Friday, April 19, 2013

Cincy Tour de Brew

Okay, just add Listermann's, Double Barrel and RheinGeist in that list of locations (maybe even knock on the door of Blank Slate) and that would be one hell of a ride. Perhaps start out about noon, make sure you get in Mount Carmel and Rivertown before 4pm and you would be good to go.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Always stop at the Overlook

As many of you know I practice "Joie de Vivre" cycling. Why ride if you're not having fun? I consider climbing "fun, " as in that it is a challenge. It is a metaphor for life. We face an obstacle and through hard work and determination we attempt to overcome the obstacle.

But here's my thing. If I'm going to do all that work, I might as well reap the rewards. So I almost always stop. Perhaps at the least it is a momentary slowing and gandering to reflect upon the view.

Many mornings before work I stop at Eden Park's Twin Lakes overlook and have a bit of a stretch, some coffee and embrace the new day. Some days it is the last moment of calm before the busy work day.

So let's have some fun and take some time to smell the roses. Do any of you have favorite places to stop?

Monday, April 8, 2013

1/3 as important as a car?

These signs went up on the trail about a year ago and I would get so angry because I could not tell what the hell they are! Am I 1/3 a person because I ride a bike? Another internet site commented: "My guess about the sign is that it means bikes are only 1/3 of the traffic on the multi use trail. There's about 3 of them between Newtown and Loveland, Ohio, on the the Ohio to Eerie trail. I just started noticing them in late summer."

Well, they are our Ohio State bike route signs. They work. They are just a bit generic. My only thought is to really own the shape of our lovely state, similar to our road signs. I like the green, feels eco and not as serious as a road sign. I like the bike symbol but maybe there is a way separate the numeral from the bike, right now they kind of read as equal. And my only other comment would be to use two signs on a shared path — similar to roads.

But this is a moot point now. They have been produced and it costs a lot of money to replace them. Plus I might be the only one offended!

I thought of this post as I browsed the internet and found these lovely posters from San Francisco showcasing their bike route signs.