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First tour of the year...

Posted by trikebum on March 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Mar 2/13

Left P'boro 7:15 a.m. Temps -10 with 17 km winds from the NNW.  Overcast skies...

The paved roads are bare and dry. I feel my biggest challenge will be when I hit Boundary Rd. A dirt road that runs along the N sde of the Ganaraska forest. Unpredictable at ths time of year...

After leaving I find my rear left brake cable is frozen. I stop on Cty Rd 21 and try to free cable but to no avail. I have a steep downhill into Millbrook coming up... with a stop sign at the bottom. I've hit 50 km there before...

My fingers and toes are beginning to sting as the cold wind whips across the snowy  fields...

At 26 kms I cautiously drag brake on the descent into the quaint village of Millbrook. This is where they filmed The Musicman with Mathew Broderick.

As I slowly climb out of the village the pain in my neck reminds me that I really must devise a neckrest for my recumbent seat. Old ski injury that only bothers me when climbing.

At the top the winds kick in again...just when my digits were starting to thaw...but the sun breaks out and lifts my spirits. I stop and shelter from the wind and take 5 for a puff and pee,,,,with the sun on mmy face....ahhh..

At 40 km I hit the Boundary Rd.......for the next 10 km...short vicious rollers ice glazed in areas...

A winter walk

Posted by trikebum on February 20, 2013 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

 Went for a 10 km hike up to Jackson Pk and then downtown to pick up some real peanut butter from The Main Ingredient and a 6 pak at LCBO on Sherbrooke St and back home.

Why bike lanes are a bad idea

Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 7:59 PM Comments comments (0)

This needs to be read by every cyclist:

-A bike lane is a lane reserved for cyclists, and it's usually on the rightedge of the roadway. Bike lanes are separated from the rest of traffic by a solid or striped line.

If you ride regularly, you probably have somebody in your life who's just itching to tell you that the city ought to put a bike lane on every major street. "It will be safer," these folk proclaim. Are they right?

No. Bike lanes only do two things: they make life worse for cyclists, and they allow politicians and uninformed advocates to feel that they've "done something for cycling."

This page will outline some of the problems that bike lanes create. More

Mayor of TO walls-out cyclists

Posted by trikebum on January 10, 2011 at 4:46 PM Comments comments (0)

Rob Ford cuts $60 vehicle tax for motorists and makes up for it by taxing transit riders $60.


Finding money left over (as there are more transit riders) he uses the excess to pay for concrete to wall-out cyclists from the roads.


This is Rob Ford math. Does it work for you? BTW most transit riders are low income. They pay for the tax cuts.


He wants people underground and cyclists behind walls. Rob Ford loves cars and hates people.


A bang or a whimper?

Posted by trikebum on January 6, 2011 at 2:01 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems like the old year has gone out with a whimper for me. Too much good food and drink,and too little exercise. I know....join the club.

The Illusion of Safety

Posted by trikebum on June 15, 2009 at 6:42 PM Comments comments (0)

The Illusion of Safety

Critics argue that the safety claims made for bicycle lanes are unfounded. “There’s no scientificevidence that’s ever been found anywhere that bike lanes make cycling safe,” says John Forester, a cycling transportation engineer from LemonGrove, California. “It doesn’t do anything for the turning and crossing movements, which all have to continue.”

Forester and his followers—they call themselves“Foresterites”—advocate what they term “vehicular cycling.” In vehicular cycling, a cyclist operates a bicycle as if it were a car. Forester has created courses that teach cyclists how to break away from what they had been taught as youngsters. Instead of staying glued to the gutter at the right edge of the roadway, the vehicular method calls for cyclists to enter the flow of traffic when appropriate.

If Myslin had subscribed to this school of bicycling, so the argument goes, he would have entered the stream of traffic and stayed behind the truck as any car would have, instead of pulling along its right side. He would have followed the truck and crossed the intersection after its sweeping right turn, avoiding that vicious but all too common right hook.

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Where's it from?

Posted by trikebum on May 11, 2009 at 7:01 PM Comments comments (0)
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A letter to the Peterborough Farmer's Market:


Dear farmers and produce retailers,


Many people today are very concerned about where their food comes from; for environmental, personal health, ethical and political reasons.

For instance, the buy local movement means supporting local farmers, crafts people and businesses.

And for environmental reasons do we eally want to eat food that comes from half way round the world?

Think of the emmisions created with all that travelling. And do other countries' health and environmental regulations toward the release of chemicals and toxins while growing food or manufacturing a product reflect our own?


To this end, myself and many friends support our local farmers' markets. We want to reward our farmers for their hard work and tenacity in the face of globalization to grow food for our table. In return we enjoy the healthful fruit of their labours, picked at the peak of taste and nutrition in an environmentally sustainable way. What we also get in return is assurance that they will prosper, and still be in business 10 or 20 years from now,


In the supermarket we read labels before buying. One of the things we look for is where it's from, and we make our decisions accordingly.

Besides ingredients and nutrition I have a local priority when I buy: (1) is it from Peterborough and area? (2) is it from Ontario? (3) is it from Canada?

If the origin of the product is not labelled I won't buy it. We the consumers have a right to choose where their food comes from and most supermarkets know that and label their produce accordingly.


What I and my friends are asking of our farmers and retailers is; please do the same for us. We want to see transperancy when purchasing from you. If you grew it yourself be proud and let us know. If you bought from another farmer give them credit. If you bought from the Ontaro Food Terminal or another wholesaler, please let us know the country of origin. We want to support you but we want to choose the origin of the food that goes into our belly.


For instance, if I knew where the green peppers were from in February, I would prefer to buy them from the farmers' market even if they were retailed and not grown themselves. Why? Because the peppers would have been handled a lot less and with more care than at a supermarket. Plus I'm supporting local business which helps us all. But if the peppers aren't labelled with province or country of origin I will by them from the supermarket. I know I can always ask where its' from, but retailers sometimes haven't taken the time or concern to find out. And besides, if we're buying 7 different kinds of vegetables, we don't want have to ask 7 different times at every booth to find out. To quote an old farmer's saying, we won't buy a pig in a poke. Would you?


In this spirit, please help us help you. Please label origin of all produce and give us a choice. We'd rather buy from you than a national supermarket chain. Please discuss this with each other.



Barry Davidson and other  concerned friends of the market.


Boycot Cheap Chinese Crap

Posted by trikebum on April 11, 2009 at 12:43 PM Comments comments (0)
 There are many reasons not to buy cheap crap from China:
the environment, human rights, Tibet, melamine in pet food and baby formula, bottom trawling, not honouring fishing moratoriums.
The reason big business and governments want to do business with China is pure greed. The only reason consumers buy from China is pure greed. Meanwhile our local economies go in the toilet for want of jobs. Our neighbours are out of work and we still buy from China.
I find it difficult to buy fish that's not from China. Most frozen veg is from China. Now grocery stores are selling 'fresh' Chinese produce: garlic, snow peas, beans. Meanwhile our farmers can't find markets to get a decent price for their produce.
Sorry, but when I want Chinese food I'll order in, from a Chinese Canadian restaurant.

Oh and I didn't mention forced child labour.So all you people who like to buy cheap Chinese junk, think about what you are supporting. Nuff said.

P M from Canada writes: I was just wondering, when exactly was your last fact finding (and verifying) trip to China? Also, I was wondering exactly what premium you're willing to pay for things Made In Canada? Many of us talk a good game on that last one, but statistics belie the truth.
I don't need to go to China to see the crap they produce, or to read of their human rights atrocities, or to see the degradation of the ocean ecology caused by bottom trawling or a culture that would put toxic chemicals in food and toothpaste for profit.
I'm happy to buy most of my food from the farmer's mkt supporting local friends and neighbours. At the moment I am having a pair of socks knitted for me from wool I bought from a local sheep farmer and it will cost me $18 when I could be buying 2 pairs for $5 from China, and I will be happy to suck it up and wear them proudly.
The problem with the majority of people in this country is they want to make the big wages but they won't support a Canadian wage when they make purchases. Then they say they can't find anything local so they have to buy from China. If all you hypocrites keep it up eventually there will be no choices. There is only one reason to suport China: GREED.

Steve Mitchell from Canada writes:
People throw around this word of greed when it should be profits. And profits are how people feed their families. The challenge was that procedures and checks and balances were not put in place as the companies exported their manufacturing to China. The inevitable corner cutting to the point of safety has occured.

Food is easily solved - grow your own, buy local meat and produce from your area instead of frozen and packaged foods. When you are buying goods, shop at stores like Lee Valley, MEC to source goods not from China.
Steve, excessive profit is GREED. People who buy cheap crap at the lowest price knowing it will not last and be thrown in the landfill to be replaced by more cheap crap, and resell it at a large profit are GREEDY.
People who make $25-$50 an hour and spend it on products from people who make $3 a day (or less, or nothing) are GREEDY.
LV and MEC are 2 of my favourite stores. They make a profit but are principalled and not GREEDY. We can all learn from them; businesses and ordinary Canadians.
BUY LOCAL-BOYCOTT CHINA for the health of our planet, our friends and our loved ones.

trikebum takes toronto

Posted by trikebum on March 15, 2009 at 6:02 PM Comments comments (0)

So I'm going down Danforth Ave............this is like 2 lanes going one way with cars parked in the curb lane, leaving a good 1/2 a lane to ride in w/o worrying about the dor zone.( I'll post a pic later)

So I'm sitting in that 1/2 lane waiting for the light to change and just as it turns green, a cyclist brushes by me on my right yelling "are you nuts?" He then proceeds to ride in the door zone and weave in and out among the parked cars hugging th curb. THen he gets up on the s/w for 1/2 a block, then back to the gutter. BTW, I"m easil;y keeping up with him andn I watch him turn right on Main St., cross the road and onto the s/w, going down main against traffic! Is he nuts???

Water is a Canadian right.....dammit!

Posted by trikebum on March 8, 2009 at 2:34 PM Comments comments (0)
As I travel across this blessed province by tricycle....water is my biggest concern. People who walk or cycle for long distances need potable water just to survive...and can not always afford to pay for it.

No matter how poor a Canadian is.....where they live...... or how they choose to travel ..they should have a right to drinking water without charge. This should be enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms!.

I've had occasion to be out of water on a hot day in the middle of nowhere and pulled into a country covenience store where they lived on-site. I asked if I could fill my water bottles at their outside spigot and they told me the water was undrinkable but they could sell me bottled water. It was from another country and more expensive than soft drinks! I travel on a budget of $20 a day when I'm touring, and if I had to pay much more I wouldn't be able to travel around this beautiful provice. Maybe their water really was bad....but most wells need to be tested on a regular basis so I doubt it. By denying me free access to drinking water they were trying to make a sale.

I remember as a Boy Scout on a hike, our troup stopped at a farm and asked permission for us to fill our canteens from an outside well with a hand pump.
We so appreciated the pleasure of that cool hand-drawn well water. As I cycle through rural Ontario, one of my many sensory pleasures is tasting the water from different areas. It's part of experiencing the land I travel through. Every water stop is a taste sensation. I love the chalkiness on the palate of water from the limstone country on the Rideau Waterway for instance.

I do drink municipal water too, and am thankful to be able to have it free when travelling, whether it be from a gas station washroom....a very rare public washroom or drinking fountain (there used to be more)..... or filling up at the ubiquitous doughnut shop. (Tip: most doughnut shops and restaurants need good water for good coffee and they quite often have a filter system! ;-))

If people begin to rely on bottled water, will they begin to neglect to test their wells? Will their be enthusiasm to maintain oversite over health standards and regulations for wells and municipal treatment plants so we don't ever have another incident like Walkerton? Will they care when our lakes and rivers are so totally polluted....they will not support wildlife?

By making water a commodity we deprive low income people a basic right of survival.
By allowing commercial entities to take bulk water from our underground springs,  we allow them to deplete the aquifer, robbing our rural neghbour's wells, so they need to buy water.

Potable water should be a basic human, and a basic Canadian right.