Cool Tools: Crane Bicycle Bell.
Class in brass.
BBC: Briton Leslie Binns abandons Everest peak to save fellow climber.
“Leslie Binns, 42, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, turned around to save Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who was scaling the summit ahead of him.” Not many do this ... good on you, sir.
Coolist: 17 Best Hiking Boots for Heading Into Thin Air.
I love my Asolo TPS 520 GV boots. Owned ‘em for years, never needed breaking in. And, they have my initials!
Bicycling: Pro Rider Finishes Tour of the Gila on Fan’s Mountain Bike.
“... Allison will probably go down in Gila history as the first pro rider to finish a stage on an old Stumpjumper ...” Oh, this rocks, in just so many ways ...
NBC: Bodies of Elite Climber Alex Lowe, Cameraman Found in Glacier 16 Years Later.
Preserved in blue ice. It’s going to be odd to see them unaged for 16 years. RIP.
Mashable: IKEA rides into flat pack transportation with its own bicycle.
What’s not to like? Belt drive and a usable centerstand/kickstand. Well thought out. Put the heavy stuff on the back, though. Never overweight your turning wheel (personal experience - I have the road rash to prove it).
Bicycling: This Piece of Gym Equipment Has 362 Times More Bacteria Than a Toilet Seat.
“But the worst offender? Free weights. Next time you go to pick up your favorite 15-pounders for bicep curls, keep in mind that researchers discovered that these babies had 362 times (!!!) more bacteria than a toilet seat. Excuse us while we go invest in some hand sanitizer …” ICK ICK ICK.
NY Times: Sherpa - They Die, We Go Home.
$5k to court death 30-40 times a season. Criminal.
Italian Ways: The Runaway Madonna in Sulmona.
“Running” to the resurrected Messiah.
Guardian.UK: Ronda Rousey - I thought ‘about killing myself’ after Holly Holm knockout.
“I need to have his babies. I need to stay alive.” You’ve GOT to be kidding. Well, it was on Ellen. I should give her cred for playing to her audience.
American Yoga School: The Colossal Failure of Modern Yoga.
“... head on over to social media, where the world spends a whole lot of time. See there that yoga rock stars like to teach how to “get” fancy poses with a few words that are not based on reality, and are always accompanied by a flattering photo. Or scroll down a bit further and find teachers who share videos of people they’ve deemed to be bad getting killed, posted along with their clucking comment that this is karma, revealing that they are profoundly misguided about what karma is and what a yoga teacher’s job is.” I’d wondered how bad it was getting. The use of stock photography seems rampant on yoga school pages, in yoga social channels. Thanks, Craig Jensen on FB.
PS Blog: This Photographer Broke His Back 2 Years Ago, And Got Back Up.
Inspiring, as I recover from my latest spine ‘twang’. “I hates it, Precious.”
AJ America: ‘Hot Yoga’ Guru Loses Sexual-Harassment Suit.
“One witness, Sharon Clerkin, is said to have testified that Choudhury once announced at a packed training session, the majority of whose participants are usually women, that ‘I should rape more girls, it’s good for business.’”
Bicycling: First Look - Michelin Power Tires.
I love Michelins on a bike, but they don’t hold up well to goatheads in the SW. I’ll have to try some of their ‘more armored’ versions mentioned here.
Bicycling: Kung Fu Nuns Ride for Gender Equality, Environmental Conservation.
Any article starting with “Kung Fu Nuns” deserves a link, don’t you think?
Authority Nutrition: How Protein at Breakfast Can Help You Lose Weight.
Yes, but I’d say beware the banana in the whey protein shake. Bananas can torpedo your belly-fat loss intentions. Unless you’re running immediately after, find something other than the ‘long fruit’.
The Rumpus: Girl In The Woods By Aspen Matis.
On my burgeoning reading list.
Bicycling: Free Electric Could be The New Power Source of India.
SF Reporter: New York City transplant is rescued by Search and Rescue teams in Carson National Fores
Proper prep is key. Eric [‘from Santa Fe’], were you in on this one?
Youtube: Frank Grillo Shares Boxing and Workout Tips.
Bicycling: Netherlands Princess Rides Her Bike Back to School.
Lifehacker: How to Deal with a Heavy Backpack (kids, school).
If you’re carrying that much weight, you need a waistbelt. Not just a thin little strap, but padded hip belt. Osprey makes great ones, with stays in the back and ventilation. Not cheap, but you’re already spending tons on your kids anyway. Even some small Jansports have half-decent belts. Weight belongs on the hips, not on the shoulders. A sternum strap is to keep the shoulder straps from shifting outwards, not to ‘manage more weight’.
Bicycling: How to Deal with Aggressive Dogs on Your Ride.
Too much experience with this. I used to carry a bottle of ammonia; nowadays this can be a prosecutable offense in some areas. Animal-lovers will be offended, but I value my skin over a dog’s nasal passages. I like the idea of an air horn, higher note the better - women have an advantage because of their high-pitched screams (hurts the dog’s ears more than a male bellow). I’ve seen dogs ignore male shouts, but practically do a flip in midair and run like hell from a woman’s shrill heartfelt scream.
Certain breeds bite, others rip with eye teeth. It’s good to know the nature of your attacker, and adjust your defenses accordingly. Rotts have bite pressures of about three times what a human can muster ... a mastiff five times. Dogs recognize when you have weapons. Just bending down to pick up rocks will make most stop and reassess methods of attack.
Being on the receiving end is goddamn painful, I gotta tell ya. I blogged ages ago about my sprint escaping a pair of loose Ridgebacks. I like that breed, but when you’re being pursued and you look back, all you see is a blur of legs and pursuing teeth. No wonder they hunt lions with ‘em.
Tannus Tires: Solid Bicycle Tires.
Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel.
Check this out! Watch the vid.
Later, some caveats. See the bottom of this article. Even so ... $800? Pretty nice for the price point.