Jan 30, 2009
Jan 29, 2009
Jan 25, 2009
- Magazine: check!
- Bus pass: check!
- Bus schedule: check!
- Cell phone: check!
Jan 24, 2009
The Ric is in The Shop for a few days getting a set-up job; the action got out of whack again this Fall and I have not gotten around to getting it some attention until now. Twin Town worked on this instrument once, but it still is not right, so it's off to Hoffman to get this taken care of once and for all.
Jan 23, 2009
Jan 20, 2009
The big news from ANC: Ted Stevens was not pardoned by W as he skulked out of office. Sen. Lisa Murkowski requested a parden for Uncle Ted, but apparently W stayed silent on the matter.
I am pleased to report that even the People's Republic of Alaska most everyone paid attention to the inaugeration (sp?) of the POTUS on Tuesday. We were able to catch it before work due to the time difference between the east coast and AK. Too bad the Chief Justice bungled the oath - I predict that will launch a right-wing conspiracy in the very near future (why did he not take the official oath? Why was there a second oath in secret, with NO BIBLE). And so it goes...
The Alaska extreme racing crazys are gearing up for the 1,100 mile Idarod invitational. This is an amazing event - people race their Pugsley's and Fatbacks from Wasilla to Nome on the route of the Iditarod dog sled race. It takes place one week before the Iditarod. The winner last year biked the course in 18 days, which is faster than some of the dog sled race winners. This has to be incredibly harsh and lonely. And I doubt their are cheering crowds and podium girls at the finish.
The oddest news of the week: Jimmy Buffet is sponsoring a Jamaican guy who is racing in the Yukon Quest dog sled race. He's got a blog, so you can check it out of you like.
That's the news.
Jan 17, 2009
The City of Minneapolis is seeking public input on the RiverLake Greenway project, which will eventually connect Lake Harriet to the Mississippi River via 40th and 42nd streets. There will be a public meeting on Feb. 4 at 6:30 PM at Roosevelt High School to gather stakeholder input. As I recall, there was a similar proposal Across The River and the folks in Highland Park objected because they thought it would increase crime and hurt property values or something like that. Here is the link to the flyer advertising the meeting. It would be good to some cyclists to this meeting to make sure we get fairly represented.
On another note, there will be a series of public meetings in February on a proposal to establish Public Bicycle Sharing in Minneapolis. The City of Minneapolis and City of Lakes Nordic Ski Foundation will present a draft plan that describes how bike sharing (similar to the Paris Vélib) could work in the heart of Minneapolis for short trips. The meetings will take place on Wednesday, February 4th at 7:00 pm in the Calhoun Square Atrium; Tuesday, February 10th at 7:00 pm at Coffman Memorial Union; and Thursday, February 12th at 5:30 pm at the Minneapolis Central Library. Here is the BikeShare website for more information on that.
When I first heard about this I was a little skeptical - I think I recall a "Yellow Bike" project in Madison years ago where they were going to leave public bikes around and they pretty much disappeared in short order. This concept is a little different, and would entail web-based registration, locks and self-serve kiosks, so it might actually work better. For a lot more information, the business plan is also on-line. It's nice to see support from the City and Metro Transit for this project - I'll be curious to see how this works out.
That's it for bike advocacy stuff for now, but stay tuned because I am sure there will be more in the coming months...
I am making some strategic reconfigurations to the bike fleet this winter. The Pugsley is gone; I sold it to a friend of a friend who plans to commute on it in winter. I think she will really like it - it's a very fun bike to ride, but realistically, I was not putting it to good use. I hope the new owner rides it a lot and gets great fun out of it.
I am toying with the idea of rolling the proceeds from the Pug sale into an Extracycle Freeradical kit for the Cross Check. That would convert the Cross Check into full-tilt cargo bike, which I think would be handy. I still have a road bike or two in case I want to go fast, so I think I am giving myself more options and versatility with this move. Here's a photo of an Extracycle conversion from a Flickr site:
I have a few questions to get resolved before I take the plunge. First off, just about everyone of these I have seen runs moustache bars or something comparable. I like my road drops on the Cross Check and I am reluctant to change out bars and brakes/shifters to support the conversion. Also, I am somewhat worried about my brakes - I am currently using my stock Cross Check brakes with some STI shifters off of a Specialized Allez I sold last summer. The brakes are only okay but the shifting is good and I like levers, so hopefully I will be able to keep those. I need to talk to someone who has some experience with these things to find out if this would be a decent set up or if there is some fatal flaw I am not considering.
If any readers have experience with a X conversion or have set up a Big Dummy, please comment and let me know your thoughts.
Jan 16, 2009
Jan 15, 2009
- Socrates (from the dialogue Phaedrus)
Edit - In case you are wondering, that image is Calliope, the Muse of beautiful words.
Jan 14, 2009
"I see the nascent breakdown in the GDP/oil relationship over the past three years as a symptom of the supply shock the world has been experiencing. In past economic cycles, faster GDP growth powered higher oil demand and rising crude prices; higher oil, in turn, catalyzed increased drilling activity and growth in global oil supply. Those rising supplies helped keep a lid on crude oil prices.
In this cycle, however, supply growth was limited by geological factors; many of the world’s largest oilfields are mature and seeing declining production, while new fields are difficult, expensive and time-consuming to develop. Thus, even with oil prices sky-high and energy firms investing record sums in exploration and development, global oil supply rose only slightly between 2005 and 2007. Non-OPEC production growth has, in particular, serially come in under expectations.