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Get Your 2010 Roadskater.net Inline Skating and Cycling Jersey or Grab a Classic Version Now

Join the 2010 Roadskater.net Road Skating and Cycling Jersey Freak-Out!

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UPDATE 2010.10.01: ORDERS ARE CLOSED (FOR NOW AT LEAST) FOR 2010 and so far nobody has used the limited return option. Two skaters snapped up the final remaining Sweet Tangerine no sleeve sleeveless jerseys as well. Thus, we are all sold out of all editions for now.

The First Four Editions of the Roadskater.net Inline Skating & Cycling Jersey with Supersweet Zipper & Bright Colors from Nature
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Sparky's Tater Ride Greensboro NC Triad Free Weekly No-Drop Bike Rides Skates for Beginners, Restarters & Leisure Cyclists

Are you sitting on the couch wondering how to get started? Would you maybe get out there if you could get out there with people like you instead of people who were like you a few years ago and now are all obsessed with speed on bikes or skates and have mostly forgotten the idea of leisure or beginner or restarter rides and skates? Well, Greensboro is lucky to have a guy who's doing what I would do if I were a cyclist or could get them to come out and ride with the skaters: 

Sparky's not getting faster at these rides, and that's the point.

Locations

Sparky's Tater Ride Tuesday & Thursday Bur-Mil Club Barn
5834 Bur-Mill Club Road
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 10' 9.1344" N, 79° 52' 2.1864" W
Sparky's Tater Ride Sunday Panera Bread New Garden
604 Highwoods Boulevard
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 6' 45.2808" N, 79° 52' 44.8932" W
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Roadskater.Net Light as We Upgrade and Reconfigure

Well life was too good so I complicated it by working on doing major upgrades to the Roadskater.net (rsn1.net and rsn2.com). Here are a few things of note:

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Inline Skating 62 miles on the Silver Comet Trail: Rollerblading 100K (Metric Century) on Rail Trail to Brushy Mountain Tunnel

After some celebrations earlier in the week and some skating (including one day that was slow and not such great fun due to some exhaustion and burnout), we decided to get some rest and plan a long day out on the Silver Comet Trail outside Atlanta, near Smyrna, GA. We put out the word late as usual, and got regrets from TomB and JonK but had our plan and perhaps some company.

Locations

Silver Comet Trail Mile 0 at Mavell Road
United States
33° 50' 30.6492" N, 84° 31' 4.0836" W
Silver Comet Trail Mile 31 at Brushy Mountain Tunnel
United States
33° 58' 23.3616" N, 84° 57' 47.9088" W
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Inline Skate Stops Slides and Other Rollerblading Skills and Tricks Like Braking, Parallel Stop, Powerslide, Slalom and J Slide

OK it's raining and my muscles are fine with another day off so I was checking out some ways of stopping on skates. Lots of these are not so much for speed skaters with grippy wheels and grippy asphalt, but for freestylers or hockeyites on smoother surfaces. Having said that, there are certainly those who can do these moves in speed skates. 

 

Nice parallel slide stop video...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTiW14M4obc

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RSN Update and Upgrade: Why Me, WYMeditor, CKEditor, FCKeditor, Disable Rich Text Crash, Autosave and More

If you've lost text you were writing in create/blog or create/events, especially when you clicked "Disable Rich Text" or "Enable Rich Text," my apologies! I've switched built-in editor code for the text areas from WYMeditor to CKEditor, so it will have a different look. Thanks to eebee and timv for signaling their loss of work as nicely as possible.

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Skating Around the Bayesian Logistic Regression Markov Chain March Madness 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Predictions

I'm no mathmetician, certainly, but music and basketball are two of my favorite applications of mathematics in understanding or perhaps delightfully confusing the world. I enjoyed studying physics in part because it gave meaning to math for me, even if I didn't understand it all still!

Location

United States
39° 45' 50.4576" N, 86° 9' 47.8728" W
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Ten-Year-Old Dorset Girl is a Skate Triathlon Hero for Big Hearted Desire to Help Haiti Through Inline Skating

You know, even when we do things for charity, it's easy to get competitive. It's easy to think you shouldn't make an effort if it can't be a big one. It's easy to forget that the desire to help is enough. Do a little, or do a lot, but do it when you are inspired!

Location

Weymouth, Dorset
United Kingdom
50° 36' 31.6584" N, 2° 27' 14.9256" W
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Compact Fluorescent Light Bulb Safety and Disposal Tips Video

Here's a quick video I found regarding what to do with good bulbs gone bad. I had noted that compact fluorescent light bulbs are marked as containing mercury, Hg. I wondered what to do if the glass part of a CFL (compact fluorescent light bulb) breaks. Apparently you shouldn't use the vaccuum or even sweep to get the materials up. First, open a window and leave the house for fifteen minutes, then use a stiff card and/or sticky tape as shown in the video. Wow. Well I hope I can remember this. CFLs seem to be worthy even with this mercury hazard, as shown in some of the following links...
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Are You Trying to Ruin My Cycling Career? Most Careers Pay Money

For cyclotics and skatemaniacs, if you can handle a bit of funny bad language. Someone has read your minds and seen your relationships and conversations.

I relate to the part about driving many miles to roll a few. If life is not funny right now, check these out...holiday choices...

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Ghost Bike for David Sherman, Summerfield, NC Cyclist Killed by Hit and Run Driver

There's a new ghost bike locked to a sign post at the scene where a hit and run driver killed Summerfield NC cyclist David Sherman. It was dark by the time we could get up there to take photos. The bike uses different sizes of the "Share the Road In Memory of David Sherman" graphic. The top tube says, "David Sherman Oct 24 2009." The seat tube says, "Still Riding...Not Hiding...." The down tube says "'And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.' Please Drive and Ride with Love." Photos Here...

Location

David Sherman Ghost Bike Location
N. Church St.
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 13' 14.9916" N, 79° 47' 19.0932" W
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Photos from Roadskater.net Carolina Century and Today We Ride for Dave 2009 David Sherman Memorial Ride

I'm still not ready to write about the Carolina Century in all its glory, but I have published almost a thousand more photos from both the 2009 Carolina Century and the Today We Ride for Dave 2009 David Sherman Memorial Ride, so I wanted to share those links. I can promise better weather for the 3rd annual Carolina Century! It was epic. The Carolina Century photos are a good way to see part of the route, with trees, barns, horses, llamas, a few people and lots of mist inside and outside the lens.

Locations

Carolina Century Start/Finish
5945 N Church St
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 13' 26.6916" N, 79° 47' 23.1828" W
601 North Elm Street
High Point, North Carolina
United States
35° 57' 44.6328" N, 80° 0' 43.4196" W
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Obese Women Age 18 to 20 Found to Have Over Twice the Risk of Developing Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

A new study finds interesting information on the time of life that obesity may affect a woman's chance of developing Multiple Sclerosis. In studying data from 200,000 women over 40 years, researchers found that obesity in late adolescence and early adulthood (18 to 20 years old) doubled the chance of developing muliple sclerosis later in life. 

...a surprising finding was that the results showed a significant link to increased MS risk only from obesity during adolescence, but not during childhood or adulthood.

Location

Nurses’ Health Study - Channing Laboratory
181 Longwood Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
United States
Phone: 617-525-2279
Fax: 617-525-2008
42° 20' 12.0876" N, 71° 6' 7.5204" W
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The Film, D Tour, on Independent Lens, plus ISU Berlin World Cup Replay Package on Universal Sports Online

I have been out of touch for a few weeks after some long distance skating and the prep and skating and wrap (still ongoing) of our Roadskater.net team charity efforts. Last night was the awards dinner for the Tour to Tanglewood, and it was a transitional day for several reasons, all good. Then I came home wanting to get some computer work done and maybe watch some tele, mostly something meaningless and useless.

Locations

Bloomington, Indiana
United States
39° 9' 55.17" N, 86° 31' 34.9896" W
San Francisco, California
United States
37° 46' 29.748" N, 122° 25' 9.8976" W
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Carolina Century 102-Mile and Athens to Atlanta 87-Mile Route Elevation Profile Comparison

Lots of skaters have asked how the Carolina Century compares with Athens to Atlanta in terms of distance and elevation. It's hard to say but my impression has been that:

Location

Gospel Baptist Church
5945 N Church St
Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 13' 15.4524" N, 79° 47' 21.0876" W
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