More bikes about town

February 28, 2013

Indeed, it seems there are more bikes around Victoria, British Columbia, every day. Even in the dead of what goes for winter here—and it can be miserably wet—the bike racks are rarely empty. So it is no great accomplishment, as I ride or walk around the city, to pull my iPhone from my pocket and […]

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Unsaddled and bedridden

February 21, 2013

I hear riding weather has been wonderful on the Left Coast these past few days, and I’ve caught a few stray rays through the blinds as I stumbled towards the loo. Unfortunately, I’ve caught something less enjoyable than sunlight—a flu virus that has sidelined many poor sods the last few weeks. Now I’m sodded too. […]

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My archive of old bikes

February 15, 2013

Bikes on Broadway, Vancouver, 1983 Readers may be forgiven for thinking I’m talking about all the bikes and parts spilling out of my closets and cluttering my workspace, but there’s another stash at the far end of my studio, filed in polyethylene sleeves. I’m talking about my archive of “vintage” negatives. I’ve been busy the […]

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Happy velo Valentine

February 14, 2013

It is said (in the Velo Vedas) that a relationship may be strengthened or broken on a tandem. I’ve certainly seen some bonds that, tied too close, would lead to singular disaster. I’ve also seen relationships so steady that their balance appears to improve on a bicycle built for two. Here’s wishing all couples, and […]

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A “manifesto” for slackers?

February 12, 2013

I recoil from Facebook platitudes. You know, those new-agey, pseudo-spiritual/lifestyle tips for correct living, commonly grafted onto a cute photo. If you “share” those things, please stop. It’s not that I’m averse to the wisdom of the sages. Call me an elitist, but I draw distinct lines between Krishnamurti and Kahil Gibran; Rumi and Louise […]

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Dodging the dreaded winter road debris

February 7, 2013

We’ve been lucky here on the “Wet Coast” this year; it hasn’t snowed so you’d notice. The post-snow tirepocalypse associated with detritus pushed onto shoulders by snowplows is happily absent. Still, as usual, the rain-washed objets de déstruction are still plentiful enough to be wary. And wariness is a good thing while travelling at speed […]

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