Cycling: Chaos during stage 1 of the 2013 Tour De France

Posted on June 30, 2013

Cycling: There’s nothing like giving a kid his first bike.

Posted on June 30, 2013

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My four year old grandson Tim on his first bicycle.

Maybe it’s because it brings back memories of your first bike. There’s just something special about a complex machine that’s all yours and under your control.

It’s independence, it’s freedom, it’s mobility. It’s just plain cool. I’m not even sure that explains it adequately. There’s just something magical about it.

It will progress to losing the training wheels, getting bigger bikes, and riding longer distances on your own and with your friends … and then, at some point, it stops … to be replaced with girls, cars, parties, and all the other things that we discover as young people.

But if you’re lucky, like me, you’ll get to middle age and remember how much fun that was and you’ll go and buy yourself a bike, your first one as an adult, and you will experience the same thrill that you did as a child!

Even though you’re grown, you still feel that exhilaration of flying down the road on two wheels under your own power and you’ll say to yourself, “why did I ever stop?”

You’re not too old and it’s never too late. Get to the bicycle store or hit some garage sales and find that feeling from your youth. It’s still there, you just have to go get it!

Cigars: Great day for a smoke on the patio!

Posted on April 7, 2013

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Cigars: Catastrophic failure

Posted on March 26, 2013

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It could go either way. It will either blowup all the way, or continue to smoke well. You never know with these things!

Triathlon: Texas man dies during first leg of Alcatraz triathlon

Posted on March 4, 2013

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Tragic news. First death in this event’s 33 year history. The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon was held earlier this year than in past years but officials don’t believe the colder temps were a factor. I don’t know how you EVER swim that bay. I’ve been in that water. It’s ALWAYS freezing cold to me, regardless of the time of year.

This event starts with a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island followed by an 18 mile bike ride, then and 8 mile run. The distances don’t seem like much but you must consider the terrain. San Francisco Bay is choppy and cold. The streets for the bike ride and run consist of unbelievable hills. Check out some photos of the streets in San Francisco and you will see what I mean!

Read the full story here

Cigars: Latest Installment from Fernando, Cigar Genius

Posted on March 1, 2013

Cycling: Buck takes out biker in Africa!

Posted on February 28, 2013

Amazing video. Wait for the slomo at the end!

Cycling: Century Ride Goal Completed!

Posted on February 28, 2013

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“100 miles? You gotta be crazy!”

Well,  I won’t dispute that, but it’s not because I decided to do a 100 mile ride. The fact of the matter is, it’s very doable with a little training and preparation.

Obviously you’re not going to jump out there with no experience and pull it off. You have to work up to it mentally and physically. Mentally more than anything.

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Cycling: Justice Department to join whistleblower lawsuit against Lance Armstrong

Posted on February 23, 2013

More problems for cyclist Lance Armstrong.

READ THE FULL STORY ON FOXNEWS

Science: NASA discovers massive sunspot

Posted on February 21, 2013

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Nasa reports a giant sun spot forming on the solar surface. The spot has grown to six times the diameter of the earth in the past 48 hours and will probably produce a massive solar flare (see photo of a flare from last year).

Solar flares are unstable magnetic fields that shoot highly charged particles (called plasma) outward from the solar surface. 

They pose no danger to life on earth, due to our own magnetic field and our protective atmosphere,  but could cause problems for communication satellites and possibly the astronauts on the International Space Station, although with advanced warning there are measures the astronauts can take to protect themselves and their instruments.

For a cool video of last year’s flare go HERE . I was unable to embed this video.