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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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ANYONE WHO KNOWS ME knows that cycling is a big part of my life. When friends think of me, they think of bikes. In fact, I take full responsibility for hurting the Nielson Ratings on many TV shows, because I’ve motivated numerous couch potatoes to turn off the tube and spend time riding a bicycle. But I must admit, there are times when I don’t ride In the interest of self-preservation, I try not to ride in severe weather. Living in Florida means that cycling is a year-round activity, however, we are the lightning capital of the world. Also, we... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Cycling Nirvana
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EVERYONE MAKES POOR CHOICES IN LIFE from time-to-time. If we’re smart, when we see the err of our ways, we make corrections. For most things, the world is forgiving. We try not to worry too much about the past, and we move forward with little regret. Cycling, or bike riding in any form is often less forgiving of poor choices. You can’t make poor choices on a bike for long before something life-changing happens, and you may never be able to recover from it or live-on without regret. Here are just a few poor choices (that I’ve witnessed repeatedly) that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Cycling Nirvana
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Book Review: Cycling Sojourner A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR ADVENTURE. If you’d like to plan a fantastic get-away. Or if you want to get back to basics and experience the countryside and a renewed sense of freedom, I can think of no better way than on a bicycle. And one of the best, most pristine locations in the US to do just that is Washington State. I’ve ridden my bike in 13 states, and have 37 to go to reach item #1 on my Bucket List. I’ve not ridden in Washington yet,... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at Cycling Nirvana
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It's five months of FREE fun! THIS SUMMER WE'RE UNITING 50,000 RIDERS from across the country to ride 30 million miles. The National Bike Challenge is a fun, free, game-changing event. In just three years, the Challenge has helped support thousands of bicyclists -- new and old -- to make every mile count! We invite you to join us by creating a team, earning badges winning prizes and sharing your accomplishments. It’s never too soon or too late to join. Ride your bike for fun, to work, on the trail—anytime you can. Keep track of your days and miles on... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2014 at Cycling Nirvana
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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 Apr 17, 2014 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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