  deal with. Right or wrong.
 I like the observation made by this old Indian.



Saturday, March 1, 2014

Cycling in Texas


In honor of March 2nd,Texas Independence Day we look at Bicycling in Texas.

"Texas: It's Like a Whole Other Country"

One of the coolest bike rides in Texas is the one led by President Bush. 2014 W100K

Each spring, approximately 20 servicemen and women wounded in the global war on terror join President George W. Bush for a 100-kilometer mountain bike ride. The W100K highlights the bravery and sacrifice of warriors and recognizes organizations that support America’s heroes. This year is on May 1-3, 2014.
 Veterans and Service members need to apply by March 14, 2014.

 “I’ll be riding across the deserts of Texas with wounded warriors to show the unbelievable character of our men and women in uniform...it’s a ride to herald people who were dealt a severe blow and said, ‘I’m not going to let it tear me down.’”  - President George W. Bush

There are many organized rides in Texas. http://bicycleridestexas.com/ 
Every kind of ride for every kind of rider and every kind of cause.

From the "Freeze your fanny", to the "Hotter'N Hell"
From "Cycling for Libraries",and the "Beauty and the Beast tour" to the "Real Ale Ride".

You'll see it all in Texas. 
Texan using his bike for work.
Texan using his bikes as a fence.

Where you really see the crazies come out is at the annual Houston Art Car Parade. This year it will be held on May 10th. Here are some scenes from past parades.






Hamster wheel "car"

And the cars are even crazier.