What to do after my recumbent bicycling days are over???
Hello and Welcome to EZ Biker's Recumbent Bicycle BLOG site. My BLOG is about Bicycling in general and rediscovering the TRUE Pleasure of Bicycling again, on a recumbent bicycle. My Personal Journal / Favorite links will also be posted here as well. I hope you find my blog FUN and helpful and I Thank You for visiting! Ken aka EZ Biker :-) Remember... Peer Pressure vs. Bicycling PLEASURE! It's your choice!
Dear EZ Biker, I've viewed your bikejournal.com ride journal at times and now I'm noticing a different wording in your journal. Just wondering why the change. Signed Cheryl
Well EZ Biker Friends, this post is admittedly Off Topic, BUT I feel the need to vent somewhat. I’m about to lose many Wonderful Friends and along with that, a realization of something, I never thought would be laid to rest…
I pulled this very touching story off of BROL and then visited the Bacchetta Blog where this story was originally posted. Gerry “Chief” Frierdich was critically injured on August, 19th 2007, when he was struck by a pickup truck while riding his Bacchetta Giro 26. As a result of the accident, Gerry is now a quadriplegic. Having overcome the initial hurdles, Gerry continues to work hard in physical and occupational therapy with inspiring achievements thus far.
Dear EZ Biker, I have been trying FOREVER to get my hands on a Titanium Aero! Either I'm too late or the price is $$$ forbiddingly too high. Is there an alternative Titanium High Racer frame available anywhere? Signed Chuck
Once again it's one of those Favorite Special Times of the year! Let me take a moment and wish everyone a Happy Joyful Easter!
Admittedly there are some recumbents that have a rather LONG chain line and without any kind of mid roller or cog, chains will kind of DROOP. Appearently someone has found the solution for this and it is being used on a (EEEEEEEEEEEEK) "FIX Gear... Bike E!!!!! Photo courtsey of 2004 Oregon Recumbent Retreat - Joseph
So yea bes bea wea-n som GREEN toda ther frin! (EZ trying to talk Irish...) So today's really COOL St. Patty's Day picture comes from the recumbent industries own Deva, Laurie Smith who started and still runs the ERRC. (Easy Racers Recumbent Club) Having own numerous Easy Racer Products in the past, they are Excellent recumbents!
I got a recent invite to a Friends new site they had setup at one of these social community websites. In order for me to view their site I needed to sign up to the site. Right off the bat it requested my complete name and birth date. I can understand the birth date, which really one can probably put any date they want. But the part of your full name, which is posted world wide at your site, is the first red flag that popped up into my head. Now someone already has 2 vital parts of information on you, in that of your name and birth date. That alone can get you fairly located in a specific grid area. Input that information into a find a person website and you're off to the races. Later in the process, it requested an email address, which again was OK, but then asked for your email account password! NO NO NO NO!!!!! Even though the site gave a it's OK you're information is perfectly safe... (Yea right...) reason for that information request; there's NO WAY, I'm going to give out that information. Imagine some bored (Or recently fired) employee having access to your email account, along with the log in password. Any possible private email information you might have in your account, along with all your friends and family email addresses are now capably of being accessed, by persons unknown to you. I also just did a Google search on FACEB... issues and got 7 MILLION + hits. (A lot of the hits, address the very concerns I've briefly stated here) I've gone out of my way not to specifically name the website here and again, I'm not personally attacking the site. I'm merely advising my EZ Biker Friends to REALLY be careful with any of the social sites. To me, if you really want a nice (Rather secure) space on the net, why not just setup a BLOG using Googles Blogger, like I and millions of others have done! :-) :-) :-)
I just received a very nice email from a person named Alex, who has a website, bicycletutor that is going to prove to be VERY USEFUL to all you do it yourself bicycle repair people out there! And the tutorials are done up in videos for you, to watch and learn how to do your own bike repairs! This is a really COOL (AND USEFUL) site and I see at least 2 videos I seriously need to check out!!! :-) NICE concept there Alex! :-)
I've received a few emails asking if I was the same person selling something on eBay. Next was someone inquiring about 4 wheeler sales, that has the same name. Nope, those are not me. :-) SO then I decided to do a Google on ezbiker. WOW! There's a lot of people out there using the word! Just keep in mind, THIS ezbiker is the person that rides a recumbent bicycle! :-)
Dear EZ Biker, I know the recumbent magazine RCN sadly went out of publication; but now even their blog has been removed. :-( Signed: Casey
Hummmm, OK this is an interesting site I found posted at the SFRR forum. Basically a way to expose those DIRTY LITTLE ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS that park in MY BIKE LANE!!! Find them, photo shoot them and then post your comment about those_(*&^%$#@ vermin in MY BIKE LANE!!!
$$$4.00+ FUEL is on the way and clearly this is a GOLDEN as well as a very GREEN (Financially and saving the planet wise) opportunity that the Upright / recumbent bicycle industry should SERIOUSLY be ramping up and getting ready for! This is not a new subject here, as I have previously done a post similar to this. But just HOW should the industry and specifically bike shops get ready for this issue? Simply setup some bikes geared for commuting. Finders, lights and maybe bike bags and have this bike or bikes setup on the floor and ready to go! Perhaps make some in-house (Or professionally done) sign touting the advantage of bicycling verses that NOW costly (And getting higher) fuel for the vehicle. Just 1, 2 or more days a week spent bicycling to work and other places close by, will clearly save you some $$$ on fuel and wear and tear on the vehicle as well.
Well I seem to be sneaking in a lot of OT posts in what's suppose to be strictly recumbent bicycling, EZ Biker style. BUT Thanks to a lot of encouraging emails that welcome some of my rather "Different" perhaps offbeat or interesting photos and web sites I do encounter; I'll post away! :-)
I happen to come upon this article at the Bacchetta forum. Here's a link to the actual article. And YES admittedly I have used some of their products, such as Hammer Endurolytes that really helped me stay riding for 16 hours at Sebring last year. Now you all know how I feel about any kind of drugs used in cycling, BUT this was a product that I have taken for granted was safe to use and would not be an issue at official bicycle events. However keep in mind, I have not and don't really plan to compete in the Olympics or official highly scrutinized bike events anytime soon. Still this has opened my eyes and I'm going to probably pass on any continued use of the product for the time being. I'm not saying it's illegal, BUT I think I'll stick with similar energy inducing items like peanut butter / jelly sandwiches, water and maybe Gator aid. Having said this, I now offer this opinion to any of you PRO cyclists out there. Before competing in any high profile cycling event, I would make sure I have receive information on what's allowed (Nutrients / pills wise) and whats not. Especially if this is an event where 'TESTING for ant suspicious enhancement drug use would be required. Just because a product is out on the market, does not make that product safe to use in events where certain ingredients are prohibited. ALWAYS FIND OUT WHAT'S LEGAL OR OK TO USE, BEFORE USING ANY PRODUCT! Lastly, if it is found that the product did incur some sort of added ingredients, (Not stated on the bottle) then clearly this may warrant legal recourse.
Ummmm, what, er I mean, (GULP), clearing my throat, trying to regain my composure... WELL EZ Biker Friends, I have gotten a number of email inquiries concerning about the "Call of nature" while cycling. Add to that, just how does some cyclists complete centuries in a little over 4 hours and do so by NOT stopping. I have to wondering if these inquiries are from reading a certain post at the Bacchetta Forum. Obviously it is possible to add plumbing to your bicycle...;-/ So to better illustrate this, I'll be posting an inquiry at that forum post and see if I can get an actual photo of such "plumbing." :-) In the meantime, I'll leave you all pondering with the photo you see here.