I am lucky in my life to have very artistic people around me – one friend in general, Ted Schredd, is a very talented photographer and videographer (I might have made up that spelling). He is also a biking dynamo. He’s traversed the United States and Canada many, many a time. I first met Ted when I was 19 or 20, my good friend had taken a bike trip cross country and Ted was one of the interesting people that he met along the way.
I met him that one time in 1990 and then hadn’t seen him until about 8 years ago when he came back into our lives. One very cool thing about Ted is that he loves to see people happy. And he loves to see people on bikes. And pretty much, when you’re on a bike, you’re happy. It just happens that way (at least for me).
This past weekend Ted attached a GoPro to his bike and took a couple of bike rides with various friends. My son and I were honored to be one of those various friends taking our new Tandem out for spin to a great Farmer’s Market. I don’t know what it is, but there is something about a tandem that makes people smile. I typically smile at people when I ride and make lots of eye contact, but on a tandem, people smile at US. People wave, say nice things and generally good vibes begin to emanate from their entire being once they spy two people riding on a tandem. It’s all about the joy, right?
So if you have a couple of minutes, watch Ted’s magic – he has over 3,000 shots that he’s turned into a 1:40 minute video, with BANJO music. You’ll see a tandem, a long-bike (or Extracycle), a mountain bike and a cruiser – pretty spiffy, if I do say so myself!