I am smoked from racing on the track yesterday & cyclocross today! Whew! I also made some stops over the weekend to hand out BFF programs too! Less than 3 weeks away!
Preparing for this issue, I read about Dick Proenneke, who lived alone in the Alaskan wilderness for 30 years. He had a cabin that he built himself and had no running water or electricity. No phone to call for help & no neighbors to check on him. He got most of his food from the land and the animals on it.
It may be a stretch but themes of the week's issue seem to have stemmed naturally from Dick's DIY ethos: moments of silence to counteract your daily hustle-bustle (his was a mega moment of silence!), railing gainst maximization, the dying ability to work on one's own bike & even striving to fly less as described by Adventure Syndicate below.
Nearly none of us can move to the mountains for 30 years like Dick, but maybe this issue can be a reminder to unplug however before you go insane and, when you can, grab a train instead of a car or plane!
thank you for reading & wishing you a great week ahead,
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📷 by yours truly after racing & prior to delivering BFF programs
"Bikes today perform better than ever, but many are too sophisticated for many home mechanics. What’s being lost?"
Joe Lindsey is on to something. Bikes don't have to be so complex & see brands returning to standard componentry & more (home)mechanics-friendly design choices.
The crew at Adventure Syndicate thinks so!
The link in the Radness section below adds rail ideas too!
"One hundred years ago roadbuilder Edward J. Mehren wrote that streets, should be redesigned for the utility of motorists alone. He got what he wished for as the U.S. became the first auto-dependent society. (Mehren also later got what he didn’t wish for: he was killed in a motor crash.)"
Two Carlton Reid reads in 2 weeks! On a roll!
We made a LinkedIn event for all of you business types! ; )
And, it makes it easy to add to your calendar!
Yes, you can show up earlier than 10 pm too! Especially if you want a tattoo!
Our party is the official opening night afterparty of the Bicycle Film Festival!
Hope to see you there!
"Having fun, exploring ideas, creating, solving, building great things for you and your customers, being proud of your work, challenging yourself, learning, growing, building a self-sustaining company on your own schedule, adding something useful to the world, and working with great people — that’s what this is all about. Not maximization of a metric."
"Taking time for silence restores the nervous system, helps sustain energy, and conditions our minds to be more adaptive and responsive. For example, silence is associated with developing new cells in the hippocampus, the key brain region associated with learning and memory."
Dick Proenneke's story not only influenced me to choose this article but to contemplate the paradigm of the more you do, the more rest you need.
Fix Everything's scarf with 'FIX EVERYTHING' & 'DO NOTHING' always reminded me too!
New FAT FAVs interview with long time friend of mine & Twotone's @oranfarag!
ah, man! Bummed to see Revue go & it has to be a much bigger bummer for Revue's founder & my friend Martijn de Kuijper.
Read Martijn's interview with me back in 2017 about how I use Revue here.
"I am heading to the minimalist, the Single Speed. And it is not just this, this is a metaphor for the direction I would like to take my cycling and communication with Further and also in my personal life."
Camille from Further is stepping away from social media and makes an allegory to choosing a single speed. I like it & respect it.
Check it out here: chronotrains.com