Archive for May, 2012

Hatfields and McCoy’s on History Channel Part 3

May 30, 2012

Holy Cow, what a great, great show.   I watched the first two episodes and will the third tonight.  Anyone with an interest in the Appalachians or the Blue Ridge will love it.   I play some bluegrass and get to the Crooked Road in Southwestern Virginia from time to time, while visiting a very good friend, and a mentor of sorts.  He is a fantastic singer.  He was born in eastern Kentucky and tells stories of virtually everyone carrying a gun of some sort.  It was the nature of the people.  This movie brings those stories to life.

Cheers to the History Channel.

And cheers to the entrepreneurs of the mountains.

Electra Amsterdam 8i – Bike to work

May 9, 2012


Finally, I’ve gotten underway.  Here is the bike at rest.  For the second day, yeah.  The ride is 3.5 miles, 7 round trip.  So I’m beginning to burn some calorie’s, and saving gas, and I guess the saving whole world.

The question then is: “If I lose weight, will the earth be lighter?”

The Electra Amsterdam is a great bike with just enough gears to make the ride humanly possible for an out of shape, overweight, 66 year old, guy.  There are some rolling hills with elevation changes of 75 to 100 feet, so some huffing and puffing are in order.

And you always sit because the crank (pedals) are set 6 inches or so forward of the seat.  Sitting makes the uphill’s tougher as there is no way to leverage power.  On my recumbent, an Easy Racer, or, E.Z. Racer, Tour Easy Model, I press my back against the seat back, and gain leverage.  On a ‘regular’ bike you can stand to get more power.

The Amsterdam is a good design.  The chain is fully enclosed, both sides and top and bottom.  It has a ‘Coat or Skirt Protector’ over the rear wheel to prevent coats getting caught in the wheel.  Fenders keep the dirt down, and best, don’t allow the dreaded ‘mud line’ down the back of your shirt and up the front.  There is even a generator for the headlight.  But the fan in the picture requires more energy than the generator supplies.

Now if it came with a chauffeur …

Yikes?? Bikes??

May 3, 2012

Electra AmsterdamThe Electra Amsterdam.

Its a Great bike.  Eight gears, lots of clothing protection, shifting is done in the rear hub (no deraileur), the chain is fully enclosed, and it comes with fenders,  rack and a good old fashioned light generator that works off the front wheel.  Fantastic looks as well.

I was going to call this post “Food, Food Go Away, Come Again Another Way”, but it just seemed too much reality.  With all the TV coverage of sugar addiction I finally got the message.  The brain gets wired, and needs a lot of practice in new ways of behaving, if you want to change the way you behave.  Thus, bike to work.

Who is it that said “hope springs eternal”.  I just finished a good read “The Heart and the Fist” that talks about conditioning, hardship, and hope.  Hope led me to the bike store, and the book reminded me to “just do it”.  So its warm weather, well, was warm weather, and time to get out on the road.  But my easy racer just doesn’t fit with bike to work.

Bob on Easy Racer

Here is the Easy Racer Ready to Ride (down the East Coast).   You will get more information on riding down the east coast at my journal about the trip and all the vists to coffee stores, which is my passion and how I make a living.

I was born in New York, which I think was named New Amsterdam for a short while.  So I guess my brain was wired in to The Amsterdam, no sooner sought than bought.

I hope it works.

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