Oct 19, 2008 - Bike Advocacy Thoughts    Comments Off on Nashville 2008 Bicycling Accidents

Nashville 2008 Bicycling Accidents

I'm going to try to list Nashville-area bicycling accidents that I know of in 2008.  If you know of more, let me know and I'll put them here.August 2008:  Jeff B  - while morning commuting on Thompson Lane east-bound in the bike lane, on a downhill section, an elderly couple passed him, heading for Shoney's turned right in front of him and ran him into the curb and off the road.  Jeff was scraped up, bleeding from the road rash on his elbow.  Not sure whether it was that Keep reading [...]
Oct 16, 2008 - Electronics    Comments Off on DIY Bicycle Light Resources

DIY Bicycle Light Resources

I've always been toying with the idea of a homemade bicycle light.  I haven't done it yet, but here are some resources to make it happen.Some guy's site that explains what Cree is, how to pick lenses and a few sources:http://www.bikeled.org/A forum site that has tons of information for homemade bike light building addicts.  They use a lot of lingo, and assume everyone knows what a Q5 LED is, or what a Buckpuck is.http://www.candlepower.org/A good source for LED's and other parts.http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.917http://www.dealextreme.com/Microprocessor Keep reading [...]
Oct 8, 2008 - BLOG - Stuff On my Mind    Comments Off on Presidential Debates Bike Ride

Presidential Debates Bike Ride

I just got back from a bike ride - yes, almost 10pm.  I met a couple of friends down in Hillsboro Village where we had a few beers.  From there, we headed over to Belmont where the presidential debates were occurring, hopefully to catch a glimpse of the candidates as their motorcades arrived.   What a circus!  At Belmont, we witnessed the most sincere form of patriotism - dissent.  So many protesters were down there protesting so many issues, it was hard to keep up with Keep reading [...]
Sep 28, 2008 - Bicycle Ride Reviews    Comments Off on 2008 Natchez Trace Parkway Bike Tour South to North

2008 Natchez Trace Parkway Bike Tour South to North

Back in the spring of 2008, I decided my week-long adventure vacation would be to bicycle the Natchez Trace Parkway from south to north self supported.  I was prepared to ride solo or with someone with conditions.  Here was my request for company to the Harpeth Bike Club General list:I'm sitting here thumbing my way through Glen Wanner's book Bicycling the Natchez Trace.  Why you ask?  It's on my "cycling list of things to do" - ride back to Nashville from Natchez MS.  Keep reading [...]
Sep 11, 2008 - Miscellaneous Outdoors    Comments Off on Exped Pillow Pump

Exped Pillow Pump

I just got my Exped Pillow Pump that I ordered from Campmor. Of course I had to open it and see what's up with the thing. First impression, it's very light. It has a thick foam in it, which is not unexpected. The part that attaches to the air mattress has an adapter that reduces the size of the opening. I might glue it in, then the plug wouldn't fit and I couldn't use it as a pillow as well. Here's the weird part. It has a big "dump valve" on it so it will fill up quickly, but Keep reading [...]
Sep 9, 2008 - BLOG - Stuff On my Mind    Comments Off on Jim Benson Memorial Ride

Jim Benson Memorial Ride

Tonight, I drove to Murfreesboro after work to join the Murfreesboro Bike Club for the Jim Benson Memorial Ride.  Jim was killed while he was wearing his helmet, riding legally on what appears to be a fairly safe place to ride.  I think the driver must have cut the corner off while making a left turn.  She must have been hauling ass because she was taken to the hospital with injuries from htting him.At the start, Jim's widow Sandy Benson showed up.  They gave her a bullhorn and Keep reading [...]
Sep 6, 2008 - Bicycle Ride Reviews    Comments Off on Rock Island to Cedars of Lebanon to Nashville

Rock Island to Cedars of Lebanon to Nashville

Steve A. and I are bicycle touring, self supported from Rock Island State Park on Saturday to Cedars of Lebanon State Park.  The idea is to shake out our gear/system before we ride the Natchez Trace.  One-way drop-off's are a pretty good way to tour.   Camp at Rock Island State Park on Friday night.  Ride < 60 miles from Rock Island State Park to Cedars of Lebanon.  Route isn't perfect, and probably won't be when we're done.  We'll at least figure out how screwed Keep reading [...]
Aug 15, 2008 - BLOG - Stuff On my Mind    Comments Off on One of my favorite verses

One of my favorite verses

One of my favorite verses: Ezekiel 25:17 -  The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish, and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he, who in the name of charity and goodwill shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger, those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers, and you will know my name is The Lord, Keep reading [...]
Aug 12, 2008 - Family Stuff    Comments Off on Joe Amadeus Stanton, RIP

Joe Amadeus Stanton, RIP

Joe Amadeus StantonAugust 25, 1996 - August 10, 2008When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.  Kahlil Gibran Joe was born some time in August of 1996.  He was a gift from Donna's sister to her father on his birthday on September 17, 1996 - carried home in a shoe box.  Everyone that saw Joe as a puppy commented on his big paws - "that's gonna be a big dog!"  Yes, they knew Joe Keep reading [...]
Aug 8, 2008 - Bicycle Ride Reviews    Comments Off on Personal Email Addresses

Personal Email Addresses

For the second cycling season, I've been the Ride Coordinator for the Harpeth Bike Club. While managing lots of personal email addresses, I'm amazed at the people that are locked into their Internet Service provider by using the ISP-provided address.What does this mean?  Many use @comcast.net as their email address.  They sign up at their bank with it.  They sign up to ebay with it.  They subscribe to mailing lists.  Their whole life is connected to that email address.Problem Keep reading [...]