Back on CGOAB after a few years off...
Gotten into all of the Washington DC area bike coops,
and as I said coming in "I Just Pedal", but learning a little,
though most of my time is spent teaching people what a Coop is
(you work on your own bike, we have tools, supplies and some parts)...
Taken a few classes, over and over, in preparation to teach Basic Mechanics,
Taken Basic by different people and organizations. People teach it differently
based on their experience, though most use something like Park's outlines
Need to learn fitting a bike, as lots of people when I'm greeting, are asking
about it, does this bike fit me? How does it feel? Check youtube.com for Terry Bikes' Geometry videos, which say you have to ride the bike, the geometry and measuring doesn't do it...
Back from a taxi running over my feet a few years ago, and did a short overnight along the C&O Canal with http://TheBikeHouse.org ,
well, I met them there anyway, kind of a mini group experience,
as I , pedaled there myself and the way back alone too, so a little like
solo, but without the down / alone time at a campsite...
BTW: Bike sharing changed in Washington, DC and now includes Arlington,
but at $30 for 3 hours or so, it's no longer useful to me, cost prohibitive,
so doing very little wandering around DC on bike shares...
Did a few ride marshalls, on BikeDC, and way back a Bike Rodeo at the convention center in DC, mostly with WABA or associated.
Did one Alley Cat Race in Halloween time last year, interesting,
though requires a GPS with data plan to look up clues, so lost after
a trick question. Finished it all but the last one, well behind the others,
given the missing link. One person at least was hit by a car during that race...
Took the LAB Confident City Cycling 1 (CCC1) course, which was not the bike messenger survival course type thing I had been hoping for... Required a photo at the end, declined to be photographed, so probably failed just on that...
Seems to be more about sales, the http://BikeEd.org online segment was
purchasing types of stuff, so the industry is more prevalent than I would like,
I did learn a few things, but not as much as hoped. Luckily it didn't cost me much, as subsidized by the local jurisdiction, but also not for the low income people as had hoped...
Some advocacy in local governments, but that is not as a I had hoped either...
So lots of biking, just not much touring...
Connecting with Computing Across America guy, Steve Roberts,
( http://MicroShip.com ), now interested in NoMadness, a 44 steel hulled
mobile workshop, for Gonzo Engineering. Might put some stuff up about that, probably in resources... Interesting and kind fellow. Not sure I can do what he did, the times are different, I'm now older and I'm not that publicity friendly...
Bike sharing is interesting, though the headlights don't seem to be worth shit
and it seems like a girls' bike, which has offended some females, but humored most.
Some cleanup after a while out...
Can't afford to tour and the weather sucks in the northern hemisphere most of the time in December, so not much to blog about here...
Interesting that my bike trips get much more web views than anything serious I do, but having fun must read better? Is touring really fun? ;-} I've forgotten...
Friday July 13, 2007:
Not much biking though got a folding bike but no bag (out of stock)
so can't really try out the special features...
Did a C&O Canal boat tour and hoping to put that up, though mostly
movie clips and audio, which CGOAB doesn't handle well yet?
so maybe a pbwiki?
More to say about little trips around the Washington, DC area and a bigger Canal2006 trip, or what I call "random acts of stupidity" ;-)
My writing hasn't improved much, but hacking instead of just journalling to myself....
Oh, yeah, a profile. I do loaded touring of about 200 miles. Originally wanted to do a cross country or 2/3 across, but eventually, figured out how much that would cost, and opted for in state tours.
Discovered Dynohubs for some of that "out of battery" problem. And wandered into "Computing Across America" [http://Microship.com] and wondering, how stupid can I be? ;-)
Preparing for the first big tour to Richmond from Washington, DC:
Not much to say yet, busy planning and preparing.
I have enjoyed the Original CrazyGuyOnABike.com journal that started all of this and learned many things like general delivery mail option, HALT is necessary for dogs, Kentucky and Kansas may not be fun, maps change, and much more.
Wish me luck, as it's Friday the 13th as things are progressing slowly getting prepared and planning.
But on the positive, the Olympics started today.
See Athens2004.com for some cycling related stuff too...
DancesWithCars (will leave the wolves behind :-) )