Industrialized Cyclist Notepad

Tour de France Haiku: Stage 8
July 6, 2013, 23:49
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the sky opened up
competition disappeared
the race died today

The Driverless Train
July 6, 2013, 19:12
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Anybody ever heard of a driverless train being used, loaded with hazardous materials? Several obvious problems with that scheme.

Rail company spokesman Christophe Journet said the train had been immobilised in a neighbouring village before a scheduled crew change, but for an unknown reason had then started rolling downhill into Lac-Megantic.

Eye witnesses said that by the time the driverless train reached the town it was travelling at considerable speed.

Local media reported 60 people missing, although police officials have not confirmed this.

via BBC News – Canada train blast: At least one dead in Lac-Megantic.


July 6, 2013, 16:35
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Today, as director of research and development for Zambikes, he has helped build and distribute more than 8,000 bikes throughout Zambia since 2007. Zambikes employs 42 locals at its 20-acre facility in Zambia’s Lusaka West, which serves as a warehouse, workplace and community center. Workers there make trailers, affordable bikes and pricier bamboo bikes that sell elsewhere. The durable Zambikes, which can be purchased through innovative micro-financing programs, are gateways to health and prosperity, enabling local villagers to get their kids to school, their sick to clinics and their farm produce and handmade goods to market.

“We think we have found the answer to poverty,” says Funk, who spends half his year in Zambia and more recently at Zambikes’ newest operation in Uganda. “We are not trying to make money, but we are not giving away our bikes. We didn’t go there because the margins are great. We went there primarily to create jobs.”

Plus, the Zambulance saves lives.

via Denver bike maker Daryl Funk designs affordable Zambikes for Zambians – The Denver Post.

Tour de France Haiku: Stage 7
July 6, 2013, 01:40
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Camera of Shame
Following Mark Cavendish
Sagan sweeps the points