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Lloyd Lemons
Jacksonville, FL USA
I'm a writer, thinker, curator, mentor and cycling addict.
Interests: older athletes | cycling | fitness | endurance over 50 | resilience | safe riding | writing | content curation | creative collaboration | photography | social media
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SOMETIMES A RIDE IS NOT JUST A RIDE, IT’S BETTER. I started to ride into the One Spark festival this past Sunday morning, but it was so dense with pedestrians that I decided not to enter the zone. (It consumed 20 square blocks right behind that tallest building in the photo, and had 260,000 visitors by its end. More on One Spark. So, my ride turned random. I rode around town, from the South Bank to the North Bank, trying to avoid all the construction zones in this city, which is no easy task. As I was going through one... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Cycling Nirvana
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WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU THOUGHT about that big road trip? I've been wanting to ride the Southern Tier for some time now, but I've been denied either for health reasons or finances. Big trips are expensive, and there's a lot of leg work to be done before the rubber ever meets the road. And considering it's a 30-day tour--well, that's a big deal in more ways than one. The solution for many is the over-nighter ride. They're cheaper, less planning is required, and by staying reasonably close to home, you can't get into too much trouble. As soon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Cycling Nirvana
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WHEN YOU RIDE A BIKE THERE ARE MANY interesting sounds that seep into your ears if you’re paying attention. Sounds that you normally never hear while motoring in a car or even taking a short walk. Take a nice long ride on your bike and pay attention to the symphony of life that is all around you. Here are a few things I hear while riding my bike Nature. I ride on several rural or tree lined roads in NE Florida that are teeming with wildlife. I get to experience squirrels chattering, birds singing, the screech of a hawk flying... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at Cycling Nirvana
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Click here for Part 1. MOAB, UTAH IS VISITED EVERYDAY BY PEOPLE FROM around the world. The Moab Century Tour is no different. There were riders from lots of interesting places, making it a great experience. We met several of them the night before the ride at Moab Brewery. We talked it up, got ourselves psyched for the event, then turned-in early -- sort of. We didn’t really sleep well, and were awake and getting prepared for the ride before dawn. As I said earlier (in Part 1) I’m “Mr. Prepared”, most of the time. For this ride I had... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
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(I had hoped to get this story out sooner, but the Universe conspired against me. The trip was during the last week of September.) I’D BEEN PLANNING A TRIP TO MOAB for several months. It was complicated by the fact that I was meeting one son from San Clemente, and another son from Denver. There were grandkid visits involved, and brief pauses of family renewal. Also, Moab is not the easiest place to reach without spending my entire budget on airfare. Then, to complicate the plan even more, heavy rains that poured in the region for weeks put the red... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
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STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THAT THE MAJORITY OF ACCIDENTS between motorists and cyclists are caused because the motorist “didn’t see the cyclist”. As preoccupied as motorists are these days, with all the non-driving activites that take place behind the wheel -- texting, talking on the phone, eating, reading the newspaper, flossing the teeth, removing rollers from the hair, brushing the hair, drinking a beer and reprimanding the children -- it’s no wonder that cyclists get knocked down, banged up or killed everyday. Yes, I’ve seen every one of the activities mentioned above being done while the driver is, by law, supposed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
AMerc: That's the first time I've seen Kevlar jeans. Thanks for the comment!
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Maintain your machine It’s always important to keep your bike in clean, working order. Lubrication, good tires and routine adjustments will keep it rolling along for years. But the real machine is you. Cycling goes a long way toward maintaining your body, the real engine that puts power to the pedals. It will help you eat better, sleep well, and stay fit. Riding a bike will help you keep your blood pressure in range, and stay youthful and energized. Build endurance We all need endurance to keep going everyday. Most of us have numerous activities and chores that must be... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
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A guest post by Pearson Constantino Growing up the bike was everything for me. It was my entertainment, it helped fuel my imagination, it took me to school, to my friends’ houses, and was my escape. As I got older and more experienced, with a 400 mile bike tour to Cape Cod under my belt, the bike became true unbridled adolescent freedom. I would ride for the sake of riding. Without destination, I rode to feel the wind in my hair. After college, living in New York I rode everywhere, to work, for exercise, for fun, I felt great, until... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
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HERE ARE A FEW BRIEF TIPS for surviving the summer heat while riding your bike. There are dozens of articles by experts that will give you the deep science about body heat and fluids and other stuff. And if all those numbers and matrices make you feel more confident, then by all means read the articles. As for me, I’m not an expert in physiology, but I’ve survived some pretty stupid stunts in my time, and I can certainly share some wisdom from practical experience. I’ve ridden my bike in the 115+ degree heat of the parched Sonoran Desert of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
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I’M ONE OF THOSE CYCLISTS WHO LIKE NUMBERS. When I ride, I monitor my heart rate, I know my speed and cadence, and I track my mileage and calorie burn. There’s nothing wrong with that, I just happen to enjoy keeping the numerical values of each ride. But I also know the importance of riding for the shear enjoyment of it. It’s easy to fall into the trap of over-analyzing each ride, a habit that has the potential of reducing the fun and making your ride seem more like a duty. I think about this often, and offer you a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
Thanks for your comment.
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Very true! Thanks for commenting.
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Yeah, I'm a fan of gadgets and engineering too! Thanks for commenting.
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I ENJOY SIMPLICITY. And the bicycle is the simplest of machines, yet it provides so many benefits. For me the bike is a freedom machine. When I get on it and ride, it might as well be a space ship going on some new adventure. The most fun rides are those where my destination is unknown and I have no time limits. Of course, I also have some practical uses for the bicycle as well. I run errands on it, and it’s my main piece of health and fitness equipment. It’s important to me to get out there and crank... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2013 at Cycling Nirvana
There's a lot of things that must be just right to cycle in relative comfort, especially on long distances--saddle position, bike fit, clothing, etc. The more you ride the more you learn what works best for you. Best wishes on your ride next month! And thank you for your comments. Be safe out there!
Toggle Commented Jan 17, 2013 on I was a ride marshal at Cycling Nirvana
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I'VE MOVED AROUND A LOT during the past 25+ years. And back in the day, I bought a lot of books--business books, novels, biographies, classics, self-help, etc. My book buying slowed considerably about 10-years ago for two reasons. One, PDFs... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2013 at lloyd lemons
Ahh, progress! Please consider circling me here on Google+. It offers so much opportunity for social networking, discussions, hangouts, communities and sharing of information. It's flexible, powerful and fun! On G+ I'll often post on these topics. writing scriptwriting content... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at lloyd lemons
Check out the League of American Bicyclists courses. They got a program for everyone. www.bikeleague.org
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TO: Mkadam68 I've never had that problem with "on your left!", but I can see how it might happen. "Rider back!" seems like a great solution. After all, the goal is crash avoidance! Thanks for your comments!
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The cycling infrastructure in my city, Jacksonville, FL is improving, but at a painfully slow rate. I do like the separated bike lanes, but they don't always fit on legacy roadways. Thanks so much for your comments!
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Thanks! And good point. Anyone riding on the road shouldn't automatically trust road markings. Engineers make mistakes. Painters make mistakes. Be wary. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't.
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IN MY PREVIOUS POST, I WROTE ABOUT A FEW WAYS to avoid crashes as a new roadie. This post continues that theme. If you’re new to riding a road bike, these tips will help you to keep the rubber side down. Don’t trust bike lanes. Lots of new bike riders think bike lanes are the solution to safe cycling. That’s seldom true. It’s obvious to me that the people who designed bike lanes probably don’t ride much. In my town we have bike lanes that conflict with adjacent traffic lanes, and bike lanes that end without warning, dumping the unsuspecting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2012 at Cycling Nirvana
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A FRIEND OF MINE JUST BOUGHT A NEW ROAD BIKE. He’s been riding a hybrid for a few years, with its fatter tires, straight handlebars and upright riding posture, but he test rode one of my road bikes a few months ago and liked it. So on Black Friday, he was able to get a screaming deal on a beautiful carbon fiber Trek. It occurred to me that the difference between casually riding a hybrid around the neighborhood, compared to mounting a faster, sleeker road bike and cranking it up on the highway, could be problematic at first. I thought... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2012 at Cycling Nirvana
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Hello Everyone, Well, my Kickstarter Campaign has come to an end. I didn’t make my crowdfunding goal, so all pledges are null and void. I want to sincerely thank all who pledged for your trust and confidence in me, and for the generosity you’ve shown. The Crowdfunding Platform, of which Kickstarter is one, is a growing phenomenon, and a powerful way to finance interesting projects, inventions, micro-ventures, artists, musicians, writers and small businesses. It can certainly give struggling entrepreneurs an additional opportunity for funding when they are rejected by banks, angel investors and venture capitalists. Capital is no longer for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Cycling Nirvana