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Bicycling: Netherlands Princess Rides Her Bike Back to School.

Eleven-year-old Princess Catharina-Amalia recently posed for a back-to-school photo on her bike. No limo rides for the princess of this bike-loving country!” You show ‘em, Princess.

08/25/15 • 06:19 PM • ChildhoodPhysical FitnessTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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’.

08/21/15 • 03:59 PM • ChildhoodPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/19/15 • 05:58 PM • PersonalPhysical FitnessSports • (4) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Tannus Tires: Solid Bicycle Tires.

Interesting mounting method. You remember I’ve blogged about Greentyres previously.

08/19/15 • 12:54 PM • ConsumptionDesignPhysical FitnessSports • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

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.

08/13/15 • 11:20 AM • ConsumptionDesignEnvironmentalPhysical FitnessSportsTravelVehicles • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times: The Right Dose of Exercise for the Aging Brain.

Exercise can help maintain cognitive function a bit, certainly no miracle preventative.

08/12/15 • 09:10 AM • HealthPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Guardian.UK: Tali Lennox ‘shattered’ after boyfriend confirmed dead in Hudson river.

What is it, this thing with NY’ers not wanting to wear life jackets when kayaking?

You recall this.

08/12/15 • 09:03 AM • GeneralPhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Compass Bicycles: Tire Wipers.

Not sure how they’ll work on our goatheads, but any port in a storm ... even old-fashioned wipers. 650c/700c/smooth tires only.

08/11/15 • 09:14 PM • ConsumptionPhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

The Art of Manliness: Prisoner Workout - Bodyweight Workouts.

I need to replace my pullup bar, but I exercise in some fashion every time I get up from the computer these days. Squats. Pushups. Reverse crunches. TRX pullups. Whatever.

08/07/15 • 10:51 AM • PersonalPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Heritage Daily: Urgent call for volunteers to survey England’s disappearing coastal archaeolog

If I were in Britain ...

08/05/15 • 04:14 PM • HistoryPhysical FitnessScience • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

HowlRound: The Actor’s Body.

Greater lessons here.

07/27/15 • 10:13 AM • EntertainmentHealthPhysical FitnessPsychology • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

WaPo: What happens when fat kids don’t know they’re fat anymore.

Adolescents, for instance, are 29 percent less likely to correctly perceive themselves as being overweight than they were almost twenty years ago, according to the study’s findings. And the drop-off is the most pronounced among younger children — overweight 12-year-olds are almost 40 percent less likely to understand that they are overweight today.” Baby fat can be persistent. I’d be cautious about ages. I was a stocky youngster who leaned out like a stringbean in high school ... but ‘stocky’ today has no relation to the BMI of some kids I see waddling about. Fat in my childhood did not resemble today’s pint-sized Michelin Men. What we called ‘stocky’ in the day wouldn’t even register on the scale of today’s BMIs. After 16, if the first part of you that enters a door is your bellybutton and not your nose, there’s likely a problem. Keeping kids trapped in houses and schools, under surveillance, is the most direct cause I can think of.

07/20/15 • 10:02 AM • ChildhoodHealthPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Mashable/AP: Police tighten Tour de France security after urine is thrown at British rider.

I certainly wouldn’t blame the public for this. I would blame some of the reporting on the race that has been very irresponsible.” We know this from American politics, don’t we?

07/19/15 • 10:59 AM • NewsPhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

AdequateMan: An Adult’s Guide To Learning To Ride A Bicycle.

Harrumph. {clears throat} I respectfully beg to differ. I’d rather, if I were learning again - at any age - use an MTB-type upright with handbrakes. Seat low enough to plank both feet flat on the ground. On a gentle grassy hill. Get used to coasting, balancing the bike, legs out to catch if wobbly. Walk back up, repeat. The fear of falling dissipates. Start gentle turns. Try pedaling. Before you know it, you’ll have it. No shredded skin.

07/15/15 • 08:12 PM • PersonalPhysical Fitness • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Calf pull remedy?

I have a new theory about why I blow out my calf tendons every spring/summer as I start back into walking/jogging/running. All winter I spend in front of the computer - significant hours working. I slide my feet behind the base of my chair, propped up on toes. Shortening my Achilles tendon as efficiently as women’s high heels, really. I’ve started the habit of stretching that tendon every time I get up from the chair ... and it seems to have provided nearly instantaneous improvement. It was terribly painful to stretch even a little bit beyond vertical when I started. Now I can stretch almost horizontal. How fast our bodies adapt!

Now I feel foolish I never noticed.

07/15/15 • 01:26 PM • HealthPersonalPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bicycling: Tour de France Stage 11 Preview.

Makes my quads ache just lookin’ at it.

07/15/15 • 11:43 AM • Physical FitnessSportsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

IdeaFit: The Science of Suspension Exercise.

Hmmm. Take note of the lumbar compression information. Definitely pay attention to form. [I own a TRX, and a gippy lower back.]

07/14/15 • 03:12 PM • PersonalPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

BBC: Washington state plane crash girl, 16, hikes to safety.

Remarkable common sense. Follows a water source to a road. Good on her.

07/14/15 • 11:01 AM • HealthPhysical FitnessPsychologyTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

LIfehacker: The Bicycle Backpacking Bag.

Of casual interest. Always interested in lightening/compacting my loads.

07/14/15 • 10:48 AM • ConsumptionDesignGeneralPhotographyPhysical Fitness • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

YosemiteBlog: Rockfall Reshapes Iconic Half Dome Climb.

What used to be relatively easy climbing has gotten much more difficult.

07/08/15 • 01:14 PM • NaturePhysical FitnessSportsTravel • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

c|net: Inflatable anti-drowning device sits on your wrist like a mini life raft.

I love it when the simple, obvious solution finally finds a manufacturer.

07/07/15 • 11:40 AM • HealthPhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Bicycling: Best Ways to Watch the Tour de France on TV or Online.

FYI. Great for spinning or treadmilling at the gym.

Later: Speak of the Devil, maybe not today. Ouch. A lot of pain, there. Authorities and racers are already edgy about camera-wielding selfie and enthusiast photographers, not to mention selfie sticks and other lethal impediments to racing.

Even later: Good lord.

07/06/15 • 10:48 AM • GeneralPhysical FitnessSports • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Italian Ways: The art of cycling in Italy.

Scroll to the last few. Centaur with busy factory in the background? Angel wings being tied to the pedals? Recommendations to the proletariat.

06/19/15 • 08:28 AM • ArtsConsumptionDesignHistoryPhysical FitnessTravel • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

YT: Bradley Wiggins FULL One Hour Record Attempt [07.06.2015] - 54,526 KM.

Congratulations, Sir Bradley!

06/09/15 • 11:39 AM • HistoryPhysical FitnessSports • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SB Nation: Unclimbable.

It is, I tell people, the best natural campsite I have ever visited. It’s also among the most beautiful eyefuls of landscape I’ve ever seen — its rock walls more overpowering than Zion’s, in Utah, its evening light more perfect than Hawaii’s, its peaks more menacing than Denali, and its stillness more complete than the deep rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula.”  Thanks, MeFi.

06/05/15 • 01:59 PM • EnvironmentalPhysical FitnessSportsTravel • (2) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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