Forced Blood Draws, DNA Collection and Biometric Scans: What Country Is This?

What is both appalling and disheartening to me is that the average American either has no clue or doesn’t care what is going on…these are serious erosions to liberty and freedom, the tyranny is rapidly growing, with nary a worry from the sheep of this nation. I can only ask how much more will it take and how much longer before the sheep wake up and start a revolution….though I remain optimistic, I’m not holding out hope anytime soon.

John W. Whitehead, Constitutional Attorney

The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled.”—Herman Schwartz, The Nation

Our freedoms—especially the Fourth Amendment—are being choked out by a prevailing view among government bureaucrats that they have the right to search, seize, strip, scan, spy on, probe, pat down, taser, and arrest any individual at any time and for the slightest provocation.

Forced cavity searches, forced colonoscopies, forced blood draws, forced breath-alcohol tests, forced DNA extractions, forced eye scans, forced inclusion in biometric databases—these are just a few ways in which Americans are being forced to accept that we have no control over what happens to our bodies during an encounter with government officials.

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Reasons Road Cyclists Should Try Mountain Biking (via BikeRadar)

I had come to the cycling party a bit late in life, around 37-38 years of age- though better late than never eh? Probably more out of some form of apathy and a bit of laziness than anything else I suppose. Though I did have an affinity for road cycling back in the 80’s, when I would buy Velo News (in its large newspaper format) and stare at all the bikes and riders from that era, vowing I would buy a bike the following week or month, but never did.

Once in a blue moon I would catch a highlight clip of the Coors Classic and then in the early 90’s some of the Tour Du Pont and I would say to myself, come on just go buy a bike…but sadly never did.

Then one day, sometime in 1993 while driving in the countryside, I spotted a 10 speed Peugeot curbside…in the trash. So, I stopped and gave it the once over, it seemed ridable, appearing to need only a chain and a front tire. I promptly took it home with all kinds of grand plans to fix ‘er up and make ‘er all shiny! But ultimately I would watched it sit outside and rust over the next year. Upon moving from that location, I left the bike behind (regrettably!) and would never make the play for a bike again, until 2003-2004 when I had moved to the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania.

It was nearly 4 years after I began road cycling that I decided to pull the trigger on a mountain bike, which sort of happened by chance. I had toyed with the idea after some of the folks in the Lehigh Wheelmen talked about mtb’ing once in a while and quite frankly, It sounded like fun.

(check out the face at 2:22, none other than Conor Cummins famed TT racer. Also, Guy Martin is a avid MTB rider)

So as I was online oneday, browsing for some items on Performance.com, it just happened that there was a huge sale on mountain bikes. Low and behold, there was a mid-level hardtail Ironhorse for an insanely low price of $299.00 usd with free shipping! UFB. I didn’t hesitate for a moment and made the purchase. As it turns out, it was one of the best biking decisions I have made to date.

I really enjoy riding my mountain bike and it really is a different experience when you’re riding single track or fire-roads in a quiet, peaceful surrounding amongst the woodlands or out on the open trails. It provides for me, a different perspective on riding and hones my bike handling skills as well being an incredibly tough workout. I know there are still a small contingent on each side of the spectrum out there who won’t consider crossing over, for whatever reasons and all I can say is, if nothing else just give a try….


[full article: Reasons to try mountain biking ]

Lance Armstrong registers to ride in 2015 Livestrong Challenge

Go chief! Nice to see LA back on the bike…

I’m sure this is going to really ruffle the feathers of all those muppets who seem have a lot misplaced and displaced energies- spewing their vitriol. I always wonder why most of these ‘fans’ of cycling don’t get that upset over the corrupted criminal governments drone bombing women and children…but instead get so angry over an athlete using ped’s and lying. In the end, it’s ALL entertainment. But when governments destroy liberty, that’s REAL life.

 If nothing else I’ll get a huge kick from those who are going to implode over this news! C’est la vie I suppose.

Tire Pressure: Data and Details

The science of friction… tire pressures, rolling resistance and speed-

Perceptions versus reality….

Thanks to Jan and Off the Beaten Path for another insightful and informative article.

Off The Beaten Path

Illus.BQ.RollTest A little while ago, I wrote about how new scientific research has allowed us to design wide, supple tires that offer the speed of narrow, high-end racing tires. The key finding is that above a certain threshold, increasing tire pressure no longer results in lower rolling resistance. While these new data have become widely accepted – witness professional racers adopting wider tires and lower pressures – it’s natural that new ideas are met with skepticism. In order to contribute to a better understanding of how tires work, I’d like to share more data from Bicycle Quarterly‘s testing. tire_pressure_rolldown The data above came from Bicycle Quarterly rolldown tests of various tires. The results indicate that above a certain threshold, for clinchers, tire performance increases only very slightly, if at all. It’s not surprising that the 38 mm-wide Mitsuboshi tire rolled faster at 35 psi than at 25 psi – it was…

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2015 DUCATI MOTOGP LAUNCH

Introducing, the incredible, Italian engineered, sleek and slippery beauty…the new Ducati GP15 prototype.

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Ducati launched their 2015 Factory MOTOGP Team as well revealed their new GP15 prototype to be ridden by Italian duo of Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone in the forthcoming 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship season on Monday, 16th February, 2015 at the Ducati Auditorium, in Borgo Panigale, Italy.

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The new bike, which will make its public on-track debut at the Sepang 2 test before the end of the month, is more compact than its predecessor the GP14.

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The most visible updates to the machine relate mainly to new aerodynamics, with details such as a new air intake and a sleeker, smaller tail fairing. Further technical upgrades, such as improvements to electronics and the new version of a ‘seamless’ gearbox were also explained at the launch by Ducati Corse General Manager, Luigi Dall’Igna.

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The GP15 will only be made available this season to Dovizioso and Iannone, so the rest of the Ducati…

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YAMAHA COMPLETES MOTOGP SEPANG TESTS

The “Doc” : Yamaha’s Rossi and Lorenzo at work…
Two-Wheeled beauty in action

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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo ended the third and final day of 2015 MotoGP IRTA testing in Sepang finishing fourth and fifth in Friday’s session times.

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Valentino Rossi broke his own record at the Sepang International Circuit with a 1m 59.401s lap, moving him up to third on the leader board. The Doctor used the remaining time of the session to test some more parts for the bike and did a race simulation, before finishing the day in fourth place.

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His Teammate, Jorge Lorenzo despite the crowdedness of aving 27 riders on the track at the same time, was able to focus on his pace and position himself as one of the key protagonists. The  Spaniard also concluded his testing schedule with a race simulation at the hottest time of the day and ended fifth in the standings.

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Base Training – Fact Or Fiction? (GCN Video)

Long and slow base miles, shorter, quicker miles, Periodization, HIIT and now HIIT-tabata style. There are many ways to ‘train’ or condition the body for endurance rides, sportives, spirited club riding or racing.

What I have ascertained from all of these different methods, articles and real world experiences is that there is no single method that can really lay claim to being the ‘best’ or the be all
to end all method. Because everyone who engages in aerobic conditioning responds differently to the varied methods of training.

Bottom line is that they all work, it’s just that some of the tried and true methods may yield better results than other methods. And the end result depends on the varied physiological factors of each individual utilizing a particular method. So, whatever works for you…go with it!