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Old 05-07-08, 06:29 AM   #1
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Greetings from The Bicycling Guitarist

Hello all.

I am known for riding a Schwinn ten-speed bicycle while simultaneously playing a Fender Stratocaster guitar. I have done this tens of thousands of miles the past thirty years, all on the same bicycle: a 1977 Schwinn Sportabout (sort of like a cross between a Varsity and a Continental).

This bicycle is bulletproof. It may be heavier than most road bikes (especially today's), but that actually helps my stability as I ride with no hands playing guitar. The guitar also helps my stability. It increases my moment of inertia the way a balance pole does for a high wire artist. Sitting upright instead of crouched over the handlebars like a hunchback also means I can enjoy the scenery more without straining my neck, and I can turn my head easier to look around me.

I say that I "ride the guitar while playing the bicycle." For me, this is a meditation in motion. Feel free to check out The Bicycling Guitarist web site, or the section dedicated to my beloved Schwinn "Sportinental" (visit the web site to see why I call it that, lol).

I am in the process of converting my web site to a content management system to make it more interactive so people can leave comments, add content, etc. I have browsed Bike Forums off and on over the years, but I just joined tonight after finding a post in Google about how the Cateye LD1100 can be screwed to a rear rack like I use to carry my battery-powered amplifier (thanks tsl). My current bicycle lights are also Cateye but date from 2003. I am upgrading so I can ride safer at night this summer. I plan to ride and play a LOT!

Email me if you visit my web site and have any comments. I hope to get the improvements done soon so people can post their comments and content directly. Namaste
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Old 05-07-08, 08:54 AM   #2
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Very cool! I wonder how many of our Bay Area members remember you? Be sure to visit the Northern California regional forum and ask.

Welcome to BF, and feel free to PM me with any questions !

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