Friday, July 15, 2011

Here's a funny looking bike! is it a bike?

I found this on craigslist, I've seen this a lot in our neighborhood it looks interesting and easy to use. It can also be fold.


Another Grandpa biker!

Here is another amazing story of a grandpa biker...

A grandfather is racing against the clock, cycling from Vancouver to Halifax to beat a world record and raise money for charity.

54-year-old Arvid Loewen is raising money for Kenyan orphanages.

He has to make it to Halifax by Thursday night to break the Guinness World Record of riding across Canada in 13 days, nine hours and six minutes.

It's going to be so close, Loewen didn't even sleep Wednesday night.

In fact, he can't even pull over to take a phone call.

"Well I basically don't stop now. I only stop to do a few necessities and that's about it."

Loewen had been ahead of the pace, biking 22 hours every day.

But in Saskatchewan, leg injuries almost forced him to quit.

"So I had a choice to make — either I was going to DNF [racing acronym for Did Not Finish], quit, or I was going to use up everything I had banked."

So he risked it and rested for a day.

Although he lost time, he's almost back on pace now.

He's hoping to raise $350,000 for Mully Children's Family, a charity that helps rehabilitate street children in Kenya.

He said he's already raised $250,000.

The project is called Grandpas Can and was inspired by his three grandkids.

"Grandpas can do a whole lot more than just simply love their own children, grandchildren, which they should and we all believe that, and I certainly believe that as well, but we also have an opportunity to say, you know what, we can do so much more."

To break the record, Loewen has to get to Halifax City Hall by 9:06 pm Thursday.

His assistants say that he could get there anywhere between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m.


Monday, July 4, 2011

Biker celebrates 82 years by riding 46 miles

Talk about dedication, inspiring story about grandpa rider:

Eighty-two years, two hip replacements and a bout with cancer have not stopped Harry Landry from long-distance biking.

Landry, a Thibodaux resident, credits the menu his wife, Nobie, offers up each day. His friends say he's just determined.

“He always comes back. He's like the Energizer bunny,” said Alan Kelly, treasurer of Bayou Country Cyclists, a local bicycling club where Landry is an active member. “I hope when I achieve that age, I can simply be on the bike.”

Two years ago, Landry, a former Marine and Korean War veteran, biked 80 miles to celebrate his 80th birthday. Hip-replacement surgery interrupted his plans to do the same last year, but he was ready for his 82nd birthday this year.

He took off Saturday, his birthday, at daybreak in hopes of biking 82 miles. He and a friend made it 46 miles before they ended the trip.

“It gets hot,” said Denny Ayo, a friend and fellow bicyclist who accompanied Landry. “We were over five hours on the road.”

They left Peltier Park about 5:45 a.m. and took back roads until they hit La. 311, where they biked to Houma and back.

The distance Landry traveled, Ayo said, is “almost from Thibodaux to the Huey P. Long Bridge.”

For a long-distance ride like the one he took Saturday, Landry said he begins adjusting his diet early in the week.

“I eat pasta, vegetables and a little meat,” he said.

He eats grits or cornmeal pancakes the morning of a big trip, he said.

Landry worked as a crane operator in the oilfield for more than 50 years. He retired in 1995 after working for Gulf Island.
Full story here

Portland World Naked Bike Ride 2011

Hey, check this out thousand of naked bikers out in the street of Portland.