Off-bike due to Injury

6 weeks ago, I broke my collarbone – it has been quite odd being off the bike for such a long time – my longest time EVER since adopting the bicycle life-style more than 1o years ago.

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(not my clavicle, I don’t have images from my doctor) accessed here 24 july 2017.

With surgery and proper rest, now moving on to running and working on range of motion with low-weight-high-repetition activity, I am feeling good and getting excited about getting back on the bike again.

I will accept advice from those who have made a similar transition back to the bike from such an injury.

Thank you.

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Roosevelt Island in the #DMV

For all you who ride the Mt Vernon Trail as a commuter, or as recreational cyclists – what do you think about the mulch and repaving scenario going on the Roosevelt Island parking lot?

If the mulch is dry, the route is doable. But in the spring, as it is now, the mulch gets VERY wet, basically unsafe and thus requires the cyclist to walk his or her bicycle through that section sometimes. I find this a bit troublesome because nobody ever asks drivers to push their cars around construction zones. This act is only demanded of cyclists.

But, in the flip-side, there are some decent, albeit more challenging in terms of hills and climbing, routes that are perfectly fine to ride to get around this section. Either up or down Wilson Blvd and around the cemetery ; or up or down the road by the Arlington courthouse and around the cemetery. This second route involves a very serious climb if moving away from the cemetery toward Clarendon.

Are there any cyclists out there who use these routes to get around the mulchy section at Roosevelt Island? Oh, I must add that this whole section is getting repaved – both the parking lot AND the bike trail segments. So it will be nice after the work is done.

Let me know your thoughts.

Thank you.

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Riding on the Mt. Vernon Trail

The National Parks Service, grand organization, operates a beautiful pathway (the Mt. Vernon Trail) along the Potomac River – running from the Key Bridge (between Rosslyn, Va and Georgetown, DC) to George Washington’s historical estate, Mt. Vernon.

It is used by children, adults of all ages in all states of fitness and health as well as cyclists. Its distance runs through several neighborhoods as it curves near the river through Alexandria, VA and south.

It is also used by commuters who use it to connect to the Washington & Old Dominion Trail (W & OD). It is here that I want to make my point.

Much of the trail runs south in full view of the DC/Arlington bound traffic. The trail has faded yellow lines marking the “lanes,” but they do not reflect any light. The result of this is that ALL cyclists riding south have a very hard time seeing the trail because in the dark/dusk it blends into the grass around it – as these same cyclists must also contend with the huge number of car headlights shining on them (which also inhibits sight and safety).

Cyclists can use a lot of light on their own bikes or course, but this is also dangerous for other cyclists (and surely annoying to drivers).

So what we need is to work with National Parks Service to repaint the yellow stripes on the trail in order to make it a safer trail.

Please contact NPS and make your voice heard.

Thank you,

J.L.

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#Cycling in Traffic (#bikedc, #bikeva)

Who enjoys riding in traffic as much as I?

Not only is it my right to do so, but if I ride safely, I can enjoy a lot of terrain that soooo many drivers would rather have me avoid.

But MORE cyclists need to get out there on the streets. If we can do so, it will become even safer to ride our bikes on the roads funded by our taxes.

Cheers (be safe, have fun on your bike).

J.

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#Cycling at Night #bikedc

Who wants to go on long exploratory bike rides at night through the DC Metro area?

Please contact Jesse (@jlibraryist)

Also, e-mail: jesse@meta21st.com

Thank you.

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DC Midnight Marauders #bikedc – #Cycling at Night

marauders_logoA few of you in the DMV might know of a cycling group that still exists in Chicago called the Midnight Marauders.

I rode many long nights with this bunch when I lived there. We rode all over Chicago – west, north and south.

I am aware that Bicycle Space bike shop in the District operates a regular ride called City Explorers.

But what we really need is to take the pleasures of bike riding in the Metro Area and blend them with the pleasures of riding at night time.

Traffic is light (much much lighter) and the city lights can be seen better.

The goal of this post is to start a nighttime cycling group called DC Midnight Marauders and to drum support. We will mix DC exploration by bicycle (year-round) on either a Friday or Saturday night, plan the route in advance, and then ride everywhere. The more people we have, the more places we will be able to ride. And yes, we will start each ride about Midnight.

We will eventually have a Twitter for information related ONLY to DC Midnight Marauders as well as a meetup and this blog will be another destination for DC Midnight Marauders info.

But for now, you can reply here with your show of support or to my personal twitter profile, @jlibraryist.

Who wants to #bikedc in the dark of the night?

Thank you. I look forward to our rides.

Jesse

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E-Bikes are Motorized vehicles…

All the e-bikes I have seen in use are quite rapid. In fact, they are faster than many bicycle peddlers (those who pedal) can move their bikes.

The reason for is is the machine pedal-assist that sends the rider to speeds faster than many casual cyclists, but slower than the speed of a scooter or moped.

Has anyone asked the question about whether these are motorized vehicles?

I am leaning toward “yes” on this question.

The result would be that e-bikes would have NO place on recreational trails. In fact, these electric bicycles go so fast, I think they should go out to the streets with traffic.

Thoughts, rants, considerations?

Thanks for reading.

Jesse

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