Friday, November 30, 2012

North Korea Has Found a Secret Unicorn Lair, Apparently - Global - The Atlantic Wire

Alexander Abad-Santos-
"Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom," reports the — wait. Stop. UNICORNS? That's an actual snippet from a report from the Korean Central News Agency, the state news agency of North Korea and fine, okay, we totally understand that this might be a retaliatory joke in response to China getting fooled by The Onion naming Kim Jong-un the Sexiest Man Alive or something.

But experts don't lie, do they?North Korea Has Found a Secret Unicorn Lair, Apparently - Global - The Atlantic Wire

The Spirit of the Old Eighteen lives!

The Flag for "The Battle for Gonzales"
In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers of Gonzales a small cannon to help protect them from frequent Comanche raids. Over the next four years, the political situation in Mexico deteriorated, and in 1835 several states revolted. As the unrest spread, Colonel Domingo de Ugartechea, the commander of all Mexican troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the residents of Gonzales a weapon and requested the return of the cannon. When the initial request was refused, Ugartechea sent 100 dragoons to retrieve the cannon using peaceful means. The soldiers neared Gonzales on September 29, but the colonists used a variety of excuses to keep them from the town, while secretly sending messengers to request assistance from nearby communities. Within two days, up to 140 Texians gathered in Gonzales, all determined not to give up the cannon. On October 1, settlers voted to initiate a fight. Mexican soldiers opened fire as Texians approached their camp in the early hours of October 2. After several hours of desultory firing, Mexican soldiers withdrew.[1] Although the skirmish had little military significance, it marked a clear break between the colonists and the Mexican government and is considered to have been the start of the Texas Revolution. News of the skirmish spread throughout the United States, where it was often referred to as the "Lexington of Texas". The cannon's fate is disputed. It may have been buried and rediscovered in 1936, or it may have been seized by Mexican troops after the Battle of the Alamo.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Freeride Mountain Biking in BC

With unprecedented access to land, British Columbia is home to more mountain bike trails per capita than anywhere else in the world. From old growth rain forests to barren grasslands, BC's diverse landscape allows for every variety of trail to exist in one place. In BC, you can experience the evolution of mountain biking through the trails. From beaten down jumps on a vacant lot to massive back-country booters; from first descents that have never seen the tread of a tire to machine-made masterpieces. These trails connect all mountain bikers, and in BC, trail builders are the force that bring all riders together.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Vader dies in bike crash

Virginia Vader
Virginia Vader
 Be careful because you never know when it will be your last ride.  I hope she loved bikes.

A Bend doctor has died of injuries she sustained in a June 12 bike crash, Bend police said.
Virginia Vader, 60, was riding her bike in the northbound bicycle lane south of the Century Drive and Reed Market Road roundabout when for an unknown reason she crashed her bike. Police say there was nothing to indicate what caused the crash, and there was no vehicle or pedestrian traffic in the area that would have contributed. Vader was wearing a helmet, and was taken to the hospital for treatment of what police call “significant injuries.”
Vader, a pathologist with the Central Oregon Pathology Consultants, died several days later.
Sgt. Brian Beekman said single bike fatalities are unusual, and the cause of Vader’s crash could not be determined. Beekman said a friend who was biking with Vader and who witnessed the crash did not see anything obvious that would have caused it.
According to the Central Oregon Pathology Consultant web site, Vader had been with the organization since 2002.
No relation to Stretchy Pants Vader

Bend doctor dies in bike crash | | The Bulletin

Monday, November 26, 2012

Charlie Kelly's Mountain Bike Hubsite

Charlie Kelly's Mountain Bike HubSite
Fall, 1977. This photograph was taken in Fairfax by Jerry Riboli before the start of the first cross-country
"Enduro" race, promoted by Alan Bonds. From left, Fred Wolf, Wende Cragg, Mark Lindlow, Robert
Stewart, Chris Lang, James Preston, Ian Stewart, Charlie Kelly, Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, Eric Fletcher,
Craig Mitchell, John Drum, Roy Rivers, Alan Bonds.

Charlie Kelly's Mountain Bike Hubsite

BMX 16ft Full Pipe Loop - Red Bull Full Circle

Real riders stand on the handlebars.

Specimens of Pure Grit? BTW: Go Carl!

Come Sail Away with Mr Roboto

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Banners for the Main Page

Filler Post - Just to post something

Portland's cargo bike love and expertise spreads to Texas -

Participants in a cargo bike building
workshop in Texas led by Portland resident Tom LaBonty.
(Photos: Tom LaBonty)
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

There are few things I love more than to see bike culture spread. It happens so frequently, I think, because people are passionate about bicycling and they can't help but share it with others.
For southeast Portland resident Tom LaBonty, his passion is cargo bikes, and he just got back from Texas where he gave two-day workshop on how to build them. LaBonty was invited to Texas by Bike Friendly Oak Cliff (BFOC), a group of advocates based in Dallas (as part of their Cyclesomatic event). They learned about LaBonty after viewing "One Less Truck," a documentary by Portland-based filmmaker Joe Biel.
LaBonty shared more with us about his experiences in Texas via email. He said the workshop was held in a high school auto shop (thanks to BFOC board member and shop teacher Tim Martin). LaBonty brought along a newly developed portable jig (to lay out the builds) which he left behind for future use. About 14 people pre-registered for the workshop. The project they focused on was a front-loading style cargo bike that BFOC will use to promote and perform their advocacy work. » Blog Archive » Portland's cargo bike love and expertise spreads to Texas

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dirty Derby 11-20-12

Come out to the races on Tuesday 11-20-12. Check it out on Facebook or the website at

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Big Bird better pedal faster!

I wonder if Big Bird would taste good smoked, baked or fried? I bet he tastes like chicken. This primate likes meat. He better stay away from me.