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Jack London & cycling(6 posts)

Jack London & cyclingtheBreeze
Sep 23, 2003 10:40 AM
I found this today while surfing around. Thought I'd share. It will soon have an honored spot on the bulletin board above my desk.

"Ever bike? Now that's something that makes life worth living! I take exercise every afternoon that way. Oh, to just grip your handlebars and lay down to it, and go ripping and tearing through streets and road, over railroad tracks and bridges, threading crowds, avoiding collisions, at twenty miles or more an hour, and wondering all the time when you're going to smash up. Well now, that's something! And then go home again after three hours of it, into the tub, rub down well, then into a soft shirt and down to the dinner table, with the evening paper and a glass of wine in prospect - and then to think that tomorrow I can do it all over again!"

--Jack London
I guess that about sums it up...........nmrwbadley
Sep 23, 2003 11:25 AM
Jack London had a pretty amazing life!Chicago_Steve
Sep 23, 2003 11:36 AM
He did more before he was 20 years old then most of us will do in a lifetime.

- Sailed all over the world
- Captain on a whaling ship
- Owned a ranch
- Lived as a hobo
- Wrote some books

Good recommended reading
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/031219904X/qid=1064344855/sr=1-2/ref=sr_1_2/104-7173968-7423151?v=glance&s=books
"Two Wheels North"MrCelloBoy
Sep 23, 2003 2:12 PM
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/press/TwoWheels.html

Another excellent account of turn of the century cycling. As a local Sonoma County resident it was incredible to read turn-of-the-century descriptions of the area that I ride myself.
Thanks for the Jack London quote...bent_spoke
Sep 23, 2003 3:44 PM
"Sea Wolf" & "Call Of The Wild" are great reads.
re: Wowcyclopathic
Sep 24, 2003 5:01 AM
thanks for the quote :)