Tuesday, February 5, 2008

In Memory of Sheldon Brown

It's been two days now since Sheldon passed and news travels fast in the information age. This is old news by now but I thought I’d take a moment.

When I decided to start this blog the initial thing I did was the link section. The first link I put up was to Sheldon Brown. I've been too busy to build this blog into anything worth reading yet but not too busy to stop and acknowledge Sheldon. I never met him and I won't pretend disingenuously to be associated to him in any personal way as often people do when someone leaves the earth but I will say this:
I don't know that much about bikes except that I like to ride them. A great deal of what I do know I learned from reading his website. Sound familiar?

Many of us spent hours pouring over the vast amount of wisdom he shared with us on his site and most of us are better cyclists in some way because of it.

Thank you Sheldon.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Anybody out there?

This is the inception of DC Chainstay. This will be a place where you can find:
- thoughtful discussion of the role that cycling plays within the larger context of sustainability
- critique of the ongoings in the world of cycling from products to politics
- ongoing dialog regarding issues facing cyclists, including access to roadways and trails
- cycling resources
- musings on all things bike related

This is a place born out of love - love for bicycles and for the environment. I truly believe that the bicycle can make the world a better place. It can help save the environment. The bicycle is the single most efficient machine ever invented and using it can help us decrease our ecological footprint and connect better with the natural environment. Bicycles can also play a crucial role in providing access to economic opportunities and basic health care for communities in the developing world.

Log off now and go ride your bike.