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Sunday, December 25, 2005
 Bike School report 
Finished the report on experiences at United Bicycle Institute which included a ride from the Medford, OR airport to Ashland, OR on a Bike Friday, rides around Ashland, and a ride from Ashland to Jacksonville, OR.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2005
 Winter ride 
The trail was covered in ice in parts, but otherwise it was a great day for a ride. After working at home for a while, ventured out to do some last minute holiday shopping. After falling several times the last couple of days, I was much more careful, crab walking along the really icy sections of the trail. On the return trip I took to the roads which were mostly ice-free. It was a gorgeous day, sunny, clear, like most days in the west. Whenever I travel to the west I am always struck by the clarity of the air. Everything is a little bit clearer, colors are brighter. Today was one of those days.

I'm tempted to take a shovel right after it snows and clear off a narrow patch on the trail, enough room for a single bike. Otherwise, large stretches become ice-covered and unrideable for several days this time of year. The park authority refuses to clear any sections of the trail, so maybe it's time for the trail users to act. I'm sure it would be so difficult that only small sections could be done, but it's worth a try.

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 Friday Night Lights 
The movie brought back many memories of living in Texas and playing football. I was “little wright” as opposed to big brother wright, and the football coach, who was also the bus driver, would invariably ask me “little wright, are you tough?” whenever I entered the bus. Uh yeah, sure, I'm tough. Enjoyed the movie and the score, composed and performed by Explosions in the Sky; mellow, emotional guitar. The clips from their CD The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place sounds much like the score. Maybe it's time for a gift from Santa to Santa.

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Monday, December 19, 2005
 First Flight Bikes 
The First Flight Bikes Web site contains a great deal of information on vintage bikes and on bike history, including a section on the history of suspension systems from 1989 to 2001.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005
 Fixed Gear Gallery 
After hearing from several people about the Fixed Gear Gallery site I finally paid a visit. There is something very appealing about fixed gear bikes. Most are sleek, simple, elegant machines, and there's a good collection of pictures on the site.

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Monday, December 12, 2005
 Bike School 
Back from two weeks at bike school, the United Bicycle institute. It was a great experience, talking bikes day and night and doing a little riding when the weather permitted. I may publish a write-up later. I highly recommend the school.

I took my Bike Friday and rode from the Medford Airport down to Ashland. It's about a 20 mile ride, mostly on a paved trail, the Beaver Creek Greenway. Ashland is very bike friendly, with many bike lanes and a few paved trails. With adequate on-road bike facilities, paved trails are not nearly so important.

It was also refreshing to have motorists actually respect pedestrians an cyclists. The norm was to give them the right of way. When pedestrians approached the road, motorists were aware of their presence and usually stopped for them regardless of the presence of a crosswalk.

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