• The Great Outbreak of the Great Outdoors, Becky Furuta Breaks It Down

    Submitted by Bill Plock on March 30th, 2020

    When the world shut down, we all went outside.

    COVID-19 closed offices and schools and restricted public gatherings, and drove everyone out of their homes and into the world. It’s like the Great American Recess, and it’s pretty amazing

    Don’t get me wrong: I’m not minimizing the very real impacts of the pandemic or the tragedy of the losses, but a crisis on this scale can reorder society in dramatic ways, and not all of them are bad. A global, novel virus that changes the way we live for months can reorient our relationships with the world around us. There are opportunities for less polarization and a revived appreciation for the outdoors and for life’s other, simple pleasures.
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    • Ease Today’s Burden Starting With A Bike Ride Advises Becky Furuta.

      Submitted by Bill Plock on March 23rd, 2020

      The truth is, this is tough. We’re all struggling to some measure – some of us maybe more, and some maybe less. There’s no right way to worry. Everywhere we turn, we are inundated by news of the virus and its social costs. We’ve all experienced the disappointment of lost opportunities and cancelled events. It’s easy and even understandable to fill every moment with stress and anxiety and sadness. Remember, though, that feelings come and go like the breeze, and there are things we can do today to ease the burden we feel. For me, that starts with riding my bike.  Read more

      • Bike Shops Positioning to Stay Open as Essential as Other Retail Closes

        Submitted by Bill Plock on March 18th, 2020

        In Boulder, University Bicycle general manager Lester Binegar and Russ Chandler, owner of Full Cycle both sent letters to the Boulder City Council urging that they be allowed to remain open should most all retail operations be ordered to close. Read more

        • 303Endurance and Covid-19, Some Thoughts and Tie a Fly Rod to Your Bike!

          Submitted by Bill Plock on March 15th, 2020

          The pandemic we find ourselves in has collapsed time. Days seem like hours and hours seem like minutes. The news is old the second it becomes communicated.

          Late yesterday I received a notice that the Karen Hornbostel Time Trial series was going to go on as planned starting this week. I was pleasantly surprised and thought that if there is a cycling event that can adhere to social distancing, it is this one. You could show up at your designated time, race, and go home. Simple. I had prepared a post announcing that this event was on despite most all other events being cancelled. But I hesitated as the news about everything seems to change so fast. Read more