Saturday, June 07, 2008
Picked out new handlebars for the Xtracycle - I've been riding on the bent ones. Just about every part on that bike's been replaced now, except teh frame & seat post. Even the stem was replaced when I bought it with a Bianchi 'cause I liked the angle better. Got the big chain ring shifty thing lubed 'cause it rully rully didn't want to go into the big ring, which didn't exactly matter getting home into the 30 mph winds but I figured I'd go the other way some time or other!
SInce I'm going to take the Trek to GITAP next week I have to find that handlebar bag... I"m awfully spoiled cargo-wise.
Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.
If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.
So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.
Just go to my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreylstevenson and you can click on the group to be included. While you are there, don't forget to ask to link to my network of more than 9,000,000 like-minded professionals. I accept all invitations and look forward to meeting you.