And on the lighter side…

Sometimes I forget, or at least take it for granted. I often–on this blog and elsewhere–voice my views how great bikes are as a means of personal transport and that they are a viable vehicle in today’s world, and also that they can carry all sorts of stuff…most everything you need, in fact. I’m onContinue reading “And on the lighter side…”

More Interesting Bikes

I came across these bikes on east 10th Street last evening while looking for the former residence of Kahlil Gibran (more on that in a later post). For those of you reading this that happen to live in a large metropolis (or a small one that is “bicycle progressive”) seeing bikes like this parked curbsideContinue reading “More Interesting Bikes”

Interesting Old Bike

I love old bikes…especially those that are still in use. This is an example; I came across it locked to a stand in Greenwich Village last night. In a city like New York you see plenty of old bike leaning around (probably less likely to get stolen than a shiny new one), but what caughtContinue reading “Interesting Old Bike”

Rural Complexity

I’ve seen this short clip in the past and just recently came across it again. The only thing it has in common with Urban Simplicity is that it highlights bicycles. It’s a hair-raising adventure of biking down the Garnitzenklamm Gorge in Austria. Personally, I don’t think I could walk down that path let alone rideContinue reading “Rural Complexity”

A Little Snow and a Big Sky

This morning when I woke I was somewhat surprised to see there were a couple inches of snow on the ground. It really changes my short commute to work…how I ride a bike. Interestingly, for as big and heavy as the Mundo is, it is not my favorite bike to ride in the snow. InContinue reading “A Little Snow and a Big Sky”

Merry Christmas!

I know it’s a day early, and that not everyone in the world celebrates Christmas, but I thought I’d send out well wishes to all my fellow bloggers, bikers, cooks, and other misfit souls on this material plane in which we currently find ourselves. Merry Christmas and with hopes for a healthy and prosperous NewContinue reading “Merry Christmas!”

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#382)

A gym bag containing wet clothes, a quart of milk, a dozen eggs, a rug (measuring 60in/152cm by 84in/213cm), and a new laundry bid which also contains 1/2 gallon of bleach, 4 lbs of dog food, two rolls of tape, and a pair of reading glasses. Urban Simplicity.

Five Quotes about Bicycles

When man invented the bicycle he reached the peak of his attainments. Here was a machine of precision and balance for the convenience of man. And (unlike subsequent inventions for man’s convenience) the more he used it, the fitter his body became. Here, for once, was a product of man’s brain that was entirely beneficialContinue reading “Five Quotes about Bicycles”

Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#381)

Eight cardboard boxes (I feel like I should have done a Twelve Things That Can be Carried on a Bike Before Christmas series…maybe next year). Urban Simplicity.

Playing with Light

Since recently purchasing a small tripod, and using my bike as a platform, I have been able to take much fuller evening and night pictures with my inexpensive little point-and-shoot camera. I have always found the night to be very spiritual, and taking photos such as this is, to me, a form of contemplative photography.Continue reading “Playing with Light”

Things That Can Be Carried on a Bike (#380)

Three liters of red wine. Urban Simplicity.

You’ve Got Mail…

I just thought I’d pass a long a bit of info on a new update to this page (shameless self-promotion is no easy task for me). I’ve recently added a mail widget to this blog…if you enter your email address you will receive an any new posts from via email. And just to let youContinue reading “You’ve Got Mail…”

Them and Their Bikes

I am not normally a fan of rap music (with the possible exception of early Beastie Boys and Grandmaster Flash) but this is pretty good…and it has a positive message (something, it seems, which is often difficult to find these days). It’s an ameture video which won a contest for 1MinuteToSaveTheWorld; it’s worth watching, andContinue reading “Them and Their Bikes”

Military Bikes

Before I write this post I have to qualify it, or at least explain myself. Firstly (and most importantly), I in no way support war…any war over anything, in the country in which I live or any other…I simply cannot agree to kill another human being…we are, I believe, all inter-connected at some basic level,Continue reading “Military Bikes”

Pedal Revolution

I first came across this video at Change Your Life, Ride A Bike. It’s an intriguing film on many levels…inspiring, too. There’s no audio accompanying it; at the You Tube web site there is a warning stating that the audio has been disabled because of unauthorized usage. I don’t know what the audio was thatContinue reading “Pedal Revolution”