You are the most inspirational person that I have never met and I’d like to say thank you for that. The news of your passing has weighed heavy on my subconscious for years, and now it is a reality. Why did I never email you? Why did I not reach out? I guess I used this blog as a shield, a barrier between you just being a long-distance role model and what could have been a friendship. You’ll forever be a driving force for me behind the camera or on the bike, but most importantly you’ve taught me to not be afraid of life and that living is all that matters.
When I went to Los Angeles a little while ago, my friend Jen Abercrombie was a little shy about her new idea. She first explained to me how she was obsessed with looking at her Garmin for a while, and how annoying it can be. Heart rate, power, speed, cadence… what else? If I share with you the pleasure to own one more electronic device as they say, I also share with you the pleasure of FREEDOM. Like really. Like get out there, with a paper map to find my way, and forget about time, distance, elevation and let the only good reason to ride your bike out there take the path on all of that – WILD INSTINCT.
I’m making it over dramatic. I know, sometime if you have to sneak out for only 1 hour 23 minutes and 52 seconds before you need to check in with, a boss, a baby, a wife, or all of them at once, then yes, we need those little handlebar laptops. But sometimes, when the sunshine is high, the free time you get is as much as you can see. Then, get that thing off your stem.
The City of Buenos Aires has been encouraging the use of bicycles to solve complex problems associated with traffic, health and pollution. A new print advertising campaign, developed at La Comunidad, encourages the use of bicycles even more by promoting the benefits that riding a bike grants to the different parts of our body.