Well, that sucks, and the Feed

I’m sure you have all heard by now that Robin Williams has passed. I’m not going to go into the whys and wherefores of his death, that’s for other people, I’m mentioning this because Robin was One Of Us, a cyclist. There was a movie he made that I don’t remember the title, he played a little boy who was growing up too fast. In that, he wanted what every little boy wants, a bicycle. They built a 26″ wheel BMX style bike for him to ride (in character) in the movie, and he bought the bike after the movie because he liked riding it that much. He used to ride with Lance (yes, that Lance) and the Posties on what were recovery rides for them and all out race pace for him. He may have gotten to ride because he was a celebrity but they kept riding with him because he was cyclist. He has made many quiet contributions to enhancing the infrastructure near his home in CA that didn’t get much attention outside the cycling world. And I’m always sad to see One Of Us go. May your trip to the Summerlands have just enough hills and a tailwind, Robin Williams. Nanu-nanu!

A cyclist tries to beat a train in CA, train wins. Bike rider killed in Vista train collision; popular randonneur killed Saturday in Santa Maria The cyclist was reported by multiple witnesses to have gone around the crossing guards with the train sounding the horn to warn him it was coming. So there is a very good chance the cyclist was using the train as a suicide weapon, IMHO.

Update on a right hook in the Great White North. Friends and Family Gather To Remember 19-Year-Old Cyclist Killed In Crash Yeah, after the wrecks come the funerals. Happy trails.

Rant from Oz. ‘Bikes must pay’ – injured man calls for insurance after hit How’s that working for you now? Did you check to see how many companies in Australia were offering the kind of insurance you were demanding cyclists buy? I would expect there would be something between what is available in the US (zero) and the UK (2).

And in food news… The World Now Has a Bacon-Powered Motorcycle I think the engine and drivetrain come from the same model motorcycle that has won the Vetter Challenge fuel economy contest in SoCal the last three years. Can you imagine riding down the road with the vehicle smelling like not just bacon but REALLY GOOD BACON and not being able to eat anything because you needed both hands on the controls and you were wearing a full face helmet like the guy in the video? Even if you could ride one-handed you couldn’t get a BLT through the eye-port of the helmet without getting mayo all over your face and losing most of the sandwich in the slip-stream. Then you would have a greasy face, no sandwich and still be hungry.

And those were all the links that I found even remotely applicable to this blog fits, giggles, or otherwise.

Billed @€0.02, Opus

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