Squirrel Attacks Cyclist

Read the full article for the comments, they are soooo fun. I had to look at the bike for a minute to see why they were suggesting different wheels, awkward moment, for the squirrel.

Chicago squirrels have been warned to stay clear of local politicians on bikes

In one of the most bizarre stories that you’re going to read today, a Chicago politician has described the moment he was hospitalized after crashing into a squirrel as a ‘revenge attack’.

Howard Brookins Jr., the alderman for Chicago’s 21st ward, fractured his skull, lost a number of teeth, and broke his nose when when he fell from his bike after a squirrel ran into his path.

Brookins may have been hospitalised, but it was a much worse ending for squirrel

Brookins may have been hospitalized, but it was a much worse ending for squirrel

Speaking to the Chicago Tribune after being released from hospital, Brookins saw the funny side of the accident.

“I can think of no other reason for this squirrel’s actions than that it was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge.

Electric Mini Folding Fat Bike


The RadMini is the first and only electric folding fat bike with heavy duty front and rear cargo racks and a powerful 750 watt 48 volt power system. Equipped with comfortable but compact 4’’ wide and 20’’ tall tires, the RadMini can be conveniently folded in order to store and transport the bike more easily. What really makes the RadMini special is its versatility. The RadMini has the ability to take on many tasks you would not expect from a folding bike such as hauls from the grocery store, challenging terrain, and rough roads all without breaking a sweat. The integrated front and rear lights help you be seen on the road. The 20 MPH top speed allows you to crush your commute or enjoy a fast and exciting evening ride around the local park. Stylish, durable, and fun the RadMini  is your key to new adventures big and small.

The Other Trans-Am: TAT

tat-logoFrom Outside online, info here about Bikepacking, in the article these folks started in 2015 to be the first to Bikepack

the Trans-America Trail—the cob-rough, dirt-and-gravel path across the U.S. adored by off-road motorcyclists.

Bikepacking, in which the bike serves as both steed and pack mule along dirt single- and doubletrack—is one of the hottest trends in cycling. Statistics are elusive, but the anecdotes of bikepacking’s exploding popularity are many. For example, the Tour Divide, the famed 2,745-mile, self-supported knobby-tire course through the Rocky Mountains from Banff, Alberta, to Antelope Wells, New Mexico, went from 17 riders in 2008 to 185 in 2016 (though not everyone goes the distance). 

Large gear manufacturers are stepping up, too, joining niche brands in making equipment that’s stout enough to outfit a multi-day trip, but light enough that riders won’t curse themselves for bringing so much. Giant and Ortlieb now make bikepacking-specific bags, and Cali­fornia’s Blackburn Design can barely keep up with demand for its handlebar bags and seat packs. “It’s very redeeming,” says Robin Sansom, Blackburn’s brand manager. “You know that these products are being used for something joyful and extraordinary.” This summer, industry titan Specialized rolled out the Sequoia, the second bikepacking-ready model in its Adventure line, and unveiled a collection of packs, clothing, and accessories made specifically for the long haul.

Best of Cycling Sayings

From Cycling Weekly I have culled my favorites.  Go to there web site, well, it is great, and see all the quotes in this article, there may be some you like better than mine, and that is great!

It’s not the falling off that hurts, it’s the landing.

Training is like wrestling a bear – you don’t stop just because you’re tired.

You are one ride away from a good mood.

“Age and treachery will overcome youth and skill.” Fausto Coppi

Four wheels move your body, two wheels move your soul.

“It never gets easier, you just get faster.” Greg LeMond

The older I get, the faster I was.

“Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” Eddy Merckx.

It’s only a hill, get over it.

“As long as I breathe, I attack.” Bernard Hinault.

Keep the rubber side down.

“Don’t buy upgrades, ride up grades.” Eddy Merckx.

Before thinking about buying a lighter bike, make yourself lighter.

If someone finds me collapsed on the road, please pause my Garmin.

When I was younger I asked my dad how many hills were left towards the end of the ride, he would reply: “It’s all downhill. Except for the uphill bits.”

This is a recovery ride for me today. You know, just in case I’m a little slower on the hills.