16 June 2009

Slow Bicycle Race Rules... Apparently.

Got this sent to me today. Rules for a Slow Bicycle Race from a university in Canada.

It's a physics experiment, but it's funny to see official rules. Marc and I certainly could have benefited from them.

Slow Bicycle Race
Objective: To ride a two-wheeled bicycle over a fixed course in the longest interval of time.
Participants: Teams of up to six.
Materials: The bicycle will be provided and will have the following specifications:

a. It will have only two rubber-tired pneumatic wheels in ground contact, which are coplanar in the plane of the frame when traveling forward in a normal fashion.
b. It will have steering capability in the normal fashion.
c. Tire prints of the bicycle will not exceed 8 cm in width and 20 cm in length when the student is on the bicycle.
d. Minimum wheel radius will be 15 cm
e. No part of the bicycle except the tires will touch the course.
f. The bicycle will have a single forward speed and a coaster brake activated by back pedaling.

1. The course will be 20 meters long and 0.75 meter wide.
2. The course will not be sloped.
3. The course will be marked.
4. Forward motion shall be provided by the muscles of the rider.
5. No part of the competitor's body may touch the ground.
6. The bicycle must maintain forward motion at all times.
7. The bicycle must remain within the boundaries of the course.
8. Each team will be allowed 2 attempts to complete the course.

Scoring: The longest time to complete the course will determine the team score. The longest time will receive 100 points. Each team's time will be scored by the ratio of its time to the winning time.

10 June 2009

Carl Honore on Slowness

Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
Via TED.com

9 June 2009

Slow Bicycle Philosophy from 1892

“As a means of pleasure, cycling stands in the foremost rank, but in common with all the great pleasures, it may easily stand in the foremost in abuse. The desire to ride at an unreasonably high speed may become morbid…The ever lasting scorcher, bent like a hoop, and with sunken cheeks, ought to be quite sufficient warning against this abuse.”
Slow Bicycle Philosophy from 1892.
In the book "How to Bicycle" by L.F. Korns.
Via my mate Carlton over at Quickrelease.tv.

Really now, who wants to be called an everlasting scorcher riding at unreasonably high speed, bent over like a hoop [my mother taught me to sit up straight] and with sunken cheeks? Not me.

Slow Ride in Chicago!

This was posted on the Slow Bicycle Movement's Facebook page, so we thought we'd add it here for good measure.

The Slow Bicycle Society of Chicago [lovin' the name!] is hosting a Slow Ride.
Here's the info:

Bring yourself, your bicycle, your friends and their friends to the Slow Bicycle Society summer ride. We'll meet at Jane's Restaurant, where you can pick up a $10 boxed lunch prepared especially for our group. Select the option of vegetarian or carnivore and you'll get a sandwich, a side and a little something sweet. We'll depart from Jane's at 10:30 a.m. and ride to Lincoln Park, where we'll dine al fresco. Route specifics to follow. See you then!

Date: 11 July 2009
Time: 10:00 - 12:30
Location: Jane's Restaurant - Here's a map.
Street: 1655 W. Cortland (at Paulina)
Town/City: Chicago, IL