Hola. After being inspired by following and reading a number of my favorite bloggettes & cyber-buddies for years; friends outside the web here, think is strange Im web-shy, just like in real life… (Ha! sike) So here is my new little hobbie el blog. This was rather easier than I thought and after tweaking with this silly thing I welcome to my silly pedaling caffeinated mind. Stay in touch. Besos
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Photo del Dia
GIRL: oh hey Aflac dude
BIRD: ah, no excuse me Im the Fairfax festival sweetest thing here
GIRL: oh okay Aflac thing just pose there for my picture yea
BIRD: Im gonna jump on that bike of yours and do a chicken dance
GIRL: birds dont use bikes
BIRD: you are choking my paper neck
GIRL: ok good, thanks Aflac thing
BIRD: oh man, if I wasnt 10 ft. tall, Id so jump on that bike over there and start singin like Donovan. mmmm is that kettle corn I smell, goobbbble gobbbble.
This AssociatePress article brings a positive light in the middle of all good/bad media that the 2008 Olympics and peripheral issues in China have brought to our ears & eyes. The article mentions quite the universal approach to any city, small town USA or 1.3 billion in China about cars, traffic jams, class division and the convenience of getting around in a bike (with or without cotton face mask)
The bike maker mentioned in the article has a website: ‘Shanghai Forever Bicycle Company’
from their catalog, “Traditional” bike category. Qué nice!
Shanghai Forever Co., Ltd was founded in 1940, and has established a world wide reputation for producing the Forever brand traditional bicycle, children bike, and mountain bike – one of the largest and best established bicycle companies in the world.
In 1993, the company was listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange( A & B shares).
In 2001, the Zhong Lu Group, a pioneering enterprise run by local people gained control of FOREVEROREVER then extended its product scope to encompass green and environmental friendly products.
Now the company manufactures and distributes healthy and environmentally sound products such as traditional bicycle, mountain bike, folding bicycle, children bike, electric bicycle and their related parts. Additional recreational products include bowling equipment, automatic Mahjong table, and plastic surface materials.”
‹full› Associated Press Article here.
“Bicycles can help protect the environment. People need them for exercise,” he says. “The bicycle will never be obsolete. No matter how well developed the automobile and aircraft market grows, the bicycle still has its purpose.”
Wu Liqiang, manager for the host of a Shanghai TV show, agrees.
He vividly remembers his first bicycle, in the 1970s, a chic black Forever.
“The feeling I had riding that bicycle was amazing. It was just about as cool as driving a Porsche would be now,” says Wu, now 50. “Girls were very glad to go out with me because they could sit on the back of my bicycle and enjoy the breeze and sunshine.”
He owns a bright-blue VW Polo but hardly ever drives it.
“The traffic’s getting worse and worse and you end up wasting hours on the road,” Wu says, adding, “The bicycle is still the best vehicle for China.”
He commutes to work by bicycle.
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Mark your calendars, this should be nice.
Oh lovely trees in the Presidio.
From the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition ‹Chain of Events›
Ridge to Bridge Ride *
Sun., Jul. 13 | 10am-1pm, meet at the Officers Club, corner of Moraga Avenue and Arguello Blvd., Presidio Main Post
Experience the National Parks bordering the Golden Gate. Join Ranger James Osborne for this fun and strenuous 12-mile loop bike ride that begins in the Presidio, spans the Golden Gate Bridge, then descends into the peaceful valley in the Marin Headlands. You will gain a unique perspective on how the Bay Area Ridge Trail spans the Golden Gate, and get a terrific workout!
Reservations and information: 415-561-4323. For experienced riders with hybrid bikes (10 miles is paved; 2 is dirt trail). *Events not officially sponsored or organized by the SFBC are marked with an asterisk.
The LAtimes had done a wonderufl interview with Craig Calfee sometime ago, but their archives are only free for a certain time. Today, The San Francisco Chronicle published a great article (read it here) about Craig Calfee: his bamboo designs, custom frame bikes and Ghana travles/programs).
It is also very inspiring and the way that he incorporates craft, the whole bicycle ritualistic experience and being in touch with the earth, is just great. He is also part of the article I posted in todays SF chronicle posts 🙂
Craig Calfee ‹Image courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle›
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