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  • Go Means Go! man zou | GO MEANS GO
    to listen to and learn from those we encountered The movie was shot very well had a light hearted feel and had a score that added a seriously professional feel Director Jason Reid is from Seattle and the others that took part in the film are Seattle based so most if not all that had a part in it were present excepting Doven their guide who seemed very friendly and was indispensable during their entire trip It seems that any documentary that is done about China can too easily shine poorly on the country as a whole Sure the people may be nice but they are shadowed by a government that keeps their people down and rules with an iron fist Whether that is the case or not the film followed these 5 men as they traveled on bicycle through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth In the US I feel like the bicycle is a vehicle for environmental and political change For the most part in China this isn t the case You ride a bicycle because it makes sense They are cheap reliable and honestly they take up less space People didn t see what they did as a radical form of saying Fuck you to the oil companies it was more of a That looks like a pretty strange way to have fun Wouldn t it make more sense to take a bus It was though the film was shot through innocent eyes by people that had not heard anything that had taken place in China prior to their arrival I liked this It blew my assumptions of China out of the water and opened my eyes to the beauty that has been shrouded by the red curtain and cloud of smog They didn t get into any political discussions on the road It was however impossible to ignore the gross levels of pollution contaminating the industrial areas To breath in air that you can see can not be avoided especially if you are taxing your body in the first place To travel by bike you can not hide from the environment as you can in an air conditioned car You are the environment It hurt a little to see the damage that is done in an effort to keep goods cheap for the richer nations the US included The crowd to watch Man Zou was not necessarily what I was expecting There were 10 bicycles parked out front none of which were mine but I was expecting more of a cycling crowd I didn t recognize anyone at the screening Out of 300 people there I didn t know one It made me feel a little odd a cycling movie that I didn t know was screening until someone from NYC emailed me about it To show up and not recognize anyone I wasn t bummed but excited I love meeting new people and seeing the overlap of folks that enjoy good independent film

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  • Go Means Go! Things you read. Or just look at the pictures. Or heck- burn them. | GO MEANS GO
    and occasionally down whatever surface lay ahead The best roads were gravel that had been recently oiled Multiple times they had to stop and find a brazier as the welds failed on the bikes sometimes while riding The coaster brake hubs that the bikes were equipped with though the best at the time still had to be rebuilt after big decents No Phil Wood grease available they used Vaseline the best thing going They learned little tricks like chopping down a tree when they reached the top of a grade and tying it to the rear of their bikes for the descent saving the wear on their brake They camped outside fished for their dinner worked when they needed money had run ins with pick pockets and hustlers as well as meeting many kind people along the way The two boys just out of highschool arrived in Seattle with many stories to tell and in time to gain their 25 Two Wheels North contains pictures of the postcards that were sent to keep in touch with their family and the Press Democrat as well as photos of the boys A daunting task for anyone the fact that these kids were just out of high school makes their trip even more intriguing A good story and a quick read with a look back at what the West was at the towns as they were just coming into their own and the people that lived there People familiar with the West Coast may find this book more entertaining but anyone with a love for cycling history will likely appreciate it I d give it a 4 out of 5 stars Continue Reading I love my bike book Seattle Written by Ryan on February 13 2010 Posted in art books Events Travel No Comments Matt and Brittain came through town last month and snapped some photos of those that were into the idea of supporting their book I love my bike It s a pretty neat project and it sounds like they ve met some great people Here are a couple pics from their gallery online Check out the website HERE Bubba Ryan Carmen I can t remember this guy s name but he loves his bike too It was nice to meet Matt and Brittain both and we are excited to see how the book turns out Continue Reading Penny Farthing Friday Book Report Written by Ryan on December 18 2009 Posted in books Penny farthing Travel 3 Comments I have planned many epic bike tours in my head Whether it s riding down the Pacific Coast from Vancouver to Baja riding across the US a tour of Italy or a ride across Europe I ve romanticized the freedom enjoyed during a lengthy bike tour In reality I have very little touring experience It s limited to trips of a couple days in length on the coast of California and can better be described as bike camping than bike touring Don t get me wrong I have traveled a lot and I ve traveled WITH my bike riding in many of this nation s fine cities I just haven t traveled ON my bike much I will One day My old ride was a Cannondale touring bike which was fully dressed with racks bags fenders built for the road I used the bike for work and it was a great urban bike Eventually it became time to upgrade the wheels and drivetrain needed to be replaced but it cost more than I had or could spend I gave the bike to a friend and downgraded to a bike given to me A spray painted camouflage Huffy totally chopped and screwed No shifters the rear derailleur was fixed into place and acted as a chain tensioner Changing the gears on the chainring was possible however through a simple though slightly dangerous procedure While pedaling you could reach down and grab the chain lifting it onto the chainring of your choice No big deal I called the bike Two Speeds of Trouble or Trouble for short While riding my new steed I oft thought back to a sticker that I had on an old Stumpjumper that read I d rather push my bike than ride a Huffy Well there I was trying to think of new slogans Huffys are for Toughies or I d rather ride a Huffy than walk I liked that old bike I think that riding a bike like that helped expand my love for all things two wheeled I rode that bike because if I don t have a bike in my life I m just not that happy It s a habit that I don t want to kick Bike touring is often thought of as something for elite people You need to have a modern touring specific bike with a 27 gears and disk or cantilever brakes You need to have new gear ultra light sleeping bag tent shoes computer all the bells and whistles straight out of an REI catalog The fact is that there is a human element to bike touring that is often overlooked The engine You can ride anything you want on a bike tour heck I want to read about a mini bike tour The only thing likely to change if you choose a set up that is not optimal is the speed you will travel and the distance traveled per day If you have the time then you can make anything work Back in the old days I sometimes think that people were tougher I don t know if that s true or not but the people that ate boot leather when times got tough were definitely of a different mind if not body than those of us that eat Top Ramen when times are tough There was a time when riding a bike was done on hard rubber tires When a one speed was all you needed and you didn t

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  • Go Means Go! a dog in a hat | GO MEANS GO
    that they are wholly dedicated to it and it s unlikely that we would travel the same circles It reminds me of the song Mamas don t let your babies grow up to be Cowboys They ll never stay home and they re always alone even with someone they love And well sometimes they can sound a little cocky full of themselves and little bit like a prima donna This doesn t prevent me from being fascinated by the sport of cycling as well as the riders A Dog in a Hat is one of the better books I have read regarding racing and I enjoyed an American s perspective on European racing I found out a lot about Belgian racing and it is pretty gnarly Kermis racing new to me before sounds like a blessing and curse I can t help but envy the folks in Belgium who have so many opportunities to watch racing in their daily lives The racers give their all for prizes equaling what a mid sized alley cat might offer I have a healthy respect for people that push their bodies to the limit it order to excel in their sport Cycling and doping can often be found in the same sentence and are rarely found without the other in an article or even paragraph Joe s stories of people s concoctions various ways of getting a jump on the competition and the sometimes comical outcome is well written and definitely worth the read Last I heard Joe Parkin is now a reviewer for Bike Radar and I look forward to his expertise and writing style in the future Great job Joe A Dog In A Hat 2009 Velopress 21 95 Continue Reading Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan

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  • Go Means Go! joe parkin | GO MEANS GO
    are wholly dedicated to it and it s unlikely that we would travel the same circles It reminds me of the song Mamas don t let your babies grow up to be Cowboys They ll never stay home and they re always alone even with someone they love And well sometimes they can sound a little cocky full of themselves and little bit like a prima donna This doesn t prevent me from being fascinated by the sport of cycling as well as the riders A Dog in a Hat is one of the better books I have read regarding racing and I enjoyed an American s perspective on European racing I found out a lot about Belgian racing and it is pretty gnarly Kermis racing new to me before sounds like a blessing and curse I can t help but envy the folks in Belgium who have so many opportunities to watch racing in their daily lives The racers give their all for prizes equaling what a mid sized alley cat might offer I have a healthy respect for people that push their bodies to the limit it order to excel in their sport Cycling and doping can often be found in the same sentence and are rarely found without the other in an article or even paragraph Joe s stories of people s concoctions various ways of getting a jump on the competition and the sometimes comical outcome is well written and definitely worth the read Last I heard Joe Parkin is now a reviewer for Bike Radar and I look forward to his expertise and writing style in the future Great job Joe A Dog In A Hat 2009 Velopress 21 95 Continue Reading Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram

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  • Go Means Go! book | GO MEANS GO
    the continued use of analogue techniques He is a major contributor to Rouleur Magazine www timmkoelln com Continue Reading Book review Two Wheels North Written by Ryan on July 22 2010 Posted in books Gear Reviews 3 Comments Two Wheels North Bicycling the West Coast in 1909 by Eveln McDaniel Gibb tells the story of two boys Vic McDaniel and Ray Francisco that left their home in 1909 to ride their wheels north to Seattle for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition It took them 54 days They kept in touch with their local paper the Santa Rosa Press Democrat who s editor promised them 25 if they made it all the way to the fair On their best day they traveled 64 miles over roads that could scarcely be called roads at all Many miles were traveled on foot pushing their heavy steel bikes and packs up and occasionally down whatever surface lay ahead The best roads were gravel that had been recently oiled Multiple times they had to stop and find a brazier as the welds failed on the bikes sometimes while riding The coaster brake hubs that the bikes were equipped with though the best at the time still had to be rebuilt after big decents No Phil Wood grease available they used Vaseline the best thing going They learned little tricks like chopping down a tree when they reached the top of a grade and tying it to the rear of their bikes for the descent saving the wear on their brake They camped outside fished for their dinner worked when they needed money had run ins with pick pockets and hustlers as well as meeting many kind people along the way The two boys just out of highschool arrived in Seattle with many stories to tell and in time to gain their 25 Two Wheels North contains pictures of the postcards that were sent to keep in touch with their family and the Press Democrat as well as photos of the boys A daunting task for anyone the fact that these kids were just out of high school makes their trip even more intriguing A good story and a quick read with a look back at what the West was at the towns as they were just coming into their own and the people that lived there People familiar with the West Coast may find this book more entertaining but anyone with a love for cycling history will likely appreciate it I d give it a 4 out of 5 stars Continue Reading I love my bike book Seattle Written by Ryan on February 13 2010 Posted in art books Events Travel No Comments Matt and Brittain came through town last month and snapped some photos of those that were into the idea of supporting their book I love my bike It s a pretty neat project and it sounds like they ve met some great people Here are a couple pics from their gallery online

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  • Go Means Go! two wheels north | GO MEANS GO
    at the time still had to be rebuilt after big decents No Phil Wood grease available they used Vaseline the best thing going They learned little tricks like chopping down a tree when they reached the top of a grade and tying it to the rear of their bikes for the descent saving the wear on their brake They camped outside fished for their dinner worked when they needed money had run ins with pick pockets and hustlers as well as meeting many kind people along the way The two boys just out of highschool arrived in Seattle with many stories to tell and in time to gain their 25 Two Wheels North contains pictures of the postcards that were sent to keep in touch with their family and the Press Democrat as well as photos of the boys A daunting task for anyone the fact that these kids were just out of high school makes their trip even more intriguing A good story and a quick read with a look back at what the West was at the towns as they were just coming into their own and the people that lived there People familiar with the West Coast may find this book more entertaining but anyone with a love for cycling history will likely appreciate it I d give it a 4 out of 5 stars Continue Reading Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram Ryan on Instagram Flickr Group Recent Comments Example 1 The Humpday Hustler Benny Blanco June 18 2015 Hi Bryan appreciate the review I m doing the same mod to the lock I just picked up the body does feel bulky and plasticy Just one question where did you get the sweet Abus stick Thanks Holger Ketterle June

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  • Go Means Go! Book review: Two Wheels North | GO MEANS GO
    the way The two boys just out of highschool arrived in Seattle with many stories to tell and in time to gain their 25 Two Wheels North contains pictures of the postcards that were sent to keep in touch with their family and the Press Democrat as well as photos of the boys A daunting task for anyone the fact that these kids were just out of high school makes their trip even more intriguing A good story and a quick read with a look back at what the West was at the towns as they were just coming into their own and the people that lived there People familiar with the West Coast may find this book more entertaining but anyone with a love for cycling history will likely appreciate it I d give it a 4 out of 5 stars Tags book review two wheels north Ryan Living in and loving Alaska A passion for human powered transportation Beer drinker Hell raiser Two wheels one love Comments 3 Nova July 22 2010 at 10 20 AM ah yes such a good book friend passed it on to me over the winter and i devoured it made me miss my longer biketouring escapades SO MUCH and even inspired my friend to go on a longer trip of their own only had one bike camping venture this year can t wait to get back to the San Juans later this summer whee N Reply Sarah July 22 2010 at 10 33 AM Read this over the winter as well Quick and interesting read Reply Ian July 22 2010 at 7 01 PM I m working in Santa Rosa all this month I ll have to check out this book and see if there are any old pictures of the town

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  • Go Means Go! Penny Farthing, or the Ordinary. A bicycle that has a large front wheel and a small rear wheel. No chain- with pedals attached to the front hub. The bigger the wheel, the bigger the gear. I love them. | GO MEANS GO
    that people other than myself have a soft spot for those beautifully dangerous machines of simpler times and harder skulls No promises as to the consistency of penny farthing posts but we ll give it a go Toad on a penny farthing or Mr Toad s Wild Ride in Los Angeles Louise Chen Graphite and white ink on tea dyed BFK Rives paper Continue Reading Monster Farthing Written by Ryan on June 1 2010 Posted in Penny farthing 1 Comment I saw this over on the bffworld Twitter and since it s been a while since anything Penny Farthing related has passed through these parts I figured I d throw it up here Wow Continue Reading Penny Farthing Friday Written by Ryan on April 16 2010 Posted in Penny farthing 2 Comments The Highwheel Bicycle Club Photo by Royce Bair year unknown Continue Reading Penny Farthing Friday Written by Ryan on April 9 2010 Posted in Penny farthing No Comments A cat for your mousepad Not sure where the original image is from but it looks pretty awesome and a little creepy Continue Reading Penny Farthing Friday Written by Ryan on April 2 2010 Posted in Penny farthing No Comments Drawing by Elizabeth Chamberlin See her blog and more work HERE Continue Reading Penny Farthing Friday Written by Ryan on March 26 2010 Posted in Penny farthing No Comments Penny Farthing girl February March 1956 24 year old Frances Pidgeon singer dancer on a Penny Farthing bike borrowed from The Troubadour Club Continue Reading 1 2 3 4 Last Our Sponsors Find Us On Facebook GoMeansGo on Twitter Tall Bryan on Instagram Ryan on Instagram Flickr Group Recent Comments Example 1 The Humpday Hustler Benny Blanco June 18 2015 Hi Bryan appreciate the review I m doing the same mod

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