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Fall is here…sort of. September 1, 2010

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After a blistering August, in which we have day after day of 100 degree F heat in a row, it is finally September. So it should be cooling down, right?

My black Townie 21, during one of last fall's rides.

OK, it will probably still be hot, but at least it has been cool enough to get in some short (5 mile) rides on the Townie in the evenings. I have been mostly devoting myself to aikido practice this summer, with some evening longboarding when it falls below 100 at about 7:30. I’ll ride bikes in the heat, but I don’t like getting all that sun exposure.

As reported here on Bike Friendly Richardson, my town is putting in miles of new bike path, including 2 spots where you can get under the freeway! Once this is all done, and once Dallas finishes some of their current bike path projects, you will be able to get very long rides while staying off the street almost completely. From Richardson (or maybe Plano) all the way down waaaaay into Dallas. So it will soon be time to get on the sweet red Fuji and get going.

I have been neglecting this blog a bit, as I have several other blog projects that I work on. It’s been a hard summer in other ways other than the extreme heat, so we really didn’t tend our gardens enough to brag about either.

Oh – for those who don’t follow my other blogs, here is a┬ánice longboarding pic that my friend Sean took.

Me, riding down a hill. Fun.

New Bike Trails in Richardson, TX April 5, 2010

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Suburbanshift.com has posted an article on new bike trail construction in Richardson, TX.

More trail construction in Richardson March 15, 2010

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Here’s another story I did last night for Bike Friendly Richardson, about some additional bike trail construction currently underway.

It’s too bad there aren’t any projects planned for the southwestern part of town, but I don’t think there are really any great places to put them. That part of town is very easy to navigate on side streets anyway, so a trail really isn’t needed. However, if you look a the lower left side of the Trail Guide, you’ll see a planned section of the Cottonwood trail, that has two small completed sections. This little section is weird looking — appears like its supposed to cross Coit Rd? Are the areas currently green on the map supposed to connect to anything? It looks like they might. Need to see what Dallas is doing on the other sides of those roads.

Dallas Cottonwood Trail March 9, 2010

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Here’s an article from the Dallas Morning News regarding completion of the under-High-Five section of the Cottonwood Trail.

Just keep building bike paths, please. Build, build, build.

Stickers And Buttons March 7, 2010

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Stickers And Buttons

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Richard W’s new stickers and buttons for Bike Friendly Richardson. It sure is nice to have an artist in the group. Richard does great posters and flyers for the events.

Oh…this is the 100th post on this blog. Yay.

Cheap bike camera mount March 5, 2010

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Just found this page, showing how to make a camera mount for your bike for about $1. Really cool.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Bicycle-Camera-Mount-for-under-$1/

Visiting farms by bike – upcoming adventure February 23, 2010

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My wife heard about this guy and his dream on the radio today. It is way cool. Check it out. He is planning to ride around the country, and world, by bike, visiting farms.

http://organicfarmingtech.com/

Joe Urban on biking in Portland February 15, 2010

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Enjoyed this article on biking in Portland, by Joe Urban.

Biking in Portland (and thoughts on what makes it such an urban mecca)

Cannondale bags February 10, 2010

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Cannondale Harvester pannier

Cannondale Harvester pannier

A few days ago I wrote about grocery shopping via bicycle. I’ve been using these Cannondale panniers for a couple of years now for grocery shopping and to carry my stuff to work when I bike commute, so I thought I’d just quickly note what exactly I’m using. Until today I didn’t even know what these things were called.

The panniers I used are the Cannondale “Harvester” grocery bags.

Yes, they are expensive. Of course, all bike stuff is expensive. I have been very happy with them so far. After two years I’ve had no problem with them. That attach to my Townie rack pretty well, althought its tubing is a bit on the thick side. But they work fine on it. They work great on my mixte’s Topeak rack.

These bags fold up for easy storage. The inside has a little drawstring, so you can seal stuff up pretty well. I’ve never had any of my work clothes get dirty while transporting them in the bags. They seem to be pretty resistant to the elements. So I’m pretty happy with them.

the Dallas Bike Trail Network February 5, 2010

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Here is a good article on the bike trail network in Dallas, from a new blog called Biking in Dallas.

These guys are running a good blog. Lots of great information here. I was really happy to see that they gave big props to my town of Richardson in the above-linked article.

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