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Here’s a great little video from Darcy Turenne on Vimeo:

The Moments Between

Some really nice cinematography and some nice mountain biking too!

Nice work Darcy!

Today I have another beautiful bike to share, this time a bespoke carbon road bike from Crumpton Cycles.

Overall the bike looks a little”podgy” because of the oversized downtube, but that just makes it more appealing to me.

The lime green colour is to die for, in my opinion!

If I ever build up another bike from found bike bits, I’ll paint the frame either lime green like this or dark grey with bright orange highlights.

Enjoy.

Read more about it at Cycling Tips.

This is an image grab from a GoPro video camera attached to a bike. It captures the moment just before impact in a nasty cycle crash.

This image shows a glimpse of the possibilities for cycling being introduced through new technologies such as wearable computers like the Recon Jet featured in the video below.

For more insight, have a read of the post Visions of the future: wearable devices and cycling” over at CyclingTips.

Recon Jet Specs:

1 GHz Dual-Core ARM Cortex-A9
• 1GB DDR2 SDRAM
• 8GB flash

Wide screen 16:9 WQVGA display
Virtual image appears as 30″ HD display at 7′

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, ANT+, Micro USB, Integrated speaker and microphone

See the full specs here: http://jet.reconinstruments.com/tech-specs/

Awesome!

How do religions die?

Andrew Brown, from the UK’s Guardian newspaper, has written a short article asking “How do religions die?”

Obviously, he writes from the perspective of an Atheist, believing that all religions are passing fads which come and go with the ages.

“If religions are born, they must also be able to die.” he says.

One interesting approach he takes in attempting to answer the question is to “think in terms of gods dying, rather than religions”

With this assertion, he posits that when a God is no longer worshipped in any form, the religion he/she embodies dies.

The question that Andrew’s article raises in my mind is: “What if there is a God who exists even if no one worships him or believes in him?”

Does a true, living God require people to believe in him for him to exist?

The Christian God, claims to have existed since before the beginning of all things:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. John 1:1-3

And indeed, the God of the Bible passed through milennia when no one at all worshipped him or knew anything very much about him. Before Abraham’s time, no one that we know of in pre-history had created any sort of organised religion devoted solely to worshipping the creator of the world described in the Bible. People instead made religions up and worshipped stones and images of created things, rather than acknowledging the one who had actually created the world.

Speaking through the prophet Isaiah God says:

“This is what the Lord says—
    Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
    apart from me there is no God.
Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.
    Let him declare and lay out before me
what has happened since I established my ancient people,
    and what is yet to come—
    yes, let them foretell what will come.
Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
    Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
    No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

A little later, speaking about how a man uses a tree, he goes on to say:

15 It is used as fuel for burning;
    some of it he takes and warms himself,
    he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships it;
    he makes an idol and bows down to it.
16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
    over it he prepares his meal,
    he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says,
    “Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”
17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
    he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says,
    “Save me! You are my god!”
18 They know nothing, they understand nothing;
    their eyes are plastered over so they cannot see,
    and their minds closed so they cannot understand.
19 No one stops to think,
    no one has the knowledge or understanding to say,
“Half of it I used for fuel;
    I even baked bread over its coals,
    I roasted meat and I ate.
Shall I make a detestable thing from what is left?
    Shall I bow down to a block of wood?”
20 Such a person feeds on ashes; a deluded heart misleads him;
    he cannot save himself, or say,
    “Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?”

Isaiah 44:6-20

It’s funny, isn’t it? The God described in the Bible would agree with Andrew Brown’s article: Religions rise based on the delusions of men and therefore die because they have no basis in truth or in fact.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was indeed a living God who was real and not a lie. A God who didn’t need men to worship him in order to have self-validation.

I worship that God. His name is Jesus Christ.

 

Here’s an interesting bike built up for one Marcus by Royal H Cycles.

Marcus’s Touring

Internal drum brakes and a belt drive, but with options to have cantilever brakes or caliper brakes if he wants them in the future.

It looks dangerous ‘cos you can’t see any brakes, but it’s not – they’re inside the epic hubs.

See more pics at Royal H Cycles.

4am Cycling Escapade

Last Sunday I woke up with a bad belly, so I stayed in bed until lunchtime. After that the family went on a bike ride with a group of friends from church. I drove one of the support vehicles. An iced coffee later with some congratulations all round on a fun ride and we were headed home and then to the evening service at church.

Finally we went to sleep, all except me, that is. My sleep-in and too much caffeine had meant that I could not get to sleep. So, seeing the clock tick over to 3:45am, I thought I might as well get up and do something. The something I decided to do was to go on a bicycle ride.

I quietly slipped into my bike gear and gathered my food and water bottles, then headed out to the shed to acquaint myself once more with my faithful steed. I’ve bought an entry level road bike which I’m having a lot of fun on, so I decided to go for a road ride, since the feel of it was just so nice.

I headed out my front gate just after 4am. Rolling through town I passed maybe two cars, then for the next 46km I saw no traffic whatsoever. I live in a small town in rural NSW, Australia, so you only have to cycle a few kilometres and you’re out in the countryside, which in my part of the world means sheep and cattle grazing in the paddocks.

The night was warm enough – a little over 8°C (46°F) – and once I’d left the lights of town I was surrounded by pitch black darkness, with only my headlight providing a broad path for my bike to follow. I rode slowly, cautious at first and a little trepidatious of things jumping out at me from the dark. On the roads around here you could disturb a kangaroo, a wallaby, a wombat or a stray sheep to name a few, and you don’t want to be bumping into them on a dark night with only lycra separating you and the pavement.

Shadows on the road beside me, of my fingers moving on my handlebars, set my heart racing more than once, thinking it was something moving just out of my vision.

The silence of the night was punctuated with the rhythm of frogs burping in swampy hollows and creek beds and on half a dozen occasions my nostrils were attacked with the pungent smell of rotting kangaroo flesh as I rolled by another unseen road kill corpse.

The rising sun started to become noticeable about 4:30am, and my efforts were rewarded with a view of a brilliant amethyst pre-dawn glow on the horizon an hour and a half later before I rode into the tree line, obscuring my view of the sunrise proper.

Birds started to sing intermittently after abut an hour of riding and a half hour later they were in full song all around me.

With the rising sun, the temperature dropped and I was glad of the warmth of my shower when I eventually arrived home again, tired, but strangely enthralled – a feeling that lasted for the rest of the day.

Sometimes you just gotta have a little adventure.

Wildlife encountered:

Sheep: about 9 mobs

Cattle: about 5 mobs

Wombat: 1

Fox: 1

Kangaroos: about 17

Wallaby: 1

Rabbits: 1

Horses: about 30

Cockatoos: aplenty

Magpies: aplenty

Rosellas: 6

Kookaburras: 4

Superb Parrots: about 10

Galahs: 1

Domestic Ducks: 4

Black Duck (Wild) : 3

 

Keep an eye out on prollisnotprobably for cool cycling info & videos like the one below:

http://vimeo.com/santacruzbikes/heckler

I love the step-through motorbikes with mountain bike trailer/wheel holder. Rad!

Bike-powered elevator

Ethan Schlusser built himself a bike-powered elevator to get up to his tree house.

Very cool.

More about it at Inabitat

So, videos like this are inspiring me to get back into adventure cycling.

Just ride!

Wiiliam Congreve is the originator of the misquoted phrase “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”.

The original goes like this:

Heav’n has no rage like love to hatred turn’d
Nor Hell a fury, like a woman scorn’d.

But, I had my eyes opened today by a friend, to the fact that for a Christian Hell hath no fury – at all – full stop.

Through our faith in the death of Jesus Christ as the substitute for our own death, we no longer have to fear the fury of Hell. Christ died in our place to pay for the sins we have committed. Sins which amount to a certain death penalty with no hope for reprieve; the sin must be paid for – by someone.

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them. John 3:36

With our sins dealt with in Christ, we have heaven to look forward to and that forever.

Imagine that. Stretch a piece of string from one side of your room to another and imagine that it represents the first one million years of your eternal life. Life on earth will only be a millimetre of that string’s length.

I’m not a good person, and never will be. I’m just saved. There are many people I know who are better people than me in every way. But the Bible says that everyone of them has sinned, just as I have, no matter how much better than me they are as good people.

An everyone’s sin must be paid for with death. Everyone must die the second death to pay for sin, unless someone who is able to dies in their place.

The second death is Hell, which by the way is not fun, as our culture would have us believe. It will not be a place where you drink and party and have fun with your friends.

 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. Matthew 13:37-43

If you haven’t arranged for someone to pay for your sin through their own death, then you must pay for it with your own death.

Make arrangements now.

Accept the offer of Jesus Christ to die for your sins.

All you need to do is accept his offer:

  • Accept that you have sinned and need him to die in your place.
  • Make a conscious decision to stop living your life in a way which would introduce more sin into it. Turn away from sin and change your mind about how you will live from now on.
  • Ask Jesus to forgive you for the sins you’ve committed
  • Start to live the way he wants you to live as outlined in the Bible and keep talking to Jesus as you do
  • Done!

Hell hath no fury for you any longer!

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