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  • Go Means Go! “around the world on a bicycle” | GO MEANS GO
    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 need brakes well because they acted as more of a hazard than a help Before synthetic wicking fabrics and padded cycling shorts Before clipless pedals and gps units There was a time when all you needed to cross the country was a bike a pistol and maybe an introduction letter from an official stating that you were an upstanding citizen and that you should be treated with respect To get a taste of times like this pick up Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens The original two volume work was published in 1887 in both the US and the UK and contained nearly 1 000 pages of text I borrowed a 1984 abridged version from the local library which is in the Seattle Library system or you can find a copy online in the abridged or two volume set be prepared to pay a pretty penny for an old copy of the two volume The first essential element of success is to have sufficient confidence iin one s self to brave the criticisms of a skeptical public So eight o clock on the morning of April 22 1884 finds me and my fifty inch machine on the Oakland pier With that Thomas Stevens started east riding his newly acquired black Columbia 50 inch Standard High Wheeler and carrying with him in his handlebar bag socks a spare shirt a raincoat that also acted as a tent and bedroll and a 38 Smith and Wesson pistol He met up and was welcomed by many cycling clubs that were popping up in cities everywhere He also had to protect himself from mountain a mountain lion dodge a wild horse stampede and travel over very poor roads you won t complain about Georgetown pot holes when you think of Stevens crossing the Sierras in the spring with paved roads not invented yet He arrived in Boston on August 4th 1884 In that he stopped for 20 days along the way and rode 83 1 2 days traveling a total distance of 3700 miles and completing the first transcontinental journey by bicycle That however was only the beginning He then went on to travel through more countries than you can count on both hands and was met with varying degrees of hospitality including spending the winter in Teheran Iran as a guest of the Shah and having to be hidden while in China as rioters were unhappy because of a war with the French and he was the closest around that resembled their enemy The bicycle portion of the book ends on December 17th 1886 123 years ago with by Steven s account totaled 13 500 miles Reading the abridged version was a little difficult at times it jumps around quite a bit which

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  • Go Means Go! bike touring | GO MEANS GO
    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 need brakes well because they acted as more of a hazard than a help Before synthetic wicking fabrics and padded cycling shorts Before clipless pedals and gps units There was a time when all you needed to cross the country was a bike a pistol and maybe an introduction letter from an official stating that you were an upstanding citizen and that you should be treated with respect To get a taste of times like this pick up Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens The original two volume work was published in 1887 in both the US and the UK and contained nearly 1 000 pages of text I borrowed a 1984 abridged version from the local library which is in the Seattle Library system or you can find a copy online in the abridged or two volume set be prepared to pay a pretty penny for an old copy of the two volume The first essential element of success is to have sufficient confidence iin one s self to brave the criticisms of a skeptical public So eight o clock on the morning of April 22 1884 finds me and my fifty inch machine on the Oakland pier With that Thomas Stevens started east riding his newly acquired black Columbia 50 inch Standard High Wheeler and carrying with him in his handlebar bag socks a spare shirt a raincoat that also acted as a tent and bedroll and a 38 Smith and Wesson pistol He met up and was welcomed by many cycling clubs that were popping up in cities everywhere He also had to protect himself from mountain a mountain lion dodge a wild horse stampede and travel over very poor roads you won t complain about Georgetown pot holes when you think of Stevens crossing the Sierras in the spring with paved roads not invented yet He arrived in Boston on August 4th 1884 In that he stopped for 20 days along the way and rode 83 1 2 days traveling a total distance of 3700 miles and completing the first transcontinental journey by bicycle That however was only the beginning He then went on to travel through more countries than you can count on both hands and was met with varying degrees of hospitality including spending the winter in Teheran Iran as a guest of the Shah and having to be hidden while in China as rioters were unhappy

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  • Go Means Go! book review | GO MEANS GO
    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 need brakes well because they acted as more of a hazard than a help Before synthetic wicking fabrics and padded cycling shorts Before clipless pedals and gps units There was a time when all you needed to cross the country was a bike a pistol and maybe an introduction letter from an official stating that you were an upstanding citizen and that you should be treated with respect To get a taste of times like this pick up Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens The original two volume work was published in 1887 in both the US and the UK and contained nearly 1 000 pages of text I borrowed a 1984 abridged version from the local library which is in the Seattle Library system or you can find a copy online in the abridged or two volume set be prepared to pay a pretty penny for an old copy of the two volume The first essential element of success is to have sufficient confidence iin one s self to brave the criticisms of a skeptical public So eight o clock on the morning of April 22 1884 finds me and my fifty inch machine on the Oakland pier With that Thomas Stevens started east riding his newly acquired black Columbia 50 inch Standard High Wheeler and carrying with him in his handlebar bag socks a spare shirt a raincoat that also acted as a tent and bedroll and a 38 Smith and Wesson pistol He met up and was welcomed by many cycling clubs that were popping up in cities everywhere He also had to protect himself from mountain a mountain lion dodge a wild horse stampede and travel over very poor roads you won t complain about Georgetown pot holes when you think of Stevens crossing the Sierras in the spring with paved roads not invented yet He arrived in Boston on August 4th 1884 In that he stopped for 20 days along the way and rode 83 1 2 days traveling a total distance of 3700 miles and completing the first transcontinental journey by bicycle That however was only the beginning He then went on to travel through more countries than you can count on both hands and was met with varying degrees of hospitality including spending the winter in Teheran Iran as a guest of the Shah and having to be hidden while in China as rioters were unhappy because of a war with the French and he was the closest around that resembled their enemy The bicycle portion of the book ends on December 17th 1886 123 years ago with by Steven s account totaled 13 500 miles Reading the abridged version was a little difficult at times it jumps around quite a bit which I guess

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  • Go Means Go! penny farthing friday | GO MEANS GO
    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 need brakes well because they acted as more of a hazard than a help Before synthetic wicking fabrics and padded cycling shorts Before clipless pedals and gps units There was a time when all you needed to cross the country was a bike a pistol and maybe an introduction letter from an official stating that you were an upstanding citizen and that you should be treated with respect To get a taste of times like this pick up Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens The original two volume work was published in 1887 in both the US and the UK and contained nearly 1 000 pages of text I borrowed a 1984 abridged version from the local library which is in the Seattle Library system or you can find a copy online in the abridged or two volume set be prepared to pay a pretty penny for an old copy of the two volume The first essential element of success is to have sufficient confidence iin one s self to brave the criticisms of a skeptical public So eight o clock on the morning of April 22 1884 finds me and my fifty inch machine on the Oakland pier With that Thomas Stevens started east riding his newly acquired black Columbia 50 inch Standard High Wheeler and carrying with him in his handlebar bag socks a spare shirt a raincoat that also acted as a tent and bedroll and a 38 Smith and Wesson pistol He met up and

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  • Go Means Go! thomas stevens | GO MEANS GO
    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 need brakes well because they acted as more of a hazard than a help Before synthetic wicking fabrics and padded cycling shorts Before clipless pedals and gps units There was a time when all you needed to cross the country was a bike a pistol and maybe an introduction letter from an official stating that you were an upstanding citizen and that you should be treated with respect To get a taste of times like this pick up Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens The original two volume work was published in 1887 in both the US and the UK and contained nearly 1 000 pages of text I borrowed a 1984 abridged version from the local library which is in the Seattle Library system or you can find a copy online in the abridged or two volume set be prepared to pay a pretty penny for an old copy of the two volume The first essential element of success is to have sufficient confidence iin one s self to brave the criticisms of a skeptical public So eight o clock on the morning of April 22 1884 finds me and my fifty inch machine on the Oakland pier With that Thomas Stevens started east riding his newly acquired black Columbia 50 inch Standard High Wheeler and carrying with him in his handlebar bag socks a spare shirt a raincoat that also acted as a tent and bedroll and a 38 Smith and Wesson pistol He met up and was welcomed by many cycling clubs that were popping up in cities everywhere He also had to protect himself from mountain a mountain lion dodge a wild horse stampede and travel over very poor roads you won t complain about Georgetown pot holes when you think of Stevens crossing the Sierras in the spring with paved roads not invented yet He arrived in Boston on August 4th 1884 In that he stopped for 20 days along the way and rode 83 1 2 days traveling a total distance of 3700 miles and completing the first transcontinental journey by bicycle That however was only the beginning He then went on to travel through more countries than you can count on both hands and was met with varying degrees of hospitality including spending the winter in Teheran Iran as a guest of the Shah and having to

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  • Go Means Go! Penny Farthing Friday: Book report | GO MEANS GO
    needed to cross the country was a bike a pistol and maybe an introduction letter from an official stating that you were an upstanding citizen and that you should be treated with respect To get a taste of times like this pick up Around the World on a Bicycle by Thomas Stevens The original two volume work was published in 1887 in both the US and the UK and contained nearly 1 000 pages of text I borrowed a 1984 abridged version from the local library which is in the Seattle Library system or you can find a copy online in the abridged or two volume set be prepared to pay a pretty penny for an old copy of the two volume The first essential element of success is to have sufficient confidence iin one s self to brave the criticisms of a skeptical public So eight o clock on the morning of April 22 1884 finds me and my fifty inch machine on the Oakland pier With that Thomas Stevens started east riding his newly acquired black Columbia 50 inch Standard High Wheeler and carrying with him in his handlebar bag socks a spare shirt a raincoat that also acted as a tent and bedroll and a 38 Smith and Wesson pistol He met up and was welcomed by many cycling clubs that were popping up in cities everywhere He also had to protect himself from mountain a mountain lion dodge a wild horse stampede and travel over very poor roads you won t complain about Georgetown pot holes when you think of Stevens crossing the Sierras in the spring with paved roads not invented yet He arrived in Boston on August 4th 1884 In that he stopped for 20 days along the way and rode 83 1 2 days traveling a total distance of 3700 miles and completing the first transcontinental journey by bicycle That however was only the beginning He then went on to travel through more countries than you can count on both hands and was met with varying degrees of hospitality including spending the winter in Teheran Iran as a guest of the Shah and having to be hidden while in China as rioters were unhappy because of a war with the French and he was the closest around that resembled their enemy The bicycle portion of the book ends on December 17th 1886 123 years ago with by Steven s account totaled 13 500 miles Reading the abridged version was a little difficult at times it jumps around quite a bit which I guess is fairly necessary in anything that goes from 1 000 pages down to less than 150 My favorite part of the edition that I read was the artwork The original engravings by W C Rogers and others were reproduced to the exact size and included as they did in the original work One of my current favorite images of all time right now is the one of Thomas Stevens hiding

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  • Go Means Go! Penny Farthing Friday: Bike Tour | GO MEANS GO
    one Take a look and read up on his trip Thanks to Stephen T for passing this along Trackback from your site Tags crazy guy on a bike penny farthing friday penny farthing touring steve stevens thomas stevens touring Ryan Living in and loving Alaska A passion for human powered transportation Beer drinker Hell raiser Two wheels one love Leave a comment 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 12 2015 Ryan I m right there with you on this bike all I can think of is for 5k i could build a carbon race bike an aluminum crit bike and a vintage steel framed commuter All of which could stand out in a group ride which is what people by custom bikes for to stand out I just think if your going the custom route it

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  • Go Means Go! Just Ride: The Secrets of Unracing | GO MEANS GO
    practical traditional looking steel bikes with comfortable cockpits fenders and racks and uncomplicated technology He is the man the term retrogrouch was coined to describe and although many make jokes about comically long stems and tweed underwear it is often still with respect for what he does He begins the book by presenting the concept of the UnRacer the antithesis of the spandex clad faux race bike riding folks we all are familiar and some of us probably identify with To put it politely Petersen is passionate about the influence professional road racing has had on cycling as a whole To put it bluntly he sees it something of a cancer on the rest of the cycling community and dedicates a good portion of the book trying to reverse some of the damage This includes topics along the lines of Your bike is the wrong size Clipless pedals wait why and Dude put on some pants okay my titles but accurate Much of the rest of the book touches on nearly every aspect of cycling whether it s health stop carbo loading tubby technique you will never hit corners the same way again gear saddlebags are awesome no one surprised and various technical aspect like what the Q in Q factor stands for Many of these things are presented as fact not opinion and there are no extensive BQ esque diagrams and charts trying to win you over to his side And maybe because of this the tone is very conversational and I found it pleasant to read even those items I didn t agree with which were the minority Overall this is a quick enjoyable read I m not sure if it would have the effect of de racing those entrenched in the commuter peloton but it is nice to have a solid book to remind the rest of us we re not alone in our desire to normalize cycling assuming you can accept wearing a rain poncho as ever being normal My only complaint is the unusual shape which ironically seems designed to stand out instead of perform while in use but I could be off base It might be shaped to best fit in a saddlebag Thanks to Ben over at Back Alley Bike Repair for passing this my way for review The book is will be available in both bike shops and book stores as well as through Rivendell directly so keep your eye out If you or your local shop is carrying it post where in the comments Grant Petersen will be doing a book signing reading and ride this Friday May 11th at Freerange Cycles in Fremont Get in touch with them for more information greghxc Urban cyclist bicycle events planner and consumer of fine beers and vegan food Comments 1 Robert Hoehne May 14 2012 at 8 05 PM good review finished reading my copy and I loved it Not sure I ll be wearing a loose shirt on my next 200km ride

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