Thanks to all for the holiday greetings and wishes. My family and I had a wonderful visit with my brother and his family down in lovely San Diego. My brother Mark gets used fry oil from the Mexican restaurant down the street. He showed me the simple rig he uses to filter the fry oil. The filtering rig is amazingly simple, and his Mercedes diesel runs off of the straight vegetable oil with no engine modifications at all. Jump below the photo for bicycle news and views.
Warren has discovered the thrill of riding his bike in soft new snow. He liked it so much he did it again. For more amazing snow country cycling photography, we can always depend on Jill in Alaska.
Kids received bikes for Christmas. “The 170 brand new bikes are a Christmas gift to every student at the school, kindergarten through fifth grade. It was a surprise so big that it was overwhelming.”
Jamie in Columbus writes about the link between oil and the economy.
When reading about cycling deaths in the news, I often wonder if the reported details actually match reality. I’ve read so many times of a cyclist who dies because he swerved right in front of a speeding car and like Streetsblog also notes, the driver is the only living witness to the collision. As a cyclist, I can’t imagine just swerving out in front of car. The cyclist is generally aware that he’s vulnerable.
Streetsblog points us to a fascinating video from 1958 on “Magic Highway USA.”
A new year means new calendars. If you haven’t gotten yours yet, Biking Bis points us to some 2008 bicycle calendars.
Industry Outsider on rickshaws: Rickshaws are bad (they get in the way of cars, donchaknow), and rickshaws are good (they’re used by crime fighting superheroes!)
Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu / 明けましておめでとうございます, all!