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Countdown to Cycle Oregon Weekend Ride
Countdown to Cycle Oregon Week Ride
Thanks to Robert Holler for the newer, nicer countdown clocks. See his blog at http://hollerit.blogspot.com.
I’ve mentioned on this blog how much I enjoy Bicycling Magazine. It has great information and is particularly well-written. A few weeks ago, while getting the iPod ready for an upcoming business trip, I decided to give Podcasts another look.
I’m very glad I did because I discovered another excellent source for all the latest and greatest cycling info — the FredCast. The FredCast is all about cycling. It covers news, professional racing, reviews and tips for endurance cyclists. Particular attention is paid to “high-zoot” bikes and gear, which is fine with me, so long as I’m not driven to actually purchase any of it. The host is also a major Mac geek, which I appreciate now that I’ve pretty much drunk that Kool Aid.
On my flight from Seattle to Calgary, I found myself getting into the FredCast so much, I was actually disappointed that my flight wasn’t longer (and I was on one of those little Horizon Air Turbo prop planes, so that’s saying quite a lot). If you use an iPod or iPhone, you can download the FredCast via iTunes. If not, you can go to the FredCast Website and download it as an MP3 file, or just listen online. The FredCast is put out weeklyish and is free. Check it out.
I’m checking the stats for this blog and my friend Shannon’s blog and I’m seeing that a LOT of people who are doing Google searches for “best Christmas music for spinning” or “best Christmas music for indoor cycling” are finding our sites. My fear is that the majority of the folks doing these searches are spin instructors trying to find something seasonal for a class. So, since you asked …
THE BEST CHRISTMAS MUSIC FOR SPINNING IS A COMPLETE ABSENCE OF CHRISTMAS MUSIC
For one solid month, we are assaulted with Christmas music in stores, restaurants, bars, coffee joints, on the radio, in elevators and in people’s homes. Do people REALLY need yet one more source? I can say with great certainty that they do not.
There are lots of reasons to dislike Christmas music. Consider the people in your class who work retail and have to listen to this shit for 8+ hours a day ON TOP OF all the nonsense they have to endure from idiot customers this time of year. Consider those who don’t celebrate Christmas. Consider those who simply dislike Christmas and everything it has come to represent. You have an opportunity to provide all these poor souls with the brief respite they may desperately need. For the love of humanity, give them that hour of peace!
Beyond that, let’s face the facts — most Christmas music just plain sucks. This goes double for the up-tempo tunes that would be the most likely candidates for spinning. Think about it. If there were a lot of really good ones, you probably wouldn’t need to be searching online for ideas. So please, do us all a favor and “Just Say No” to Christmas music in spinning class.
From all of us here at PDX Cycling Online – Happy Holidays!
I really like Bicycling Magazine. No doubt, this is due to the fact that I like bicycling. In most issues, I find several articles that capture my interest or provide valuable information. Two articles from recent issues really stand out. The first is the one about folding bicycles. The truth is that I don’t give a rat’s ass about folding bicycles. I understand the value, but there is an asthetic issue I just can’t get past. Like motorcycles, I see bikes as functional works of art. Folding bikes — and DEFINATELY recumbants — are so hideous to behold I have a hard time accepting either. I realize this thinking is shallow and short-sighted. Such is life. Regardless, I really enjoyed the story about a (neurotic and somewhat disturbed) man and his love affair with folding bikes simply because it was so well-written.
Another article that I really enjoyed comes from the current issue. It is simply a list of 108 cycling rights of passages. The thing I liked about that piece is that I was able to identify with a surprisingly large number of them. This is not always the case with stuff I read in Bicycling, as much — but not all — of the content is written for the “elite cyclist.” Alas, that is something I’m not. I’m also not the kind of person that lives to exercise. My passion for cycling comes from the fact that I know I must exercise and cycling has proven to be the most palatable.
Regardless, I recommend Bicycling for ANYONE who is passionate about cycling, wherever they may be on the borad spectrum of riders. At a time when much of the publishing industry is taking a beating, this magazine appears to be in better shape than ever.