Incredible Bicycle Tricks in 1951 at Traveler’s Rest, SC

Here’s some rare footage of Harry “Pop” Kramer performing bicycle tricks at Traveler’s Rest in South Carolina in 1951. Kramer was 76 years old at the time.

“I’d rather be up there on my unicycle any day, than sitting in an armchair listening to my arteries harden.” – Harry “Pop” Kramer

Who was Harry “Pop” Kramer?

Harry Kramer was born on January 1st in 1875 in Alexandria, VA.

“He was a vaudeville trick-cyclist who performed along the Appalachian mountains. He designed and fabricated his own trick bicycles and unicycles. He could ride his bicycle while standing on his head or jump rope while riding on a buggy wheel. Pop also built a bicycle on which the front wheel could be detached from the rear while in motion. But most importantly, he could hold the attention of an audience… and dazzled people with his dare devil antics.”
Source: Harry “Pop” Kramer: A Voice for Community

He died in 1958 following a collision with a car and contracting pneumonia. He is buried in Mud Creek Cemetery in Hendersonville, NC.

More about the incredible Harry “Pop” Kramer from AppalachianHistory.net

Video: Flanders Classics 2015

Get ready for the classics season by reliving the excitement of the 2015 races.

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Cool Cycling Tee Shirts – a Sweetheart Deal!

Hey there, my favorite cycling afficionado… I just wanted to remind you that now’s the time to sprint over to the Velo Lust store and pick up a sweetheart deal in the Velo Lust store today…. everything is 20% off with coupon code: ZAZZWELOVEYA

The Amazing Machine - The Bicycle
“The Amazing Machine” is an original design from Velo Logic.

 

Cycling Tee Shirts and more…

Cool Cycling Tshirt Design
“The Amazing Machine” design comes in white, black and every color in between.

What will you choose? striking wooden wall art, tee shirts, marble coasters, ipad 2 skins and ipad 3 skins, iphone tough protection, coffee mugs and dinner plates … and even watches that remind you “It’s time to ride!”

Use coupon code ZAZZWELOVEYA to ensure you get 20% off.

I suggest you take care of it now, before you get distracted by all that lovey dovey stuff.

BTW…

All merchandise is Merckx-approved… okay, he’s not Belgian, and he’s not human, but Merckx the cat is the the official and beloved Velo Logic mascot. Here he is stamping his paw of approval on the “Amazing Machine” design from Velo Logic.

Cycling Tee Shirt Designs
“Merckx” pounces on the Valentines Weekend Special from the Velo Lust store and recommends you do the same.

A Spectacular Ride Up America’s “Mont Ventoux”

A beautiful introduction to America’s “Mont Ventoux,” Pike’s Peak in Colorado. With your ride summiting at 14,115 ft, you’re going to be gasping for air most of the way up.

Sadly, Pike’s Peak was only recently opened to cyclists in 2013. It’s a pity because is one of the most spectacular climbs in the United States, perhaps the world.

Pike’s Peak Vital Statistics

Start: Pikes Peak Gateway
Length: 19 miles / 30.5km
Summit: 14,115ft / 4,302m
Elevation gain: 6,315ft / 1,925m
Average gradient: 6.5%
Max gradient: 13%

One for the bucket list!

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Ion Gottlich is a track cyclist. One unlike any other you have met. He’s huge, intimidating, witty… and the figment of the imagination of an animator. But that doesn’t mean you can’t love him.

Ion Gottlich is the creation of South African animator Claudio Pavan. You can get more of Ion on YouTube and by following him on Twitter.

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Video: Final Stage 4 of Jayco Herald Sun Tour

Chris Froome attacks on the final stage of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour to take the stage and the overall.

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Cyclists, Count Your Blessings… a short list

As cyclists we’re extremely lucky. Think about it.

A runner… your speeds are “slow” and “slower.” It beats you up, the pounding on the pavement sends a shockwave through your feet, your knees, your hips, your back. You’re prone to injuries, ongoing pain and even long term damage.

Swimming vs Cycling
Swimmer – courtesy Flickr user Tyler Bolken

If you’re a swimmer, okay it doesn’t hurt so much. But it’s painfully slow! You literally have to claw and drag your way through a substance that’s trying to smother you. And your view? It’s a freaking stripe at the bottom of a pool, and a few flashes of feet poolside when you gasp for breath.

Cyclists? We’ve got it made. A simple, amazing machine and we can go places no runner or swimmer could even dream about.

We enjoy incredible variety of speeds and emotions. On the flats we fly, on the hills we grit our teeth and grind, and on the descents we go into an exhilarating virtual freefall.

Now I did a few triathlons years ago, that’s how I got into cycling. And I still run, every day in fact, but IMO nothing beats the simple joy and range of experiences that the amazing machine makes possible.

Trail Runner's Altra Lone Peak 2 shoe hitting the ground.
A trail runner’s Altra Lone Peak 2 shoe hits the ground.

I think this translates to indoors too. You can run indoors with a treadmill, but those things are huge and expensive. I’m looking for one right now for my wife. The experience is pretty much “thud, thud, thud, thud.”

The incline feature doesn’t simulate hills because although the treadmill tilts upward, the ground (rotating band) is falling downward. It’s much harder to run up a hill in reality, you have to lift your entire body weight up and over the hill, and a treadmill you just have to lift your foot a little higher but your body weight stays exactly where it is.

Swimming indoors? Yeah, for a ton of money you can install an endless pool in your garage, a friend of mine and swimming coach did just that. It’s very expensive, requires a lot of maintenance… and the experience, well let’s just say you’ll be missling that line and those feet.

Cycling indoors these days is an awesome experience, especially with a smart trainer. Sure, it doesn’t match the outdoors, but it’s a long way from grinding away on a trainer staring at a wall, a workout, or cycling video.

Today, with a bullet-proof bicycle trainer like Kinetic, you can race online in real time with people from anywhere in the world. You can ride in a group, draft, attack… win sprints and King of the Mountains.

It’s an incredible sport. A simple machine, human-powered, and now technology like Zwift brings that fun and excitement indoors too.

Lucky us.

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The Incredible Sport Made Possible by the Amazing Machine

As cyclists we’re extremely lucky. Think about it.

A runner… your speeds are “slow” and “slower.” It beats you up, the pounding on ripples through your feet, your knees, your hips, your back.

If you’re a swimmer, okay it doesn’t hurt so much. But it’s painfully slow! You literally have to claw and drag your way through a substance that’s trying to smother you. And your view? It’s a freaking stripe at the bottom of a pool, and a few flashes of feet poolside when you gasp for breath.

Cyclists? We’ve got it made. A simple, amazing machine and we can go places no runner or swimmer could even dream about.

We enjoy incredible variety of speeds and emotions. On the flats we fly, on the hills we grit our teeth and grind, and on the descents we go into an exhilarating virtual freefall.

Now I did a few triathlons years ago, that’s how I got into cycling. And I still run, every day in fact, but IMO nothing beats the simple joy and range of experieces that the amazing machine makes possible.

I think this translates to indoors too. You can run indoors with a treadmill, but those things are huge and expensive. I’m looking for one right now for my wife. The experience is pretty much “thud, thud, thud, thud.”

The incline feature doesn’t simulate hills because although the treadmill tilts upward, the ground (rotating band) is falling downward. It’s much harder to run up a hill in reality, you have to lift your entire body weight up and over the hill, and a treadmill you just have to lift your foot a little higher but your body weight stays exactly where it is.

Swimming indoors? Yeah, for a ton of money you can install an endless pool in your garage, a friend of mine and swimming coach did just that. It’s very expensive, requires a lot of maintenance… and the experience, well let’s just say you’ll be missling that line and those feet.

Cycling indoors these days is an awesome experience, especially with a smart trainer. Sure, it doesn’t match the outdoors, but it’s a long way from grinding away on a trainer staring at a wall, a workout, or cycling video.

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Motorized Doping: A Punishment that Fits the Crime

With the first proven case of “motorized doping,” it’s time to seriously consider what the appropriate punishment should be. This video might hold the key.

In the video below, bike thieves get more than they bargained for when they steal this bike. “Ride it like you stole it… and it’s electrified.”

Perhaps “motorized dopers,” should be strapped to their bikes… after they have been similarly rewired, and the remote control given to those they tried to cheat.

Seems like a logical consequence to me.

Cycling’s Soiled Reputation Buried at Cyclocross World’s in Belgium

“Where there’s money to be gained, there’ll be the odd dickhead who cheats but cycling is miles ahead of other sports when it comes to testing” – Mark Cavendish

—–

Yes I’ve said “mechanical doping” is in a different moral category to normal doping that it was very unlikely.

Yes, I’ve said it would be extremely hard to get away with that no one would be dumb enough to do it.

Someone did it. At Cyclocross World’s in Zolder Belgium no less. Jeez.  Sky News:

A concealed motor has been discovered during the examination of a bike used by a Belgian cyclist at the world cyclo-cross championships.

The bike was seized by cycling authorities after Femke Van den Driessche, 19, was forced to pull out of the women’s under-23 race due to a mechanical problem.

“It’s absolutely clear that there was technological fraud. There was a concealed motor. I don’t think there are any secrets about that,” said International Cycling Union (UCI) president Brian Cookson.

http://news.sky.com/story/1633189/hidden-motor-found-in-cyclists-race-bike

Cycling.tips has more on the story:

Meanwhile Van den Driessche’s father has, predictably, insisted upon her innocence.

“It’s not Femke’s bike,” he claimed to De Staandard. “The bike was in the pit but it is [belonging to] someone from her entourage, who sometimes trains with her. But it was never the intention that it would be raced.

“Femke has absolutely not used that bike during the race. We are strongly affected by the events. Femke is totally upside down about it.

“We also do not know what ‘technical fraud’ means. But if the intention was to cheat, you would ride that bike, wouldn’t you?

“Femke has been European and Belgian Champion. Why would you do in the world championships?”

His words will likely be viewed with some scepticism, as her brother is currently serving a ban for EPO.

http://cyclingtips.com/2016/01/more-details-emerge-about-motorized-doping-at-cyclo-cross-worlds/

The story, of course, was picked up around by media around the world, as cycling’s sordid reputation plunges lower.

You might be surprised to learn that the minimum sentence for technological cheating is a pathetic 6 months. Yes, you can cheat, get a slap on the wrist and keep racing the same season. How it can be anything less than a lifetime ban is beyond me. And, criminal charges should be brought for fraud.

In a recent development in the story, the Italian manufacturer of Van Den Driessche’s bike, Wilier Triestina, plans to sue her for the damage she’s done to their reputation.

Good.

“Wilier Triestina says it will sue the Belgian cyclist who used a motor on her bike at the cyclo-cross world championships in the latest scandal to rock the sport.

Managing director Andrea Gastaldello said he was ‘stunned’ by the news that Femke Van den Driessche competed in the under-23 race over the weekend with a concealed motor in her Wilier Triestina bike.

‘Our company will take legal action against the athlete and against any (person) responsible for this very serious matter to safeguard the reputation and image of the company,’ the executive wrote in a statement.”

http://espn.go.com/olympics/cycling/story/_/id/14689297/femke-van-den-driessche-caught-using-motor-sued-bike-manufacturer

BTW, Britain’s Evie Richards won the race… but no one seems to care about that right now.