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Utility Cycling for Regular Folks

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At 50 years of age I began riding a bicycle everywhere I went. for seven years. Day or night, rain or shine, through good neighborhoods and bad, I rode. Bags of groceries, Chinese takeout, or a new lawnmower, I carried them all on or behind my bicycle. This article is about a bicycle lifestyle far removed from the athletic sport of cycling.

I call this kind of cycling everyday cycling, and it’s like everyday driving. When you hop in your car to go the grocery store do you first put on a helmet, special shoes costing well over a hundred dollars, a garish skin tight top with pockets on the back for food, special gloves, and even special pants that have a padded contraption resembling a diaper sewn into them? Of course not. Bike riding to get around is just like walking or driving to get around, except that you’re riding. And you’ll get rich! Well, Okay, you’ll just save boatloads of money.

How to carry stuff on, or behind your bicycle.

What to carry in your emergency repair kit.

Observations on everyday cycling, where bicycles fall short of cars and why, along with my wish list for everyday cycling.

Start with a sturdy, simple bicycle. Avoid the latest whiz bang wonders. There are good reasons for a simple bike.

It’s inexpensive you money for some practical goodies you’ll want to add.

Basic maintenance is simple.

Readily available parts, often even WalMart has what you need.

It won’t attract serious bicycle thieves, and if it is stolen, you be able to afford another.

Rule one is that most any bike of decent construction will work. Rule two is that the simplest sturdy bike that does all you need is all the bike you need. Here are some suggestions, but don’t treat any of this as dogma your call, work with what’s available.

Your everyday get around bike should be the right size. There are lots of theories about this, and the more knowledgeable the cyclist, the more likely his answer won’t be right for you he’s probably an athlete. My advice: sit on a few bikes, see what you feel safe and comfortable on. Above all, if you are going to ride more than 2 or 3 miles at a stretch, avoid the new “forward crank” bicycles. They are so very tempting can sit on a large bike and rest both feet flat on the ground. They look cool.

What the salesperson might not tell you about a forward crank bike, is that when you ride one, most of your weight rests directly on your spine. Your butt will get sore sooner. A hard bump on a forward crank bicycle can really jar your back, even your noggin. A traditional bicycle distributes your weight better. If you insist on a forward crank bike, get a suspension se ugg flip flops atpost to spare your back. Popular suspension seatpost makers are XLC, Zoom, Avenir, and M wave. front or rear shock absorbers. They add complexity. They add weight. They add maintenance. They make it harder to add saddlebags, baskets, etc. Bicycle suspensions suck up a tiny bit (or more) of your precious energy with every turn of the pedals. It adds up. There is very little suspension does, that simply standing when going over rough surfaces won’t do as well. But if you already have a suspension bike, use it.

Adjust the seat height on your bicycle so that you can comfortably touch the ground with the balls of your feet (not flat footed) when stopped. When riding you should not have to straighten your leg completely at the bottom of your pedal stroke, it should be slightly bent. You don’t want the seat too low, as it is much harder to pedal efficiently when your knee is bent too much at the top of your stroke. Your leg should not look like it’s involved in a deep knee bend when pedaling it is, pedaling will seem hard, very hard.

If multiple gears are required, a single front sprocket a chain ring often better than two or three chain rings.

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Utilitarian art

Being a merchant in 19th century Japan was sort of a mixed bag. On one hand, merchants were lightly taxed and many grew wealthy serving the island nation’s rapidly expanding urban area ugg flip flops s. There was money to commission fine textiles, intricate wooden boxes and colorful ceramics.

Still, in the feudal society, the merchants were thought of as fairly low class far below the samurai, and even below farmers and artisans.

They were forbidden to wear certain fabrics and were not allowed to enter the political arena. They simply were not considered to be very important in the social caste system.

“And that’s another reason why it became important for the merchants to have textiles and chests to show what their real status was,” said Signe Mayfield, curator at the Palo Alto Cultural Center.

The Cultural Center is currently showing “Mingei Merchants,” an exhibition of primarily 19th century mingei (Japanese folk art). The exhibit features about 100 pieces that illustrate both rural and urban folk art styles. It has been culled from collections throughout the Bay Area.

The connection to merchants is strong because much of the mingei of this period was c ugg flip flops ommissioned by that group. The Cultural Center has taken the goods and arranged them especially in the merchant’s office exhibit so that it is easy to see how the items would have fit together back in the 1800s.

There’s a merchant’s gate a barrier separating the customers from the merchant in a store that gave the merchant a degree of respectability and allowed him to keep private the handling of accounts. There’s also a weathered, painted clay statue of a calico cat (circa 1868 1912), a prominent totem that promised good fortune to merchants. A 19th century indigo dyed cotton jacket on display gives viewers a good idea of the type of coat that Japanese merchants wore.

Still, as much as the context adds, understanding the merchant theme is not a prerequisite for enjoying the exhibit. Viewers can take each item such as the dark wooden chest with ornate met ugg flip flops al shapings in the form of money bags and just enjoy it as a fine example of rural or urban folk art.

“I could have called this ‘Urban and Rural Folk Art,’ but I don’t think that’s as good a title as ‘Mingei Merchants,'” Mayfield explained.

In the back of the exhibit rests one of the more ugg flip flops interesting displays and it doesn’t really have anything to do with merchants. It’s a display of about a dozen items relating to Japanese firefighters.

There’s a ceramic water jar, dating back to 1885, that would have stood near a main door of a building, kept full at all times in case of a fire. A firefighter’s heavily stitched hood and gloves, as well as his handmade tools pick, pump and ax are also on display.

During the 19th century, the Japanese relied heavily on flammable materials such as bamboo for construction, and several devastating fires hit the country’s rapidly growing urban areas. Firefighters were seen as extremely important individuals during this time. They achieved an unexpected status level in the feudal society. The designs on their garments were emblematic of their status and also often served as images meant to ward off dangers.

The firefighter’s coat on display uses the design of a phoenix on its interior. While in the West the phoenix is thought of as a bird that rises from its own ashes, Eastern folklore believes that the phoenix is a selective bird that only lives in peaceful and prosperous kingdoms. By wearing the phoenix design, the firefighter not only invokes peace for himself, but also for the community he serves. The design also includes waves, another emblem of protection.

The fact that the design is done on the coat’s interior is another telling aspect about the art of the period. Like the other pieces on display, this is not art for art’s sake; it has a purpose.

“It’s all pretty much utilitarian,” Mayfield said of the exhibit’s pieces.

The bland side of the coat would be worn outside when fighting fires, and then after the blaze is extinguished, the coat would be turned inside out and worn as part of the celebration that would follow. The coat was also very heavily stitched so that it would hold the water that was poured on it and protect the firefighter from the blaze.

“When they throw water on it, it could weigh as much as 70 pounds,” Mayfield said.

To further illustrate the utilitarian approach, Mayfield points out the firefighter’s gloves in the display, gloves that were actually used.

“This piece actually smelled a little bit (of smoke),” she said.

Also on display at the Cultural Center is “The Intimate Brush,” which features pieces done by women of Asian descent. It includes paintings on sections of logs by Alison Moritsugu; paintings on handmade paper with tea, vegetable color, dry pigment and water color by Shahzia Sikander; and paintings on antique Korean pillows by Woonsuk Kim Linton.