I see 30 Days of Biking is back on in September. Ride a bike on 30 consecutive days. C'mon, let's do it! It'll be fun.
The smell of burning fat (1)
Some argue that prolonged, moderate-intensity exercise in the "fat-burning zone" is best. Others argue that high-intensity interval training is the best way to shed excess body fat. The truth is, both types of exercise are effective for fat-burning, and a program that combines the two is likely to be more effective than one based on either type alone.
Hmm, what about a program involving neither and heaps of donuts?
The smell of burning fat (2)
Rising levels of obesity in Australia is putting extra pressure on emergency doctors and other hospital staff.
A review of patients arriving at a Melbourne hospital's emergency ward has found almost 60 per cent were overweight or obese, posing an array of extra challenges to those providing medical care.
Welcome to the chubby country.
The smell of burning fat (3)
Everyone's talking bike share
In a bid to "save" the Melbourne Bike Share scheme from compulsory helmet laws, the RACV will give away free helmets and they are also looking into collapsible helmets. They clearly have it all well thought out.
We've had compulsory bicycle helmet laws for ages in Australia, and (for better or worse) debate on the topic doesn't usually raise much interest. So you can't help but connect the renewed local interest in bike helmet laws with the introduction of bike share in Melbourne:
Even Andrew Bolt can see the problem.
Fixed and fenderless
While watching a handsome couple on a handsome couple of single cog bikes the other day, I found myself wondering this way: I understand the simple, minimalist beauty of the single cog but given that lots of people seem to ride them as much for style, why don't you often see mudguards on a street fixie/single speed? I mean you can get some very stylish ones and in Melbourne at any time of year, you want to protect your tweeds from road gunk.
A bike that's got a really unique combination of different wheel sizes, a toothed belt drive and hub less rear wheel! The USP being the gyroscopic effect of a large wheel aiding speed and more road-surface contact adding stability. The small front wheel saves space and enhances maneuverability.
LDN And NYC Bicycles: "wishbone shaped one piece carbon fiber frame…and the aluminum framed NYC…with nontraditional carbon fiber belt drive."
Chics and bikes
On a loosely related topic, Pedal Panties Bicycle Lingerie "is a fashionable pantie for women who want to feel as good as they look when they ride."
None of that really qualifies as "news", does it?
"La Vuelta Puerto Rico is the ultimate cycling adventure for serious endurance athletes. Circumnavigate the entire island as part of a fast-paced international peloton on this fully supported, three-day, 375-mile journey."
The world's best cycling routes: Isle of Wight, Tassie, France, Cuba, NZ…
The Young American
Statistical evidence recently released in America indicates that young people are driving less and fewer own a car.
Young people are opting to catch public transport and Richard Florida believes that this shift away from driving is a positive sign of innovative change.
Just to labour the point, Florida clearly has a bit of a thing about commuting (by car, presumably). For example, see:
I bet he gets at least a metre
This Strada velomobile is A Vision in Purple.
Streetsblog.net reports Texas judge deems cyclist guilty for riding on the road. Biz-arre.
Someone you know and like rides a bike
I've often wondered about the possibilities of pointing out that just about every driver must know and like someone who rides a bike.
Random human interaction
Duh, is it a pizza shop?
Monster truck justice (1)
Monster truck justice (2)
Carlton Reid observes that "If cyclists detonated on impact, motorists would no longer have any trouble spotting them up ahead and would give them the sort of road space they deserve." Therefore he suggests clubbing together to buy a Caterpillar 797 monster mining truck.
Ride like a pirate day
Tow 'em away
Copenhagen's Bicycle Butlers: Park Illegally and get your chain oiled and tires pumped. So civilised.