Monthly Archives: December 2011

Happy New Year!


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‘Sisyphus on a bike’

Bicycles, used to carry such cargoes as groceries, schoolbooks and children, are a common sight in Europe and in such bicycle-friendly U.S. cities as Portland, Ore., and Boulder, Colo. But the deliverymen in Shanghai and other Chinese cities take the cargo bike to a whole new dimension.
A series of photos by French photographer Alain Delorme in Shanghai caught the eye of my oldest son, Ben, who lives in Taipei, Taiwan, and regularly sees such sights during his travels in Asia. He passed on the link to me for use on this blog.
“It’s Sisyphus on a bike,” says the introduction to Delorme’s photo gallery on The Daily Beast Web site. “It’s the weight of the capitalist struggle on the back of the worker. It’s a rolling example of human ingenuity…
“Carts, trikes, bikes — the most humble forms of transportation this side of a mule, set against the high-rise wonder of the modern metropolis: yes, the disparity practically screams off the page.”


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‘Waiting for the night bikes’

Check out the cool commercial for the BlackBerry Bold, shown this evening during the Champs Sports Bowl between Notre Dame and Florida State:


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Merry Christmas, one and all!


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Happy Hanukkah, y’all!


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In memoriam …

The somber, gray skies reflected the mood of more than 100 bicyclists on Sunday as they turned out in Hurst, Texas, for a tribute ride in memory of Megan Baab, a local cyclist who was killed during training near her college in North Carolina.

Tribute ride for Megan Baab. Photo by WFAA-TV/Channel 8

Megan’s father, Chris Baab, also a cyclist, led the ride, which began at the Hurst store of Bicycles Inc. and followed one of Megan’s favorite training routes when she was growing up in Texas.
“There’s people showing up here that I haven’t seen in years,” Chris Baab said. “It’s just so comforting, and to know that they loved my daughter just as much as I did.”
Megan, 19, was killed on Thursday afternoon when a truck struck her head-on while she was doing a training ride on a rural road in Altamont, N.C., near Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., where she was a freshman. Megan competed on the national recognized Lees-McRae cycling team.

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‘So sad, so young’

Some sad news for local cyclists: Megan Baab of Euless, Texas — in the Mid-Cities between Fort Worth and Dallas — was killed on Thursday during a training ride in Altamont, N.C.

Megan Baab

She was a freshman at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C., and a member of the nationally recognized cycling team at the college, nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
Megan, 19, and her father, Chris, also an avid cyclist, are well know among cyclists in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. News of Megan’s death prompted a flurry of condolence messages on Facebook and cycling Web sites.
“So sad, so young,” said one comment on Facebook.
A news release posted on the college Web site said Megan had competed on the national level for Lees-McRae in the USA Cycling National Championships (track and mountain bike) and was planning to compete in January for the college at the USA Cycling Cyclocross Championships.
The college cited news reports as saying that Megan “was traveling north on U.S. 221 in Altamont, N.C., when a southbound truck crossed the center line and struck her.” She was airlifted to Johnson City Medical Center, across the state line in Tennessee, “but was pronounced dead soon after arrival at the medical center from the injuries sustained.”
A report on the Winston-Salem Journal Web site said: “It’s the second time in a year the Lees-McRae community is mourning the death of one of their cyclists while on a training ride. Senior Carla Swart, the most-decorated cyclist in collegiate history, died in her native South Africa after a collision with a truck while she was on a training ride in January. She was 23.”
Let’s all be careful out there.

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