On bicycles

April 1, 2011

Man on a bicycle can go three or four times faster than the pedestrian, but uses five times less energy in the process. He carries one gram of his weight over a kilometer of flat road at an expense of only 0.15 calories. The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man’s metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion. Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well.

– Ivan Illich

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Haulin’

January 22, 2011

 

I’ve been in hunting mode, on the lookout for a large riding backpack to haul big loads. Think I’m set on Chrome‘s new Brigadier roll-top bag. It looks super smart and doubles as a duffel bag. A whopping 49 litres of bullet and waterproof goodness, well so Chrome says, but I’ve no reason to doubt the claim having bought Chrome’s Citizen satchel last year. During my usual in-depth online research I stumbled across this cool video. Check it out.