What is the “Tour de France”?
photos* of and by thomas woodson, joey schusler, and sam seward biking the huayhuash mountain range in the peruvian andes. with a climb to over fifteen thousand feet, the route they planned for had only been completed once before by bicycle. as woodson puts it, riding a bicycle in this terrain at that altitude is “like pushing a wheelbarrow up a staircase while trying to breath through a drinking straw.”
Is this even real?
Organizational metaphors can be helpful to think about what’s going on in work culture. Gareth Morgan’s Images of Organizationis a great compendium of metaphors: organization as a machine, organism, brain, culture, political systems, etc. I also find Joanne Martin’s analysis of contending…
Cycling isn’t a game, it’s a sport. Tough, hard and unpitying, and it requires great sacrifices. One plays football, or tennis, or hockey. One doesn’t play at cycling.
I love Rapha’s use of photography in their Spring Summer 2014 Lookbook shot on location in the Cévennes in France. You can see these and more over at Rapha http://pages.rapha.cc/products/springsummer-2014-training-racing
Technology at its cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot
In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.
Full video with more information here.
POST 002 THE AWOL CARGO ADVENTURE BIKE PROJECT
You’ve seen fancy pansy persuasive design sketches before. Let us tell You this: That is not how it usually works. Most of our design projects are born on a piece of paper, in a note book or like this, on a bumpy van ride between Morgan Hill and San Francisco, in a note book with a Sharpie.
Telephone scribble is about getting as much of Your idea onto paper, as fast as possible, making sure you don’t lose it. When You get them sweet ideas flying around your head, there is not time to go fancy on lines ore detailing. Those initial sketches are notes for yourself. Next steps includes more scribble or sketches worthy to present to others.
Almost nothing better then dogs & cycling together.
RIDES: SLOW AND STEADY BUILDS THE BASE
Putting together a group ride can be challenging. If everyone’s not on the same page about there wheres/whats and whens of the ride, it can be frustrating as well. A huge mistake I made last year was dropping hammers in the winter when I should have been more Mellow Johnny for a few months. Luckily, we were able to gather a group of us this morning with the same goal of building a base. Here’s what Joe Friel, author of The Cyclist Training Bible has to say about the importance of base miles:
“When you ride for two or more hours at a steady pace—a typical base ride—your body responds with changes that allow you to use more oxygen and burn more fat as fuel. Your mitochondria—the parts of your cells that produce energy—also multiply and enlarge. And you churn out more enzymes that help turn stored fuel into energy. The result: You can ride faster and longer.” (Joe Friel via Bicycling.com)
Mitochondria. Enzymes. Base. Got it? Good. Now go plan a group ride, be social, take more photos, and take it easy every once in a while!
Fantastic video portrait on BMX great Joe Rich. Always looked up to him, Taj, & T1. View more photos over on ‘The Diggest' »