Mexican industrial designer Victor M. Aleman has developed a concept fully collapsible, folding bicycle.
Lumbar and hip stretch
Lie on your back with your knees bent. Once relaxed bring one knee towards your chest holdin at the knee. Take it as close to the chest as possible without causing pain. Hold for the required period then return to the start position and repeat with the other leg.
One short and to the point, was:
"Has anyone heard of a Bunny Hop?"
Of course, (Slaps self on forehead with palm of hand.)
Take off vertically, jump over, completely missing said snake; the obvious answer.
Obvious that is to anyone who grew up in the s or later.
I started riding a bicycle over years ago and outside of a circus no one ever became airborne or did any kind of trick on a bicycle. The extent of doing anything mildly cleaver was to occasionally ride “no hands.”
All that changed in the s thanks to Evel Knievel doing dare devil jumps on his motorcycle, over school buses and such, and every male child in America immediately tried to emulate him on a bicycle.
Even a car will do the same, as demonstrated in the Steve McQueen movie, Bullitt.
A bicycle however, unless traveling at a high rate of speed downhill, will normally not reach enough inertia to do this.
I give top marks for the ingenuity of children, who discovered that one could simulate a jump by physically jumping upwards with a sharp downward thrust of the legs.
Thanks to Newton’s Third Law of Motion; “For every action there is an equal and opposite action.” The downward thrust of the legs causes the bike (or indeed a skateboard.) to jump with the rider.
Forward to the s and the introduction of the mountain bike. There was a generation of twenty-something’s who had grown up doing stunts on their BMX bikes. Some went riding on the trails, others went to the local park and practiced jumping up and down off picnic tables and such. The bunny hop was born.
The bicycle would never be the same again; no longer just a humble form of transport but something to perform all manner of tricks on.
Later the same would be born out of the Fixie craze; started out by emulating bike messengers who use a bike simply as the quickest way to get from point A to point B. Then developed into both a fashion statement and performing art form.
Anyway, back to the suggestion that I could have avoided running over the snake by executing a timely bunny hop. The reason this amused me was this.
Many of my generation are in retirement homes, hobbling around with the aid of a walker.
A little late to start devoting time to practicing bunny hops on the off chance I might encounter the occasional snake on my travels.
Picture this; old guy doing something over mph on bike.
Looks up and sees a snake in the road just a few feet away.
This same old guy is supposed to have the reflexes, as well as the strength and agility to execute a timely bunny hop over snake, and both bike rider and reptile then continue on their way.
"The purpose of Ken Kifer's Bike Pages is to share what I know about cycling and to encourage others to bicycle as well." This is the first line on Ken's website (www.kenkifer.com/bikepages), a venerable gold mine of information for the bicycle tourist.
Ken stopped by the Adventure Cycling office in June of 2003. While he has toured for many years, this was his first trip to this part of the country, on his way out to the Pacific Coast from his home in Scottsboro, Alabama. Georgia">Ken's reputation preceded him from the writings on his website. On his site, he relays his philosophy on life when talking about his love of nature.
"I fully believe that man is designed to be a part of Nature and that our turning away from it has created major problems for us." It is through this thinking that he developed a love for the bicycle and, in turn, became one of the biggest proponents of cycling in the nation.
His bike pages include practical cycling information, statistical analysis, personal accounts of long trips and local experiences, photos, and humor. To sum it all up, he said, "I promote using a bicycle instead of a motor vehicle because doing so is kind to the environment, good for the body, and good for the psyche."
Ken's individualism came through in his touring equipment as well. The bike he toured on sported a set of handmade panniers with fringe, tiny key locks for each pannier, a homemade paint job, and an Amish mudflap that he acquired on a tour in Pennsylvania. Perhaps the most unusual item that he carried was a solar panel, which sat on top of his rear panniers. It captured sunlight as he rode during the day so that he could power his laptop in the evenings.
It's through this laptop that Ken captured his thoughts. Everything that he wrote is there for our education and enjoyment. Ken remarked, "I'm sure that no one will agree with everything I say, but I do hope that what I say will encourage both thought and change."
We were privileged to have met him and will long remember him.
Source: Adventure Cycling Association