:: The Cycling Dude ::

DO YOU BICYCLE? Since 1817 the Bicycle's been our Friend. It expects nothing other than regular upkeep. It offers much: The pleasure of a breeze on the road, in city, & or mountains. A simple, & cheap, way to travel, & a great workout. From Bike Lanes to Rail Trails, from inner city to rural countryside, from beaches to prairies, Cyclists are out & about alone, or with family or friends, getting close to their environment, natural & man-made. Let me tell you about our world.....
:: My Name is Kiril Kundurazieff, welcome to The Cycling Dude :: bloghome | My e-mail : My OTHER Blog is Sneakeasy's Joint :: AOL= sneakeasyusa : ICQ= 74133879 : MY HOME= The Left Coast, USA!

WHAT THE BLOGGERVERSE ( & OTHERS ) ARE SAYING: A Dose of Daily Bliss (January 2003): "A hero who, like me, rebels against the world of car driving Gits who pose a threat to humanity by contributing to Global Warming, traffic congestion, and Globalization, by choosing to take the most wonderful, and healthy form of transport: the bicycle."

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[::..The People's Bicyclists..::]
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[::..Bicycle Shops (Respecting the Elders)..::]
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:: Monday, June 30, 2003 ::

What REALTORS Read When Not Perusing True Home Confessions Magazine

So, there is this quartet of Orange County Realtors with several websites, and one of them is relatively new, and quite popular.

Grow-A-Brain wants its readers to increase their knowledge by visiting eclectic sites on the internet.

So they have categorized what they consider "the most interesting places to visit on the internet."

In their own words:

"They may represent no specific philosophy or coherent worldview, but you will find many of them to be fascinating, enlightening and intelligent... Some of course are just stupid..."

So, quess who is listed among the 1st 15 sites in Blogs from Orange County, Ca.? :-)

Word is that at least 1 of these nice folks finds THE CYCLING DUDE interesting. :-)

I am honored, and hope that the writing, here, gives readers who stop by, from this site, a good accounting of what life is like in this neck of the woods, and of the opportunities for cycling to be found here, and around other parts of the United States as well, as this place continues to grow and evolve.






:: SNEAKEASY 6/30/2003 11:11:00 PM [+] ::
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:: Sunday, June 22, 2003 ::

A BICYCLIST'S FONDEST WISH TAKES PLACE ALONG THE ARROYO SECO, IN PASADENA, CA. ON JUNE 15TH 2003

PEDALING SEDATELY DOWN THE FREEWAY WITH OUT A CARE IN THE WORLD, THE CYCLIST LOOKS AROUND AND, SMILING, SAYS, "CARS? I DON'T SEE NO STINKIN' CARS!"

Yes, fellow cyclists, believe it!

Damn, I wish I could have been there for the very first ARROYOFEST WALK AND BIKE RIDE!

Thousands of Southern Californians showed their support for creating more livable communities by either walking a half to 4 miles, or bicycling 4, 12, or 16 miles along the oldest freeway in Los Angeles County between Glenarm Street, in Pasadena, and Ave. 26, in Los Angeles, followed by a Community Festival at Sycamore Grove Park.

Can you picture it in your minds eye? Big Kids, Little Kids, adults, families, all out traipsing along a stretch of road normally clogged with motor vehicles of every shape, size, and fuel (in)efficiency standard!

It must have been awesome!

And of course the media, in all it's different guises, was there to cover it. The story was told all over the world.

What better publicity for the idea of alternative modes of transportation than this?

For links to Media Coverage, a picture gallery, and other Arroyofest related links go to Arroyo Seco News.

For more about the Arroyo Seco visit the Arroyo Seco Foundation.






:: SNEAKEASY 6/22/2003 10:01:00 AM [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 ::

Carnival of the Vanities is up for the week, and yours truly is a contributer ( the beach ride ).

The poster of the list of contributers admits to not being able to ride even 19 feet.

I proceed to encourage her to try. I never knew I could ride 70 miles until I went and did it. :-)

Real Women Online


:: SNEAKEASY 6/18/2003 12:07:00 PM [+] ::
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:: Monday, June 16, 2003 ::
BICYCLING FROM SEAL BEACH TO BALBOA, CA.

Riding on the Beach, to, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach, bypassing Pacific Coast Highway (PCH)

A few months back I posted a review of an article in OC METRO Magazine.

The article was called Coastal Biking.

I said I was going to ride the route described, and report back.

That time has come. FINALLY! :-)

THE ROUTE:

1. Start: Main & PCH
2. East and South on PCH to B.G. Brown water tower and turn right, then left.
3. Follow the Bike Lane all the way to the Jack-in-the Box, and Bus Terminal, at Bolsa Chica State Beach ( the 4mi. mark of the ride)
4. Enter the Beach Bike Path and travel to the Santa Ana River crossing in Newport Beach.

The path takes you along the top of the Huntington Cliffs and past the Huntington Pier. (aprox. 10mi. point)

5. At the Santa Ana River cross and stay on the sidewalk to Orange.
6. Turn right, then left onto the Bike Lane on Seashore Dr..
7. Turn right on 36th, and then left onto the Newport Strand Bike Path all the way to Newport Pier.
8. Continue south to E ST.
9. Turn left, an immediate right on Balboa Blvd., pass F St., and make a right on G St., and an immediate left on Ocean Blvd..
10. Travel south to the end and turn right to Balboa Penninsula.

You will have ridden aproximately 19 miles.

My Adventure:

The cool breeze coming off the shore, the light drizzle falling on my face, I stand on the pier and gaze south and east along the shore towards my distant destination.

Old Town Seal Beach is a mixture of small restuarants and various small businesses, including a corner drugstore (actually called THE CORNER DRUGSTORE!).

Pedalling along a hilly stretch of PCH I pass Anaheim Bay, and see a billboard about the Bolsa Chica Wetlands, and a link to Bolsa Chica Alliance.

Then I come to 2 very unusual neighbors: A huge brown, wooden, water tower and a taco joint share the corner where I turned to reach the bike lane along a row of houses and apartments next to the beach.

I had to laugh as the thought occurred to me that maybe the tower really HAD tequilla in it, instead of water. :-)

As I am resting along the side of the bike path at the entrance to Bolsa Chica State Park I hear a childs tearful wail:

"I can't do it! I can't do it!"

And an older male voice, filled with pride and encouragement:

"You can! You are! You ARE doing it!"

I look up to see a small boy on a bike with training wheels, bawling his little heart out as he moves his little legs and steers this strange contraption his Father put him up to riding.

I stand up, and clapping my hands, add my own calls of encouragement:

"Bravo! The first 70 miles are the hardest!"

The Father explained that this was his sons first ride in a public place, and as I watched the pair ride a short distance up and back along the path, I had a sudden thought: Was this how the great cyclists first started out? Bawling, "I can't do it!" as their Father encouraged them bravely on?

The beach, along this stretch, has elaborate parking lots for the day visitor, and for the vacationer with a camper , and while the weekends are best for people watching, the weekdays have their own pleasures.

There, on the beach, was a family around a bonfire while 2 of their number were busy flying kites.

From the looks of the stack of wood by the fire these folks planned to stay a while.

As I pedal onward toward Huntington Beach I come along a stretch of beach that has truly gone to the dogs, and from the looks of the frolicking on exhibit they were really enjoying themselves.

This is known as Dog Beach.

As I approach the Pier wave watching becomes a pleasant way to pass the last mile: Row upon row of huge waves crash along the shore, and surfers ride them in, lining up like airplanes coming in for a landing at LAX.

There they are, all in a line, waiting for just the right moment to start paddling to catch a wave.

How do they decide, and when? Why do they even bother?

God knows, it's a mystery to me, but they are so beautiful to watch.

People of all types walk and ride along the bike path. From the young Mothers pushing their BUV'S (Baby Utility Vehicles) to the older folks riding recumbents, and inbetween, it can all be seen here.

After a brief rest, past the Huntington Beach Pier, to eat half my lunch, I pedal onward along Huntington State Beach.

As I near the Santa Ana River I see a large group of people gathered on the beach, and a group of cops in the parking lot.
Upon further investigation I learn that it's the Orange County Sheriff's Academy class 160 having a pre-grad party after having run 6 miles.

They graduate the next day, June 3rd, 2003..

Upon arrival at the bike path on Seashore I find myself riding between rows of apartments and condos (some with beach front views) wondering which one belongs to the notorious basketball player, and all around party animal, Dennis Rodman.

At 36th, I enter the Strand and start the enjoyable ride next to the beach.

Along the Strand, near, and at, the pier are stores, and restuarants, and the home of the historic, 113 year old Newport Dory Fishing Fleet.

You can read all about it in a series of 3 short, interesting, articles (4 links in all), and a poem published recently by the community newspaper The Current

If all the riding has made you hungry then park your bike and grab a seat at Charlie's Chili.

I'd also recommend the Bar and Grill at the end of the pier, too, just DON'T embarrass yourself by eating at the nearby Burger King!.

Fully sated the ride continues to Balboa Pier where, if you turn left, you can go into Balboa proper.

The original Ruby's Diner is at the end of the pier.

At the end of the bike path, at E St., not F, as Mr. Reed's piece stated, I take a few quick lefts and rights to take Ocean Blvd. to the Balboa Penninsula.

The view of the Bay, and the rocky jetty extending out to sea is breathtaking.

Seeing a few hardy souls at the end of the jetty I decided to brave the possible high surf, and eat my remaining lunch out there before heading home.

So, with carefully chosen hops, skips, and jumps, I set off.

I get half way when the surf starts pounding higher on the rocks and I get a shower of spray for my brave efforts.

Deciding that it was the better part of valor to let Ma Nature win this first encounter, I turned tail and hopped, skipped, and jumped myself back the way I came, to finish my lunch safely on a park bench. :-)

I'd ridden 19 miles, and was tired, but happy.

I sat there, taking in the view (boats in the bay, homes on the opposite beach and cliffside), and after a while pedaled the 5 miles back to my apartment.

NOTE: For those interested the ride up Balboa Blvd., right through Old Town Balboa, takes you 1st through a residential area, then the business district, near the pier, and after that it's onward to PCH or Newport Blvd., and the city of Newport Beach.






:: SNEAKEASY 6/16/2003 02:18:00 PM [+] ::
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:: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 ::

Ok, let's get this Bike back on the road shall we?

One of the things I want to do around here is write about the sites I have in my links, and I'll start with the one belonging to an ancient and honorable Cycling Club based in Los Angeles, Ca.

The Los Angeles Wheelmen are a Recreational Bicycling Club that has been around since the 1940's.

I belonged for a year or so,and went along for a few rides before life got in the way and prevented me from participating.

And now with my move to Orange County I didn't re-join.

My decision to start The Cycling Dude in the first place came from a challenge from the newsletter editor to send him our 2003 new Year's resolutions for publication.

This idea was one of them. :-)

The main page of the site has a site index that makes it easy to navigate the place.

After a brief intro various links to certain events, recent and upcoming, are presented along with photos of club officers.

The GRAND TOUR page is all about the 45th Annual event later this month that has rides of from 100 to 400 miles traveling from Malibu to points north and back.

This is an event known all over the world, and if you are up to it worth participating in.

One day i will do the 100 mile ride, I promise!:-)

The membership page tells how to join the club and receive the newsletter, THE GOOSENECK (it was an honor to contribute a few pieces last year).

The Photo Gallery is a fun look at club rides.

The Ride Overview page details the regular rides, and upcoming special events.

One event that I went to last year and missed this year was the FARGO STREET CLIMB.

This street must be seen to be believed. it is one of the steepest streets you will ever encounter, and folks come from all over to try to ride it, as does the media to cover the event.

There is a page detailing the current ride schedule if you want to come out and ride a few before deciding to join.

A PDF file of club By-Laws is available.

And, last but certainly not least, there is a page to links of other cycling clubs, and informational websites.

This a nice site, and the Club has a great bunch of members.

I will always have fond memories of my time among them.




:: SNEAKEASY 6/11/2003 11:49:00 AM [+] ::
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