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.

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.

Strava Gets Safety Right

The part Strava totally got RIGHT, the users you are sharing with don’t need to be Strava users!

Introducing Beacon

Safer activities for athletes, peace of mind for friends and family. Beacon lets Premium athletes share their real-time location during an activity with up to three safety contacts.

 

Spray.Bike

Spray.Bike – the first ever range of bicycle-specific colour coating designed for both amateur and professional use. Use our range of colours to personalise, change or refresh your ride, creating something unique to you. Filmed by the wonderful Box Town Project & featuring the commissioned track Spray by Noetic Curve.

Spoof of Public Transit Designs

Looks so familiar when you live in Portland!  They could have added extra features like wet paint safety markings and gates, oh, and yellow bumps of destruction, oh and ….

How Did Sherlock Know Which Way The Bike Was Headed?

And while this is very interesting, I do wonder about the rake implications and how I can determine bike handling characteristics based on it.  I will ponder that and look for a mathematical answer, perhaps from differential geometry.

Mathematical Impressions: Bicycle Tracks

A nice mathematical puzzle, with a solution anyone can understand, is to determine the direction a bicycle went when you come upon its tracks. The answer involves thinking about tangent lines, geometric constraints and the bicycle’s steering mechanism.

https://www.simonsfoundation.org/multimedia/mathematical-impressions-bicycle-tracks/

Sync Your Runs & Rides

tapiriikI am trying tapiriik, an open source project, to automatically synchronize my fitness activities between Garmin Connect, Runkeeper, Strava and more.  Yes, I use Garmin Connect on my main machine which does Garmin and Strava, but I couldn’t resist adding Runkeeper and RideWithGPS.