Wednesday, November 12, 2014

College Bicycling

Young Ladies from Jackson College
Many Colleges and Universities across the United States have facilities for bicyclers to enjoy their sport even if just for fun. I'm not sure if any higher learning institution offers a degree in Pro-Cycling but it would not surprise me if one or two do offer it. At Jackson College I'm sure there is no degree in Bicycling but still that does not deter these 2 fine ladies from enjoying a nice day around the area of southern Jackson. Most colleges will let you store your bicycle right in your dorm room and there are plenty of bike racks to lock your bike on as you go from class to class. Just remember, you still have to follow the rules of the road on rural roads coming out of the college and into the urbal streets of Jackson. This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* *Ride for Exercise* and even *Ride to Learn* Cheers!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Can you be a Drunk Bicycler and not get a Ticket?

This bicycle was parked outside the Town Bar
I was looking up the Michigan law on bicycles and you won't believe what I read. if you read #22 of this link it says: " 22. Can you be charged with a DUI while riding a bicycle? No. Although it would be dangerous to ride a bicycle while intoxicated, a bicycle is not a motor vehicle according to the Michigan Vehicle Code. DUI only applies to motor vehicles. Other ordinances may apply however, such as being intoxicated or as a danger to oneself or another." Also you cannot get points added to your drivers license since a bicycle is not a motor vehicle. I guess there is no way to keep you off a bicycle if you like to drive drunk like they do with cars. The law should keep repeated drunk bicyclers off the streets for the very fact that bikes share the streets with cars and have to follow most of the traffic laws. A motorist can get killed trying to avoid hitting a drunk bicyclist and the bicyclist can hurt or kill pedestrians since his reaction time is slowed down considerably. I have seen a bicyclist on Francis Street ride about 10 feet and fall over and get back on his bike and crash again another 10 to 15 feet later. I'm saying if we as bicyclers want to have many of the rights and priviledges as motorists, then we should follow the same rules as not riding drunk. One good law is the requirement that to sell a bicycle, it must have all the proper reflectors on it. At least at night if a car's lights shine on those bike reflectors, the driver will see you. This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* or *Ride to Work* but dont ride drunk but drink responsibly and ride under the drunk limit just as with a car, because I want all riders to be able to ride again the next day.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Bicycling can last a Lifetime

An older couple enjoying a bike ride on portable fold-up bikes.
You are never too old to bicycle and it's never too late to start enjoying the world gliding on 2 wheels. They are enjoying Dahon folding bikes. Made to store in tight places and excellent to travel with.the only thing I can precaution is, during your golden years, falling can be extremely dangerous, so you extra care when riding. Don't take any steep hills, or thick gravel roads. These two retirees were well equipped with extra soft chairs to sit on while observing the Balloons at the Jackson Hot-Air Jubilee. She even has extra cusion on her bike seat. She probably has food and water or drinks in that saddlebag on her side while the husband seems to have a cellphone connected to his belt. So whatever age you are, just get out there and breathe some fresh air, take in some sights and keep them muscles working. This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* and *Ride for Health*

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Betty Lou gets Retired

Jimio on his new Mountain Bike, Loretta
Well after 7 years of faithful service to old Jimio, Betty Lou has finally wore out. With only 1 gear working well and no rear brake, I decided to send her to the Old Bikes Home. Actually the Bicycle Union on Mechanic Street where they will fix her up and donate her to a needy family. My new mountain bike was given to me by my nephew Phillip who must have known the abysmal shape of Betty Lou through my conversations with his Mom, my sister, Missy. This new bike is a Schwinn Acension 29. It has 29' wheels which help soften the bumps in the road. So far it has been very responsive and easy to ride and with the full knobby tires, gets me through the snow just fine and dandy. Only problem was the handbrakes at too high an angle. That was easily corrected by rotating the handlebar forward to get just the right comfortable grip. I'm looking forward to taking more photos of people, places, animals and things with the sure smooth wheels of Loretta. This is Jimio saying *Ride for fun* *Ride Safe* and have a *Happy New Year 2014*

Friday, August 16, 2013

This Meeting is Called to Order

bikes having their Annual Reunion
Every year at this time these bikes gather under these Elms to discuss the past years wear n tear on their frames and to find ways to encourage their owners to keep themselves well maintained. The biggest concern is oil and grease and spare inner-tubes. The next order of business is making sure their bolts are snug and brakes are tight. The last detail is to remind their owners to ride in the safest way possible and to stay off busy, bumpy and trash n glass filled roads n sidewalks. his is Jimio saying: * Be Good to your Bike* and *Your Bike will be Good to You*

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Bicycle Mower

Keep riding muscles in shape and do a chore too!
I wonder how really practical this 1/2 Mower - 1/2 Bicycle contraption is? Well if it doesn't work that efficiently, it still makes a nice lawn ornament! This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* and *Ride Safe*

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Out for a Sunday Afternoon Ride

Father and his kids enjoying the nice weather
Lately I have been seeing a lot of families out pedaling and having a great time. Riding together is good for your health cause it tones the muscles and strengthens the heart and lungs. It also makes one feel invigorated and refreshed plus while you are all together it gives them a time to discuss whatever ideas that come to one's mind. Its also a way to see your town or neighborhood up close and to view the positive things out there as well as to avoid any negative things. Also the parents when riding with children can teach them safe bicycling skills that should keep them safe. While I was talking to them we discussed some of the attractions Jackson had to offer like where one could go to see concerts and bands. Places that have closed and new venues that have opened. This is Jimio saying *Ride for Fun* *Ride Safe* and *Ride for Health*