Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Ski Bike - part 2

This past Sunday Richard and his infant daughter Annabelle joined me for more ski bike fun. We alternated between riding and capturing video, so the footage is more interesting. We even had a couple of wipeouts to liven things up!

And Richard also took some photos.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Ski Bike!

Below is a video of me trying out a ski bike. This odd thing is yet another beastie that came through the re-Cycles Co-op, and is a standard kid's BMX frame, but with skis in place of the wheels! I finally had a chance to take it to the nearest hill (at the Arboretum beside Dow's Lake) to see what it's like. I hope to have someone accompany me on the next trip to take the video, since the POV shot isn't all that exciting (although taking the shot myself while riding the bike downhill sure was!).

For some reason the bike still has pedals, though the chainring has been removed. I think they are a liability, because they are very close to the ground and if they rotate even slightly then they dig in and cause problems. Fortunately, the bottom bracket bearings are either set to be stiff, or have just start corroding in place, as the cranks don't turn all that well...

I processed the video file with iMovie, and have posted it to YouTube. Turn your sound up if you want to hear me yapping away during the two clips.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Stephen Harper's true colours (and none of them are Green)


In the News, it has come to light that back in 2002 our current PM stated that "Kyoto is essentially a socialist scheme to suck money out of wealth-producing nations." While the accord may not be perfect, its goals are laudable, and the reasons for reaching them are undeniable.

Should I go and park my cargo trike on Parliament Hill and see if he and his party get the connection?