Monthly Archive for May, 2010

New Bicycle

my new bike

Shiloh’s new bike

It’s been awhile since my last post of my last great adventure the Boston Marathon although in reality each day of our lives if lived right is an adventure. Since the Boston Marathon I have added more simplicity to my life through not only a new mode of exercise but also a new mode of transportation to and from work. I have started bike commuting 15.9 miles each direction, it is very enjoyable not sitting in traffic and over all only adds about a 1/2 hour extra time to my commute. Extra time to exercise, explore side streets of San Diego and relax as I breath in fresh morning and afternoon air. Best of all I am also saving $14.42 a day in gas and maintenance as well as sparing our world from some of my toxic vehicle emissions.  So today some quotes about biking.

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 beneficial to those who used it, and of no harm or irritation to others.  Progress should have stopped when man invented the bicycle.  ~Elizabeth West, Hovel in the Hills

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.  Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.  ~Ernest Hemingway

It is curious that with the advent of the automobile and the airplane, the bicycle is still with us.  Perhaps people like the world they can see from a bike, or the air they breathe when they’re out on a bike.  Or they like the bicycle’s simplicity and the precision with which it is made.  Or because they like the feeling of being able to hurtle through air one minute, and saunter through a park the next, without leaving behind clouds of choking exhaust, without leaving behind so much as a footstep.  ~Gurdon S. Leete

Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world.  ~Grant Petersen

A lot of fun stuff happens when you go out on a bike compared to when you’re in a car. You’re more in the environment. It’s enjoyable. Even when It’s raining It’s still fun.

He didn’t riot. He got on his bike and looked for work.
Norman Tebbit

I’ve seen neighborhoods that I would have never driven though because I’m riding my bike, because I’m looking for side roads, looking for maybe more hills or less hills depending if I’m exercising or not. You see a lot more, and you get the flow of a city a lot more.
Stone Gossard

The bicycle is a curious vehicle.  Its passenger is its engine.  ~John Howard

The bicycle is the most civilized conveyance known to man.  Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish.  Only the bicycle remains pure in heart.  ~Iris Murdoch, The Red and the Green