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A friend of mine from high school is riding his bike across the country with three of his friends to raise money for earthquake ravaged Haiti. Visit them at Ack 4 All. They’re just getting started, so wish them luck on their adventure!

We are ACK4ALL – a fundraising group created by 4 guys who have spent the better part of the last decade working and living seasonally on Nantucket Island Massachusetts. Working the summers on the Island has provided us with many memorable experiences and the opportunity to meet many great people, including each other. Each year, as the summer days wear off, we are forced to decide what we will do for the winter. In the past we have had many amazing travel, work and volunteer experiences in the “off season”.

However, this winter we decided that we wanted to do something together and for a greater cause. It started out as a challenge over a couple beers in one of our living rooms. Pretty soon all we could talk about was riding our bikes from Folly Beach SC, via Charleston, all the way to San Diego CA, traversing the southern portion of the United States of America. Starting on the Atlantic sand and ending on the Pacific sand. Previously we were not cyclists, but we have always enjoyed riding bikes. Most importantly we are committed to the challenge and the cause we have chosen.

We will be pedaling our bikes to benefit the relief effort in Haiti through the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. The devastation caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti has left the country in serious need. The J/P HRO is on the ground and forefront providing tremendous efforts to the people of Haiti. On the left is a link to our fundraising page where you can find more information about our fundraising efforts. Also, you can use our fundraising page to make a donation to relief efforts in Haiti.

In any case, please keep up to date with this web page because we would like you to be a part of our amazing journey!

Adam, Tim, Tucker & Kevin


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Cycle for Water

Check out these two Dutchmen riding bamboo bikes from the Arctic to tip of South America to Raise Awareness for the global water crisis. These guys are right up my ally. Sustainable bicycle materials with a dedication to contributing to a solution to the water crisis! I give these fellas a standing ovation!

On July 4, 2010, we, Joost Notenboom & Michiel Roodenburg, have begun an 18 month bicycle journey from Deadhorse in northern Alaska to the most southern tip of Argentina at Ushuaia. Our mission is to take one bottle of icy Alaskan water from the Beaufort Sea down to the seas around Tierra del Fuego in a symbolic effort to complete the natural water cycle and raise awareness for the global water crisis that is leaving over 1 billion people around the world without access to safe and clean drinking water.

(Thanks to Bike Snob for making me aware)


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My eyes and ears tend to veer away from pro cycling during the off season, and it is rare that headlines are made on the likes of CNN.com, but today is unique. A small amount of a steroid was found in Alberto Contador’s blood on a rest day during the Tour De France. This same steroid is used on meat, and it sounds like Alberto had meat that day. After reading what CNN had to say, VeloNews had to say, and what Alberto himself said, it doesn’t sound like this will come to much. Its a shame it went this far. If anything this put him in the spotlight a bit more. I’m surprised he didn’t “fingerbang” us after his speech.

In other more important cycling news, Fabian Cancellara won the Worlds time trial for a fourth time! I happen to like Fabian. He seems like a nice guy in a sport among many jerks. Congratulations Fabian Cancellara!

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Streetsblog.net has some discussion on signaling and cyclists that, as a cyclist and civil engineer, I find rather interesting. Enough so to share it here.

I ride a steel bike (ferrous) most of the time and since I know what detection loops are and how they work, I usually don’t have a problem setting them off  and getting that much deserved green light in front of me. Of course, all cyclists don’t ride steel bikes and many times don’t realize detection loops exist. (I’m not sure what percentage of motorists know they exist!). In fact, it seems the sensitivity settings on the detector loops are not properly set to detect many of the bicycles out there on the road. The Federal Highway Administration is working to imrove this, thus improving transportation and safety for us all!

Making Signal Systems Work for Cyclists

is by David Gibson, P.E. a highway research engineer on the Enabling Technologies Team in FHWA’s Office of Operations Research and Development. He does some interesting experiments, has some great photos and even some diagrams! Click on the photo to get to the article!

Cyclist in a Detection Loop


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If you like bicycles, check out my new blog. http://thesustainablecyclist.com/

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We pushed through the rest of New Mexico and into Arizona, stopping at a nice tourist center in Willcox (we have been making a habit of this, Syrah likes the free maps, literature, etc). We got a super cool CD to listen to that guided us from Wilcox down I-10 for about an hour or so. It told the history of Senor Coronando exploring in the 1500’s, vignettes of feuds with Native Americans, all about the military base, the Buffalo Soldiers (9th & 10th Cavalries) and geological history too. We really enjoyed it and recommend it to anyone driving through. (Click here to get the CD for free).

Texas Canyon boulders along the "How the West was fun" scenic route

Texas Canyon boulders along the "How the West was fun" scenic route

Driving through heavy winds, we pushed Tucson and Phoenix, all the way to Desert Mountain in Scottsdale. Dave greeted us at the gate and grilled up some special Soy Vey teriyaki chicken for us too. Yum!

Hanging with Dave in Desert Mountain (we're working on packing the car here)

Hanging with Dave in Desert Mountain (we're working on packing the car here)

We did errands on 2 wheels (each) instead of the usual 4. We needed to get climbing guides for Arizona and Utah as well as any maps we might need.  Click here to see the 48 mile ride we took through Scottsdale: Scottsdale Arizona

Here are some of the beautiful things we saw along the way. We love how the highways have artistic decor, no boring old walls and medians in AZ!

Cactus flowers on the side of the road
The highways are all decorated differently - really cool!


Thanks Dave for your hospitality, see you in a few months.

Off to magical Sedona.

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I’m frusturated at the fact that bicycles are a sustainable mode of transportation, yet most bikes themselves are not sustainable.  Rubber tires, carbon fiber frames, anodized parts, PVC housing, etc. etc. I’m going to begin highlighting some articles and blogs of other cyclists who share my opinions on this subject, and hopefully get a good number of people involved.  I know there are bicycle builders out there who want to create bikes from sustainalble products but are looking for some support.  I know there are currently products on the market that are more sustainable than others but just need promotion.

I’ll start things off by linking to an excellent article written last year on the blog Veloquent

Stay tuned for more.  If you have any suggestions on what we, as CSB members, can do I would love to here them.  This is the beginning of something I hope will catch on.  I may even start a new blog dedicated to C.S.B.



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