Not everyone has the choice in life to work close to home. I am not one of those people. I chose to work at a job which is close to my home rather than take a job that may have been more lucrative financially. The largest benefit that I have is a 6 mile one-way commute that can be solved through bike lanes and back streets. I am a bicycle commuter. I see single people in large vehicles in hurries to get everywhere with no consideration for anyone but themselves. People are most often on the phone, by themselves, trying to stay linked into life. Sitting in a car for 1,2,3,4,5 hours a day to make a living? No sir…not for me.
It’s interesting to think from the perspective of one guy (me) that it’s possible for most people to give up their cars as a daily part of life. But if you talk the car people, I believe they’ll disagree. So be it. I hope for the day of $10 a gallon gas and fewer cars like our more sophisticated and civilized European brethren, for now I’ll know I’m doing some of what I can for the cause. Here is an interesting link to an article from our weekly free paper Westword It is very bike centric (as it should be) and has some of the plan for what Denver is going to do with it’s overpopulation of car problem. Visit those on the front lines of the good fight here Bike Denver dot Org
One of my favorite pictures of my personal grocery getter…
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.
Not alot to post today, didn’t really do anything besides hang with the family, eat some delicious Messican food and play with photoshop.
My buddy sent me this link to these guys over here and though they are probably famous and I’m the last guy on the interweb to find them, they have some really cool shows. I followed the link above to do my own version and it was a great learning tool for many different tricks with photoshop.
I started with my photo of my favorite bike in the entire world, it’s a 1930’s – 1940’s Gehard racing bike. It’s new enough to have the Sturmey-Archer 3 speed derraileur on it so I’m not too sure of it’s real age. I pulled from an attic of a garage in central France that was owned by a crazy scottish guy, who will always be my favorite person in central France. He has so much cool stuff in his garage and he’ll talk cycling all day long! In English!!
Any way, here is the before picture….
Not over all good shot but It’s my bike and I love her any way…
Here is the after from following the web show posted above…
I think it was a cool effect, hopefully you do to, enjoy.
One more, no before for this one just the mid way through. I didn’t like as much as the one above.