March 10, 2006

Tour de Bicycling Blogs 3

Ladies, and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Cyclists, and non-cyclists!

Welcome to the 3rd edition of The Tour de Bicycling Blogs!

Do U Bicycle?

There are a growing number Bloggers with sites dedicated to the proposition that bike riding is good for you and fun.

In various ways we all provide commentary, and opinion, reports about events, and news, write reviews, stories, and travelogues, share photographs, and spread the word about the wide variety of websites of interest to anyone who rides a bike.

BikeBloggers spread the word, and the word is BICYCLE!

This Edition showcases February 2006 posts.

This series is about bicycling, and bicyclists, and is open to all types of cyclists, and even to Bloggers who are NOT BikeBloggers but have written a post on bicycling that would be of interest, and wish to share it with a wider audience.

Expect to read my own thoughts about some, or all, of the submitted entries.

To learn more about the Tour begin here.

Let's saddle up, and ride!

BikeBloggers:

Roger Kramer presents  to pieces of great interest:

1. The 1st is a story about the latest news out of Illinois, regarding a proposed new law, last month:

A spokeswoman confirmed last week that ( Mayor ) Daley was serious Jan. 20 when he told the 272-member Metropolitan Mayors' Caucus that if a Northbrook legislator's bill to help injured bicycle riders sue towns with hazardous roads becomes law, bicycle license and insurance might soon be required of cyclists.

It seems a State Representative is trying to overturn an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that made bicycles non-intended users of Illinois roads. At the moment, Illinois is the only state in which bikes are  considered non-intended users of roads, and organizations such as the League of Illinois Bicyclists, and the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, along with other cyclists have been seeking legislation for years overturning that ruling.

Rogers has some interesting thoughts regarding the approaches of the Mayor, and the League, towards this proposed legislation.

According to him "All the bill is intended to do is to give cyclists the same rights as any other users of Illinois highways."

Read more, including related links to the old law, and Action Alerts, regarding the proposed legislation, go here.

As of March 2 word is that the Legislation did not have the votes to move forward in the Illinois House. You can learn more about this developement here.

2. Roger has a Philosophy of Bicycling ( Actually he has 2, a short, and a long, version, and shares both. ;-D

A big part of that Philosophy involves giving back to cycling what cycling has given you.

In one post last month he discusses 2 ways of doing so.

Drew, the Cape Cod Cyclist, has 2 offerings:

3. In the 1st he writes about recent legislation in his state designed to Ban Headphone Use by Cyclists.

As he says, by way of introduction:

When I wear headphones when riding my bicycle (which is seldom), I can
still hear the birds chirping, and the pebbles under my wheels. That is more
than I can say for some of the entertainment, cell phone distracted, motor
vehicle operators I encounter on a daily basis. This is a matter of personal
responsibility and safety...

He thinks the law is a bad idea, and provides a link to it, and to the thoughts on the subject of hearing while riding a bike, AND the issue of headphones, by "Bike Expert" John Allen.

I strongly encourage you to read the essay by Allen because it will teach you something ( Hell, I didn't know there were NO laws banning the Deaf from riding a bike! ).

He makes some very key observations that, while not convinving me that I should run out, and ride my bike while listening to my Walkman, allow me to understand the circumstances under which it might be ok for cyclist to be wearing headphones, and why it might not always make a bit of difference.

I still think anyone talking on their Cell Phone while riding a bike is a danger to himself, or herself, and all around him, though. ;-D

Mass. Legislation Seeks to Ban Headphone Use by Cyclists.

John Allen - On Bicycling, the Sense of hearing, and Headphones.

4. In the 2nd Drew writes about the need for Bicycle Lights while riding in New England:

Being seen is critical to a safe bicycle commute. Do some investigating, and determine what lights are best for you and your riding habits.

Check out his piece for links to some product reviews.

5. Wendell Challenger, of Fearless Gearless, has a confession to make:

That day I had come to warrantee a bike light with something of equal or less value. That plan went out the window and I left with one that was much fancier than I had ever intended. Its humorous really. I can survive the mental battles of the Ironman, stage races and Solo 24 hour races, yet here I am as weak as a kitten. Powerless and with the deck is stacked against me and I just didn’t stand a chance.

All I know is that from now on I cannot go back without a chaperon!

Read why in a wonderful piece called "Cute Bike Shop Girl". ;-D

6. James, of Bicycle Design, writes that he "had a great conversation with Michael Downes about the role of design in the bicycle industry.

Who is Michael Downes?

Michael is the Senior Industrial Designer at Giant Bicycle in Newbury Park, California. That means that he designs, or at least has some involvement in, 80 percent of the bikes that Giant makes for the American market and many of the models for the global market. The products he works on range from $150 entry level bikes to $4000+ racing machines.

Impressive, and pretty cool, if ya ask me. ;-D

Read this informative essay for new insights into the Cycling Industry from someone who designs the product:

Designer spotlight- Michael Downes, IDSA, Giant Bicycle Inc.

Bloggers who enjoys Bicycling:

We got one! Make that 2! Woo hoo!! ;-D

Finally! ;-D

7. Kelby Hartson Carr is the About.com France for Visitors Guide, and is "a seasoned travel writer and co-author of the forthcoming book, "Adventure Guide to Southwest France, Northern Spain and the Pyrenees," by Hunter Publishing."

She has submitted a link to  a page devoted to a Tour de France 2006 Route Map, and List of Stages.

According to her this page "has an emphasis on traveling to see the tour, including links for some of the stopover cities to destination guides."

If you plan on attending, or even just watching on TV, check this page out here.

8. Kim Forrester, of Kimbofo, is "a 30-something ex-pat Australian who lives in London with an Irishman called T."

She submits a wonderful piece on cycling in London:

I rode to work in the snow this morning. It was quite beautiful watching the crystal-white flakes falling through the bare-armed trees in the royal parks. And it was cooling to feel them landing on my ruddy out-of-breath face. Fortunately it wasn't heavy enough to settle on the ground, but my colleagues were startled that I had ridden to work through such rotten weather.

"Are you mad?" one of them asked.

"Possibly," I replied.

Read, and enjoy: The Diary of a Mad Cyclist.

I hope that you not only enjoyed the stories shared here, but learned some things along the way, including that there is a whole Niche of Blogging out there that you may not have been aware of.

If you like what you see, then spread the word...

About the Tour, about this Blog, about the other Blogs you have been introduced to ( including the Non-BikeBloggers ), and the amazing collection of cycling resources we have brought, and will continue to bring, to our readers attention.

Happy Cycling!

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March 02, 2006

Now Accepting submissions for 4th Tour de Bicycling Blogs

I wish to announce that I am accepting submissions for the 4th Edition of The Tour de Bicycling Blogs.

That edition is set to be posted on Friday, April 14th.

Don't be afraid to share a couple of your March articles for next month, and spread the word to other cyclists.

This is a fine way to let a wider audience know of your blog!

There are 3 ways to submit your entries, with an absolute deadline being Midnight March 31st.

All you need to know concerning what the Tour is about, and where, and how, to submit entries to it can be learned in my ORIGINAL Announcement Post, and in the descriptions on the 2 Carnival Submission Websites.

Technorati Tags: Carnival, Tour, Bicycling, Blog, Blogs, Cyclists

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February 11, 2006

Tour de Bicycling Blogs 2

Ladies, and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Cyclists, and non-cyclists!

Welcome to the 2nd edition of The Tour de Bicycling Blogs!

Do U Bicycle?

There are a growing number Bloggers with sites dedicated to the proposition that bike riding is good for you and fun.

In various ways we all provide commentary, and opinion, reports about events, and news, write reviews, stories, and travelogues, share photographs, and spread the word about the wide variety of websites of interest to anyone who rides a bike.

BikeBloggers spread the word, and the word is BICYCLE!

This Edtion showcases January 2006 posts, ( And a couple of 2005 entries ).

This series is about bicycling, and bicyclists, and is open to all types of cyclists, and even to Bloggers who are NOT BikeBloggers but have written a post on bicycling that would be of interest, and wish to share it with a wider audience.

Expect to read my own thoughts about some, or all, of the submitted entries.

To learn more about the Tour begin here.

Let's saddle up, and ride!

BikeBloggers:

1. The Blog Fearless Gearless is a continually changing and evolving community of hard ass single speeder and fixed gear freaks. Its all riding, living and drinking in a handy a one gear format.

One of the contributors is someone nicknamed Wonder Weasel, and the Weasel submits an open letter to "all the wannabe racer-commuters in Vancouver".

He thinks they SUCK. ;-D

You know who you are. You are the ones who have a freak if anyone passes you and quickly have to pass back only to run out of energy shortly so that you get passed again. This travesty then gets repeated however many times your pride will allow.

The tale of his encounter with another cyclist is an absolutely hilarious story.

Read: The Jack Rabbit Syndrome.

2. BikeBloggers are an imaginative bunch, and it shows not just in the subjects they write about, but in the ways they choose to write, and even in the ways they choose to show something.

I write Bike Fiction, and Poetry ( My Archive includes 1 story, and 5 poems so far ), and so do others.

Many display photographs.

Ian, of the British Blog 2 Wheels Good, has taken the next step, and "decided to start doing video reports on my blogs."

The first, a visit to a scheme that rebuilds abandoned bikes in Manchester is an interesting piece that could have been a little better with audio that allowed you to understand the guy being interviewed more clearly.

Ride Manchester have a workshop where they rescue and rebuild abandoned bikes for sale. They also allow you to build your own bike, if you have the time and inclination.

If you have Quicktime you can watch the Ride Manchester Video Blog.

3. Drew, of Commute-A-Blog, is the Cape Cod Cyclist, and in addition to his Blog has seperate pages worth your time:

Whereever I go, there's my Bicycle is a page dedicated to "Encouraging Daily Bicycle Use for Recreation, Commuting and Travel"

Cape Cod Cyclists' Escape: All about cycling in  Cape Cod.

Drew recently just discovered the Dude and submitted links to stories he wrote in 2005 as well as in January.

Considering that this edition of the Tour would have been, um, light, until he came along, I decided to plug his sites, AND share all his submitted pieces, except the February one ( Next month! ), as well.

A. Excuses for not Bicycle-Commuting on Cape Cod is a funny piece worth the time to click the included links.

B. I'll let Drew introduce his next piece:

Unfortunately, this story illustrates just how little the law can do to protect us from people who have no regard for it. It is also a good lesson in the importance of bicycle helmets (it is the law for children). I have read no mention in news articles as to whether the victim of this tragedy was wearing a helmet. The point is not to blame the victim, but it would be educational to all of us- especially those who do not insist their children wear them.

Read: Repeat offenders go unpunished.

C. Using his iMac Drew creates an amusing Comic Strip.

4. MY 1st contribution is a piece about 2 of the most unusual and, for some, grueling annual Cycling events in the United States:

Fargo X 13 in Pittsburg.

5. My 2nd contribution involves an essay i wrote in response to a comment to an older piece of mine by an angry Motorist.

Angry Motorist rages at Dude.

NON-BikeBloggers:

None this Month, but I know y'all are out there because I find you on my own!

I hope that you not only enjoyed the stories shared here, but learned some things along the way, including that there is a whole Niche of Blogging out there that you may not have been aware of.

If you like what you see, then spread the word...

About the Tour, about this Blog, about the other Blogs you have been introduced to ( including the Non-BikeBloggers ), and the amazing collection of cycling resources we have brought, and will continue to bring, to our readers attention.

Happy Cycling!

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February 05, 2006

Now Accepting submissions for 3rd Tour de Bicycling

I wish to announce that I am accepting submissions for the 3rd Edition.

That edition is set to be posted on Friday, March 10th.

The 2nd edition would only have had a couple of submissions, but the good news is that someone woke up this morning, in the wilds of Cape Cod, and decided to send me 4 submissions. ;-D

Not being picky, under the circumstances, since he sent 1 January offering with 2 2005 offerings, I will be sharing 3 stories in the 2nd Edition, and his February offering next month. ;-D

Don't be afraid to share a couple of your February articles for next month, and spread the word to other cyclists.

This is a fine way to let a wider audience know of your blog!

There are 3 ways to submit your entries, with an absolute deadline being Midnight March 1st.

All you need to know concerning what the Tour is about, and where, and how, to submit entries to it can be learned in my ORIGINAL Announcement Post, and in the descriptions on the 2 Carnival Submission Websites.

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January 13, 2006

Tour de Bicycling Blogs 1

Ladies, and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, Cyclists, and non-cyclists!

Welcome to the 1st edition of The Tour de Bicycling Blogs!

Do U Bicycle?

There are a growing number Bloggers with sites dedicated to the proposition that bike riding is good for you and fun.

This month The Cycling Dude celebrates its 3rd Birthday, but a small number of us, I've found, have been Blogging a bit longer than that.

In various ways we all provide commentary, and opinion, reports about events, and news, write reviews, stories, and travelogues, share photographs, and spread the word about the wide variety of websites of interest to anyone who rides a bike.

BikeBloggers spread the word, and the word is BICYCLE!

The posts listed here all appeared in December 2005.

This series is about bicycling, and bicyclists, and is open to all types of cyclists, and even to Bloggers who are NOT BikeBloggers but have written a post on bicycling that would be of interest, and wish to share it with a wider audience.

Expect to read my own thoughts about some, or all, of the submitted entries.

To learn more about the Tour begin here.

Let's saddle up, and ride!

BikeBloggers:

1. Joel Gwadz, of the blog Gwadzilla:

Joel is a cyclist who likes to take photographs, and share them with his readers.

Interesting, colorful, and sometimes quite beautiful they are always worth your time to search out. ( As his is writing, which often tends toward the poetic, and can be quite opinionated )

Upon learning of this endeavor Joel offered me the use of several pictures for this edition, but I ultimately decided not to use them.

I prefer to steer you to him by recommending 4 entries by way of thanks for his offer, for his interesting comments left from time to time, and for the interesting writing found on his Blog:

A. Bicycling and Furniculars: 1 and 2 and 3.

B. Jamaican bicyclists.

I, too, take photos on my bike rides, and have for a decade.

I do it to document where I have been, and what I have seen, and sometimes my Trusty Steed, and I, even appear in a shot. ;-D

With my new computer, and its toys, plus a new camera I may finally be able to share some of my own photos.

2. Larry Lagarde, of the Blog Great Bicycle Trails and City Rides Worldwide, is no stranger to regular readers of the Dude, especially in the afternmath of Katrina.

I have written about him, and he has submitted an essay as well.

The last few months have been a momentous time for him, and his wife.

Then last week a future bicyclist was born into the family and, judging from the photos he shared with me, the little tyke is cute as can be, and has the proud parents firmly under her spell. ;-D

Larry's entries are about a new Folding Bike called the Mobiky Genius, and I include a 3rd ( middle ) entry because it has important info of relevance to the other 2.

A. Mobiky Genius is truly rad!

B. Mobiky Genius story temporarily delayed.

C. Mobiky Genius Photos.

Keep an eye on his 2 sites for further info on this bike.

Larry sent me the following year end message:

I'm now the volunteer coordinator for the MRT for the State of Tennessee. Additionally, I've been tasked with advising the Tennessee Greenways foundation on new potential trail alignments for mountain bike and road bike trails along the MRT corridor. This is an exciting & challenging project as it brings together a wide variety of interests from cyclists to conservationists.

The Bikes For Katrina project in Memphis has attracted a lot of interest but too late for a major distribution of bikes before the holidays. In all likelihood, the bikes will not be distributed until February but at least the weather will be warmer.

Lastly, I've met a lot of wonderful people as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Without a doubt, the storm was a major catastrophe and watermark in our lives; however, I'm very excited by the doors that have opened as a result. I have the opportunity to make a huge difference in the lives of thousands upon thousands of people. It hasn't put food on the table but it does allow me to go to sleep at peace with myself.

Best wishes,
Larry Lagarde

And best wishes to you, and yours, Larry.

3. Phillip Barron, of the Blog Nicomachus, writes a Bi-Weekly Column on Bicycling, for the Herald-Sun, of Durham North Carolina.

He reprints the Columns on his Blog, and posts other Cycling entries as well.

In this column he writes about a lady who is taking a very long Bike Ride:

Judy Martell, 55, of Durham is a little less than halfway through riding the American Discovery Trail, a 6,800 mile patchwork of paved greenways, state parks, and roadways connecting Delaware with San Francisco. In 2001, she woke from a dream with a goal to use her own two legs to get her from the Atlantic to the Pacific.

A. The Outspokin' Cyclist: Cross-country bike trail teaches much about time.

B. Phillip also shares an absolutely gorgeous B and W slideshow he calls "Morning Commute".

4. If you ride a particular route on a regular basis you might encounter the same people day after day. When they suddenly no longer are there what do you think happened to them?

A. Casey, of the Blog Bicycle-Eye, writes about a "Disappearing Rider".

NON-BikeBloggers:

None this Month, but I know y'all are out there because I find you on my own!

I recently began a project that is dedicated to finding mentions of bicycling in the Blogs of the wider Blogosphere, sometimes going back as far as 3 years, or more if I can, into a Bloggers Archives to do so.

Often a post, as a whole, may have nothing to do with cycling but, to me, the entries make for interesting reading anyway, and I believe deserve a new, and wider audience.

( Pssst... Even Glen Reynolds, the Instapundit, covers, or at least mentions, Bicycling! )

If by doing this I can bring more attention to BikeBlogging in all its variety then its worth the effort.

Archive: Blogosphere covers Bicycling. ( 7 posts since Sept., with more to come in 2006 )

That's it for this month!

I wish to thank the Godfather of the Blog Carnival Phenomenom, Silflay Hraka, for being an inspiration to me.

Over the years both of my Blogs have contributed to Carnival of the Vanities, and others, and I benefited from the experience of twice hosting the Best of Me Symphony, which eventually gave me the courage to consider starting this project.

I hope that you not only enjoyed the stories shared here, but learned some things along the way, including that there is a whole Niche of Blogging out there that you may not have been aware of.

If you like what you see, then spread the word...

About the Tour, about this Blog, about the other Blogs you have been introduced to ( including the Non-BikeBloggers ), and the amazing collection of cycling resources we have brought, and will continue to bring, to our readers attention.

Happy Cycling!

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January 12, 2006

Submit your contributions to February Tour de Bicycling Blogs

As I sit here putting together the Innaugural edition for Friday I wish to announce, a bit late ( a couple of medical issues kept me preoccupied for the last week or so ), that I am accepting submissions for the 2nd Edition.

That edition is set to be posted on Friday, February 10th.

There are 3 ways to submit your entries, with an absolute deadline being Midnight February 1st.

All you need to know concerning what the Tour is about, and where, and how, to submit entries to it can be learned in my ORIGINAL Announcement Post, and in the descriptions on the 2 Carnival Submission Websites.

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December 05, 2005

Announcing Innaugural Tour de Bicycling Blogs

I have been thinking about this for a year:

Is there enough interest in the Bicycling Niche of the Blogosphere to warrent attempting a Tour de Bicycling Blogs, or forming a League, or Association [ League of American BikeBloggers ( LABB ), or International League of BikeBlogs ( ILOBB ) ? ]

In the 3 years since I began The Cycling Dude the number of BikeBlogs has grown tremendously, and the quality of writing, and reporting, is uniformally good, and interesting.

I check out the ones in my blogroll, and link, on occasion, to stories I find interesting, we all do.

But, many cyclists are unaware of us, and even more non-cyclists are also unaware.

Heck, we don't even know how many of us there are, for that matter. ;-D

What led me to write this is the response of N. Z. Bear, founder of the Ecosystem, to a comment I left incorporating the comments of Fritz, and I, here:

Bear replied:

Kiril:

A valid point on how 'niche' blogs fit in. One answer is that is exactly the issue that the Communities are meant to address. I'd love to see a "cycling" community defined, which would then provide a way for the best cycling blogs to get noticed within their sphere.

Right now, I'm way behind on setting up new communities, but once I get through the backlog of directly Ecosystem-related support requests, I'll be setting up a bunch of new ones...

So here goes:

I am announcing the Innaugural TOUR DE BICYCLING BLOGS.

Point 1: A Pure BIKEBLOG is one that devotes its whole content to bicycling related subjects.

Point 2: There are many Bloggers, including 1 or 2 in my blogroll, who write a lot on their bicycling interests, and may even include a list of links to cycling interests, but that is only one aspect of their blogging, and therefore they don't consider themselves BikeBloggers.

Participation is open to  all  BikeBloggers, regardless of  whether they are Industry Insiders, Journalists, Activists, or ordinary cyclists like me.

Regardless of whether you are a Racer, Roadie, Tourer, MTBer, low to the road in a Recumbent, or into it for recreational, or commuting, reasons.

The point of this is to let your fellow cyclists know of you, and let the wider Bloggerverse, and the many people who are in it who enjoy Bicycling know of us, and our stories, and resources.

If I get enough responses from bicyclists in the rest of the Blogosphere, but who are not Bikebloggers, then I'll have a section devoted to their contributions as well.

HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

Send me the required info on your best, or at least most interesting, 2 Blog Entries, for the Month of December. ( 2 seems like a manageble number until I see the response, then I may accept just 1 )

I must recieve them by Midnight PST on December 31st.

The Innaugural Edition of The Tour de Bicycling Blogs will debut on the 2nd Friday of January ( YES, I know that's the 13th, just work with me here, okay ).

If there is sufficient intererest then the 2nd Edition will be accepting entries by Midnight January 31st. for publication on the 2nd Friday of February, etc...

THERE ARE 3 WAYS TO SUBMIT:

The 1st choice:

This Blog is Listed at BlogCarnival.com.

Submit your blog articles to “Tour de Bicycling blogs” by using this carnival submission form. Past posts and future dates can be found on the Tour blog carnival index page.

***NOTE: June 2006 - The above link is temporarily innactive due to lack of interest, thus leading to a change in direction for the Tour.***

The 2nd Choice:

Provide me the following ( send to: sneakeasyusa-at-hotmail.com )

YOUR NAME as it appears on your Blog, and/or Blog Entries

BLOG NAME

BLOG URL

TITLE OF ENTRIES

URLS OF EACH ENTRY

BRIEF SYNOPSIS OF EACH ENTRY

TRACKBACK URLS OF EACH ENTRY

Don't forget the Trackbacks not just when sending me your entries, but if you link to each months Carnival, or to ANY fellow cyclists post, because it lets folks know you read their work, and tells them you are out there for them to check out as well.

***12/10 - NOTE***

If you are still confused, and at least 2 people have shown confusion so far, then read my reply to Fritz for an aswer that incorporates a bit of Blogosphere History.

***END NOTE***

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