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Friday, June 29, 2001
Looks like Lance and team are peaking at the right time, with their victory in the Tour of Switzerland and the Tour de France coming up in about a week. Watched a great documentary on Lance et al on OLN TV called The Road to Paris. There's a companion web site with additional info.
Thanks to lgf for pointing out the interactive Tour route map at the Trek site. Guess it's time to upgrade to Flash 5.0. I must admit that some Flash applications are very compelling.
Thursday, June 28, 2001
You wouldn't know it from the conventional sports press, but Lance is leading the Tour of Switzerland after blowing away the field on the mountain time trial. The tour finishes today.
Just returned from Bike Virginia, 5 days of cycling through beautiful northwest Virginia. This year's route started in Front Royal and traveled through the foothills to Warrenton, then on to Culpeper in the Culpeper basin, back across the Appalachians to Luray, crossing at Thornton Gap and the Appalachian Trail, then back to Front Royal. This year was probably the most scenic of all of the Bike Virginia rides, which travel through a different part of the state each year. It's also one of the best organized state rides, with good meals, lots of portable toilets, and a school bus based bus system in each of the destination towns. I took a few photos and If I have time, I'll write up daily reports from the trip and post them to my site.
Thursday, June 21, 2001
Lance is getting ready for the Tour by winning the Prologue time trail at the Tour of Switzerland. There's an article about the win at The Daily Peleton, an online cycling journal that's new to me. Looks like a great site.
I won't be posting for a few days. Check back around the 28th.
Wednesday, June 20, 2001
It's really kind of ironic. On the really bad air quality days, when fewer people should be driving, it seems that more people drive to avoid exering themselves and breathing polluted air. It's days like these that I pine for the cool, clear days in Vermont.
One of the east coast AIDS rides starts tomorrow. The Post has a good article on the organizer, Dan Pallotta, and his for profit organization. They the rides raise lots of money, but most people who contribute don't realize that often less than half the funds actually go to the designated organizations. Seems like the rides could be held for much less money, since groups like Bike Virginia manage to do nearly the same thing for much less money.
Monday, June 18, 2001
lgf is on a roll lately, with some excellent references: Bartleby.com which contains online reference, nonfiction and fiction ebooks; and Helios: Between Home and Heaven, a landscape photography collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art web site. Since the museum will be closed for renovations until 2003, I assumed that their web site would be dormant. Obviously not the case. The museum is one of my favorites in a city with probably hundreds of museums.
Saved some big bucks using priceline.com. Since I've never used the service before, I suspect that first time users get a great deal and are encouraged to come back again.
Saturday, June 16, 2001
Showed a couple my Bike Friday today. Since the company sells their bikes almost exclusively through the mail, they use us satisfied customers as their network of sales reps. The $75. referral fee serves as the commission. Sure cuts down on retail store overhead.
DC area cyclists can now find bike store locations and bicycle commuting mentors online a the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's interactive mapping website, the Bicycle Commuter Assistance Program.
Thursday, June 14, 2001
Rode to a meeting last night and thought I could avoid the front that was moving into the area. Just before arriving the lightning started and I ducked for cover. I didn't want to end up like this boy who was struck while riding his bike. I vowed to search for info and came across this factsheet on how to deal with thunderstorms while cycling at the League of American Bicyclists site. Guess rubber tires don't help much.
Tuesday, June 12, 2001
We went out for a spin tonight to try out the recumbent. It was fun to just tool around the neighborhood at a very leisurely pace. I even took my stripped down road bike that weighs nothing compared to my usual beasts, which are loaded with panniers, a lock, notebooks, etc. Maybe next year I really will enter the Manayunk Wall Climb. I came close to entering this year but would have been the only one on a mountain bike.
Monday, June 11, 2001
Having a really annoying problem with my NT box; it locks up every time I try to access the web site that was recently redesigned at www.co.fairfax.va.us. The situation has gotten so bad that I have to reboot each time it happens. Makes it kind of hard to check the pages that I'm responsible for updating when I'm at home. So I've rediscovered Lynx, the bare-bones web browser. The web doesn't get much more basic than this, and for fast downloads of text info, it's hard to beat.
If my media appearances continue at the same pace, I might have to start a world tour section ala Zeldman:
Had a great time in Philadelphia over the weekend, watching the US PRO championship races and riding the trails and bike lanes of Philly. See Steve Spindler's web site, bikemap.com for bike maps of Philadelphia and surrounding areas.
Thursday, June 07, 2001
The Giro was cancelled today. See the article at Velonews. Guess it's time pro cycling racers clean up their act.
Wednesday, June 06, 2001
Is this the end of the Netscape browser?
Been riding the mountain bike so much that the front shock is giving out. Guess I need to replace it one of these days. I may convert it into more of a hybrid, with more upright handlebars and skinnier tires.
Found some great bargains at the campmor site. It's one of the easiest sites to navigate and it's fast. They've figured out that in order to make sales, they've got to do the online shopping thing right. Found a replacement fanny pack, my purse, and some Vuarnet cycling sunglasses for $20.
Tuesday, June 05, 2001
Interview with 5 web gurus on where the web is heading.
Monday, June 04, 2001
Why you shouldn't be a member of AAA.
How to make your community more liveable. These are images from Urban Advantage on the Sierra Club site in which photos of existing streets have been enhanced to show what can be done with proper land use development and transportation planning.
Sunday, June 03, 2001
It was a weekend of pro cycle racing, with the Capital Cup in the District on Saturday and the Clarendon Cup today. The Dutch kicked some American butt, with Leon Von Bon and Jans Koerts coming in 1st and 2nd in the Capital Cup and Koerts winning the Clarendon Cup.