Summertime and the Living is Easy!

 Ahhhhhh…..A bike, a basket, a book, a bench and a beach…the simple pleasures of summer…

 

 

 

 

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Promoting Peace by Bicycle

 

Saw this bike at a Farmer’s Market in New Mexico last weekend!  I loved the cyclist’s message for all he’d ride past!  I took the picture when I first saw the bike, upon leaving the cyclist was also leaving.  I spoke to him for a few minutes.  I’m sorry I didn’t take his photo with his Buddha  inspired message!

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In the spirit of the Olympics – Game On!

 I’m off to the southwest, on a nonbicycling journey to visit my aunt.  However, in  the spirit of the Olympics I saved this book on my Kindle for the plane ride:  Gold: A Novel.  The author is Chris Cleave, and the following partial description is copied directly from amazon.com

What would you sacrifice for the people you love?

KATE AND ZOE met at nineteen when they both made the cut for the national training program in track cycling—a sport that demands intense focus, blinding exertion, and unwavering commitment. They are built to exploit the barest physical and psychological edge over equally skilled rivals, all of whom are fighting for the last one tenth of a second that separates triumph from despair.

Now at thirty-two, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose.  

Anyone else reading it?  If so, I’d love to discuss it.  What about a virtual book talk?

 In other book news, I first learned about Just Ride:  A Radically Practical Guide to Riding Your Bike by Grant Petersen on the always informative and fabulous Lets Go Ride A Bike blog! http://letsgorideabike.com/blog/2012/06/an-afternoon-with-grant-petersen/ Just as stated in the title,it’s  a practical guide as well as a quick, enjoyable read.  Additionally, Grant Petersen was recently interviewed on the Brian Leher Show, on wnyc.  The link is to the interview, and more than 60 comments. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/bl/2012/jul/23/bicycling-101/?utm_source=local&utm_media=treatment&utm_campaign=daMost&utm_content=damostviewed

Are you reading anything good?

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The 5th Annual Tour de Queens: July 8, 2012

     

SPF and cold water were must haves for the 18 mile journey through Queens earlier this month.  Approximately 1,500 enthusiastic cyclists arrived at  Flushing Meadow Park’s Unisphere, ready to roll along the hot streets of Flushing, Whitestone, and Bayside to name a few neighborhoods on the route.  New York’s Finest did an amazing job, as did Transportation Alternative Volunteers, of keeping us safe!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/197560664  Click play to see the route, this was done by:  Alfredo Garcia

Beautiful youtube video here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcwQUGds0x8

Do you participate in group rides?  If so, what do you like best about them?

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Boardwalk Craft Fair!

More summer cycling fun awaits, when you can ride your bike along the boardwalk, viewing the sun glinting on the ocean, and peruse unique crafts.  Taking advantage of getting around by cycling has so many perks!

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Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue

Here’s to celebrating independence everyday on two wheels!    I’ve noticed two patriotic color themed Schwinn Legacies parked at several destinations I frequented during the past few days.  I haven’t run into George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or any of our founding fathers in town, but can almost imagine them riding this simple, understated red, white and blue schwinn pictured above.  Can’t you?

*Not John Hancock though, he’d need something a bit more elaborate!

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A ride to the Farmers’ Market…

Snapshots from Farmers’ Market

“Everything you need to be happy is right here, right now,” so true, though I sometimes need to remind myself of it!

 

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More Summer Slow Riding Scenes

Double Decker Bike

Reminds me of Taliah Lempert’s “Wheeled Whimsy” tote at anthropologie http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/accessories-bags/24647836.jsp

     The golden rays of summer, time off from work, and a gentle breeze provided another perfect opportunity for a casual bike ride.  And here are just a few moments from my ride:

Great Vibrant Color Combo on this cruiser!

Bikes have arrived in bikeshare kiosks in Long Beach, NY

Day One of Bike Share, in Long Beach, NY

Posing for photos

Happy couple posing pre beach ceremony

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Scenes from My Ride

Today was a terrific “slow bike” day on my beach cruiser.  Moderate temperatures and low humidity enticed me to keep riding, and riding…with no set destination in mind, just total enjoyment!

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BACK it UP!

In an effort to make my cruiser more functional, I bought a sturdy Bontrager rack for my rear fender.  I decided on the Bontrager because I already have the same one on my Trek.  Therefore, I can use the utility type tour bag I already have, as well as my beautiful Po Campo Armitage satchel, or pannier.  Now, bringing home groceries (or something more exciting) will be a breeze!

Besides using the beach cruiser for groceries on Sunday, I cycled through my new town to meet up with family at a local restaurant.  I really feel riding a bike is the best way to experience neighborhoods, up close and personal.

        I was disappointed that there wasn’t a rack to lock up my bike, once I arrived at my destination.  Cycling is an extremely popular method of transportation in Long Beach, NY.  And with the anticipation of more riders through the bike rental program, more racks would be a positive addition around town.  Do you have easy access to bike parking?

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