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Greenway Minneapolis

The snow removal is really good on the Greenway. This rails to trail corridor runs for 5.5 miles from the city limits at the Mississippi River all the way to the next town of St Louis Park. There is plenty of access to Lake Street, one block away, the heart of numerous neighborhoods and businesses. Probably the best transportation corridor in America the potential to accomodate many more thousands of riders has yet to be tapped. And when that day comes there are plenty of alternative street routes. The Greenway connects to the Chain of Lakes  trail in Uptown and along the way exit spurs connect to shaded and quiet residential streets. So when coming to Minneapolis be sure to think biking as a means to get around. There is no better way to see this compact city than by bike.

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Lees Liquor Lounge

Lees Liquor Lounge

There is little attention being paid to symptomatic repurposing of racing handlebars. I found this prime work outside of Lees at the terminus to the Cedar Lake Trail. Biking should be comfortable and it apparently was not for this person and the standard  racing handlebar set-up. No shit. I want to loosen my belt every time I climb aboard a racer. Well there are plenty of folks who may laugh at the above “fix” go ahead and laugh, it really is laughable, but someone was trying to hit the mark. The very least is that the bike industry will laugh with you and at you as long as you fall for their idea of comfort which is always a gimmick. In Minneapolis you see 10 speed bikes with original equipment  everywhere in Uptown. The hipsters that are riding these bikes don’t know why they hurt so much because they have been told that biking is inherently painful. My ass. These bikes hurt 35 years ago because drop bars and skinny seats were never meant for short stop and go situations. What is a person to do? Well if you have seen some of the Rollo pictures and looked closely at the masthead picture you will observe the repurposed racing bars that I am modifying. My symptoms were no different than many of you, the Lees guy included. But over an entire lifetime of riding I can say now, that I have never felt closer to my biking than now with this Rev 2 modification. Bicycling is not why we ride, but how we roll.

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Power of Few

Hanging Rollo

The last snow and freezing temperatures have socked in Lake Calhoun  the next 3 months. This lake is dangerous now until the ice freezes to six inches. Much of the winter there is a surprising amount of people that bicycle. The four season cyclist iss very much on a slow but manageable pace. All the fair weather people are putting on their winter fat, or skiing and running. Why would anyone want to cycle in this weather would you ask? It’s not why a person bicycles but rather why not? Doesn’t it seem evident that our process to add shit or take away shit is really the same no matter who we are. Cycling year round or for that matter just the  act of getting on a bike adds shit like quietness, fleeting motion and thinking time. Cycling takes away shit too like that bloated consumer feeling of being normal. If you came here to hear me gloat about all bicycle things cool and glossy there won’t be much of that. I don’t have a connection with the bicycle industry and I have grave doubts that this industry is anything other than a good ole boys club in dire need of new customers. I have made comments locally about the lowest denominator in bicycle ridership. These are the people who choose to ride or have no choice at all. There are no stats or figures to back up who these people are but you see them in cities everyday. Looking around you see their bikes too. This lowest denominator commonly has multiple reasons for riding. Which brings me to the question, if so few people have multiple reasons for riding does that make the people who don’t ride less imaginative or uncaring or uneducated or superior beings with a personality disorder?

I think luxury could be at the core of why people ride bikes in small numbers. Luxury is the perception of value that exceeds and pleases. Riding in a car going where you want to go when you want to go is a kind of luxury. Most Americans indulge in this luxury. For our transportation needs the lowest denominator finds their way around by thinking first why don’t I just ride my bike. Then looking at the opportunity making a conscious choice. Does that make the luxury bound void when they drive off in their car?  Yes, car drivers that only drive are void citizens of the world. Bicyclist that only recreate are pretty close to the void too. The American cycling experience can not be improved without you.  So very few people have the power to self motivate to be the power of few. What can you do to help?

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36 Hours in New Orleans

 

 

Dual Fun

Salary Man

Cycle Chic

Art for Arts Sake

What we do for money

Pink

Who Dat?

On the set

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