Archive for October, 2004

results of Doubting Thomas quiz (Q3)

Today’s answer is to Question 3, “ In how many states have I ridden a bike?”

First the results:

question  3 results

Most people correctly answered this question, I mean how could they not? One person said 2 states. As if. Now suppose I had given the option of choosing all the way up to 50 states, do you still suppose people would have chosen “not enough” as the answer?

Next summer I am hoping that my plan to ride across New York, along the Erie Canal, works out. My brother-in-law has been recruited to join me, but there are one or two other folks I know who I would probably enjoy spending the week with. But the cross-NY trip is just a trainer ride, because my goal is to ride my bike across the USA. I haven’t worked out whether I would do it round trip on the bike or not, because that would require a lot of time off from work.

How many states have you ridden a bicycle?

results of the Doubting Thomas quiz (Q2)

Today’s answer is to Question 2, “How many bicycles are in my garage?”

First the results:

results of question 2

There are two possible correct answers, and most people said one of them: “not enough”. The other possible correct answer is 8, which no one guessed. Eight bikes? Yep, there are three kids bikes, 2 adult mountain bikes, a bike taxi, a tandem bike, an adult cruiser (J9′s pink bike) and my commuter (hybrid) bike. Oh wait, that’s 9. Well technically the bike taxi is not a bicycle, because it has three wheels….

How many bicycles do you have in your garage?

new bike blog address

Sorry if you read this and my bike blog, but this is news I want to tell everyone, so I’m double-posting.

Quite a while ago, I had this marvelous idea to offer free bike blogging space to bicyclists. All the other mainstream blog web sites are more general, and there hasn’t been (at least as far as I could find) a niche blog web site for bicyclists.

So I made one:

The first bike blog on that site is my own:

sigh…I miss bicycling

I used to bike to work as often as I could, and for one whole winter, I made a point of biking to work at least once every week. The following winter, I tried to bike to work at least once every month, but I didn’t make it. As much as I insist that it’s the best way for me to get to work, there are schedule constraints to accommodate, and I just can’t pedal as fast as a car goes.

Sigh. I hardly ever bike now. I’ve only biked to my new job once (and that technically wasn’t even a choice FOR bicycling, it was because I let Valerie use my minivan when her car was getting new brakes).

photo of bicycle on blue bike rack in Buffalo, NYBut apparently, the loss of my bike from the city streets isn’t part of the trend, because there are lots and lots of cyclo-commuters riding in Buffalo, as noted in this article in the Buffalo News.

But the real blow to my whole cyclo-persona is that last year, for the first time in several years, I didn’t take my annual birthday-ride-to-Niagara-Falls, and it looks bad for doing that this year. What’s a bicycle nut when he doesn’t ride any more? Just a nut.

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