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  • (Road bike) A road bicycle is similar to a racing bicycle. However, road bikes are built more for endurance and less for fast bursts of speed, which is desired in a racing bicycle. They usually have more gear combinations and fewer hi-tech racing features.
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  • (Road Bike) Another name for a bike most of us know as a 10 speed. This is a bicycle designed for riding on the road and built for speed. It has dropped handlebars, for aerodynamic purposes, narrow tires and is lightweight.
  • A bicycle that is suitable for use on ordinary roads, as opposed to a mountain bike
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Planet Bike 3040 Superflash Tail Light and Blaze Headlight Light Set
Planet Bike 3040 Superflash Tail Light and Blaze Headlight Light Set
Blaze features Nichia's 1/2-watt Blaze LED is many times brighter than a standard white LED. Up to 100 hours of run time on 2 AA batteries (included). Super flash features, 1/2-Watt Blaze LED plus 2 extreme LED's for visibility up to 1 mile. Unique, eye-catching flash pattern, up to 100 hours of run time on 2 AAA batteries (included).

Notify drivers and other cyclists of your presence from up to 1 mile away with the Planet Bike Superflash taillight and Blaze headlight set. Equipped with a half-watt Blaze LED light for the front and a combo LED set for the back, the set provides wide visibility in both flashing and steady modes, depending on your preference. In addition, the rear Superflash light--which includes three half-watt Blaze LEDs and 2 eXtreme LEDs--clips to just about anything, with bike mounts and a clip mount to get you started. As a result, you have no excuse to see poorly or go unseen while riding. Each of the two lights runs for up to 100 hours per battery set (2 AAs for the Blaze and 2 AAAs for the Superflash, included) and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
About Planet Bike
Planet Bike was founded in Madison, Wisconsin, in November of 1996. In many ways, Planet Bike began as a social experiment first and foremost, with a dedication to doing business in a different way. Instead of being just another company that develops and sells products with profit as its end goal, Planet Bike wanted to help bring about positive change for people, their communities, and the environment.
The people at Planet Bike have always believed that the bicycle has great potential to help improve the world and the lives of the people in it. From the start, they have embraced an alternative corporate purpose that seeks to help get more people on bicycles by making communities friendlier places for the self-propelled. By donating 25 percent of company's profits to causes that promote and facilitate bicycle usage, Planet Bike hopes to make an impact.
Social experiments aside, Planet Bike was born from the heart of a cyclist with a goal of making innovative, high quality, and practical bicycle accessories. Simply put, the company strives to design and develop the best bicycle products in the world. In the company's short 10-year history, it has made a number of important product innovations within the bicycle industry. Advancements include the four-line computer, which is now a standard in the industry, and the world's first self-contained HID light. Not bad for a company that started as a one-man operation more than a decade ago. While still a small company, Planet Bike continues to evolve and improve its product line with the goal of always striving to build accessories that make it easier for people to ride their bikes. Since 1996, Planet Bike's financial support of the grassroots bicycle movement has totaled $500,000. By 2010, Planet Bike has made a goal to donate $1 million to organizations that are dedicated to making America a friendlier place for cyclists.

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Manali Trip 2008
Manali Trip 2008
Manali, (alt. 1,950 m or 6,398 ft) in the Beas River valley, is an important hill station in the Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh, India, near the northern end of the Kullu Valley. Manali is administratively a part of the Kullu district. The population is approx. 30,000. The small town was the beginning of an ancient trade route to Ladakh and, from there, over the Karakoram Pass on to Yarkand and Khotan in the Tarim Basin. Manali and its surrounding areas are of great significance to the Indian culture and heritage as it was the home and abode of the Saptarshi or seven sages. The ancient cave temple, Hidimba Devi Temple, is not far from town. Contents [hide] * 1 Geography * 2 Demographics * 3 Etymology * 4 History * 5 Transport * 6 Tourism in Manali o 6.1 Tourist Attractions o 6.2 Places around Manali o 6.3 Adventure Sports * 7 Notes * 8 References * 9 External links [edit] Geography Manali is located at [show location on an interactive map] 32°10?N 77°06?E? / ?32.16, 77.1[1]. It has an average elevation of 2625 metres (8612 feet). [edit] Demographics As of 2001 India census[2], Manali had a population of 6265. Males constitute 64% of the population and females 36%. Manali has an average literacy rate of 74%, higher than the national average of 59.5%: male literacy is 80%, and female literacy is 63%. In Manali, 9% of the population is under 6 years of age. [edit] Etymology Manali is named after the Brahmin lawgiver Manu. The word Manali literally means “the abode of Manu”. Legend has it that sage Manu stepped off his ark in Manali to recreate human life after a great flood had deluged the world. Manali is known as the "Valley of the Gods". The Old Manali village has an ancient temple dedicated to sage Manu. [edit] History In ancient times, the valley was sparsely populated by nomadic hunters known as "rakshas". The next arrivals were the shepherds who arrived from the Kangra valley and settled to take up agriculture. Some of the earliest inhabitants of the region are the 'naur' or 'nar', which is a caste unique to the Kullu valley. Only a few naur families are known to exist now. A naur family in the village Soyal near Haripur on the west bank of Manali was famous for the vast land they owned and their practice of having 'rakshas' as their labourers. The British were responsible for introducing apples and trout which were not native to Manali. It is said that when apple trees were first planted the fruits were so plentiful that often branches, unable to bear the weight would collapse. To this day apple along with plum and pear remains the best source of income for the majority of its inhabitants. Tourism in Manali received a real boost after the rise of militancy in Kashmir in the late 1980s. This once quiet village was transformed into a bustling town with hundreds of hotels and restaurants. [edit] Transport Mall street, Manali Manali is well connected by road to Delhi through NH-21 which goes on the Leh and is the world's highest motorable road.[citation needed] Leading up to Manali from New Delhi are the towns of Panipat and Ambala in Haryana, Chandigarh(Union Territory), Ropar in Punjab, and Bilaspur, Sundernagar, and Mandi in Himachal. Manali is not easily approachable by rail. The nearest broad gauge railheads are at Chandigarh (315 km), Pathankot (325 km) and Kalka (310 km). The nearest narrow gauge railhead is at Joginder Nagar (135 km) The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, which is about 50 km from Manali. The only private airline in the region is Jagson Airlines. Offlate services have been started by Air Deccan as well as Indian Airlines who fly daily to Bhuntar Airport. [edit] Tourism in Manali Traditional home, Manali, 2004 River Beas and mountains as seen from Van Vihar A view of Rohtang Pass in Manali Mountain ranges in Manali Bridge in the middle of town with prayer flags Buddha Statue at Buddhist monastery Image:Snowfallinmanali.JPG A view of Circuit House Road covered in snow [edit] Tourist Attractions Manali is a popular Himalayan tourist destination and accounts for nearly a quarter of all tourist arrivals in Himachal Pradesh. It is visited by many trekkers who follow the hashish trail. Manali's charas is considered to be the best in India. The valleys provide natural U.V lights as fields are high up the mountain and high grade grows directly from the sunlight.ala. Manali's cool atmosphere provides a perfect haven for the ones afflicted by the hot Indian summers. It is famous for adventure sports like skiing, hiking, mountaineering, para gliding, rafting, trekking, kayaking, and mountain biking. It also offers hot springs, spectacular religious shrines and temples, Tibetan Buddhist temples, and trekking in the surrounding mountains. Naggar Fort south of Manali is a reminder of the 1500 year old Pal Dynasty. Made from rocks, stones, and elaborate wood carvings, it is an ensemble of
1965 Honda Trail 90
1965 Honda Trail 90
I started with a Honda Trail 55 and then moved to several Trail 90s then CB160; CB350; CB and CL 450, etc. etc. until today retired and in my 60s, I still own and ride a Hondar XR650L I bought new in 1992 (rated 1993 bike). UPDATE: I hung up my helmet and sold my 16 year old Honda XR650L the summer of 2008. It was the right time. I ran a trapline and explored every forest service road, logging road, and then legal to ride- trail I could find in the Cascade Mountains near North Bend, Washington. Oh, the stories I could tell of riding the highway to the mountains, then breaking out the tool kit to add chain, and change over to the large rear sprocket so the little four stroke engine would have enough "poop" to take me up the steep mountain routes. Remember when you had four choices for tennis shoes: Converse white or black; low top or high top. Looks like black low top was my high school choice. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Following this photo in my photostream are a series of photographs taken up the Lennox Creek area, a place I first visited on my Honda Trail 55, and revisted many many times over the years thereafter: I ran a trap line as a high school student. After walking my trapline many miles before and after school I bought a Honda Trail 55, which opened up lots of opportunities for me in the nearby Cascade Mountains. Areas I had walked, I could now ride to and then park the trail bike and hike farther into the mountains. I LOVED exploring historic and scenic places back then, same as I do now as a retiree. To reach the Lennox Creek area, I would ride my Honda Trail 55 up to Snoqualmie (you know Twin Peaks country below Mt. Si). Then a long dirt road would take me up the North Fork of the Snoqualmie River. I took many side trips up to lakes and peaks along the way but the Lennox Creek area was always my favorite. Turning up the Lennox Creek canyon there was (and of course, still is) a sheer cliff above the left bank of the creek. I would watch mountain goat and use binoculars to explore the adits from the old mining days, across the creek. While in high school I honestly met an old miner with a Gabby Hayes hat, donkey, Santa Claus white beard, and mining supplies neatly lashed to the back of the burro. We talked. I was told of the mining cabin up Bear Creek and some of the best placer mining for gold up Cougar Creek. I couldn't wait to start hiking and exploring the area. I did so over many years following my high school days. The mining cabin up Bear Creek had a sign on the door inviting anybody who wanted to use the cabin, to do so, but please leave all belongings there and leave the cabin as found. Simple, fair, and that advice was followed for many years. The only photos I found of that cabin are in this set and were taken when there was plenty of snow. I can picture the interior of the cabin as if it were yesterday. We climbed to the top of Bare Mountain as I had done on my own, the first time I visited the area. The other mining area was harder to find. The first time I tried to hike up Cougar Creek (with Cougar Lake or Goat Lake on my mind), I found no trail on the right bank but plenty of devil's club; downsloped alder; downed timber; big boulders and all other obstacles you could imagine. Then I found the miner's trail on the north side of Cougar Creek (left bank). I remember the magis of hiking on my own and finding the old cabin with window glass in place and looking good. Since it didn't have an invite note on the door, I never went into it. A cleverly designed cache shed was leaning but standing near the cabin. It had cedar rail shelves, which I was told was where a placer miner would store his dynamite boxes to keep the "powder dry". I still have one of the old wooden dynamite box sides (mortis and tendon joints) from the scrap pile around the cabin. Black lettering on the wooden boxes is barely legible: ICC-14 High Explosives Dangerous Pacific Powder Co. Tenino, Wash. Later I took my wife up to show her the cabins and I also took a backpacking (bushwhacking) trip up from the cabin to Cougar Lake. The lake was frozen over and we had a real adventure getting up the cliffs to the lake. So some of the photos in this set are of Bear Creek and Bear Mountain the others are from Cougar Creek . Both creeks are tributaries of the lovely pool basin Lennox Creek. There was lots of mining equipment (big and heavy) up the Bear Creek canyon back then. Most is probably still there. The photos were taken with an inexpensive film camera but I hope those of you interested in the area can overlook the photo qualities and enjoy the trip back in time to an area with a rich history. OldManTravels. Most photos in this Lennox Creek mining set were taken in the mid-1970s.

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