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Curbed, dog

22 04 2015

It may seem odd to write about cement curbs on Earth Day (of all days) but in some way it is oddly appropriate.

Earth Day is a day when we–collectively–look at our environment in a different light.

Sure, it’s there every day but how often do we stop and appreciate it?

Now, think of the urban environment.

Curbs, banked surfaces, rails…to the average pedestrian these things barely register.

To a bike rider…well, these things make their eyes light up and stoke their imagination.

Stevil, over at All hail the black market,  wrote about this today –in the context of skating–but I think you’ll agree the same line of thought goes through the mind of any BMXer rolling down the street.

The rad thing about curbs is 99% of the population sees a cement block, if they even see them at all, and generally pay absolutely no mind to them whatsoever. Skateboarders on the other hand, look at them- This thing that’s so impossibly mundane, and see potential for a great deal of fun.

It’s all about perspective.

And the notion that fun…even with something as mundane as a curb…is never far from reach.

cmc-Liquid-manual2(Pic: ATX local, CMC finds himself some fun with a curb manual)

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At the trails, every day is earth day

23 04 2010

*Warning- Borderline hippy post*

I hit the trails after work today and had a good session with a couple of MTBers that were there. Between runs we were chatting and it struck me that despite all the media hype about caring for the planet, the green movement, etc. I  couldn’t have been more aware of and in tune with nature then I was right then.

We were talking about which trees were leaning more than usual,  which ones had fallen and how it felt good to be back out in the dirt after a long winter. We took a few more runs. Afterward we could hear someone aways off ripping through the trails on one of those obnoxiously loud motorized mini-bikes. One of the MTBers started yelling at him to get off the trails because he was wrecking them.

Looking around you could see why it bothered him so much…all around groomed jumps, pump lines…hours of collective sweat and effort…and this guy is chewing up trails that so many people rode and put in so much time to maintain.

In a roundabout way, what I’m trying to say is a day at the trails is perfect way to get in touch with what I think was the original intent of Earth Day. You can’t ride trails and not be aware of the environment.

Whether it’s keeping the place clear of garbage and debris, working together to fix a section, trimming  tree branches or just yelling at guy for not being respectful of the trails…it’s all about showing love for the dirt (earth) and all it gives to us.

My friend Glen has been riding and building trails for as long as I’ve known him (which is a very long time). Nice tuck at the Glenridge trails in St. Catharines, Ontario.





The pallet quarter – reuse, recycle

22 04 2009

It’s Earth Day and everywhere you turn people are talking up their efforts to be environmentally friendly. Riding your bike is one of the greenest forms of transport…but why not take it a bit further?  One of the funnest things you can do is build yourself a nifty little transistion to ride made out of pallets. Alternatively called the “pallet quarter” or the “ghetto quarter” it’s just another way to reuse and recycle.

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