Saturday, February 27, 2010

Full Boat Busycle Rides 2- 27=2010

In the interest of time, I am experimenting with a new format for our ride reports. What you are seeing is an email that I am sending to With the result being the blog you  are now looking at. 

Today's ride may have covered three of four miles and saw lots of new faces coming and going from our machine. 2010 SF to Boston, Rock Star bus owner, John E Cabrera was there with his pigmy bike, the super chicken doll that we taped to the back of the bus and  a killer sidewalk sign holder that we used to point people to the start.

Nitzele was there with brownies that everyone enjoyed and Dr Megan brought her also fun creating spirit and trail  mix and popcorn for all  of us to eat as well.

The rest of the story is told in the pictures and their captions below...

             THX 4 all of U!! 

Here we see Nitzeli Sanchez
and Dr Megan Smith the main organizers of today's ride

They teamed up with actor, John E Cabrera to 
sure we had a blast today!!

We had a full boat with at least half a dozen seats 
that kept changin

Jason Holbrook made a dunce cap out of the 
Busycle megaphone when he wasn't adding the 
power of two people

On this "ascent", the ride over Matadero Creek, we 
almost started rolling backwards.....

                   Side view of today's riders 

We need a tarp!! It took me two hours
AFTER  everyone left, to bootstrap this mess 
on to our machine........

NBG Founding Director, HiWheel Cyclist

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Pictures from Today's Busycle Ride - Captions to Follow

Pictures from Today's Busycle Ride - Captions to Follow

Bus Owner Stops in after 70's Party (He's single ladies..)

Actor and Publicist, John E Cabrera, stopped in on the bus today as we are ramping up for Busycle demonstration rides this afternoon here in Palo Alto. Go to our page (see future rides)  to see the invite. And this guy is full of joy and love. Barring rain, you can even find John E in downtown Palo Alto giving rides on the KwickCart bicycle taxi that he pedals around for free just so he can laugh withh new people. 

Tell me this guy does not look like fun:


And he's single ladies (not a fact he wants me to advertise but I want the best for this gentle spirit whom without we would not be traveling across the US in about 80 days time now per this schedule at the level we soon excitedly expect to!!

    THX 4 all of U!! 

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Course in Miracles on Power of Thought

There is no world apart from what you wish, and herein lies your ultimate release. Change but your mind on what you want to see, and all the world must change accordingly. Ideas leave not their source* (W.pI.132.5:1,2,3).
* Where source is God or the perfecction that created us......

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lori Yung Saves 2010 Mayors' Ride

Lori Yung, who long has been my world wide web mentor, helped me to regain control of the 2010 Mayors' Ride. She cleaned the code up at a page, the 2010 Mayors' Ride schedule,  that has been eight years in the making. Seems my ride last summer placed a huge strain on the html and php that was telling the page how it should look on your computer screen.

Lori and I at the State Capitol event last May

This was so because I was updating it from a different server almost every day, From coffee shops to hotel rooms and the like, not only did this invite hundreds of lost dollars to disappear from my checking account as it also wreaked havoc, as you may have seen, on the blogs I was running, it also introduced stray code and other unwanted sub routines to the web pages I was updating.

What a mess!! But Lori, web genius that she is, figured it all out. And now I can make changes and keep the 2010 Mayors' Ride current right from my own web editor!! Until Lori got me the fix I needed, every change I made looked fine here, but as soon as I FTP'ed it to my web serve.r it got corrupted. It was horrible.

But I am back on line now!

   THX Lori Yung - U R the rockinest B E S T!!

btw: My ride to SLC cost me in so many ways. Besides the above, it beat my Eagle HiWheel up so bad I am still dealing with it and shot the poop out of my bank account. Do I wish I had not gone? No way!! 

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Ines Brunn to Join 40-foot Rolling Billboard with the Two Most Photographed Vehicles in the World

Here is the talisman world famous and pre-eminent trick cyclist, Ines Brunn, outfitted my ride to Salt Lake City with last summer. And she will be coming back to join us in select as yet announced cities this summer on the 8th annual national Mayors' Ride !!

Here she is on the Busycle that goes out this Saturday per this invite 

  THX 4 all of U!! 

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Angle Tech & Go Macro Join Growing List of SF to Boston Sponsors

Angle Tech, a bike shop in the Pikes Peak area of Colorado with a national reputation for their high level of precise knowledge  of only the best in recumbent cycling not only came on as a sponsor of our ride with a logo presence on our bus, they also will have a a logo presence on the beautiful panniers they created for our ride, per this image - 

The people at Go Macro also came aboard today to sweeten the powerful dietary regimen pot of delicious foods that nutritionist Johanna Thorn, N.C., drew up for my Eagle HiWheel pedaling efforts in our 8th annual national Mayors' Ride  ......

The GoMacro cookies are without question the healthiest such snack one can find in a health food store anywhere in America. And they want a presence on the bus too!!

Other big name food purveyors and bike and bike accessory manufacturers, as well as a few world wide web operations are considering this opportunity. With a few we just need to work out the details before we can announce they are joining in!!

         So exciting!!

                     THX 4 all of U!! 

 Perfect love drives out fear - John 4:18

 Martin Krieg "Awake Again" Author
  '79 & '86 TransAmerica Bike Rides
Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death Survivor  
2010 w/"How America Can Bike & Grow Rich"
NBG Founding Director, HiWheel Cyclist

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Some one called me "Just a dreamer". That offended me - the "just part". Being a dreamer is hard work - Doug Engelbart

Some one called me "Just a dreamer". That offended me - the "just part". Being a dreamer is hard work - Doug Engelbart

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Ellen Fletcher, Eagle/Me, Chris Llewellyn on the Road

As I was wrapping up yesterday's "training" (se below) ride on the Eagle, I ran up with Chris Llewellyn, the amazing kid you see doing a track stand here who also happens to be the unicyclist pictured with our Busycle in the promotional pieces we send  out for it. And as he and I chatted, who should roll up than Ellen Fletcher, America's first politician/bike activist. And the woman for whom America's first bike boulevard here in Palo Alto was named.

Ellen asked me how our ride to Boston was coming along, and among other things, told me she had seen our bus parked on the other bike boulevard, Park Blvd, at Park Automotive Services. And as she pedaled off,  I felt the need to corroborate her age for Chris and Caroline, the passer by who took the below photo. Ellen had to stop to get enough wind to answer me. She was still on the mend from having had a cancerous part of her long removed.

"Eighty two", she answered, She got back on her bike and pedaled away!!



Note: The word 'training' is in quotes above because I cannot ride the bike the way I really want to due to the condition of the rim. I am more  just getting my muscles  used to the Eagle pedaling position after having been off of it all these months. I am not  doing hills and maybe rode all of ten miles yesterday.........

    THX 4 all of U!! 

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Busycle Cheers

Horror Story: Busycle Jeff's Cyclist Friend Dead - Motorist Exonerated

Head Busycle mechanic, Jeff Kistler, was good friends with 68 yo Teddy, the man who was killed last  December while crossing 101 in San Mateo on the Hillsdale overpass. They were friends because Teddy rode and he rode and he rode. Not fast but he rode. And it was Jeff who kept Teddy on the road.

And now Teddy is no more. While accidents do happen and people, all of us, do make mistakes, the fact that  Teddy paid for it with his life makes all of us, as cyclists, a lot less safe. The fact that his killer (because that's what you are when you cannot adequately control a several ton vehicle) walked away from all of this with not a price to pay means we must all rise up and demand justice be served here.

Can we let this public mindset persevere :

"(Charges were not brought against the killer because) it's unlikely that a jury would convict him given the facts of the accident."

I met Teddy once while Jeff was tuning his bike up for him. He was quiet. He was polite and very considerate of all those around him. A gentle man, he did not wear lycra or speed around on carbon fiber but his was a genuine love for the bicycle. Almost daily he rode from San Jose to San Mateo, up and down the peninsula, as a way to keep himself occupied. It was his therapy, his rereation and his life. 

This as he endured insults from motorists telling him to get off the road; that he moved too slow. Well now they don't have him to contend with any longer. And it looks like they have the sympathy of the  rest of the public...

So sad ........ :(

From: 2/19 Palo Alto Post <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Feb 2010 17:59:24 -0000
To: "" <>
Subject: [BATN] Caltrans SUV driver will not be charged in bicyclist's killing

Published Friday, February 19, 2010, by the Palo Alto Daily Post

No charges in bike fatal
Driver identified in mysterious trip

By David DeBolt
Daily Post Staff Writer

The Caltrans employee who struck and killed a Palo Alto bicyclist with a state-owned SUV on a state furlough day won't face vehicular manslaughter charges, a prosecutor said yesterday.

San Mateo County Deputy District Attorney Sean Gallagher decided not to charge Hamid Khorram, 53, in the death of 68-year-old Theodore Hintz, saying it's unlikely that a jury would convict him given the facts of the accident.

Gallagher's decision made Khorram's identity public for the first time. San Mateo police and Caltrans have kept his name a secret since the Dec. 18 crash and despite public records requests from the Post.

According to Gallagher, Khorram left his Los Prados Park home in San Mateo just after 6 a.m. the day of the crash. Khorram headed west on Hillsdale Boulevard as he headed to Highway 101.

Khorram drove in the far right lane on the Hillsdale overpass, alongside Hintze, who pedaled in the lane because the overpass lacks a sidewalk, authorities said. He struck Hintze at 6:15 a.m. between the northbound and southbound ramps, Gallagher said.

Gallagher said Hintze was reportedly wearing dark clothing and the taillight on his bicycle was not functioning, making him difficult to see.

Khorram was going 20-25 mph, according to Gallagher.

"It doesn't appear he was in a rush," he said.

Took state vehicle home

Khorram, who is listed as a senior transportation engineer on his page, stored the state-owned SUV at his home overnight, Gallagher said. Some employees are allowed to take a vehicle at home, as long as it is kept inside a garage.

What's still unclear is where Khorram was headed. Caltrans had a statewide furlough day the day of the crash, meaning most workers stayed home. Some employees are exempt from furlough days, though Caltrans spokeswoman Heide Carle has refused to provide the Post with the names of employees who showed up for work that day.

Gallagher, the prosecutor, said the police report didn't mention Khorram's destination. Gallagher said he didn't know why it wasn't included, but said it wouldn't have affected the investigation.

Lawsuit expected

Carle said Caltrans is withholding information about the accident because the agency is anticipating a possible lawsuit.

San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault withheld Hintze's name for more than a month, as deputy coroners struggled to track down his family. Foucrault eventually released his name after medical records and items from Hintze's postal box provided no details.

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Eagle to Boston Nutrition Program by Johanna Thorn, N.C.

Here is the food program designed for my ride by top nutritionist, Johanna Thorn, N..C. And Johanna knows what she is talking about. She uses a regimen  similar to this on the monster several weeks long solo wilderness hikes she regularly  does in the Sierras....


 Nutrition Suggestions for Martin Kreig

 Bicycle trip May 14th – August 6th


  • Cellular nutrition to support body and enhance performance
  • Simple, easy, highly nutritive foods program


Protein:  (always start day off with and combine with sprouts of some sort and other vegs and very small amount starch) (breakfast and dinners)

  • Miso (freeze dried) (have first thing in morning upon waking in hot water)
  • Young coconut meat (whenever can get hands on young coconuts; drink water and eat meat)
  • Coconut; dried unsweetened (mix into any other foods or eat by self)
  • Powdered goat milk (mix with water and drink or add to cereals)
  • Planetary brand sprouted protein powder – my favorite “Hunza Meal”
  • Hard sheep and goat cheeses (last longer, don’t require refrigeration)
  • Plain goat yogurt whenever can get
  • Micro greens (make own in Easy Sprouter)
  • Sprouts (make own in Easy Sprouter) (sunflower, mung, red clover, alfalfa, clover, broccoli, radish and so on)
  • Raw nuts; brazil, pecan, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, almonds (soak overnight in water), hazelnuts (mix any choice or combo with sprouts for nutrient dense “salad” along with some crushed corn chips and salsa for dressing)
  • Raw seeds; pumpkin*, sunflower*, sesame, chia, hemp and flax (*soak overnight in water; drain and air dry on cookie sheet)
  • Bee pollen (freeze dried better than raw for your situation, will keep longer)
  • Sea Vegetables (micro protein and minerals); raw nori sheets (use as wrap for many food combos), dulse (eat as snack – natural electrolyte balance), kombu*, sea palm*, hijiki*, wakame*

*add these to broths and all cooking liquids

  • Sprouted mung beans, lentils (not red), garbonzo beans (Done in Easy Sprouter) (cook in rice cooker with sea vegs in jerky, choice of seasoning mix, add Lydia’s Seasoning when eat, serve with salsa as condiment or wrap all up in nori sheet
  • Canned fish; trout, salmon, sardines (Whole Foods best source) (eat with Lydia’s crackers and sprouts or wrap all up in nori sheet with seasoning choice, or salsa and sprouts) (add cheese as desired)
  • Jerky’s – fish (Whole Foods brand good) (use as soak with sea vegetables)

 Vegetables:  (with all meals)

  • Sprouts from Easy Sprouter; raw, live food
  • Any fresh can source along way
  • Dried kale (Whole Foods – see resources)
  • Lydia’s Organics; (see resources) dehydrated into crackers and other treats (must purchase the             “Seasoning” and sprinkle over sprouts, add to miso broth, and other dehydrated veg products)
  • Dehydrated mushroom blend (Trader Joe’s)
  • Jarred salsa’s (Trader Joe’s Salsa Verde good green one, look for red one also)

Starches:  (lunches and between meals)

  • Long grain brown rice (or Trader Joe’s Sprouted Short Grain Brown Rice with Seaweed – microwaveable)
  • Steel cut oatmeal (not quick cooking, directions in recipe section)
  • Quinoa (get prewashed from Trader Joe’s)
  • Wild Rice (cook in rice cooker) (add dried mushrooms and seasoning of choice and presoak overnight – reduces cooking time)
  • All natural or organic pancake/waffle mix (use goat milk already mixed up and skip egg if don’t have) (great lunch or snack)
  • Any type roots or squashes can pick up along way (use for lunches)
  • Onions, ginger root, garlic
  • Lydia’s Organics – granolas (add sweetener of choice and use coconut milk for high calorie and energy intake)  (best time lunch or mid-afternoon)
  • Blue corn chips with sesame seeds (Organic) (Trader Joe’s makes good brand)

 Fruit:  (eat by itself, not with meals)

  • Any unsulphured dried sources
  • Any fresh, pesticide free sources pick up along way


  • Nama Shoyu; raw, unheated, unpasteurized soy sauce – healthy source of living enzymes and beneficial organisms or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (use as desired)
  • Make own blends:
  1. Mix cumin, dried ginger, turmeric, dried garlic, dried parsley, dried cilantro, dried thyme, sea salt and pepper.
  2. Mix thyme, oregano, basil, dash of ground sage, sea salt, and pepper.


  • Raw unpasteurized honey
  • Maple syrup (pure)
  • Agave nectar, raw
  • Stevia

Oils:  (should all be unrefined and cold pressed)


·      Goat butter, olive oil

Medium Heat

·      Sesame oil (use on skin as moisturizer)

High Heat:

·      Ghee, unrefined coconut oil (use on skin as moisturizer)


·      Canned coconut milk (not lite kind) (Whole Foods 365 brand good)

·      Young coconut water (boxed) (electrolyte balance and adrenal food)

·      Dates

·      Goji berries

·      Raw cacao nibs

·      Acai

Super Nutrition:

·      Enzacta PXP powder (2 scoops 2 x day in warm water)(set up with Johanna)

·      Spirulina (use in energy drink recipe)(health food store)

·      Liquid chlorophyll (concentrate, not diluted) increases oxygen to body (health food store)


·      2 camp cook stoves

·      1 small - medium size rice cooker (with steamer tray)

·      4 wide mouth hard plastic (such as Nalgene) containers to soak ingredients and for leftovers and ready sprouts

·      3 Easy Sprouters (two to sprout seeds and one for legumes) (

·      1 small – medium cooking pot with lid

·      1 medium nonstick (with NO scratches) fry pan with lid

·      1 medium size cookie sheet

·      resealable storage bags to put foods in whilst in cooler so don’t get wrecked by ice melting

Ideas and recipes:

·      Use jerky’s and sea vegetables in all soaks and to make “soup broth” add miso at end

·      Put dehydrated mushrooms and grains to soak night before planning to use (releases nutrients and speeds up cooking time)

·      Add sea vegetable to anything cook in rice cooker (rice, quinoa, wild rice, oatmeal)

·      Soak oatmeal night before planning to eat, either cook in pot or rice cooker; add maple syrup and coconut milk to eat for high calorie and denser nutrient profile (have for lunch or mid-afternoon)

·      Premake and bag this mix:  2 cups almonds, dry, 1 cup sunflower seeds, dry, ½ tsp. sea salt, 2 teaspoons turmeric ground together in food processor or blender (makes 4 servings) Mix entire contents with 1  cup water when ready to eat; eat this mix as is with any fresh vegs, sprouts, cheese, salsas for breakfast (great all rolled together in nori sheets)Nori Breakfast “Burritos”

·      When using rice cooker put steamer tray on top of whatever cooking and place jerky (torn into small pieces) on so flavor and nutrients steam into food below

·      Spirulina energy drink:  to 16 oz. water add; 1 tsp. spirulina, 1 tablespoon raw honey, 1 dropperful chlorophyll, dash of sea salt or piece of kombu

·      Snack on granola with coconut milk or goat milk, Lydia’s crackers with cheese and sprouts, make own “trail mixes” with nuts, seeds, dried shredded coconut, goji berries and raw cacao; dates stuffed with scoop of coconut oil or dipped into if liquid, chew a few pieces of dulse, corn chips with salsas and cheese

·      Soak a grain with sea vegetables, jerky, dried mushrooms and a seasoning mix overnight every night for next day, until ready to cook – add more water and cook in rice cooker or pot on stove (great lunch)

·      To make sprouts, cover at least one inch over seeds with clean water; let soak overnight.  Drain in morning, put traveling vented lid on and within 2-4 days depending on type seeds will have sprouts.

·      To “sprout” legumes; soak overnight covered with water as with sprout seeds.  Drain in morning, put travel lid on and within 2-3 days should be ready or less depending on environment.  They are ready when you see just a tiny nub sprouting from them.  This releases the proteins in them and makes them easier to digest and cook.  Simmer over low heat or eat raw with other sprouts for micro-protein rich “salad”.  Your body will so thank you for this! 

·      Dress “salads” and vegs and grains with olive oil or sesame oil mixed with one of “seasoning” blends.

·      Mix “live” foods into mix whenever and wherever can.   Chemical, cage-free eggs excellent to add into mix whenever possible. 


·      Whole Foods 365 Organic Waffle & Pancake mix; use goat milk mixed to liquid already and skip egg (or if do have some use)

·      Meyenberg Powered Goat Milk:

Products:  (use chemical free, natural, paraben free)

Dish soap:             Seventh Generation

Cleaner:            Seventh Generation All Purpose

Body:              Dead Sea Mineral Soap or Dr. Bronners

Laundry:            Earth Friendly Ecos brand or Seventh Generation or Trader Joe’s brand

By:  Johanna Thorn, N.C.   02.16.2010



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Eagle Seat Cobbled back together

I sent this earlier today but it did not post. It's the fix I cobbled together for that seat rip I showed you yesterday. It consisted of -
Zip tie. Duct tape. Fishing line. Swiss army knife leather punch

And as I chased around looking for answers, Shawn Raymond, the Godsend who helped me get on the road to Salt Lake last summer offered to help me build a new seat. A top flight experimental bike builder, he has built seats for some of his designs and says he'd be willing to see what he could do to get this problem corrected!!

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"What you focus on expands." - Buddha

"What you focus on expands."

- Buddha

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Brett Garret, a long time recumbent cyclist and owner of the electric car pictured below has agreed to host!!  This is exciting as Brett has helped me over the years to keep our free classifieds on line among  the other challenges I have thrown his way. As opposed to a stranger in a call center, quite probably in a Pacific Rim country, many thousands of miles away, when you call YoHost, you get Brett.

With a PhD in mathematics,  Brett has years of experience building web pages, and he is knowledgeable about HTML, PHP, Perl, graphics programs, and more. Buying locally doesn't get any better than Redwood City based,!!


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Friday, February 19, 2010

Master Cobbler Joe Duran Fixed Seat but

At the Town & Country Shopping Cener, Joe stAyed a little late to do a temp fix on the seat. And it did get me a few miles but it ripped in half agAin. Yikes and back to the drawing board....

Btw - Joe was a great guy and really wanted to help...

iPhone sent 415-606-5043

Martin Krieg
"Awake Again" Author
'79 & '86 TransCon cyclist
2010 on Eagle w/Busycle & Book
Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death
Survivor. NBG Founding Director
HiWheel Cyclist

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From Rim Death to Seat Death

iPhone sent 415-606-5043

Martin Krieg
"Awake Again" Author
'79 & '86 TransCon cyclist
2010 on Eagle w/Busycle & Book
Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death
Survivor. NBG Founding Director
HiWheel Cyclist

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"Courage is not the absence of fear, it's the mastery of it." Zig Ziglar quoting Mark Twain

"Courage is not the absence of fear, it's the mastery of it." Zig Ziglar quoting Mark Twain
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Thursday, February 18, 2010

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." -- Marcel Proust
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Power Photo of 2010 Eagle-Busycle-Bus Ride

The only thing missing from it is the Busycle that will be traveling  with us from SF to Boston in the 8th annual national Mayors' Ride. But it does show Don Armstrong, the man who owns one of the longest lived businesses  in Palo Alto, CA - Park Automotive Services. You can also see some of's handiwork, our url  on the Bus. If you want to get on the Bus with us, whether you want to sponsor a day ($200 - the real cost for fuel, food and our driver will be $260, not to mention insurance, tolls, maintenance, and the fixed asset costs, etc) or buy a five foot panel or ..., shoot me an email  at and I can forward our rate card.


As well, do note that Don is standing there with Jim Spillane's Eagle HiWheel. And that machine is only back on the road thanks to the heroics of Busycle mechanic  Jeff Kistler  and Tom Schoeniger of the beautiful bikes at and all the many people including Mike Damon, Clive Buckler, Steve Travis, Matt Criste  and of course Jim Spillane, etc, who all sounded in with their loving guidance. The rim will have to be replaced before I leave in 88 days time but at least now I can train on  it once again!!

So much excitement. So little time to tell you everything....

            THX 4 all of U!! 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Why it's Bad to Complain

“See if you can catch yourself complaining in either speech or thought about a situation you find yourself in. What other people say or do... your life situation, even the weather. For to complain is always non-acceptance of what is and it invariably carries an unconscious negative charge. So when you complain you make yourself a victim. Either leave the situation, change the situation or accept it.” ~Eckhart Tolle
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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Eagle Soars Again, Bus Lettered, Curtained, Rice and....

Jef Kistler just dropped off the Eagle! The wheel rolls again sans one spoke where it broke (there are 72) and Tom Schoeniger of 4130inc masterfully weled it back into piece!! It still needs work but it is once again round and held together by spokes. And as such, I can train on it until Jim Spillane sends us a replacement rim. WoW.

I'll update this for the blogs I run with pictures and more of the story tomorrow when I can see well enough to ride and tweak accordingly. However for now all of us need to thank Tom and Jeff for all the work they did to get the debacle I created all back together again. Tom took a lot of time, first welding the broken section back into the rim and then a number of weeks later carefully studying it before he then appllied a few more strategic welds. THX Tom!! WoW!

As for Jeff, not only did he rebuild it, but to do so he had to he drive over to Tom's house. to pick it up. Drive to the bus here in Paalo Alto to pick up the spoke nipples Jim Spillane had sent us. Then drive it back to his shop 20 miles away where he worked his magic Then back to the bus where he met me with a working bike!! Too Awesome Jeff!! THX THX THX!!

Linda Berger the voice of our 2010 ride video (Part one, Part two)  came by with two sets of black sheets and a small rice cooker. She found the dark bed cloth at a thrift store and  was getting ready to send the rice cooker off to Goodwill when she remembered I need one for my ride. So unlike my Eagle journey  to Salt Lake last summer where I went for a month without eating the grain that I ingest daily, I will be able to have that on the road every day now. This of course will augment the foods that nutritionist Johanna Thorn is working to get to me as I type. 

I also got the part of the bus that is visible from the street and to the many cyclists who pass by daily, lettered for all the Park Blvd travelers  to view!! Pictures tomorrow but does make some handsome stuff. And THX THX THX also to Don Armstrong of Park Automotive Service at 3040 Park where the bus John E Cabrera bought for our ride now lives!!

THX for all of U

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Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will and be judged by only one thing: the result." - Vince Lombardi

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will and be judged by only one thing: the result."
- Vince Lombardi

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ome of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will and be judged by only one thing: the result." - Vince Lombardi

Some of us will do our jobs well and some will not, but we will and be judged by only one thing: the result." - Vince Lombardi
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Monday, February 15, 2010

Amazing Eagle OK, Bus Move to PA & Busycle Day

As I kept reminding myself that the day I had planned ahead of me was nothing compared to my actually pedaling the Eagle to Boston in 89 days time now, I biked into the fog on my amazing S&B recumbent. Behind me was the 1891 Eagle HiWheel  that I had spent the last hour securing into my trailer. Ahead of me, 17 miles away, was Tom Schoeniger's tig welding torch.


The bike rode great and the trailer load cooperated without a hitch. However when I got to Tom's quiet neighborhood, his house was even quieter. I texted him. No response. I called. Nothing. Being Valentine's Day, I could not bring myself to wake him and his beautiful wife Theresa so I went to Plan B. 

I got out my heavy cable lock and locked the bike and trailer in  an area where Tom often parks his beautiful 4130 machines. Before I took off, I texted him where to find the key I had hidden and to work on it at his leisure. 

Then I headed back to Palo Alto to the Busycle Ride that Nitzele and her daughter Dafne had put together. Cold and foggy,  a lot of people did not show up. It wasn't until Dr Megan Smith, who slowed down on her way past, agreed to help us pedal, that we did take off. Slowly. 


And even fewer people were  out that we could invite them to join us. In the interest of not being able to get back because they had nothing left (tho they were reasonably fit, Roger and Doris had to be well into their 60's), we only rode to Middlefiield an Loma Verde maybe a third of a mile away.


After Nacho and his wife, Megan, Nitzelie and Jason helped me get the Busycle covered up, It was then that  I biked back to the other side of Mountain View where our 2010 tour bus has been located for the last three months. And no sooner had I gone through the ritual of getting the engine,fired up so it would have the correct air pressure for the brakes and doors (air pressure keeps them closed as well as opens them) than David Lageschulte, a highly regarded supervisor for the Valley Transit Authority, and his dad pulled up. David was pumped and ready to drive!

His dad John, a 1961 Wheaton College graduate, who moved first to Maryland to work six years for NASA and then here to San Jose where he spent 27 years  in a prestigious software engineering  position working for IBM, came out to be a part of the fun. The last time he rode a bus that David drove was 25 years ago. It was then that his son. at 19 years of age,  had become the youngest bus driver in the VTA system as well as one of the youngest in the nation. 


David grew up loving buses. And he loves ours. To him, being able to drive it wihtout passengers and schedules, makes getting behind the wheel of ours feel like a sports car to him,. He couldn't wait to drive some freeway. And he did.  Expertly so!

Then he took us through many of the streets of  Mountain View and Palo Alto as he relived memories of all the many miles he had logged doing so before he soon was promoted to the supervisor position he enjoys today. We even stopped and hung out at the main Palo Alto transit hub with our bus as David hob knobbed with all the bus drivers he knew.

Then we got to Park Automotive Service at 3040 Park Blvd here in Palo Alto where David's challenge was to park the bus adjacent to the fence that separates the car repair shop from the massive parking lot behind Fry's Electronics. In order to do so he had to get the bus to run at  90 degree angle to the street while jumping a curb and powering over two concrete parking stanchions. No Problem! 

While his dad stopped a couple cars in the street and I kept an eye on the fence, David jockeyed our huge 26,000 pound machine into position. A few minutes later he was done! And as we stood there and laughed and talked, JohnE Cabrera, the owner of the bus, showed up!! 


Soon, as soon as we get some of the decals in place and possibly Mona Caron's art work, David wants to drive us all around Palo Alto and even the surrounding cities to help us advertise our mission. Wow!!

So the bus is back in Palo Alto!! Where THX to Don Armstrong and his Park Automotive, we are not only close to all our bike people and other networks but we can expect new untold resources to also come our way. This because we are now located on Palo Alto's real, far more heavily traveled bike boulevard, Park Bldvd!

        THX 4 all of U!! 

Note: 4130inc Tom studied my wheel while I was  busy with the Bus and Busycle.  He placed it under a magnifying lens. He looked inside the walls. He examined the cracks and looked and looked. He gave what he\e saw a lot of thought. 

His pronouncement: Lace it up. It will be be strong enough under tension from the spokes for me to train on it. However, he does not want to see me go cross country on it. The rim is toast, But it will hold up for another few hundred miles as long as I don't go up or down curbs. Yahoo!!

Jeff Kistler says he will pick it up and rebuild it for me tomorrow!! This man, as well, is also amazing!!

            How exciting!!

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Making Dreams Real or Making Excuses

"Anything that stops you or diverts you from reaching your goals and dreams is an excuse!" - Michael Bloxton
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Eagle/Busycle/Bus Day in Pictures - Amazing!!


              THX Gid - THX 4 all of U!! 

 Perfect love drives out fear - John 4:18

 Martin Krieg "Awake Again" Author
  '79 & '86 TransAmerica Bike Rides
Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death Survivor  
2010 w/"How America Can Bike & Grow Rich"
NBG Founding Director, HiWheel Cyclist

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Spirit Fueled Eagle/Busycle/Bus MAgic Day

Without a hitch:
- Bike trailered Eagle 18 ms to for welding job by Tom Schoeniger
- Busycle ride w/Nitzele bring lots of ideAs & new people to the event
- David Lagaschulte & his dad tour Palo Alto with our 40 Ft bus before we relocate it to its new home at Park Automotive on Park Blvd in Palo Alto !!

Details and pictures soon. What a day. Thx God. Thx 4 all of u !!!!

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'79 & '86 TransCon cyclist
2010 on Eagle w/Busycle & Book
Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death
Survivor. NBG Founding Director
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Thursday, February 11, 2010

”Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.” Ben Franklin

”Speak ill of no man, but speak all the good you know of everybody.” Ben Franklin
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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

wheel crack pics on the Eagle

Wow Clive!!

Thx so much for taking time with this!! And I am happy to see that u realize the impact this ride will have on the national cycling ctty. It is going to be huge!! And we do have to do it right!!

Toward that end, Tom Schoeniger of bikes, and a master bike builder who studied under Dick Ryan, Jan Vandertuin, the Scholz brothers and etc will be tig welding the major cracks on Sunday. At which point Jeff Kistler, our Busycle mechanic magician will be rebuilding the wheel so I can train until the replacement rim gets here c/o the man who refabricated this the only Eagle in active use on the planet.

The world renowned MIT professor, David Gordon Wilson has been on these mailings. Being the esteemed author of "Bicycle Science" and man whose math made the Busycle real, I sense he has been quiet bcuz as Jim S keeps reminding me, 19th century wheels were built to a completely diff spec. The spokes (72) are supposed to be loose for example.

I also hAve Jobst Brandt, the "Bicycle Wheel" author on here, not in search of insight but as an FYI for him

Thx 4 all of u!!

On Feb 10, 2010, at 9:39 PM, Ernie Buckler wrote:

> Martin,
> Profusely hank whoever did send these pics, this is absolutely key > info and should've been sent out much earlier so we could've begun > proper action some time ago. Hate to tell you, but there is no > repair of this unless massive and complete, with brazed-in-place > shaped steel saddles, etc. The new wheel will have to have > something like that. You were half an inch from total collapse and > crashing at any moment. This rim is TOAST. If the tire is solid > rubber then it will have some structural strength, that's ALL that's > been saving you.
> To do this right you need a Univ. engineering department to do the > FEA (Finite Element Analysis) on the wheel structure, get them to > take it on as a grad student project with a Rush Important stamp on > it. Won't take long once you find a prof who'll do it. Then they > can start adding local stiffeners (washers or saddle plates) to see > what's the lightest simplest additional steel that will solve it. > That's what FEA does, allows experiments to be tried v. rapidly on > the computer, then apply stress to the wheel and see what areas turn > red, indicating failure, etc.
> You're going across the U.S. on this machine, under the spotlight, > so to speak, it's in everyone's best interest to not have a wheel > failure.
> Again, Martin, we love you and all have a great desire for you to > succeed! Listen to me, above; consider this entire letter written > in Bold Caps and Red, it's that important. You've ridden the Eagle > harder & faster than anyone else on the planet, and you've > discovered the design limits by exceeding them. No dishonor on the > builder, the machine was never expected to be ridden as you have > done. Now the goal is to get serious engineering talent behind > finding the solution ASAP. I'd even talk to David Gordan Wilson at > MIT, and if he's retired, talk with him or Chester Kyle and get the > equivalent horsepower behind your request for assistance, as it > effects the entire cycling community. Stanford will have > engineering talent at this level, of course, merely a matter of > having the right entre'. But you're v. good at that; you need to > pull out the stops and get this happening NOW.
> Hey, our wheel builder book author, Brandt! PERFECT!
> Clive
> On 2/10/2010 7:50 PM, Hiwheeler wrote:
>> Whoaa. I didn't send out any wheel crack pix. Did u get them from >> jeff ??
>> Thx 4 u !!
>> On Feb 10, 2010, at 6:05 PM, Ernie Buckler >> wrote:
>>> Martin,
>>> Excellent information. This is very signifigant because all the >>> cracks start at the spoke holes. This tells where to start >>> designing a permanent solution. #10 washers may not be enough, >>> IMO. More later, gotta dash right now, but have da thinking cap >>> turned up to 9 on this one. I am even more adamant about not >>> riding this any farther than you want to walk and certainly no >>> place dangerous - tho I can't imagine such a place on a high- >>> wheeler...[:oj Guess I'm just a sissy...[:oj
>>> Clive

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams........

“If one advances confidently in the direction of one's dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” - Henry David Thoreau

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. -Theophrastus

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Chris Llewellyn Eagles on Fixed Gear

17 yo Chris Llewellyn, who was born on the same day as myself several decades later, mimicked my Eagle downhill position from three feet above the ground instead of six,

Quite the master with all the bikes he rides, Chris is the cyclist on the tall unicycle next to the Busycle in the photo we use for promotion, here he is riding a wheelie on his fixed:

Taken with an iPhone, I apologize for the blurry look at hand. Seems the iPhone does not excel at action shots....

    THX 4 ALL OF U!! 

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

NBG 2010 Eagle Busycle Bus Gets a Palo Alto Bike Blvd Home!!

The NBG 2010 Eagle Busycle Bus has a new home!! Early next week, the gorgeous  40 foot tour bus that John E Cabrera purchased for our 8th annual SF to Boston National Mayors' Ride will take up residence on Palo Alto's real bike boulevard, the one without stop lights, Park Blvd!! 

And talk about location, it will be right next to Fry's Electronics the most active business on  that road, if not all of Palo Alto, at a car repair business called Park Automotive. A couple of Fridays ago, I saw a  man working on the Kenworth diesel truck parked alongside this business. I had wanted to know what he knew about running the engine of his machine for electric power. 

Turned out I was talking to Don Armstrong, the actual business owner. And after he told  me I was probably looking at a gallon an hour to just let our bus idle, I told him I used to work at the Peterbilt factory, his truck's competitor, when I was in college. He knew all about that assembly plant as he, as well,  was an East Bay native. And for probably an hour we talked all about Hayward and Fremont and Oakland and had a fun conversation comparing notes. Then I left feeling content that I could  now tell John Oleary that leaving the bus running to fuel lights and computers  might not be such a good idea after all. And that was where I left it.

Yesterday however, on  my way over to talk to Jeff Kistler about how we are going to work with Tom Schoeniger of 4130inc Bikes to get the Eagle back on the road, when I rolled by Don's shop, a voice inside seemed to be telling me to ask him if we can park the bus there . Well, I never made it over to Jeff's because right away Don, who has been a fixture at 3040 Park Blvd since 1974, saw the promotion value of having us there!!

This is all too exciting. The Bus will have returned from ten miles away, near Hwy 85 on the other side of Mountain View, a worthy bike city indeed, to Palo Alto where all  my friends and networks are located!! 

Fasten your seat belts everyone. Soon this bus will be rockin' first Palo Alto, and then the Nation. And Hard!! 

THX Don - THX 4 all of U!!

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

Eagle Wheel Pronounced Dead :(

Yahoo Tom!!

This is awesome. Even tho U build bikes there at 4130inc that look almost too beautiful to touch, I am humbled that U want to help keep this gorgeousold warrior on the road!! 

I spoke to Jim Spillane (on the cc), the guy who remanufactured this bike, of which only 30 or so others are still known to exist from back in the day (1890-1891) and none but the ones he made are even worthy of the road anymore. Jim sez go ahead and tig it. He sez that that wheel is overbuilt. That just as the spokes are supposed to be loose, we can't hold other modern day bike standards to it. That it's double wall as U saw and each spoke (72) could easily hold an average size man aloft quite readily. 

However, here is where it gets sticky, Jim does not want me or anyone pulling the wheel out of the three stays on either side of the wheel. Over the last couple of decades, he has never seen anyone be able to get them realigned properly; that they always end up back in his shop (all the way back in CT). I mean we're talking a world class engineer/machinist here who had to make the tools to make the tools required for him to build the exact  replica that  this bike is.

And then I just spoke to Jeff Kistler, most arguably one of the top bike mechanics in the nation, and he told me to ask you if you could do the welds piecemeal. Say in 1/4 of the wheel sections? Jeff does not want to lose the spoke pattern when he rebuilds the wheel.

So can you work with all those gotchas?

     THX 4 all of U!! 

btw: Dick Ryan, and Jan Van der Tuin, two of the many masters U years ago studied under are on the cc with a lot of other leading edge engineers from all over the US. Of note, also, I just added the esteemed Jobst Brandt, author of the perennial best seller, "The Bicycle Wheel"..

On Wed, Feb 3, 2010 at 8:08 PM, Tom Schoeniger <> wrote:
Hey Martin,

I got your message today, but couldnt listen to the whole thing because I was at work. If you could strip the wheel down to just the rim and strip the paint, I would help weld it up. We could discuss wraping it in fiber, I use resins and fiber cloth at work.

Give me a call this weekend and we can figure something out.


Subject: Re: Eagle Wheel Pronounced Dead :(
Date: Wed, 3 Feb 2010 12:18:21 -0800

I think it is ! Wow. Would u be willing? And then add A layer of carbon fiber?

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                 Martin Krieg
       "Awake Again" Author 
    '79 & '86 TransCon cyclist
2010 on Eagle w/Busycle & Book
Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death
 Survivor. NBG Founding Director
            HiWheel Cyclist

On Feb 3, 2010, at 11:04 AM, Tom Schoeniger <> wrote:

Hey Martin,

Is it possible to just solder all the cracks? Let me know if I can help in any way. I would suggest trying to get a rim manufacturer to do a special rim AKA Velocity as a promotion, its worth a shot.

Let me know if I can help.


> From:
> To:
> Subject: Eagle Wheel Pronounced Dead :(
> Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 23:47:12 -0800
> CC:;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;
> > After Tom Schoeniger's skillful tig welding job and after Jim
> > Spillane master crafted a dozen new spokes for this machine I have
> > the honor and genuine privilege of riding, it was decided today
> > that the wheel is just too far gone. Tom warned about this but ever
> > the optomist I thought there had to be someone out there who could
> > reinforce all the many cracks and other fissures that Tom had begun
> > to spot.
> >
> > And yes it is fixable! But by whom? Throw the question of liability
> > into the equation and not even the Machinist of the Impossible, Matt
> > Christe, is willing to take it on. This we found out today. Ugh....
> >
> > When Jeff Kistler came by to help me overcome the road block of a
> > few spokes that were not catching their spoke nipple threads, he
> > wanted Matt to get a look before he did anything. Jeff did not like
> > the look of some of the damage he was seeing. We loaded the bike
> > into Jeff'a truck and he took it to San Mateo while I kept my appt
> > with a results getting business consultant who wants to help with
> > our ride. More on that as it develops.
> >
> > So the heart and soul of my ride is dead. But Matt, who helped me
> > get the bike ready last Spring, and who was a feared bike racer
> > back in the 70's, said he will help me any way he can. Ditto for
> > Jeff, my
> > Two Wheel Savior, who says he will rebuild it. And Jim is even
> > looking thru his stock of parts back in his frozen CT factory to see
> > if he can come up with the 50 inch, 72 spoke rim we need..
> >
> > Fingers crossed. Asking as well for spirit to intervene. And u can
> > help just by sending all these guys your gratitude.
> >
> > Thx 4 all of u !
> >
> Martin Krieg
> "Awake Again" Author
> '79 & '86 TransCon cyclist
> 2010 on Eagle w/Busycle & Book
> Coma, Paralysis, Clinical Death Survivor. NBG Founding Director
> HiWheel Cyclist

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