I have just returned to China, after bicycling
back and forth between D.C.
and Pittsburgh, via the a Great Allegheny Passage/C&O Towpath,
and I just finished riding in Delaware's "Bike to the Bay" to end
MS. I'm also getting more involved with volunteering with BikeDE.
This was a lot of fun, but it's good to be back.
I am advising a design group how to build bicycles. My background
in bikes is as such: I volunteered two times a week for years, once
a week to help the poor/homeless get affordable transit, and
elsewhere about once a week to help students and children, and
again to further transit alternatives in Delaware. I did this for
four years before being hired on as an adviser to help create a
bicycle that fits what Americans need for a commuter bicycle. I'm
helping Giant with their factory. It's very hard to push for Nexus
3-speeds when the world keeps adding gears onto derailleurs, but I
think their simplicity will help them win out over time.
One of my favorite side-activities is picking up used bikes
from scrapyards and
making a bit of money on the side by restoring them and handing
them off to those who need them. I'm partnering with a charity that
sends some of the restored bikes to Africa, since getting around
isn't easy with the lack of infrastructure out there.
I'm also restoring a 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet to running
condition. She's roadworthy, but it's still not perfect, and it's
still safer than the usual car on Beijing's roads.
I travel around once or twice a year to various locations- last
winter, I was out in India. The summer before, I was in the Yukon
Territory. (I get around and travel.)
Training my mom's cat whenever I'm home. Seriously, he'll do
anything for kibbles. (Tricks he'll do so far: Sit, beg, shake,
roll over, and a couple more)