April Challenge

This is more of an experimental trial than anything — learning Video and Editing

Bicycle and Rider actually riding

A very short Out and Back

Slow to load for some reason  🙁

(Neighbor has a bad cough, and Buicks are LOUD, and I don’t whistle so well)


Riding north on 1550E aka 7th street

Thats Party Bridge in the background near the trees

Sorry about the guy with the Jiffy Pop at his campfire  😉

Found the noise reduction function on the camera — Duh!


Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

11 response to "April Challenge"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: April 4, 2019

    Nice! Was that really you, or was that Peter Sagan? Hard to tell the difference.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 4, 2019

      Peter stopped by for a quick cameo appearance — he has quite the fluent form and powerful style dont you think?

  2. By: gregblood Posted: April 4, 2019

    Those horizontal brake levers on the top bar are the telltale sign of a classic bike. I had those on a Motobecane I bought in 1978. I didn’t use them very often, but they seemed like a cool feature at the time.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 4, 2019

      Yes, they were controversial at the time, I find them pretty useful, although, if an emergency stop becomes necessary, they wont apply the brakes as fully as the regular levers.

      And if such a situation arises, I am far more likely to go for them out of simple reaction, than go for the main levers. Which would not be so good.
      There is a sort of re-invention of them today, interrupter levers?, but they do a far better job of applying full force to the brakes from what I understand.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: April 4, 2019

        Amen to all that. I had those brake “extensions” (aka “safety levers”) on my Raleigh in the late 70s or so, but they never had much real stopping power. Seemed to be for riders who found it uncomfortable on the drops, and wanted to sit upright with hands close together on the bars. I also note your shift levers on the stem, which is perfect for impaling unwary riders during sudden stops. I would tell you to be careful, Rich, but I’m sure Peter Sagan already reminded you. Besides, if you use the brake extensions, you won’t be able to stop suddenly, so I guess it all works out. 😉

        • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 4, 2019

          Yep, and the shift lever on the top tube of the Sting Rays etc — pretty cool looking floor shift imitator — didnt CPSC put and end to that? And the tall Sissy Bars too? Huffy even had a steering wheel!

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: April 5, 2019

    All this brake and handlebar talk and all I saw was a “great tree shadow”!! Looks like it’s warming up for you.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 5, 2019

      The tree is beginning to bud — there is hope!

  4. By: Suzanne Posted: April 5, 2019

    Nice to meet you, Rich! I enjoyed your videos!
    Jiffy pop? I can guess what it is, but never heard of it in the days when I lived in the USA. Following the posts here helps keep me up-to-date.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: April 5, 2019

      Thanks! It was a learning curve to get it all together, trim it, and convert it to a form Word Press will accept.
      Like a lot of things, once you learn how (and then remember!) its not so bad.

      Jiffy Pop, yep, its self contained ready to go popcorn.
      AKA Red Neck fire alarm — hang it on the wall, it should wake you up in case of fire 😉

      You could post photos of your new place, bicycle included, or not. 🙂
      Sounds like a beautiful place.

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: April 7, 2019

    Nice job on the videos, Rich. I love your posts because the landscape and the housing styles, etc remind me of days long gone. It is nice to jog the memories without having to endure the weather!

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