Wednesday, September 30, 2009

“FREE” Countdown Widget! BUT why does EZ need one of those?

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Once again, it’s ANOTHER bicycle-less weekend, which gives me time to hang around the net and also work on my Failed Invention Story, I keep shooting my mouth I’m going to reveal one day! :-)And YES, I’m happy to say I am getting closer to that faithful day, to reveal my innovations, which would have been MORE USEFUL, before the internet came along. In the meantime, I have encountered an interesting site that offers FREE countdown widgets, that you compose, copy and paste the code into your website or blog, like the one seen here. AND YES, one of these will be added to my site here, VERY SHORTLY! Mycountdown.org is the website and they have all kind of these widgets for “FREE”!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

It’s that DUHHHH Time again!

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Now I know bike lanes don’t last forever, BUT THIS is really SHRINKING it to the limit! Got this link from the BROL Thread titled:  Bike Lane Blunder Site, by ScottCh, posted by LachyJunior. Humm, I bet trying to do a century event on that area would be interesting… :-) But the rest stops…. would be easy to find.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Lots of OT (Off Topic) Topics there, EZ…

eHOW Admittedly, I do get some emails from time to time, commenting on my OT (Off Topic) posts. The reason I do those? I run out of Bicycle related subject matter, OK? Ha! Just KIDDING! Actually, I likewise get MORE emails complimenting me on some of the interesting website and FREE goodies, I post as well. (Maybe I should change my blog/ name to EZ GEEK… To be honest, I actually post some of the items, (Not only to share) that I’ll ultimately use or go looking for, from time to time. Which brings me to another REALLY GREAT AND INFORMATIVE Website, titled eHOW. Folks, if there’s something you need to find out how to do, THIS is a GREAT website to go check out your needs!  It’s EASLEY rates an EZ Biker A “OK” Website Find!!!

Sunday, September 27, 2009

OK, QUIT your WHINING! :-(

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OK, I’m going to have to do a tad of a RANT here concerning a few emails I received from people DOGGING Google’s Gmail, for a another recent malfunction issue. Now to be perfectly honest, you really have NO ROOM or justifiable cause to bark about any email issues, with Gmail, for one simple reason! It’s a FREE service! NOW did you just see / READ what I printed? Let me spell it out to you again…

It’s a FREE service!

Now if there are those that are actually paying for the service, then yes, you probably have a reason to be a little upset. BUT for the rest of you, GEEZ! Give the Google Gmail folks a BREAK! Networks go down, connections go down and surely when you have BILLIONS upon BILLIONS of web users and traffic going through THEIR servers (AT THEIR EXPENSE!!!), something is going to malfunction from time to time! I very much admire and congratulate Google Gmail for what I view is a 95% of the time, everything is actually working OK service. And finally here’s a friendly DUUUUUUH suggestion… It never HURTS to have a BACKUP alternate email client, if you JUST HAVE TO LIVE AND DIE BY YOUR EMAIL every living second of your life! On a lighter side, I truly wonder what this planet would do, if the internet suddenly quit working altogether. :-O

Saturday, September 26, 2009

“””FREE””” Back ground removal software!!!!

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OK EZ Biker Friends, EZ GEEK er I mean Biker here! As another bicycle-less weekend comes to a close, I have been (Again) rolling around the internet. As you know, I LOVE to add photos to my posts, but at times, some of them have pesky backgrounds, that I have to work around. (If only I had $300+ for Photo Shop or some other $$$ program) WELL FORGET that, as I have come upon a “””FREE””” program (paint.net) on the web called paint.net, that does JUST what I have been looking for! Admittedly, a lot of the credit goes to a You Tube poster Blake81, whose video Removing background in Paint .NET, I watched OVER & OVER for about 100 times. (I’m a slow learner you know…) So I downloaded the program and started looking for some photos with background to eliminate.

Update - 9-26-2009 - Since I have been using paint.net, I have stated a few things in my video that are incorrect; so I have pulled my video, until I can do a make over. In the meantime, here's a link to numerous You Tube Videos, that can show you how to eliminate back grounds and other features too.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

RBR Reports (+Photos) on an exciting Bicycle Expo!

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WELL even during these LEAN Financial times, the SHOW must go on and that’s exactly what Interbike is doing. BROL has some pretty good links and Special Thanks to RBR for bringing up to date news tidbits (Recumbent Bike Riders) on this Exciting Expo Event! There’s also a Thread about the show at the following link! ENJOY!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

There's a NEW “””Carbon Player””” in the town!

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MOVE OVER Carbon Fiber Bacchetta and Carbon Fiber Carbent, you all have a new player in your field! I got a nice email from Greg, (Thanks Greg!) alerting me to exciting news about a NEW carbon Fiber Bent in town, from the well respected bent builders of Volae. Pictured is their Carbon Fiber Steed and it's a very Good Looking Bike! For anyone in the market for a Carbon Fiber Steed, you now have at least 3 GREAT Choices! To find out MORE about this Beautiful (And most likely a VERY FAST Bike) please visit this link!

Sometimes THOSE that RANT the MOST… WANT “IT” THE MOST!

recumbo-phobic Hey EZ, have you read the article about anti-bent rant at road bike action magazine thread at BROL? If so, any thoughts on the subject? Signed Ron

Ron, Thanks for your email and YES, I have been keeping up with various threads at BROL, including the so-called recumbent rant, by some columnist named Phil B... . Admittedly, I have not read the ACTUAL article; and (To be perfectly honest) I don't really need to. The bent community continues to face tremendous adversity from your typical HARD CORE Diamond Frame publications, as well as your (Equally) HARD CORE (Diamond frame exclusive only) bike shops and HARDCORE Diamond Frame ONLY welcome bike events. AND as I have previously preached BEFORE, a lot of this stems from the Diamond Frame industry Cash Cow MONSTER, who is the driver behind all of this. In simple terms, it's called surviving and continuing to be in demand, to keep your lively hood alive and well, even if your technology is CRUSTY OLD SCHOOL, that's been around FOREVER. Hey, if you want our continued advertising dollars and ads, appearing in your publication or support for your bike event, YOU WILL NOT have anything to do with any other kind of bicycling, unless it's diamond frame orientated. I'm YOUR MIGHTY CASH COW Diamond Frame God and I have spoken!

However there's still another side of that columnist and others like him that do the rants (Allegedly against) recumbents and that's "Bent Phobia". In certain other walks of life, those that VIGOROUSLY lash out the most against something, secretly (Subconsciously) have just the opposite internal feelings about the subject matter. They may actually be in PASSIONATE LUSTFUL HEAT to try a recumbent, but have to hide their true desires, out of fear of angering the Diamond Frame cash cow God, and their employer, having their cash lifeline cut off.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Members of Congress should be forced to enroll themselves in the health care plan they vote for!!!!

same-health care OK EZ Biker Friends, this clearly is OT (Off Topic) BUT I feel the need to pass this on to you, as I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT this action! I received the following email from a long time friend.

On Tuesday, the Senate health committee voted 12-11 in favor of a  two-page amendment courtesy of Republican Tom Coburn that would require  all Members and their staffs to enroll in any new government-run health  plan. It took me less than a minute to sign up to require our  congressmen and senators to drink at the same trough!  Three cheers for Congressman John Fleming of Louisiana! This Congressman with something very rare in politicians (CLASS)  has proposed an  amendment that would require congressmen and senators to take the same  healthcare plan they force on us (under proposed legislation they are  curiously exempt). Congressman Fleming is encouraging people to go on his Website and sign  his petition (very simple - just first, last and email). Below is a link to his website. 

http://fleming.house.gov/index.html

Please urge as many people as you can to do the same!

If Congress forces this on the American people, the Congressmen should 
have to accept the same level of health care for themselves and their families.

Ed Ehmke

Monday, September 21, 2009

This was “””CLOSE!!!”””

Dodge a bullet WELL EZ Biker Friends, I honestly was caught FLAT FOOTED and am SORRY I didn’t help in sounding the ALARM on what our so-called.. WONDERFUL Government Representatives… (And I use that term, (Representatives) with tong in cheek…) The news broke at the BROL Forum, thanks to BROL poster jalexartis and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy about 2 amendments # 2370 & 2371. From Rails-to-Trails Conservancy here’s what they would have done:

If passed, these amendments would eliminate the majority of available federal funds for trails, walking and bicycling.

Amendment 2370 would prohibit the use of federal funds for pedestrian or bicycle facilities, efforts to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife, or other specified Transportation Enhancement (TE) projects if the Highway Trust Fund cannot cover unfunded highway authorizations.

Amendment 2371 is even trickier; while it claims to allow states to opt out of spending on TE projects, the actual amendment text in fact notes that "None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement" TE projects.

Here is the actual government link for this ANTI Walking & Bicycling legislation. Amendment 2370 Roll Call Vote. Here’s the link to the US Senate Webpage to check on that amendment and other Government functions. FINALLY, I whole heartily intend to join up, send a contribution into and actively participate in Rails To Trails Conservancy organization. Had it not been for their watchful eye, some obviously Healthy lifestyle, bicycling, walking and other outdoor recreational activities “HATERS” could have snuck one in on us!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

SFRR Ride Video By Sergio!

Yes EZ Biker Friends, our Beloved Local Recumbent Group South Florida Recumbent Riders (SFRR) was on the road again, this past Saturday. Check out the latest video above and the different kinds of bents, that participated! For some new people that have inquired about this group, they have a Yahoo Group that can been found at this link!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Biketobeerfest!!!! Another reason Portland Oregon is Bicycle Heaven on Earth!

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Special THANKS to jkeenan0407 who posted the following WONDERFUL EVENT (At the SFRR site)  happening in Portland Oregon; clearly THE BICYCLE HEAVEN on Earth place!!! Biketobeerfest, is something I WISH we had here in South Florida! (Even though I don’t consume alcohol anymore) By the way, if you are looking for a site that IS ONE OF THE BEST WEBSITES, PROMOTING BICYCLING, go to bikeportland.org!!!

BREAKING News! EZ Biker’s Future NEW HOME revealed!

My new home OHHH YES, I was BLAZING around the net on Labor Day, INSTEAD of (AGAIN) being on my bike… Grouse # 435600. And once again, the BROL forum has rewarded me with still another interesting story and post by, “Than” titled Bicycle towed house. The actual link to the story can be found at a website titled Dvice. Now seriously folks, this could offer some real potential, unless you have to leave your place unattended or perhaps have to be out in less than perfect weather. But just think, if you don’t like the neighborhood you’re presently in, just hook your wheeled porta crib (I thought of that title… ;-) and move on!!! (I’m sure this could work with recumbents too!

Also I have found an interesting site that deals with Bicycle Trailer Tent, that offers some interesting information. Check it out!

earlier bike trailer Lastly, this concept is apparently NOT NEW as you can see in this dated photo.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hummmm Giro 20/20???

Corsa-20-20 Hello EZ Biker, I follow your blog and post a lot at BROL. With concern to your post at BROL on the Azub Eco... I LIKE this bike! post; I happen to catch your mention of a possible Giro 20/20? I too have thought about a bike like that. Too bad, there’s not some sort of a photo, of what that might look like. I say this because I’m basically a 5’3” slim   female and trying to find a bike that fits me, without having to be on my tippy toes, is next to impossible. Signed Veronica.

Veronica, Thank You for your nice email and here’s some of my truly POOR rendering of what a Giro 20/20 w/20” Aerospoke wheels, might look like. If there’s anyone out there with BETTER art rendering skills; please drop me a sample of your Giro 20/20 and I’ll post it, giving you the artwork credit! And YES, I continue to look at all kinds of a #2 bike for my stables, as my Beloved Aero awaits it’s new Rear Disc wheel. Low Racers, the Azub, folding bikes (Remember when I was HOT for one of those?)  and a few others, I continue to entertain my thoughts on. I’m not sure how much of a bribe, I’d have to give Payton at Bicycle Spot, to try this…………. :-0

UPDATE! Check out THE IMPROVED rendering of my Giro 20/20, made possible with a FREE Photo program called paint.net. I will be posting about this WONDERFUL software shortly, including my own made video! In the meantime, EZ Biker Friends, THIS is MUST CHECK OUT software, almost as good as Photo Shop, BUT FREE!!!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hummm, your repaired bike is somewhere… here…

tons of bikes2 Alas ANOTHER FUN photo that will have you thinking all kinds of responses, that was posted by zoomcityzoom at the BROL forum under In need of a 12 step program thread. I imagine the neighbors don’t have an issue, IF they are into bicycles. ;-)

Monday, September 14, 2009

Check that website!!!

Site-adviser Admittedly, I use various online website for getting a hold of FREE things like fonts, photo editors and various other freebees.  BUT sometimes I wonder if the website I’m visiting has any possible download or spyware issues and that’s when I go to McAfee SiteAdvisor to check out the status of a website. You can either do the FREE download or enter your website on line (As seen in the photo) and check that website out!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

EZ Biker’s Eeeek Series… :-0 The GO ANYWHERE Recumbent!!!

2009-09-13_100632 Still another wonderful day of cruising the web and while doing a Google search for a 20/20 recumbent, I scoped out an interesting looking recumbent and visited a (Likewise) VERY INTERESTING Recumbent Company, called Azub, that has some… REALLY EYE OPENING photos and videos of  WHERE their recumbents can go. The nice young female cyclist in the photo here, is riding on a road surface, that EZ (WIMP-O) Biker would clearly NOT DARE, to and she’s doing via USS!!! (Under seat steering) There’s even MORE photos of other surfaces, that opened my eyes real WIDE, seen at an album I setup titles The go anywhere recumbent. Now photos are one thing, but there’s actually a bunch of real life videos, of these bikes in action too, at the following You Tube link. I really like the appearance of these bikes, that are simple in design and yet, apparently very DURABLE. I have been (AGAIN) flirting with an additional bike to add to my stables (Including those folding ones) but I continue to be drawn to staying with a recumbent platform if possible. Lastly, there’s even a photo of YOURS TRULY… on an Azub recumbent! I will be contacting these people today. UPDATE: There’s even a write-up in BROL about the Azub Eco.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

I DON’T Need No STINKING Outhouse!!!

Tolet bike OH yes, there’s all kinds of mischief one can get into when they are without a bicycle to ride on Labor Day weekend… Yea, I’m STILL grousing about that! So what’s a grounded cyclist to do? Surf the bicycle forums and find funny photos and stories and post them at my blog! Here’s one from BROL forum concerning “A Toiletbent”, posted by alanmushnick. NOW seriously… let’s study the potential here. Less restroom stops, especially at an event like Hotter N Hell, in Wichita Falls TX, where a record 14,000+ cyclists participated this year!!! NOW surely you could just glide past all those long lined porta-potty's grinning from ear to ear. You might not be FAST, but by Mother Nature Standards, you WOULD LAST!!! :-)

Friday, September 11, 2009

To the Twin Towers Families, Your Loss Ones Are NOT FORGOTTEN………

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My Heartfelt Prayers and reflections are with you through out the year, BUT especially on THIS Day! Less we forget, FREEDOM is something that is not freely or easily achieved.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

NOT when I’m operating a vehicle! EZ Biker RANTS… *&^%$#@*&

No-text This has been in the spotlight of late; so I thought I’d jump into the fray myself. Today I received a rather unfriendly email from a… “Friend”… that was annoyed I didn’t answer my phone, respond to a text or email, they had sent me. Was it an emergency, I asked? Well NO, but I just wanted to chat… WELL you and my other “Friends” out there should realize by now, I DON’T (AND WILL NEVER) RESPOND TO PHONE CALLS, TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS or other non-vehicle operating activities; while I’m operating a vehicle! :-/ Driving is a 100% concentration process and things can change in a nanosecond and being alert is something you do, at all times, when in traffic. I can’t tell you the countless times, I’ve been brushed, on my bike and in my vehicle, because someone is blabbing on their cell phone or their head is bent down texting. Putting makeup on, reading the newspaper or doing computer stuff are also observed vehicle happenstances. Folks, PLEASE, concentrate on your driving and take care of those other things, once you have parked your vehicle!

Monday, September 07, 2009

&^%$#* No Bike To Ride*&^$##@&, A Great FREE Gif Generator Site & (Oh Yes…) HAPPY LABOR DAY Weekend!!!

OK EZ Biker Friends this is one of THOSE unique 3 for 1 special posts! This Labor Day weekend is NOT going well for me, BECAUSE I’m not getting to get out and ride! :-( My previous broken spoke post continues to be an issue) Now I find out my Renn Disk will take longer to get in, then previously mentioned! :-/ Never the less, it is a Holiday Weekend and so I still want to wish everyone a Happy SAFE Labor Day Weekend! And I do so with a really neat website find, that allows you to make your own gifs from your photos and supplies you with the code to post it! The website is Gifninja.com and there all kinds of Great things you can do! Need a FREE gif, check this site out! gifninja.com Create custom animated gifs at gifninja.com!

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Bicycle RAP Video!!!

EZ Rap Biker Yooo bloods, I got a rap vid for you
I know you will love it, cause you no fool
Just click on
crib link and before you blink
This bike rap video will make you stink!

Thanks to Bacchetta Forum poster isolani for this GREAT Video!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

BENT’S IN MOVIES!!!

CORBS Here’s an interesting read at BROL forum about various movies that bents are part of the cast! I likewise did a little searching and came up with this Video of CORBS (Cops On Recumbent Bicycles) which to say the least, is WISHFUL Thinking. But you never know!  For those that have not signed up for BROL yet; I’ve posted some of the movie bents here.

Friday, September 04, 2009

VERY Informative Bicycle Publications for South Florida!

Bicycle-Bible Local recumbo Friend Steve B, has provided some great links from his SFRR post for some publications, Florida Cyclists should take time to read and study! All you ever wanted to know about Bicycle Laws in Florida! Florida Bicycle law and Florida Bicycle Law Enforcement Guide - pdf Thanks Steve!!!  

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Wearing a bicycle helmet… YUK!

no-helmet Dear EZ Biker, I really enjoy your site and I’m hoping you can help me with an issue I’m having with my girl friend. We have just recently started dating and we both LOVE bicycling. However she refuses to wear a bicycle helmet because they look dorky, or it’s too hot, or we are not going that fast or far away or other excuses. I’m really concerned for her safety! She visits your site; so I’m wondering if you can Fatal-acident offer some wise words of wisdom! Signed Jake.

Jake, Thank You for your nice email and YES, I will be very happy to offer some ENCOURAGING words on this subject matter. A good friend of mine put the non-helmet wearing issue in a very distinctive sentence. “Your life can change in a tick of a second.” Besides dealing with vehicles, you also have to be aware of road conditions, animals, city meter holes, glass and pedestrians, this list is endless. I have had some SCARY encounters with helmet to road impacts over the years and I would NOT be here, if not for wearing a bicycle helmet. BUT instead of continued harping on the subject, (That would easily fill up a whole blog page) I’d like to suggest you visit You Tube and do a search of vehicle bicycle crashes and have your girl friend view some of those for a while. (I have one here, that you see in the photo, of that tick of a second happening) Trust me, there’s some real horrific crashes and one in particular, where you will need to sign into You Tube to view it. (The You Tube photo under the B & W photo)

Although you can’t make anyone do anything they don’t want to; I’d entertain the tact that you CARE ENOUGH FOR THIS PERSON, THAT YOU WANT TO KEEP THEM SAFE AS POSSIBLE, while you’re enjoying each others company. :-)