Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#7)

Six boxes loaded with books. Lately I’ve been feeling that my house is full of too much stuff…and much of the stuff are things I rarely use. So in one more way of trying to simplify my life I’ve been attempting to purge my house of unused stuff. I am by no means a pack-rat,Continue reading “Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#7)”

Unplugged Earth

I read somewhere recently (though I can’t remember where) that up to forty percent of your household electricity usage can be accredited to things that aren’t even turned on…you know, all those little blinky lights and clocks on your electronics that you don’t even notice. With that said, imagine how much electricity consumption we wouldContinue reading “Unplugged Earth”

Mini-Cargo Bike

I rode my Dahon today for the first time in a few months…it felt good. It was such an odd feeling after riding “the Mule” and the Yuba all winter. The Dahon, with it’s short wheel base and 20″ wheels, feels almost like a sports car (was I going thorough a mid-life crises when IContinue reading “Mini-Cargo Bike”

The Awsomeness of Utility Bikes

It’s been relatively pleasant in Buffalo lately…by that I mean not much snow, though it has been bitterly cold for the past week again. Anyhow, it was a brilliantly sunny day and I rode my Yuba Mundo to work, and then rode my teenage son home on it…cutting the walk time down by at leastContinue reading “The Awsomeness of Utility Bikes”

Errands on the Mundo Yuba (and what I saw on the ride)

I had the day off today and had a bunch of errands to run. The temperature was hovering around 32F, and the sun was out (at least for the first portion of the day). I probably covered about 20 miles (I’m guessing, as I do not have an odometer), taking into consideration the convoluted andContinue reading “Errands on the Mundo Yuba (and what I saw on the ride)”

Bike Racks

I was in Toronto this past weekend, and as usual was impressed with the city for many reasons: its multiculturalism, it’s friendliness, it’s vibrancy and cleanliness, but mostly it’s robust bike culture. Toronto is a mere 100 miles from Buffalo and the climate is pretty much the same…snowy and bitterly cold much of the winter.Continue reading “Bike Racks”

More Winter Notes

I know I keep harping on it, but this has been one cold and snowy winter. Sometimes it gets me down (maybe it’s the lack of direct sunlight), but other times I find it truly beautiful…today was one of those times. The snow looked so white and pristine, even in an urban setting. Here’s aContinue reading “More Winter Notes”

Snow, More Snow, a Peeve, a Link or Two, and Few Other Things

OK. I know I live in Buffalo, NY. I am fully aware of its reputation for snow, but enough already…it has been snowing for the past 24 hours. It’s not been full throttle–if it were rain it would be labeled as a drizzle–but it has been non-stop. Here’s a couple of photos; first daytime, thenContinue reading “Snow, More Snow, a Peeve, a Link or Two, and Few Other Things”

Now This Is Really Cool

It’s difficult, for me, to imagine not having drinkable water…or having to travel great lengths to get it. But for many in the world this is part of daily living. I came across this video of this odd-looking trike and thought I’d post it. What makes it so odd-looking is that not only is itContinue reading “Now This Is Really Cool”

Car Walking

Here’s a not-so-secret, secret: as much as I proclaim the many benefits of riding bikes and walking I still own a vehicle. It’s an old one (I’ll give you a hint…it’s older than my teenage son), but I still have one. And this winter I’ve been using it more than usual (is it the frigidContinue reading “Car Walking”

Snowy Ride on the Mule and Kidnapped Snakes

I love hauling stuff on bikes…it gives me such a sense of accomplishment, of satisfaction. For various reasons I haven’t been on any of my bikes for a few days and was determined to ride one today. Our meditation group met at at our church tonight, which is only about a mile from my house,Continue reading “Snowy Ride on the Mule and Kidnapped Snakes”

Snowy Ride

I knew full well what I was getting myself into when I rode my bike to work this morning…the newscasters have been telling of this storm for a couple days…schools were closed this morning before it even hit. When I left at 7:00am it was overcast with just a few flakes in the air. HowContinue reading “Snowy Ride”

A Few Recipes, Thoughts, and a Couple Cartoons

100% Whole Wheat Bread: I’ve been playing around with a variation (simplification) of Peter Reinhart’s whole grain bread recipe. I find the idea of home made bread being made without too much fuss and it not occupying your time and thoughts very interesting. I much rather incorporate it into the rhythm of my day. ManyContinue reading “A Few Recipes, Thoughts, and a Couple Cartoons”