A Boy's Song
With lifted feet, hands still,
I am poised, and down the hill
Dart, with heedful mind;
The air goes by in a wind.
Swifter and yet more swift,
Till the heart with a mighty lift
Makes the lungs laugh, the throat cry:--
'O bird, see; see, bird, I fly.
'Is this, is this your joy?
O bird, then I, though a boy
For a golden moment share
Your feathery life in air!'
Say, heart, is there aught like this
In a world that is full of bliss?
'Tis more than skating, bound
Steel-shod to the level ground.
Speed slackens now, I float
Awhile in my airy boat;
Till, when the wheels scarce crawl,
My feet to the treadles fall.
Alas, that the longest hill
Must end in a vale; but still,
Who climbs with toil, wheresoe'er,
Shall find wings waiting there.
Going Down Hill on a Bicycle
by Henry Charles Beeching, 1859-1919
Bicycles: Love Poems, by Nikki Giovanni The Art of Bicycling: A Treasury of Poems, by Justin Daniel Belmont Dancing on the Pedals: The Found Poetry of Phil Liggett, The Voice of Cycling, by Phil Liggett
Recommended Cycling Books
The Golden Age of Handbuilt Bicycles : by Jan Heine
The Dancing Chain: History and Development of the Derailleur Bicycle (3d Ed. 2009) : by Frank J. Berto
Park Tool BBB-2 The Big Blue Book of Repair - 2nd Edition : by C. Calvin Jones
Cycling's Golden Age: Heroes of the Postwar Era, 1946-1967 : by Brett Horton (Author), Shelly Horton (Author), Owen Mulholland (Author), Eddy Merckx (Foreword)
Landscapes of Cycling : by Graham Watson
Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists Are Changing American Cities (2009) : by Jeff Mapes
Bicycle Anatomy for Beginners
The High and Awesome Wheels
Ezekiel 1:15-21 ... as I watched the living creatures, I saw a wheel upon the earth beside the living creatures, for each of their four faces. The appearance of the wheels and their workmanship were like the sight of beryl. And the four of them had one likeness; that is, their appearance and their workmanship were as it were a wheel within a wheel. Whenever they went, they went in their four directions; they did not turn as they went. As for their rims, they were high and they were awesome; and the rims of the four of them were full of eyes all around. And whenever the living creatures went, the wheels went beside them; and whenever the living creatures were lifted up above the earth, the wheels were lifted up also. Wherever the Spirit was to go, they went - wherever the Spirit was to go. And the wheels were lifted up alongside them, for the Spirit of the living creature was in the wheels. Whenever those went, these went; and whenever those stood still, these stood still; and whenever those were lifted up above the earth, the wheels were lifted up alongside them; for the Spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.
How to Make a Bicycle Lighter
How to Make a Bicycle Lighterfrom wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Whether you’re going to participate in a Tour de France or just want to make your bicycle easier to ride, this ‘How-To’ will describe the steps to making a bicycle weigh less. Doing this to your bike creates a more efficient unit so the rider won’t have to do as much work as he/she would with the excessive weight. The ways to do this may differ between riders, depending on what the specific goals may be. You may want to strip the bike down to the frame and rebuild it, take off little things here and there, or just buy all new ultra-light parts. This method can also be tweaked and applied to a small business type environment that may be starting to produce bicycles and need to start concentrating on lean manufacturing.
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