Tuesday, December 31, 2013

William Shatner - Does Gun Control Work?


This is concealed carry in action. That poor thug never saw it coming; then again he is just another stupid criminal preying on a “defenseless” hard working honest citizen. But this time the citizen was armed, and was obviously well acquainted with gun control, meaning the ability to control his gun so as the bullets come out of the barrel well aimed and on the right target, in this case a scumbag out to do no good.
(Video) William Shatner - Does Gun Control Work? - The Federalist Papers

Friday, December 27, 2013

First person to cycle to South Pole

At around midnight UK time last night, the 35-year-old from Wales found herself just 4km from her destination. However, she had to wait for permission to enter the zone around the Pole itself, because a flight was due to depart. Leijerstram, who used a recumbent ‘fat’ bike for her record attempt, tweeted: “So close I can almost touch the SP! Can't believe I have almost made it. My experiment worked!”

Thursday, December 26, 2013

As City Cycling Grows, So Does Bike Tax Temptation - ABC News

Hmm, let's spend money on a program that doesn't help local residents or generate sustainable revenue.  Then, tax the same local riders for "bike lane maintenance, etc".  These riders are out trying to prevent global warming while riding in the snow!  Give them a break...      

"Early blasts of snow, ice and below-zero temperatures haven't stopped a surprising number of Chicago cyclists from spinning through the slush this winter, thanks in part to a city so serious about accommodating them that it deploys mini-snow plows to clear bike lanes.
The snow-clearing operation is just the latest attention city leaders have lavished on cycling, from a growing web of bike lanes to the nation's second largest shared network of grab-and-go bicycles stationed all over town. But it also spotlights questions that have been raised here, a city wrestling with deep financial problems, and across the country."

"Two or three states consider legislation each year for some type of cycling registration and tax — complete with decals or mini-license plates, National Conference of State Legislatures policy specialist Douglas Shinkle said. This year, it was Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Vermont. The Oregon legislation, which failed, would even have applied to children."

As City Cycling Grows, So Does Bike Tax Temptation - ABC News

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Crash on I-35 kills 44-year-old cyclist

Another driver gets away with killing a cyclist.  "The driver is not being questioned by police, who said speed and alcohol were not a factor. Still, it was very dark during the time of the crash, so police are trying to figure out if the man had any lights on his bicycle."  
Crash on I-35 kills 44-year-old cyclist | KXAN.com

Friday, December 13, 2013

Armstrong bribed me with $100K hidden in cake box: cyclist

Leave the bike, take the cannoli.
Here’s an all-time tale to add to the ledger of disgraced doper Lance Armstrong: A retired Italian cyclist alleges Armstrong gave him a $100,000 bribe in a cake box to let him win a 1993 race in the United States with a $1 million purse.
“It was a young American colleague,” Roberto Gaggioli told the Corriere della Sera, according to a translation. ”He offered me a panettone [a traditional Italian Christmas cake] as a present and wished me a merry Christmas. In the box there were $100,000 in small bills. That colleague was Lance Armstrong.

He Rides Like A White Sock Fred...

"Yeah, that's how we ride?" What? Like damn geeky dork?

When freedom is outlawed, only outlaws will be free.

The “mountain man” they call him, Ernie Wayne Tertelgte’s curious way of handling charges against him in court has recently raised some eyebrows. Tertelgte was discovered fishing without a license by police and resisted arrest when he refused to stop fishing. A YouTube video of his court hearing is blowing up online:     See Fred's Philosophy #9Mountain Man's Justice | We Are Change

Monday, December 9, 2013

Justin Bieber jacked a bicycle from a security guard in Vegas.

Justin Bieber jacked a bicycle from a security guard in Vegas. He was at The Palms Casino Resort and he an employee entrance and saw the bike took it for a joyride. He rode the bicycle through the hallways until he caught by the security guard who he took it from.

Justin Bieber Gets Caught in Vegas « WZIP FM 88.1

Good News! New Bieber Album No One Wants Will Be Available Only Briefly and Digitally

This is a relief. Justin Bieber is releasing his Manic Mondays singles as a digital-only album on iTunes. And it will only be available for a short time. Bieber’s released six or seven singles on consecutive Mondays, all incredibly rushed and terrible sounding. None of them took off on radio, as I reported, or charted beyond their first couple of days of release.
To celebrate this, Bieber will release the singles with five other songs and some other detritus as an “album” on iTunes beginning December 16th until January 2nd. After that all of it will still be on iTunes as singles but not in its marketed package titled– ahem– “Journals Vol. 1.” I know, yikes already.
The other good news is that Bieber says he’s planning on taking an actual vacation soon. And no new album until next fall 2014. The bad news is that he has another insipid promotional film coming out shortly called “Believe.”

Good News! New Bieber Album No One Wants Will Be Available Only Briefly and Digitally | Showbiz411

Specialized, Mountain Cycle disagree on "Stumptown"

North Portland based Mountain Cycle and global bike giant Specialized Bicycle Components of Morgan Hill, California are locked in a disagreement that neither side is backing down from. At issue is Mountain Cycle's use of, "Stumptown" which has been the model name for their cyclocross bike since 2003.

According to Specialized's legal department, Stumptown is "confusingly similar" to Stumpjumper, a model name Specialized has used since 1981. Specialized is demanding that Mountain Cycle "cease and desist" from using the name immediately and that they remove all current stock and references to the model from their marketing materials.
So far no lawsuit has been filed, but at this point there seems to be no budging from either side.
According to this wikipedia entry the term Stumptown was coined way back in 1847. I also wonder if Specialized is being a bit extra-sensitive because this year is the 25th anniversary of the Stumpjumper.

Specialized, Mountain Cycle disagree on "Stumptown" | BikePortland.org

Epic Wheel Works will change name due to potential trademark conflict with Specialized

Portlander Jude Kirstein, who has spent two years making Epic Wheel Works a successful wheel building business, has decided to change the name of her company after finding out that Specialized Bicycle Components would enforce its trademark rights based on their use of the "Epic" brand.
Kirstein launched her wheel building business in 2009 out of a tiny, 64 square-foot shop in Southeast Portland. Despite a daunting economy and the niche focus of her business, her hard work was starting to pay off. Kirstein recently made her first hire and with a growing customer list, she has long outgrown her tiny space. In a big move for a small business, she plans to move into a new storefront in the coming weeks.

A few months ago, when a lawyer asked if she needed help with anything for her growing business, she politely declined. But the offer stuck in her head because she knew the "Epic" part of her name — which she chose as an homage to a memorable bike ride she took through South America years ago — was also the name of a bicycle sold by Specialized.
"Having to Cease and Desist isn't beneficial for me, it's heart breaking, and will set my business back considerably financially."
— Jude Kirstein, in an email to a lawyer representing Specialized
Kirstein was also well aware that Specialized is vigilant about protecting their trademarks. She remembers when they threatened Portland-based Mountain Cycle with a lawsuit over that company's popular "Stumptown" bike model (they felt it was too close to their "Stumpjumper" brand). She also knew of a small bike bag maker in Alaska formerly known as "Epic Bags" that received a Cease and Desist letter from Specialized. In response, that company decided to change its name to Revelate Designs.

Epic Wheel Works will change name due to potential trademark conflict with Specialized | BikePortland.org

Social media explosion over Specialized's Roubaix lawsuit

COCHRANE, Alberta (BRAIN) — A Canadian retailer says Specialized Bicycle is suing him over his use of the name Roubaix, which Specialized has trademarked in Canada.
Dan Richter, a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, has operated Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio for several years and also sells a Cafe Roubaix wheel and rim. 

"I had assumed I could not register Roubaix as a trade mark as it is a geographical location well known in cycling, not to mention the wide-spread use of the term Roubaix throughout the industry," Richter said in a press release sent out Saturday. "I thought I could freely use Roubaix ... To be informed I cannot use the name is devastating.  I invested my life savings, military severance pay, as well as all my Veteran's Affairs award for my illness into CafĂ© Roubaix."
Richter's situation was covered by the Calgary Herald on Saturday and his story went viral, attracting attention on social media and websites across the industry over the weekend.

Social media explosion over Specialized's Roubaix lawsuit | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ironman McCormack Challenges Armstrong to Unofficial Triathlon | Bicycling Magazine

Lance vs. Macca
Triathlon Star McCormack Challenges Armstrong
Ironman champ proposes an unofficial, man-on-man, multisport showdown—but will Lance take the bait?

AUSTIN, December  4, 2013 (AFP) -
Disgraced US cyclist Lance Armstrong is open to the idea of a one-on-one race showdown with Australian triathlon star Chris McCormack, a two-time World Ironman champion.

McCormack, the 2007 and 2010 World Ironman champion, also captured the 1997 International Triathlon Union world crown and the 2012 ITU Long Distance world title.

Armstrong had hoped to enter the Ironman and triathlon events but his admission of taking performance-enhancing drugs after being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles left him ineligible for any sanctioned events requiring World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) tests.

But in an interview on Triathlete magazine's website, McCormack made public his challenge to face Armstrong in a man-on-man triathlon challenge.

"I said 'I will race you, mate.' I don't even care if there are no accolades. No one around. I just want to race you. Just two old blokes. No excuses,'" McCormack told the magazine.

Ironman McCormack Challenges Armstrong to Unofficial Triathlon | Bicycling Magazine

Monday, December 2, 2013

Tommy Godwin's 'unbreakable' cycling record

In 1939, Tommy Godwin rode 75,065 miles in a single year to set an endurance riding record that some believe will never be beaten.
In fact, he kept on going until 14 May 1940, setting the record for the time taken to ride 100,000 miles.
Born in Stoke-on-Trent in 1912, Godwin would have celebrated his 100th birthday this year. But unfortunately, Godwin's record is now largely forgotten.
The Year Record has fallen out of fashion and is no longer the coveted cycling achievement it used to be.
Imagine spending every day in the saddle for 18 hours, covering over 200 miles, repairing any mechanical failures, picking yourself up after crashes and then riding even further the next day to make up lost time.
BBC News - Tommy Godwin's 'unbreakable' cycling record