Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This is a very interesting report not meant to depress or make afraid just some interesting information I thought to pass on. Everything after this paragraph is thiers. I remember reading some where that more pollutants are put out by making a new car (even hybrids) than any old car will put out the rest of its driving life. Originaly posted over at copenhaganize.com.
Here's an interesting list of 28 reasons to ride your bicycle, as compiled by the University of Central Florida. It is based on Orlando but the sources are broad and thorough.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here is our wonderful tandem that I bought for my beautiful wife Krysta, for our one year anniversary. It was stored at a friends house for like a year while we were in Idaho and we just went up there to claim it a little while ago. As you can see there is no limit to the Xtracycle I rode it like this for over two miles with no problems and allot of looks. The tandem needs some work but since coming home it is getting ridden allot and turns out it is a great ambassador for the non bicycle inclined.
This is one of my favorite pictures not because I am in it, but because this is me moving my house by bike!!!!!! I was so stoked to do this, we had allot of help from my buddy Todd and his car but, i ended up moving a third by bike so i was really happy. In other places they move every thing by bicycle. But, i only know one other cargo bike and that is Brad and his awesome Bakfiets, and since I did not want to bother him I had all the fun to myself.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Eight T.V. shows I love to watch that have great bicycling scenes:
1- The Office Season 3 Benihana Christmas
2- Flight of the Concords Season 1 Episode 7 "to many mother *%^7uckers
3- 30 Rock Season 1 I'm pretty sure it's episode 1 or 2 Kenneth ride his bike
4- Gilmore Girls Season 7 Loralie's Jeep goes kaput and she rides her cruiser to work! Right on!
5- That is the extent of my TV viewing because we don't have TV we just get shows from our friends
Favorite Places to Eat that we ride our bike to!
1- Demae Sushi
2- Joe Veras Mexican Restaurant
4- Rice King
5- Dell Taco
6- Deigo's Taco stand
7- Sensuous Sandwich
(basically every restaurant on this list is off of Center Street in Provo. (They just happen to have the most amazing variety and we still haven't tried Korean, Peruvian, and Indian yet!)
Eight Bicycling Things that happened yesterday:
1- Went to Residential Manager training
2- Fixed Ren's Chariot to be safer for her
3- Road to Sushi
4- Then to Gelato (so yummy!)
5- Road to old house with friends
6- Showed off our cool blinking tail lights and did a dance
7- Zac fixed our neighbors bikes
8- We road home and it was 9:00 AND freezing! and Yes of course I was in a skirt!
Eight Bike Things I look forward to:
1- Having more Bikes!!
2- Having more kids riding on our bikes
3- People voting against off shore drilling and instead using alternative forms of transportation and fueling!
4- More People riding bikes!!
5- Having bikes be our main form of decoration! oh wait it is ;)
6- REN RIDING A BIKE It Will be a great day in the Whitmore home!
7- Zac having every bike he ever wanted
8- People not thinking we are crazy for not having a car (look around the world peeps! millions of us do it every day!)
Eight Bike Things I love about Fall:
1- Crunching leaves with my tires!!!
2- The smell of damp leaves in the gutter.
3- The Provo River Trail canopied by the fall leaves falling down (this the most magical thing I know!)
5- Weather (I don't nearly sweat as much)
6- Warm biking sweaters
7- Zac riding his bike in a scarf with bonus facial hair!
8- EVERYTHING of course! It's the FALL the most wonderful time of the year!
Eight bicycles on my wish list:
1- Gary Fisher Simple City 8
2- Dutch Bike
3- My very own xtracycle
4- Zac every Vanilla Cycle he wants
5- Ren a trike
6- Zac an original Schwinn stingray
7- That we could do an epic bike trip like highway one or across the US
8- That all our bikes would be fixed
Monday, September 29, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
1. I LOVE riding my bike in a skirt! I just feel so empowered. Like I can do anything!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Que the music, roll out the carpet, the Chub has returned. This hub embodies my initial love of track bikes and I was devastated when I could no longer find them. Thanks to the Hive my dreams of owning this masterpiece have come true. Now don't get me wrong I was riding track bikes before I discovered the chub hub in 2002(?) however after I discovered it I had my perfect track bike built in my mind. Schwinn Le tour frame with standard crank and stem, chub hub in the rear what ever in the front, brooks saddle and handle bar tape with reversed nitto mustache bars, I know not very specific or fancy but hey it was my dream, don't like it make your own.These hubs used to be hand made in a garage in Boston, if I remember they ran about 200 dollars, at the time they might as well have been 2,000 i was broke living on couches and in parks dreaming of affording Taco Bell let alone a new hub. Once I got back on my feet and was able to finally buy one they disappeared along with my hopes of ever owning one. When I say disappear I mean disappeared the website was gone with no post no any thing I couldn't even find anyone saying "goodbye chub" or "this is what happened". I still do not know the whole story I just know that they are back. What makes the hubs so great, one might ask. Well, they are designed to take peak spoke tension down 70 percent which transfers the energy of your pedal stroke more evenly through the whole wheel instead of being one sided like a lot of hubs are. Basically this makes for one of the most efficient transfers of pedal to power meaning less waisted energy and more riding. As soon as i saw the add in Urbanvelo I gave the guys over at the Hive a call they told me it would be a week or two until the first shipment was in and that no I could not preorder so I will sit and wait patiently for the time that I can claim my little piece of bicycle nirvana. I would suggest any one who loves there track bike or who is just learning, to check these guys out these hubs are way awesome, not to mention sexy. Good luck and make it a good ride.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
1. What is his name? Zachary Aaron Whitmore
2. Who eats more? I think it's about the same (though you couldn't tell by our sizes).
3. Who said I love you first? I think I did but I can't remember. Something about a Weezer song, 'El scorcho' I believe.
4. Who is taller? Zac by the perfect 'head tilt kiss' amount of inches.
5. Who is smarter? Zac has the most amazing memory so I think he has the leg up. I once knew a lot but I have forgetting problems.
6. Who is more sensitive? Probably me. But he does his fair share.
7. Who does the laundry? Me and I don't mind. He helps by reminding me to put the clean clothes away ;) once again forgetful problems.
8. Who sleeps on the right side of the bed? He does but it switches to whichever side is closest to Ren.
9. Who pays the bills? Me but there aren't many and most are direct deposits.
10. Who cooks more? I do but I hate it. I am a boring cook. If it tastes good I got the tips from Zac who is amazing but likes me to dote on him.
11. There was no 11....So I'll make it up. Who can blow more bubble in their milk? Me cuz I'm an airhead. hehehe Amber cuz she put her mouth up to the air conditioning in the car. (member that kiddo) good times.
12. Who is more stubborn? (had to look up stubborn in the dictionary) Honestly I don't think we are stubborn. We talk a lot and plus it just causes unwanted contention.
13. Who is first to admit they are wrong? Probably me. I am horrible at staying mad.
14. Who is more clean? Me but only because he motivates me.
15. Who has more siblings? Me 4 sisters, Him 2 sisters 1 brother.
16. Who wears the pants in the relationship? We share them, Thats what a 'help-meet' means! We never do anything, and I mean anything without talking to each other. ie buy stuff, go to the bathroom, change our underwear, rent a movie, you get the picture.
17. What do you like to do together? EVERYTHING, seriously I really enjoy his company, plus I married him because he is adventurous meaning everything we do together is always meaningful and rewarding.
18. Who eats more sweets? He would never admit it, but we tie. He can always go for a 'treaters' well except when he is 'detoxing'
19. Guilty pleasures? Um bikes, bikes, tech stuff, bikes, Wii, bikes, um did I mention Bikes?
20. How did you meet? Longboarding. A kid from the singles ward told Zac I kept my longboard in my truck and Zac got my number. (I was dating 2 other people at the time) Dating not 'Going out.' Dating: the ancient art of getting to know a person while enjoying a fun, wholesome and entertaining activity no affection required.
22. Who proposed? He did. It was so cute with his broken arm and his bicycle gear. He put the ring in with the hardware for my new front basket on my bike and told me to put it on my bike and I found the ring. It was so wonderful. Still have the basket.
23. His best feature? I'm gonna go with heart, butt, smile, jaw, facial hair and eyes. In no particular order.
24. What is his greatest quality? His desire to be better. It is really motivating and inspiring.
I tag your mom and don't forget the new number 11.
Monday, April 28, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Yesterday my wife commented on her morning commute and how awesome it is. As of today i will have to agree as I accompanied her and karen this morning. Being from Las Vegas originallythis whole snow thing is still new to me, but still snow at the end of April is just a little ridiculous. However we awoke to snow and slush and enough of it that i wanted to go with them and make sure they made it alright to there destination. Krysta is an excellent bike rider and Karen is an excellent passenger but being a dad and a husband I could not help but be concerned not only for them but for the smack i would get from my boss who can not comprehend why we would willingly give up our car for bicycles. So I decided to be the escort i would ride the xtra and pull Karen and Krysta would ride my wobbly wheeled cruiser. This made for an interesting ride since i had the better bike even with the weight difference i was cruising along while my poor wife had to hobble along on the cruiser fighting hard to keep up. We got her to where she babysits and all was well i gave her a kiss changed my wet shoes for the dry pair I brought along ( the xtracycle still does not have fenders, my bad) and off i went it did not take me long to realize two things. 1. my wife is superwoman my cruisers rear wheel was way out of tune not to mention the p.s.i was way down. 2. i love to ride no matter the circumstances. It was so nice to get out and ride that my wet pants and feet really did not mean a thing we saw some amazing views of the clouds hugging the mountains, and river and streams trying hard to keep the momentum they have gained the last two weeks, it was just down right beautiful. I am very jealous Krysta gets to ride this route every day when I only have to walk across the street to my work not nearly as inspiring. Starting the day off with this ride was great i felt awake alert and ready for work 10 miles was a perfect distance. I can not wait for our move to Provo when this will be a common distance for me to ride.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
So I've been babysitting for this really great lady for about a month and a half and I used to ride the bus to her house. But because we live in a ski resort town the bus comes less frequently and later because it's slack season. So I ride my bike which has become really nice to be out so early in the morning. I couldn't ask for a better commute. I can ride the bike path the whole way without crossing any major roads! (Big bonus of our mountian town :)It's a really gradual decline with a few little hills. Zac and I got on google to see how far it is and it's 5 miles! Right on. I know it doesn't seem like much but after a long snowy winter and a baby, I am really proud to be able to take the carrier with Ren on the back. It takes me about a half an hour to complete the whole trip and 40 min. home ( the huge hill way). I love the ride because it is just enough challenge to get me going plus it felt great today of all days this year cuz its Earth Day!! So I gave the earth a great present by enjoying all the beauties it has to offer. Plus I get to see everything wake up in the morning; the birds, the flowers, the trees, the sun, and all the cute kids going to school. Ren has done well on the rides as well. She sleeps so well in the trailer. I do have to say that I did have a mishap the other day. We got about halfway to our destination and Ren decided she hadn't had enough breakfast so I had to stop under a bridge and feed her. Not that fun but part of being a mom, right!?(plus Zac got a kick out of it when I told him later) Really that early in the morning I was not worrying about being modest. Just feed the kid and get going. It worked out well.