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Trader Joe’s

The dogs in the cart attached to the bike are waiting outside the St. Louis Park Trader Joe’s. Met the interesting Terry bike owner after admiring doggies. She may or may not send me details about her ride around Lake Superior so I have sketchy story about an 1100 mile ride and some time spent in Thunder Bay. So if I hear back from her I’ll make detailed post. But, why I write is to rave about better feed, food, grub, dinner, nutrition, and whatever since Trader Joe’s has become my go to store. Fergetabout my Costco rebates and Rainbow gas miles and the carpeted isles at Byerly’s. TJ’s is a grocery bag or less 3 or 4 times a week. I posted pictures of the contents from one such trip. Now with a full house for the past week, we have shopped exclusively for fruits, vegetables, cereals, dried fruit and nuts, chips and salsa, crackers and bruschetta, milk and eggs, Italian bread and red sauce. These staples are high quality, very tasty and a better price than sale items at these other stores. Banana’s 5 for a dollar! Like when you go into Joe’s you don’t get into a buying frenzy like Costco. Nor do you over consume because Joe’s packages are never “family” size.  I still go to the chains in town once or so a week to buy our meats, always on sale, and ice cream, can’t live without. Let’s face it to keep the house well stocked and not break the bank we are shopping around 4 days a week as we did this week. Why buy more? It’s great to live in this city were at times much is taken for granted. Then we realize how fortunate to be wherever we are as we are already there.

Oh, about the dogs in front of Trader Joe’s and what was it? Yeah, you meet more people when on a bike and especially at Joe’s. Sometimes too, friendly dogs and a story. Did you know in Liberia in the Mandinga tribe that Donzo means Hunter? So don’t let the broken English persuade you that it means all done or finished. That bit of lore coming straight  from Donzo the Liberian clerk at Joe’s

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Bull Horn

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The Bull Horn sees the light of day during late Winter in Minneapolis. Although a body has to stretch and very few of us are limber enough to ride this style, the Uptown Downtown messenger biz/look has a devout following of lanky riders. Are we not what we ride?

It’s springtime, with that a fresh start on the biking season. Are you ready for a change or upgrade on your LOOK. Has the winter added a little more spread and not as lanky as last year? Check out your ride ASAP. Air up and get out today. Enough now. Stick it to the man as HR would say.

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Charming and Great Location

Confederate Crusiers by domotion2011
Confederate Crusiers a photo by domotion2011 on Flickr.

We have to brighten up the day somehow in March now that winter has lost it’s traction. Those long days are coming fast as daylight savings is 9 days from now. So looking at the super snow and ice melt reality to come; I want to switch into high gear and soak up the longer evenings. What does this picture have to do with any of this, it’s not Minneapolis, but New Orleans. I think capturing the moment of our passage through a place, a season is closets to our human nature if that time spent is at a human pace unencumbered. Walking or riding time exercises our 5 senses, but also may increase our sixth sense, or intuition, by moving and doing, so that later in life we won’t have disappointed ourselves in these formative years, What better location than where you live to start biking. Your life is the beginning of a Charming and Great Location.

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What we Ride

These are four repurposed bikes we ride in Minneapolis MN. See flickr for more photo’s and Rev 2 link on blogroll. Also a video on flickr.

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Hey Rider!!!

 

Crusty and dirty but very functional transportation. This rider was one of hundreds that turned out for the 2011 City of Lakes Loppet events last weekend. The weather was above freezing then. Since Monday we have been -10 each morning after mid-night. Brrrr. This weather does not stop many outdoors people. Dogs get walked, runners get stretched and bicyclist roll right along. The momentum starts with dressing for the weather, mentally warming to the idea that you are getting outdoors and then pushing on through the door to the other side. Pretty complicated stuff when taking into account will power. If we had to wait for an above freezing temperature to go outdoors, that would have been a long wait. It was 5 weeks in a row below 32 degrees since December 30th. Yeah, plenty of indoor home gyms and gym rats keeping in shape but for the rest of us embracing the outdoors is more freeing and healthier.”One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things” –Henry Miller

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Bike Share

This is the Rollo that we share. All the low end bikes in our household are shared. What I mean by low end is the bike was free or falls somewhere in the realm of cheap and easy. Ask if you want to ride my road bike. What if we didn’t actually own bikes and all we had to do was swipe our credit card anytime we wanted to ride? Pretty convenient stuff in a perfect world. Would that world be better? Like a condo association for biking, no maintenance, repairs, just a fee for using. Like hour car for biking, take it and leave it anywhere as long as you use it, still just a fee. No matter, this would be a bargain for most Americans. First, let’s talk fees. Initially this won’t cost most people anything. By clearing out garage of dads vintage 70’s bikes that no one has ridden in 30 years there is immediate cash flow. Take off and enjoy for a season the space you created in the garage. Look for more stuff to sell, skate, Nordic Track, Canoe, cross country skis, bar bells, bowling ball, walking stick, you see the profits rolling in and another biking season ahead is paid for. Look at all the stuff you don’t need to own anymore. Pretty soon you can rent out the garage to some dude that’s even got less than you. Start your own community right now by using bike share.

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A Good Day in Minnesota

This video is an example of the Rollo in snow. The Rev 2 Handlebar is in use. I wanted to show the micro hand positions and the relative ease and control that is available to the rider. Since riding the Rev 2 handlebar set up I have come to understand that multiple changes in hand positioning is beneficial to the multiple riding conditions all bicyclist face while riding in urban situations.The terrain is uphill. Riding at a responsible pace so my photographer and his driver can keep up.

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