look who else rides a bike and doesn’t wear a helmet…

Posted on June 27th, 2012

How rad. David Byrne from Talking Heads is a big bike banger-on-erer. And he makes a good point. The New York Times just ran a video interview with him.

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I’m a non-helmet wearer (I wear one on big rides or dangerous roads)…ditto Byrne for the same reason. Oh, people get arked up about it…for reasons that make no sense. For my take on why it’s safer and better not to wear a helmet, click here.

A few other things:

  • Talking Heads take seven bikes on tour with them. So they can explore while there. I tell you, it’s the best way to see a city.
  • He’s just written a book – Bicycle Dairies –  which chronicles riding in bike-friendly cities in the world…surprisingly he reckons northern Italian towns are the best.
  • He advocates putting highways underground so bikes have more room and clean air. Friggen good point.

I truly hope more people get enthused about bike riding…not for fitness, not for making a point…just because it makes sense. That’s why I post these posts, in the hope it inspires more people to get on ya bike. And to not be scared of wearing a white pant on a bike.

Which city have you cycled in? I’m always on the hunt for new places in the world to explore…

some fun bike porn

Posted on March 14th, 2012

It’s been a while since I’ve done a gratuitously evocative bike post. It’s time…

Famous people on bikes

Some hot looks courtesy of  Fashionising, and Cyclelicious. Starting with Olivia…

Olivia Palermo

Lara Stone

Just some pretty looks

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Do what you love and do it often

Posted on February 9th, 2012

Have you seen this? A call to action by The Holstee Manifesto, originally a side project selling shirts, that’s since turned into a “message” (can you become a message? I reckon you can) that’s been viewed over 60 million times online. I like this:

When they quit their jobs to form Holstee, the three founders – Mike, Fabian and Dave – wrote down exactly what was on their minds and the tips of their tongues. It wasn’t about shirts. It was about what they wanted from life, and how to create a company that breathes that passion into the world everyday. It was a reminder of what we live for, and the result became known as the Holstee Manifesto.

I like this clip, even if the obviousness of the little mantras make me feel a little awkward. But I guess it’s the obviousness that works – what we need to remind ourselves of is so stupidly, cringe-ely simple and when we have it delivered to us in an everyday way it grips the heart. No?

Do what you love. Do what you love. Do what you love.

I have this thing at the moment…

Every time I feel the “uggghhhs”  – you know that feeling that takes over from the inside out, a bit like a shiver, a bit like a gut clench, when you’re doing something that grates against your being -  I stop and question whether I really need to do it. Do I love it? Does it nourish me? Can I learn to view it as something I love, and not resent?

The latter, by the way, is a good challenge. A switch in view can often see something “uggghhhy” reposition as something really quite lovely. And sometimes we just have to do this, to get something that has to be done, done.

If the answer, however, is still no, I abort. My life, my well being is worth more. Since I started doing this I’ve become aware of just how much doesn’t have to done, followed up, completed. I trap myself into thinking that because I’ve been asked for something, or offered something, or because it’s on my to do list, or because “it’s the way I’ve always done it”…I have to do it.

But if I feel the uggghhhs, I pull back now. Do I really have to see that person, go out tonight, respond to that email? Do YOU really have to?

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