"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."
A couple of the links you'll find below delineate my passion for travel. Although I live a life of debauchery in the States, I have lived outside and have been forever changed (the fact that fifteen years after leaving Taiwan I still speak fluent Chinese should be proof enough of that). I follow a code even in this civilian life among the untravelled that I call the Traveller's Ethic. There are a few (unofficial) tenets listed under the link. I have also included an essentials list for travelling that should get anyone started on the long road to effortless travel.
A personal, opinionated guide to what the Hemingwayesque traveller deems essential, on the road and in life
In a Station of the Metro
Link to galleries
My galleries are all under here. This page is manually edited, not generated from an HTML editor. I'm not against that, it's just that it started as a manual page, and I never bothered to change it. But the galleries needed more flexibility, so I generate them out of Galerie, and put them in this subdirectory.
This is my current full-time ride, and most preferred bike among all the bikes I've had over the last ten years. It is a fixed-gear, which means the pedals turn with the wheel; no coasting. The frame is purpose-built for fixed: the dropouts face the rear of the bike, and there is no provision for a derailleur. Even if there were, the spacing in the rear is too close to fit a freewheel.
You might say that this is just like the bike you had as a kid. Unless you grew up in the Caribbean, or near a velodrome, you're probably wrong. The bike you grew up with only had one speed, yes, but pedalling backwards applied a coaster brake in the rear hub. A fixed gear doesn't technically need a brake, because the bike can be controlled completely using the feet, with something call "back pressure". As the wheel spinning forces your feet forward, you can control this by pressing against this forward motion.
As I refer to our new library
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