NBG Mountain Movers

Share this:

Steve Stevens, a Penny Farthing Legend

Steve Stevens, a Penny Farthing Legend

Denver-post-2004-03-08

35:35

We visited with a true living legend at his home/bicycle museum in Golden, Colorado. Steve Stevens who you will soon hear about, shattered the world record for his year 2000 solo crossing of the US on a HiWheel bicycle. From the 19th century, his machine not only does not have gears but he was unable to coast any measure of that epic ride. Besides our discussion of that ride and his other HiWheel exploits, we also talk about the journey he was planning from England to Iran and then rode until a war in the Mideast forced him to stop.

Picture_2

At Cycle  America 2000 in Washinton DC

Lemond

With Greg Lemond, America’s only Tour de France winner (3 times)

OAKLAND BIKE MAYOR, RON BISHOP, THE REAL FACE OF OCCUPY OAKLAND, DIES

OAKLAND BIKE MAYOR, RON BISHOP, THE REAL FACE OF OCCUPY OAKLAND, DIES

On December 11, 2011, the City of Oakland lost a man who did so much to raise the profile of cycling in it that he was honored by its council  as its unofficial Bike Mayor. Ron Bishop succumbed to a cancer that could not be treated because lesions discovered on his brain made him too weak for any kind of surgical procedure to take place.

 

The lesions were caused by being exposed to Agent Orange during the Viet Nam war. These were wounds he carried for over 40 years as he established himself as a much in demand architect. A brilliant man, with creativity oozing from his pores, he raised a family of two girls and even took them to school in a bike trailer long  before it was an accepted practice. He helped the region to see Oakland as the beautiful biking city it is becoming.

Screen shot 2014-10-20 at 10.00.16 AM

Mayor Quan presenting two 2014 proclamations honoring Ron

 

Then the bubble that all of us lived in burst. Unable to find work designing homes, a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor,  in 2009, he dedicated his creativity to bicycling. As he was starting the Easy Riders Bicycle Touring Group, for example, when he was not taking whatever paying work he could find along the way, he even found time to help me ride a thousand miles on the Eagle HiWheel to Salt Lake City. All this as Ron’s world kept crashing all around him. The real face of the Occupy Oakland movement, as he and I had agreed when we spoke recently, even his good friend Oakland Mayor Jean Quan (the three of us are pictured below) and for that matter the US Govt, for whom he had fought in the war that exposed him to Agent Orange as he affirmed the American Way, had to sit back and watch as he was evicted from his home of 30 years this last summer.

o
Image

Ron with his friend, Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan and Martin Krieg

As he then lost the security and safety of a home, as well as the community and all the memories he had built around it, corporate executives all over America were pulling down million dollar bonuses. And as  the corporate state still reigns supreme in many countries all over the world, countless dreams and lives like Ron’s continue to be shattered. Nor was it long before Ron, succumbed to the foreign agent in his body that had given him varying degrees of trouble all of his adult years. A such, Ron is yet another casualty of the greed that benefits so few at the expense of so many.

 

Ron’s passing leaves a huge hole in my heart. It makes me so sad to know that one of my activist comrades will no longer be there to help me to keep the National Bicycle Greenway  dream out there.

 

Besides myself and bike activists everywhere, we are all diminished by Ron’s passing. All of us suffer because the odds were stacked so high against Ron. Or as John Donne famously said,

 

Never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
it tolls for thee. 

 

THX for your life Ron!

 

In the Spring of 2011, I was lucky enough to learn more about him in this podcast interview http://emma2.radio4all.net/pub/archive2/07.01.07/NBG@bikeroute.com/1680-1-20050927-RonBishop9-26-05.mp3"

Image
      THX 4 all of U!!

 

At the December 16, 2011 Oakland Celebration of 18 miles of new bikeways in 2011, Mayor Jean Quan dedicated Oakland’s newest bike lane on Webster Street in Ron’s honor. Ron would have ridden this new bike lane often from his house in the Temescal to Downtown Oakland. We are sure Ron is smiling somewhere knowing that he helped make this happen. At East Bay Bike Coalition tribute

From BishopArchitects.com:

– Hales from South Carolina
– Father of two young women
– Vietnam Veteran
– UC Berkeley Grad in Env. Design/Architecture 1981
– Very involved in energy efficiency, permaculture and green aspects of building.
– Contracted as space planner for AT&T Western Region 10 years
– Berkeley Unified School District Architect 5 years.
– Sacramento Regional Transit architect for extension to Folsom
– I became green in 1976 and continue to strive to produce projects that are energy efficient.
– Sierra Club Northern Alameda County Executive Committee in 2007
co-founder Regional Urban Design Forum Committee of the American Institute of Architects – East Bay [AIAEB].
– Metropolitan Transportation Commission Pedestrian Safety Committee,
– East Bay Bicycle Coalition [EBBC]
– Oakland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee [BPAC]
– Oakland Measure DD Committee
– League Certified Instructor [LCI] of bicycle safety for the League of American Bicyclist [LAB].Post

The last ride Ron led –

Max Chen, NBG Scout, San Francisco Metal Artist

Max Chen, NBG Scout, San Francisco Metal Artist

MaxCalAveTwistBike
[sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://nbg.bikeroute.com/Podcasts/MaxChen11-25-05.mp3″ title=”Max Chen Interview”] Max Chen Interview

San Francisco Mechanical Engineer and Metal Artist, Max Chen, talks about his bicycle art, his long involvement with the NBG including the TransAmerica ride he did for us in 2000 and the on line mapping project he  worked with us on in 2006.

 

Ray Irvin - Mr Greenway, speaks with NBG!!

Ray Irvin – Mr Greenway, speaks with NBG!!

24849997-Irvin-Scott

Ray Irvin, famed Mr. Greenway of Indianapolis, talks about how his greenway work has changed the landscape and social-economic structure of a town once known mostly for its motor-speedway.

Transcript  for above interview

“How America Can Bike and Grow Rich, the National Bicycle Greenway in Action” Chapter Excerpt

Irvin on How to Pay for Greenways -|- How to Find New Trail Turf

Ray’s Greenway Resume
NY Times on Fruit of Ray’s Efforts in Indianapolis
DON LOOMIS: WHY HE BICYCLED AMERICA

DON LOOMIS: WHY HE BICYCLED AMERICA

January 29 2011, 3:05 PM  by Martin & Virginia Krieg

Don Loomis, an 18 year IBM veteran, present day Apple engineer, and father of four, talks about why his 2004 bike trip across America was cause for renewal.
Image

Podcast  [audio http://emma2.radio4all.net/pub/archive/09.01.05/NBG@bikeroute.com/1680-1-20050819-DonLoomis8-19-05.mp3]

Follow Don’s adventures  at Bikepacker.org

LAUGHTER FILLED PODCAST WITH RIDE SPONSOR, BICYCLE MAN, ONE OF NATION'S BIGGEST BENT DEALERS

LAUGHTER FILLED PODCAST WITH RIDE SPONSOR, BICYCLE MAN, ONE OF NATION’S BIGGEST BENT DEALERS

February 26 2011, 3:42 AM  by Martin & Virginia Krieg

Listen as we have great fun with Peter Stull at his huge bike shop in Alfred Station, NY.  In the words ahead you will hear how Peter wanted to be a bike shop owner from the time he was 11 years old. And about Willy, the harmonica player pictured in the slide show below, who inadvertently helped him make his dream real. Along the way, Peter will also tell you about the odds he overcame to become the owner of one of the nation’s biggest recumbent dealers, the Bicycle Man,  as well as the  manufacturer of the Linear Recumbent!

Here is his LinkedIn profile:

“I founded Pedal Pusher with two donated relics in 1969. Using a buy-repair-resell business model I established production facilities in my parents basement with a sales office in their front yard. I grew Pedal Pusher into a powerhouse that dominated a 5 mile square market area encompassing a population of over 500. I relocated the business to a dorm room in 1974 and again in 1975 to a rent free (and utility free) house that had last been painted in 1920. I managed a staff of myself and overcame challenges like reading by kerosene lamp, rebuilding decrepit chimneys and transporting firewood 1/2 mile on an old Schwinn. My capstone project here was building “Bikezila.” With 5 speeds and a rear disk brake it was one of the first mountain bikes outside Marin County Ca. In the fall of 1976 I was recruited by Social Services for position “recipient” but refused because their offer to pay my rent if I moved to an apartment with plumbing required that I give up and close Pedal Pusher. I was evicted from the rent free location at the insistence of a building inspector in early 1977 and founded Bicycle Man that spring with rent subsidy from my parents. Thanks Mom and Dad!”

Image

[audio http://www.radio4all.net/files/NBG@bikeroute.com/1680-1-BicycleMan2-06-06.mp3]

MORE SPEED – WHY LIGHTNING BIKES SUPPORTS OUR RIDE AND NBG!!

February 13 2011, 9:15 AM  by Martin & Virginia Krieg

We visited with Tim Brummer, the former aerospace engineer who builds bikes so fast that even a middle of the pack roadie can blow the doors off Lance Armstrong on one. In his quest to go even faster,  you will hear why his company, Lightning Bikes,  supports the National Bicycle Greenway  and our upcoming the ride across the US .

Image

Podcast

2011 MAYORS’ RIDE SPONSOR KIRK NEWELL PODCASTED

We went to the Southern California desert to talk to a new sponsor for our Eagle / Busycle ride from San Jose/San Francisco to Boston. Indeed you will take inspiration from Kirk Newell, a bike shop owner who has used tragedy to move mountains with his actions in a way all of us can take example from.

Image

Image1983 at the IHPVA championships held in Carson, CA, which also featured events on the newly built Olympic Velodrome, Kirk Newell hit 46.3 mph in the 200 meter sprint on the Tadpole Trike pictured above. It earned him 6th place in the world! He was the only non-national class rider in the top 10 at this event!!