Upcycled bottle opener

Yesterday I received this wonderfull unique bottle opener from my friends in Tennessee, Chattanooga USA. Made from 100% Recycled Bicycle Rims. Who needs a dumpster when you can upcycle? Utilize this bottle opener for a nice ale or the champagne of beers … we don’t judge.

Directions: Cap should be opened wich inside lip or “bead” of rim. Enjoy.

All this from Merlyn Townley: Race Mecanic, Teacher, Wheelbuilder, Paper Shuffler.           www.merlynmechanics.com

Many thanks to Wendy and Brandon Buckner of the www.thehotchocolatier.com

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How Biking Can Save Cities Billions of Dollars in Health Expenses

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Nearly 70 percent of Americans’ car trips are less than two miles long. It’s a no-brainer that biking instead of driving to take care of these trips is a great way to get exercise while cutting air pollution. While we’ve always assumed that the cumulative effect of many individuals making that choice would be longer, healthier lives and cleaner air in our cities, a recent scientific study put some rigor to our hypotheses and proved us right.

The journal Environmental Health Perspectives published findings from a study by scientists at the University of Wisconsin on the economic and health benefits of switching from a car to a bike for trips shorter than five miles long in 11 metropolitan areas around the upper Midwest. Combining data on air pollution, medical costs, mortality rates, car accidents, and physical fitness, the researchers found that if inhabitants of the sample region switched to bikes for half of their short trips, they’d create a net societal health benefit of $3.5 billion per year from the increase in air quality and $3.8 billion in savings from smaller health care costs associated with better fitness and fewer mortalities from a decreased rate of car accidents.

“We were conservative,” Jonathan Patz, a professor of population health studies and a co-author of the study, told NPR. The study assumed that Midwesterners would bike only when the weather was the best—about four months worth of days per year—which is most likely false, seeing as frosty Minneapolis was named the country’s best city for biking in 2010. And if the study were conducted somewhere with warmer weather, the results might be even more dramatic. 

SOURCE: http://www.good.is/ : Editor, The Daily GOOD

If you can, take some time and watch this again – what a ride!

On the 18th Stage Andy Schleck did one of the greatest attacks of the last years of the Tour de France and stormed the Col du Galibier.

He attacked on Col d’Izoard, the second last climb of the day, already, which is a rather unusual tactic in modern cycling. Usually the real battle between the riders with chances of winning the tour takes place at the final climb of the day.
Andy’s move was so successful because the other favorites didn’t want to cooperate and thus let him ride in front with a 4 minutes advantage at the bottom of the Galibier.
http://youtu.be/vqCzDxAqqAQ

In the end Andy Schleck was ahead of the second best rider of the day, his brother Frank Schleck, by 2:07. 8 Seconds later Evans arrived at the top of the Galibier followed by Voeckler and Basso.

Contador cracked and lost all chances of winning the tour, so after this stage there were 4 riders left which can win the tour: Cadel Evans, Andy Schleck, Thomas Voeckler and Frank Schleck.

Due to his weakness in the time trial Frank Schleck has probably no real chance of winning the Tour de France anymore, so it was actually a battle between the other 3 ones on Alpe d’Huez and the final time trial for highest place on the podium of the Tour De France 2011.