Don’t call an 82-year-old a finisher. Or a bicycle thief a risk taker

The unexpected fact is the fact that makes the news. A given 23-year-old wins a long-distance road race, but if that 23-year-old had not won the race, another rider, slightly younger or older, would have. There will always be a winner, and over the long haul, the list of winners is as interesting as turning a compost pile (for we all become food for worms eventually). So why did an Ironman competition in Canada catch my eye? Because one of the competitors, at 82, the oldest woman to complete an Ironman, enlarges our understanding of the possible well beyond the rote inevitability of youth. (Triathlon Juice)

Copenhagen wants to encourage bicycling over longer distances, so it’s adding bicycle “superhighways” to better connect the city to its suburbs. (NPR)

Danville, Illinois, seeks resident input into its plans for transportation improvements, including projects affecting people who walk, ride a bicycle or take the bus. One of the riders who would like to see better infrastructure is an engineer with the city. (The News-Gazette)

You can’t make serious money stealing bicycles. So why is the act of thievery so attractive? Because it’s virtually risk free. (Priceonomics)

Here’s a lovely 2009 essay on bicycles at Stanford University by Verlyn Klinkenborg, though he seems to favor a slower method of getting around. (New York Times)

Tired of the same old cuss words? Looking for a new and different way to heap abuse upon a broken spoke, a squeaky chain or an intransigent fellow rider? What you need is the Shakespearean Insulter, thou spongy dismal-dreaming bladder! (Chris Seidel)

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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