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Roads, Paths, Trails

Roads, Paths, Trails

The Trail is not a Trail by Gary Snyder I drove down the Freeway And turned off at an exit And went along a highway Til it came to a sideroad Drove up the sideroad Til it turned to a dirt road Full of bumps, and stopped. Walked up a trail But the trail got [...]

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Meanwhile, out west . . .

Meanwhile, out west . . .

I thought I’d add an update on my personal circumstances, and use it as a chance to raise issues about cycling and sustainability. I’ve taken a job teaching in a remote area of the American Southwest, some fifty five miles from what even an exurb Angeleno would identify as a small to medium sized town. [...]

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Bicycles, evolution, and design

Bicycles, evolution, and design

“We’ve got seven kinds of Coke; five hundred kinds of cigarette. This freedom of choice in the USA drives everybody crazy.” –John Doe and Exene Cervenka, “See How we Are,” X Bicycles are wonderful tools. They magnify the limited physical abilities of the human body in a manner that is not completely at odds with [...]

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The Big Lie

The fundamental problem with our highly technological society is that it is based upon a big lie, or rather a complex series of interrelated lies. The core of these is that we are autonomous, self- sustaining beings. We are not. We are, even in the purest biological sense, completely beholden to a complex biosphere dependent [...]

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Practical Cycling and “Lifestyle” Choices

Practical Cycling and “Lifestyle” Choices

(this post introduces Peter Moore, a Bikerowave volunteer with a encyclopedic knowledge of bike lore who has previously written for the esteemed Rivendell Reader. – AT) In the past ten or so years, there’s been a real boom in practical cycling. Partly thanks to Grant Petersen’s healthy manias and editorializing–for long reach brakes, fatter tires, [...]

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