Like most cyclists and Coloradans April is a time to come out of our shells and get back on the bikes/trails/whatever outside and get some fresh air. This winter has been different, we’ve been riding every day/week/month as the weather has provided us way more singletrack than should be allowed for a winter in Colorado. Today is April first, we’ll celebrate our next snow storm in a string of great snow storms. It’s two so far this week with a good one scheduled for the weekend. Can’t really ride the trails so let’s trash the roads, yeah whatever. We’ll ride our bikes no matter what, we keep 5-6 bikes a person for a reason. Today’s first picture from the Canon G10 is the Apre-Commute today during the Thunder-Snow. Snow is cool when it’s thundering (like the Pacific Northwest) but the lightening was a bit scary as it seemed to be hitting quite close.
The second topic of the day, as I’m not particularly pissed about anything now, is beer. America has undoubtedly the best beer in the world. The Germans can argue (why?), the Belgians can compare (they make some great stuff too), the English (they’re good but too narrow in the taste spectrum) and the rest of the world, eh, maybe some good ones but who has time when we rule. Today’s story comes from Russian River Brewing in Sonoma California. It’s a new to me brew called Pliny the Elder. Fantastic, over-hopped, well malted beverage comining in at a daily drinking weight of 8.0 ABV.
Pliny the Elder was a Roman naturalist, scholar, historian, traveler,
officer, and writer. Although not considered his most important work,
Pliny and his contemporaries created the botanical name for hops,
“Lupus salictarius”, meaning wolf among scrubs.” Hops at that time grew
wild among willows, much like a wolf in the forest. Later the current
botanical name, Humulus lupulus, was adopted. Pliny died in 79 AD while
observing the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. He was immortalized by his
nephew, Pliny the Younger, who continued his uncle’s legacy by
documenting much of what he observed during the eruption of Mount
Vesuvius. (taken from Russian River’s website)
Needless to say it’s a fantastic beer and everyone should drink 4 of them. A photo for proof.
Anyway that’s it for today. This weekend will be with out cycling so maybe I’ll photo around the snowy neighborhood again and figure out how to use my Nikon again.
I haven’t been making any photographs lately so to console my creative side with the horrid sub-human reality that they call television. Hi-Def, Lo-Def WTF give me some MOS DEF and turn that fucking thing off. Television is truly created to retard the greater race known as humanity.
Anyway, to some important things in life. Bicycling. A cool article from a mag that i’ve never heard of here shows some pretty cool commuter bikes. Some of the facts that surround bicycle vs car commuting are freaking outstanding: (taken from people smarter and more diligant than me)
Bicycles increase mobility for those who don’t have access to motor transport.
Bikes increase mobility for those who don’t qualify to drive a car.
Bicycles increase mobility for those who can’t afford motor transport.
Bikes increase mobility for those who don’t want to drive motor vehicles.
Bicycling can be faster than walking, transit or motor vehicles.
Bicycling is the most energy efficient form of transportation ever invented.
You get exercise from bicycling.
Save travel money by biking. If the switch is from a car this includes purchase price, gas, tires, fluids, insurance, maintenance, washing, parking, etc.
Reduce stress by bicycling.
Biking is therapeutic for the mind and spirit — is fun and can make you happy.
Cycling is therapeutic for the cardio-vascular system, live healthier.
Regular cycling provides better muscle tone, bone mass improvement, clearer skin
Regular bicycling helps with personal weight management — new full-time bicycle commuters can expect to lose an average 13 pounds their first year of bicycle commuting if they maintain the same eating habits.
Bicycling is a great initial activity for people who are obese and help them on their way to a healthier life.
Regular cycling can lead to lower health care expenses — save money for a nicer vacation.
Allows the rider to appreciate the more of the nuances of the natural and built environment around them.
Your commute will be the best part of your day instead of the worst part of your day.
The exercise increase your productivity at work
Cycling improves your self-esteem.
Save on the membership to a health club, get your exercise bicycling to work, school, shopping, etc.